Privateer Issue 3
Some words from the editor
Privateer Number 3 had just dropped into the office to see us and I just had to get my hands on one. No matter how long youve spent on putting a magazine together (much) or how many years youve been producing them (many), the excitement of seeing the actual printed artefact never goes away. I just had to have it, so, casting a Board Meeting aside like an old shoe, I got to grips with it
When fans raved about his wonderful playing jazz pianist Thelonious Monk was unimpressed: You should have heard what I was trying to play he said. Which wasnt much help, so Ill skip the few annoying things about the magazine I didnt appreciate like the logo social climbing to the top of the cover (no it wasnt done on purpose). But overall I think youll like. (Chris wont, but then Chris always was unique).
The feature on Geoff Apps was one I really wanted to see. Apps made a specialist offroad bike for UK conditions before there were any US mountain bikes (oversized, overpriced and over here) to ride. An extraordinary character and a great story. If its character you want, theres a lot more of it coming into mountain bike design as a new generation of custom builders come right back at us, Mike Davis has the inside line on that. And in case youve never seen the link between high consequence freeriders like Cam Zinc and Hip Hops dead heroes like Tupac and Biggie, Doctor Rob makes a strong case for dealing death out of the freestyle game.
Those who prefer to keep their wheels on the ground for two days and a night in the roughest terrain will be celebrating the daddy of endurance events this June, The Polaris Challenge is 20 years old and keeps the faith, only the people have changed. We look at its history and huge contribution to mountain biking. When Polaris founder Andy Denton got in touch after receiving his advance copy of the magazine it wasnt only to talk about that article though, he was blown away by the pictures Seb Rogers took as he and Jenn Hopkins struggled over Red Pike, following Jeremy Ashcrofts 20 year old route guide. Superb! And Geoff Waugh ups the ante with a picture essay on scars which he dares to call Tears for Souvenirs
The defense rests. We do the Puffer too and Mike Chick bangs his head against the Andes to prove that theres more to Bolivia than Death Road.