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EU shipping: more news

We have some good news and some bad news. First, the good news: we can sell and ship magazines and subscriptions to the EU again. Yay! Now, the not-so-good-news: this only applies to magazines. Unfortunately, we don’t have a way to sell and ship any of our merchandise (mugs, hoodies, t-shirts and so on) to […]

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Publish and be damned

Since Cranked #26 hit the newsstands a bit over a month ago, we’ve noticed a (small) uptick in subscription cancellations. It could just be a blip, but then again we also received a (very polite) email from one of the cancellers which suggests that there might be a bit more to it than that. Here’s […]

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New to Cranked? Here’s what we’re about…

If you’ve only just discovered Cranked, here’s (most of what) you need to know about us: We’re print only. Yep, no 24/7 online updates, clickbait, sick edits or badly reworded press releases. Because… well, you don’t need any more of that stuff. Right? We publish quarterly. Before the internet, a monthly mag was pretty much […]

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#Barrygate. And what’s important

In Cranked #22 we ran a retrospective feature looking at the short life and enduring influence of brilliant young racer Jason McRoy, who died in a road accident in 1995. In the process of helping us put together the feature Jason’s parents, Jim and Rose, suggested we might like to run a charity auction of […]

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RIP Bike

When I first started freelancing as a mountain bike writer and photographer in 1996, the internet was just about enough of a Thing for me to need an email address. Magazines were produced by big companies with shiny offices, corporate hierarchies and (for the most part) healthy bank balances. And people bought a lot of […]

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People power

We get asked a lot what Cranked is about. I guess people have a sense of what bike mags usually are – lots of gear, lots of reviews, more gear, a bit of riding – and assume that’s what we do, too. Not quite. If we could sum up Cranked in one word, it’d be […]

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Bucking the trend

It escapes the notice of all but the nerdiest of media-watchers (I include myself in this description), but the annual ABC run-down of magazine circulation figures has made grim reading for publishing houses over the past decade or so. But even if you’re not immersed in the minutiae of consumer magazine print publishing, you’re probably […]

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Subscriber survey – feedback

Recently we asked all our subscribers to take part in an online survey, partly so that we could learn more about them and partly so that they had the opportunity to give us some feedback. Here, Cranked founder and editor Seb responds to some of the comments and queries: “More feature articles each issue even […]

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What’s in it?

We get asked a fair few questions about Cranked. Is there an online version? (no). Can I get a subscription sent to //country x//? (yes). I went on a great trip with my bike last year. Will you publish the story? (it depends). But the one that crops up most often is simply this: what’s […]

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