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DIG Issue 68 -  January/February 2009

 Tony Cardona at Eastside trails in Austin, TX. on the cover. Photo by Walter Pieringer.

Nutter got bit by a shark.
Fit's french trail trip.It's all downill from here.Jay Lonergan: 13 years later.
The death of Little Devil.
Dig-ipedia: An abbreviated history of the trails frame.
12XU: Leo Forte.
Travel sickness: an annual autumn pilgrimage.
Under your influence: Chris Stauffer.
Homage: Baker's acres.
Pittsburgh: Chris Doyle, Brian Yeagle, Mark Arnold, Todd Walkowiak, Kris Bennett, Brandan Pundaï, Mark Potoczny and Jason Stieg.
Chertsey: James Brook and Rob Horton.
Brighouse: Dan Broadfield.
Epsom: Jon Robinson.
Evergreen: Tom Minns.
Villij: Robbo.
Winchester: Davros.
Decoy: Kye Forte and Russel Ward.
Into the wild: The Austin trail scene.
Instore: 20 Twenty store, Aberdeen, Scotland.
Low profile: Jay Aliano and Gary Stone.
Life time achievement award: Jeremy 'Magila' Reiss.
Lost for words: Mark Mulville, Kevin Lyons, Geoff Slattery, Brian Foster, Lima, Robbo, Mike Aitken, Clin Reynolds.
Digital crunch.
Reader's letters.
Backchat with Brian Foster.

 A few years back, we got into the habit of doing issues based around certain themes, like travel, interviews, photography and the like. But we hadn’t done anything similar in quite a long time until issue 68 stepped up to the plate. And the theme of the issue, from start to finish, is trails. Not just riding trails though. We’ve explored almost every possible aspect of the scene, from the dedication required for building trails to the politics of riding trails to trail riding legends. And we’ve done so in a variety of locations, including the UK, Austin, Texas, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and beyond. There’s interviews, there’s extensive info on documented scenes and just a dash of trail salt for good ole times. It’s definitely our best anthropological study on the art of trail riding to date and that’s definitely one of the biggest words we’ve ever used in a web intro. But we’re not looking to alienate anyone that doesn’t spend five night a week in the woods digging holes in the ground. For many, hitting a dirt jump is one’s first experience with riding a BMX bike. But for those that started riding BMX in a different way, issue 68 is a great way to explore this often overlooked subculture within BMX. And whether you’re a hardened trail rider or not, no one can argue against the true grit and commitment of the trail riding scene. Well at least that’s what we’re hoping you might take away from issue 68, the trails issue…