This guys such a legend i thought id just copy and paste the exact email we just got from him.
It’s Stuart from Shredder MTB Zine here, how’s it going? Thanks for passing on your email address, I fully support what you're doing and really respect the hard work you've put in so far - big up!
I thought I’d first give you a little background information about who I am and why I make Shredder:
I’m 34 years old, live in Aberdeen, Scotland and I first started mountain biking when I was 8 years old. I had a bike before then, but it was really after riding with my school mate Ben and his older brothers in our local forest that I was properly introduced to mountain biking - I immediately became obsessed! I would spend all my pocket money on any bike media I could get my hands on and later got a paper round to fund my bike upgrades. I worked in my local bike shop from the age of 16 and progressed my way through the ranks, most of my time was spent in the workshop building new bikes and carrying out repairs. After many years of working in my local bike shop I decided to study Visual Communication as a mature student at the North East Scotland College. My last college brief was to ‘make up your own brief’, so I decided to take on the challenge of putting together a bike zine. Issue 1 of Shredder was the outcome, and during a time where most of the bike magazines I grew up reading had disappeared, it went down really well when I shared the zine online. Since then I’ve continued Shredder as a passion project, releasing issues at my leisure whenever I have the time to work on it. I now work full time as a Graphic Designer at a papermill, so it can sometimes be hard to muster up the motivation to get back onto a computer as soon as I get home from work, so it does often take longer than I would like to get an issue finished. I’ve also always said I want to keep the process fun, so I only work on it when I’m really feeling it.
Sorry for the life story! Haha! I just thought I'd give you a little background as to how the zine came to be as I don't post too much info publically online.The fact that the first rider you hooked up is an Aberdeen local (Calum kills it!) really means a lot and it's really cool to see you're trying to cover every corner of the UK.
I've put aside 5 copies of my zine (issues 1, 3, 4, 7 and 8) and 2 sticker packs as prizes and I'm more than happy to post these to the winner as soon as they're announced.
I've attached photos of the 5 issues and the sticker packs, as well as a couple of logos. Let me know if you need anything else.
I just donated the price of a chain to the cause - I'll be sure to donate more in the future.