Misspent Summers Zine Library

IT's a zine thing

The Zine Library is a place to download and print out free zines at home or to upload your own creation to share with other people.

It’s like ordering one of our books, except it’s free and you don’t have to wait for it to arrive.

Zines are a bit of fun and a way of documenting local riding scenes, event reports, riding trips or literally anything you like.

Everyone is welcome to send us a zine to be featured on this page. In doing so, you might even be invited into the Misspent Summers Zine Club.

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ZINES

NOTES ON THE GREAT AMERICAN ROAD TRIP
Adam Nawrot

Notes on the Great American Road Trip is a Zine about my 23rd year; a memoir about travel,
relationships, and getting rad.

Requires: Six sheets of A4 paper and a stapler.

BIKE SMASH ISSUE 2
Jules Hamilton

After the success of Bike Smash #1 our little pal Jules has put together issue 2. It’s brilliant, keep them coming Jules.

Requires: One sheet of A4 paper and some scissors.

THANK YOU
James Mcknight

This is a little zine about how Misspent Summers functions thanks to the support of people like you.

It’s a relatively simple single fold design that James made entirely on his iPhone with a free app called Sketchbook. He just looked up the dimensions of a sheet of A4 paper and created a drawing to those proportions. Then added text and a bit of texture and imported images and logos. The hardest bit was figuring out where each page design would need to be situated so that it was in the right order when printed.

He saved four different files as JPG images — one for each side of the two total sheets of paper.

The instructions and story included in the download folder should help explain a bit more.

Requires: Two pieces of A4 paper and a paperclip (optional)

BIKE SMASH ISSUE 1
Jules Hamilton

At just five years old, Jules has put together his own zine ‘Bike Smash’.

Requires: One sheet of A4 paper and some scissors.

BACK COUNTRY BADMINTON
Victor Lucas

A short and not-entirely fabricated story of a first foray into bike packing by Victor Lucas.

This is another simple way of making a zine, although it does kind of break our self-imposed rules as it doesn’t have a fold in the paper. Victor has added images, words and true facts to each side of A4. Then saved it as two PDF files for odd-numbered pages and even-numbered pages. You just have to print one first, manually flip over sheets and feed them back into the printer then print the other pages on the reverse. Staple the bundle together and you’ve got a pack full of good times and badminton in the Pyrenees.

Instructions included in the download folder.

Requires: Seven pieces of A4 paper and a stapler

MR DANGEROUS WHEN DRUNK
Ben Winder

This is a classic 8-page zine by Ben Winder (words by John Knight).

Ben added his story of moped gang life onto a single side of A4 paper in the standard 8-page folding layout. To do this at home, download a template and design it on a computer or phone. If handmade is more your thing (we will be giving out random handmade hero prizes), fold a sheet of A4 (or a sheet with the same proportions — could be bigger) into 8 sections, create your design and then scan it with a real scanner or a scanner app for your phone.

Print and fold instructions included in the download folder.

Requires: One piece of A4 paper and scissors

Misspent Summers zines
ANALOG ISSUE #1
Jon Gregory

Jon is the ace designer behind Deathgrip Book and the illustrations in Served, the Tea & Biscuits film zine. This creation is typical of Gregory’s work — hand crafted, fun, funny, wild at times. Highly recommend downloading a copy.

Analog zine uses one single sheet of standard A4 printer paper printed on both sides, folded and cut into sections then arranged and bundled into a banging little 16-page read.

Requires: One piece of A4 paper and a bit of tape.

LES GETZINE ROUND 5
Chris Jones

Chris is the designer of Hurly Burly, The World Stage, Eskapee. This is a 32 page zine documenting Misspent Summers’ little weekend away at the DH World Cup Round 5 in Les Gets back in July 2019.

This zine is a little more than an A4 piece of paper, Chris has used 16 of them to create this pro level zine.

Requires: 8 pieces of A4 paper, a stapler and an eraser.

2020 WC SEASON TRUMPS GAME
Sam Copp

This zine is inspired due to the recent events with the whole COVID 19 dilemma, with riidng and racing pretty much on hold globally I felt a form of racing was something we all needed.

Instructions are on the front cover of the zine.

The booklet part of the zine will need to be printed double sided. Playing cards are printed on three separate A4 pieces of paper.

Requires: Four pieces of A4 paper, scissors and tape.

THE MILLION-AND-FOUR-YEAR-OLD
Mokup

A true story from when I was four and went on a trip around the island of Skye with my parents portrayed in Zine format. The heavens opened halfway through the route and we had to turn back, however the land rover track we had been on quickly became thigh deep in water. My mother pulled alongside me on my tag-a-long to offer some comfort and unexpectedly I was beaming from ear to ear and proudly announced “This is the most fun I’ve had in a million years!!”.

That’s the story of where my love of adversity started and now I race extreme endurance races in my home country of Scotland.

Requires: One piece of A4 paper and scissors/scalpel.

WELL SPENT SUMMER
Nicholas Smith

This is my mini zine all about my journey with bikes. I love bikes and bikes love me. Enjoy

Requires: Two pieces of A4 paper.

DOWNHILL DOWNUNDER
Archie O’Mahoney

This is my recap of the 2019-2020 vdhs season and what’s it like racing in Australia. It was one of the wildest seasons we have had for awhile with the weather.

Photos taken by: @ameliahowler, @markus_kessler_photography, @nevjem

Requires: Three pieces of A4 paper and some staples.

2019 WC TRACKS
Mokup

An overview of the 2019 world cup tracks, complete with winners of each event. Have a flick through over a coffee, or maybe some tea and biscuits.

Requires: One piece of A4 paper and scissors.

FUNDING BTR FABRICATIONS
Burf

You might of heard the story of how Tam and I met at uni and dreamt of starting a bike company. But this is the story of how I scraped my half of the cash together.

Requires: One sheet of A4 paper and some scissors.

POND LIFE
Harry Griffiths

A brief summary of what it’s like to live in Whistler for a summer, riding bikes and having fun as much as possible. Aimed more at being printed in B&W but colour will also work.

Requires: Three pieces of A4 paper, two staples and an eraser.

MTB: MUSIC THEN BIKES
Aurum MTB

MTB: MUSIC THEN BIKES is a personal exploration of beats, bitmaps and bikes. It’s a deep dive into a visual landscape of 3 different MTB disciplines, each inspired by (and created to) 3 music tracks.

Each music track has been listed on the page, but is also available as a Spotify Code which can be scanned via the Spotify mobile app in order for you to become fully immersed in the zine and its content. ENJOY!

Requires: 5 pieces of paper and a few staples.

LOOKING BACK TO LOOK FORWARDS
Matt

I dug out an old hard drive to see what was saved on it. I’ve put a few of the photos together here.

INSTRUCTIONS: Print it double sided A4 (ideally colour) onto two sheets of paper. Cut along the dotted lines to make four A5 pieces. Fold down the middle of each and assemble (hopefully the order should make sense, there’s a few pages that overlap plus a few numbers to help guide you). Staple in place.

Requires: 2 pieces of A4 paper and a few staples.

AT THE CURVE OF THE TRAIL
Sascha J. Born

I made this fanzine to express my passion for mountain biking through my creativity. If you decided not to go biking or you’re currently under a lockdown or you’re still biking on a low level – I made this zine for you.

This fanzine contains cooking recipes, kudo cards, bike park recommendations, artworks, a coloring page and a pop-up playbook – have fun – share – enjoy!

Requires: 2 pieces of A4 paper, scissors and something to bind it.

EVOLUTION OF THE V10 COLOURING SHEET
Mokup

Have some extra time on your hands? Why not learn about the various iterations of the Santa Cruz V10 throughout the years and have some creative fun at the same time?

Two zine’s included, one is a blank colouring sheet to colour in your own designs, as well as a linework display version of the zine. Crack out the coloured pens and get designing!

Requires: 1 piece of A4 paper.

THE MOMOS IN TASMANIA
Morgane Charre

A short Zine about two Morganes travelling to Tasmania to race their bike and discover an amazing place.

Requires: 1 piece of A4 paper, scissors and some staples.

INTO THE WOODS
Dadcamtv

A view of embracing ‘isolation’ as a time of solitude and how in these times when people have rediscovered their local hills they can return to building the tracks they ride instead of driving long distances to ride elsewhere every weekend.

Requires: 3 pieces of A4 paper, scissors, a needle and thread.

POST TRUTH BIKING
Graham

Something I wrote a while ago when I was frustrated @ the world and couldn’t ride my bike. I’m frustrated @ the world and can’t ride my bike again so seemed a good time to do something with it.

Requires: 1 piece of A4 paper and some scissors.

ZZZZZZZZINE BELGIQUE
Loic Delteil

Il y a seulement besoin d’un A4, à plié comme ça

Requires: Il faut une feuille A4 et une paire de ciseaux. Voilà!

LOAM RANGER
@atomcreates

A bit of fun during lockdown here in Ireland, attempting to win a trail tool for my son, or failing that, one of your lovely pink sweaters! It is very homemade but also very much made with love for all things MTB.

Requires: 5 or 3 pieces of A4 paper depending on the desired size, cable ties/string and scissors for the activities.

PL40
Norway Raggers
11 men had the holiday of a lifetime riding bikes in Hafjell 10 years ago, this is what we remember. What we will never forget was that it was all thanks to Piers Linney and the entering of his 5th decade. A little more about the trip here.

Requires: Two sheets of A4 paper.

THE MOMO’S IN MADEIRA
Morgane Jonnier
After the 1st episode of “Momo’s in Tasmania” by Morgane Charre, you can discover the “Momo’s in Madeira” made by the second Morgane. We have great experiences with our bikes. They allow us to discover new places with very big smiles !!!

Requires: One sheet of A4 paper, cutting knife/scissors.

FORECLOSURE OF A DREAM
Pete Scullion

The World’s leading producer of useless bike inventions, Dr. Hiram Useless, finds himself looking for an alternative career after his business is foreclosed by the bank.

Requires: Two sheets of A4 paper and two staples.

DON’T HURRY BE HAPPY
TimFromWales

Its a zine about the finer and simpler thing in MTB. Slow down, enjoy the ride, eat well, drink tea and eat biscuits and most of all, Don’t Hurry, Be Happy.

Requires: One sheet of A4 paper and some scissors.

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