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.
WHAT IS A ZINE?
‘Zine’ is short for ‘fanzine’. Usually: homemade, unofficial, commercial, printed or handmade things made by fans of… well, whatever. We are fans of bikes, guess you are too. Maybe you are a superfan of a pro rider or a fan of a certain bike or publication (ahem)? Or if you’ve just got a great story to tell, that works too. We’ll keep booklet, pamphlet and zine under the same heading.
Check out this massive archive of zines for endless ideas and inspiration.
HOW ARE THEY MADE?
A zine can be made any way you like.
It could be as simple as one sheet of A4 paper folded down the middle to make a four-page booklet (front cover, two inside pages, rear cover — see, a zine!). Grungy simplicity can be golden.
There isn’t a minimum or a maximum number of pages or a fixed way in which it should be folded or held together.
A ZINE COULD BE:
THINGS TO CONSIDER:
WE’VE INCLUDED LOTS OF INFORMATION, IDEAS, TIPS AND FAQS IN THE ‘HELP — IDEAS, TIPS AND FAQS’ SECTION
There is no right or wrong way to make a zine. It just needs to be possible to print and construct at home for anyone downloading it from this page.
The video above shows the beautiful simplicity of creating a zine. No previous skills required. No special software. No computer even. This might be a good place to start.
EASY ZINE IDEAS
BASICS: HOW TO PRINT ON BOTH SIDES OF A SHEET OF A4
Before we get carried away, it’s probably important to note: Double-side printing doesn’t require a clever, high-tech, new-age printer. It’s much simpler than that. If you haven’t already figured this out, prepare for your mind to be blown.
Just design two separate pages. Print one. Flip the sheet over. Feed it back into the printer. Print the other page on the reverse (don’t spin the sheet of paper around though, otherwise the reverse will be upside down — make sure you note this in any instructions for other people printing your design).
DESIGN A ZINE BY HAND
DESIGN A ZINE USING A SMARTPHONE
HOW TO MAKE A ZINE ON A COMPUTER
Without professional software
TIP: HOW TO WRITE YOUR ZINE INSTRUCTIONS
Your zine should be simple for people to print and put together in their homes without needing to buy any specific materials.
If it has multiple folds or any unique features, you need to ensure the instructions you provide are clear, brief and easy to follow. If you aren’t sure, send it as a test to a friend or family member and see if they manage to construct your zine in their home.
Short, simple sentences or bullet points should walk through the step-by-step process of printing the zine and putting it together.
Bonus advice: Add page numbers to your design so it’s more obvious what order it should go in when people are putting it together at home.
PS: Never assume. Make the instructions as if you were writing them for a dummy.
Q: I have no design experience, does that matter?
A: No! The whole point of zines is that anyone can make one
Q: I am a professional designer, does that mean I’m not allowed to submit a zine?
A: No! Get involved.
Q: I don’t have a printer; can I still make one?
A: Yes, of course you can. Everyone’s welcome. It just means you won’t be able to give your design a test run at home. Try sending it to a friend or relative who has a printer to see if it works before sending us the final version
Q: Can I handmake it then just take a photo?
A: The main point of the zine library is that people can print your zine out at home. But yes, you could do that. You’d just need to flatten it out (don’t photo it already folded), lay it on a flat surface, photograph it from above looking down, crop the image so your feet and the dog’s bowl aren’t in the shot, then send us that with your description and instructions. Using a scanner app for your phone will probably be easier — it’ll automatically identify the sheet of paper and will save only that, plus the dimensions will be spot on
Q: Does it have to be A4?
A: It must be possible to print on standard A4 printer paper — that’s the paper that most people have in their home printer. But you could design it on a bigger (or smaller) sheet, it just needs to have the same proportions as A4 and still look good when scaled down/up in size
Q: What size is a sheet of A4?
A: 210mm x 297mm width/height. That’s 8.2677in x 11.6929in w/h. To print at a decent resolution, that’s 2480 x 3508 pixels w/h (select this when sizing your document to send to us). If you are printing landscape orientation, swap those numbers around (3508px width, 2480px height)
Q: Where can I buy the best books about mountain biking?
A: Glad you asked. They are in our Store
Q: Is that really all the FAQs?
A: We’ll keep adding to this page as we receive questions
The file size must be maximum 20Mb, preferably in PDF, JPG or PNG format, and you must include instructions in a separate document (unless your zine is self-explanatory) on how to fold or construct your zine once printed out (these instructions will be included in the file when people download your zine from our site).
You are welcome to send a link to a Dropbox file, Google Drive link, etc. instead of sending the zine, instructions and overview as attachments.
If you have any queries or problems making your zine, feel free to get in touch and we’ll try to help.
LET'S RECAP ON WHAT YOU NEED TO SEND US:
All zine submissions will be uploaded to misspentsummers.com and selected entries featured on our social media and other channels.
A huge thank you to everyone who submitted a zine to our Zine Design Competition.
We had great fun printing and putting together every zine and found it incredibly difficult to choose the winners.
Eventually we settled on our top-three, but we have also selected five runners-up. Check out the runners-up and their prizes in this Scraps post.
Without further ado, we present our top-three winners and their prizes:
First place: AT THE CURVE OF THE TRAIL – SASCHA J. BORN
At the Curve of the Trail ticks all the boxes. It uses only two sheets of paper and minimal ink, plus it’s really easy to print and put together. Yet it still manages to contain all sorts of fun stuff, information and games. You can even colour in a trail and then ride it yourself, all within the zine.
Second place: BORDER COUNTRY – LEW PRICE
Border Country gives us a window onto a scene we probably wouldn’t have otherwise heard of. It flows nicely, combining a strong story with a grassroots zine feel. It also reminds us of Shredder Zine — which can only be a good thing.
Third place: INTO THE WOODS – DADCAMTV
Into the Woods is a thing of beauty; it is very nicely put together and perfectly simple with great design and images. Print one out and cherish it.
Our judging was based on several factors: no excessive ink usage; ease of print and construction; creativity; storytelling; resourcefulness.
Remember, if you didn’t win, it’s not over yet. We will be announcing the runners up this week (week starting 27/04/2020). These extra prizes are rather special. Stay tuned.
BACK COUNTRY BADMINTON
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
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
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.
Page 2 also has a competition — download, fill it in, share the photo on social media and you might win something.
Requires: One piece of A4 paper and a bit of tape.
LES GETZINE ROUND 5
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
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.
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.
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:
Requires: Three pieces of A4 paper and some staples.
2019 WC TRACKS
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.
BEN WINDER APPRECIATION AND ACTIVITY BOOK
Young Johnjo has just submitted this zine, when asked about how to print/fold it he said ‘just print it and staple it’. Great first try Johnjo.
Requires: Seven pieces of A4 paper and some staples.
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.
A little insight into a relatively insignificant riding community in the welsh borders, condensed into something that you can obtain on the internet.
Requires: 2 pieces of paper to make and some staples if you fancy adding some scrap metal value.
MTB: MUSIC THEN BIKES
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.
Requires: 5 pieces of paper and a few staples.
LOOKING BACK TO LOOK FORWARDS
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
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
INTO THE WOODS
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
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.
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.
THE MOMO’S IN MADEIRA
Requires: One sheet of A4 paper, cutting knife/scissors.
FORECLOSURE OF A DREAM
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
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.
FUNDING BTR FABRICATIONS
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.
FOUNDER-DIRECTOR: James McKnight
CO-DIRECTOR: Ben Winder
CO-DIRECTOR: Mike Rose
CO-DIRECTOR: Victor Lucas
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Chris Jones
DOOD OF DOODLES: Jon Gregory
Morgane Charre: Research
Harriet Jones: Management
Sven Martin: Photography
Boris Beyer: Photography
Sebastian Schieck: Photography
John Parkin: Legendary
Ric McLaughlin, Paul Aston, Lauren Jenkins, Tom Caldwell, Chris Kilmurray, Kerstin Kauffmann, Chris Jackson, Pedro Ballin, Alan
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