Snapguide is a site that hosts and provides production tools for nifty little how-to guides. The folks behind it are running a contest to win $925-worth (a bit over £500) of prizes from accessory makers Portland Design Works and Walnut Studiolo.
The guides Snapguide hosts are simple: one image at a time, with some text to tell you what to do. But for a lot of cycling repair and maintenance jobs, that’s all you need; it’s a damn sight more straightforward than playing a video backwards and forwards and getting your keyboard covered in grease in the process.
The Snapguide folks are looking for more guides to cycling stuff, especially things that qualify as ‘hacks’ like building your own bike storage or bodging a chain repair when you’re out in the world.
You can embed Snapguides in your own site or blog too, which is handy, not least because it allows us to show you what a Snapguide looks like. We could present one on how to change a chain or what to put in your emergency tool kit, but as there’s more to live than cycling and to help get you through hump day afternoon with thoughts of cake, here’s how to make Nutella banana bread:
To create your own how-to and enter it in the competition, get over to Snapguide’s competition page.
The contest is open now and runs until June 4.
Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.
Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.
Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.
The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.