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Podcast host Jeff Barber, Editor-in-Chief at Singletracks.com, aims to inform and inspire with topics and interviews from the mountain bike world. Since 2015, we have been sharing weekly stories from under the helmets of the most inspiring and influential mountain bikers.

Join us as we learn from top athletes, product designers, trail builders, coaches, mechanics, artists, and leaders in the mountain biking community.
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Podcast host Jeff Barber, Editor-in-Chief at Singletracks.com, aims to inform and inspire with topics and interviews from the mountain bike world. Since 2015, we have been sharing weekly stories from under the helmets of the most inspiring and influential mountain bikers.

Join us as we learn from top athletes, product designers, trail builders, coaches, mechanics, artists, and leaders in the mountain biking community.
Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/singletracks/support

    Mountain Biking and the Environment, Part I

    Mountain Biking and the Environment, Part I

    Doug Blease is a mountain biker and environmental researcher based in Scotland. He’s a member of IMBA-EU and has served in active trail planning roles with the Aberdeen Trail Association.

    In this interview, we ask:


    What does an environmental impact assessment look like when it comes to trail planning?
    How big of a concern is erosion when it comes to bikes, especially compared to other trail users?
    How resilient is nature in terms of the ecosystem? Could there be long-term effects due to trail building if it’s not done properly?
    As individuals, how can we minimize the impact of our rides?
    How can we balance the tension between creating opportunities to enjoy the environment, with protecting it from damage or overuse?
    How would you grade the mountain bike industry’s overall eco footprint?

    If you'd like to contact Doug for advice or to ask a question, email info@singletracks.com and we'll pass your message along.

    --Keep up with the latest in mountain biking at Singletracks.com and on Instagram @singletracks

    *Cover photo: Luis Ascenso Photography from Lisbon, Portugal, via Wikimedia Commons


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Jeremiah Stone on Mountain Bike Skills, From Climbing to Jumping

    Jeremiah Stone on Mountain Bike Skills, From Climbing to Jumping

    Jeremiah Stone is a mountain bike skill instructor who has taught hundreds of riders across the western USA with Ninja Mountain Bike Performance and the Sedona Mountain Bike Academy. He’s also a freelance trail builder and machine operator in addition to being a skilled rider.

    In this interview, we ask:


    How did you develop your own mountain bike skills? Did you have a coach?
    Do you think today’s mountain bikes make it easier to be a good biker, compared to the equipment that was available in the old days?
    Timing seems to be a big factor when it comes to landing jumps or clearing doubles. How can riders develop a good sense of timing and speed?
    Why is it easier to ride a technical feature once you’ve seen someone else ride it first?
    What are some common bad habits when it comes to technical trail descending?
    Beyond improving physical fitness, are there skills that can make climbing on the bike more tolerable?
    Do you have any tips for helping riders overcome their fear of trying something new? How does that advice change for someone recovering from a traumatic crash?

    Connect with Jeremiah on Instagram @vitabrevis and learn more at ridelikeaninja.com. 

    --Keep up with the latest in mountain biking at Singletracks.com and on Instagram @singletracks



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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Titanium Frames, Soft Tail Mountain Bikes, Mixed Wheels, Bikepacking, and Gravel: The Moots Interview

    Titanium Frames, Soft Tail Mountain Bikes, Mixed Wheels, Bikepacking, and Gravel: The Moots Interview

    Jon Cariveau is the head of marketing for Moots, the Steamboat Springs, Colorado based bike brand known for hand building premium, titanium bikes. Jon is a passionate rider and racer, and has been with the brand for 24 years, starting in the shop when Moots had less than half a dozen employees.

    Moots is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year so we look back at some of the brand's unique bike designs and product decisions over the years, starting with the YBB soft tail mountain bike released in the 1980s.

    We also ask:


    What are the biggest advantages of a titanium mountain bike frame? What are the disadvantages or tradeoffs?
    In 2010 Moots featured a "96er" in the lineup. Are you surprised to see mixed wheel bikes making a bit of a comeback today?
    As a company that is building bikes domestically, how has Moots been dealing with supply chain disruptions due to Covid?
    How does the company's location in Steamboat Springs, Colorado influence the products and design?
    What does Moots have in store for the next decade? What will we be talking about when Moots celebrates its 50th anniversary?

    To learn more about Moots, visit moots.com.

    --Keep up with the latest in mountain biking at Singletracks.com and on Instagram @singletracks




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    • 57 min
    Legendary Mountain Bike Trail Builder Tony Boone

    Legendary Mountain Bike Trail Builder Tony Boone

    Tony Boone has been building mountain bike trails for more than 30 years, and literally helped write the book on the subject, contributing to IMBA’s Guides to Building Sweet Singletrack and Providing Great Riding. He established the first bike patrol in Colorado in 1989 and has been an active member of the Professional Trail Builders Association since 1995.

    Tony talks about the trail building and mountain bike scene in China, what it's like to work as a government land manager, and the projects he's most proud of.

    In this interview we also ask:


    What are some of the most common mistakes new trail builders make?
    How do concepts like sustainability and stewardship fit into recreational trail building?
    How do the early trails you built compare to the ones you’re involved in creating today?

    Can trail builders benefit from a more formal education?



    To connect with Tony, or to learn more about his work and the studies mentioned in this episode, choose from the following links.


    https://www.tonyboonetrails.com/
    http://www.timberlinetrailcraft.com/
    https://outdoorindustry.org/resource/2017-outdoor-recreation-economy-report/
    https://www.bea.gov/data/special-topics/outdoor-recreation
    https://www.waltonfamilyfoundation.org/about-us/newsroom/bicycling-provides-137-million-in-economic-benefits-to-northwest-arkansas

    --Keep up with the latest in mountain biking at Singletracks.com and on Instagram @singletracks


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    • 1 hr 14 min
    How One Bike Shop Owner is Handling the Pandemic Bike Boom

    How One Bike Shop Owner is Handling the Pandemic Bike Boom

    Earl Serafica is the owner of Earl’s Bike shop, a Specialized dealer located on the west side of Atlanta near the Georgia Tech campus and close to downtown. I first met Earl on a mountain bike ride several years ago, and he’s remained a good friend and tireless promoter of the local cycling community here in Atlanta.

    Earl talks about how the pandemic and surprising bike boom has affected business, and his approach to connecting with new and old customers. 

    We also ask:


    What’s the most common repair you make?
    Which repairs are more challenging?
    How has Covid affected your inventory and your ability to get bikes and parts?
    Which bikes sold the fastest in 2020?
    Do you worry that delays, and lack of inventory is pushing some folks toward alternatives like wrenching at home, or buying complete bikes online?
    How are e-bike sales looking? Which types of electric bikes are people choosing, and what do the buyers look like?

    Connect with Earl and his shop at earlsbike.shop.

    --Keep up with the latest in mountain biking at Singletracks.com and on Instagram @singletracks


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    • 1 hr 5 min
    FKT Record Holder and Coach Rab Wardell Shares his Tips for Going Fast and Building Confidence

    FKT Record Holder and Coach Rab Wardell Shares his Tips for Going Fast and Building Confidence

    Rab Wardell is a mountain bike athlete and coach living in Glasgow, Scotland. He recently set the fastest known time on the West Highland Way, a 96 mile off-road route connecting Milngavie and Fort William.

    In this episode, we find out what makes a Fastest Known Time (FKT) attempt different from other mountain bike races, and why Rab chose to challenge the FKT on the West Highland Way in Scotland. Rab outlines the steps he took to prepare his body and his gear for the attempt and shares some of the issues he faced during the ride.

    In addition to competing, Rab is also a cycling coach, and he shares his tips for building skills, confidence, and fitness that any rider can apply.

    For more info and to connect with Rab, visit rabwardell.com.

    --Keep up with the latest in mountain biking at Singletracks.com and on Instagram @singletracks


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    • 56 min

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476 Ratings

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