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Jeff co-founded Singletracks.com with his wife Leah (mudhunny) in 1999. Today he works out of Singletracks World HQ in Decatur, GA as the publisher.

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Jeff Barber   4 hours ago
 
You make some good points here. But isn't "threading the needle" exactly how a membership organization should operate? IMO, a group like IMBA should seek policies that serve all of their constituencies including industry, volunteers, enthusiasts, and land managers. Finding just the right middle ground is exactly like threading a needle (not easy), and apparently…
I'm 6'3" and the XL fit great. In the past I would ride large bikes in certain models just because they made handling a little easier. But now with dropper posts on every bike, I go for the bigger size and drop the post when I want to be more nimble.
Jeff Barber   1 day ago
replied to Mountain bike session
 
Yeah, none of those trails will be rideable until at least late May. Like rhut says, Fruita/Grand Junction will be great that time of year (the Fruita Fat Tire Festival starts April...
Interesting question. To me, the $ amount is just one side of the equation. What is the upgrade in parts spec? Like, if the newer model has a better fork or adds a...
Dude, that sucks.
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Love these trails.
Jeff Barber   4 days ago
replied to Tips for preventing leg cramps
 
Here's a link to an article about leg cramps if anyone is looking for more tips: https://www.singletracks.com/blog/beginners/prevent-leg-cramps-mountain-biking-tips-avoid-cramping/
Jeff Barber   4 days ago
replied to Moab Guide Reccomendation
 
If your husband is an advanced rider, he might prefer to skip the guide and just take a shuttle service with a friend. Pretty much every shop in Moab offers shuttles, and the most...
I think Diamondback has a bad reputation because most people only have experience with their $500 bikes. Of course a $500 bike isn't going to be great--that's why it only costs $500! The...
Jeff Barber   5 days ago
 
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Jeff Barber   4 days ago
 
Jeff Barber   5 days ago
replied to new bike choice
 
Lots of great bikes out there. You gotta at least throw a leg over a bike to make sure it fits, so unfortunately I don't think you can shortcut the demo process....
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My bad. I had actually edited my June 10 post earlier this week, because for some reason I thought it sounded backward. Apparently I should have left it alone. :) Ok, so just...
Jeff Barber   5 days ago
replied to DIY LiPo lights.
 
What kind of lamp do you have in mind? Obviously you'd also want to wire in a switch, and maybe a way to adjust the power (brightness). You'll also want to waterproof the...
Colorful review, and nicely done. Glad you're OK.
Jeff Barber   6 days ago
replied to glasses
 
I've experimented with using glasses on the trail, and I never end up sticking with them. Inevitably they fog up, get nasty from sweat, get lost/broken, or are too dark/too much glare...
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Both great bikes, you can’t go wrong with either one. Shoot, they even weigh almost exactly the same! (The Scott is 0.2 lbs. heavier.) Personally, I would prefer the Remedy 7 for the...
Jeff Barber   6 days ago
rode 19.9 miles at Ira B Melton
 

Evening Ride via Strava
Jeff Barber   6 days ago
updated Ira B Melton conditions to Good
 
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Jeff Barber   6 days ago
updated Ira B Melton conditions to Good
 
Jeff Barber   6 days ago
added a map of Predator
 
Jeff Barber   6 days ago
added Predator
 
Challenging trail.
Alvin, the Foes Mixer uses a traditional 27.5 wheel in the back, not a 27.5+ like triton asked about. With a 27.5+ tire, the diameters are a bit more closely matched. Here's a photo...
Jeff Barber   6 days ago
added a photo
 
Mullet bike with 29er wheel up front, 27.5 in back.
I haven't ridden the Enduro so I couldn't say. It's definitely on my to do list! The Specialized bikes I have ridden include the Epic, Camber, and older models of the Stumpjumper. Those test rides form the basis of my Specialized stereotype. :)
Jeff Barber   1 week ago
 
Ok, I did this a while ago but forgot to post back. Thanks Rick for reminding me. :) Let me start by saying my experience is specific to this particular tire/wheel/bike configuration and won't apply to every...
Jeff Barber   1 week ago
replied to Alafia fat tire festival
 
How was it?
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Jeff Barber   1 week ago
replied to Stupid Question Sunday
 
I used old tubes for a while, securing them with zip ties. I'm sure I did something wrong because I kept finding dirt collected between the tube and the chainstay, maybe from muddy stream...
Jeff Barber   1 week ago
replied to I weigh 135 and ride an XL??
 
What do you mean by "too much bike?" It sounds like maybe you're saying it's too difficult to pedal. Going to a smaller bike will generally make pedaling more difficult, not easier. However, a...
Jeff Barber   1 week ago
replied to Stupid Question Sunday
 
That'll work. I use electrical tape to prevent frame rub from cables too.
Jeff Barber   1 week ago
 
Jeff Barber   1 week ago
replied to Thank you Veterans!
 
Thanks Eric! Are you a vet? I served in the Air Force myself.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jj0uBQ7j5c4 Pretty funny commentary. Just might want to mute it after a while--this guy is hard to listen to!
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Jeff Barber   1 week ago
started a topic: GoPro Hero 6 video stabilization test
 
If you're curious like me about how well the improved image stabilization works on the new GoPro Hero 6 camera, check out this test from MTB Savant. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUQ9vX8ZWcw Looks like a gimbal is still...
will the writer be required to provide new original topics, be given topics to write about or both? Both. Each article goes through a pitch process before it's written. Sometimes the writer pitches a...
Curious to know which posts you think are actually better than these... I agree that there are probably some great ones out there that aren't included on this list, I just haven't personally tested enough posts to know what they are.
Glad you enjoyed it. There were actually a lot of enduro bikes that I decided not to test at Cyclofest. My goal was to test as many of the top 10 enduro bikes from the readers' choice list we published a few weeks ago. The Bronson and Nomad were obviously up there (#2 and #3…
Jeff Barber   1 week ago
added a photo of Kokopelli 140
 
Jeff Barber   1 week ago
added Kokopelli 140
 
For decades the Kokopelli Trail has served as the benchmark of mountain bike and ultra trail running excellence. Stretching 144...
This totally looks sped up, but I'm sure it wasn't. So fast!
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