Video: Joe Barnes Builds & Rides an Incredibly Tight Trail

Mar 4, 2021
by Joe Barnes  

Joe Barnes cracks out a fresh mattock and sets about building a new section for his next trail project. This one snakes through a tight set of woods and requires a few pivot turns and tree rides. Keep an eye out for how the rest of the trail build goes and all Joe's happenings in his new 2021 video series.


56 Comments

  • 65 18
 Now this is real mountain biking. You actually need to think your way down the hill and prioritise line selection.

Will take this over flow trails and bike-parked-out smooth rubbish any day. #noblueflow
  • 44 58
flag mariomtblt (Mar 4, 2021 at 16:43) (Below Threshold)
 imagine gatekeeping biking to the point where you have to begin as an expert. lmao what a clown you are
  • 51 10
 @mariomtblt: I know right? Him having a different opinion about what he likes, I’m offended, Where’s my safe space.
  • 48 18
 @mariomtblt: Excellent point. Me and my buddies recently started blue-flow-basketball. 5ft hoops. 3ft wide rings. No dribbling. So much better for beginners, way more inclusive for everyone! I’ve started modifying all the courts in our neighbourhood!
  • 1 0
 You're on notice!
  • 12 3
 Yes. Please no more videos of eyecandy Murmelbahn shredding and more anarchic Barnes content on slower oldschool trails. Proper trailbuilding aint gatekeeping
  • 7 27
flag mariomtblt (Mar 4, 2021 at 21:32) (Below Threshold)
 @Linc: ha you guys are hilarious, ever seen a kids hoop you kook? How do you think the pros get started? Straight clowns up in here today
  • 3 0
 I thought I could ride a bike then moved to Scotland. Az desert to steep muck.
  • 18 2
 That's just a hoe. Not a mattock.
Mattock is like a pick axe with a with a different pick. A mattock is a double sided tool that has a hoe-ish end then a almost-broad-enough-to-be-an-axe-but-not-quite end.

I feel like mattock gets thrown around all the time as the name for other tools. I like the rogue hoe mini mcleod alot. Don't see myself using a mattock for anything. Maybe very rocky terrain? I have a pulaski (which has been dubbed a "landscapers axe" by home depot) that I think serves the same purpose as a true mattock...

Make tool names accurate again!

PS end rant. sick video. Joe you are boss! time to shut up and dig.
  • 10 0
 Sick Video, flawless riding, brilliant soundtrack. Rainy day is saved....
  • 4 3
 Pulaski is weak sauce for trailbuilding. Almost never need the full size axe head, and it’s too light with too small a hoe head. I have built several trails nearly exclusively with a mattock and chainsaw. Fiberglass handle and just leave them on the trail forever.
  • 5 0
 @bradwalton: Agree to disagree. I think tool for the job always depends on the terrain. I respect you. You have been on the scene for longer than I, and shot some f*cken sick footy.

I like the full size axe head for whacking limbs that mess with line of sight. I've never duffed trail with the "non-axe" side of the pulaski (quotes b/c idk wtf to call that end - mini hoe?); I just use it for moving rocky stuff normally. For me the pulaski is a tool for chopping limbs and roots while not getting the saw out/dirty, but also useful for breaking stuff free in a dirt pit. I've worked a fait bit of terrain (albeit only in WA and BC) and never felt like I wanted a true mattock...

all good either way. gotta use what works I reckon.
  • 6 2
 Be careful with the h word, I saw a Facebook gardening group which had to ask their members to stop using it as Facebook kept censoring it!
  • 9 0
 @Mattgc: Censoring algorithms can be hilarious. Bad luck to anyone on here who lives in Sc*nthorpe.
  • 6 0
 @Mattgc: Using the h word on IG gets blocked and google generally not a fan
  • 6 0
 Choose a tool and be a dick about it
  • 2 0
 @dglass: certainly where I've been digging in Squamish there are too many small roots in the dirt (if I can find any decent dirt....) to use a mattock effectively. One needs to cut through the roots so for a combination of digging and cutting I find a Pulaski works perfectly. I've got Mcleod too but again there's just not enough dirt to use it in a practical manner. If I was in Kamloops for example I'd probably be using different tools.
  • 1 0
 @wallheater: Yeah gotta find the right tool for the terrain! I used to dig in squamish and it was usually a PITA to find dirt.
  • 2 0
 @EricHarger: Me too! That's my all-time favorite tool. So versatile. I've broken the head off mine twice.
I like the one with the longest fiberglass handle.
  • 10 0
 i love to watch Joe´s videos every time
  • 5 0
 Dear @Hazzard-Racing,

your videos never cease to amaze me in their simplicity, comedy and you still manage to show some serious MTB skills! I am deeply impressed and amazed each time I come across one of your productions. Please never stop!

Also, I quite like how you always make so much out of so little (especially in terms of trail building), one can only learn from your creativity and general contentment!

PS: musical selection just on point, as usual. I was wondering where you get all these utterly interesting tunes from, as you don't strike me as the dude who uses Spotify much, do you?
  • 4 0
 Thanks a lot dear stonerz94, I just keep an ear out and if I hear a tune i like I then I match an emotion to it and then see at what point or what vibe it would fit into for a film. Part of film making I really enjoy matching together. I never used to use spotify but then I lost my laptop with all my music on and had to start from scratch a couple of years back. So now I dabble on it as its so quick to get to what you want to hear.
  • 6 2
 ... and that is why I am gonna rebuild my 27.5 bike with some short travel, I totally wanna play in the dirt like Joe!

Pivot turns and wheelie turns, awesome!

So what was he drinking outta that can?

Spam, potatoes, and peas for dinner, mmmmmm
  • 2 0
 Looked like a tin of custard?
  • 3 2
 i am going back to26" LOL
  • 7 0
 Rice pudding - Super pre-ride carbs! And it was fish fingers, not spam. Joe Barnes is by this point approximately 68% fish finger himself.
  • 14 0
 @hamplanet: We've got ourselves a champion food-spotter here. Quite the eye you've got there. I would even go as far as saying a bird's eye
  • 2 2
 Looks he´s vegan. Inspiring.
  • 1 0
 @browner: Ambrosia creamed rice I thought?
  • 6 0
 More Hazzardous fun, more gold in the pan!
  • 4 0
 Tight AF! Thanks for all the goodness,Joe!
  • 3 0
 The only easy thing he did in that video was get on the bike. I was blown away with his skills.
  • 3 0
 Oh, it says trail not tail. My bad.
  • 4 1
 masterpiece of the tight!
  • 3 1
 Trials boots for trail building in the mud, thats a new one for me. Sweet vid.
  • 3 0
 I go for a Wes Anderson film now - somehow.
  • 3 0
 He should be sponsored by Whirlpool washing machines.
  • 3 0
 Eddy Grant/Barrington Levy! Killer vid!
  • 3 0
 Great job getting that Barrington Levy in there. Much appreciated
  • 1 0
 Pacewon Any Champion...Top Track using that Black Roses Sample
  • 3 0
 Quality...
  • 3 0
 sooooo tight.
  • 2 0
 needs to be a bit more flowy ..
  • 2 0
 Joe Barnes is cool.
  • 1 0
 Ditch whore
  • 1 2
 The trails look good, but filming makes me motion sick.
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