A Mountain Bike Bedtime Story, With Joe Barnes

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A Joe Barnes film is usually a good way to brighten your day. We can’t help but feel that any bedtime story he might read would be more like when Rik Mayall read George’s Marvellous Medicine, getting the kids bouncing off the walls instead of drifting off to the land of nod. Anyway, he’s got a new video out that, if it doesn’t get your kids off to sleep, it should at least give you a break from Bing.

Credit: Pete Scullion

From the seed of an idea, various hurdles before we even began, to the germination stage of filming in April, and the editing process we can now share with you the first of Joe and Bo’s bedtime stories. They say never work with children or animals…….

A celebration of the life afforded to us through bikes, and how each of us interpret where we ride differently through our imaginations, the film shows off many wild locations that Outdoor Capital UK helped us get permission to film at – a huge thank you to them as supporters of the project. 

Tommy Wilkinson

As if a break from Bing wasn’t lure enough, there’s a cameo from Pete Scullion to be had, and of course some of Joe’s trademark stylish riding.

There’s no doubting that as we morph from child to adult, the physical boundaries that dictate our lives get bigger, broader and opportunities open up. The world, so to speak, is our oyster. 

A child’s ability to explore of their own accord is a very different experience. Their world is more contained, but oddly enough, not necessarily smaller. Imagination allows us to enter the world’s unseen spheres, and create excitement from the act of thought. It opens up the world to us.

Joe Barnes is well known for his stellar racing career, memorable media and wild imagination. With two children, Joe’s use of his imagination is now being put to use in ways that cultivate the same emotions that Joe gets from bikes, into his son Bo’s life.  Stories are to be shared, moments to be viewed through multiple prisms. 

Join us as Joe and Bo go on a journey around Lochabers hidden landscapes and enter very different worlds.

While you’re here…

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Hannah Dobson

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I came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. I like all bikes, but especially unusual ones. More than bikes, I like what bikes do. I think that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments. I try to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

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  • chrismac
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    What’s cool little video. Good way to start the week

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    Bonus points for Mulatu Astatke.
    Minus points for missing dinner with fam.

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