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Dear Santa: Pete's List 2018

Words Pete Roggeman
Date Dec 14, 2018

Dear Santa,

I know it seems like I only write once a year, but just like drooling dogs, we've been conditioned to write to you around now, and the rest of the time, other than wondering whether I'm on the Nice list or not, I just assume you're not answering mail, anyway. You work like a devil for, what? 2-3 weeks per year, and then what's a red-suited guy do to keep himself busy? Deal with labour disputes? Refine the supply chain? Sled maintenance? Mending the Santa suit? Outsource that shit! But stick with reading your Dear Santa letters, because that's why the kids write to you in the first place. Kids like me.

So, what do I want, really? I'll admit I'm a lucky hombré and especially so since I know that stuff won't make me happier. But I do like scouring the material world to find things that I think people will like, so let's play along, shall we? I knew you'd be up for a little role play, you white-haired devil, you.

Rivian R1T

First on my list is a rather conspicuous item disguised as good for the planet, but I have selfish reasons for wanting it. It's called the R1T and it's not technically on the market yet. In fact, it'll probably be on my list next year, too - and the next - because it's not supposed to be ready until late 2020. However, I'm giving you the heads up now because this is something I've wanted for some time, and I'll gladly forego all other gifts for a few years because this is a big one. If you haven't pieced it together yet, it's an electric pickup truck. Yes, I know. Truck folks are going to bad-mouth it. Trucks are supposed to be big and mean and tough and burn gas, but I know this is the one for me. My wife and I became a one car family over a year ago and in that time our only four-wheeled vehicle has been powered only by volts, and we love it. Except it's not big enough and doesn't have the range to handle longer road trips, and we'd love to be able to take it off-road into more remote areas, and not worry about breaking it. 

The maker is a company called Rivian, and other than a really strange looking front end, it looks ok, but I really don't care how it looks. FOUR motors drive each wheel independently, delivering a total of 754hp / 826lb-ft of torque, which would make even Rudolph blush. It tows 11,000 lbs - what's the tow rating on your team of 12, by the way, Mr Kringle? But honestly, that matters less to me than the range, which goes from 500 - 700 kms, depending on the model. That'll get us plus bikes and camping gear to a lot of places and back - on one charge. And I will say this for electric vehicles in the backcountry - less noise pollution will help everyone enjoy their weekends more. See what I'm saying? This truck is for me, but if we all are driving these suckers in the future, there will be cleaner air, less gas, and a lot of quieter moments. That's gotta appeal to you, even though you're not constrained by things like cost per litre or catalytic converters.

Rivian R1T Electric Pickup Truck

I don't like the look of the grill, either, and for that much money, that could be a gatekeeper. But otherwise there is a lot to love about Rivian's electric R1T

This is a very expensive truck, starting at $69k US, but there are a couple of big butts and I cannot lie: first, rebates and incentives on electric vehicles will bring this thing down by as much as $11,000 in BC alone - even more in Ontario if they kick out that douche named Ford, and many states have more aggressive rebate programs as well. Second, this truck is going to make Elon Musk's truck cheaper. Ditto the future electric trucks from every Ford, Nissan, and Chevy. Hell, even gas-burnig Tacomas might come down in price. Crazy, I know, but we're imagining the future here. So, how about we agree that this one's good for everyone and see what we can do? I'll be patient.

Wool Stuff

I've been a merino wool freak since I got my first 260 weight zip up shirt from Icebreaker...in 2005. I still have it. It is perhaps my single most treasured piece of gear. Certainly the one I've worn the most, often for long periods during critical times. When I first got it, no one believed me when I told them I wore it for 7-day ski touring trips without taking it off, and it still didn't stink. Many people now know about the amazing qualities of merino, but some don't - one of my closest riding buddies just converted this year ("I'm never wearing anything but merino") and others still just don't know. Hell, one guy I ride with still wears a freaking cotton hoodie on some rides. So I now understand how long and hard a road it is to be an evangelist, even if we're talking about spreading the gospel of one of nature's finest materials, and an expensive one at that. But remember I said I've had that first layer for more than 10 years and it's still going strong? I pack it instead of 2-3 others on trips, I don't have to wash it as much, and it's still going strong. So it saves time, money over the long term, and space in my bag every time I pack it. 

Chromag Roam jersey

The Chromag Roam jersey is perfect for the Spring, Summer (merino isn't HOT like that old wool sweater you remember) and Fall. And as a layering piece when it's cold out.

Chromag Recluse jersey

Whereas the Recluse long-sleeved wool jersey is perfect for cooler conditions, and also great as something to pull on after a ride.


Anyway, whether it's a t-shirt, base layer, or long-sleeved jersey, I'll only buy it if it's merino wool, and even then, it should be 60-70% merino or more (90+ is best - and yes, it matters). But I'll pay full price for it and it's worth it. For this year, Santa, my colleague and best man, Mr Cam McRae, may have beat me to the punch about Chromag's wool collection, but it was going on my list as well - however I'm torn between the Roam short-sleeved jersey (the only jersey I need between about May and September, and it doubles as a layering piece when it's colder out) and the Recluse Wool long-sleeved full zip-up. However, since he published first, I'll include a second choice in case you run out of stock: 7Mesh makes the Callaghan hoody, and it's a beauty both on and off the bike.

7Mesh Callaghan Hoody

The 7Mesh Callaghan Hoody is also a great choice for riding in cool conditions, or, again, when you need something to throw on before or after a ride. It also happens to work for happy hour.

An Enlightened Community

A common theme this year with our Dear Santa letters was giving back. Thinking of others. Doing something to make someone else's day/ride/life better. And I want to echo that idea, Santa. If every rider out there did one really good thing this year, it would make a huge difference. Buy that trail assoc'n membership*. Take someone else's kid riding. Contribute to a GoFundMe. Set aside $50 or $100, or part of a day to do some digging. Everyone can do that much. Just that much, just once. Do it in January, then try to do it again in June. Even I can see that that would be better than a sexy battery-powered 780 hp pickup truck.

*It is crazy to me that so many people still don't get this. For about 1/2 the cost of one day of skiing, or less than one tank of gas, you can become a member of your local trail association. I helped get some friends into riding a few years ago, and they've gone from zero to giving each other NSMBA memberships as birthday gifts. Now that is awesome.

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agleck7
+2 Pete Roggeman Skyler
Agleck7  - Dec. 14, 2018, 6 a.m.

Pete - also worth mentioning an additional EV cost point (as you likely know as an owner): drastically lower cost of ownership, which offsets higher up front cost. Electric is so much more efficient than ICE that its like getting >100 mpg, and electricity is cheaper too, so in Minnesota for example, it’s equivalent to paying like 50 cents a gallon. Add in thousands fewer parts, no oil changes etc, and it’s very significant. It’s the future and coming faster than people think. Can’t wait until there’s a few trucks like that available.

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pete@nsmb.com
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Pete Roggeman  - Dec. 14, 2018, 10:51 a.m.

Very true. I could have written 5,000 words about the benefits of and living with an EV, but I'll save that for future articles ;)

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craw
+1 Pete Roggeman
Cr4w  - Dec. 14, 2018, 12:15 p.m.

I just did some quick math. My $20k vehicle will probably cost me closer to $50 after 10 years when factoring for gas, oil and fluid changes, etc. If I'm driving a lot, maybe the total cost is even more. Which makes a $50k EV like the Tesla 3 all the more appealing. Though it'll still take a fair amount of push to get to the $100k for that first gen Rivia. It's great that so many of us are doing this math. There's no way I would buy a new gas car at this point. I'll drag mine out until the right EV option presents itself. Whatever happened to the Toyota ABAT?

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MikeMc
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Mike McArthur  - Dec. 15, 2018, 8:17 a.m.

That all makes sense if you drive a lot. If we're all out there driving a lot...how do the roads look?. NV traffic is a peach these days, but...hey, have at it.

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mammal
+2 Pete Roggeman Skyler
Mammal  - Dec. 14, 2018, 6:56 a.m.

Dat Rivian Tho... I had no idea.  Thanks Pete, another not-so-attainable for me to dream about. Maybe some day when, like you say, competition knocks the price down a peg or two.

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pete@nsmb.com
+1 Mammal
Pete Roggeman  - Dec. 14, 2018, 10:52 a.m.

In the meantime, check out BC's Scrap It program. Between that and the government incentive, you can knock $11,000 off any EV with a sticker price below 72k.

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kos
+3 Pete Roggeman Cr4w AJ Barlas
Kos  - Dec. 14, 2018, 7:30 a.m.

+1000 on the Rivian!  I've never had more than a cursory interest in any electric vehicle.  This one addresses every single shortcoming for me in one fell swoop.  Except cost.  The 400 mile range version is slated to cost $90,000.

+2000 on joining your local trail organization.

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AJ_Barlas
+1 Pete Roggeman
AJ Barlas  - Dec. 14, 2018, 7:43 a.m.

+1,000,000 on that electric ute. What a beaut! Can’t wait to see electric SUV’s and utility vehicles take over. Had no idea about this one and it sounds great.

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cooperquinn
+3 Andrew Major Cr4w Pete Roggeman
Cooper Quinn  - Dec. 14, 2018, 9:06 a.m.

I'll eat my merino if the Rivian is actually on sale in 2020 as a production vehicle. Also, wouldn't you be breaking the law in this? 

And thanks for the local trail org shoutout. Its interesting, innit? Even "low end" bikes right now are well into four digits. The trails are free - you do not have to pay to use them. I'm not a huge fan of the ski day comparison per say, partially because of the different Duty of Care and liability, but its worthwhile thinking about. Even a day of skiing at the small local hills here will cost you 2x the annual NSMBA membership price.

And yet, a pretty small percentage of riders are actually buying a membership, or otherwise supporting their local tail org; Evergreen estimates they capture somewhere around 1% of ridership, IIRC. The NSMBA closed out 2018 with ~2100 members, and I think its safe to say there's more mountain bikers than that. So.... why the low uptake? Generally, mountain biking is a class of people with disposable income. Your $40 membership adds 2% to the cost of your Marin Hawk Hill 1, with an MSRP of $2k, so I don't think financial hardship is what's slowing most people down. 

There's an element of culture to it, certainly. And an element of education? But how, short of real threats to access (see: CMHC), do "we" convince "you" to join? How do we get you to see the value? 

Er... whoops. [carefully steps off soapbox]

The Rivian is still snakeoil, but it is a cool glimpse into what the future may hold. So until the its for sale, who wants to go halvsies on one of these for a shuttle truck? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJVtGmEUOpQ

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pete@nsmb.com
+1 pedalhound
Pete Roggeman  - Dec. 14, 2018, 10:58 a.m.

Yeah I know. And you're right about the ski day comparison, I just like to use it because the comparison is stark. If ppl considered a trail pass much like they do a 'season's pass' or Edge Card (RIP) it would make more sense imo. 

I dove a bit deeper on Rivian and there's reason for optimism: they bought a Mitsubishi plant and their skateboard battery array platform sounds ready. Long way to go to scale up to production but they're hiring engineering stars from other brands and making a lot of good moves. We'll see. I'll need more than two years to save up for an R1T anyway.

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craw
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Cr4w  - Dec. 14, 2018, 12:17 p.m.

Is this one of those things where bigger players are watching the innovators to see how they do before taking those learnings and building something that defines the category?

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pete@nsmb.com
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Pete Roggeman  - Dec. 17, 2018, 11:41 a.m.

Certainly. The big brands also have to keep their 10 and 11 figure businesses running, and pivoting to EV isn't easy or cheap. Smaller, nimble brands are looking for new segments and can enter them more quickly, even though the propsect of tooling up to manufacture vehicles is mind-spinningly complex.

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pedalhound
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pedalhound  - Dec. 18, 2018, 9:35 a.m.

Yeah, SIMBS has way fewer members and a huge amount of riders in Vic. When I became a director and found out the membership numbers...it was shocking to me. Wherever you are...become a member of your local trail group!

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JVP
+2 Cooper Quinn Pete Roggeman
JVP  - Dec. 14, 2018, 10:13 a.m.

Yes to all this!

On merino, the stuff with 12%-ish nylon is the best. It performs just like pure merino, and is 3x more durable against tears and snags. Lasts a really, really long time.  I only wear merino now, too. 

+1000 to supporting your trails orgs!  We're super lucky in the PNW - Cascadia - or whatever you BC guys like to call this area of the world from Ohreegone through BC.  We got the best trails in the world, and definitely the strongest trail orgs in the world.... by far.

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pete@nsmb.com
+1 JVP
Pete Roggeman  - Dec. 14, 2018, 11:02 a.m.

Good point. My fave icebreaker piece is their 260 weight which is much more durable than the 120 weight top I also have. The Chromag stuff is 70/30 merino/acrylic and still has that 'wool' feel which means it should do well in the odour-free and antimicrobial department.

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JVP
+1 Pete Roggeman
JVP  - Dec. 14, 2018, 11:42 a.m.

I might as well be a wool preacher, spreading the gospel.  I've gotten most of my friends on it over the years.  Our carpools home from the trail are much more pleasant smelling these days.   Clammy polyester jersey-funk can bite me. Being warm when damp is a true revelation.

I go for 1-3 layers of lighter 150 weight tees. Long sleeve tees, short sleeve tees, and then throw a windbreaker over that if it's breezy or freezing out. 

I've got this rotation where I buy merino tees for around town.  As soon as they don't look pristine, I move them to mtb jersey duty.  They last for years. 

That Chromag stuff looks good.

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pete@nsmb.com
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Pete Roggeman  - Dec. 17, 2018, 11:42 a.m.

Funny, I do that with wool t-shirts, too. I also have one that's too tight to wear on its own, but works perfectly as a short-sleeved base layer.

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IslandLife
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IslandLife  - Dec. 14, 2018, 3:33 p.m.

You're looking at the wrong EV Truck... the Bollinger B2 and B1 are going to be amazing... I'm on the waiting list.  They've been out testing their prototypes for a couple years now and it sounds as if their 2020 delivery date is on schedule.

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shoreboy
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Shoreboy  - Dec. 14, 2018, 3:50 p.m.

Hadnt seen that one before.  Interesting.  They better up that range from their estimate if they want to be competitive.  Any idea on pricing?

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craw
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Cr4w  - Dec. 14, 2018, 6:10 p.m.

Close to 100k CAD

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IslandLife
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IslandLife  - Dec. 17, 2018, 9:49 a.m.

I'm ok with the range if it's a beast (durable, which this thing looks to be) and make of aluminun vs plastic (yes).  Looks like the perfect island vehicle... like you could go for a good bushwack with surfboards, bikes, bros and dogs in tow during a gross westcoast winter day and then just hose the thing out when done! Perfect.

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pete@nsmb.com
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Pete Roggeman  - Dec. 16, 2018, 9:17 a.m.

Looks cool. Very utilitarian. Couldn't find pricing anywhere but glad to see other companies getting ready to enter the market.

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AJ_Barlas
+1 IslandLife
AJ Barlas  - Dec. 16, 2018, 11:08 a.m.

Those look great. Kind of an ode to the LR Discoveries with some changes.

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IslandLife
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IslandLife  - Dec. 17, 2018, 9:47 a.m.

Yep, love how basic, minimal and simple it is.  Looks like you could go for a bushwack with surfboards, bikes and dogs during a gross westcoast winter and just hose the thing out when done!  Perfect.

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GladePlayboy
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Rob Gretchen  - Dec. 14, 2018, 7:21 p.m.

Hmmm.. that Rivian definitely caught my eye.... I am desperately wanting my next truck to be electric... come on let's make this happen.... :-)

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EVRAC
+1 AJ Barlas
EVRAC  - Dec. 14, 2018, 10:48 p.m.

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GladePlayboy
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Rob Gretchen  - Dec. 15, 2018, 8 a.m.

That's a proper truck!!

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Vikb
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Vik Banerjee  - Dec. 15, 2018, 7:09 a.m.

If you are switching to an EV for the environment keep in mind that about 50% of an ICE vehicles carbon emissions happen before you drive it off the dealer's lot. And you control the amount you drive so you can reduce the emissions/cost you create while you own the ICE vehicle. As opposed to ditching one and starting again with that huge carbon hit on an EV.

I've got an ICE vehicle that is about 10yrs through its 20yr lifespan [based on my usage patterns]. I'll keep it and get an EV next vehicle I buy, which I will keep for a couple decades. Hopefully EV tech will be much further along by then and prices will be lower.

For now I am just limiting my driving to trips that need a vehicle and riding my bike as much as I can, which is a fair bit. Not driving/maintaining/parking any vehicle is a better improvement than changing what fuel it uses and it's a lot cheaper as well.

To Pete's point...no it won't get you into the backcountry, but if you use your ICE vehicle for the few trips like that you do a year that's not a bad choice in my books vs. the gratuitous driving I see all day everyday from so many folks.

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spud
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spud  - Dec. 17, 2018, 10:15 a.m.

Actually Vik, that lifecycle stat isn't quite right.  It really only accounts for about 15% of the lifecycle. It would be a bit more of the total for someone like you who chooses to drive less (which is awesome, btw).  With our grid here, the EV's manufacturing accounts for a bit more since the actual emissions from driving drop by about 99%.  Check out this report here from the Union of Concerned Scientists (it doesn't have BC electric stats, but the other info is relevant):  https://bit.ly/2ChoEX9  And yeah, for those who can do it, not owning/parking/maintaining a vehicle and going with carshare occasionally makes a lot of sense.  

EVs have a bit more carbon up front in manufacturing, but considering that by next year most of the world's batteries will be made by Tesla, and their plant is mostly solar powered, that part of the carbon footprint will also come down.

I'm in an EV myself now, and I love having largely emissions-free riding [insert energy food joke here].  I also like being able to warm up the car in the garage before I head out for dawn patrols at this time of year.  But, my last vehicle was an SUV and I switched to a sedan to get into electric.  Having better clearance and a hatch again would be amazing - the Rivian R1S would be great, although a tight squeeze into my teeny East Van garage.

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pete@nsmb.com
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Pete Roggeman  - Dec. 17, 2018, 11:45 a.m.

No question that driving less - whatever you drive - is the most impactful choice. Going down to one vehicle from two made a big difference in our household. We use Evo and Car2Go, walk more, ride bikes, transit, etc. However that's a whole other topic, and I really was just writing a Dear Santa letter...sometimes you gotta pick and choose your battles!

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spud
+1 Niels
spud  - Dec. 17, 2018, 3:28 p.m.

What, you don't think Santa gets excited about a little transportation mode share / lifecycle analysis? Geez, I've been giving my 7 y.o. all the wrong advice.... :)

Great list Pete - your Enlightened Community item in particular seems to be trending this year.

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