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Who is that guy on CBC?

April 13, 2021, 8:44 p.m.
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Holy thread from the dead! 

Almost like reading a history of north shore riding

April 13, 2021, 9:40 p.m.
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oh man, this thread is a veritable time capsule.

April 13, 2021, 10:38 p.m.
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Posted by: Ned

Picture the very first ride or two down the Dustbin. I have that movie and many more on the shelf :D

Trust me, from a guy who has sampled that trail at every stage of its existence, it's changed quite a lot.

Probably something like this

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3L92hPTk6ps&fbclid=IwAR0HaxIZ7fRjVOmqLQW-EjlbIVzmmzeZMFTRYeGNv4mLvdRGManApRlTuFo

April 13, 2021, 11:52 p.m.
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That's awesome!  The only thing I recognized was the Mushroom / Powerline intersection at 7:39.  Can anyone ID any other locations, like the bridge at 2:30?

April 14, 2021, 7 a.m.
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That video is F'n amazing! 1985!!!

April 14, 2021, 9:50 a.m.
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Imagine jumping on one of those bikes, basically rigid road bikes with wider tires (and racks!) and hitting the Shore without a helmet.

April 14, 2021, 10:03 a.m.
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1985 was before my time, but I started riding shore trails on a mid 90s Diamondback Ascent with a kickass blue/black spatter paint scheme. Full rigid, canti brakes.

Bought it shiny new from the Cap's in Coquitlam and rode that sucker hard!

Wore a helmet tho.

April 14, 2021, 10:24 a.m.
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Thoroughly enjoyed that. Nice find.

My Stepdad still rides an '85 Kuwahara Cascade from that pioneer era 😅. I take it out annualy and ride around above my parents house in W Van, surprisingly capable and fun with the raked out angles and steel tubes.


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April 14, 2021, 10:32 a.m.
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Posted by: KenN

1985 was before my time, but I started riding shore trails on a mid 90s Diamondback Ascent with a kickass blue/black spatter paint scheme. Full rigid, canti brakes.

Bought it shiny new from the Cap's in Coquitlam and rode that sucker hard!

Wore a helmet tho.

I remember those Ascents. I had a Tech Nova around the same time with a smoke on blue paint job.  Funny thing, if I had to choose I'd take those times with the shit bikes over these times with great bikes I think.

April 14, 2021, 11:36 a.m.
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Posted by: syncro

Posted by: Ned

Picture the very first ride or two down the Dustbin. I have that movie and many more on the shelf :D

Trust me, from a guy who has sampled that trail at every stage of its existence, it's changed quite a lot.

Probably something like this

Think moss carpet rideable in both directions if you had the legs/inclination, minus the rocky chunder in fine stretchy pants tube socks feathered hair style... eye bleach JFC

April 14, 2021, 12:06 p.m.
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In '85, I think I was riding a Ritchey Montare. Bear trap peddles, Tommasselli brake levers, Brooks saddle, and might have added a Hite-Rite seat adjuster.

...and we truly believed that a rear rack would add strength to the bike's rear triangle.


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April 15, 2021, 8:30 a.m.
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Posted by: Hepcat

Thoroughly enjoyed that. Nice find.

My Stepdad still rides an '85 Kuwahara Cascade from that pioneer era 😅. I take it out annualy and ride Brother's, surprisingly capable and fun with the raked out angles and steel tubes.

I had an 80's Kuwahara mtb as a cruiser bike around 2000. That thing was SO capable, with a slack-AF head angle and monster bars. Not sure what happened in the 90's to make them decide that stability no longer mattered.

April 15, 2021, 9:57 a.m.
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My dad had a late-80s Norco sasquatch.  I got a hold of it in 94 and thrashed it in the UBC Endowment lands.  Those dudes were 10 years ahead of me... good times!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSlZ38Kji38&t=317s

April 15, 2021, 1:24 p.m.
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Posted by: mammal

Posted by: Hepcat

Thoroughly enjoyed that. Nice find.

My Stepdad still rides an '85 Kuwahara Cascade from that pioneer era 😅. I take it out annualy and ride Brother's, surprisingly capable and fun with the raked out angles and steel tubes.

I had an 80's Kuwahara mtb as a cruiser bike around 2000. That thing was SO capable, with a slack-AF head angle and monster bars. Not sure what happened in the 90's to make them decide that stability no longer mattered.

for sure. my '84 diamondback was slack, with long chainstays & wide, relatively upright bars. for fully rigid, it was pretty effective. in the early 90's, despite having some of the most tech trails on the planet, we decided following socal norba xc geometry / fashion - 71* h/a, short reaches, long flat stems & silly narrow bars - was a good idea. was a weird diversion in mtb evolution. even the local bikes (brodie / rocky) followed those numbers pretty closely - though the pioneering use of the sloping top tube was a bit of a concession to tech riding.

April 15, 2021, 10:11 p.m.
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'NORBA' certainly wrecked bike geometry for a long time. My first mountain bike was in many respects garbage and in 1987 had 'outdated' geometry with long chainstays, short stem and riser bars yet I was able to ride that bike up a steep rooty climb that I could never make on any of my subsequent bikes. I guess someone decided that short stays meant good climbing, but without long top tubes, it meant having 150mm flat stems to keep the front wheel on the ground. Slow hand clap ha ha....

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