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Aug. 27, 2015, 12:30 p.m.



March 30, 2015, 6:24 p.m.

So…Quick question for PIA users. I pay my money, download my software, install it…then what? How do I turn it on? What notification does it give me that it's doing it's thing? Any bandwidth or time limits or anything?

Sorry. Total noob.

March 28, 2015, 10:27 a.m.

Got a warning notice today. They encouraged me to write in and promptly take care of this matter. So…just carefully typing out my response. Might include my credit card info, home address and date of birth just to speed things up.


Saw this recommendation.

Any others?

Feb. 3, 2015, 5:06 p.m.

Do I need to google this to see what the context was or should I take your word for it that this is all he said?

I gave a link a page or so back. I couldn't find the complete interview, but the complete sentence is"

"the commitment needs to be a commitment to grow the economy and the budget will balance itself"

So essentially if we don't fuck shit all up we probably won't have to get too stressed about balancing the budget.

Feb. 2, 2015, 9:33 p.m.

Some of the individual States have some strict gun laws, more so than Canada as a whole (then there's others like Arizona where anything goes). However, it is too little too late. Washington just passed a law that if you sell a handgun to another person, then that person needs a background check as well (like we do up here - must be to a licenced owner). Well, they are freaking that this is against their bloody Ammendment blah blah - but this has always been their biggest issue - legal guns getting sold to bad people. Our laws prevent this from happening up here.

Dude. Did we just agree on something? On the Internet? We gotta wrap this shit up, patent it and make our millions.

Feb. 2, 2015, 7:58 p.m.

You should love learning facts first, you have no clue. We do not have 30 round magazines and full auto guns here. Our gun laws are good up North

Bears, other things in the woods as we spent a lot of time there. Plus we hunt - I like pure organic meat. ;)

Hand guns are fun, so are semi autos. Registration does not help the police - there are several articles written by the Police that support those facts - again - educate yourself. Basically, law-abiding gun owners are not a problem. Criminals with guns are. Beatings and strangulation outnumbers gun deaths in Canada. Car accidents kill 1500 people per day in North America. We should register your assault hands as you drive your assault SUV. Silly adding an assault name - it's what politicians like to do to lead the sheeple into avoiding the fact that obesity kills more people than guns. Cigarettes kill more people than guns. But let's avoid talking about that part of our culture.

At the end of the day, when you need someone to stop a bad guy with a gun, you will call a good guy with a gun.

Okay. I apologize for calling them "assault weapons" and detracting from my argument. The whole "good guy with a gun" thing is a myth.

I really don't have much of a problem with Canadian gun laws. I have a huge problem with people trying to make our gun laws more like the US. Let those patriots kill themselves and leave us out of it.

And I came back because I thought of a way better put down. "What are you protecting yourself from, an old lady with ski poles?" Zing!

Feb. 2, 2015, 7:44 p.m.

I tried using this one with my boss when I had to forecast my budget this year, it didn't work for him. Guess it only works for running a country.

Not that I love Trudeau, but I'll take him over Harper. Not quite the full quote, but even the full sentence gives some context.

"the commitment needs to be a commitment to grow the economy and the budget will balance itself"


Feb. 2, 2015, 7:42 p.m.

You aren't even close, but it was kinda cute nonetheless. Assault rifles - that's a good one. DO you have an assault car? An Assault bike cuz it looks new"ish"?

Hold your rape whistle tight. I don't call 911, and I do protect and feed my family.

Oh man. I love it! Any discussion about gun laws always descends into "Assault Rifle! Shit. I can barely get off 30 shots before I need to re-load. That ain't no assault rifle."

Anyhow. What exactly are you protecting your family from? Bears? Terrorists? Terrorist bears?

Buy as many shotguns as you can fit in your house. Have 10 hunting rifles for every day of the week. But why would it be a problem if the government knows how many guns you have? Do you need handguns? Semi-automatic weapons? Magazine loaded rifles? From the bottom of my heart, I don't think that you do.

Jan. 30, 2015, 3:01 p.m.

Yes, more restrictions and more prohibited guns. It's the bloody Liberal judges we have now still in power where if someone breaks into your house and you defend yourself with anything - you will get charged.

Mulcair wants to bring back the gun registry ffs. The same guy that said people don't need any type of weapon (bear spray, you name it) for defense, they should carry a rape whistle and call the police - let them do their jobs….then after the attack on the Parliament he requests 24 hour armed RCMP protection. huh. He wants good guys with guns for self defence but the rest of us - we can blow a whistle. Cuz hey, if they ban guns for us law abiding citizens, then obviously the criminals will turn theirs in too.

Because unfettered access to firearms has worked so well in the USA.

And because requiring some minimal regulations and not allowing unnecessary assault rifles equals "taking our guns away".

This whole "I'm protectin' my family" schtick is delusional.

Jan. 22, 2015, 8:41 p.m.

Shirk and JCL - You guys realize that you're basically bicycle service 1 percenters, right? I feel like I'm pointing out to Donald Trump that some people struggle with paying their rent.

Anyhow - JCL - That Rock Shox service manual is pretty great. That surprises me. But still. Even with that in hand. And tracking down the 110 page Rock Shox part list. And scouring the internet to figure out your base tune. And what parts you need. And hoping you guess correctly. I wouldn't define this as "easy" or "simple". But you got me. My statement that there is "no way" to change this was incorrect.

Jan. 22, 2015, 6:02 p.m.

I didn't think this was a discussion about companies that are able to tune shocks.

This started out as a discussion about the lack of information on suspension designs and shock tunes. I'm not sure that a handful of companies that will tune your shock for a bunch of money runs counter to that argument.

Jan. 22, 2015, 4:01 p.m.

This is all great, but kind of beside the point. The vast majority of bikes come spec'd with a Fox or Rock Shox rear shock. It looks like there is a tiny bit of information floating around out there for the Rock Shox, but no much. For the Fox:

1) There's no readily available manuals, drawings or information on servicing or tuning.
2) There's no information on the base tune.
3) To crack into it, the guy needed to figure out his own way to buy parts, and even design some custom tooling.

So, if the only source of information on tuning/rebuilding a shock is some Internet dude posting on a bulletin board, I'm going to stand by my comment that the majority of rear shocks are un-tunable. Because for the vast, vast majority of riders/mechanics/shocks/bikes, that is the case.

Jan. 21, 2015, 10:52 a.m.

shock tune is quite subjective, though some base knowledge could have saved me a few head aches, (AKA I know nothing). Norco provides a card with suggested tune for the Range spec'ed with the DB air. I set up the GF's bike in line with what norco suggested and she hated it. so she took it down the road to a friend who who has a similar riding style to her and experience with the DB on a specialized enduro. the way he set it up was way different then the cheat sheet provided by norco. I am pretty sure he came up with what works for him through trial and error.

I have no experience with the reliability of Cane Creek's information. I was just suggesting that by comparing their base tune values, you might be able to learn a bit about the underlying suspension design by way of extrapolation.

But maybe not.

Jan. 21, 2015, 10:47 a.m.

Well apart from the three options of compression tune, the five choices of air spring volume and volume reducer spacers.

On my shock at least.

I don't really understand what you're saying here. Are you saying your specific shock has this? What shock are you running?

Are you saying this is what is available to manufacturers?

My point still remains. 99% of the bikes sold have no way to make any of these adjustments with the stock shock. You get what you get. If you're lucky, you have a 3 position compression adjustment.

Jan. 20, 2015, 2:47 p.m.

The shock rate is a variable and tuneable.

But not really. 99% of bikes are shipped with only one choice of shock. Almost none of these shocks have tunable spring rate/volume (other than swapping the coil spring or changing your air pressure). Many of them have no compression tuning, a 3 position lever at best. So it wouldn't be all that difficult for the manufacturer to provide something.

You could probably learn a lot from browsing through Cane Creek recommended base tunes. But it would be nice to have some info straight from the manufacturer.