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BeggarsWouldRide - Oct. 13, 2021, 11:33 p.m.

Mike, I've been reading your words for most of those 30 years, I had issue 1 of bike, and most of them after.  Glad you're back somewhere that lets you "speak".   Kinda like being home,  looking forward to more.

The Loam Ranger Loves Dogs: Except on the Trail - May 28, 2021, 3:03 a.m.

I played it this way as well. If I said I was going out on a day other than "the group ride" Mercury (Hg) was there.  He was part of the reason I was going out and I was clear on the route /distance with him in mind (in his prime 16k was the sweet spot).   If some one said otherwise "Well have a good ride then...."   Until he was 8, Hg often lead all but the fastest and longest of descents.  He would get invited on rides too, the tone is set then.  He did come on the odd group ride nite too (if it was the right route), but never w/ out a check in.  Often those were "pack rides" anyhow, and he had company.

He was, and still is the most annoying creature to drive to a trailhead with.   Even at  10 yrs old and over a thousand trail days.  The thought of shuttling with him.....  NOPE.  Gets as amped for his 4-5 km walk and sniff in the local woods as he ever did for big adventure laps in places like Revelstoke.

Andrew's 3.5 Best Kids' Bike Upgrades - May 14, 2021, 1 a.m.

Great article Andrew!  (As per usual, agree with it 100%)  My girls are now 18 and 16 and love riding.  The expectation in our household is vacations w/ out snow will include good riding.  You are bang on about the "life lessons".  Most sports teach SOMETHING, but few activities teach you how to be self reliant in so many ways.  

The tubeless tip was a great one.  I set my girls up tubeless, my youngest benefitted the most/ longest.

Tubeless tire hack (its the original "Non-tubeless to tubeless conversion") for those shite steel bead tires.  This only, really, works on 20" and over.

Supplies: 2 x 16in innertubes (will fit  up to 24" as well), Scissors (or exacto knife if you're reeeeaaaaly steady of hand and careful)  Tubeless goo (150ml max).  Dishsoap and H20 (spray bottle is nice too)  RECOMMENDED :  More patience than you think and/or and adult beverage and a bunch of loose change and the "swear jar" in easy reach.

Step 1: Inflate tube more than a bit (should fit over rim pretty easy) and mount it.  Let out most of the air.

Step 2:  Using a pair of scissors (just easiest) filet the tube (cut open all the way 'round the tube),  Fold over the rim, should have a good overhang on each side.  Clean off the powder. Remove stem core (probably schrader/ car  type)

Step 3: Mount one bead of the tire.  Using a 1/4 -1/8 dishsoap /H2O mix  Now go get that drink,  the loose change and the "swear jar",  Trust me.....

Step 3.5 to 35   Mount the second bead (try hard not to use levers you don't want to pinch the "liner".  Don't worry about how much solution used, you can drain it.  

Step 4:  DO A TEST FILL!  (find a friend with a compressor, way, Way, WAY! easier)  If it works....  now add a bit of sealant, and valve core. Inflate.  Trim overhanging / exess inner tube close to tire.  BAM! Tubeless!

The innertube helps fill the irregularities in the cheap tires on kids bikes.

Andrew's 3.5 Best Kids' Bike Upgrades - May 14, 2021, 12:12 a.m.

Dakine women's pad sizing is ridonkulously small, (meant to look good on Lifestyle models, maybe?)  But great quality and fit groms well.

Coming OUT On A Ride - April 30, 2021, 3:06 a.m.

The "Why is this news?" paragraph hit a solid target.  It was well said. I have LGBQ friends, co-workers and family.  What I do for living exposes me daily to a diverse cross-section of humanity. Hmmm... don't want to be wordy, so straight up.  That paragraph opened my mind a bit. This whole article was well written. Allyship, I like that concept.  Matt, Corey, Alex D, I'm glad you're part of this community.  I'm glad you all chose to speak up.  I guess that's really the key point.

Going To 14 Speed - April 6, 2021, 10:15 a.m.

Hybrid GB system.  2 in the front.  Ratios 1 and 2.25

Mathed this up with a narrow ratio 9spd road cassette (11 - 25) a long time ago. Same range as 24 /36 with 11-36 cog. But 18 speeds w/ zero overlap.

7 spd (w/ 10spd spacing) in the back w/ wider ratios and accepting some overlap....  a modern hammerschmidt with a wider ratio..... say 1:2.  The larger gears would really help with drag reduction.......

SR Suntour TriAir Rear Shock - March 1, 2021, 1:19 a.m.

Re; "S,y-h-a-f-Mt" (followed that link too) true.  Rode an On*One 456 (26r)  in the "shiz from my garage" build for years when I was teaching my girls to ride.  Kept me honest about what they were experiencing, showed them "it is not about the bike" & made my rides more entertaining.  I've always been of the opinion that a hardtail should be in the quiver, ESPECIALLY for those times when your going to take out a newer / less skilled rider. and now tangent time.....

Bought an RSD Middle Child St frame last year to replace the 456, when sourcing a functioning fork in 1" 1/8 straight steer tube became about the same cost as new frame. Turned the old 456 full commuter (rack & fenders to boot) Have to admit became spoiled after riding a bike that actually fits well for the first time in my life (b/c 6'4") with a less than +530 mm stl, 600mm htt and 900mm standover plus needing a 100mm stem to get the "reach" correct (2017 RMB Slayer XL ;509stl, 657htt & 820soh yay! ) All us tall dudes wanna say "Thanks, new school geometry!" . The Mid Kid is almost an identical fit  to the Slayer (less seat tube and lower soh) but 29r.  It is SOOOO much fun.  Its also WAY more capable (mainly b/c it FITS) than the 456 (Ok measured , 605htt), and doesn't hold me back (much) riding with my girls (16 & 18 now).  Also they can't say "Well, dad you're on a F-ing Slayer!" when I say, "Seriously, these chunky rock steps are totally ridable." 

PS:  The Titan is the #1 for my next ride. (The knolly Chilcotin 151, Prime and the Ripmo AF are in the sights as well.)  Looking forward to the "full" review.

2020 NSMB Gift Guide - Week 4 - Dec. 13, 2020, 9:22 p.m.

So Pete, I'm always a bit curious as to how Canadian pricing is always just some random number b/n 35% and 50% higher than US pricing.  The current exchange ($Cdn 1.28/ $US 1.00) on the CDN dollar puts that Rise LTD  at $13393 ($2607 dollars less than "Canadian price" (that is incidentally the "Canadian price" of the Giant Roam E-commuter + $92, as a metric) and the M20 is $1208 more than current exchange.  Do bike  companies think that all Canadians like it with out dinner first?  Orbea is DEFINITELY not alone on this, by the way.  Heck bike companies aren't alone, all sporting goods seem priced like this.  I've looked into it in the not too distant past, its not all tariffs and shiz......

FYI a bit more math the LTD is 52% higher than the exchange rate more, and simply 48% more than the US price (35-50%) the  M20 is 40.3% >exchange rate, and 46%  (that bracket again).  I am not looking for an ebike currently, and would not EVER buy a "top tier model" of any type of bike, from any manufacturer, but's that's a whole different discussion (strong believer in "min-MAX"ing and dollar cost averaging).

Leatt DBX 3.0 Trail+ Full Face Helmet Revisited - Nov. 9, 2020, 8:58 p.m.

PS  own this helmet.  For how I ride  GOAT.

Leatt DBX 3.0 Trail+ Full Face Helmet Revisited - Nov. 9, 2020, 8:56 p.m.

ER / ICU Nurse with more years in than most of your followers have B-days.  One word: MOUTHGUARD.   For neuro-protection and maxillo / facial injury prevention, there is a reason EVERY contact sport in the world requires one.  Info I've seen indicates probly more value than "shear layer" protection (your scalp has more give than most of them).  Big plus : a lot of them offer healthy dental coverage if injured while wearing one (dentistry is NOT covered here in Canuckistan).

Leatt DBX 3.0 Trail+ Full Face Helmet Revisited - Nov. 9, 2020, 8:38 p.m.

I have a pretty big noggin', and bought the X-large.  Actually installed two of the thicker pads and had to bring in the retention system.  MUCH roomier than the fox airframe intants HA in tying it on, thought I lost an ear removing it), and more room than the Bell Super.  Try on the open face versio for fit.  Also ride Trail + / Light enduro here in the Okanogan (HOT summers).  Loved it in Moab in 2019.

The Problem with "Tribe" - July 21, 2020, 4:31 a.m.

Daaaave...... stop making people have grown up thoughts.   Well written, this would do well in "mainstream" media.

2018 Bontrager Line Comp 30 Wheels (US$300?) - May 27, 2020, 7:20 a.m.

If you want to go lighter, for decent money, ride these HARD for the the year and have a good wheel builder build that hub to a lighter rim.  Soft alu rims are ALWAYS heavier because they use more material to improve their strength, and stiffness.

Riding Near Home This Weekend - April 10, 2020, 4:19 a.m.

One of my co-workers asked "What's the first thing you plan on doing when things settle down?"  W/O thinking I said.  "Go for a ride with my Boyz (we're all around 50, so forgive that) and post ride BBQ!" .  I can't do that now.  So far I know I've been involved with 3 confirmed cases (#s are low here, so far).  One of my Boyz has the "Big C", 2+years of chemo (fuck cancer!)  The risk of me passing this onto ANYONE I know, who could have contact w/ him is why I'm riding solo, or w/ the wife and kids only for as long as it takes.  Small potatoes, really.  3 of my fellow RN's are married to people with health issues that put them at HIGH risk.  They aren't even living w/ their spouse and kids rt now... This thing is no joke.  If those out there doing whatever they want, have caused me this further "small inconvenience";  Fire Truck Them!  If these people have no one in their life that they can remotely conceive making the sacrifice of standing 2m apart and driving solo to the trail head for (they probly don't care enough to notice those issues though), then "The Man" will continue to step in an make the choice for ALL of us.

Riding Near Home This Weekend - April 10, 2020, 3:51 a.m.

I am an RN, in an ER in the interior.  Mountain biking is my outlet.  The the parks are closed because of exactly what you mention Cam.   People are NOT following social distancing in the parks (already groups, not families, out camping this way).  Its worse in areas near cities, and despite it's in a few areas, BC Parks is provincial organization so it's having a provincial effect.

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