As I age, I appreciate every day I can get under my own power on a real bike. Will I ever get a motorized bike? Probably. Right now I have zero interest in them.
Thanks Alan. Are all Cypress trails officially closed?
Yes, the height difference between "locked forward" and "easy to modulate" is quite subtle. A few mm of spacers made all the difference.
Ah yes, thanks. That makes sense now. Sounds like you are saying that raising the stem allows you to *un*weight the front more easily, but still load the front tire when you want to. I played with stem spacers yesterday, and noticed exactly what you are talking about. Too low a stem locks you into a forward position.
I get what you're saying Andrew, and my question wasn't for you. It's this comment that has me puzzled:
"In the more trail-bike 130-140mm range you can slide a couple of spacers under the stem and with longer reach bikes you end up with a bit more useful range of motion that lets you properly load the front end, so slammed is optimal for fewer people if they try it a lot."
How does putting spacers under the stem help you load the front wheel?
I find that I move my hands outboard as far as possible on my 770mm bars while climbing, then move them inboard 10mm or so for the descents.
I don't understand how putting spacers under your stem help to weight your front wheel. Wouldn't the spacers move you up and back, away from the front?
Nice! How did you like the fugitive on the rides you managed to get in?
I tend to stick with what I know works. For me, riding on the shore, that's maxxis minions. Dhf 2.5 wt maxgrip in front, and dhr2 2.4 maxterra in the rear. The few times I have tried something else I have been disappointed. Hard to beat the dhf for grip. Everyone in my riding crew has one on the front.
Acoustic bike? Give me a break Cam! That's just ridiculous. How about just call it a bike? I am pretty sure most people understand that you are not referring to a motorized vehicle.
Great list Vik! One thing to add that keeps me going is riding with people younger/better than me. Trying to keep up (and sometimes even stay ahead) is a great motivator and has definitely made me a faster/better rider. I introduced a lot of my crew to mountain biking, and it's very satisfying to see them excel at it.
Great article Cam, and one I can relate to at almost 59. I especially like the bit about riding smarter as you age.
On the other end of the age spectrum, bike shops offer one of the very few opportunities for a young person to develop technical skills*. For the right kid, this can be a learning opportunity for skills that will last a lifetime. If they are lucky, there will be an old guy/gal in the shop who doesn't mind passing on their hard-earned knowledge. I spent years working in a bike shop as a teenager, and some of the best times with my kid were spent in the garage after dinner working on our bikes. He now works full-time as a shop mechanic and is much better than me. I would definitely enjoy working a few days a week in a shop once I retire (which won't be that far off).
*The BC gov has just made amendments to the Employment Standards Act introduced Monday would raise the legal minimum working age from 12 to 16 for most jobs.
Awesome words Cory. I never had the pleasure of meeting Ingrid, but I feel like I would have really liked her.
My Freerider Pros were also my best-performing flat shoes of all time. Light, grippy, and comfy. Sadly they lasted less than a year before the soles ripped and started to tear off. MEC came through with the warranty, and I bought another pair of 510's. I just haven't found any other shoe that works as well for me.
Ah, right. I re-read your article, and I couldn't agree more. It's just a bike, don't be scared to work on it. If you don't have the skills/knowledge, find some one who can help, take a course, or consult the interwebs. You will definitely learn something, and you might even fix your bike!
I am the type of person who can build or repair just about anything, just lucky that way I guess. Bikes are pretty simple machines, and I don't recall not being able to fix anything on them. I could build one from scratch if I wanted to. Of course I understand that not everyone can/wants to fix their own stuff, but I would think that a mechanical engineer would be able to figure out how to deal with anything bike related.