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Teeter Totters Live On! District Reverses Decision - July 3, 2019, 8:20 a.m.

This is a fantastic piece Cam. Great outcome too.

Thanks to everyone involved in speaking up and bringing common sense to the table.

Removal of Teeter Totters on Shore Trails To Begin Immediately - July 1, 2019, 6:20 p.m.

Thanks for all your work on Pipeline; love the trail.

Rocky Mountain Growler 40 - Budget Review - June 25, 2019, 7:13 a.m.

It’s 135mm. There are an increasing number of 141mm (QR Boost) bikes out there but still very limited hub/wheel options and the Growler has plenty of tire clearance as is... 

I’d personally rather have 135mm and the option to pick up a higher quality replacement hub inexpensively (buy & sell).

Rocky Mountain Growler 40 - Budget Review - June 19, 2019, 7:27 a.m.

Lots of Gravity dropper posts kicking around used - too much stack thought maybe with post and exit cable?

Riding rigid 29+ bikes and playing with tires I know exactly what you mean. I think it’s always going to be a know your kid | know your budget scenario.

Those Suntour forks are easy to pull apart and they do stand by their products really well.

Funny re. Black. Good point re. It’s his bike.

CamelBak Chase Bike Vest - June 18, 2019, 5:26 p.m.

I have a waterproof soft case my phone goes in when it’s moist and that also fits in the shoulder holster.

I really like the phone location specifically because I ride alone and that’s as accessible as it gets?! I can remove it with either hand. 

On tops of the shoulder I’d wonder about visibility (maybe I look around too much whilst riding). 

In the pack on my back is undoubtedly the safest (and least accessible) spot for the phone but I get off the bike too often and, hopefully I have enough built up trail Karma for it not to come back on me to say that, as accessible phone spots go I’m content that where it sits isn’t in my top ten first-contact points.

CamelBak Chase Bike Vest - June 17, 2019, 8:29 p.m.

Cool - fire me a PM and let's see if we can make it work.

CamelBak Chase Bike Vest - June 17, 2019, 8:28 p.m.

HA! Anytime. I've worn some premium f'ing chamois in my day and ditching the diaper paid dividends for me. 

It's a zero-lose situation anyways because even if you decide you prefer the padding for any longer rides the Saxx are comfy for daily use.

Anyways, let me know how they turn out for you on the bike.

Rocky Mountain Growler 40 - Budget Review - June 17, 2019, 11:19 a.m.

You have to allow for the two schools of thought as rigid 20/24” bikes with Plus tires are becoming more and more common. Some level of suspension at a lighter weight and without the cost-sink and maintenance of a suspension fork.

As kids bikes with decent suspension forks and good geo go I agree. The Vertex line looks great (I like the 2018 colour ways better - but maybe that’s just me), geo is dialled, and the spec is excellent. Even the Vee Rubber Crown Gem tires look pretty good (maybe throw a 2.4” Vee Flow Snap up front). I haven’t seen anything better per/$. 

Throw on some Chromag Radar pedals (or the plastic version in the future) and ride.

Rocky Mountain Growler 40 - Budget Review - June 17, 2019, 8:39 a.m.

Thanks! I hope the Trail Sports have been awesome for you.

I’d suggest that (aside from drops or the longest rolls) most riders could take the Growler (with aggressive rubber) and ride it down whatever trails they normally hit on their bike comfortably.

For example, if they ride a Nomad down Ned’s the Growler will be fine down Ned’s - same/same for Bobsled or Boogieman.

The biggest difference between riding this Growler, my Honzo, a Nomad, or etc down these trails comes down to speed. Especially when the trails are dry and loose or greasy.

I’d call myself a strong novice rider and hopefully haven’t oversold my riding ability. I take plenty of breaks climbing No Quarter and for example, I walk a couple sections of Grannies and Bookwus (my current favourites) and skip the biggest optional lines on Upper Oil Can (a trail I road the Growler on plenty of times).

Rocky Mountain Growler 40 - Budget Review - June 17, 2019, 6:46 a.m.

Thank you, I jumped in and edited that sentence to make it more clear.

My point is simply that dude riding it to the store isn’t going to give a hoot what the HTA is and anyone buying the Growler who does care would probably like it a bit slacker.

CamelBak Chase Bike Vest - June 16, 2019, 9:22 p.m.

Sawblade has had exactly the right amount of work done on it. You wouldn’t even know it had been done if you didn’t ride the trail semi-regularly.

Can’t blame you. Traffic West sucks. Traffic in general. Hence why I normally leave the car at home and pedal to Fromme. If I lived close to Red/Bear/Woodlot I wouldn’t journey away often.

CamelBak Chase Bike Vest - June 16, 2019, 9:17 p.m.

No odder than discussing chamois butter with random strangers when working in a shop!

I’ve tried a few models and the Saxx Kinetic in the regular or long length is what I recommend as a starting point.

I have a pair of the Strike model which has a more lycra/compression feel and I like them - and know a couple riders who prefer them - but I like the looser-but-supportive Kinetic.

I haven’t tried the Volt yet to see if the breathability is better.

In terms of over shorts, I wear them with lightweight Race Face baggies, mid-weight soft shell knickers, and Race Face Agent pants - all good. 

Saddle, and saddle adjustment, are maybe more key. Any saddle I’ve tested for NSMB has been sans-chamois. These days I’m usually on a WTB Deva Race (top end padding and cover but Chromo rails instead of Ti on Team to save $$).

CamelBak Chase Bike Vest - June 16, 2019, 7:53 a.m.

I actually haven’t tried the vest under my rain shell. Interesting. My RF jacket is a 1/2 size too big so that would fit for sure without my chin bar strapped on. Might make the pack next level sweaty but in the name of science... 

I truly think every pack should be looking at the mesh straps as that and the small footprint (backprint) are the only reasons I think the pack can breath as well as it does. Hey, it works for runners.

Poor Sherpas... I bet the tips would sh*t too.

CamelBak Chase Bike Vest - June 16, 2019, 7:45 a.m.

Folks either love the west side of Burke or they don’t. I love those trails as much as I did 20-years ago. 

I like to start off with Upper Vic’s or Bean, then hike-and-bike up to Sawblade. Then jump on Lower Sawblade just to where it ~ touches Nescafé and pop over and exit that way.

They’re the kind of trails you can ride on any bike with good rubber - just your speed will vary. Between my Explosif and then my Walt it’s been years since I road Sawblade on a bike with any suspension - rigid fork ftw.

CamelBak Chase Bike Vest - June 16, 2019, 7:43 a.m.

Once you go Saxx you never go back...

I dropped the chamois years ago, so unless I was going to Tinker Juarez a pair of stash bibs it’s not something that would work me. The only time I wear them is longer road rides.

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