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Chromag Phase30 Wheels - April 7, 2020, 2:53 p.m.

26 27.5 and 29 available 

70 $ Canadian per rim. 

Even a crusty old cheap bastard like me can be pleased.

Thanks Cromag !

CushCore 29 Plus Inserts - Much More Of A Good Thing? - April 2, 2020, 9:17 a.m.

The hot ticket for hard tails at one time was three inch Gazzies mounted to a Sunn double wide rim with DH tubes. 

I'm thinking this modern wide tire set up is a tad lighter.

CushCore 29 Plus Inserts - Much More Of A Good Thing? - March 31, 2020, 9:15 a.m.

Been thinking about maybe getting a Rocky Growler. Do a few upgrades and cush core for extra traction and piece of mind . It's been far too long since I've tackled Shore trails on a hard tail with fat tires. 

Do you run less/more or the same amount of sealant with cush core?

Mountain Bikers are still getting Hurt on the North Shore - March 26, 2020, 11:44 a.m.

Cam is calling people idiots a form of positive encouraging conversation? Your a better man than that. Mountain bikers are a rather courteous thoughtful bunch. With a few assholes in the picture. 

Try using positive encouraging statements . 

I have friends that wanted to shuttle . A few words of concern was enough to help change thiere mind. 

Ride alone , ride easy trails, ride slow and enjoy the nature.

Mountain Bikers are still getting Hurt on the North Shore - March 24, 2020, 8:49 a.m.

More than 300 people die each year in BC from automobiles. 

Automobiles are a a priveledge a not a nessesity.

Commuting by bike is a huge risk. 

I get it dont do double black trails . Living is a calculated risk. 

Im still riding my bike on trails. Alone . 

If your behind the wheel of 6000 pounds of glass and steel . Use your signals all time please. Look behind you use your side mirrors. And when there is a person standing at a cross walk please stop. 

Better yet ride your bike and be carefull. 

Thanks.

Mountain Bikers are still getting Hurt on the North Shore - March 24, 2020, 8:49 a.m.

More than 300 people die each year in BC from automobiles. 

Automobiles are a a priveledge a not a nessesity.

Commuting by bike is a huge risk. 

I get it dont do double black trails . Living is a calculated risk. 

Im still riding my bike on trails. Alone . 

If your behind the wheel of 6000 pounds of glass and steel . Use your signals all time please. Look behind you use your side mirrors. And when there is a person standing at a cross walk please stop. 

Better yet ride your bike and be carefull. 

Thanks.

COVID-19 Closes Seymour and Cypress Access - March 22, 2020, 11:41 a.m.

There is nothing stopping you from parking on a less populated street and going for a walk or a ride. I see over flowing parking lots full of people and huge crowds at trail entrances.  I rode my bike on quiet streets and un popular trails. When I passed Interriver park I was shocked at all the people hanging out . Probably 20 people on the pump track. 

Let's not panic but please use some caution .

There are over 150 trails on the North Shore please choose an obscure trail , something new perhaps. 

Please park on a street far away from the trail head and go enjoy nature. 

Thanks

Dr. Strange Hub: Or How I Learned To Love The Gearbox - March 18, 2020, 8:53 a.m.

Shimano hinted at the idea of a derailuer in a can like the Honda that had one. They made a patent for how it would be mounted to a frame. I believe Sram also bought a patent for a geared transmission. 

I love the idea but it would radically change how frames are designed and engineered. 

In my opinion derailuer s are like rim brakes vs disk brakes. Rim brakes work ask rodies. But disks are superior. A geared transmission is superior to a venerable light weight derailers. I'm shocked at how affordable these geared hubs are! 

Bring it on, well the conversations at least.

What Makes a Tire Worthy of the North Shore? - Feb. 16, 2020, 11:36 a.m.

I'm running a Max terra 3c DHF in the rear for winter riding. Amazed at how fast the knobs wear! Bontager XR4 team issue up front that never seems to wear out  . Is Max terra the same as Max grip?

What Makes a Tire Worthy of the North Shore? - Feb. 13, 2020, 12:24 p.m.

I can still get my favorite Maxis tires in 26 inch at MEC!  Cam it's funny that you mention that some riders are not picky about tire choice and run higher tire pressures are better riders? No I'm an average rider who believes how I negotiate wet roots is far more crucial than tire compound. I do plenty of wet root diagonal tire slides in the winter . I would not attempt to turn on a wet root with my front tire. 

We all have our favorite tire and just like shoes it's a personal choice.  

I like the fact that my 26 inch Minions weigh 850 grams and I can't complain about the traction. I think how the carcass responds to your personal choice of tire pressure is most important. 

I run my thin wall tires at higher pressure for fast gnar and air down a bit for slab trails.  I ride at a moderate speed no racing for this old man. 

What's significantly better than a Maxis Minion?

Are Mountain Bikers Accidental A-Holes? - Jan. 17, 2020, 12:12 p.m.

Courtesy is an action based on empathy. It's a gift that one has when they genuinely care about other people. I commute full time by bike. I see pedestrian s being assholes as well as bike commuters. People in cars same. It's to a certain degree to be expected. So I am grateful when courtesy is executed. 

Mountain bikers are by far have the most courtesy out of any  group of people.  I talk in a pleasant loud voice when approaching dog walkers or hikers from behind and ask if it is Ok to pass them . I will stop if they look nervous.  I always give hikers and dog walkers the right of way if I'm traveling towards them . As in I stop and ask them to proceed past me.  I enjoy the many interactions I have with all user groups. OK I'm not super happy with commercial dog walkers. Why do you own a dog? It's good that the dog is getting attention and stimulation but isn't that the whole reason of owning a pet? Sharing that stimulation with your pet?  Still I am curteous to everyone. 

Have I freaked out hikers going up Expresso? Yes I have.  People engrossed in a smart phone viewing or conversation. ? Yes they are startled when I say hi.  I apologise and smile.  

We are the fringe group that hikers can point a finger at. We need to use courtesy at all times. We are human and some of us are ass holes. I think the rest of us have to work extra to balance out the negative connotations that we sometimes portray. 

As a whole I find mountain bikers to be friendly and courteous. I'm glad to be a part of such a friendly group of people.

Uncle Dave: Saving the world with bicycles! - Dec. 11, 2019, 11:28 a.m.

I logged in to upvote this comment. Our economy is based on buying material stuff and rejecting it the next year because it's not new and improved.  I live in this rich lavish culture and make modest attempts to reduce my impact on this planet. 

Think locally ,act globally is a gesture aimed at the individual making better choices . I believe collectively we all need to reduce our consumption of goods, ask for less packaging Most importantly Ride your Bike! If it's old it will still put a smile on your face.

Altered Reality and Mountain Biking - Aug. 4, 2019, 2:42 p.m.

Great write up Cam. Fifth Horseman always gives me sweaty palms I just never feel confident on that trail! Sweet if you felt like the pilot on all those rock problems. I believe the mind game is a huge determining factor on how well you ride. I know I can do any steep section on my 55,s or Fox 36 fork. If I am riding a DH bike with Fox 40,s those steep sections look far more doable. fresh sticky rubber same.

One should not feel any shame for walking a difficult section. There are many stunts and crazy sections waiting for me that day my mind says im ready.  Knowing my bike is quiet and performing perfect also plays a huge role on my mind set. 

I love it when Im riding with some one of greater talent( that would be most of my freinds) says:  No problem just send it you will be fine. They are correct but your mind needs to envision a successful landing. 

Does any one use breathing,  meditation before a crazy stunt? I inhale, exhale  three deep breathes and try to lower my heart rate .

Best feeling is when I just feel on. I look at all the nasty sections and say I own this moment.  If I felt that way all the time I would have to step up my game. I prefer to be a moderately good rider. More room for progression.

Mountain Biking Can't Get Better Than This... - June 29, 2019, 2:23 p.m.

15 years ago we had the Horste link , oil damped coil or air sprung  shocks and forks, hydraulic disk brakes.  All of the pieces of the puzzle were there. By 2006 the process of refinement gave us the Specialized Enduro frames . I bought a large and put a 160 mil. fork up front and ditched the DHX shock.  I still have the bike. Again I must be insensitive to details but I dont find issues with the puny 1/18 steer tube or the 68 degree HTA . Juicy sevens stop just fine.  

How many people are primarily concerned with speed? Im not I am very much into comfort , joy. Modern platform makes it very easy for someone with moderate skills or no skills ride a 170 mil travel full sus  bike and have fun. Thats what has changed and its a good change.  Sells many bikes.

Waki the crazy but insightful guy on PB has a quote. How  successful you ride the trail is 80 percent rider ten percent bike ten percent luck.  Your state of mind is your best tool for negotiating a tricky trail.  Yes its my opinion ,  and my opinion will not sell alot of bikes .  

When I mention open bath forks the only valid argument is weight.  People get quite emotional about the subject. if i make the off handish comment that a 40 pound DH bike performs  the same as a 35 pound bike I am instantly scoffed at. 

Lets guess that Wades bike weight 40 pounds. Why is he riding that bike? because its fun.

Mountain Biking Can't Get Better Than This... - June 27, 2019, 4:19 p.m.

Yt Capra . Cannondale dont remember model , Carbon patrol.  The bikes feel dead I dont feel the bike reacting to the terrain .Things get strange when I do fast chunky trails.  I am not a big fan of flow trails.  Think Upper crippler. Small wheels and plush suspension feel great on this trail.

im riding a 2006 Devinci frantic with a Fox CTD air shock. Saint drive train. Eight speeds 11/40 cluster. 65 degree HTA.  weighs 34 pounds . I built up a 29 pound carbon Santa Nomad with a Durolux fork. My frantic feels like a mini DH bike the Nomad rode like a XC bike. I sold the Nomad. 

Wade could kill it on a fully rigid fat bike down cypress .If you have his talent the bike is not all that important. The last bike i saw him on probably weighed about 40 to 50 pounds.  

lets say that I dont see any significant improvments in bikes in the last 15 years.

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