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Jan. 10, 2020, 10:45 a.m.
Posts: 9
Joined: Dec. 20, 2017
Re: EXO + vs Double Down for rear tire

Posted by: grimwood

Breakdance32, I’m running the same bike as you. I went from EXO DHR2 with cushcore XC inserts to assegai DD up front. I found that while it’s heavy, I wasn’t paying a large resistance penalty. Definitely worth it. I had a DH DHR2 maxx grip out back. Good traction and decent rolling. I would say it was the best all around. Then I went to an assegai out back too. Definitely noticeable. Tons of traction but tons of rolling resistance. 

I can’t recommend the inserts enough. They are awesome. The XC guys are super easy to deal with. And not crazy heavy.

Have heard good things about the XC inserts.. thinking of running EXO+ with xc cushcore and see how it goes.

Sept. 17, 2019, 12:35 p.m.
Posts: 9
Joined: Dec. 20, 2017
B.C. backcountry users seeking 'Right to Roam' bolstered by court decision

Just thought I'd post this... though it's still very, very far from a full-on "Right to Roam" situation like Scotland enjoys... this decision could start the move towards something similar in the future. And it brings up some questions in my mind... how would this relate to trail systems, building of new trails or existing but unsanctioned trails?

I have no idea, but thought it might provide a good discussion with input from those that know more. The article references a "Right to Roam" private members bill that Andrew Weaver tabled in 2017 and though it doesn't sound like he's in ready to bring it forward again just yet, he does say - "I’ve said it before and now the court has said it. It is time to start unlocking the gates.”

https://theprovince.com/news/local-news/b-c-backcountry-users-seeking-right-to-roam-bolstered-by-court-decision/wcm/8a09c575-040b-4fad-b83b-b67323a48178

Thoughts?

July 23, 2019, 1:49 p.m.
Posts: 9
Joined: Dec. 20, 2017
Re: E-bike rangers patrolling Seymour

Anyone know the fine amounts?  Just need to adjust my consumables budget for the year.

June 27, 2019, 4:25 p.m.
Posts: 9
Joined: Dec. 20, 2017
Re: Home insurance companies that have the best coverage for bikes?

Posted by: grambo

Posted by: IslandLife

Cycling BC Insurance program!!!!

Originally meant for racers as it covers damage or loss while racing and training as well as the usual stuff. But I don't see why anyone else wouldn't buy it as well. There are a few different levels depending on the value of your bike. Mine covers up to $10k, is $60 a year (when purchased between Oct 1st & Dec 31st, $85 otherwise) plus $60 a year if you didn't plan on being a Cycling BC member, which you need if you enter any events. And deductible is $500.

Covers:

- “All Risks” of direct physical loss or damage to bikes scheduled, only while participating in sanctioned racing events (sanctioned by Cycling BC or an equivalent sport organization, including fondos) and while training.

- Theft at home or a secured hotel is also covered, providing there were clear signs of forced entry. Coverage will not respond if theft occurred through an unlocked door or if, for example, the garage door was left open. A police report must accompany the claim.

- Policy Territory is Worldwide

Link to get your insurance - https://cyclingbc.net/membership/insurance/bike-insurance/

What about theft from bikes on a vehicle though? Or if you drive your bike on your roof rack into a parkade, or back over your bike because you didn't put it on the rack (friend did this). Homeowners through TD/BCAA cover all of those.

Those were just the highlights... the full policy covers theft from a locked car or rack etc. But no, it does not cover if you run your bike into a parkade or garage or run over your own bike, haha, that would suck. Guess you'd have to compare against the cost of the policy, deductibles and such vs the risk of doing something like that. I use a hitch mounted tray rack... so I should be ok for parkades etc.  I use BCAA for my home insurance and to add enough insurance to cover my bike cost quite a bit more than the $65 Cycling BC insurance.

June 25, 2019, 4:20 p.m.
Posts: 9
Joined: Dec. 20, 2017
Re: Inter river bike park

Just for some info... Alpine did the Stevie Smith Memorial Bike Park in Nanaimo... it's one of their projects in the link, this one here - http://alpinebikeparks.com/project/stevie-smith-bike-park

It is an amazing bike park bar none.  To be clear, the asphalt pump tracks (one mini and one maxi) were built by Velosolutions (they built most of them worldwide).  The big one is crazy fun and is a stop on the Redbull Pump Track World Championship.  But I believe Alpine subbed that part to them..?  All in I believe, at the time, this park was about $400,000 give or take... (and didn't include the existing BMX race track, though it may have had some refurbishing).

And now the Stevie Smith park is on it's way to getting lights.  The Stevie Smith Legacy Foundation teamed up with Crank Bros to create the F15 Stevie Smith Memorial Edition Tool.  All the profits from sales go towards getting the park it's lights.

June 25, 2019, 3:44 p.m.
Posts: 9
Joined: Dec. 20, 2017
Re: Home insurance companies that have the best coverage for bikes?

Cycling BC Insurance program!!!!

Originally meant for racers as it covers damage or loss while racing and training as well as the usual stuff. But I don't see why anyone else wouldn't buy it as well. There are a few different levels depending on the value of your bike. Mine covers up to $10k, is $60 a year (when purchased between Oct 1st & Dec 31st, $85 otherwise) plus $60 a year if you didn't plan on being a Cycling BC member, which you need if you enter any events. And deductible is $500.

Covers:

- “All Risks” of direct physical loss or damage to bikes scheduled, only while participating in sanctioned racing events (sanctioned by Cycling BC or an equivalent sport organization, including fondos) and while training.

- Theft at home or a secured hotel is also covered, providing there were clear signs of forced entry. Coverage will not respond if theft occurred through an unlocked door or if, for example, the garage door was left open. A police report must accompany the claim.

- Policy Territory is Worldwide

Link to get your insurance - https://cyclingbc.net/membership/insurance/bike-insurance/

Nov. 21, 2018, 4:22 p.m.
Posts: 9
Joined: Dec. 20, 2017
Re: fromme 6th switchback sold to gun club?

3/4 of an acre does not seem nearly large enough for shoot'n... plus it seems pretty close to some very, very high priced real estate, in terms of noise that is...  so, if anyone is planning on starting up some kind of range... I'm pretty sure it would get shut down asap. I'd start letting some of the residents know about this.

Feb. 4, 2018, 11:17 a.m.
Posts: 9
Joined: Dec. 20, 2017
Re: Hey single-bike people - how often do you get a new bike?

Ha!  Very similar... current bike is a 2017 Norco Sight... previous bike was 2007 Brodie Hoodlum (with a bunch of upgrades/changes along the way of course).

So 10 years for me!

Dec. 20, 2017, 2:30 p.m.
Posts: 9
Joined: Dec. 20, 2017
Re: Looking for some input.

Just thought I'd throw my two cents in as I'm in a very, very similar situation as you.

So to start... I started riding when I was 14, did some racing through teenage years, then stopped. Moved to Whistler to chase the dream for a couple years (pre bike park) then the North Shore after that dream was crushed (haha) (late 90's). Started riding a bit with an old Rocky Mountain hardtail with a 2 inch travel fork... and had a blast. Around that time the Whistler Bike Park opened up, so I bought a bigger cheap Brodie DH-ish rig and had a blast for a few years on the Shore with trips to the WBP.

Because of life, kids, moving for jobs etc... was rarely on the bike for a period of about 10 years or so. Then moved to Victoria 2 years ago and am just getting into riding again. Took my old 45 lb monster for a couple AM rides with friends who are all getting back into things this fall and realized very quickly that I needed a new bike haha!

So I, like you, have been researching like crazy, reading reviews, posting on forums, talking to friends, demoing bikes etc, etc... trying wrap my head around the new bikes, the tech, the angles the 1x drivetrains, etc!

The terrain I'll be riding is mostly AM/Trail crossed with aggressive XC and dabbled with some good Enduro, but I will also make a few trips a year to the Mt Washington Bike Park as well as the Coast Gravity Park and a couple days in Whistler. I'll probably even get a couple days back in my old stomping grounds around the shore.

One other factor I considered while shopping, since I am also only able to own one bike (well, one mtb... I have a commuter as well, I do live in Victoria), was that it needs to be able to work well on a couple extended mtb trips with friends to various parts of BC that will be AM/Trail/Aggressive XC, where I'll need to be able to keep up more on the up and traversing sections and then still have energy for the down!

Anyway, like someone mentioned, I kept my eyes open for good deals on 2017 rides and managed to find a great deal on a 2017 Norco Sight (27.5)... and it was such a good deal I was able to swap out/upgrade/lighten a couple of the parts as well.

Have only taken it out for a couple quick rips... but so far, it feels perfect. 140 (5.5 inches) & 150 (6 inches) is more than enough. Hit a pretty aggressive enduro trail and it handled it amazingly well. Part of it may be me being rusty and slow, part of it may be me being out of touch for 10 years and the tech making leaps and bounds, but part of it was also the bikes capability. And honestly, at my age, with my responsibilities, I'm not going to get out enough that my skills will improve that much, so it feels perfect. The weight is also great... but I wouldn't want it any heavier! And I feel like I still have a ways to go before I'm able to take this bike to it's limits.

My thoughts on 29'rs... the bikes I demo'd were great bikes... just that none felt right to me compared with 27.5. Hard to describe, but the 27.5 versions I rode just felt more... fun I guess? Lively? Jumpy? To each their own though.

Hope this helps... happy hunting!

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