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Fishing Reels & Four-Bar Linkages - Jan. 21, 2022, 9:12 a.m.

"Gravel bikes make no sense coming from a MTB context. They make tons of sense coming from a road bike context. My gravel bike is faster, more comfortable, and safer than any road bike I've ever owned. "

That makes a bit more sense (though I still thinking hitting downhill gravel road washboard at 50+kph on a rigid gravel bike is something I have ZERO interest in). It's been in my mind to get rid of my road bike here in Whistler and switch to a gravel bike, which would give me slightly more options if I wasn't going to get on a mtb. But I would always rather mtb than road or gravel ride...

Fishing Reels & Four-Bar Linkages - Jan. 21, 2022, 9:08 a.m.

Haha! I was about to head off on my moto in Squam this past summer into Lava Flow from Mac Blo Logging Rd, and down the hill from Indian Arm Rd comes this gravel biker through very shitty washboard, bouncing all over the place. It looked absolutely and utterly horrible.

Though I take Marc's comments below - it DOES remain of some interest to me solely as a replacement for road biking that lets me do a bit more than I would otherwise (as someone living in Whistler who basically only road rides in spring when I can't mtb).

We're Being Slowly Boiled Into Super Boost - Jan. 13, 2022, 9:40 a.m.

Here's the convo I want - I have a V3 Wreckoning as well with 157 rear end. Set up AXTR with X01 cranks from build kit, so I expect it at the spec 56.5mm chainline. Run with 30T oval (OneUp Switch DM). While it has seem to run generally fine, I'm interested in playing with a slightly smaller chainline ie 55mm - in Whistler, with the many damn steep climbs, I'm in those large cogs all the time. I'll have to revisit this once Spring hits and I start hitting Pemby to ramp up the fitness...

Aside, I also have my extra wheelset which was 148 that I converted to 157 with beautifully machined bits from Pete at Pinner Machine Shop here in Whistler - scrap that Problem Solver stuff and buy local! :)  www.pinnermachineshop.com

Dave O'Neill's Deviate Highlander 150 - Dec. 21, 2021, 6:16 p.m.

Great custom options! I've a bunch of the same - AXTR drivetrain; Tannus Tubeless as the lighter insert option. I've got the 12 degree Flexx bars and Rev Grips and it has been amazing! Really want those Eewings.... 

Super sick build.

2022 Norco Range C1 - Nov. 14, 2021, 8:43 p.m.

Vesper? If so, just get Classic.

2022 Norco Range C1 - Nov. 14, 2021, 8:42 p.m.

Vespers simply cannot handle big dudes and steep AF climbs (ie like here in Whis) - went through 2 that would slip at the steepest pitches; no fix worked 

HOWEVER, Classic Onyx hub version (which I had previous to Vesper and now have switched back to) have been flawless for me in long term use. Just get the Classic and all good. Damn, I love the silence and momentum that they carry....

Night Riding Needs: The Blackburn Dayblazer 1500 - Oct. 18, 2021, 8:26 a.m.

Get it! But see my other post - least favourite thing is the beam pattern with very defined line between spot and wide beam. But this is a GREAT headlamp. All my Petzl and Black Diamond headlamps sit unused now that I have the Raven

Night Riding Needs: The Blackburn Dayblazer 1500 - Oct. 18, 2021, 8:24 a.m.

I have one as well and got a bunch for friends on a deal Lynx had a while. By far my most used headlamp - LOVE IT! You can get a GoPro mount for it too. I consider it an amazing back up for mtbiking, but personally prefer a bike-specific light that has a good beam pattern (which the Raven does not). Raven's biggest downside for riding is that the beam pattern is basically a very defined spot with a bunch of broad beam overspill. If you are used to using crappy lights with crap beam patterns, or just ride slow so aren't distracted by it, it's fine. But for dedicated mtb light, my preference is something with a better beam pattern (I use the Outbound EVO system Hangover and Trail).

Oakley Sutro Review - Aug. 23, 2021, 3:02 p.m.

Just swapped into the Sutros from Flight Jackets and really like them. However, 2 negatives - super crappy lens choices right now (no Low Light, which is my main lens) and lack of unobtainium socks on the arms. I actually hacked up a couple old extra Oakley ear sock spares I had lying around and shoved them on my 2prs of Sutros so that the Sutros stay stuck in my helmet while climbing. I know that Oakley added unobtainium to Sutro Lite I think? Wish it was on the regular Sutro.

Oakley Sutro Review - Aug. 23, 2021, 2:58 p.m.

So you think Trax are better than Halo? Been using Halo for years and just started using their thicker X3 version, which is killer.

Oakley Sutro Review - Aug. 23, 2021, 2:56 p.m.

For sweatband, Halo X3 (thickest) is killer! Also regular Halo. Skip the Halo Air as it's useless when you're really sweating.

Glasses on back for climbing (have A3, but similar with my A2 or A1) and always carry a cleaning cloth in a ziplock (so it can't get contaminated by other sweaty gear) to clean em off if need be during the ride or before the descent.

That'll take care of your issues.

The All-New 2022 Norco Range C1 - June 23, 2021, 6:24 p.m.

game changer

Wera Bicycle Tools - April 28, 2021, 5:08 p.m.

Did those ones have as well the bearing at the ball end of the hex?

Tannus Armour TUBELESS Inserts Tested - Oct. 30, 2020, 7:43 a.m.

Is this any Trek dealer or the Trek labelled stores? 

Never tried inserts, but with Cam's review and your comments on pricing at certain stores, I'm definitely in for trying a set! I'm in Whistler but locating any store from here into Van, I'd definitely get a set

Lock that Sh*t Up - July 9, 2020, 10:30 a.m.

Also ZipLok looks to be UK? Is there any Canadian distro or did you just order off the regular HipLok site?

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