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May 16, 2005, 7:48 p.m.
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One or Two finger braking

Having read the article, I was under the impression that they are writing to riders with all different types of brakes - V, mechanical and hydraulic… That being said, if you have particularly small hands like me, you don't have much choice other than to use one finger braking or you can't hold on to the bars well. From my experience, one finger works well under all conditions… wet, technical steeps, steep dry terrain and so on and so on… Just go for what works for you.

May 11, 2005, 10:37 p.m.
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Imput on 888 setup

Ask about having the Marzocchi compression sleeve installed. I just got mine put in, but haven't ridden with it yet. My buddy has the sleeve in his fork and it felt much different than mine did--doesn't go through the travel so fast. After next Sunday at Whistler I'll know how much of a difference it makes.

seems the sleeves are a little tuff to get up here. curious as to what shops might have them in the bellingham to seattle area and how much did it run you? if you don't mind telling

March 8, 2005, 4:28 p.m.
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Taking one for the team

Originally posted by Del
that was a heinous crash! glad hes ok, and it looks like you guys have a super fun and positive riding group. To me that is what mountain biking is all about, gettin stoked with your buddies on some fun trails :D

Its so cool to have such a great group to ride with. Everyone's energy gets you so pumped! Sure helps with riding progression, no matter what level you're at. And, most of all, it makes for super fun rides!! I was dying on Sunday knowing what I was missing out on! - had to help my sis move.:( Tim, your video was great and sure has me looking forward to the next time… Hope to see Vedder soon…

March 1, 2005, 12:03 a.m.
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Under the "Big Top"

Originally posted by Robot
**I directed my post at you two simply because you post photos and videos taken at the Woodlot fairly regularly.

No need to take offence: we'll be calling on people much more consistently to support the trail network. And since we're starting to see really high numbers for the area (the 100 you mention for Sunday was probably at one time - the lot was packed from 9:00 on), we're going to need more and better equipment than what we've got now.

Anyway, I appreciate your decision to sign up for the FVMBA. Be sure to mention your user name on your application form so we don't give you shit in the future. **

Considering the incredible number of people there on Sunday (and it does seem to be becoming more of a regular thing) why not try to promote FVMBA by having someone in the parking lot with sign up forms. When someone is all psyched from a great ride and wouldn't want to lose a great riding area (as does seem to be an increasing threat in this sport), what better time to gain some financial support.

Oct. 19, 2004, 10:43 a.m.
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Trail chopped down on Burke?

Originally posted by Rat
**Nothing like blaming the person that does more work then everyone else to trails open.

Classy **

Granted - its great that someone will devote lots of time and energy into the politics BUT using a different mountain/ trail as a bad example to prove one's point for their mountain/ trail of argument is counterproductive to the overall mountain biking scene. And the "its just a matter of time anyways" argument doesn't necessarily hold water. Yes, there had been talk of dismantling the trail but very often someone can remove liablility by at least starting to take steps (ie. posting signs that its coming down). Then one is more likely to delay or even turn a blind eye. It would be easy for the Parks to argue that they plan on getting to tearing down the trail but there are more pressing issues in their park jurisdiction and their budget does not allow it in the immediate future. BUT if someone brings the trail to their attention (MISTAKE!!!) then they would be negligent to not attend to it quicker.

Oct. 11, 2004, 9:09 p.m.
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24/26

I have had both a 26 and 24 on my last bike. I can see that there will be a theoretical difference in regards to climbing. Real world experience for me shows no noticable difference. I can't climb any further or any faster (or slower) than I did with the 26. I do notice a difference on the downhill though… first of all I have a chance of actually being able to get on the bike and touch the ground somewhat (yup, I'm super short). Definitely notice the difference on the steeps. I feel way more comfortable with the 24. I think it all comes down to how you feel the most "at one" with your bike - sizing, geometry and "feel". Worth a try…

Oct. 7, 2004, 6:19 p.m.
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Trail Nazi

Originally posted by Rednecker
Trail Nazi ripped down a buff step-up to drop, and he put logs in front of jumps and drops that he didn't like, ppl that run those lines don't exactly like crashing into logs placed to block them.

the step up to drop that is an alternate line to the log ride??!! If so, that's too bad because although I don't know much about building it seemed super sturdy to me and very fun!

Oct. 7, 2004, 5:53 p.m.
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The Fall Colours riding picture thread

A few fall colours showing…

Oct. 5, 2004, 2:51 p.m.
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steepest slope

Originally posted by bcbud
South of Heaven, Whistler Moutain.

I didn't find south of heaven to be that steep - there's definitely steeper even just at Whistler.

Oct. 4, 2004, 10:52 a.m.
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wow (cont'd) whistler

Originally posted by Banshee Beast
I love that last shot. So cool:thepimp:

Its the new thing I'm trying with the camera- changing the shutter speed to blur the background only. Sure makes for a neat effect.

Oct. 4, 2004, 10:50 a.m.
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wow (cont'd) woodlot2

Originally posted by Location:.
are you guys heading out to woodlot or eagle next weekend, or to eagle sometime during the week?

Unfortunately not. After having all that time off in Sept Bry and I had to go back to work. I'll be able to ride after the 8th though, so pm me if you'd like to hook up for a ride.

Oct. 4, 2004, 10:47 a.m.
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wow (cont'd) woodlot2

Originally posted by trail worker
karaleen rocks it hard.
she's an awesome person and just as awesome rider.

Its that bullit, it tell ya'!! ;) Now that you're in town, we'll have to hook up for a ride sometime soon!

Oct. 4, 2004, 10:44 a.m.
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wow (cont'd) eagle ridge

Originally posted by Jay T
nice i havent been to eagle in years….is the hike up the mtn still ahs bad as i remember:rolleyes:

Yup… there is no easy way up Eagle Ridge and we've tried several different routes… The good part is if you come across another group its a busy day!

Oct. 4, 2004, 10:41 a.m.
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wow (cont'd) eagle ridge

Originally posted by Nick2468
i rode with you last year opn burke
it was cool to see you doing some of the small things on burke and now your doing big things on eagle and woodlot:eek:

Thanks. Its definitely been rewarding to see my riding improve bit by bit. It sure helps riding with people who are better riders. It always shows you how much more you have yet to learn.

Oct. 3, 2004, 3:38 p.m.
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wow (cont'd) woodlot2

…and a few more from the woodlot.

Big Al

Bryan

Al gappin'

Al droppin'

Bry

and me

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