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Nov. 30, 2016, 7:20 p.m.
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Pressing bearings into a carbon frame

Loctite 641 sleeve retainer. Recommend by some sites for pressing bb bearings into carbon frames.

Nov. 28, 2016, 8:50 p.m.
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Close one yesterday

I did that on my very first mountainbike ride ever. Circumstances not so dire though. UBC endowment lands as they were known then, now Pacific Spirit Park. Newt loop. Went left when I should have gone right. Three times I made the same mistake and it was getting dark. But I just bushwacked a whole 25 metres to Blanca. Easy to do in unfamiliar terrain. Did it ski touring once and we ended up at Fitzsimons creek. Got disoriented on top of cowboy ridge thinking we were on Oboe. Got suddenly whited out, wind ripped our map away but we couldn't see far enough for the map to be much use, but I had another one. Spent the night out under a fallen tree with my space blanket tarp and poles for a roof.

Nov. 23, 2016, 6:18 p.m.
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Do you buy from CRC?

So I called Loomis/DHL again on Friday and they again promise a delivery on Monday. Came this morning just before I left the house. Went for a ride in the slush to test out the new bars. It's all good now.

Nov. 21, 2016, 9:30 a.m.
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Servicing rear shocks.

I'd get the Fox one personally, there are multiple options depending on which shock you have.

The Evolution shock you have has a higher nitrogen charge in it than a lot of the other shocks and you need to make sure you have an air can that is designed for that charge.

Talk to your local shop and have them call the distributor (or call the distributor OGC yourself) to make sure you get the right can for your shock, otherwise you're doing yourself a disservice and potentially wasting money.

It's also possible you might need to increase your rebound damping once you install a can with a larger neg chamber. Because the shock has much larger neg chamber it will have much lower initial breakaway force. Some riders have reported that they must run substantially higher air pressures to make up for this and get the right amount of sag and consequentially you might need to slow your rebound to contend with the higher PSI.

Here's an install video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itV1c0uMBs4

The N charge is in the damper, not the air sleeve so why would that affect it? The larger negative air chamber does not affect initial breakaway but it will have a longer affect through the stroke. It allows or demands a higher psi which provides more midstroke support. That's how it was explained to me. Did I get it wrong?

Nov. 19, 2016, 5:46 p.m.
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SNOWLINE TIME!!!!

Opening Wednesday. Might go Thursday for a few runs. Break in my shins. Nordic will be a while. No snow there yet other than a short track of last years snow that they stashed in a ditch all summer.

Nov. 19, 2016, 5:42 p.m.
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Do you buy from CRC?

Gaaaaa. I screwed up my last order. DHL was selected automatically as free and tracked. I get a notice that the parcel is coming between 11AM and 9PM on Monday. Delivered by Loomis at 10:53 according to tracking and I was not yet home from my dog walk. My fault I should have been home. Anyway the tag on the door says a sig and money is required. No indication when the next attempt would be. The days of the week boxes were all blank. Anyway online tracking says buddy came around 8:30 AM next day but no one was home. I was in my living room or taking a crap. No door bell was rung and the dogs didn't bark. Fuck. Call them up and am told they would try again. Wife took a call Thursday promising delivery Friday between 9 and 5. We are home all day. No show. I have half a mind to refuse delivery and let them send it back to Ireland. They want $20.74 on a $104 dollar item. Should only be GST. What is the rest? Brokerage?

Nov. 17, 2016, 5:20 p.m.
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Rain jackets

I've been wearing my 7mesh for a couple of months now. I sweat a lot and this does a great job at keeping me comfortable. As waterproof as it gets but this is never as much of a problem as breathability. It takes a bit of experimentation with which vents you want open and what to wear as a base for the conditions. I found that you need to build a bit of heat up inside in order to get the jacket to breathe effectively. If you leave all the vents and zipper open, the jacket doesn't work as well. You need a large difference between inside and outside temperature.

I'm happy with it, and the customer service. I stopped in and chatted with Bobby for a while. These guys are awesome, know their shit and stand behind their product 100%. I bailed hard and caught the sleeve on a sharp rock. Relatively minor damage considering the speed and the trail but a small hole and scuff nonetheless. I dropped off the jacket and within a week it was repaired, free of charge. Try getting that with other cheaper jackets.

Highly recommended, especially with the current pricing. That deal can't be passed up for one of the best (if not the best) jackets available from a Squamish company with lifetime warranty. Support local!

You are right. So I bought one to match my shorts.

Nov. 11, 2016, 11:28 p.m.
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Rain jackets

I don't crash much anymore but I have scuffs on the sleeves of this jacket and my other Neoshell jacket as well. Most of the tears I have had in clothing are from snagging branches. I know what you mean about spending on something fragile though. Ages ago I had a GORETEX jacket that had. A polyester face fabric as opposed to nylon. Tore it skiing somehow. No idea how I just came home with a new pit zip without a zipper. The Sugoi is nylon. I don't recall the Chute as being a heavier fabric but it was stiffer. I have torn ski jackets more than once. I repaired them with duct tape on the outside, shoe goo on the tear inside and once cured the duct tape comes off and you can barely see the tear. Same with scuffs that can cause leaks through the membrane.

Update. Fell on my elbow on a rock today and scuffed a hole in the elbow of my Neoshell jacket. Not big enough to worry about but I think a bit telling as to its durability. My elbow hurts but it wasn't a real crash, I just fell over. I couldn't put my foot out because I was stuck next to rock and my foot was trapped.

Nov. 8, 2016, 9:17 a.m.
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2015 Norco Range cracked frame

That crack had probably been growing for a while but not noticed. Aluminum is like that. No creaking from the crack and it propogates quickly. I'm sure that will be warranted.

Nov. 7, 2016, 6:54 p.m.
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Rain jackets

In terms of rain friendly footwear, does anyone use those commuter style "booties" for mountain biking that just cover your regular mtb shoes? or is it too easy to rip them up? Contemplating whether I should buy winter specific shoes or if I would be able to get away with booties.

They suck. Proper winter shoes are best but even shoes with no mesh or vents with a wool sock are pretty good. I'm riding Giro Teraduras and I can easily wear a thick wool sock and be warm at 4°c or so. It hasn't been cold here in Whistler yet this fall so I can't say how that will work below freezing but I think it will be OK. I have North Wave winter shoes too. They have GORETEX uppers and are a good at sub zero temps for me.

Nov. 4, 2016, 4:13 p.m.
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Rain jackets

No doubt it's a better jacket. I was tempted to go for it but I was worried about its resistance to falling apart in crashes. Maybe I crash more than average but I've torn a bunch of clothing and have been surprised how well the Chute stood up. I just couldn't bring myself to spend $350 on a jacket that I'd love for the properties but then be gutted when I tore it. Have you had many crashes in yours and how did it manage those?

I don't crash much anymore but I have scuffs on the sleeves of this jacket and my other Neoshell jacket as well. Most of the tears I have had in clothing are from snagging branches. I know what you mean about spending on something fragile though. Ages ago I had a GORETEX jacket that had. A polyester face fabric as opposed to nylon. Tore it skiing somehow. No idea how I just came home with a new pit zip without a zipper. The Sugoi is nylon. I don't recall the Chute as being a heavier fabric but it was stiffer. I have torn ski jackets more than once. I repaired them with duct tape on the outside, shoe goo on the tear inside and once cured the duct tape comes off and you can barely see the tear. Same with scuffs that can cause leaks through the membrane.

Nov. 4, 2016, 9:01 a.m.
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Rain jackets

Has anyone tried the Sugoi RSX jacket? I remember it had a big fanfare on release but I havn't seen anyone wearing one. Meant to be crazy breathable. Problem is it's $350. That seems like too much to spend on a mountain biking jacket when you're going to fall and scuff/rip the thing.
My Race Face Chute has stood up to a hell of a beating. It's not the most breathable but good enough for me. But then I dunno any different not having tried the bling stuff

The Sugoi is by far way way better than the Chute. I wear my Sugoi a lot. It is standing up well although I did have pocket seam failure on my first one which was quickly warranted. One of those glued seams on the rear pocket. I had a Chute before the Sugoi and the draw cord failed the first week and needed to be repaired under warranty. But that jacket wetted out after a couple weeks use. In my experience no name membrane fabrics are total shit.

Nov. 1, 2016, 9:30 a.m.
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Tesla PowerWall

:google: says: http://lithiumabundance.blogspot.ca/2008/03/canada.html

I toured Bernic Lake during university in the late 70's. Massive crystals. Beryl crystals the size of your leg. Tourmaline the size of an arm. We were shown a spodumene crystal that was over 60 feet long.

Oct. 31, 2016, 4:21 p.m.
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No Trespassing signs on CMHC lands and trails

Sharon,

Good question(s).

I am sure Lee can explain the detailed impact of the new BC Societies Act on organizations such as the NSMBA. In simple terms the new Act makes the NSMBA accountable not only to its members but to every person it impacts no matter how small the impact. The NSMBA receives funding from the DNV. As a result, on November 16, 2016 the NSMBA becomes accountable to all DNV ratepayers including I and, I am sure to the consternation of many posters here, Mrs. Monica Craver.

In a related topic, I am considering running for the NSMBA Board of Directors and inquire generally from all posters here who are NSMBA members what matters should the NSMBA be addressing given the new Societies Act.

Best regards

Hazen Colbert

Yeah right. So in theory you're saying each and every citizen in the District has some right to demand a meeting with the NSMBA or any other District funded non profit. Really? Or would it be that the contact would be through the municiple government? You have no standing in the local government so you have no right to demand any meeting. You would certainly be welcome at the NSMBA general meeting. As would Mrs. Craver although the audience will be less than receptive.

Oct. 30, 2016, 6:18 p.m.
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Easton

Is the bike portion separate? I thought they bought Raceface last year? I googled it. Raceface bought Easton presumably just the bike stuff, then Fox bought then both.

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