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July 8, 2003, 1:44 p.m.
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Unsung Heroes Of The Shore

Bunbury patrols at Whistler. IV is one the funniest guys I've ever been aquainted with. Anyone remember the first underground newspaper at Whistler from 1980? The Answer? Ian wrote the Local Man cartoons and others too. Local Man was a bearded dreadded Vuarnet and Co-op Gore-texed panted superhero. Wore a big G Garibaldi lift company T shirt, fought the Fila Monster on the clocktower. Hmmm old guys reminiscing. Yikes!


July 8, 2003, 1:31 p.m.
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Ride up more - bitch less

Originally posted by LeeLau
At back-in-the-old-days-I-used-to-be-fit-Lee-Diggler pace,I'd say one hour to the tram from yellow gate is reasonable but I've never timed it

I did it in 54 minutes from thre yellow gate to the first paved bit at the top….. a few years ago when I was lighter fitter with few responsibilities. I wouldn't try it today because that would simply confirm that old age had crept up on me and was jumping all over me. When I raced the Seymour and Cypress climbs in '81 when I was a novice class roadie, I did Cypress gate to powerline in 29 something and Seymour in 39 something. Last time I did Seymour it was 49 to the works yard from the guard house. Had a little sit down on a snow cat too while I ate some space food.

July 8, 2003, 11:02 a.m.
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Long cage vs. Short Cage ???

Yeah. I think the raod derailleurs are rated to 27 tooth max although I've used them on a 28 with no problems. Never tried a 32 or 34 but I'd guess it might not be able to do it. You use a long cage to take up the extra chain you have with a wide ratio set up. If you're running a double chain ring or single up front, go for a medium cage XT or XTR. If you regularly bash off rear derailleurs consider "disposable" LX quality or lower.

July 3, 2003, 9:45 a.m.
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Whatever happened to Robson Cycles?

It was started by Don W and another fellow who's name I forget. I replaced Don at West Point when he started Robson. Pippin hired me. They started BLT lights and moved to Nelson. His bro Keith, Rich M and Brian C took over the reins. That's where I first met Wade Simmons. He was a mechanic there. Used to wheelie around the store on customers bikes with his shop apron on, wrench in his teeth.

Keith left, other fellows left and -cash flow over extended ness killed the shop. I used to race for them in Vet expert. We had an awesome team there for a while. Bill, Mitch, Ralph, Pat, Trish that tall guy Brian C. We won a lot of races there for a couple years. One day it was shut down. Creditors moved in and next thing you know BLT is owned by Norco, one of the brands Robson sold a lot of. Guess Don still owned a bunch of the shop. Too bad too. Keith was one of the best bike mechanics I have ever known. He was one to fix things rather than replace. Always playing with stuff. Had a urinal in his Capri V6 powered VW van. Got cut off going to Interbike and that V6 got him back in front of the offending Volvo and the boys took turns peeing into the urinal which drained at the rear of the van. Volvo had his wipers on.

July 3, 2003, 9:24 a.m.
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Ride up more - bitch less

I road rode that climb a couple weeks ago too. Preparation for the test. Did you know that Seymour is considered a Categorie 1 climb? Hate to think what Hors Categorie would be like. Actually I know a couple climbs which could be considered that. Cinnabar Creek up near Tyax Lodge in the Chilcotins and most every other climb there.

June 27, 2003, 9:23 a.m.
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dirt jump park in N.Van?

Yeah there are dj's in Loutet. If you ride up Bad Boys, that's the walking trail that paralels the cut on the west side, its below the soccer fields. Or come due east on 14th and just keep going straight down the path until it drops down. There are also a couple bumps in Greenwood park. Seems like any flatish out of the way patch of dirt grows jumps on it these days. Healthy. Way better than grommets hanging at the 7-11. NIMBYS hate it though. They can't stand the sound of people having fun.

June 25, 2003, 2:01 p.m.
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Whoo has had a bike stolen...

Dude. Below your Mom's deductible. And its not your fault some POS decided to try and take your bike.

June 25, 2003, 10:13 a.m.
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A bit early but what the hey!

Happy Canada Day!These questions about Canada were posted on an International Tourism Website.

1. Q: I have never seen it warm on Canadian TV, so how do the plants grow? (UK)

A: We import all plants fully grown and then just sit around watching them die.

2. Q: Will I be able to see Polar Bears in the street? (USA)

A: Depends how much you've been drinking.

3. Q: I want to walk from Vancouver to Toronto - can I follow the railroad tracks? (Sweden)

A: Sure, it's only Four thousand miles, take lots of water.

4. Q: Is it safe to run around in the bushes in Canada? (Sweden)

A: So it's true what they say about Swedes.

5. Q: It is imperative that I find the names and addresses of places to contact for a stuffed Beaver. (Italy)

A: Let's not touch this one.

6. Q: Are there any ATMs (cash machines) in Canada? Can you send me a list of them in Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton and Halifax? (UK)

A: What did your last slave die of?

7. Q: Can you give me some information about hippo racing in Canada? (USA)

A: A-fri-ca is the big triangle shaped continent south of Europe. Ca-na-da is that big countries to your North . . . Oh forget it. Sure, the hippo

racing is every Tuesday night in Calgary. Come naked.

8. Q: Which direction is North in Canada? (USA)

A: Face south and then turn 90 degrees. Contact us when you get here and we'll send the rest of the directions.

9. Q: Can I bring cutlery into Canada? (UK)

A: Why? Just use your fingers like we do.

10. Q: Can you send me the Vienna Boys' Choir schedule? (USA)

A: Aus-tri-a is that quaint little country bordering Ger-man-y, which is. . Oh forget it. Sure, the Vienna Boys Choir plays every Tuesday

night in Vancouver and in Calgary, straight after the hippo races. Come naked.

11. Q: Do you have perfume in Canada? (Germany)

A: No, WE don't stink.

12. Q: I have developed a new product that is the fountain of youth. Can you tell me where I can sell it in Canada? (USA)

A: Anywhere significant numbers of Americans gather.

13. Q: Can I wear high heels in Canada? (UK)

A: You are an American politician, right?

14. Q: Can you tell me the regions on British Columbia where the female population is smaller than the male population? (Italy)

A: Yes, gay nightclubs.

15. Q: Do you celebrate Thanksgiving in Canada? (USA)

A: Only at Thanksgiving.

17. Q: Are there supermarkets in Toronto and is milk available all year round? (Germany)

A: No, we are a peaceful civilization of vegan hunter gatherers. Milk is illegal.

18. Q: Please send a list of all doctors in Canada who can dispense rattlesnake serum. (USA)

A: All Canadian rattle snakes are perfectly harmless, and can be safely handled and make good pets.

19. Q: I have a question about a famous animal in Canada, but I forget its name. It's a kind of big horse with horns. (USA)

A: It's called a Moose. They are tall and very violent eating the brains of anyone walking close to them. You can scare them off by

spraying yourself with human urine before you go out walking.

21. Q: I was in Canada in 1969 on R[HTML_REMOVED]R, and I want to contact the girl I dated while I was staying in Surrey, BC. Can you help? (USA)

A: Yes, and you will still have to pay her by the hour.

22. Q: Will I be able to speak English most places I go? (USA)

A: Yes, but you will have to learn it first.

June 25, 2003, 10:12 a.m.
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Test of Metal

Good on ya! Sometimes people walk the hard er bits because they have or are about to cramp. Its really hard to ride down steep stuff or hold your line when you muscles are arguing with you. I managed to ride most of the plunge but ran into a bit of traffic and chose to walk another section as a cramp was about to hit.

June 25, 2003, 10:01 a.m.
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Whoo has had a bike stolen...

Yes. Four in one go from our starage shed several years ago. A full XTR Team Issue, Full XTR TNT, and two Marinoni road bikes, 49cm with various parts one red and black the other purple.

I fortified the shed, added a cable lock and eventually we installed an alarm. As often happens, the theives return about 6 weeks later when they hope the stolen items have been replaced with new. We woke up that time and called police. But we turned a light on to see and that sent the butt wipes running and the dog couldn't follow the trail. Cops were there in about a minute.

I recovered the Team Issue about two weeks after the theft. I was riding home on the replacement which was identical when I rode by a guy riding it. I'm 5'5" and the frame was as small as they come 15"? and this dude was probably over 6 feet. I told him he was on my bike and he immediately gave it to me. He yelled something about buying it for $50 from some indian in Stanley Park and fled.

The mountain bikes were fully covered but not the road bikes. Cost is about 5% of the scheduled value. I think it ranges from a low of 4% to a high of 10%.

You need to read your policy though. Often that $500 per bike limit is only for the peril of theft. If you suffer a house fire or a tree falls on your shed and totals your bike, you might be fully covered. I am an insurance adjuster but I property insurance is not my specialty.

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