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July 3, 2014, 8:12 a.m.
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Grumpy Old Schoolers

Unfortunately, this argument comes up again and again, and the solution is always the same. Flip got it perfect with this response.

My 2 cents.

No-one likes change, and I love the old school trails, but in the last 7-8 years I've been doing a lot more building, and one thing I've come to realise is that what I loved in techy trails, is really just really shit, totally unsustainable trail alignment. It's fun for a while, then it just gets blown out, trenched, wet, the wood gets polished and worn and the rock also gets polished and just dangerous.
The problem is, people still want this, but with the current volume of ridership on the shore, it's impossible to sustain this for even a short period of time, since even beginners will think that they have the skills and will then go try the trail, skid, braid and walk their way down the hill, damaging the original line.

The only thing that will work, is to keep the advanced trails on a different mountain. Cypress is a perfect venue for this, and it looks like Gord and Alan have things really sorted with their approach.

Also, if you still want old school tech, there are a couple of options on Fromme that are still perfectly fine (eg. Grannies), or, you can travel half an hour and you are on Eagle or Burke where there are lots of great old school options, some of which (Nescafe) aren't super steep, still really technical and probably moderately sustainable given the current ridership volume.

June 27, 2014, 10:42 p.m.
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2014 World Cup Thread

June 26, 2014, 10:36 a.m.
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Flats vs Clipless -- controversial comment of the day

That's not what the OP was getting at. He/she thought that with the foot further forward on the pedal that the saddle needed to further forward to match but that is not the case. If one uses knee over the pedal spindle moving the foot forward and back does not change that relationship.

I know, hence the ;)

June 25, 2014, 1:11 p.m.
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Flats vs Clipless -- controversial comment of the day

It does not change the relationship between where you sit and where you grip. It does not therefore change reach at all.

Technically, reach and stack are not dependent on seat position. ;)

June 20, 2014, 8:02 a.m.
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Beer

Looks like Steel [HTML_REMOVED] Oak is opening it's doors next Tuesday.

June 19, 2014, 12:25 p.m.
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many of you ride hardtails?

hardtails, ug. Name me one off-road specific vehicle that doesn't have suspension?

The hardtail and the wheelbarrow.

Spoken like someone who hasn't spent any time on a good hardtail.

June 17, 2014, 8:47 a.m.
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B/B's: to thread or not to thread

B/B related thread jack time.

I'm thinking about getting a Chris King BB, have a Shimano XT crankset on, but most likely will get a SRAM crankset in the future.

Do Shimano and SRAM cranks have a different crank spindle diameters? I recall the original CK BBs weren't SRAM compatible, website doesn't seem clear about it. Does the CK BB use a different BB installation tool?

SRAM BBs have an insert on the drive side that steps down the ID, the crank then pinches the drive side bearing to hold it in place side to side. Not sure if the bearings themselves are different sizes or not

June 17, 2014, 8:44 a.m.
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Thank Goodness - Trek/Fox/Penske/Jesus is going to save us all with their new shock

I have always found with travel adjust forks, the bike feels sluggish in the low setting. Not sure why. Especially when climbing something like mountain highway.

Specialized? I've been on a few different bikes with TA, and Spec always seem to feel the worst, almost like you are ploughing the ground with your front wheel.
I've always been of the opinion that TA forks are a crutch for either overforking a bike, or bad/sloppy frame design/geo. I've been on a lot of bikes that work really well with relatively big forks.

June 13, 2014, 9:38 p.m.
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Beer

So Dageraad is a total win…

June 13, 2014, 2:07 p.m.
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2014 NSMBA Toonies

I parked at the school. Lots of space, no time limit. I just don't get why we call can't just spread the cars out a bit and [HTML_REMOVED]gasp[HTML_REMOVED] pedal a bit further. Mountain hwy and every little side street was a mess of parked cars for the first block. A few blocks in and they are empty.

Parking is fine and plentiful. Just not right at the entrance to the playground.

I parked about half a block away from you and still got ticketed :(

June 12, 2014, 11:55 a.m.
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Electric Vehicle (EV) discussion thread

http://www.teslamotors.com/blog/all-our-patent-are-belong-you

Wow!

June 12, 2014, 8:54 a.m.
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Thank Goodness - Trek/Fox/Penske/Jesus is going to save us all with their new shock

So did I read that wrong, or did they basically just build a damper that works like a shim stack, without actually using a shim stack?

Also, since pretty much everyone agrees that shim stacks work well. What were they thinking?

June 4, 2014, 9:35 p.m.
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Dropper post choice

If you could read you would see it was an issue with the seals. The overall quality of the post is better than any other post I have seen, but having a 260+ pound dude is going to push these things beyond what most normal riders will put their posts through.

When you have been riding as long as me and broken as much shit as me you learn to be a little more realistic about things. I can see past an issue with the seals (that has been resolved) that does not lower it's overall quality.

The true test is in the long term durability and I have not been on the post long enough yet to tell you that about that. Only time will tell if the Thomson will come out on top or not.

I get what you said, but the wording wasn't the best. I have handled the Thomson, and apart from still having the annoying cable loop, the machining and finish is absolutely top notch quality, but if the seals are an issue and the post is slipping, then it fails at it's intended purpose, which would detract from the quality of the unit.
I'm fortunate, I don't weigh much, and don't break much stuff at all, but I do choose my parts somewhat carefully, and more and more, I am finding that hype and image is trumping quality and function, and it gets really annoying.

June 4, 2014, 9:30 p.m.
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Offset shock bushings?

i guess that depends on ones skills as a machinist and equipment at hand

Full machine shop and hardened steel. The hard part is keeping the drill tracking true through the pin. Since the wall thickness at the thinnest point is [HTML_REMOVED]1mm, the smallest drift can ruin the piece.

June 4, 2014, 8:57 a.m.
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strange sound from the front shock

Sounds like the fork is topping out, which could be caused by a number of problems. How long have you had the fork since it's last service? My first guess would be it's time for a routine service now.

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