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Aug. 7, 2021, 9:19 a.m.
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Re: North Shore relics

It's such a cool trail! We did a trail run down it and loved seeing all the relics. I'm pretty sure there was a skinny that ended with a significant drop and a tree right in front of it!

Aug. 7, 2021, 9:18 a.m.
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Joined: July 16, 2020
Re: North Shore relics

Posted by: syncro

It’s a shame GMG got taken back by the forest. Not really a secret trail, it was on maps for a long time.  There’s enough cedar in that zone to rebuild it if someone wanted to take it on. I think what killed it was the difficulty and the climb, not enough riders willing to go up there to ride it.

I would think with so many people I read on here complaining about not enough tech trails etc this would be a great option! Just a tiny bit further than 7th, I would think there could be some decent interest if a builder took it on.

June 6, 2021, 7:35 a.m.
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Joined: July 16, 2020
Re: Great shows to binge watch - social distancing.

Ted Lasso - really funny, light but smart (appletv)

For All Manking - historical fiction based on what may have happened if the space race had continued (appletv)

Mare of Easttown - most have probably heard of this already but a solid piece of police drama but also indirectly looks at the impacts of multi-generational family trauma (I think hbo max...I downloaded)

I Shouldn't Be Alive - I was a bit obsessed with this series for awhile. Real tales and depictions of people who almost perished in the wild...forest, desert, ocean. (YouTube)

Alone - great series where people are dropped in the middle of nowhere and have to survive with their 10 items for as long as they can. Patagonia, Vancouver Island, Arctic...really interesting look at solitude and survival skills. (Netflix US...I think I also downloaded some)

May 29, 2021, 5:03 p.m.
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Joined: July 16, 2020
Re: Parkgate Bro-fest coming to an end

Posted by: Couch_Surfer

This’ll be interesting.  How do they distinguish between Bro-shuttlers and people with bike racks shopping?

At some store lots they have security guards roaming around actually looking at where people go and whether they go into the store. Wonder if that's what will happen here?

May 29, 2021, 4:46 p.m.
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Joined: July 16, 2020
Re: How much do you know about the history of Indigenous people under Canadian rule?

I've been working with First Nations all over BC for about 17 years now (6 as a consultant and 11 for federal gov) and while I am by no means an authority on things Indigenous, what I have learned is that every organisation I've worked for continues to have inherently racist attitudes and policies wrt FNs. Every year I tell myself I have to leave, but I keep at it. Not sure why other than sometimes I feel like working from the inside may be more effective than from the outside. But banging your head against a brick wall really wears at you.

At least at this point in my career I voice my perspectives freely and call bullshit when I see it (not always well received). But let me be clear...reconciliation is a politically motivated shell game with no teeth. The government does not want to give up any control or actually engage in developing frameworks for shared or collaborative decision-making. They think FNs will walk away if we through enough cash and pomp and circumstance their way. They won't, and they shouldn't. But I do not blame them for taking the little being offered.

I was involved in an initiative where basically all we wanted to do was codify already existing shared decision-making protocols and even that was halted because they didn't want put it on paper for everyone to see and for us to be bound by (i.e., wanted to be able to renege on the few collaborative processes we have with FNs). I've also seen executives put their 'spin' on interpreting a legal agreement with a FN group because they didn't want to collaborate anymore (i.e., cough cough Harper gov). The layers of bullshit are flabbergasting.

May 9, 2021, 10:11 a.m.
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Joined: July 16, 2020
Re: Are you paying for general trail access?

I pay in cash (NSMBA annual membership) and sweat (trail building days). I think both are essential and should be mandatory BUT obviously not enforceable which is also a model I support. 

I put in a lot of trail building hours last year for the first time in my 6 years of riding and I loved it, made great friends, and learned a TON about the trails that have actually helped my riding. Highly recommend it if you can.

May 9, 2021, 10:05 a.m.
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Joined: July 16, 2020
Re: Does it matter where you ride?

Totally depends on mood, energy level, time to ride, and whether I'm riding solo or w group/friend for me. I live at Mtn Hwy/Lynn Valley Rd so Fromme is closest but Seymour is up there and I also love heading to Squamish for the day. I've ridden SFU, Sumas, Burke etc but North Shore/Squamish are my favs. 

Locally, if I'm kinda tired from work sometimes I prefer the mtn hwy climb as a mindless grind. Sometimes I want to ride something familiar vs a trail with a lot more features I'm working on and have ridden less. My approach this year is to try new trails so I have more of a range to pick from. 

Vibe is also a factor...east Seymour (Old Buck) feels different from Hyannis entry etc. I definitely tap into intuition more than anything, especially if solo riding. 

But to answer your question...no! Live your life, ride your bike.

May 2, 2021, 8:44 a.m.
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Joined: July 16, 2020
Re: Vaccines for all of us... assuming all the people under 40 left this forum.

I'm over 40 so when AZ was available I registered at about 7 pharmacies in North Van. Nothing. Most of my friends ended up calling small pharmacies within the day of the announcement and got in. 

I work in the Aldergrove 2 days/week and my boss there told me later that week, he got an appointment at a local Shoppers so I stopped by on my way home...asked if they were taking walk-ins, they said yes! I waited 10min, got my shot, 15min wait then was on my way! Total of 30min! Couldn't believe it!

May 2, 2021, 8:31 a.m.
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Joined: July 16, 2020
Re: To the ass-hat on Bridle today at 5pm...rant-warning

Well the good news is these encounters are rare and hopefully will remain so. I've been trail running and mtb-ing on the north shore for 7 years now and can count on one hand the negative experiences I've had, even in the past year given the huge increase in volume. Ya, there are the occasional grumpy or rude faces, but generally whenever I encounter another user group, everyone goes through the Canadian stand-off routine (please go ahead! no you! no you!) and we continue on our merry way. If anything, I've had more annoying experiences with other riders when I'm riding (people riding my ass and not asking to pass - riders taking a break, see me coming, then jump in to be ahead of me even though I've got momentum and speed on my side etc). 

Only thing I can do is be as courteous and nice as I can and remember that humans will be humans and the only thing I can control are my own actions. It can be frustrating but I don't wanna give others the power to ruin my trail time. 

I'll also be on that call this week and I hope the parking restrictions don't come back, mainly because it just pushes people further down the block resulting in a never-ending NIMBY scenario.

April 18, 2021, 7:44 a.m.
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Joined: July 16, 2020
Re: BC COVID Restrictions

Posted by: Sethimus

Posted by: RAHrider

Posted by: syncro

Posted by: cerealkilla_

I agree with this. I think responsible people here drag themselves over coals trying to avoid looking like they are flaunting rules while doing something with no real risk of transmission if they aren't riding with others. This while others are doing crossfit, going to the gym, dining out - all in groups that include people outside their bubble. Unfortunately, Bonnie needs to set aggressive standards because despite telling us not to, I still see groups of riders who definitely aren't all from the same bubble riding together.

why is it possible to even doing these things?

gyms and restaurants are closed here since october? you can order take out, that’s it. yet, our numbers are also climbing again. because our fucking politicians can‘t get around closing EVERYTHING down for some weeks. work and open schools are too important for them, yet this are the places most infections occur now.

It's very possible! Gyms and restos have been open since October (yoga studios on/off). I don't know about private gyms but the North Van community centre gyms have remained open since last year. Last time I was there was in the fall and you had to wear a mask until you got to your 'station' (treadmill/bike/rack etc) but then could take it off. As you can imagine, most people just weren't masking at all once they walked in. This is why I haven't gone back, especially now. A friend who attends a CrossFit gym in Squamish has also continued to go, they minimise heavy cardio stuff and make folks do that outside. Not something I wouldn't feel safe doing that but definitely lots of people do.

Also patios are open and have been the whole time (well since summer 2020 anyway).

April 5, 2021, 8:47 a.m.
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Joined: July 16, 2020
Re: Amazon

Posted by: Stuminator

How much money does Bezos need? He could pay his workers a living wage and still have enough money for himself.

Greed isn't rational.

April 5, 2021, 8:36 a.m.
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Joined: July 16, 2020
Re: Pipeline - wow!

Thanks for all the work! I've been anxiously awaiting trail days...

(good puppers!)

March 20, 2021, 4:07 p.m.
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Joined: July 16, 2020
Re: ebikes on the Shore

Posted by: DaveM

Posted by: mudrunner

It's a fact. I had one guy blast past our group of 4 twice on Mtn Hghwy (he did Bobsled before heading up to Expresso). Both times without warning and full steam ahead....no acknowledgement at all. The second time I asked him for some warning. He stopped, slowed down and rode with us for a bit...turns out I know him. He apologised and said he just got the bike and was having a a blast....this is a fellow with many years of Shore experience. I was quite quite surprised.

Most everyone I know and have spoken to on the trails have been riding for a long time.

I'm more pissed when I'm slogging up a climb and someone flies past me and I see they aren't on an e-bike :)

Haha if I had a dollar for every time I was passed climbing and thought "wtf he's fast...oh well he must be on an e-... jeezus h!"

March 7, 2021, 8:35 a.m.
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Joined: July 16, 2020
Re: Where do I start?

Posted by: FatBear

Posted by: meloroast

I saw you were considering carbon...wouldn't bother.

I was initially drawn to carbon because, coming from sailing, if it ain't carbon it's worthless

Definitely not the case for mtb.

March 7, 2021, 8:32 a.m.
Posts: 26
Joined: July 16, 2020
Re: How low is the snow?

Leppard was basically clear a few days ago. Last bits of snow/slush but all clear past bathtub. Was wondering about 7th but thinking it's still pretty sketchy.

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