Woodsy, I think a visit north is in order…no more excuses. See you soon!
Until then, heal strong brotha!
A bit off topic (and late) here, but I wanted to let some of the lower mainland riders know about our race this weekend.
Located south of Bellingham, Washington, Larrabee State Park sets the scenic stage for the Enduro of Subdued Excitement on Sunday May 4th, which will take racers across a thrilling network of trails on magnificent Chuckanut Mountain.
4 rugged stages with approximately 4,000 feet of descending.
2 on-course aid stations stocked with water and products from Clif.
Delicious beer provided at the finish line by Kulshan Brewing
An on-site taco truck to ensure everyones properly fed.
Bacon station at the top of the first and second stage provided by Fanatik Bike Co.
The Enduro of Subdued Excitement helps support the Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalitions mission of preserving and enhancing trails in Whatcom County through stewardship, education and advocacy.
To learn more and register for the Enduro, please go to: http://wmbcmtb.org/enduro-of-subdued-excitement/
I have not built any woodwork this year. I put in some culverts. Not nearly as cool looking or fun to build, but no one has cut them in half with a chainsaw!
True dat, Thaddeus!
Going forward, I'm only building bridges where absolutely necessary. Can't bear seeing hundreds of hours of work cut into chunks and just dropped into a creek. :(
This is BC Parks we're talking about here. One big government bureaucracy. They know all this but are bogged down by process, inertia, legislation and its just a job for them.
Totally get that…it's just a reality of dealing with government and it sucks. As you know, we're dealing with the DNR at the North Fork for 6 years and they still closed them down. We finally got a break with State Parks on Chuckanut which took over a decade to get.
Jerome and Tim are down from Whistler right now and we were discussing this topic last night as Jerome was scanning the email thread. A couple of things we're doing here locally, that could help you folks.
1. I'm giving our land managers a full tour of Galbraith as an example of the types of trails (XC, FR, directional, multi use, etc.) that we've built and maintain.
2. I'm giving them copies of the IMBA trail solutions book to further go over how we build trails that are both fun and sustainable.
3. We're going to be inviting them to our future build academies (paging Mark Wood!).
4. They've got two major issues: their aging user base and lack of funding. Most hiking groups/clubs in WA state have an average age of 60+ and aren't getting any younger. I discuss how involving mt. bikers, climbers, etc. into these areas helps GAIN support by younger people for parks and future funding.
5. IMO, mt. bikers want to stay ON trail when trails are built well - whether that be in the Alpine, in the bike park or anywhere. Anecdotally, I've found hikers tend to braid and explore off trail far more than mt. bikers. I've seen this on many hiking only areas - even in Wilderness.
Mark came down to the 'ham and led one of these for our local building community. I thought he did a terrific job of covering the fundamentals. For the more experienced builders, it also served as a solid refresher on thinking about drainage, grade reversals, outsloping, etc.
Everyone got something out of it and Mark got to ride some of our trails - win-win! I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to learn more about proper trail design in the PNW.
Really great job guys.
Riding the Shore back in the day and seeing the level of effort and detail that the builders put into their creations really inspired a wave of people to pick up a shovel and give back to the sport. Running into guys like Digger, Pete Morin, Dan, etc. working on the trails was always such a treat. Our crew would instantly throw down the bikes, offer up beers and start rock bitching for them. It was the LEAST we could do at the time, but when we'd head home, we'd start scouting and building our own lines. That is one of the intangible benefits that many on the Shore probably haven't even considered. Dan has my utmost respect.
Knolly Chilcotin (must be getting close to production I would have thought)
Rumor is the first batch got to Noel's on the 8th and will be shipped after I-Bike. That's my hope anyway. 2nd Batch is slated for late December arrival.
I'm pretty sure that both batches are accounted for….but it can't hurt to check.
What I found was a pretty poorly stocked store with a limited selection of brands. Staff was pleasant but I can name 10 shops in Vancouver that have better selection and pricing. Not worth a trip across the border even for high end purchases.
Really? Name them.
I know several Canucks that have bought several BIG purchases there - specifically because of their selection/service. I don't know many shops that sell (and stock) more bikes and I travel a fair bit.
Also, all of the employees/owners shred and dig - plus are knowledgeable about the products they sell.
Name issues aside (sure that Sylvie and Scott scratch their heads about that!), they are a great shop.
It says the XL has a 24.6" ETT. That's not very big. I've also heard said that some bikes 'ride bigger than their ETT' (like the 2011 Demo's). If ETT is no longer an accurate guide to how big a bike is, what else can we use?
For DH bikes or bikes where you do a lot of out of the saddle descending, the "Reach and Stack" method is the best way to measure a bike, IMO. For bikes where you'll do a fair bit of in-the-saddle climbing, I think the ETT is still the most effective way to measure a bike.
FWIW, Kevin Menard (co-owner) is 6'4" and Sam B. is also in that same tall'ish range, so you could probably email those guys to see how the proto is fitting them so far. Just did a big ride with Kevin on Sunday (3,900 feet of climbing) and he was slaying it up and down on the Bandit.
Hit Fade to Black, Afternoon Delight and Smith (aka McLovin) this week. I'll let folks figure out where the last one is….. ;)
New stuff is always so fun to schralp!