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Dec. 16, 2019, 4:17 p.m.
Posts: 3,502
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Re: How often do you take your gun when you ride?

Posted by: tungsten

Posted by: nouseforaname

The streets don't actually run with blood down there - most deaths are suicides (60%) or gang related (22-27%). Accidental deaths run about 3% (<1000 per year VikB). That leaves between 10-15% (3200-4800 in 2011 #s) as what most of us would think of as interpersonal homicides. Avoid shooting yourself, don't deal drugs or hang out with dealers and you have a pretty slim chance of getting shot. Those figures were from 2011 but homicide rates are down about 50% from the 1990s, so pretty valid IMO. The endless news media cycle tries to persuade us that things are different with their constant coverage of murder and mayhem - if it bleeds it leads!

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Guns killed nearly 40,000 Americans in 2017, according to official statistics, which only counts cases if guns were "the principal cause" of death but not if they only "contributed" to it; that is 4.43 deaths per 100,000. By contrast, the death rate from gun violence in Japan and the United Kingdom is 0.04 and 0.06 respectively.

About two-thirds of all gun deaths in the US are suicides. This tells us there is plenty of despair. It has gone up by 33 percent in the last two decades while the global suicide rate has declined by 30 percent in roughly the same period.

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/drugs-guns-despair-america-killing-americans-191210154703005.html

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The 2A was written expressly with the intent to allow regular people to defend against a tyrannical government.

Of course the Founders of the US were against democracy - because they understood that democracy is fickle mob rule and nothing more. Most people don't understand that we don't live in a democracy, so when they see stuff like was posted above they think that can be used to attack the intent of the founding of the USA, which is ridiculous.

[b]Yeah no it's not yes they can and no it isn't. Jeez........[\b]

Edit: If any NSMBrs want to come shooting - drop me a line. Ammo's on me. Come and see how safe and regulated Canadian firearms owners are.

Cool! Got an outdoor location where we can film it so we can post up here and make Vikb's skin crawl? You, know, the anti-gun guy who rides a bike with silhouettes of Colt SA revolvers on his chain stays?

But no 2nd admendment discussions ok? I wouldn't want our little outing to end in bloodshed. heh...

ps - I can bring my own ammo

I'm not sure what you meant by the bolded section.

Your numbers broadly track with mine - so I think you're in agreement with me that if you're not suicidal or dealing drugs, you have a low chance of dying by firearm?

I'm a member at PCDHFC - we can discuss the 2A all you want. A video would be pretty dull because safe and well regulated really translates as dull.

I don't end political conversations with gunfire. I hope you're not projecting.

Dec. 16, 2019, 7:31 a.m.
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Re: How often do you take your gun when you ride?

Posted by: syncro

While the part about muskets may not have been bang on (ha!), the general point I was making about firearms still stands. There is a pretty wide margin between the firearms of today and 300 years ago, especially when it comes to hand guns. And while the point you make about the 2nd Amendment is true, that also speaks to the main point I was making; society today is quite different from 300 years ago and to expect the rules we live under to not change at all is it a bit unrealistic. 2A is an amendment, it's not impervious to change.

I don't think most people here are calling for a ban on guns, just improved regulations around purchasing and owning them. That's one of the main issues with firearm ownership in the US in my opinion, there is a wide variation in regulations. Some states have what seem like fairly sensible regulations and other states have very little. It's like having a no peeing section in a pool - not very effective. The other thing I see is that the pro-gun lobby seems completely opposed to any talk about firearm regulation, if it comes up they basically loose their shit.

When it comes to Canada I think we have fairly sensible laws for the most part, but I still think there is room for improvement. Some of that is would be in favour of firearm owners and some would be in favour of stronger regulations. The recent moves announced by the Liberals are not waht I would call an improvement.

How much of a margin between 18th century freedom of speech and what we have now? He types on his computer. There is a slim margin between society of 50 years ago and today - there is no firearm on the market that is novelly different from what was available 50 or 60 years ago. 40 years ago, you could buy a select fire rifle or an actual machine gun. You could buy real assault rifles just like the military had - actual M16s with full auto not just AR15 semi automatics. Want an M2 Browning, sure no prob. What has changed for the worse since then, you can't buy an assault rifle any more, so things should be better right. Why are things 'worse' now than they were 40 years ago?

States with the strictest regulations have the most problems - when will enough regulation be enough? There are already laws about transporting firearms, shipping firearms across state lines (has to go to a FFL, not your home), mandatory background checks for all purchases - what law can you propose? (Serious Q, answers like 'take them away' or other unicorn reliant solutions don't count).

What stronger regulations would you propose for Canadian firearms owners - that aren't "this gun is scary, you can't own it"? And what improvement in favour of firearms owners would you propose?

Dec. 14, 2019, 10:55 a.m.
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Re: How often do you take your gun when you ride?

This thread delivers.

Canadian exceptionalism, misunderstanding the 2A, misunderstanding what Americans can legally do with their owned firearms and a good dose of holier than thouism. Add in some bad statistics (looking at you VikB) and misunderstanding about whether America is a Democracy or not and what that means. But about what I would expect for NSMB talking about firearms and Americans. Subjects most Canadians are ignorant about IMO.

America is a different country, with a different cultural origin. Where Canadians stayed as happy subjects of the Crown (and are still generally happy to be subjects) Americans threw off the yoke. Everything from then on diverged their culture from ours. In the 1700's the folks who were white on this continent were not much different, whether they were North or South of the 49th parallel. Comparing Canada to the US is about as meaningful as comparing the US to Mexico, despite our 'common' language.

None of us up here generally 'get it' IMO, as the cultural differences are constantly reinforced (especially over the last 20-30 years up here from what I've seen and read). Canada has continued to push a civilian disarmament plan, where as Americans have gone the other way. Despite that gun culture (because of it?) homicide rates continue to fall in the US and Gun Culture 2.0 is racially diverse . Canadian gun owners are still culturally much more homogeneous - old white guys etc. In the States, firearms ownership is growing rapidly among young ethnically diverse urban dwellers, and they're not buying hunting rifles.

The streets don't actually run with blood down there - most deaths are suicides (60%) or gang related (22-27%). Accidental deaths run about 3% (<1000 per year VikB). That leaves between 10-15% (3200-4800 in 2011 #s) as what most of us would think of as interpersonal homicides. Avoid shooting yourself, don't deal drugs or hang out with dealers and you have a pretty slim chance of getting shot. Those figures were from 2011 but homicide rates are down about 50% from the 1990s, so pretty valid IMO. The endless news media cycle tries to persuade us that things are different with their constant coverage of murder and mayhem - if it bleeds it leads!

The 2A was written expressly with the intent to allow regular people to defend against a tyrannical government. They'd experienced that once already and knew what they were talking about. Syncro's point about a musket being different to an AR15 is a typical red herring. At the time of the War of Independence, many Americans were BETTER armed than the Redcoats - they had rifles which were more accurate than the muskets which were literally unable to hit a man outside of 50 yards - they didn't fight in big lines because they liked the symmetry. Against that were colonials who could often kill a man at 200 yards or more due to the better accuracy of their firearms. The Supreme Court in the US has actually ruled that NON military firearms are NOT covered by the 2A! Most folks don't know that. So owning something that is not an AR15 or derived from a military type firearm puts you at more jeopardy than owning a select fire assault rifle. Why would you expect to restrict people to a firearm that is less capable if you expect them to defend themselves against the government that you expect to try and tyrannize them. IMO that argument is usually made by people who say things like "Well defending yourself against the government is ridiculous, you could never do that." Or "governments never harm their own citizens!". Both of which are patently false to even a casual student of history. Disarmament is usually the first thing governments do before subjecting their citizens to violence.

Of course the Founders of the US were against democracy - because they understood that democracy is fickle mob rule and nothing more. Most people don't understand that we don't live in a democracy, so when they see stuff like was posted above they think that can be used to attack the intent of the founding of the USA, which is ridiculous.

Americans CAN NOT just shoot after a truck that has run them off the road as it speeds away. And that's not what the OP represented the PB question as. But it's no wonder that a Canadian might think that it's what is OK down there - as it suits everybody involved in disarmament to paint a picture of a lawless society with everybody blasting away at each other. Of course that goes to my point about the streets not generally running with blood. Depending on your State, you can't even necessarily shoot a violent home invader without suffering the consequences of punishment by trial. In some States in the US, if someone is breaking through your barricaded bedroom door screaming that they're going to rape and kill you, you STILL cannot shoot them through the door despite the obvious threat to your life. The US does not have universal 'Castle Doctrine' which is what many Canadians seem to think applies when they think of the States. Using your firearm to defend yourself IS permissible in Canadian law - just expect that you're going to spend years defending yourself in court, after you've defended yourself in fact. I did read a statistic recently that suggested that US burglars preferred empty homes compared to Canadian burglars due to the risk attendant to their crime in the US, but I can't find again it to reference it here.

To answer your question OP - I would use something like this from Hill People Gear - it wouldn't serve as much of a deterrent against rednecks but there's not much point carrying a pistol that isn't accessible when you need it. At the bottom of my Camelbak where it's settled after riding for a couple of hours is a pointless place for a pistol, but then so is carrying one on your hip. Open carry is dumb IMO and makes you the obvious target. With that said, it's unlikely that I would carry while mountain biking even in the US. I struggle with wanting to carry what friends consider essentials when riding up here, and expecting to add a pistol into that mix would probably double my load! Unless I was riding in an area that i thought I was likely to be targeted in, there would be no need. The best way to avoid being a victim is to avoid areas where you're more likely to be victimized. I'd be generally happy to carry concealed in the US outside of riding my bike - or swimming. probably wouldn't tuck a Glock in my speedos. Defensive gun use is a nebulous # but even on the low end is thought to run 500,000 per year (high end 3 MILLION) - instances when having a gun has prevented victimization, robbery or death. Canadians for good reason can't wrap their heads around that idea.

Edit: If any NSMBrs want to come shooting - drop me a line. Ammo's on me. Come and see how safe and regulated Canadian firearms owners are.

Dec. 6, 2019, 10:19 a.m.
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Re: Chromag fully?

Posted by: jon

I wonder if earlb has been a consultant on the project after all his garage builds. ;)

They probably aren't interested in selling rusty frames.

Dec. 6, 2019, 10:17 a.m.
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Re: Anyone have experience with Intend Bicycle Products

I don't think the fork is expensive at all - given how much we pay for mass produced forks from mature companies with a wide range of products. SRAM and Fox can amortize the cost of their high end forks over the 10s of thousands they make every year, in factories that make 100s of thousands of forks. Subsidised by the 100s of thousands of other forks they sell into the OEM.

It's more crazy that we pay so much for Fox and SRAM product than the fact a boutique builder with unique solutions charges E1800. After exchange rate and removal of VAT the fork is under $2100CAD. Pretty crazy - isn't a Lyrik Ultimate MSRP at $1650CAD? I know they don't sell at that price but again, that's the mass market vs the boutique. Even at a 'street price' of $1300CAD for a Lyrik Ultimate, I don't think it's that big of a mark up.

I'd support that mad engineer in a heartbeat if I had the money.

He's the guy that in trying to find environmentally friendly packaging to protect his product came up with the idea of using non stick pan scourers. They protect the fork and are reusable, unlike most packaging materials. Way 'outside the box' thinking. It's a shame we're so locked into MY cycles and incremental changes year after year that his products seem too expensive.

Dec. 5, 2019, 9:17 a.m.
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Re: Roach Vest- Replacing

LOL. Nothing can replace that Roach vest. I still judge all shorts against the Roach shorts I replaced last year, and none measure up.

Nov. 18, 2019, 2:14 p.m.
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Re: Who makes a decent bolt on through axle

Trek does.

Available with or without a lever (which is a 6mm allen key that is held in magnetically).

Nov. 14, 2019, 11:28 a.m.
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Re: Help me source a formula free hub body

IIRC Livetoplay and Orange Sport Supply (Distributors) have some Formula freehubs. You would need to order through your LBS.

Nov. 3, 2019, 1:28 p.m.
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Re: Any leads for media blasting a frame on North Shore or nearby?

How about Toxik Harald? He does strip and repaint, so he'll probably do you just a strip. And at least he knows what's up with a bike, rather than some automotive place unaware of potential risks with media vs Alloy. A friend of mine once sent a fork off to be stripped, expecting walnut shells. They used an acid bath and he got back a pair of severely corroded fork lowers, as they weren't expecting magnesium.

Oct. 27, 2019, 7:22 p.m.
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Re: Da Package Thoughs?

Posted by: RAHrider

Saw this in person today. The whole thing weighs about the same as a BzA bar. The shop owner who is bit of a beast on his euro bike has been riding it and loving it. 

I guess the question for me now is how do I not buy it?

Maybe you like the idea of the One UP bar, which is more appealing to me. A bit more comfort as I'm smashing rocks with my wheels.

Oct. 7, 2019, 2:17 p.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2019 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: craw

Behold. 63' head. 78' seat. 445mm rear. 1330 wheelbase. 180 cranks w/ oval ring. 200mm Saints which barely clear the seatstays. Amazing so far.

Biggest progressive hardtail ever

That is so beautiful.

Oct. 6, 2019, 4:48 p.m.
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Re: how much stanchion

Back in the day folks used to get upset that they're 150mm fork maybe only had 147mm of stanchion showing and Fox had an infographic somewhere that stated that something like 6mm of 'travel' could be taken up by the negative spring.

I find my Yari uses more of it's travel than my Fox 36 Grip used to, more often.  Different forks will use their travel differently even with the same air pressure and # of tokens. If one is on a bike with higher bars/slacker HA it might use it's travel less as more weight is over the front wheel. Doesn't even need to be the fork itself. My riding buddy could never get full travel out of his 36 because his rear shock was too soft and at the same time he was a cautious rider so his weight was always off the back.

Aug. 29, 2019, 9:53 a.m.
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Re: Plus Size Tires vs Rim Width. Not fat, just big bones.

Posted by: UFO

Posted by: nouseforaname

Great for beginners and folks looking to build a little confidence.

5 years and it will be relegated to weird niche bikes. Tops.

Pretty bold statements, I beg to differ.

Plus tires get squirmy because their sidewalls are typically thinner to keep the tire in a reasonable weight. If we accepted a 1200g + tire it would be fine. There IS a narrower sweet spot in terms of absolute air pressure in PSI, but in overall air volume its not a big deal in real life.

I'm currently running a Nobby Nic 2.8 in the rear on a i38 rim at between 14-15psi, but the Schwalbe 2.8s I find are succeptible to sidewall cuts because they are so thin. Love the gobs of traction and bit of give on my hardtail, and I don't push the rear end enough to notice tire squirm. I much prefer a normal tire up front because that is where I find there isn't enough feedback/precision in steering with +

If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.

Hardtails are weird niche bikes already so plus tires are the right choice for the rear at least. You're going slower than an FS bike so less loading on the tire during cornering?

Aug. 27, 2019, 3:41 p.m.
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Re: Plus Size Tires vs Rim Width. Not fat, just big bones.

Squirmy is because mid fat is a bag idea for experienced/aggressive riders. Great for beginners and folks looking to build a little confidence.

There's a very small window of air pressure where the tire doesn't flop about on the rim, but still has enough compliance to get a benefit from lugging the big carcass around.

5 years and it will be relegated to weird niche bikes. Tops.

Aug. 19, 2019, 2:26 p.m.
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Re: 2bliss Rim Strips

Posted by: NickB

Haven’t tried the rim strips, but the plugs that come with Roval wheels are genius. They’re plastic with rubber seals and you pop one in each spoke hole. 

They never lift up when you change a tyre and they save about 50 grams a wheel. Not sure why the rest of the industry hasn’t done us a favor and stolen this idea.

Velocity Rims used to sell these - VeloPlugs i think.

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