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March 5, 2021, 9:13 a.m.
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Re: Van Island / South Coast - Multi Month Winter Stay

Just want to follow up and say thanks to everybody for the great advice! 

We're staying in Roberts Creek and it's been fantastic!  Trails are amazing, beach is awesome, quiet laid-back vibe, basically perfect in every way.  My only regret is that Coast Gravity is closed and won't open until after we leave - oh well, we'll have to come back another time. The local trails have been more than enough to keep me entertained anyways...

You guys are right, we don't want to leave haha.  If only I could convince my boss to let me work-from-home indefinitely.  Plus a huge raise - cost of living out here is insane, especially when compared to Calgary (although that's probably a discussion for a different thread).

Cheers!

July 7, 2020, 8:43 a.m.
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Van Island / South Coast - Multi Month Winter Stay

Hey guys,

We just had a baby so I'm planning to use my parental leave to take a 2-3 month extended vacation this winter (to somewhere warm, or at least warmer than Alberta). Original plan was to spend the entire winter in Arizona (we'd already booked a sweet pad right by South Mountain in Phoenix). But with Coronavirus out of control, anywhere in the states is sadly looking unlikely.

Figured the next best option for a semi-warm winter would be somewhere along the coast. While I grew up in Burnaby, I don't know too much about the South Coast (other than metro Vancouver itself), so hoping for some expert help. We'll be looking to rent a 3-bedroom place for 2-3 months. Originally thinking Cumberland or Sunshine Coast, but we just don't know enough about the area to know what other options there are.

Criteria:

- Somewhere not too busy. No metro Vancouver. Probably not Victoria, Nanaimo, or Squamish, unless someone can sell me on a quiet suburb. But not too small either, don't want to drive too far to go grocery shopping etc.

- Warm (and not too rainy) winter weather. Want to be outside as much as possible. Figure anywhere on the East side of Vancouver Island would fit this criteria? Is Sunshine Coast wetter, being right up against mountains?

- Riding - must be within riding distance of a decent trail network. Ideally somewhere with a mix of blue/black trails, at least 200-300m of vert (or more). I'm a pedaller, so somewhere with a quiet up-track that doesn't have a million shuttlers whizzing by.

- Pump-track / skills-park nearby would be ideal (for our 2-yr old)

- Within 20 mins drive of ocean/beaches would be sweet (just for the kid to muck about, don't need fishing or surfing)

- Bonus points to anywhere that has decent options to take the 2-yr old on the super wet days. Indoor pool, libraries, kids play-place etc

- Need to be able to find a 3- bedroom house for several months rental, in a location that meets all these criteria

Thanks for the feedback guys!

June 18, 2018, 7:57 p.m.
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Re: Nelson - Trail and Camping recommendations

I just got back from 5 days in Nelson/Rossland.  My thoughts:

  • My 3 Favorite trails in Nelson were Newtsac (great blend of slabs and woodwork) & Morning Sickness (fantastic slabs) @ Kokanee Park, and Upper/Lower Skirt (fast and perfectly loamy dirt) at Mountain Stn. 
  • Mtn Station is a terrific trail network, everything there is great; in addition to the Skirts try TNT, Eli Sim, Smiling Buddha, Fat Chance, Tiger Beef.  I hit almost every trail at MS and there wasn't a single one I didn't enjoy.  Honestly it wouldn`t be a bad strategy to dedicate 2 whole days to MS and just knock off as much as you can
  • Turnstyles is very ALine-esque.  If your only doing 1 run at Morning Mtn I`d almost do something else, the jumps are pretty big and unless you`re a very confident jumper it`s the type of trail you`d want to do multiple times to dial-in.  Maybe do it if you can follow a local who knows the speed for the jumps well
  • I didn`t love Paper Bag, it wasn`t really fast/flowy enough to be that type of trail (too many loose flat corners and baseball sized rocks to carry good speed), yet not really tech enough to be challenging in that sense either.  Depends on the style of trail you prefer, I like either maximum speed/flow, or ultra-tech, I found PB to be neither
  • If you`re going in the next couple weeks 7 Summits may be snowed-in still.  I`d contact a shuttle company in Rossland to find out for sure
  • I really enjoyed SMD and Whiskey in Rossland, both are of the fast and flowy variety, not super tech, but lots of opportunity to go real fast
Sept. 22, 2017, 9:39 a.m.
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Re: brake advice

I'd be hesitant to go for Guides - everyone I know with Guides has had troubles with them.  Wifey has them and they are shockingly inconsistent for a modern era brake; one day they work, the next they don't. 

For brakes, stick with Shimano.   The upcoming 4-piston XT looks very promising, if it isn't urgent I'd hold out for those.  If you do end up going for Guides, I'll sell you a lightly used set for cheap; they'll be coming off wifey's bike when we upgrade her to the new XT's.

Sept. 6, 2017, 8:20 a.m.
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Re: hitch vs rack

Had this guy for 5+ years.  At least 30,000+ kms with two 35lb+ bikes.  Zero issues.  Just starting to fail on me now (mounting bolts are rusting out/seizing - this is after leaving it on my vehicle for multiple Alberta winters).  I will buy another in the spring.  Hard to beat for the price - unless having the clamp on your top tube is a deal breaker for you.  I ride my bikes pretty hard, so a tiny bit of paint scuffing is the least of my concerns.

https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5018-825/XTC-2-Bike-XC-Dual-Receiver-Hitch-Rack

Sept. 6, 2017, 7:43 a.m.
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Re: fanny-pack / hip pack

I'm rocking this guy:  https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5045-339/Trail-HT-Waist-Pack

Fits a ton of stuff - I usually carry a pump, levers, patch kit, multi-tool, jacket and several clif-bars, with room to spare.  Only complaints - the straps dig into my waist a bit, also wish it was a hair smaller/lighter.  Prior to this, I was actually rocking a Dollarama fannypack which cost me $3.  That thing was mint, lasted a full season, more comfortable than the MEC one with similar capacity.  Alas, the strap started to tear, and my local Dollarama was unable to acquire a new one for me....   Should have bought 3 or 4 of them for that price!

Sept. 6, 2017, 7:38 a.m.
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Re: Do you buy from CRC?

Anyone bought a custom built wheel off CRC lately?  Last time I bought one was 3-4 months ago, I accessed their custom wheel builder by typing "custom wheel" in the search bar.  But now nothing comes up???

Alternately, anywhere else to get a cheap+solid rear wheel?  At the beginning of the season I used the CRC custom builder to pick up a fully built Stan's Flow on Zee rear hub for $210 - hoping to get something similar.  Pretty damn good deal, even if it did only last 2/3rds of a season.

July 1, 2016, 9:43 a.m.
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Trailer hitch Bike tray rack- Advice

Anyone spending $600 for a 2-bike rack is either insane, or has way too much money on their hands….

Pick up one of these from MEC. http://www.mec.ca/product/5018-825/swagman-xtc-2-bike-xc-dual-receiver-hitch-rack/?Ns=p_min_sale_price[HTML_REMOVED]h=10+50258+50259[HTML_REMOVED]f=10+50259

I've had one on my wrx for 4 years. Multiple trips to Utah and all around BC; we probably have [HTML_REMOVED]20,000 kms on it, with 2x bikes on it the entire time. Never had a single issue. Only downside is that is presses down on the frame vs the wheel, so you can get a little bit of rubbing on your frame. Best fix for that is to make sure its super tight. No movement = no rubbing.

April 11, 2015, 10:03 a.m.
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What are your top 7 BC trails?

Great thread, giving me some ideas for trips this year and bringing back some good memories! I feel like I've only ridden a fraction of the trails BC has to offer, but here is what comes to mind:

Al-Matador to 3-Kings (Fernie) - over 1,000m descent with a little of everything including exposed alpine, tight steep tech, and built up stunts /logrides

Slunt to Brokeback (Fernie) - fast ripper, one of the best lines in Fernie

Martha Creek (Revy) - I love big vert and this is one of the biggest, seems like an endless descent

Upper Oil-Can (Fromme) - Love the log rides and rolldowns, I remember how stoked I was the first time i cleaned UOC top to bottom without stopping

Wonderland (Squamish) - Favorite trail to hit with the GF, she loves it and I love it

Nicoles (Burnaby) - This is the trail I grew up on as a kid, I remember hitting it in the early 2000's on a shit xc bike with rim brakes and it seemed like the gnarliest trail ever. Remember getting my mind blown seeing someone clean the pole and wheelie drop off the end. Even though I can crush the whole trail in a couple minutes these days it still remains a fave

Sandinista to Triple Crown/Slayer to Frank's (Burke) - There's just something about Burke… Steep, wet, rooty, duffy, everything I love about mountain biking.

Oct. 22, 2013, 11:13 p.m.
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Starving

16km commute each way.

6am - 1/2 cup quick oats in the microwave, add a scoop of protein powder, a scoop of flax seed, and a spoonful of peanut butter.

10am - banana

noon - sandwich container stuffed to the brim with a mixture of beans, lentils, and quinoa. Sometimes throw in some sautéed kale/broccoli to add some flavor.

3pm - apple

5:30pm - eat a banana on the way down the elevator to give some energy for ride home

7pm - dinner, usually a stirfry

10pm - evening snack is always nuts; peanuts/almonds/cashews

Oct. 23, 2012, 11:52 a.m.
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Pictures from the Oil Sands

Looks fine to me, no different than any other mine in the world.

Dec. 1, 2011, 7:09 a.m.
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Where is the Cheapest Beer in GVRD?, Tell me NBR

It's not in Vancouver, but last yr I had a flight out of Bellingham, got across the border with lots of time to spare so I stopped at a pub just a few blocks south of the b'ham airport. I believe it was called Coconut Grove.

Anyways they had $5 pitchers and $5 burger/fries. Not a special or anything, this was just the regular price. Almost worth the drive when you can get 2 pitchers and meal in you, plus tax and tip, for less than $20.

Aug. 9, 2011, 7:58 p.m.
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Cougar Spotted in Squamish -- Trail Closures

Wow, I was up in that area on Sunday. Did my first lap on Credit Line and didn't see/hear anything, however on my 2nd lap on Entrails I got this really weird feeling like something was watching me. It was really eerie, I looked around but didn't see anything, anyways I booked it outta there pretty quick.

Later on I ran into a decent sized black bear sitting in the middle of the trail. Luckily he bolted into the woods as soon as he saw me!

Aug. 9, 2011, 7:41 p.m.
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Executioner

Thanks James and Nathaniel for all the hard work, it was nice to meet you on the trail. Thanks to the DNV too. There are plenty of tough technical trails but I for one appreciate the chance to improve my skills without breaking bones and it's nice to see the kids enjoying Bobsled and Griffen.

Seconded. Rode Executioner yesterday and it was fantastic!

July 9, 2011, 10:05 p.m.
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Burnaby mountain loop?

If she's new, park your vehicle at North Road/Chapman, ride up the powerlines, then down North Rd. If that goes well take her up Trans Canada, up Cardiac, down Upper Gear Jammer to Mels, then left on Mel's back to Trans Canada. Finish with Dead Moped and North Road back to the car.

My GF just started riding last season and this is the exact loops we did. She is now much improved and can hit Lower Gearjammer/Uppercut/Lower Snake as well as Nicole's, but I'm glad I didn't start her on those trails.

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