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March 25, 2019, 9:58 p.m.
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Re: ISCG Chain Guide

I've been using the one-up one for a couple years now. Works great. Nice perk is you don't have to remove the cranks to install or adjust, it's only attached by 2 of the ISCG-05 bolt holes. Comes with an extra guide as well as two different sized tacos. Can't beat the price to value of it IMHO.

March 18, 2019, 9:57 p.m.
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Re: Seymour Conditions

Good to know. Visiting family in Surrey this week and was hoping to get to the shore. Will head out to ride Seymour on Wednesday. 

Rode the Delta Watershed today and it was great, there has been a lot of work done there since my last ride there last summer. Ran into one of the builders, Casey (I think), he's done a great job with some update jumps, triples, and rollers.

March 10, 2019, 4:22 p.m.
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Re: Tips for teaching toddler to ski

Got to say the best thing we did was put our kids in group lessons. 

The harness thing worked well enough when skiing as a family but they just do so well in a group setting. I think it’s the amount of instructors, no parent to fall back on, and good old fashioned peer pressure. We are lucky, Silver Star has an awesome monthly program  

My son started at 4, he’s turning 7 soon and I just got back from a great full day skiing easy blacks and blues.

Daughter started at 3 and is 4 now. She’s terrifying! She likes to ski the trees or, as she calls it, “secret passages”. 

Won’t be long and they will both be out skiing me. When we ski as a family now it is the most satisfying and pride inducing thing I have.

Sept. 19, 2018, 9:39 p.m.
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Re: E-Bikes- They work!

^^^ this made my day.

March 16, 2018, 10:56 a.m.
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Re: Need More Clipless Pedal Tension

Probably not what you're looking for due to wanting greater tension but I just sprung for a set of CB Mallet E's and so far have been impressed. The ability to have that added float is nice after coming from flats the last 5 years, they have a very "flat" pedal feel with the pins set up correctly.

First time using CB clips after using shimano for years and I now understand what people mean by calling them "vague", it's a bit of a different feeling but I think it'll be good for my knees.

March 9, 2018, 8:25 p.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2018 - Full Suspension Bike Thread

Not a new frame but a lot of changes this year. Sold my DH bike last year as all I was riding was my Blur including at the park, dumped the proceeds into this bike. 

Did the full winter tear down and rebuild then:

Added IRT to the Mattoc Pro

Added Cane Creek DB Air CS upgrade from the stock Fox

Added Easton Haven Carbon bars with Chomag Liason grips

Finally went Tubeless

Added Saint BB

Added Crank Bros Mallet E LS -- switching back to clips after 4 years on flats

Still the same 26" e.Thirteen TRS rims laced to Hope Pro2s running Minions

Just picked up a Minion SS for the dry months, looks like it will be a fast tire with good turning grip.

Haven't ridden yet as we are buried in snow. Heading to Vancouver next week and will be bringing it along. 

March 8, 2018, 9:27 p.m.
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Re: Riding near Los Angeles

Posted by: T-mack

Set up a shuttle for Mt. Wilson.

Have you done this? From what I can see it looks pretty good.

March 8, 2018, 3:01 p.m.
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Re: Riding near Los Angeles

Did some research last night. Looks like there is an operation that does shuttles and guides on Mt Wilson. I think I'll be taking advantage of that, prices seem reasonable too. 

Should be a good way to kill a day or two in the area.

March 7, 2018, 8:29 a.m.
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Riding near Los Angeles

Looking like I may have a weekend to kill in the LA area next month between work engagements. 

Thinking a day or two of warm weather riding would be awesome right now. I've seen what there is on Trailforks but I've also heard lots of the riding in California is unsanctioned. Is it going to be a hassle for me to get in some decent rides? I'll be riding solo. 

Alternatively, I may just go skiing at Mammoth.

Feb. 15, 2018, 10:19 p.m.
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Re: Flat pedals: Latest and greatest composites

Honestly I think composite pedals are fantastic. Have run neutrons for a few years with no issue. Moving to cranbrothers clipless this year as I’m entering a clipless cycle but if I were upgrading my neutrons I would look at the oneups based purely on my experience of their other products.

Feb. 15, 2018, 10:15 p.m.
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Re: Hey single-bike people - how often do you get a new bike?

I’ve been on the same 26” Santa Cruz Blur TR for three years now. Have demoed a few bikes but just not seeing the need to upgrade across the board. If one keeps their bike well maintained there is no reason an alloy frame can’t last many years. <span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;">I’m a tinkerer and do incremental upgrades every year during rebuild and keep it fresh. Got a bunch I did this winter after selling my DH bike. </span>

<span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;">I do have a fully rigid Cove Stiffee to keep things interesting. </span>

Big debate now is how long do I push the 26” wheels. Get a stock of rubber or upgrade to 27.5 (he frame takes the size with room to spare). Also the option of getting wide 26 and going plus. 

I told my wife I’m getting a “super bike” for my 40th. That’s five years away. I see no reason to not be on my current ride at that time.

Feb. 12, 2018, 8:52 p.m.
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Re: Do you buy from CRC?

Ya it's UPS but Jenson has a guarantee that the price you pay is what it is to your door. So you pay taxes upfront and see what the tax component is, no surprises. 

It came to my door in a couple days. I travel to Texas for work every month so thought about shipping to my office there but after seeing the cost to ship here I couldn't be bothered with coordinating with my co-workers.

Feb. 11, 2018, 10:33 a.m.
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Re: Lean SRAM

Not terribly surprising they opt for LEAN manufacturing principles. Considering the amount of variations out there now for essentially the same product there is no way to accurately project demand globally, so why not pass of that task to the individual (third party) regional distributors. 

I don't know if it proves LEAN does not work just that it exposes the inherent risks involved in manufacturing to the end consumer -- something they would not be exposed to if kept to typical manufacturing projections.

Feb. 11, 2018, 10:27 a.m.
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Re: Do you buy from CRC?

Customs aged my small package for nearly 2 weeks. Unreal. 

Got hit with $25 in fees for an $80 order. They put PST and some duty on so I'll be disputing for that portion back. 

Should have gone with their tax-prepaid option would have had it quicker and for the same price. Oh well. 

On the bright side Jenson's all-in shipping option is great and quick.

Jan. 6, 2018, 10:19 p.m.
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Re: Comprehensive online shipping info

Wow this turned south fast, unfortunate.

As noted, intention was never to draw people away from the LBS but let's face it there is a massive thread here on buying from various online sources so perhaps the elephant in the room is there are at least a few (thousand) that do order online. Having a better spot to sort out shipping info makes sense rather than going through the CRC thread -- but hey, I guess I offended some people, whatever.

Just going to throw this out there:

There are many of us that do all our own work, and enjoy it. I grew up wrenching on my bikes because we didn't have any choice in shop where I lived nor the budget. I almost consider working on bikes more enjoyable than riding, almost. I continue this now as a form of personal therapy and a way to keep costs down on a fleet of bikes for a family of four. As Xorrox above notes, a lot of LBS don't make it easy for those of us that do our own work -- there are a lot of sophisticated consumers out there, many on this site. Why would a rational individual pay significantly more and wait longer when not necessary? I feel for our local shops that have to work with the current (broken) distribution model but in the end consumers have their own bills to pay too.

When I did my last build I was trying to buy as much as possible from a local shop in Kelowna but one of the owners at the chosen shop did everything he could to try prevent me from doing that -- talk about missing what the consumers wants. I ended up purchasing parts 50-50 (local vs online) but not at the one shop. Additionally, I have less than ideal experiences with the mechanical competence at many shops -- I've had loose bars after a fork service and what really drove me nuts this year was a loose stem on a bike I bought for me son. Not asking for a World Cup mechanic but come on.

A local bike shop is a business not a charity that is the one thing that I think is missing with the whole support your local shop thing. The one in particular that draws my business is a really well run shop that has good mechanics and listens to me -- they realize they have sophisticated customers that know the difference between the rubber compounds on a series of tires. I enjoy taking my business to them. I certainly bring lots of work to my local shops. 2 of the 3 in my area I frequent (remember NSMB isn't just YVR folk) -- I purchased two bikes this year alone and spent approximately $1000 in parts and service at local shops.

Anyway, unstickying seems fair -- intention was never to draw away from the LBS just amalgamate useful info in an already long-running thread.

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