Ignitor 2.35 eXC/LUST/UST. 835g.
I just took off my Ikons for the fall… forgot how much I like the Ignitor. Pretty hefty but worth every gram on the way down. Haven't tried minions or highrollers though.
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This sounds great to me. Good luck with the event.
I'm also not a fan of the ACC hut model of hut operation - plush but pricy, locked doors, etc.
With the exception of Kootenay Glacer, all the ACC huts I've been to are pretty basic and decent value. A middle ground between free iceboxes like Russet Lake/Sapphire Col and private lodge plushness. BC Parks isn't about to get into the hut business a-la NZ's awesome Dept of Conservation hut network, so like Sharon says, someone has to do the maintenance.
As with the heckler, no water bottle cage bosses.
Too bad - look like nice bikes but I get thirsty out there.
Hornby/Denman is a great suggestion.
The Goose from Victoria to Sooke is no problem on a cross bike and there are lots of lakes and rivers to check out en route. But it is more of an A to B trip. Going north via Lochside Trail is good too, and the surrounding roads are much flatter.
I wouldn't choose this area for camping, but you could potentially have a great time staying somewhere like Metchosin or Central Saanich, mixing in a bunch of road riding and hiking/beachcombing at CRD parks. http://www.crd.bc.ca/parks/map.htm
if you're looking for bike shops and coffee shops, you're coming to the right place. I think there is one of each on every corner…
Yes, OBB/Trek/Straight Up are the best for performance stuff. Check out Fairfield, Capital City and North Park for more commuter/urban/recumbent/local flair.
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^^ You're still going to have to learn technique for XC!
Relatively speaking, $150bux isn't too bad for an xc season's pass, even without February. (Washington is $350)
Cypress is pretty small, but even so it is easy to ski 2-3 times a week if you are close by [HTML_REMOVED] enjoy it.