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Nov. 26, 2021, 7:42 a.m.
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Re: Cypress Silver Pass

I had a Cypress pass last year. With so many people opting to not travel a lot of people opted for Cypress. Maybe you remember those days with hundreds of people lined up at the top? Cypress doesn't have the lift capacity to manage being hugely busy: short runs and long waits. I used the minimum number of days to break even and never returned. 

I thought this winter would be a return to more typical interest in Cypress but with the roads east being in a major state of emergency for at least a few weeks the pressure is all on Cyps and WB to deliver the goods.

Nov. 19, 2021, 6:16 a.m.
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Re: ebikes on the Shore

Posted by: Ride.DMC

45 degree seat tube angle is sweet.

That's why there's a motor.

Nov. 19, 2021, 6:15 a.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2021 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: skooks

Posted by: RAHrider

Posted by: PowellRiviera

Loving all the information on this thread. What do people think about double down or downhill tires rather than using inserts?

I have DD assegai tires on my doctahawk and I'm slowly creeping the PSi down to get grip. I also weigh around 170 geared up.

I've never used the Tannus inserts either, they sound great.

Cheers

Downhill casing don't need an insert unless you are doing something crazy at the bikepark imo. Dd with cushcore I liked but probably overkill. Dd with tannus would be a good pair. I didn't like downhill casing in the cold months, it gets really stiff and becomes an anchor.

My 2 cents

Agreed. I get by fine running tannus inserts and EXO casings. Lots of grip and light enough.

And for the record DD≠DH. In Maxxis land EXO<EXO+<DD<DH. Each jump gains a little over 100g per tire. I've been running mostly EXO+ with Tannus tubeless and have been fine for general shore use.

Nov. 18, 2021, 7:18 a.m.
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Re: Bike frame/parts drought 2021

Things might be about to get a whole lot worse. 

https://www.reddit.com/r/ValueInvesting/comments/qwrql0/update_on_the_global_shipping_crisis/

Things have gotten much worse in Canada over the past 24 hours. Prior to this week, shipping through Vancouver was already basically impossible as no vessels were arriving to take cargo so all cargo was being diverted to Canada's other major port, Montreal. Now, because of the backlog of cargo and lack of containers in Montreal, our transloader in Montreal is refusing all inland deliveries effective immediately... both truck and rail, and they are the only facility that can transload from rail to containers at the port in Montreal. Additionally, the shipping lines essentially have no available containers in the port which means they are not sending any inland… So we cannot get containers anywhere in Canada.

To add further pain to Canadian shippers, a record setting storm hit the west coast this past week which has destroyed multiple sections of the rail line that brings cargo to the port and the highways used as a secondary route to the port. So even if Vancouver was able to get vessels, for at least the next 2-4 weeks, there will be no way to ship through Vancouver as there is no possible way to get cargo to the port while repairs take place.

This means that as of yesterday, Canada has essentially been cut off from global containerized markets.

How did this all start you may be asking? For a quick recap:

  1. China shuts down thx to covid
  2. US and European stimulus gives consumers never before seen levels of disposable income
  3. Consumer demand = extreme purchasing levels of consumer products made in China
  4. Shipping lines divert all available ships to china to fulfill consumer product demand (which include toys, kayak, computers, car parts, ect). Consumer product sellers (walmart, amazon, Home depot, Ford, coke, ect) are willing to far out pay traditional markets for containers as they know consumers will pay whatever prices (case and point, vehicle prices skyrocket yet there is still a ton of demand)
  5. Containers and vessels are no longer available for traditional shipped goods from North America or any market for that matter (grain, wood, ect) and lines increasing prices monthly while reducing service
Nov. 16, 2021, 4:10 p.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2021 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: kavurider

Posted by: Vikb

Posted by: kavurider

Vikb which moto plugs are you using?

I still carry a spare tube, holdover from the past. Although the last 2 times, I used it to fix other people's bikes.

I have the mtb bacon strips and they work okay but I am interested in the larger plugs.

I would keep carrying the tube myself. Just because you can carry a small 26er tube and like you note even if it's just to fix someone else's bike it's a great option to have. You can make a sling out of it for someone's injured arm, etc...

For moto plugs I got a bulk pack like this: https://tinyurl.com/ct4vbfph

They are cheap and bigger than bacon strips. So rather than trying several bacon strips in a bigger hole I use these...essentially the same thing just scaled up. I carry both as the bacon strips are nice for smaller punctures. Between the two of them I haven't had to use a tube on one of my bikes since I discovered tubeless plugs.

Sorry I forgot I had two large plug options. A buddy at a LBS was disposing of the black plugs [middle sized] for some reason a few years ago and sold me ten packs at $1 each. So I use those as well. I throw a few of each into a ziplock and if there is a hole I have lots of options. If you buy in bulk off Amazon you can probably get a lifetime supply for a few $$ or sell/pass them onto your riding buddies for Trail Karma.

Tubeless tire plugs are one of the greatest things I have come across. So handy.

BTW - there are probably all sorts of plug sizes/options beyond these ^^^ ones. Might be some other interesting ones available. These have solved all my tire problems so I haven't looked any further.

Awesome thank you!

Do those moto plugs still fit a standard bacon plugger fork or do they need a, uh, magnum fork? Also, wow for cost economies of scale.

Nov. 16, 2021, 10:25 a.m.
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Re: Winter Riding Gear

Posted by: mammal

Posted by: LoamtoHome

if it's raining biblical, it's time for a shovel and not your bike. Not doing the trails any favors riding them but hey, someone will fix them.

#nodigjustride

Watched some bro cruising up to Fromme with bike loaded at about 9am Sunday morning. The rain had been absolutely biblical for over an hour, and was not going to let up over the course of the day. Why do people even bother riding in that? It does WAY more damage, and is way less fun.

There really needs to be a sign near the parking lot on Fromme during the winter that says "If it's rained heavily in the last 36 hours you really shouldn't be riding; maybe consider attending a trail day".

Nov. 16, 2021, 10:19 a.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2021 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: kavurider

Posted by: Vikb

Posted by: craw

That scenario has happened to me maybe twice in 30 years and yet those two times are specifically why I carry a spare tube on every ride since. I really need to get over it and invest in some of those giant Dynaplugs.

I haven't needed my spare tube in well over a decade, but I carry one and an energy bar [eat bar and use wrapper as a tire boot] just in case. I have used my spare tube several times to get other people rolling on group rides so it's worth it for that purpose.

I find MTB tire plugs + moto tire plugs takes care of the rare flat I do get and I can just pump up the tire and ride out.

How big are the giant Dynaplugs?

Vikb which moto plugs are you using?

I still carry a spare tube, holdover from the past. Although the last 2 times, I used it to fix other people's bikes.

I have the mtb bacon strips and they work okay but I am interested in the larger plugs.

I was thinking these ones http://www.dynaplug.com/racer.html

dynaplug

Nov. 16, 2021, 7:08 a.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2021 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: Vikb

Posted by: RAHrider

I'm thinking of more the unfixable situation. 2" slash in the sidewall.

I understand. That just seems like a very unlikely scenario. I haven't had that happen in decades of riding.

Are you killing tires like that semi-regularly?

That scenario has happened to me maybe twice in 30 years and yet those two times are specifically why I carry a spare tube on every ride since. I really need to get over it and invest in some of those giant Dynaplugs.

Nov. 15, 2021, 7:39 a.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2021 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: Vikb

Posted by: blackfly

Vikb: interesting thoughts about the Tannus inserts. On my new Tyaughton Ti I gave Cushcore a go on the back wheel and took it out after only one ride. I love chunk and gnar, so you would think I would be a prime candidate for inserts........found my back wheel slid laterally a lot with the insert, and this makes sense when you think the insert is a flat platform that once you bottom out the tire is now flat like a table. I never experienced this before on non-insert setups. I now run higher psi in the rear (trying to like it but rims...) but might give Tannus a try in the future. How was the install?

I haven't noticed anything unusual about the tire/bike's handling with the Tannus insert. I haven't tried CC so I can't compare them. The Tannus insert install was trivial...maybe an extra 2-4 mins. There is no wrestling with the insert or the tire.

The low weight and easy install are what sold me on the Tannus. I was anti-insert before that based on watching people I rode with deal with CC inserts and not having any tire/rim issues on my FS bike. When I started riding HTs aggressively I got motivated to try an insert. I've had a Tannus in the rear wheel of my shreddy HT for over a year and love it.

I've tried both Tannus Tubeless and CC Pro on my HT and FS. The Tannus isn't quite as supportive but it's much lighter and livelier feeling. The CC Pro is monstrous and very damped feeling - it was just too much on my FS (though on a park bike they would be amazing). I loved the CC Pro on my HT and Tannus on my FS - that seemed the best way to do it. But I wish I had tried CC Pro on both rears and Tannus on both fronts - that might be a good compromise. In any case I have Tannus on all 4 wheels now and it's a good compromise though I still do get the occasional rear rim strike if I'm not mindful of my tire pressure. Generally the Tannus seem to offer a really good balance of light weight and good performance.

Nov. 2, 2021, 7:52 a.m.
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Re: Traffic on the North Shore ...... WTF ?

Posted by: heckler

https://www.dnv.org/streets-transportation/e-bike-share-pilot-program

Li.me is doing a great job with product placement, close to bus stops, breweries and shitty traffic zones. Is anybody buyin what they’re sellin?

I really prefer the station based rentals of Vangroovy.  Having seen Lime scooters littering the streets of Oslo, I’m stoked for anything that gets people out of cars but nervous of proliferation of bikes and scooters siting on every curb and bush.

I'm all for new solutions to help people get out of cars but wow I've seen some really sketchy behaviour on those scooters. People who choose to commute by bike are by definition conscientious; they've committed to an idea, bought the bike, etc. The bar to entry on those scooters is much much lower.

Nov. 1, 2021, 10:19 a.m.
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Re: Traffic on the North Shore ...... WTF ?

As if cities all over the country haven't been faced by the realities of densification. Who could possibly have predicted that adding 5000 people to a neighbourhood would have consequences for roads, electricity, sewage, transit, etc?? They saw the economic potential and ignored discussion of potential impacts. I'm sure anyone who brought up these considerations in council was brow beaten and labelled a buzzkill.

What did they think was going to happen when all those towers are complete all over the North Shore? I had always planned to move to the North Shore and it's pretty clear that's a bad idea.

Nov. 1, 2021, 10 a.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2021 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: Ddean

I cant remember a time when there have been so many great choices for hardtails. Theyre not entry level bikes anymore and they can come as decked out and as progressive as you want.

I think that the modern hardtail can be a forever bike if you want it to be as long as it isnt rendered obsolete by parts spec.

I love that a relatively inexpensive HT frame like a Rootdown or Honzo ESD can do pretty much anything including last forever.

Oct. 30, 2021, 8:04 a.m.
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Re: Traffic on the North Shore ...... WTF ?

Posted by: PaulB

Posted by: craw

At least in an emergency pedestrians could still get around.

My neighbour ended up just parking his car on Keith Road and walking home to Raven Woods rather than sit there for an hour, or more. Went back the next morning to get it.

Posted by: Kenny

Have noticed it getting busier turning from ellis onto dollarton in the mornings and that whole stretch of dollarton to the bridge.

Certainly seems people from blue ridge and deep cove are avoiding the Keith overpass and cutting down to dollarton. Definitely hope that does not become a trend. Dollarton westbound will become the new main street eastbound. That area is not designed for high traffic volumes, at all.

Turning left onto Dollarton from Ellis at any time of day is becoming a major PITA.

I went out at noon to run some errands and the line up for the bridge started at Stong's. It took ~15min to get from there to the bridge deck. When I came back an hour later, the line up was just as long.

I was expecting the new alternating lights to be more of a "one car from Main Street then one car from Dollarton" sort of thing, not "a bunch of cars from Main St. and then a bunch of cars from Dollarton".  Maybe it just needs some fine tuning to get the right flow.

Yesterday was no different. I came by on my gravel bike around 1pm and the lineup went at least to Old Dollarton and on my return trip at 3pm it was even worse. I wonder if a 1:1 ratio (cars from Main : cars from Dollarton) is the answer. Sure isn't working the way it is.

Oct. 29, 2021, 8:28 a.m.
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Re: Traffic on the North Shore ...... WTF ?

Posted by: SixZeroSixOne

Well, im glad I work from home:

https://www.nsnews.com/local-news/heres-what-caused-yesterdays-massive-traffic-snarl-across-north-shore-4698295

This is a precise illustration of my fears around increasing the size and frequence of the tankers heading up Indian Arm. Or an earthquake. 

Look at the effect this tiniest issue on the bridge caused around the city. If one of these bridges were permanently disabled the whole place would grind to a halt. We desperately need a transit link that's separate from these bridges. At least in an emergency pedestrians could still get around.

Oct. 28, 2021, 4:12 p.m.
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Re: Short travel 29'ers

Posted by: Kenny

Posted by: Vikb

Posted by: DemonMike

Yarp me too!!! I want a sweet moly framed one next. I love the gearbox bike the guy at REEB built. The fella at NSB did a killer job as well.

I'd love a steel FS bike one of these days.  Not any frame just to get steel, but if I can get a steel FS bike that ticks off a bunch of other boxes I'd be keen. 

I was an early adopter on the IGH/Hammerschmidt front. Gearboxes are the next evolution of that. I'm definitely open to a gearbox bike...particularly FS for that really light rear wheel/triangle.. I haven't seen an option that pushed me over the edge to spend money yet and I don't want to get in on the early adopter phase again. I'll let thing mature a bit. I'm not an e-bike fan, but I kind of thought mopeding MTBs might add $$$/engineering firepower to gearbox R&D as it makes a lot of sense to get rid of the standard derailleur drivetrain when every rider is at Olympic Champion level on an e-bike. I hoped that tech would trickle down to the boring old meat engine side of the market. Hasn't happened yet.

Aluminum not steel, but Nicolai's options look cool.

Nicolai is building its own gearbox. I heard it was originally going to be revealed around now but I think it's been postponed due to massive demand for bikes since all their bikes are made domestically.

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