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Nov. 7, 2015, 12:11 p.m.
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This bitch is in your face

…there would be a lot less conflict and a lot more cooperation between cyclists and motorists if people had to ride a bike for a year before they could apply for a drivers licence .

in germany , i understand they have some sort of cyclist education program in the school system . i'm not sure what is taught but from my limited experience there back in 2013 , the motorists treat cyclists with a lot more respect than they do anywhere else i've ridden : like that is another human life there that chooses to use a different form of transportation , one where they use their own power to get around . it's a lot different than sitting on your ass moving your hands and feet a little bit . i don't think most motorists get that .

It's definitely harder for people who have never ridden a bike on the road with cars to fully understand what it's like. Some of the points mentioned in this interview were eye opening (and scary), although you can see why motorists might feel that way if they've never been on the other side:

Oct. 8, 2015, 2:33 p.m.
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Secret Cycles, Closed?

Overtime in Coquitlam closed down too.

I've had good experience with the Caps in New West. They are my go to LBS since I live just across the river from them. (The manager of the store used to post on NSMB, not sure if she still does or not. She is has been heavily involved in women's mtn biking over the years.)

It should be noted that the Caps in New West is actually a standalone store, and is actually not affiliated with any of the other Caps stores. They are in fact in the process of rebranding their name to "The Original Bike Shop" so people won't keep getting them confused with the chain of Caps stores.

Sept. 4, 2015, 8:34 a.m.
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Encountering dogs while riding

Your description sounds exactly like how I once was.
Up until I was 20, I used to be terrified of dogs and would cross the street to avoid having to pass by them. My heart would race and I would start to panic just being in the vicinity of them.

For me, though, it was because I had never had any interactions with any dogs growing up. So it wasn't because I had been bitten or attacked or anything, I just didn't know what to expect. So I expected the worst!

What finally changed everything for me was my getting to know my best friend's dog, whom I had originally been so scared of that they had to lock him into the laundry room whenever I would visit. He was a Flat Coat Retriever (most harmless guy in the world!), but to me he was a scary ass big black dog!!

One day, he must have slipped out of the laundry room and halfway through dinner, I felt a soft warmth on top of my lap and when I looked down, he was giving me those big ol' puppy dog eyes and in that instant, I wanted to get to know him and give him a chance.

As I interacted more with him, and other friendly dogs, my fear lessened more and more.
Eventually (years later!), I actually wanted my own dog. Raising Huntley from puppyhood completely eradicated any traces of fear of dogs that I may have still had and completely turned me the other way, into a total dog lover! We're now onto our second dog.

The key is in understanding dogs, the signals that they give, and what to look for. Things like barking and stuff that may seem aggressive, but most of the time aren't. It changes everything when you know what you're seeing.

But I can still vividly remember what it was like to be gripped by that fear, and I always consider that when my dog is off leash and we encounter other people. I pretty much assume people are NOT going to be okay/comfortable around dogs instead of assuming that they will be. If I had come across off leash dogs on a trail, it would have petrified me back in the day, and I do not want to put someone else in that situation.

So my advice, if your fear was like mine (not triggered by any actual traumatic experience) then like others have suggested, try slowly interacting with calm friendly dogs of friends, in a calm controlled environment. Your life will be so much better for it! :)

Aug. 24, 2015, 2:09 p.m.
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Hotel Help

One of the companies I used to work at would routinely book our out of town employees into either of these two hotels in Burnaby, due to ease of skytraining to downtown:

Executive Inn is right by the Brentwood Mall skytrain station:

And Holiday Inn is right by the Metrotown skytrain station:

July 22, 2015, 1:59 p.m.
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Cambodia decommissioned

Could it have something to do with the very recent incident?

July 13, 2015, 3:55 p.m.
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Cancer, Before I die

Here's biggles604's blog from when he went through treatment for his Lymphoma:

He hasn't been on the boards for quite a while now, but I'll let him know to check out this thread.

Feb. 27, 2015, 10:26 a.m.
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Recommend me a roofer - ashphalt shingle replacement

Roy Dennis Roofing replaced all the roofs on our 4-unit townhouse complex in November 2012 and were good to deal with:

May 21, 2014, 12:20 a.m.
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Wade's Excellent Adventure - May 24th - Registration Open

Hey GMAN84, you can always check out the NSMBA Toonies too, which will be running every second Thursday until July 31st. Also a great way to check out the Shore trails on Fromme [HTML_REMOVED] Seymour:

Got your membership yet? JOIN HERE

Pre-reg for all 8 events in the series HERE and save the hassle of remembering to bring a Toonie each week. Yes we'll have regular onsite night of registration.

We've got a great list of sponsors this year, support then for supporting the Toonies.

Aug. 19, 2013, 1:02 p.m.
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Lot 4 Closed next weekend for Ironman.

something like 11-5pm according to hwy signs

Northbound and Southbound have different closure times:

HIGHWAY #99: CLOSURE to Southbound Traffic, between Alpine Way in Whistler to Callaghan Valley Road from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Callaghan Valley Road Closed from 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM

HIGHWAY #99: "Open" to Northbound Local Traffic, All Day. Up to Alpine Way in Whistler

HIGHWAY #99: CLOSURE to Northbound Traffic, between Alpine Way in Whistler to Portage Road in Pemberton from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

HIGHWAY #99: CLOSURE to Southbound Traffic, between Portage Road in Pemberton to Alpine Way in Whistler from 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Pemberton Meadows Road, Closed Northbound from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Pemberton Meadows Road, Closed Southbound from 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM

July 31, 2013, 9:23 p.m.
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Just saw this post on Camra Vancouver's facebook page:

"It is with great sadness that we learned of Dan Small's passing. A legend in Vancouver's home-brewing scene Dan (of Dan's Homebrewing Supplies) hooked hundreds of craft-beer fans and sorted them out with everything they needed to get started brewing. Many of these brewers went on to start breweries and the impact Dan has had on the craft beer scene in Vancouver cannot be ignored. Our sympathies go to his family, friends and colleagues, I'm sure many of us will be raising a glass to him this week.

If you have any messages that you can add them here and we will pass them on."

June 26, 2013, 12:29 p.m.
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Two of the best vocalists ever

Thanks for sharing! This has actually always been one of my favourite songs :)

June 25, 2013, 11:55 p.m.
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Just arrived in Kelowna for 6 weeks. Take me riding!

Get in touch with Johnny Smoke @

April 18, 2013, 11:57 a.m.
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FVMBA Heritage Park course info?

This page has info that might help :)

Fastest time on that Strava link is 36 min. while the slowest is 1 hr and 47 min.

April 10, 2013, 9:08 a.m.
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anywhere else to find out about trail days?

With the TAP program, the Trail Adopters actually bring their own volunteers out for smaller, more focused traildays under the guidance of their certified Trail Builder for their adopted trail. There is actually a max number of people that they can have, in order to maintain the volunteer to builder ratio.

That's why you didn't see 70 announcements for all the TAP traildays.

Some of the adopters do also put a call out to the public sometimes, and those will be the ones that you will see advertised ( often does for their TAP days).
But the ones who have enough volunteers from within their own organization usually won't need to.

On top of that, NSMBA themselves are also continuing to have public traildays that are open to everyone, and you will see those advertised :)

March 12, 2013, 10:31 p.m.
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People hit by other skiers/snowboarders on Whistler Blackcomb

Is this the thread you're talking about?

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