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Chris Akrigg: Big Wheels Keep on Turning - Nov. 13, 2018, 9:13 a.m.

With a title like that the music should have been Tina Turner or CCR.

Alone. In The Dark (A Welcome To Night Riding) - Sept. 13, 2018, 6:57 a.m.

Great article and comments.  Got back into riding to work again and testing my lights.  I have a couple of older Dinotte light sets a triple headlead and a double quad for the bars (huuuugeee spread on the double quad but not much throw).  Fantastic lighs.  The batteries have seen too many years and charges so they need to be replaced.  I have a couple 4x18650 packs but the batteries were left in a poor state so need to replace the 18650s, but it's now pretty hard to get batteries shipped (I guess they are worried about them starting on fire or exloding).

From a riding point of view it's great; old trails become new again.  I can remember, when night shuttling CBC / Neds was a go to and having some of the best and smoothest rides in the rain and fog.   

Got a scare a couple of years ago doing a lap through Sticks and Stones.  Having a great ride, tunes on, when I got up near the top before going around the big rock and saw to green glowing eyes.  Headphones off and on high alert listening for further noise.  Luckily saw nothing further but definitely freaked me out.

If it isn't Carbon - are you Still a Mountain Biker? - July 17, 2018, 7:08 a.m.

A lot of good points, as always colored from past experience, as would be expected.  I have rode on crap hardtails with sub-par components when starting out, but so were most of my riding buddies.  As my skills grew, so too did the level of bike I had and sought after.   Now as I am older have a little more $$$ I can spend on gear, I have a reasonably nice bike. 

I don't need to lever of bike I have to ride what I ride, but being honest, the bike and most of the gear helps me ride to the level I currently ride it.  My abilities and willingness to crash hard are well understood by myself.  Good suspension components, brakes that work as I expect them too, reasonably light weight wheels with tires for the local terrain, and a good reliable drivetrain that with a huge gear spread that helps me with my not as fit body and mind get to the top of the trails so I can ride down as best I can.  

I have had relatively new riders on lesser capable bikes kick my ass both up and down the hill, likewise I have rode with people that trails that we take as easy as it gets, like Bobsled, be overwhelmed.  Some people will want to have trails made easier to suit their needs others will have the attitude that the harder parts of the trail that they are not able to ride now will one day be conquered.  Does make one person right or wrong, just different views.

Casey Brown and Cam McCaul Drop into Corbet's Couloir - Nov. 30, 2017, 10:23 a.m.

That was great, some of the camera shots actually show just how steep the slope really is and the speed the bikes were hitting on the way down.  If there were any crashes the bike would have likely cart-wheeled to the bottom of the hill.

One of the Most Amazing Trails Anywhere? - Nov. 2, 2017, 7:26 a.m.

Holy crap.  It is hard to really gauge the exposure and the width of the trail and how steep some of those parts are.  However judging from watching the lead rider some of those sections likely were pretty steep as well.

Cool formations with the mini caves on either side of the trail.  I am pretty sure I would be walking a number of those sections, maybe not all but definitely a few.  Looks pretty nice, although looking at the scenery while riding would be deadly.

Compost Dump Site Proposed near Mount Seymour Trails - Nov. 1, 2017, 9:20 a.m.

That's good to hear.  I agree that it is crazy how it could even get that far.  There must be better sites to consider.

Compost Dump Site Proposed near Mount Seymour Trails - Nov. 1, 2017, 9:09 a.m.

I like how anyone against mtn biking repetitively talks about the destruction to natural habitats, but when mountains gets razed (Cypress) or plans to build a compost dump on a mountain are brought forward, crickets.

Going to Wide Bars (and back again) - June 29, 2017, 9:54 a.m.

Thanks Taz123, my current stem is 35mm diameter

Going to Wide Bars (and back again) - June 29, 2017, 8:26 a.m.

Very interesting on the comments for the wider bars.  I have been on around 750 wide bars with 30 - 35 rise. M  last bike, has 790 - 800 wide bars (I measured but can't remember) with a slightly lower rise at 25mm.  I haven't cut down the bars as they are carbon and have been too lazy to source another handlebar, but reading this makes me wan't to change back to a slightly narrower handlebar.  I think I will pickup the RF Atlas 35 bar, cut it down to 760mm and see it I notice the difference in shoulder and arm fatigue on longer rides.

Gary Fisher on E-MTBs - March 7, 2017, 12:13 p.m.

Ok a couple of comments on the article and the comments.  

Looking back a few years didn't the "freeride" bikes weigh 45lbs to well over 50lbs.  Now we have insanely capable DH bikes at well under 35lbs and enduro/trail bikes at 30lbs and under and marathon/XC bikes at 25lbs and under.   

What do the e-bikes battery/motor add to the bike 15lbs???  (I have no idea on the weight.)  So you take a capable trail bike at 30lbs and now have an e-bike at 45lbs to 55lbs.  Will technology bring that down to 40lbs or 35lbs in a number of years while increasing the power and amount of battery at hand.   Perhaps like the perpetual motion watches energy from movement is captured and we have e/perpetual movement bikes that keep on going like the energizer bunny, all the while with the option of adding the extra human power to the mix.

The second point of consideration is the impact on trails real or perceived by the non-biking community.  Will the e-bikes simply allow greater reaches of our pristine wilderness to be trashed.   Not my view, just playing devils advocate.

My thoughts are that I like to struggle and achieve.  Will e-bikes take that away?  Perhaps to an extend, but maybe they open up another door we have yet to consider.  Remember, suspension, disc brakes, dropper posts were all silly non required add-ons to what a bike should be not all that long ago.  What's around the next corner.

5 World Firsts – Dawid Godziek - Oct. 8, 2015, 7:15 a.m.

Dont follow bmx much but most of what he is doing looks like something out of a video game and not real. The slow motion helps to show how much is being done in such a short time and makes it look a little easier than it likely is. Seeing the tricks at full speed is almost a blur as so much is happening and in such a short time. So much skill.

Logan Peat’s New Santa Cruz Slope Bike - April 16, 2015, 6:24 a.m.

Blur 4x reborn

Rise Of Enduro – Squamish - March 2, 2015, 7:16 a.m.

If this is enduro, I like it. For quite a while no one videos like this wore camelbacks, with enduro they do. It's like I am back in fashion now.

Enduro riders are more likely to have some sort of riser bar vs the flat bars that were so popular over a number of years. I tried all that flat bar stuff, didn't work for me.

All these years I thought I was a mtn biker, but as it turns out I was an enduro rider. Just a slow one though.

Death To Enduro - Oct. 30, 2014, 2:01 p.m.

Aren't those enduro knee pads they are wearing 🙂

2013 Rocky Altitude 790 MSL - June 6, 2013, 7:13 a.m.

You mentioned that your regular ride is a Reign. If setup somewhat similar, can you provide some feedback on how the Altitude rides vs the Reign? Would be interesting to hear your opinion on how the bike stack up for climbing, descending and overall feel.

Cheers
J

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