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Oct. 5, 2006, 7:47 p.m.
Posts: 364
Joined: July 8, 2005
Help! Lost cell phone

Hey folks,

If anyone's riding Ladies/Skull/Lower Skull over the next few days and spies a cellphone, it's likely mine - seems it tumbled out of my pack this afternoon while riding. It's a Motorrola V220 and has some bike-related stickers on the front and back.

Please send me a PM if you find it - I"ll bake the finder some tasty cookies :-)

Thanks!
Penny

Aug. 15, 2006, 10:53 p.m.
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Joined: July 8, 2005
Anyone ridden a 2006 Slayer?

Took one for a spin in the Spring (in the Soquel Demo Forest in Santa Cruz) - had a super fun ride. It bobbed a bit climbing, but felt super smooth on the descent. Usually I feel a bit out of sorts when I hop on a new bike, but I was comfortable on it right away.

I'm short (5'2") and previous version of the Slayer had minimal stand over clearance for me. The re-design this year gives me more room, and the bike over all felt less tall - for me it just fit really well. Previously the bike leaned more to the XC side of things and that's changed with the 06 model.

I haven't ridden either the Nomad or Enduro or another "all-mountain" (my main rig is a Knolly V-tach - which pedals smoother on the climb, but is much heavier!) to compare it to though sorry.

Boils down to where/what you're looking to ride, and fit…

Happy shopping,
pd

Aug. 14, 2006, 8:50 a.m.
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Joined: July 8, 2005
Road trip....

So, I've got a couple of weeks vacation starting next weekend (along with the hubby) and the first stop is Kamloops on the 19 - 21…

If any of the local gals (or others) are around, it would be fun to meet up for a ride. We're hoping to hit Harper and Lolo (no Sunpeaks this time, been there already).

Cheers,
Penny

Aug. 10, 2006, 1:28 p.m.
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Joined: July 8, 2005
Womens Racing?

One other tip (for DH) that might not be so easy to pick out from a video…learning what line to take on a race course.

I took a learn to race DH clinic that was put on by Cycling BC way back when..one of the most useful parts I found was walking through the course with the instructor and also watching other riders take various lines thorugh different sections of the course, then working on those sections ourselves. Stacy's suggestion of the video camera would work well here (if you've got access to one).

(Doesn't seem that Cycling BC does these any more - perhaps check out Shaums' clinics?)

Aug. 9, 2006, 5:22 p.m.
Posts: 364
Joined: July 8, 2005
Womens Racing?

When I first started racing (and riding), most of the other people that I rode with also raced and it was a pretty social thing. Now, most of my riding buddies don't race.

Now, I do a couple of races a year (XC usually). I buy a coaching license, so the race license isn't too much more on top of that.

For me, I guess there's a few things that keep me from racing more. I got to a point where to continue to do well in races, I would need to train more…and I'm simply not that motivated (to do the training or to make time for the training). I like being fit, but being competitive at expert/pro is a whole different level.

Races themselves also take up a fair bit of time. Drive to wherever, pre-ride, race…drive home, and the weekend is gone. And, with coaching thrown in a bunch of weekends over the summers for the past 5 years, I prefer to spend the weekends that I'm not coaching, just riding for fun - whether its a long XC epic, challenging my skills on the shore, or a road trip exploring the rest of the great riding locales BC has to offer.

The money is also part of it, though less so than it used to be when I was still going to school. I can afford it now, its just there are other things I'd prefer to spend money on. The racing I've been doing (24 hr solo) comes with a steep entry fee, and if I keep it up, travel expenses too - not to mention convincing my husband to be my support crew!

So, some food for thought…

What about the toonie race series that NSMBA puts on? It's XC oriented, but how many women show up for those? Here one can't argue cost…need club fee for insurance, plus the toonie, and off you go. Time committment is small too (evening after work).

What would the logistics be of putting on a DH version? (Insurance I assume might be problematic..maybe?) And the key question, would women enter?

pd

July 29, 2006, 2:50 p.m.
Posts: 364
Joined: July 8, 2005
24" wheels??

Plus, for arguments sake, there are frame manufacturers out there who'll make a frame that will fit you (Ie: Knolly).

I ride a XS Knolly V-Tach frame with a 24" rear (I'm 5'2" with short legs). With how the rear suspension was set up initially, a 26" wheel would hit the seat when the shock was compressed, so I've used the 24" from the start. I'm now running a different shock and it is set up differently and could now accommodate a 26", though I still run the 24" wheel. I don't believe that it holds me back in any aspect of my riding. I may move to a 26" wheel, but I'm not one for trying to "fix what ain't broke" :-)

pd

July 5, 2006, 2:27 p.m.
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Joined: July 8, 2005
help or a hindrance?

Its great to have a person you can go on a variety of rides and trips with that you are both capable of doing that allows you to share the passion for your sport.

Yep, that's it! Biking is just as much a passion for me as it is for my other half and I wouldn't want it any other way.

I figure I'm pretty lucky - we spent the long weekend riding in Rossland together (with a few other friends too). For the most part, we're pretty well matched with both fitness and skills (though if he's keen to get a fast XC training hate-fest in, you can bet i won't be joining him!). We like to ride the same trails - sometimes he takes the harder line, sometimes its me!

I remember when we were first dating that I would check to see if the ride he'd planned with friends was one I could join. I didn't want to be overwhelmed by trails that were over my head. My first trips down Bogeyman and Pink Starfish were with the girls. But, when I came home filled with excitement about mastering the first few stunts on Bogeyman…he was just as happy as me, and now there's no question of the trails being too much.

Of course, we don't ride together all of the time. But we don't really have separate riding groups - "our" posse has a mix of guys and gals.

Yep, I'd definitely say I'm lucky!

pd

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