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Oct. 28, 2016, 3:25 p.m.
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No Trespassing signs on CMHC lands and trails

Lee did not speak to Karen, that I can assure all :-)

I ask this legitimately, as it speaks to potentially serious violations of privacy - how do you know this? Did you explicitly ask Ms. Leblanc if she had spoken to a Mr. Lee Lau? Even if she had, what would prompt her to disclose such information to whomever inquired on the matter? And what business is it of anyone else whether she had spoken to Mr. Lau or not?

Oct. 28, 2016, 2:30 p.m.
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No Trespassing signs on CMHC lands and trails

"If you want to know, get off your keister, and put pen to paper."

This is sublime.

Oct. 28, 2016, 12:40 a.m.
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No Trespassing signs on CMHC lands and trails

Like several others in this thread, I moved my family to Vancouver in large part for access to the regional trail network. It's phenomenally disappointing to see so many-even some of those participating in this thread-seemingly determined to either shut these trails down or leverage the situation to wage their own personal or political battles. Why would anyone want this to be their legacy?

The trails of the Vancouver region are absolute gems, and it would be an enormous tragedy to see them lost. I have absolutely no intention to leave this area, especially after working so hard to make the move in the first place, but it seems like the momentum is to further development at all cost. It's hard to feel welcome in such a hostile environment.

I have nothing truly meaningful to contribute to this discussion - I just wanted to add my voice to the chorus of disappointment. And to those in this thread who are trying just so damned hard to either take these trails away or simply play politics, I hope that you look beyond your personal vendettas and grasp the extent to which your success would damage both the culture and economy of the region.

Sept. 26, 2016, 2:26 p.m.
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SNOWLINE TIME!!!!

yeah buying at least used ski [HTML_REMOVED] skins when the season is over is cheaper, so far thats been DPS and Dynafit skis and I've had good deals on new dynafit bindings

I am seeing more people sell off old skis with the skins that were cut for the ski which is great, skins trimmed wall to wall for max base coverage is the best or at least straight cut that cover the full base width underfoot cuz struggling with poor coverage on an icy skin track sucks

I think the spectres are supposed to be a pretty soft boot if thats what you like?

If they fit you the Scarpa Maestrale or the RS are a hugely popular boot, they have real dynafit tech fittings, will already come with Intuition liners and are not too badly priced I would have bought them if they fit me… I ended up in Vulcans

I've definitely read that the Spectres run soft, yeah. Since I'm new to the skiing world, though, I don't see that as a major dealbreaker - what's more alarming is that a bunch of the V1.0 Spectres are having major problems with longevity. No small number of user reviews talk about various parts breaking within a year of use, which is disconcerting.

The Maestrale and RS are definitely both interesting, and I really like the inclusion of an Intuition liner, but the (relatively) limited ROM of 37° sort of throws me off when I expect to be doing a lot of uphill travel in them. Still, I'll give one or both a try and see if they fit. I'd like something with a 60° ROM such as the Spectre or TLTs, but who knows what'll actually fit. I do wish buying used boots was more of an option, since I learned that getting a shop-independent evaluation and fitting is going to cost $150+ for the wife and I. Can't say I was expecting it would be that much, but you get what you pay for.

So far, I have seen almost no one around the Vancouver region selling their old touring planks without bindings. I hope to be checking out the G3 factory sale this weekend, so maybe that'll turn up something useful.

… Eh, maybe snowshoes aren't that bad. :lol:

Sept. 26, 2016, 12:46 a.m.
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SNOWLINE TIME!!!!

Me and the wife are building our first touring setups this year, and we're crazy stoked. We vowed to get skis after spending last winter plodding about on the heavy, full-crampon snowshoes we brought with us in our recent move from Montreal. They're great for the tight, gnarly, icy trails we used them on out east, but are absolutely brutal for the conditions around here.

Both of us come from a mountaineering background, so we're no strangers to the backcountry, but it's insanely daunting-and expensive-to be getting into a whole other sport. I've ordered a couple PIEPS/BD avalanche kits along with two pairs of black Vipec bindings (got a really good deal on them and I like their DIN certification), and am currently hunting for good deals on planks. Not sure how that's going to turn out, since a lot of the used skis around here seem to come with bindings.

The new G3 Findr 102s are the current leading candidate for new skis, but hopefully I can find a deal on something cheaper. Would love to get a set of DPS Wailer 106s, but they're too rich for my blood. I may hit up the upcoming Vancouver ski swap to see what's there.

On the boot side, our first move is to visit with Tom at Intuition to get his take on what boots might work with our feet. I normally fit my own footwear, but this is both so unknown and such a huge investment that I want some professional help. :lol: I really like the features of the Sportiva Spectres on paper, but who knows how they'll actually fit.

It's a lot of work and a lot of money to get set up properly, but I know that it'll all be worth it once we're out in the hills.

Sept. 8, 2016, 2:26 p.m.
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Death Metal.

A few new tracks on the death metal side of things that have caught my ear, as of late. First, a nice homage to the Cynic/Athiest/Pestilence days of yore, courtesy of Defeated Sanity:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mepBZqjhPHw

Next, a thoroughly new school tech track from Virvum:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0xlkvZBO7E

And finally, some fresh sludge from Ulcerate:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ev4PS7Fk6j8

Aug. 29, 2016, 9:39 a.m.
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bikes without that french thing

I thought you were talking about Presta valve stems :lol:

I thought it was about derailleurs.

"Oh, super, another gearbox thread."

March 4, 2016, 9:17 p.m.
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Death Metal.

THIS THREAD WILL NOT SLUMBER.

Here's some Misery Index, a band that doesn't get anywhere near its due:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNV1pXp1ZpE

March 4, 2016, 2:43 p.m.
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Death Metal.

I like this thread.

I've got mixed feelings about a lot of the modern techy death metal (a lot is way too much of a guitar-proficiency dick measuring competition), but I'll be damned if this Beyond Creation track doesn't keep me coming back over and over:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z63U1thWn4k

March 3, 2016, 7:33 p.m.
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Free stuff thread

Need to pack a bike or three? I have three cardboard bike boxes that are up for grabs in the Mt. Pleasant neighbourhood. My preference would be to get rid of them tonight or tomorrow (Friday) night, but Saturday during the day might work, too. All of the boxes are around 58" x 32". One is 9" thick and two are 12" thick.

They're also going onto Freecycle, but I'd rather they go to an NSMB local. PM me if you're interested.

Feb. 15, 2016, 10:39 p.m.
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Cancer, Before I die

you could pack a ton of fun living in to the next 12 months or more. you should call up a tv company and pitch an idea for a reality show, that would be the shit.

Yeah! Like, what about a bunch of mountain bikers travelling around BC in a beat-up old bus? Maybe call it something like "Drop Outs"?

God, I have so many good ideas.

Ross, keep me in the loop next time you want to get out for a ride, hey?

Feb. 6, 2016, 8:08 p.m.
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Cancer, Before I die

You mean the last surviving RM7…

Actually saw one with Super Ts (or what looked like them) being pushed around near Main [HTML_REMOVED] Hastings yesterday with no sign of duct tape on the swingarm. My hope is that the thief soon gets to learn about the RM7's "special features".

Feb. 6, 2016, 5:16 p.m.
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Cancer, Before I die

Fuckin' eh, that was a good time. Bunch of dirtbags taking up too much room on the seawall on a beautiful afternoon, talking about "the good 'ol days" and sipping a few tasties afterward. Even saw someone out on an old RM7 with Monster Ts circa 2003 to help remind us of where we've been.

It was a real pleasure going out with everyone. Connor, your daughter is adorable and infinitely patient. I(v)an, I hope you don't get pulled over on the way home! Duncan, you are literally the first other Duncan I have ever ridden with, and it's still kind of weirding me out. And Ross - Thank you so much for organizing it. I hope the day out was good for the soul, even if it wasn't so great on your butt (giggity giggity). I'm really glad that I got to pedal the legend cruiser around for a bit, and I'm looking forward to the next outing! Maybe get that baby rolling down Bobsled, or something.

Feb. 5, 2016, 11:11 a.m.
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Cancer, Before I die

what time works best for people? 1pm maybe finish around 330 4? I dunno I am the one that is the most flexible.

The current hourly forecast calls for showers potentially beginning around 4, so ending around then wouldn't be so bad. Of course, I think we're all familiar with riding in a bit of rain. ;)

Forgive the Vancouver newb question, but does anyone know if Tap [HTML_REMOVED] Barrel has a place to lock up bikes in plain sight? I only have my trail bike built up at the moment, and I can't really risk it getting left unattended.

Feb. 2, 2016, 8:50 p.m.
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Cancer, Before I die

Hi, Ross - We've never spoken before, but I wanted to share a couple words and tell you that you've reached more people than you might know.

I started lurking on NSMB around 2003 when I lived in Ottawa. Our local riding community was tight-knit, but small, and NSMB gave me a peek into "the big leagues" out west. I followed the comings and goings on the forums, dreaming of one day visiting the shore.

There was this one kid that seemed to have a new bike every couple of weeks. Urban MTBing was taking off out east, and Le Toys were the bike to have if you wanted to do crazy shit downtown. I never had one, but others in Ottawa did, and we all sure noticed yours. We shared the pictures of your builds on our local forums, discussing how pimped out they were. As you know, Le Toys were sturdy beasts, and weren't known for succumbing to much - so you can imagine the shock that we collectively felt when you broke one. I think one of us even brought it up to Julien from 24 Bikes when he visited the city.

And when your SX Trail got built and the pictures were spread around my circle of friends, I don't think there was anyone who wasn't burning with jealousy. I still remember it-and those narrow Deity bars-even this many years later. Some of us questioned how the hell you got enough much money to buy all that cool shit, but by God, we all wished we could ride where we saw you riding in the pictures and videos that got posted on here.

When you post to public forums, you have to know that people may be following along that you never get to talk to. It's like living a little part of your life in front of a two-way mirror, and anyone could be on the other side. Maybe no one notices - or maybe you live a life so remarkable that people across the country stop to watch.

I kind of disconnected from mountain biking for a few years. I moved cities a couple times, got a few degrees, got married, and finally made the move to Vancouver that I dreamed about for so long just this past November. After arriving, I logged back into my NSMB account and explored the forums for the first time in a while. A lot had changed, of course, but when I saw this thread, it hit hard. That crazy kid sure grew up.

Having never spoken with you before, I couldn't think of anything to say. Frankly, typing this out is still really weird, but eh, what the hell. It doesn't mean much coming from a stranger, but the way you're handling everything being thrown at you is amazing. We could all hope to have half as much poise and composure as you've shown. When you started talking about going to meet with patients, though, that's when I felt like I needed to actually reach out and commend you. What you're doing is probably touching them more than you know, just like your life and exploits in the public eye touched more people than you probably knew.

Keep fighting the good fight, Ross. We're all pulling for you.

-Duncan

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