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July 17, 2020, 12:20 p.m.
Posts: 518
Joined: Nov. 23, 2002
Re: Squamish just ain't what it used to be

Posted by: LoamtoHome

Yup...  can't live in the past forever.  Trails like Bullet Dodger and CRC are way better than Bean and Nescafe on the new bikes.

Way better because they're different or better because they don't require as much skill and effort to ride a new school bike on an old school trail?

Dave got it right with the idea that flow is less about the trail and more about the rider. Sometimes flow is easy due to the trail and sometimes it's hard due to the trail, but the idea that flow is somehow better or only exists on new trails like CRC and not on trails like Bean is just misguided. Just because a rider has difficulty with a trail or section of trail doesn't mean the trail doesn't have flow. Flow is not always about speed, IMHO flow is really about the transitions between sections of trail and how the rider works with the trail. That doesn't mean a trail has to be consistent in style or speed, it just means that consecutive sections of a trail need to work together and the rider has the skill necessary to put it all together.

July 17, 2020, 11:14 a.m.
Posts: 518
Joined: Nov. 23, 2002
Re: COVID-19

This:

Posted by: syncro

If you're ok with some people thinking of you as lazy and ignorant with your posting I guess that's your biz.

Is not the same as this:

Posted by: aShogunNamedMarcus

I cant change you or anyone else's mind that I'm NOT lazy and or ignant.

What were you right about with the ebola thread? First you speculated that it may not be ebola, then it was a bunch of other stuff, then it was that that trillions would be infected. That thread is replete with inaccurate posts of yours where you either misrepresent what's going on or don't seem to understand what's going on. One example of those would be a National Geographic link where you re-wrote the title of the link you posted to suit your own narrative and the linked story went in a different direction. It was almost like you didn't even read the article you linked to.
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/11/141115-ebola-mali-guinea-vaccine-disease-imam-outbreak/

Maybe you're not ignorant and lazy with your posting, maybe your just a fraud and an outright liar?

July 15, 2020, 4:30 a.m.
Posts: 518
Joined: Nov. 23, 2002
Re: 2018 F1 thread.

this seems like it could belong here. not human.

July 12, 2020, 12:04 a.m.
Posts: 518
Joined: Nov. 23, 2002
Re: COVID-19

Posted by: aShogunNamedMarcus

Why would I actually care

If you're ok with some people thinking if you as lazy and ignorant with your posting I guess that's your biz. I'm sure some people will continue to call you on the BS that you post tho because they probably feel that the perpetuation of false information is generally detrimental to society. My guess to the reason you pretty much never get a "Yeah that's a decent point", is that from what I've seen, you pretty much never do make one. I honestly can't recall that last time you posted something where I thought "hey that's interesting" or "that's a good point". Re prefacing speculation, it's pretty much moot if you then go on to discuss it as truthful or viable. I think a good example of this sort of thing being handled well is chup's explorations on aliens, flying saucers, etc. He's presented it as a possibility he's intrigued in and tends to believe it but doesn't present the idea as fact.

So here's your shot, what have you posted  that most people here deemed to be unbelievable yet turned out to be actually true? I don't recall any such thing.

July 10, 2020, 4:37 p.m.
Posts: 518
Joined: Nov. 23, 2002
Re: Good jackets

Posted by: Kenny

I had an Alpha SV and it was great but definitely not for mountain biking. Way too heavy/hot. I tried it once and even in December I totally cooked inside it. 

It's an alpine climbing jacket. For much colder temps and lower aerobic output.

For Mountain biking you need something ending in SL or LT.

Thanks for that advice. I ended up going with the Beta SL for riding and picked up a Rush IS for boarding at half price. Thanks to cashing in my Amex points for Sporting Life gift cards and the sale they have on I paid $200 for $1700 worth of gear including a pair of Vans Implant snowboard boots.

If anybody is looking for a good deal on a jacket for winter sports or even in general, Sporting Life at Brentwood has most of their winter outerwear on sale right now for 50% off.

July 10, 2020, 10:53 a.m.
Posts: 518
Joined: Nov. 23, 2002
Re: NSMB 2020 - Full Suspension Bike Thread

Posted by: tashi

twk, I have a lot of respect for a bike like that. Built for someone who knows what he’s doing, but not fancy fancy for no reason. 

I have a RSD on the way that’ll be a similar vibe. I’ve been mountain biking for over 25 years and still ride hard but have no lust for paying for the top end shit anymore, particularly when the mid range stuff is so damn good now.

Yeah, if you’re patient and arm yourself with some knowledge it’s not too difficult to put together a high performing rig on a budget these days.

July 9, 2020, 1:12 p.m.
Posts: 518
Joined: Nov. 23, 2002
Re: 2018 Cypress Trail Conditions Thread

Posted by: LoamtoHome

Machine built trails with big berms have the biggest foot print and require the most maintenance.  Look at Upper Dales and Empress Bypass, the berms have collapsed down and have minimal support with rocks pointing out everywhere.  How much is it going to cost to fix/redo them?

We're going a bit sideways from the thread but yeah, I'd agree with you on those examples. With UD that's a Metro thing tho and there's been zero maintenance since it went in. EB has seen some maintenance - one giant revamp last year - but not much. Personally, I think with better design both those trail would have lasted longer - they're too tight for the terrain they're in and the level of use they get. Bobsled is a better example of design. IMO a big part of Cypress's "sustainability" is lower ridership compared to other areas and some dedicated builders. It hasn't always been that way though, there are trails that have been bombed out and suffered.

One of the cool things about the Shore is that each Mtn has it's own distinct overall flavour and that it's not the same thing spread over three areas.

July 8, 2020, 6:44 p.m.
Posts: 518
Joined: Nov. 23, 2002
Re: 2018 Cypress Trail Conditions Thread

I guess that depends on how one defines sustainability. I think a better term to use would be maintainability. To me a trail that is sustainable has a minimal amount of impact on the ground and requires no or very little maintenance.

Let’s face, while it’s not exactly strip mining or clear cutting, mtb’ing is not an ecologically friendly activity. Too bad it’s just so much fun.  The thing we should do is try and minimize our impact as best we can.

July 8, 2020, 12:34 p.m.
Posts: 518
Joined: Nov. 23, 2002
Re: 2018 Cypress Trail Conditions Thread

Posted by: LoamtoHome

Greatest thing about Cypress is there are no IMBA style trails.  Funny how the "authorities" say steep fall line trails are unsustainable but here these trails have existed for decades.  It's just about controlling what they don't understand.

That's too simple a statement for an issue affected by a lot of factors including geology, geomorphology and the amount of traffic a trails gets. There are more than enough trenches to bedrock on Cypress to show that steep fall line trails are typically not great for the environment. IMO the two biggest factors that keep trails on Cypress relatively sustainable are more rock and lower levels of riders compared to other places on the shore.

Cheers to the builders there for sure.

July 7, 2020, 4:47 p.m.
Posts: 518
Joined: Nov. 23, 2002
Re: Good jackets

Posted by: Bull_Dozer

For those of you that own high quality gore-tex jackets - do you find that they are actually close to 100% waterproof? I have one of the highest end Arcteryx jackets (with the highest waterproof rating, etc.) and I took it for a hike recently in pretty heavy rain and it didn't take long for me to get absolutely soaked. Although perhaps some of the moisture I was feeling was due to sweat from overheating. Seemed kind of weird to me though that a jacket that retails for like $800 on the basis that it is super waterproof still can't keep you dry in the rain. Or perhaps I just need to treat it or something?

What were you wearing under the jacket? My experience is that the performance of a waterproof jacket "feeling" waterproof is dependent on what you're wearing underneath. Cotton t-shirt in humid conditions with you working hard enough to sweat means you're going to feel damp. Same situation with a merino wool shirt and you'll  feel dry.

July 7, 2020, 3:54 p.m.
Posts: 518
Joined: Nov. 23, 2002
Re: Trump.

Posted by: tungsten

........

yeah, but here's a pic of you and Trump so it's not like your pics prove much.

July 7, 2020, 3:19 p.m.
Posts: 518
Joined: Nov. 23, 2002
Re: Can't get the stink out, it's been hanging round for days...

Posted by: Brocklanders

Also somewhat related to this topic.... Mental note to self, never buy MTB shorts without belt loops. I lose weight every spring/ summer. Then proceed to bitch my shorts won't stay up because I'm at the max smallest with the lame velcro systems they are flogging....

July 6, 2020, 8:31 p.m.
Posts: 518
Joined: Nov. 23, 2002
Re: The Riots of 2020

This probably needs to be here too.

Posted by: syncro

You relayed information that is clearly false without rebuking or calling into question it's legitimacy. Continuing the chain of misinformation is as bad as supporting it imo. Claiming you didn't watch is not an excuse or a get out of jail card.

If you want to be taken seriously you need to state your point(s) clearly and be able to support your argument with references that are independently verifiable. Most importantly you need to be accountable for what you say. If you get called on BS own up to it. I think part of the issues you face here is that you tend to post speculation as fact or truth and then try and absolve yourself of any fault when it gets called out. People do not trust your word.

July 6, 2020, 5:59 p.m.
Posts: 518
Joined: Nov. 23, 2002
Free Fox Doss dropper

It worked fine but leaked air and was a pain to keep refilling after every ride. I tried taking it apart to replace the seals (which are available from Europe) but you need a proprietary tool to disassemble it os I had no luck. 'm only posting as Fox will give you credit towards a new Transfer so it could save you a few bucks.

July 6, 2020, 5:55 p.m.
Posts: 518
Joined: Nov. 23, 2002
Re: Good jackets

yeah SV = most durable/heavy fabric, SL = super light and AR = all around

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