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March 2, 2014, 7:20 p.m.
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Anyone Ride Fat Bikes?

At last years Interbike, I was obsessed with all the fat bike porn.

March 2, 2014, 7:01 p.m.
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Anyone Ride Fat Bikes?

Two buddies that are on Fat bikes this year. They've been riding them quit a bit in the interior. The Mountain doesn't have an official policy yet on Fat bikes and trail use, but all their interactions with other trail users and mountain officials has been very positive.

I'm trying to convince my wife that we have room in our shed for one more bike. It will most likely be the Fatboy. Specialize's availability was very limited this year. Based on that, hopefully next year they will have a full carbon Fatboy out.

Feb. 11, 2014, 8:37 p.m.
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7 Day Moab Roadtrip this April

^^^ you really should consider flying to Vegas and either renting a car/SUV or a motorhome. Saves a TON of driving and you're going through Vegas anyway. Very cheap flights from Bellingham.

The route we have planned is 4900kms return. We're going to be driving down in my buddies Merc Sprinter van, towing my 16ft travel trailer. He says it will be 12L/100km (will see how that works out towing), budgeting for 600-700L of fuel. Based on a .90 exchange rate and current Moab gas price conversions, gas will be .97/L = $600 to $700 in fuel.

Accommodations are taken care of seeing we're towing the trailer. Depending on the RV park we stay at, $35 to $50 a night (for the resorts with hot tube, pool and laundry), for 5 nights = $250. Staying side-of-the-road or in the desert is free.

Gas and accommodations for 4 guys will be around $250 each. Food is what ever we make it be. Eat well or eat thrifty, we'll see what happens when we hit the road.

I did Interbike last year and the flight to Vegas return from Bellingham was $230 CDN. But there will be oversize luggage fees for the bikes. We'll need to pay for accommodations everywhere we go. Add on car or motor home rental and milage, things could start adding up quickly.

Yes, you have a point about flying. We would save a considerable amount of time. But isn't driving the pilgrimage to Moab part of the Moab experience? I think we would be cheating it and ourselves by flying down.

Feb. 11, 2014, 12:48 p.m.
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7 Day Moab Roadtrip this April

Ya, this info is fantastic. I've been reading a lot of sites and watching a lot of youtube on all those trails. A buddy and I are both turning 40 this fall, so I have started planning a trip for the beginning of September. There's 4 of us that are going to drive down, allocate 5 days for riding in Moab. Then on the last night, drive the 6hrs to Vegas for Interbike on the 10th/11th. We might also look at braking up the drive back with a day in Oregon to rip down the McKenzie River trail. Its definitely going to be a trip to remember.

Feb. 7, 2014, 9:54 p.m.
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trail + bridge building--post yer picts!

Repairing a bench cut, with a deadman, that had been sluffing into the ravine.

Feb. 5, 2014, 9:54 p.m.
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trail + bridge building--post yer picts!

Broke Wrist Bridge rebuild

Feb. 4, 2014, 9:15 p.m.
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trail + bridge building--post yer picts!

Feb. 4, 2014, 6:26 a.m.
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7 Day Moab Roadtrip this April

I plan to do the same trip at the end of September. Looking forward to hear what people have to say.

Jan. 6, 2014, 8:23 p.m.
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Telus T-Up

Got my new phone with Telus a few weeks ago and they offered me t-up. I don't understand it fully. $9 extra per month and when the next gen model of your phone comes out, you get to trade your 1yr old phone in for the latest version. I didn't take it cause I'm thinking theres got to be a hitch. Does anyone here know more about this upgrade plan from Telus?

Nov. 2, 2013, 5:26 p.m.
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Abbotsford 2013 Conditions

i'm going to be in abby this weekend, what's a "stands up to the rain" trail i can ride with a clear conscience on sunday if it clears up?

bonus points if i can ride it with my son: he's 6, and loved squidline until it got all long and xc towards the end…

You can definitely ride the south side in the with wet with a clear conscious, I do.

A possible route to take with your son would be to park at the end of Harvest Dr. (google Harvest Dr., Abbotsford). Take the trail head behind the road barriers (not to the right) and follow the main trails straight over to Lazyboy. You're on the right track if you cross a cedar bridge over the farmers fence. Take Lazyboy and Tools of the Trade up to the top of the Ranch climb, then come back down the way you came up. They were built to be dual direction. Depending on how strong of a climber your little guy is, round trip should be about 45mins. The trails aren't really labeled but should be fairly visible. I brushed/weedeated them this past month.

Here's a part of that loop - http://connect.garmin.com/activity/274743797

Nov. 2, 2013, 4:54 p.m.
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New Legal Trails on Vancouver Island

Great turnout. I think I might have to make a trip over soon.

Oct. 21, 2013, 10:36 p.m.
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Lights - 2012

Put the big light on your helmet, especially if you are riding tight stuff like Ledgeview. You want your light to be where you are looking, not where your bike is looking.

I'm not a big fan of how the weight of a bigger light feels on the head. Coupled that with how the cord feels going into camelbac, I was going to use the 575lumen Lezyne up top and the massive flood on the bar. I've already tested riding with just the Lezyne on the helmet and it does a pretty good job for a small light.

Oct. 20, 2013, 7:27 p.m.
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Lights - 2012

This is my set up this fall. Christmas came a bit early. Lezyne Super Drive used as a helmet mount with the NR 3600 on the bar.

Lezyne - 30ft to the bush

NR3600 - 30 ft to the bush

Oct. 20, 2013, 7:07 p.m.
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juliana

A few grades to my wife's Juliana.

This was from her ladies ride this morning.

Oct. 10, 2013, 10:39 p.m.
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Let's Talk Cyclocross

I was out there with Tom, a bunch of other guys and the usually Local Ride crew. The course is short but a lot of fun. There's barriers, gravel, grass, a steep little run up hill that can be shouldered or ridden if you hit it right and three bits of rhythm sections from the BMX track. Perfect atmosphere for the little guys, new racers and ladies. You can come and just have fun being out on your cx bike or you can charge hard at the front with the usually Local Ride guys till you can get that feeling that a lung wants to explode out of your throat.

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