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May 16, 2013, 8:59 a.m.
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Abbotsford 2013 Conditions

There's a beginner trail that is an access point off of the subdivision at Westview Blvd/Applewood Dr. and connects with the main McKee Road climb that goes to the tower. This trail has been a dual direction beginner trail for years. I'm sure there are many names for this trail depending on the users. For at least 10yrs now, my ride group has know it as Ruben.

Anyways, I was in hiking it with my 4yr old yesterday and notice that someone is starting to convert it to yet another gap trail leading into La BiteMe. There are many gap trails in the corridor that filter from Da Plow/SOB to La BiteMe. Re working an existing and known dual direction beginner trail into a gap jump trail is a poor decision.

Does anyone know who these builders are.

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May 5, 2013, 8:47 a.m.
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riding uphill on established trails

It's coming full circle. Who looks more out of place - Lycra with baggies or jammies and a neck brace?

If its climbable, then it's a dual direction trail. Here in the Valley, I climb trails like Bear DH (when I'm connecting Red to Bear) and Squidline all the time. Granted common scenes does come into play though. I'm not climbing those trails at high noon on Saturday or Sunday.

April 30, 2013, 4:45 a.m.
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Supporting the Fraser Valley

OK, shameless plug for the BC Bike Race Kazlaw Award.

The FVMBA has been building and maintaining the network of trails in the Fraser Valley for over ten years now. And more recently FVMBA has brought Grassroots racing and mountain biking in the Fraser Valley to the forefront with the Spring Series and now Trailblazer Series. All of the trail building and race organizing are done solely on a volunteer basis.

Well this year, the BC Bike Race is giving away two free entries into this years race for "someone who makes mountain biking happen in your community". And the FVMBA happens to have two of our volunteers selected as two of the four finalists, Eugene Septke and myself (Matt Scott).

Eugene has been responsible for all the hard work that has gone into turning Heritage Park, in Mission, into the buff XC course it now is. He has also spent hundreds of hours building, chopping, bucketing and shoveling all the dirt that's now Bomba, on Bear Mnt.

I was the FVMBA race director for the past two years, organizer of the Saturday Morning Toonies this year and have spent a number of years building trails such as XCelerator, Autobahn, AmbideXCrous and Lazyboy.

I ask everyone to read through the submissions and then vote for one of us. Unfortunately, you can only vote once. But to show support for FVMBA and all the volunteered hard work that has been going on the past few years, it would be great to seen a vote to one of our nominated FVMBA volunteers.

Here's the links to voting - https://www.facebook.com/bc.bikerace/app_152383224934003

April 29, 2013, 9:36 p.m.
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Kids Bike Suggestions

My 4yrs old just upgraded from her 12" Specialized Hotrock to a 16" Hotrock. We are selling her small bike for $100 and can through in a baby dolly seat that tucks behind and mounts on the seatstays. A must for any serious big girl biker.

http://abbotsford.en.craigslist.ca/bik/3770817475.html

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Sold! This thread has done its job. Our little 12" Hotrock now has a new home.

April 28, 2013, 9:39 p.m.
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Kids Bike Suggestions

My 4yrs old just upgraded from her 12" Specialized Hotrock to a 16" Hotrock. We are selling her small bike for $100 and can through in a baby dolly seat that tucks behind and mounts on the seatstays. A must for any serious big girl biker.

http://abbotsford.en.craigslist.ca/bik/3770817475.html

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April 22, 2013, 5:04 p.m.
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Washing a Camelbak, the actual pack...

NSMB community rocks. If you've got an issue/problem, someone else has a fix/solution. Just last week I was asking myself the same question about washing my pack. I contemplated having to buy a whole new pack. Beers all around, I'll buy :)

April 5, 2013, 3:54 a.m.
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Game of Thrones - Season 3!!1

The actress, Sibel Kekili, who plays Tyrion's little whore (as Tywin puts it), is… well…

Ok, heres your warning. This link is NSFW/NSFG http://www.pornhub.com/pornstar/sibel-kekilli

April 3, 2013, 9:53 p.m.
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Sidewall cuts

Well, this is my gash. I was riding tubeless but had to put a tube in to make if home.

I'm actually curious to try sewing it and glueing in a cover over the ripped area. I'll keep y'all updated.

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April 3, 2013, 3:18 a.m.
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Sidewall cuts

I picked up an awful 1" sidewall cut to one of my Nobby Nick tire this past weekend. The tire is fairly new so it would be a shame to just toss it away. I was thinking of gluing something into the tire over the slice as a fix. Does this work, has anyone done something simular or is there another approach I should look at…. besides buying a new tire?

April 1, 2013, 12:38 p.m.
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BBC Article on Strava

This. There is nothing more satisfying than stealing a KOM from a buddy.

Exactly Tom, I will be looking forward to trying to dethrone you on something this weekend :)

March 21, 2013, 6:40 p.m.
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Shore racers...a dying breed?

maybe 20 somethings can't afford to live in Metro Vancouver or afford to buy a bike?

That's a load of crap. It's all about priorities. If you love bikes, you will have bikes. In my teens and 20's, I always had a bike, if not two, that were always worth more than my car. Who didn't?

It wasn't until my 30's that the bike-to-car value shifted. But still, the value of the bike shed still exceed the value of the cars in the driveway.

March 20, 2013, 9:42 a.m.
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Shore racers...a dying breed?

Here's Emily and with my buddy Steve, who owns the Bike Gallery. The Gallery was providing Mavic Neutral Wheel Support last Novembers at the GPCX, where we had serviced Emily's bike during the women's race. Afterwords, she came by to say thanks and ended up hanging out to chat for a bit.

I have to say, Emily is so down to earth and approachable to talk about her racing, career and what not. A great rep for her sponsors and which ever sport she is doing atm, weather its CX or XC.

And fricken HOT!! She wasn't weirded out at all by all the fanboys taking her picture.

March 20, 2013, 5:13 a.m.
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Shore racers...a dying breed?

I'm happier being at the back of the dedicated racer group than winning my age group
(just surviving in the big ocean with all the big fish is more satisfying than being the big fish in the small pond)

^^^^ I agree with this ^^^^^

Over the past two years FVMBA has hosted 11 races, consisting of 5 XCs and 6 Super D races. We had 272 starts. They weren't large crowds by Test of Metal standards, but they were a fun laid back outing for all those that came to race. Of all those that starts, only 18 were junior riders. Early 30's to late 40's was our demographic.

The younger generation seems that they cant be bothered to race. And we were hosting events that were as short as 15mins up to 2hrs and suited XC bikes to Big bikes. Maybe its too much work, too much exerciser or maybe its just not cool to race for them. Who knows? What ever it is, its not the lack of events out there for them to take part in.

Speaking from a XC standpoint, I wouldn't look at racing on the Shore as the litmus for the health of racing. Try looking at whats going on in the lower mainland as a whole. There is tons of Toonie action coming up this summer in Whistler and Squamish, the Test of Metal 4 pack racing, Nimby 50, FVMBA Trailblazer Series, the Island Series and the recently announced SORCE toonie series. And for a large number of us that have a road bike in our collection, there was last falls CX series and the Escape Velocity Spring Series thats going on right now.

If you love bikes and are remotely competitive, you will find somewhere to get your fix. And if your complaining there isn't anything going on, your not looking.

I've already bought my Test of Metal 4 pack, pre reg'ed for the Nimby and am looking forward to FVMBA's first race on April 20th. To all those that say "Im think about doing that race" or "I might think about more races", I say when you see something you like, buck up and support those organizers by preregistering. Thats the only way you'll see more events organized.

FVMBA changed the Spring Series format this year, to a early summer series which will consist of XC and Enduros with Webscorer timing. http://www.fvmba.com/ http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=496322223736240[HTML_REMOVED]set=a.197695206932278.41699.185261884842277[HTML_REMOVED]type=1[HTML_REMOVED]theater

And to fill the void for a lot of guys that were looking for early season training, there now is the Saturday Morning Toonies out here in Abbotsford. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Saturday-Morning-Toonies/305875019524181

For $2 you're getting some hard, fast paced XC training, coffee and beer! Some amazing sponsors have supplied some great prizes. Did I mention beer and coffee. And the great guys at Nimby have donated two free entries to this years Nimby Fifty as draw prizes for those who are riding the Saturday Morning Toonies as well as racing the FVMBA's Heritage Park race on April 20th.

Just another example of the many fun low key Grassroots events that are going on out there. It may not be the shore, but all those events are close enough if your really wanting to race.

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March 14, 2013, 3:29 a.m.
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Tits.

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March 13, 2013, 2:44 p.m.
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BBC Article on Strava

Im a huge fan of Strava. I use it to explore and see new trails or segments in my area. As an XC rider, its a great training tool. Especially with climbing trails. I will admit I have looked at the leader boards of certain segments and used that to determine which trail to go ride in that area. I head out with the intention of crushing the Strava of that trail.

Its not the most accurate. Ive ridden through know segments without it picking up that ride. I don't put a lot of stock in it, it's just fun to see how you stack up against others in your area. And again, a good motivator for XC training.

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