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March 13, 2013, 2:05 p.m.
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Tits.

Head lights

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and High Beams

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March 11, 2013, 10:38 a.m.
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Tits.

Bushtit

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And a bunch of Bushtits, enjoy.

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March 7, 2013, 10:02 p.m.
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Spring Series

River Roads a good one. Pulled of a 3rd in C's a few years back. Just ride at the front of the pack to stay crash free. C group can be large at this one.

March 7, 2013, 9:47 p.m.
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29ers

We've been doing Saturday Morning Toonie training "rides" out here in Abbotsford. Last weeks Toonie saw 11 out of the top 12 guys on 29'ers. Could be a fad, who knows.

All my Strava's, up and down, have gotten quicker since switch to 29'er a month ago. Although this might not be scientific because I could just be getting fitter.

I still take the 26'er out once a week when I go riding with my wife on Sundays. 26'er does feel more playful of a bike, but on trails I know and love, 29 is hands down faster.

Feb. 27, 2013, 2:48 p.m.
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29ers

That frame arrangement isn't anything new for Cannondale. At least 20 if not 25yrs ago you can find similar frame variations.

Feb. 22, 2013, 10:34 p.m.
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Game of Thrones - Season 3!!1

Judging by that last preview pertaining to Dani, I think they are mixing a little of book 3 [HTML_REMOVED] 4 for this TV season.

Having read all the books, I cant wait to see how everyone reacts to some of the major plot developments that will happen this season. If you thought the Ned Stark twists was a shocker, its possible this season is going to blow your mind. I can't wait!

Feb. 19, 2013, 3:48 a.m.
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harlem shake

okay, so this is funny


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vqnSwTXAAc

Ok, this one is actually pretty funny. But I don't really understand it either. And I for surely don't understand the "Milking". Why!?!

Feb. 19, 2013, 3:35 a.m.
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NIMBY Fifty 2013

Camping is on! Friday [HTML_REMOVED] Saturday night. All these details and others are in the latest newsletter/blog, and entry fee is published on the registration page.

I'm registered! And the wife and kid are stoked about the camping and making it a family event. Is it tenting only or can one bring a small 16ft travel trailer? Can we pre pay/reserve a space in the field? Blog doesn't specify too much right now.

Feb. 18, 2013, 6:48 p.m.
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29ers

When I picked up the bike in Dec., I didn't really know what was good for 29er tire choices. All the shop had in stock for 29er was a few pair of XC slicks and the Nobby Nics. I'll look at the Conti's when these wear. Thanks

Feb. 18, 2013, 2:48 p.m.
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29ers

Super useful bro.

a benign correction about what the scale is reading, or sharing my experiences about the added weight of the very exact model of an adjustable seatpost I also use.

it did not occur to me that a buyer of $7000 ultra elite super light race bike has absolutely no interest in discussing a pound here or a pound there.

Apak, an obvious error on my part. I apologize. I will safely say it comes in at under 26lbs.

At this price point, I had a few 29er models I was concidering. Specialized Epic, Stumpjumper Expert [HTML_REMOVED] Evo and a Camber Pro, Santa Cruz Tallboy Carbon and LT and a Scott Genius.

After a bit of deliberation and for the type of XC/AM riding I know I will be doing - Sumas, Mission - Red [HTML_REMOVED] Bear, Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton, Chilcotins and Seven Summits - I didn't want a bike that complemented my strength, descending. I was looking for my new 29er bike to strengthened one of my weaknesses, which is climbing. And I also really wanted the new ride to have a carbon wheelset.

So I quickly narrow the choices and was fortunate to be able to pre ride, back to back, a few of the different bikes on trails I know. The Stumpjumper Expert was nice and Evo was crazy fast when the trail wasn't pointed up (it sucked at climbing). I didn't like the look of the Camber Pro's headtube junction, so it didn't appeal to me. The Tallboy was a great ride but there's already 5 in my ride group, so I wanted something different. And after all those test rides, I kept wanting to go back to the Test Epic. It is a fun bike. I was quit surprised with how well you can throw it around. And it climbs like no bodies business!

A few other friends in my ride group that are on sub 22lbs 29er hardtails. A Specialize SWorks HT, Scott Scale, Orbea and a Santa Cruz Highball. So if wight weenie was the way I wanted to go, these would have been one of my choices. And I wouldn't have swapped out the stock post and SWork tires for the dropper post and Nobby Nics.

Feb. 16, 2013, 8:22 p.m.
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29ers

Ok, this one may not be one of the typical shore 29'ers that have been posted up here. But most 29'ers are going to shine on 95% of the rest of the trails in BC.

I picked up my 2013 Epic Marathon a month ago and I love it! Absolutely really love it!!!

SRAM 2x10 drivetrain with XO Gripshift, XO type 2 derailer, Magura MT6 brakes, Fox Brian rear and Sid Brain front and a shit load of Carbon. Carbon frame, carbon stays, carbon cranks, carbon bar, carbon Roval wheelset. Its just Carbon, Carbon, Carbon everywhere.

Out of the box, I replaced the SWorks slick tires with the Nobby Nics. It weighted in at 23.14lbs. I have since upgraded to the Blacklite Command Post which was an increase of 6.3oz over the SWorks post. So as pictured right now, its just under 24lbs.

My new Epic is replacing my 2008 Stumpy SWorks. The first thing that is clear when getting on board is this rig is its meant to climb. The taller 2X10 gearing with the stiff carbon wheelset and frame really help with the point and go up most of steep single track climbs I've encountered. An increase to my fitness has been a positive side effect to the taller gearing. And it handles the steeps going down quit well too. Better than I had expected.

I knew going from the Stumpjumper to an Epic, I would be sacrificing some squish and a bit of downhill compliance. But the perceived shortfalls haven't materialized.

I run the rear Fox Brain on the softest setting, which is actually pretty firm compared to the Stumpy. The Sid Brain up front has a manual knob that I will switch around as the trail dictates. You can pretty much lock it out in firm, but I usually run it wide open when the trail isn't pointed up. Im running a tubeless set up for the first time and still getting used to what psi to run. Have it at 30psi atm.

This 4" x 4" travel rig is going to rock for all day Chilcotin ride and races like the Nimby and JABR.

Heres a recent review and detailed specs on the UK Marathon model http://twentynineinches.com/2013/02/06/2013-specialized-epic-marathon-out-of-the-box/

Still waiting on the proper Specialized seat coller that routes the dropper cable. So a zip tie daisy chain is doing the job for now.

Feb. 15, 2013, 3:28 p.m.
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Dissapointed with NSMB.com

actually that video is pretty bad.

Painful would be another way to describe it.

Feb. 4, 2013, 10:11 a.m.
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Buh-bye Penny!!

This is okay.

What BC really needs is to include final sale price in posted prices. Adding HST after the fact is ridiculous. The amount of tax needs to be clearly stated on a receipt, but no reason why final sale price shouldn't be the posted price on shelves.

This would make life a lot simpler.

Jan. 30, 2013, 2:53 p.m.
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16"-18" Chainsaw recommendations

Just replaced my MS170 (30cc) today with a MS250 (45.4cc). Its 15cc more for only a 1.5lbs weight penalty, according to the manuals.

The Abbotsford Stihl/John Deer dealer were a bit pricey considering how close they are to the boarder. http://www.stihldealers.ca/Search.aspx/Abbotsford/British_Columbia/BC/V2S_8E5/PrairieCoast_Equipment_Abbotsford/chainsaws.html?Lang=en
They wanted $400+tax and wouldn't move on that price. I even suggested its cheaper across the line and they meet in the middle. No go.

So, 15min drive across the boarder to the Stihl/John Deer dealer in Linden and I got the exact saw, inlcuding a second chain and a can of the per mix gas Motomix for $353 taxes in. Declared it at the boarder and was waved through without paying HST. I saved about $150 if I bought everything at the Abby Stihl/John Deer dealer

Jan. 29, 2013, 11:56 p.m.
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16"-18" Chainsaw recommendations

weight difference between a 170 [HTML_REMOVED] a 460 is about 6lbs but the 460 is a real forestry saw with an engine [HTML_REMOVED]twice the CC of the 170, way too much saw for trail work, the 170 is the smallest property maintenence saw Sthil makes …you couldn't get further apart in spec

For trail work how about a 261 which is the smallest forestry saw Stihl makes, its only 3 lbs heavier than the 170 but it has twice the HP and the 261 would still be running long after the 170 is dead

Last Friday my 170 started acting up. I needed to get in and do some trail work so my buddy lent me his 460. Agreed, two saws that are very far apart in specs. But it did give me an idea of what a real saw is capable of.

Just bought a new carb kit and fuel filter (DIY install) and my 170 is still stalling out at full throttle. Any advice is welcome. Ive been told possible fuel line pin holes sucking air, little pin sea-saw mechanism in carb isn't adjusted right or rings in piston are blown. I'm willing to chase some problems but I've got about a $50 more threshold for my 6yrs old 170 before I consider buying a new one.

So this thread has definitely come in handy.

$650 for the 261 is a bit steep for me right now. I'm torn between $400 for the 250 or $200 for the 170.

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