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June 1, 2021, 1:50 a.m.
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Re: Old growth logging

Posted by: syncro

Posted by: three-sheets

https://www.resourceworks.com/bigtree

Much of what's in that article was in the linked Tyee article in the opening post. I included the pic of that tree to give an idea of how big some old growth trees can be. It's definitely an attention grabbing pic, but as stated it's not related to Fairy Creek.

While the timber in these trees is definitely valuable, I think we've already taken more than enough old growth giants from the landscape. It's time to leave what's left alone. I think we can do better than to rid the landscape of the small amount of old growth that's left. I'm not against logging by any means and believe it's a sustainable industry that's important to this province, but I also feel that people who think we can continue to log these giant old growth trees can get stuffed. The good news is that the largest trees are protected against being cut and there's about 1500 trees around the province that are protected. The bad news is that there are only 1500 trees left that are protected.

I get the the industry is suffering, but they had a huge hand in their own pain. There's been a century of essentially unlimited cutting of the best trees from the most productive areas across this province - particularly on the South Coast and the Island. It's a limited resource that was treated like an unlimited resource and now they've fucked themselves because they logged the shit out of it. Too bad for the industry and too bad for the rest of us as well. All they need to do though is wait another 500 years and there'll be another bumper crop of trees ready to be pillaged from the landscape.

I have been pretty silent in both the threads on Canada's FN and this one, for reasons that for one I do not think that I am sort of "entitled" to an opinion. I have had my fair share of experiences, though - and your post makes me want to add my 2 cents, syncro.

At the end of the 90s I was a regular visitor to the no longer existing Fiddlehead Farm hostel in Powell River, the then two owners wanted to save the forest in their vincinity from logging and interested guests could participate in a meeting with the person from the Macmillan Bloedel mill responsible for that area, if I remember correctly. He was flewn in by heli, an assistant helped him get dressed for the weather.

In this moment I realised two things: One, that the two owners would not save the forest from clear cutting; and that a person with so much influence and power simply does not care about the opinion of a few weirdos, or even science - ecology, the detrimental and catastrophic effect of rain on unprotected soil, all the details were more or less known in the 90s, similar to Exxon and other companies knowing about the effect of CO2 emissions in the 70s. Same issue, different context.

So, the issue that has to change is the perspective, as we all know - the question is, how can the citizens of an area change the perspective of economics, or of an industrial branch? Similar things happen here in Germany, a forest ecology that has been screwed over for centuries is dying, with climate change (drier weather) adding its fair share.

Selective logging might be the answer, but what would be the effect of that? On a local, a provincial and a global scale?

And considering Fairy Creek and similar issues (think: pipelines) - would it be fair to say that FN who support such destructive models of economy and economics have literally lost a connection to their roots, in a quite literal sense of the word? Clear cutting and pipelines and raw materials extraction on a giant scale (think: tar sands) are linear, they are not sustainable nor cyclical, same goes for the farming of salmon. The perspective behind this modus operandi is not life supporting in the long run. 

I remember talking with quite a few FN and other indigenous groups throughout the years, and the divide between what can be called "moderate" and "traditional" is everywhere, even in northern Sweden with the Sami people and how raising caribou and extracting ressources causes rifts and issues in the communities. Is this a policially motivated thing? 

My Inner Devil's Advocate might even go as far as saying that the colonization, the exploitation of natural resources and the mistreatment of FN by the crown and its affiliates has not really stopped, it has just shifted and changed in the last century and decades.

Edit:

The difference is that a lot of people today understand the mechanics and effects of it all, in contrast to, say, 20 or 30 years ago. And similar to what the community of mtb riders has achieved in BC since the early days, I think that change can only be accomplished by relentlessly working on it on a global scale.

Public awareness, public pressure, education and knowledge along with work in the communities might be the only way forward since professional politicians have shown their inadequacy when it comes to working solutions, to put it bluntly.

And yes, quite a few out there just do not care. Which brings me back to the question whether it is possible to explain to a blind person what exactly the colour red is. Ignorance, among other attitudes, is learned behaviour.

May 21, 2021, 4:53 a.m.
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Re: Vaccines for all of us... assuming all the people under 40 left this forum.

Posted by: Sethimus

what grows faster than the population? the wealth of the rich. problem solved…

What would Lemmy do.

May 21, 2021, 4:50 a.m.
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Re: Enough politics and bickering already..

One day I am going to go travel to Haida Gwaii. It is definitely on my list.

May 19, 2021, 12:25 a.m.
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Re: I'm old, and I don't understand anything anymore

Posted by: Poz

Posted by: Straw

I love this thread, I'm in the same boat as you Squamch but without the budget for a new bike.  When my 7yr old gets a bit older I could see myself trying to piece something together.  I have dreams about rebuilding my Balfa Minuteman frame for him but by the sounds of this thread, it's probably not worth it, and maybe not possible.  

And who knew 27.5 was on the way out, I wasn't around when it came in!  And boost, I don't even know what that is!  Haha.  When I left the sport in 2010 I don't remember hearing much about dropper posts, but everyone is totally on board in this thread.  Neat. 

Welcome back, and thanks everyone else for the insight on the new stuff.

That Minuteman would be fun to put together and ride. Biggest challenge will be finding a straight steerer fork. Other than that I’d rock it.

Like Craw said, 27.5 isn’t going anywhere. 29 is sorted for us taller riders - I finally don’t feel like a circus bear on my bike? But shorter riders are still served well by smaller wheels, I still want a smaller wheel bike for screwing around at the pump tracks.

Damn about that 27.5 thing. Got my kid and me identical used Kona Process 165ers last year. Whatever.... I want to ride that thing into the ground, and my kid can ride that as long as size S fits him. 

Same with my big bike, a Kona Operator from 2019 with ... 27.5 wheels...guess I buy second hand again in ... what ... ten years from now.  

Stubborn Old Me refuses to like 29er wheels. Tried a few from buddies but them bikes feel awkward.

May 19, 2021, 12:18 a.m.
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Re: Vaccines for all of us... assuming all the people under 40 left this forum.

Posted by: chupacabra

Which one did you get?  Anecdotally it seems like the AZ one hits a bit harder than the others.

Sorry for the delayed reply...I got Biontech, although I am very sure that the cause for my weariness and fatigue has probably been my challenge of 30 days and 30 rides which ended two days prior to the shot.

May 9, 2021, 8 a.m.
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Re: The NSMB Random Picture Thread! **NSFW**

That is creepy. Really creepy.

May 9, 2021, 7:55 a.m.
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Re: Vaccines for all of us... assuming all the people under 40 left this forum.

Now, after my rant last week, everything went pretty quick on Wednesday. We got the info from the news that our professionwould be elligible for vaccination from May 6 on. 

Got the first shot of two on Friday noon. Spend the whole day in bed, dozing off and sleeping. Today is Sunday, I am fine but really tired. Second shot middle of June.

Seem as if my annual and traditional summer road trip into the Alps and the December trip to Finale Ligure is on.

May 9, 2021, 7:52 a.m.
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Re: Helmet nerds? Tech nerds? Help and Input please

Posted by: Endur-Bro

You might have access to differently cert'ed Moto FFs in Europe than we have over here.  Maybe the Arai or Shoei MX lids are lighter and/or cooler than the DOT MX lids here?

My TLD SE moto lid (DOT Cert) is significantly hotter and heavier than my TLD D3 (which I replaced with a Fox Rampage Pro Carbon last year)

Hmmm....I was thinking along the lines of a Bell MX9. It is about 1500gr, has MIPS but sure as hell is truly hot. The interesting thing is that the MX9 is only "slightly" heavier than a Giro Disciple in XL which is apparently at 1300gr. 

The Bell MX9 is 1500gr. 

Or I simply get the same as I got for my kid. He really likes the feeling of the Bell Full9 Fusion. It definitely looks big and burly but is quite light. I would say a great option for a 10 year-old. 

TLD D3 with MIPS is about as expensive as a D4 which has MIPS, and I am not paying so much money for a helmet. There are less expensive options out there than 350 to 550 Euros for a helmet.

May 9, 2021, 7:47 a.m.
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Re: Helmet nerds? Tech nerds? Help and Input please

Posted by: heckler

100% MIPs for me, no question.  I put a dent into my Giant Rail MIPS (lightweight enduro halfshell) in Italy with a big rock laying in the bushes I decided to roll into.  Ripped the MIPS system out of the helmet!  Rode out without any concussion effects.

Yes, I agree. I got the Giro Trant for trail duties, and got my little one a Bell Full9 Fusion which has MIPS. He is ten and my brain is my workforce - no point in trying to save money the wrong way.

May 8, 2021, 12:55 p.m.
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Helmet nerds? Tech nerds? Help and Input please

Now...I want to get a new helmet for park duties. Am running a 4 year-old but crash free TLD D3 but would like to upgrade.

I would love to have MIPS and am looking at a few options.

Weird thing...the weight of the current D3s is about 1225gr apparently, the Bell MX9 Mips (for MX duty) is 1500gr.

Now...two questions:

1. Better geo on dh bikes and bigger jumps equal higher speeds, but helmets get lighter? Would it not make sense to go the other way? If you go full on park riding there is not that big a difference between mortals and their 'bike speeds' and 'mx moto speeds'.

By now you should realize that I love to think such thoughts while browsing.

I know that people think that crashing at lower speeds with a heavy helmet makes for whiplash and brain injuries. Yes, but what if a rider crashes at high speeds going down a jump line or powering through high speed berms ... which would be nicer to have, a lighter bike- specific helmet or a helmet that is specific for enduro/mx riding? 

2. What shall I get?

Help me please, tech geeks and helmet nerds. 😅

May 8, 2021, 12:45 p.m.
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Re: I'm old, and I don't understand anything anymore

Posted by: syncro

Posted by: Greasyone

My budget is currently laughable, but grows with every hour of OT and side work. Might even buy me a dogebike.

$3000 is a hard cap on my budget. Sub $2500 would be even better, but I understand the current situation.

For now, I've got some new brakes coming, and I'll get some better pedals next.

I'm also pretty stuck on a large frame, I'm 6'1" so I figure a medium will be pretty cramped.

Sounds like something that's 3-5 yrs old and adding an angleset may be the way to go. Aluminum and 27.5 will help the budget a lot as well.

Welcome back, Squamch.

And that type of bike that syncro is having in mind will blow your mind.

I sort of refused to update my fleet and rode old bikes.

Been on a used 27.5 Enduro bike for a few months and I am really happy. Best decision ever. 

If you can ... Do it.

May 5, 2021, 2:41 a.m.
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Joined: Nov. 24, 2002
Re: George Floyd's murder trial

Posted by: tungsten

Posted by: FLATCH

Even if he gets the book thrown at him nothing will change until they end Q.I.

fyp

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/5/4/derek-chauvin-asks-new-trial-after-george-floyd-murder-conviction

One of the jurors lied during selection.

Did Dante Alighieri in his "Divine Comedy" not say that there is a special place for lawyers in hell?

May 5, 2021, 2:35 a.m.
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Joined: Nov. 24, 2002
Re: Ride more, bitch less.

Posted by: heckler

Good job Mic. 

You know pils has alcohol, right?

Hahaha, did you check my IG story? 

I had an alcohol-free Spritz at the local lookout. Was at the store and thought, not in the mood for a proper beer. 

So...no alcohol, 30 days and counting.

May 4, 2021, 1:06 p.m.
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Re: Ride more, bitch less.

Thanks! 🤙

I did it. The last few days were not pretty and my legs hurt all the time but....I did it. 

366km and roughly 8.3k meters of climbing. 

Now...a few days of just chilling before I ride again or get my shovel going.

May 3, 2021, 4:56 a.m.
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Re: Socio-political flap of the week

Posted by: syncro

The people that get voted into government into government sometimes...

Kansas Rep. Mark Samsel arrested for battery after physical altercation with student

https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article251069219.html

I am pretty sure that there are some people out there who do justify such sickening behavior. If I remember correctly the former POTUS said in a different career that grabbing the private parts of a woman is no big deal, and that "they" would like that.

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