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Dec. 3, 2021, 12:25 p.m.
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Re: Interesting vid that's possibly relevant to cockpit set-ups

Posted by: taprider

There was one of those reverse steering bikes and a bunch of other weird bikes like a slinky bike that you could try in a ball diamond at Trout Lake Illuminares about 15 years ago.

maybe it was the same guy's bike (how many can there be out there??) but i tried a reverse steer bike (that swung by the shop) a couple decades ago. my brain couldn't make a go of it in the short time i tried. 

and yeah, re: motos - nothing like flogging a sportbike through tight twisties to give you an appreciation of the function of countersteering.

Nov. 16, 2021, 8:56 a.m.
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Re: Winter Riding Gear

random thoughts on a couple things that transformed my winter / rainy season riding experience. that i've been riding in this region for 3 decades & have only (relatively) recently adopted these things... guess i'm a glutton for suffering? 

-decent waterproof jacket is a given; nothing revelatory there. my big 3:

-big ass front fender. been using the small marshguard things for years, but damn, the mudhugger i have now actually keeps the face (more or less, with rare occasion) spray free. fantastic.

-waterproof shoes. why have i endured SO many years of cold, wet feet? i :heart: my shimano MW5's. play in puddles, walk through streams, no big deal. 

-waterproof pants. i've been singing the praises of NF pants for a while, but waterproof they are not. when the weather gets properly biblical, and the atmospheric river is raging, proper waterproof britches rock. currently using RF conspiracy, which have been great - we'll see how they hold up long term. 

the addition of a few good pieces to the wardrobe is fairly transformative - gross weather is no longer a motivational detractor, I'm comfy in any condition.

Oct. 23, 2021, 9:34 p.m.
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Re: 2021 - Full Suspension Bike Thread

^sick! I don't think I could justify that kind of bike for most of my riding needs, but from what I've heard, does sound like a fun shreddy beast.

Oct. 22, 2021, 12:54 p.m.
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Re: Traffic on the North Shore ...... WTF ?

if nothing else, it's been (kinda) fascinating watching the changes in traffic flow as new systems are implemented. make an improvement here, a new bottleneck appears there. curious how sophisticated their traffic modelling systems are, or if it's just a game of whack a mole.

Oct. 22, 2021, 9:33 a.m.
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Re: I Need Metal Pedals

for some reason OG shinburgers (which are dumb - stupid heavy & less grip than your average cheap pin pedal) have a rabid fan following & sell for silly $$ these days. perfect combo of rarity, aesthetics, & nostalgia, i guess.

Oct. 20, 2021, 1:44 p.m.
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Re: I Need Metal Pedals

ROBOTS NEED STEEL PEDALS (obviously). 

the 1UP plastic pedals are nice, though. got a couple sets in the familial bike fleet. light/cheap/strong - pick all 3.

Oct. 18, 2021, 2:14 p.m.
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Re: I Need Metal Pedals

Posted by: Kenny

Am I the only one that doesn't get this new style of spambot?

pretty sure there's a sentient AI out there that throws these out as part of a testing algorithm to learn about human behavior (inevitably with the aim to conquer and/or enslave us).

Oct. 18, 2021, 2:08 p.m.
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Re: I Need Metal Pedals

Posted by: heathen

Spam bot wants steel pedals.

YES. maybe some old syncros?

Sept. 27, 2021, 10:46 a.m.
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Re: Wet weather glove suggestion

i like the fox ranger water glove for the local rainy days. nice thin palm with a waterproof(esque) back.

Sept. 15, 2021, 9:51 a.m.
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Re: Short travel 29'ers

Posted by: Kenny

It's short(ish) travel and pretty playful but has a sledgehammer feel to it at the same time. 

there's something to this genre i think; this, the privateer 141, meta tr (which i'm running) - aggressive & burly enough to not shy away from proper tech, chunk, and even park, with a more "engaging" ride than long travel platforms. a bit weighty for traditional "trail" use, but as versatile, smashy fun hogs, they're great.

Sept. 10, 2021, 12:27 p.m.
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Re: Tubeless Tape

haha, for giggles ($49 vs ~$5.77 / roll retail):

https://www.notubes.com/stan-s-rim-tape-60yd-x-25mm

https://www.packbgr.com/filament-and-strapping-tape/tesa-4289-1in-111357.asp

i'm sure tubeless sealant pricing is similarly jacked.

Sept. 10, 2021, 11:09 a.m.
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Re: Tubeless Tape

apparently stan's is tesa (4289) tape. impressive margins people are making on this stuff...

Sept. 9, 2021, 9:25 a.m.
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Re: Tubeless Tape

consensus that tesa 4288 (rather than 4289) is the current shit? time to pull the trigger...

Aug. 24, 2021, 1:06 p.m.
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Re: Canyon prototype high pivot idler gearbox frame

while it's a neat industrial design project, i'm not seeing much of functional benefit; style over substance.  

and yeah, i agree that gearboxes might (finally) see mainstream adoption in the guise of ebikes. pedally bikes? not so much.

Aug. 12, 2021, 2:09 p.m.
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Re: ebikes on the Shore

Posted by: shoreboy

Posted by: xy9ine

i'm confused what this is supposed to be. at first glance it looks like it has potential as a cheap / light backroad corner carving toy (with proper tires), but limited to 32km/h? dodging licensing is one thing, but seeing these mixing it up in bike lanes just seems wrong. not unlike the electro scooters, i see bombing about on sidewalks i guess...

The stand up electric scooters are currently legal in some parts of BC (https://globalnews.ca/news/7714175/bc-e-scooter-pilot-project/). They are of course, not allowed on sidewalks, but that doesn't seem to stop them.

https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/vancouver-e-scooters-streets-bike-lanes

was actually thinking of the vespa - looking e-scooters with bodywork (not sure what the correct terminology to differentiate from the stand up things is). they're throttled bikes that LOOK like a vespa type thing, but because they're electric (and presumably restricted) they get to shralp bike paths and avoid licensing. i guess these retro things would inhabit the same gray area.

*edit* - ok, the above link addresses said issue.

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