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Feb. 20, 2017, 2:37 p.m.
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BC Bike Race - KAZLAW nominees

See link:
http://www.bcbikerace.com/kazlawfinalists/

I am voting for Jerome David.
Quiet humble guy that has done so much for trails in Whistler.

Jan. 6, 2017, 4:33 p.m.
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Joined: Aug. 7, 2008
Rapha gear worth the money?

Chrisc which bibs did you order? Going to pony up and get a pair after your endorsement.
I am quickly realising that some of my bibs need to retire as they are 15+ years old.

Oct. 11, 2016, 4:08 p.m.
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rossland/trail/castlegar - the kootenays - for living

Just throwing it out there.
I know a few squamites, packing up and moving to lillooet. Some of them considered the island, but wanted to stay close to big mtn skiing. I always thought of lilooet as down and out, but it has all that I am looking for (big mtns, lakes, killer riding, climbing, and a winery.

I am not ready to move as I love squamish. But I think lillooet might prosper, especially as its not in the middle of nowhere (and recent paved roads are primo compared to the old days).

Sept. 8, 2016, 10:09 a.m.
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Rain jackets

Just a couple of added notes.
The 7 mesh jacket for me is strictly for riding. I would destroy it for trail building. For trail building I pretty much use my old beat to shit jackets.

I am not sure I could afford the 7mesh jacket if I was buying one for riding. I love it, would love to have another one, but I am super cheap.

As far as industry - I am the farthest thing from it. I believe "athletes get the shwag, photographers get the credit, and trail builders get the shit." The shit being fines, anger, controversies etc. However, I have twice gotten gear from "industry" this is the second time and damn - it sure is nice getting gear.

Sept. 7, 2016, 12:17 p.m.
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Rain jackets

Oh, and a couple of days after getting the jacket I crashed.

Ripped the back of the jacket - massive rip (pretty much the whole back). Any jacket would have been destroyed.

Brought it to 7mesh and they repaired it (free).
So yup - pretty sold. The jackets also is pretty compact so I can take it on any "iffy" weather day. It fits in my hip/fanny pack.

Sept. 6, 2016, 8:09 p.m.
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Rain jackets

I got given one for trail building.
I love it, and if I lost it, I would buy another one.

Sept. 3, 2016, 6:38 p.m.
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Official Mt Washington thread

Disregard - information request.
Rode the park today with the little man. They have one hell of a trail crew, and it is an amazing park.
Will probably hit it every time I come to Cumberland to visit family. You can tell it is in growth faze, but the future looks unbelievable. Reminds me of early years at Silver Star.

Sept. 1, 2016, 9:08 p.m.
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Official Mt Washington thread

Heading to cumberland from squamish for the long weekend.

Is it worth taking my 8 year old to the Mt washington bike park. He can send jumps, and rips on technical trails (loves crank it up, and lower a-line). What's the park like for groms? He can't gap jump.

Thoughts?

Aug. 28, 2016, 9:12 a.m.
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Not again, more vandalism on Mt. Fromme

Ha!
in squamish after clearing blowdown I sometimes carve a wood carving out of a log. Pretty basic stuff like a bear, wizard or rabbit and leave them at the trail head. Supposed to act as a trail marker, and a place to put race course marking.

Four of them have wandered off.

The funny part is the last one to wander off now lives on a person's doorstep in Brakenstan (brakendale).
Pretty cheeky! Even has the trail name carved into the base of the carving. I always thought they wandered off to a gun range.

Anyways - there are weirdos in every town.

Aug. 26, 2016, 9:36 a.m.
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School me on Grom dirt jumpers

Like every mtb kid in the sts, my boy watched the Cranxwork slopestyle event.
And like every kid, he now wants a dirt jumper. He has hit the local jumps, with a bmx and mtb, but alas, he wants a dirt jumper. And he has saved up enough money via cutting lawns, and begging grandma for money.

My boy is 8 and built solid.

So… looking a dirt jumpers - I can get a deal on
https://www.norco.com/bikes/youth/24-inch/ryde-24/

However, I know nothing about dirt jumpers. And I also wonder about the 20 inch wheel size. Pretty sure if I buy a 20 inch wheel he will grow out of it immediately.

Thoughts from the dirt jumpers on NSMB?

Dave

July 19, 2016, 4:32 p.m.
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School me on Kids Armour

Thanks Hepcat,
I am not against neck braces - just wanted to make sure that they made sense.
I used to patrol in the w/b bike park so have seen my share of injuries. But the skeptic in me wonders "do they actually work". And the dad in me, thinks "project grizzly -" armour (Reference link https://www.nfb.ca/film/project_grizzly/) to protect the boy.

And after searching the inter-web I am no better off.

The debate about their effectiveness is as bad as wheel size debates.
http://ridemonkey.bikemag.com/threads/leatt-braces-someone-had-to-say-it.243907/page-5
http://www.vitalmx.com/forums/Moto-Related,20/Less-pros-wearing-neck-braces-compared-to-five-years-ago,1279860
http://theteamrobot.blogspot.ca/2012/08/faagnerds-get-butthurtstevens-pass.html

Guess I will simply ask Wifey what she wants to do.

July 18, 2016, 8:22 p.m.
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School me on Kids Armour

Can't help you much with the armour but am curious why you don't think a neck brace is necessary. My kid stopped wearing his Leatt for DH racing because he said it limited his range of motion too much and made it difficult to keep his head up. He tried an Atlas this weekend and said it was much better. I think he will continue to wear the Atlas.

I was speaking to a Squamish resident, who is pretty damn good at downhill racing. The reason they gave me was that it limited a person's ability to "move". As a result, they felt the restricted neck movement, would likely make you crash more frequently. They also told me about a person who is talented and sponsored who was offered a Leatt sponsorship - which they turned down. They tried to ride with the neck brace and hated it.

Mind you - cite me some articles, that prove this is all bunk and I am sold. I like the idea of protecting my son from a spinal fracture from a scorpion type crash.

Seems in enduro racing, very few people are wearing them, which has me wondering…

July 15, 2016, 2:56 p.m.
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School me on Kids Armour

O.k.
First rule of parenting - don't brag about your child.
Boy is 8, and getting to be a very good rider. He has spent more time in his life on his bike, then on his legs.
He grew up riding (and building) in Squamish.

Now he is getting into the park - damn.

So I am trying to figure out this armour game. For park days he uses a full-face helmet, knee pads, long pants, and long sleeve shirt. Looking up the kidsworx's series it is mandatory for a chest protector. I was also considering a leatt neck brace - but after talking to some local DH athletes sounds like I shouldn't get one.

So…

What are people's thoughts on kids chest protectors, and neck braces?
Best Brands etc.

July 11, 2016, 10:35 a.m.
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Non wbp ride suggestions

In my humble opinion.
The best trails for what you are looking for in the STS are in Pemberton (after a rain day).
Go there! Hit Jack the Ripper, and just about anything else up there.

July 10, 2016, 9:26 p.m.
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New Bike Rack - NSR4 or Hang5

So what should I buy in 2016. I just bought a short box tacoma, and my old wood tray will not work. I hate putting a bike over a dakine (even though I have one) as it often damages the downtube.

I love the 1up rack. But shelling out a grand plus for a four bike tray, is killing me.

What is the killer rack these days for a truck, that does not cosmetically damage forks, and will allow me to carry 24 inch wheel bikes plus those adult sized bikes.

I read the thread - and not sure what to do. Swagman, NSR4, thule etc.

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