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March 27, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
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What are your top 7 BC trails?


1) tramp stamp
2) g-string
3) boney elbows
4) Fred
5) Pretty slabs - to lily pad exit
6) Getafix
7) Teenage Sex

Fair bit of bias in my list, as I built them with my son.

March 19, 2015, 9:12 a.m.
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Matt Hoffman and The Lars Ligament

I hope this option for acl repairs works out.

Feb. 16, 2015, 10:43 a.m.
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Squamish 2015 Trail Conditions

As far as gondola goes.
Directly behind it is Al's habrich trail (which was built by trials riders).

Has a sign stating hiking, biking, and trials allowed.
No point pedaling all the way over to Petgill lake and hiking up to the ridge.

The zone behind the Gondola has endless options, and that trail alone has one of the best slabs in the STS.

Jan. 30, 2015, 7:55 p.m.
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Squamish 2015 Trail Conditions

nortonwhis - pm-ed you.

Jan. 13, 2015, 4:16 p.m.
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Test of Metal now takes almost 2 weeks to sell out!

Looks like a repeat of the Cheakamus Challenge.
Every race has its heyday then begins to disappear.

World champion friend told me that races tend to run on a 6-7 year popularity cycle til they are bust. Test has had a long run, but it looks like it is starting to fade. He also said that after 6-7 years organizers have to rebrand/reinvent the races to try to reinvigorate participation.

Past examples -
Tough mudder, Gran Fondo, MOMAR, all had their moment in the sun.

Curious to see how well the enduro's and races like BC bike race do over time. Pretty sure bc bike race can have a very long run of success.

Oh! I have a test ticket to give away! Just blew my ACL

Jan. 7, 2015, 12:20 p.m.
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Test of Metal - Bike Choice

I'm doing it for the first and probably only time this year. I know it's shit but I'm tired of saying its shit without having experienced the shitness first hand.

I'll be on a Camber Evo C but I'll happily borrow a 22lb Epic etc if anyone has one spare.


I am going to be the dissenting voice here. but I am biased. I simply love riding my bike on anything. I also absolutely love the Plunge. its unique and entertaining. Also, racing kind-of-sucks - the first 15 minutes is usually a mental battle where my mind is telling me "this really, really sucks".

I used to be one of those people that looked at the Test - and thought "idiots". Finally bit the bullet one year and signed up for it. It is one of the few races where spectators come out in droves. Cow bells, and screaming in many spots. That atmosphere takes the race to a next level in my books.

The course is not all that bad. Riders now follow a dirt bike trail down from 9 mile (huge improvement). As well racing and training for the the test and nimby 50, results in me having legs for more fun endeavors.

As far as bike - race whippet, if you can borrow one. I have cracked the top 60 a couple of times on bigger bikes (instinct, enduro) but I hate pedaling those bikes in a race (and need it to rain heavily to get a good result).

Every year this thread shows up and people state - the race is terrible. Try it once then decide.

Note - you have to sprint at the start!!! IF not you are going to get frustrated with the traffic on jacks and dead end loop.

Dec. 28, 2014, 5:30 p.m.
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Squamish 2014 Trail Conditions

Roads have snow, but trails are in good shape. As long as the trail is under the canopy it is good.
Checked out, Somewhere over there, and stuff in crumpit (all good to go). Note hoods took a beating in the last rainstorm - so Somewhere over there is the better option.

As far as loamers… Feel free to ride them. Just be subtle, tread lightly, and remove any dead fall.

Nov. 28, 2014, 7:03 p.m.
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Moab BLM Bans E-Bikes

Don't think this is going to be solved anytime soon.

Some areas - it will be easy to have non-motorised designation.
Others it will be impossible.

The other "unmentionable" is that there is a chance that the trail network expands as a result of this technology.

I ride mtb and recently bought a trials bike to help with trail building (saves a shit load of time getting to the trail - and is fun). I know of a friend who bought an e-mtb to build a trail (he is building a 1200 meter descent). Would be nearly impossible to build the latter trail without using a motorised bike to get to the trail head.

Personally - I don't like them… But can't see them going away.
If anything, I envision a future where the e-mtb's steal Bike Park clientele. Downhill trails will come back in vogue and be built far away up logging roads.

Oct. 31, 2014, 12:25 p.m.
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Squamish 2014 Trail Conditions

If you do decide to ride the not so good Squa-mush xc rides in the wet (Fred, Word of Mouth).
Please provide payment of large rocks placed conveniently beside mud holes. Does not have to be many, but all the help is appreciated.

I will be working away on Fred this weekend trying to bring the trail bed up.


Oct. 17, 2014, 9:52 a.m.
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Trial Riding Thread - All Things Trials

Finally had a break through ride last night.

Just realized that crumpet woods is actually fun. I live in Squamish and rarely ride my mtb in crumpet - I know its good but just prefer the other zones.

But, on a trials bike - crazy fun. Thousands of loops and challenges. Totally changes the landscape.

Sept. 17, 2014, 12:33 p.m.
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Trial Riding Thread - All Things Trials

I am so stoked!

Just bought a 2005 beta rev 3 270 .
I have not sucked this bad at a sport in a long time. Which is an awesome but humbling feeling.
Bought it to help build trails, and quickly realizing the insane potential to get out and explore. My shovel and saw might be sitting in the forest very lonely for the next couple of weeks.

Don't think I will ever own a downhill bike again, as trials is so much fun. Still love my am bike though, so will keep playing back in forth between trials and mtbing.

Sept. 11, 2014, 9:30 a.m.
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Chilcotins - Spruce Lake

I used to guide trips in the Yukon, Alaska, and N.W.T.
My boss had a mix border collie (Mt Curry Special).

That dog was incredibly well trained. It would let out a low growl when ever it smelled a bear. Awesome feature, as we were guiding tourist, and it allowed us to "look" for the bear.

On hikes, the dog was always focused on the owner, and would never do anything that would interfere with wildlife. The owner, would also always pack out the dog's feces.

Our bigger problem, was always guests who would assume that left to their own devices, they could sneak up on a bear to get their National Geographic Photo of one.


As always, depends on the dog and owner. A lot of people love their dogs, but don't recognize that their dog is not trained to hang out in sensitive/remote wilderness areas. If it is, no worries, bring it along.

Sept. 7, 2014, 8:22 a.m.
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Kids bikes - hard tail versus soft tail?

Sorry should have thrown down some details.

Boy will be 7 on december 31st. Looking at fall deals on bikes so I can hide it in my nightmare of a garage to present it to him as a x-mass/b-day gift. I know, I know, what a rip off. But I forgot to count to 9 on my fingers when testing out my wife's suspension years ago. Oh, and the boy is a giant.

As far as defining everything. Bike is used for afterschool bike camps, getting to and from school, and riding with dad on squamish trails (man-boobs, half nelson, roller-coaster/lumberjacks etc). So lots of pedalling. Present bike is a Specialized hot rock (20 inch). And yup, I want disk brakes on the next bike!

"Lots" was an exaggeration. I only know of the new Norco coming out and the Transition rip-cord that was just released. But expect many more to start coming out. Why… Lill shredder has a bit of a cult following and crazy expensive. As well, when a kids fat bike is shown at the trade shows - it means the industry has gone crazy, so maybe some sanity will happen, and lots of new 24 inch kids bikes will be in the works.

I am also cheap! So trying to justify buying a cheaper hard-tail, instead of keeping up with the jones.

Sept. 6, 2014, 4:16 p.m.
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Kids bikes - hard tail versus soft tail?

Lots of kids 24 inch mtb bikes are now coming out in dual suspension.
However, I was just talking to a good friend who is a bike coach in Whistler and he told me not to buy one.

The age old mantra that better riders come from hard-tails, and grow up riding flats.

What do people think? Happy to save a lot of money and not throw down on a dually.
Oh, and this would be the little gaffers everything bike (i.e. not just for park).


Sept. 5, 2014, 12:42 p.m.
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These^^? they changed the style a bit since I bought the MEC brand which worked well during a day of touring in a serious storm but the new model looks big [HTML_REMOVED] sloppys so rain could sneak in

if they don't work just take em back

Had the older version they were decent.
Bought the newer ones and they were absolute pieces of Shit. Had to return them.
Everything about them failed . Fabric is the strength of wet toilet paper, fit is like a paper bag around your shoe, stitching was basically a joke.

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