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Jan. 10, 2011, 11:55 a.m.
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Obsession: Bikes introduces"Ask Crazy Lou"

Thanks for the info man!!!

Jan. 8, 2011, 11 p.m.
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Basically I'm just looking to get a bit more forgiveness for the steeper sections of trails that I ride. For example, Comfortably Numb at the end would be much more enjoyable with some more travel. I'm not looking to hit jumps or really thrash my bike, just hoping for some more forgiveness from the front end. Even riding out at Burke I often feel like some more travel would be nice to have…

I could get a sweet deal on a tapered 2011 Talas fork from a guy I know, but are you saying it won't fit because of the special crown race on my bike?

I guess I'm just not totally sold on the benefits of buying a new trail bike with 140mm front and back, versus putting a adjustable fork on the current bike.

Thanks:)

Jan. 4, 2011, 10:25 p.m.
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lower griffin

I meant no offense about using the posts, James. Graham was more than obliging about providing cedar 3x6s to do work on Griffen and KOTS. It would only seem logical that he would be happy to allow the use of the leftover 4x6s, however I'm sure that someone will check with the NSMBA and DNV before going ahead with the work.

Jan. 2, 2011, 11:21 p.m.
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lower griffin

There are some nice 8ft long 4x6s tucked in behind the storage container at the exit of Bobsled and a few more scattered around on Bobsled and elsewhere. The DNV should be fine with you using them as long as the work is done well. Those 4x6s make great stringers, and you can even use them to make footings if necessary. There is very little cedar around that area, I have scoured it VERY thoroughly last year, so unless something new has come down the better bet would be to hike in those 4x6s for stringers and use sourced wood for the rungs and maybe even the footings~~

Just my two cents

Jan. 2, 2011, 11:14 p.m.
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Hey, I've got a 2008 Specialized Stumpjumper Pro Carbon with the integrated 120mm fork. I'd love some more travel and was looking at putting on a new Fox Talas fork with the 120-150mm travel adjust. Couple of questions…

1. Is it possible to do this? (I know it will void warranty)

2. What do you think about how the performance will be with 150mm of travel?

It's either a new fork, or a new bike… cuz 120mm just isn't cutting it anymore…

Thanks!!

Dec. 16, 2010, 1:43 p.m.
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Parks Canada mtb survey

Man, I get the tingles just thinking about the kind of riding that could be had in some of the National Parks. Truly epic rides with views that are absolutely breathtaking. That survey made me really excited about the future possibilities for biking in our parks. It is great to see that mountain biking is increasingly seen as a mainstream activity that is legitimate and a big part of being Canadian!!

Dec. 8, 2010, 2:53 p.m.
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Addition to Stix n stones

Yep, the big boulder move going east is for sure the crux move. In the video that Dave made it looks so easy~ but he told me he had to try it quite a few times before he nailed it. Kudo's to him cleaning the up and around the boulder, followed by the steep climb!!

No worries about the beers Bryce, I'm happy to spread the x-mas cheers :)Can't wait to get out skiing once we get some new snow, hohoho!!!

Dec. 6, 2010, 9:26 p.m.
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Addition to Stix n stones

Hey all,

The positivity in this thread has been really encouraging!!! It's really great to hear how much everyone is enjoying the trail and I'm happy to see so many people out riding it. The Shore is getting new life pumped into it and is getting back some of that allure that has made it a world destination for riding. The work by the DNV crew on Fromme has been unreal and with the new Trail Adoption plan being introduced things are looking up :) Thanks again for the positive vibes~

Nov. 21, 2010, 7:27 p.m.
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Addition to Stix n stones

The plan would be for Sticks and Stones to be a complete loop. So it would continue up and then weave back down to eventually meet the original entrance to the first section.

As for Cardiac Bypass, I guess my question is more related to how attached people are to the technical features of the trail.

Like what if Cardiac Bypass became a smooth and wide, flowy line cut just above the old one? (with proper decom. of the old line)

Nov. 21, 2010, 2:47 p.m.
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Addition to Stix n stones

I know that the trail is tight and perhaps too technical for being a flowy climb…. but there are lots of sections in Crumpit Woods, Lost Lake and on Comfortably Numb that are comparable in challenge level in my opinion. Admittedly I had just ridden the full length of CN prior to building this line and I think I may have still been in a daze from it…

That said… you have to bear in mind that I spent several hundred of my own personal hours and personal dollars to build this line (NOT a paid project) and then without so much as a "Thanks, good job", people have begun to criticize me for building such a hard trail…. I mean like c'mon… what do you want me to do? decomission the whole line and do it over???

I don't want to be argumentative about it, and I truly do understand where those comments are coming from. However, I was working within a very confined space and a lot of the line choices I made were to avoid getting too close to the surrounding trails while still maximizing the length of trail that I could build. Perhaps I should have just gone for a shorter trail that had more flow…. it seems like some people would have preferred that.

I definitely appreciate all forms of feedback and will incorporate it into future trail projects. Please don't hold back just because you don't want to upset the grumpy trail builder. Comments from people like Sharon and Wade who have ridden in tons of different locales are especially instructive and will ultimately result in the next section of Sticks [HTML_REMOVED] Stones being the best yet.

Keep it coming~

Nov. 21, 2010, 10:12 a.m.
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Addition to Stix n stones

Yeah, I did change the exit/entrance onto Cardiac Bypass. The old exit was the only really un-rideable spot, mainly cause of the mud. The new exit should be much easier for people who are climbing the trail.

The other steep spot in the middle seems to be holding up well and it looks like more and more riders are able to clean that section now that it has packed down. I really don't want to change that section, as I don't think it's impossibly hard and it provides a challenge level that is totally on par with XC trails in Squamish, Whistler and so on…

What do you guys/gals think?

P.S how sentimentally attached are you guys/gals to the current Cardiac Bypass line?

Nov. 18, 2010, 9:51 a.m.
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Addition to Stix n stones

In the last couple of weeks I've worked to make the addition easier and flowier. There have been complaints that it's too steep and too hard…. however anyone that I've ever talked to out on the trail didn't feel that way.

Let's hear some more feedback about what's working for you and what's not.

For me I like the challenge of a hard climb, but I can also see that it might be frustrating for others.

Please keep your comments constructive :)

Oct. 24, 2010, 9:28 p.m.
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New Seymour Trail - Sticks and Stones is open

Sharon knows me too well ;) That's the long-term plan, but we'll see what the powers that be say about it first. I do realize that one section is a bit steep, and I think it might have been a mistake,too… but then again I clean it every time and I figure if you can ride Sticks and Stones in its entirety without dabbing you should give yourself a pat on the back. That's the concept I was going for.

Future projects will incorporate more flow and with the goodies that may come after the connector I'm sure lots of people will indeed ride UP the connector once there is indeed a reason to do so beyond getting to Cardiac Bypass.

But realistically the important thing here is that we are getting new trails that don't involve more skinny to ladder to rock face to death log… not that there is anything wrong with that type of trail. But having to drive to Squamish, Burke or beyond to get some XC/AM fun kinda sucks.

Oct. 24, 2010, 7:35 p.m.
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New Seymour Trail - Sticks and Stones is open

No offense, but it was built to provide some challenge. It was built as a climb to connect up with Cardiac Bypass and then onto…. wait and see ;) Sorry to laugh, but way too steep is just funny to me! That section provides a nice technical line that will appeal to intermediate and above riders with light all-mountain bikes. The new section was designed to provide a challenge to intermediate riders and to deter less skilled/fit riders and keep them on Bridle Path.

Interestingly a lot of beginners seem to like it as an intro downhill. I saw a couple of older European guys doing laps of both trails in the down direction. That could make a nice twoonie race course.

June 27, 2010, 8:19 p.m.
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To the moron doing mach 10 down Trans Can on bby...

Yeah, at the speed this guy was going there was no way he could stop in time to avoid hitting anything.

Maybe my dog should have been on leash, but that is besides the point. Burnaby should really install speed control barriers. That might make grading it with a machine harder, but it would sure be better than seeing some poor kid getting smoked by some moron.

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