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July 7, 2021, 7:24 p.m.
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Re: Cooling a house - heat pumps….

I used Fire & Ice. Graham's a rider but he wants an e-bike so hold that against him as is your preference.

July 7, 2021, 7:24 p.m.
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Re: Cooling a house - heat pumps….

I used Fire & Ice. Graham's a rider but he wants an e-bike so hold that against him as is your preference.

June 29, 2021, 2:13 p.m.
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Re: Cooling a house - heat pumps….

Just put in a heat pump system into my renovation that wrapped up in March. New Mitsubishi units are good down to -30C so it's worth looking at the units you're thinking about and seeing how modern they are and how they've adapted them for Canadian climates. I went from gas furnace to heat pump and gas is still cheap so I wouldn't say I'm saving any money (either ongoing or in initial investment) but I'm going through the process to get some BC Hydro rebates, I'm not burning dinos during the winter, and I am obviously stoked on having cooling during this weather.

March 4, 2021, 7:21 p.m.
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Re: Assegai vs DHF and Dissector vs Aggressor???

IMHO, the DHRII is a beauty of a tire. I've run that thing in all sorts of sizes compounds, front, rear and maybe it's not perfect, but it's damn close. Rolls reasonably well, lots of traction dry, lots of traction wet. It is my security blanket. I think the drift zone that some speak of in the DHRII is a myth. Currently enjoying the 2.6 DHRII front/rear. Go try some. Maybe some people don't think it's their favorite tire, but does anyone hate these?

My current rig came stock with Assegais front/rear. I enjoyed them under pleasant dirt conditions but they would smell a wet rock and unless the thing was leaned right over (even while going straight off camber) it slid sideways and would consistently scare the shit out of me. Plus they roll like pigs and I have a 25-30min "commute" to the trails proper so I didn't enjoy the boat anchor as a rear. First to go was the rear Assegai traded for an Aggressor. The Aggressor delivered on rolling a heckuva lot better and was pretty decent dry weather rear tire. Liked it although I've had a few issues with them staying sealed tubeless for long term use. Eventually I said screw it and shifted to the 2.6 DHRIIs and I'm in my happy place again.

Somebody mentioned the Rekon --  I think it is a really really fun tire. The honest truth of the matter is that I'm not good enough to drift a DHRII or DHF on purpose. Damn things have too much traction when the side knobs are dug in. But the Rekon puts me in a place of fun. It has good grip in the dry and rolls nice and fast which I like for long missions. Lean it over and it has a good level of traction that eventually but predictably gives me a touch of driftiness that make me feel like a Local Fast Guy (which I'm not). In the wet, it is serviceable but not fantastic.

Call me Dissector curious... but no experience.

Nov. 10, 2020, 6:13 p.m.
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Re: Shimano MW5 waterproof boots

Love my MW7s and these look very good too. I put mine on early on in the fall and wear them relatively late into the spring. Comfy feet are nice and I while I certainly sweat in them, I have never said "my feet are too warm".

Make sure you have a boot dryer! If you go out in full on rain, eventually your feet will still get wet from water running down socks (I'm hoping pants might resolve this?). In that case, your shoes will take days to dry without some airflow through them. I tend to put mine on the dryer regardless.

July 16, 2020, 10:43 a.m.
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Re: 2018 Squamish Trail Conditions Thread

Both ways work and both require a bit of a climb to get into the zone via fire roads. Once you're there easy to do quick laps.

July 11, 2020, 4:03 p.m.
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Re: Vertical / shuttle bike rack options for 4 bikes (or more?)

On an NSR4, I've had good success hanging them reversed (wheels away from vehicle) with the drop bar cradled in two baskets. I then use a series of bungees to secure them. Works quite well although it limits you to two road bikes or two mountain bikes and one road bike.

June 23, 2020, 5:43 p.m.
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Re: Physiotherapists

I liked my physiotherapist at City Sports & Physiotherapy downtown (Pender & Hornby), I married her! In addition to my wife (Timberly), they have a pretty great crew down there.

Jan. 22, 2017, 2:02 p.m.
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How much do you know about financial independence?

Hmm, interesting!
Does that mean they don't need to be declared to CRA until sold? Or does CRA need to be kept informed that you own mutual funds? If so, anyone know which form to use?

You don't have to declare your holdings. But you'll most likely receive a T-slip with some information you are required to report.

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Jan. 22, 2017, 1:25 p.m.
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How much do you know about financial independence?

You don't pay taxes on your mutual funds until you actually sell. And capital is taxed at a more favourable rate than interest. So in your hypothetical situation, if you buy your fund at 10k and sell for 15k, you have a gain of 5k. But you only pay tax on half that. So you pay $2500 times your tax rate.

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Jan. 5, 2017, 3:11 p.m.
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Rapha gear worth the money?

After what feels like ages, I am really excited about cycling again, about building a proper base for the coming season, about making multi-day trips again, riding mtb trails in areas I have not yet been, in short - totally stoked about riding.

I came across Rapha's website while surfing the web, and their stuff is pretty pricey and more geared towards road bike riders.

But some of the stuff is making me curious. I know that some of you are gear junkies, so my question is:

Does anyone of you have any apparel/gear from Rapha. Is it worth the money? Or is it rather overpriced and similar stuff can be had for less money?

It's nice stuff for sure. My fav road jerseys are all Rapha. I tend to wait for their sales because of the price.

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Dec. 12, 2016, 3:13 p.m.
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Non Boring Transportation Appliance?

Given the Audi is the same as the VW SUV are there better deals on used Q5/Q7 compared to the Millennial love of VW that drives up VW prices?

The Q5 TDI would be awesome if you like the size of it (a coworker of mine has one and loves it). It's a bit smaller than the Touareg and more like the Tiguan. I could never wrap my head around the look of the Q7 but to each their own. And I think the Audi interiors are nicer. I had an Audi A3 a while back and I thought the "user interface" of the buttons and rollers and such were a bit better than the VW even though I was moving to a more expensive and newer vehicle.

Dec. 12, 2016, 2:09 p.m.
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Non Boring Transportation Appliance?

Great info! I'm still interested in the Touareg TDI - it seems to be a great blend between comfort, luxury, fuel efficiency, and mild/moderate off-road ability. How many kms do you have on it now and any issues with it? I've owned 4 or 5 VWs in the past and they've all been great. I know some people have issues with their reliability but maybe I've just been lucky with mine… And I have a great VW mechanic which increases the appeal and peace of mind a bit too…

I've got just over 80,000km on mine. It was flawless until the AdBlue heater failed recently, which pissed me off given that I live in Vancouver and don't enter into temperatures requiring DEF to be heated very much. But if you look on the internet, it's a pretty common problem right around the 80k mark so worth thinking about that $1000 hit (or be willing to drive around with the engine light on). It's been my third VW/Audi product and I'd say they've all been pretty good and I haven't done anything special other than stick to the maintenance schedule in the manual.

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Dec. 9, 2016, 8:11 p.m.
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Non Boring Transportation Appliance?

You mentioned the Touareg at the beginning… I bought a 2012 TDI new and still love it. Like most folks with an SUV, mine doesn't venture off maintained roads very often but I've happily taken it up FSRs when desired and it does so quite well without complaint as long as you don't have to forge massive water bars. Torque is great (fun!), fuel economy great for its size, drives pretty sporty (again, for its size), and it's very comfortable for the pax. Friends like it when I drive. I'm kind of waiting to see what happens with the whole dieselgate scandal and what they offer on the 3.0L diesels in Canada. But even if they offered me a bunch of money to buy it back, my biggest thing is that I don't see much else on the market to buy right now.

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Nov. 2, 2016, 4 p.m.
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Recommend Me a Physiotherapist

Downtown, easily accessible from NS: Timberly George, BScPT, BScKin - City Sports [HTML_REMOVED] Physiotherapy Clinic, fantastic therapist, cyclist and does lots of volunteer work with Rugby Canada.

I just spent some time with her correcting my hip and therapy for my lower back, can't recommend enough. Her husband is a regular contributor here too.

The wife thanks you for the plug! Shoulders are a bit of a speciality for her. Other person to see would be Ron Mattison out at Allan McGavin (which is how Timberly learned all her best shoulder techniques!).

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