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Dec. 21, 2010, 6:10 p.m.
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Dog Crap and its impact on the environment (and my Shoes /Tires)

I'm thinking about writing this in to the North Shore News. We get slammed for the MTB's impact on the environment, but after the summary below, I am more concerned about the run off of this Poop into the water table than I am about bike trails.

I see lots of mountain bikers with dogs. You might be inviting even more angst towards the MTB community.

Dec. 5, 2010, 7:24 a.m.
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*Official 2010/2011 Fromme Snow Line Thread*

were you the guy on the grey reign I talked to by the second gate?

Yeah, that was me. I was obviously climbing slower than you because I didn't leave the second gate long after you did.

Dec. 4, 2010, 5:26 p.m.
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*Official 2010/2011 Fromme Snow Line Thread*

Rode up this afternoon. Snow on the road, but tracked by a vehicle and most of the way up there was a mix of snow and dirt to the 4th. Quite a bit of snow on the 4th and looked like mostly snow on the road to the 5th(didn't see much dirt, if any). Was losing light and it looked like it would take a while to get past the 5th, so I pushed in to Ladies off the 4th.

More snow under the canopy there than I expected and it was kind of 50/50 snow dirt to Upper Skull. But Upper Skull was in pefect shape - no snow, tacky, no puddles. Was trying to get over to Lower Crippler after but losing light quickly, so went down Dempsey, and again, really good shape. Most the lower trails over that way are likely in prime shape.

If you're heading out for an afternoon ride, don't underestimate how fast we're losing light these days.

Edit: FYI it looked like quite a bit of blow-down on Ladies above the trail where it meets the 4th in case anyone is considering riding it from the trail head. Keep your eyes open!

Nov. 19, 2010, 10:42 p.m.
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so im going to the usa..

I wish In n' Out would expand beyond California and Nevada! If they were in Washington I would make regular burger runs.

They're in AZ too, but no closer to WA. :(

Nov. 11, 2010, 10:27 a.m.
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snow tires (Merged Thread)

what if you have a tire problem are you just SOL ?

No. Standard warranties still apply. If I have an issue with my Dunlops, Dunlop's warranty states I can go to any Dunlop retailer in the US or Canada for assistance, or contact their head office in US or Canada.

Nov. 10, 2010, 10:08 p.m.
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snow tires (Merged Thread)

Canadian Tire has General Altimax Arctics on sale 30% off right now…

It's pretty much a wash compared to TireRack.

Here:

CND Tire $111.99 x 4 = $447.96CDN

Tire Rack $86 x 4 + $56 shipping to Sumas = $401US

For some tires, Canadian prices are close. Co-worker of mine bought some Pirelli's from 1010tires.com at about the same cost as Tirerack.

But add in wheels and in my experience it can start to add up in favour of buying from the states - especially for higher-end tires and aluminum wheels. I saved about $400 buying out of the US for performance winter tires and aluminum rims.

I guess it all depends on what you're shopping for. I would have bought locally, but $400 is enough of a gap for me.

Nov. 10, 2010, 8:05 p.m.
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snow tires (Merged Thread)

Aren't all tires made in Korea now?

Dunlops are mostly Germany and Japan. Some Goodyears in Germany too.

Nov. 10, 2010, 8:01 p.m.
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snow tires (Merged Thread)

I've purchased two sets of winter tires and wheels from Tirerack.com. They pay the customs and duty on your behalf if you ship to Canada, other wise you can get them to ship somewhere like Blaine or Pt Bob and you can go pick them up and bring them back.

Pros of shipping stateside and picking up yourself - you'll likely get chepaer shipping and don't pay brokerage (you broker them yourself if/when you declare them)
Cons - You have to go stateside. For the $30 in brokerage I saved and about $70 in shipping, its about a wash as far as I'm concerned and you save 2 hours driving from the North Shore to Pt Bob and back.

Either way, you'll pay HST and likely 6% or so in duty, depending on where the wheels and/or tires are made. If they're made in the US or Mexico, there is no duty (free trade)

May 13, 2010, 6:28 a.m.
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Life/Health Insurance for bikers?

You may also want to look into short term / long term disability coverage as well if you don't have it already. The risk of having an accident that might cause you to not be able to work, and therefore not generate an income, can be mitigated as well. Even more important if you're the primary income earner in your household.

May 4, 2010, 10:10 p.m.
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iphone cases

_Posted via Mobile Device_So I thought big perm to be the coolest of you lot ( Fu gerewhote ) and got an otter box

Commuter? If so, good choice. Forget the screen protector. POS. The rest of the case is great. If you drop your phone as much as I do, you'll be thankful you bought it.

May 3, 2010, 10:21 p.m.
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iphone cases

I bought the Otterbox Commuter through Telus Mobility. Nice case.
http://www.telusmobility.com/en/BC/accessories/cases_ncas1467.shtml

April 4, 2010, 10:35 p.m.
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Fromme, snow at 6th switchback, Sunday Apr. 4

How does the lower mountain look? Heading up tomorrow

Pretty good shape. Rode Espresso late afternoon. Woodwork was a bit wet, a few decent sized puddles, but less blow-down and debris than I expected - pretty much clear.

March 5, 2010, 1:10 p.m.
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alright folks, looks like its official now

Funniest comment I found so far on that article…

Why God never received a PhD

1. He had only one major publication.

2. It was in Hebrew.

3. It had no references.

4. It wasn't published in a refereed journal.

5. Some even doubt he wrote it by himself.

6. It may be true that he created the world, but what has he done since then?

7. His cooperative efforts have been quite limited.

8. The scientific community has had a hard time replicating his results.

9. He never applied to the ethics board for permission to use human subjects.

10. When one experiment went awry he tried to cover it by drowning his subjects.

11. When subjects didn't behave as predicted, he deleted them from the sample.

12. He rarely came to class, just told students to read the book.

13. Some say he had his son teach the class.

14. He expelled his first two students for learning.

15. Although there were only 10 requirements, most of his students failed his tests.

16. His office hours were infrequent and usually held on a mountain top.

17. No record of working well with colleagues.

Feb. 9, 2010, 9:03 a.m.
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All-mountain/light-freeride bike

The ReignX sits a lot lower, for park riding, it's a better bike IMO (cornering and high speed stability seem much better), but for tech shore riding with all the roots, I like the clearance of a higher BB.

That's one of the first things I noticed. I have hit the bash guard riding technical trails that I used to clear on previous bikes, but I've gotten used to it.

Feb. 8, 2010, 10:50 p.m.
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All-mountain/light-freeride bike

I ride a 08 Reign x1 with a 66 RC2X and it is a capable light freeride and park bike. Wouldn't classify it as an all mountain bike, due to the heavier (and longer travel) fork and I also run dual ply tires on it. It pedals well too. 70-80% of my riding is on Fromme and I have no issues climbing with it. Wouldn't want to do an epic Squamish ride with it though.

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