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Jan. 29, 2016, 1:54 p.m.
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any giant reign owners (2015)

If you do get one, hopefully you don't crack the frame. I've been waiting for a replacement for over 3 months now. :swearing:

Jan. 15, 2016, 8:51 p.m.
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Oh great

Hikers should not have to watch out for people that can't control riding their bike downhill. I'm also glad you almost had to exit the trail because somebody was coming up! The next time you should be more in control of yourself.

I'm not sure which trails you ride, but there are a few sections on Ladies where there aren't many optional lines, such as the rock spine just above the Herron pond. I came across two ladies with three off leash dogs as I came across the top of it. I had nowhere to go. Ended up coming off the spine just to the left, narrowly missing a dog.

I was totally out of control.

Jan. 15, 2016, 8:41 a.m.
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Oh great

I have encountered many hikers on the trails and am the first person to stop and say hello. What worries me a bit are the ones who don't realize that hiking trails marked as mountain bike primary means being alert to riders, staying visible and being prepared to get out of the way.

On a few occasions I've almost had to ride off the trail to avoid people hiking up Ladies. I've had a few hikers even refuse to get out of the way on Expresso. Yes, these experiences are an exception to the many times I've come across a hiker, but I'm hoping the article doesn't bring more people with little or no trail awareness on to mountain bike primary trails where some sections offer little time to react to unexpected situations.

Jan. 14, 2016, 2:44 p.m.
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Oh great

Prepare to see more hiking traffic on Fromme trails.

http://www.vancouverisawesome.com/2016/01/14/take-a-hike-mount-fromme-bike-trails-in-north-vancouver/

Jan. 6, 2016, 2:47 p.m.
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Remote riding - do you ride with supplementary communications?

BIG parts of BC have NO cell coverage.]

Hence my edit. If you're riding solo somewhere where there is no coverage, you definitely need a backup device. For me, I'm never far out of service, so texting the trails I am riding and ETA on return while in coverage works for me. And I know pretty much all the places I get coverage on Fromme, so I try to stick to those when riding solo.

Jan. 6, 2016, noon
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Remote riding - do you ride with supplementary communications?

I make sure I text at least one person with my route and expected return time while within coverage. If I don't text back once I'm off the hill, they know where to start looking.

Edit: I get pretty solid coverage on Fromme with Telus, so haven't seen a need for another device since I am letting people know where I am riding. Any time I have had an issue that might blow my return time (like a mechanical) I'm usually able to get to coverage.

Dec. 30, 2015, 7:26 p.m.
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Scotch

Got the lagavulin distillers edition.

Jury's out for me on that one right now…

I've been a bit disappointed in all of the "Distillers Editions" I have tried. I guess I'm not a big fan of whiskies with a sherry cask finish. Hard to top a straight up Lagavulin 16.

I did pick up a bottle of the Bunnahabhain Ceòbanach at the BCLC premium spirit release. Quite like it. Somewhat similar to a Laphroaig QC but a bit more of a black liquorice taste on the finish.

Nov. 20, 2015, 8:39 p.m.
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tool

tool is touring again. They've recently announced January 2016 tour dates. Pray to mother Mary they head this way.

http://www.toolband.com/index_frames.html

Nov. 20, 2015, 6:23 a.m.
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When is it time to put on the winter tires?

I've always used the "7 degree" rule - when the average temperature reaches 7 degrees or lower, I switch them out. You might be able to get away with it being even cooler if you're running decent all seasons, but if you have summer tires (like I do), best to switch them out earlier.

Nov. 2, 2015, 1:59 p.m.
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any giant reign owners (2015)

I have a buddy with one… Loved it . (2015) matte green with green\yellow
problem being that the frame cracked and Giant has no warranty frames available. he has been bike-less for 4 weeks now . and last i heard ( last week) no solve in the immediate future..

He did love His Reign .. loved it way more than the Slayer it replaced.. did a lot for his fun factor on the mountain as well

I'm in the same boat. Crack in mine and replacement frames unavailable until December, supposedly. I'd be interested to know where his frame cracked, if you know.

Nov. 1, 2015, 4:23 p.m.
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any giant reign owners (2015)

I've been riding one since January. I echo pretty much everything Flipfantasia has stated. It won't climb like a trail bike on tech stuff, but if it's spinning up the road on Fromme or something similar, it's pretty efficient. I'm faster up the road than I was on my previous bike (Slayer). Slow tech moves, you'll notice its length, but it's manageable.

Oct. 25, 2015, 7:16 p.m.
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pike dual position vs solo air

Hi everybody. I have made some air volume spacers for the Dual Position Air. Some riders prefer a little more ramp and these spacers can help. The come in two volumes (10 and 14 cc), most prefer the 14. Installation is a little trickier than the solo air but its still only a 5 minute job. Drop me a note if interested - info@fluid-function.com
Thanks

I've been running one of these spacers from Fluid Function for about 6 months now. Made a big difference in how the DPA ramps up. And it really was a five minute job.

Oct. 12, 2015, 8:40 p.m.
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enduro 650

A new Enduro will make an SXT feel like 40lb XC bike.

This

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Oct. 10, 2015, 12:15 p.m.
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Arcteryx

Their warranty is great, 10yr old Bora 40 pack fixed free, new zipper in a 10yr old beta shell free, a full "suggested retail price" credit on a softshell pant I had purchased on sale [HTML_REMOVED] toured for hundreds of days

so of course I bought another pair of pants, yeah its pricey stuff but it ended up being a great deal

This. I had a theta AR that I bought at their warehouse store about 12 years ago. It finally died last year. I was shopping for a new shell in their factory store and when I told the guy working there about my jacket, he suggested I bring it in to see if they could repair it. A week later I get a call and they said it was beyond repair and offered a replacement. I got a brand new beta AR. Thats incredible customer service.

Oct. 10, 2015, 12:10 p.m.
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Arcteryx

If you need more gear in the future, Atmosphere occasionally does a promotion where you get gift cards towards future purchases depending on how much you spend. Something like getting a $150 gift card when purchasing over $500 or something like that. Although it's not really a 'sale' it can lower total overall cost IF you are in the market for some other gear down the road that Atmosphere carries.

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