One bit that works very well for is is the straps on top. I can fit a jacket and elbow pads in those straps without worrying about anything inside. Weather where I ride is very unpredictable and it's always a very risky thing to go without a jacket.
I was able to re-own a circa-1996/95 Norco Team ST that had benefited from an upgrade in 1998 (Sid and V-brakes). I thought it'd be this awesome bike, given I'd ridden handmade steel and Ti for years in that era. Was I in for a shock. Geometry and tubesets rooted in 1970s road bikes make for terrible bikes as compared to today's bikes. The "jewel of the 90s" was a deathtrap compared to my modern bikes.
I sold it to someone that was more nostalgic than me and I'm sure he's very happy with it.
I don't regret a single bike part I've sold or moved on from.
How did it already eat a tranny?
I grabbed some gripshift grips (nice and short) from Canadian Tire and squeezed them on with the air compressor. If gives my son a warmer/softer bit to grab, which only works when I can get him to let go of my grips.
Who know an 800mm bar was about right for a toddler.
You know the "everything will get stolen" is largely a Vancouver/Lower Mainland phenomenon right?
I've found the cinch system to be a pain and have noticed friends having to adjust their cranks mid-day and/or get used to the creaks.
The 2 pinch bolt system has been bomber for years so I'm also very reluctant to give up tried and true. Shimano does put a lot of effort into things, but they do flub things from time to time.
Volunteering at community events as a bike mechanic is always a rewarding experience. A top tip is to bring ALL your wrenches. It is unreal the number of different wrenches you need once you get into junker bikes.
Have a look at the XL Firebird 29 for a bike between Santa Cruz's XL and XXL.
If the sizing on the Megatower is like the Hightower and you aren't a throwback to BMX sizing I'd go with your bigger option on the bike. I'm 6'4" and an XL Hightower needed a longer stem and a saddle that was slammed back. The XXL Hightower fit great.
500mm+ reach is the number for folks over 6'3".
How does the t-shirt fit? I'm a large in every t-shirt I try - except Chromag. I've got a branded cotton T that fits like a sausage casing.
Plastic pedals are a nice winter option. They don't conduct the cold as well as metal pedals.
I ride trickier stuff on the road then I do at home. Riding around a gap for 8 years means there's a lot of baggage whenever I contemplate hitting it.
If it hasn't been to the courts then isn't it speculation to say a judge would throw the stiffest penalty at someone? Specifically, that at this point the minimum penalty is just as likely as the stiffest penalty.
What's the history in the courts of BC mtb trail builders being taken to court under this act?