The drop you're talking about is the Scapulator, I forget who it was exactly, (maybe Omar?) Broke their scapula on it, hence the name. One of the first big natural drops on the Shore that actually had a bit of a transition. Fun one back in the day…
First of all, kudos to Cam and the crew for keeping this going and dealing with all the bs over the years. If you piled it up we'd have a fourth North Shore mountain.
I applaud the efforts to keep it an open forum. I've loved NSMB since the beginning and it's been a really great resource and community builder. Let's not forget that without NSMB we wouldn't have trail saboteurs see justice, important issues for local trail access and maintenance discussed, etc. There are positives for the barrier to entry being a valid email address…The Shore wouldn't be what it is without the NSMB Shore forum.
That being said, it really has become toxic. It's more and more just a place where any anonymous douche with an axe to grind can throw up a slanderous thread and serve up an all you can eat troll buffet. There is real collateral damage to the community as a result of the current trend and a cost/benefit discussion is necessary.
I would be totally open to a paid, non anonymous forum or sub forum where real mountain bikers can have virtual shop/trail side talk, discuss and maybe even talk a little shit without it being dragged down by the unwashed masses of trolls and haters who need a soapbox for their rants.
Does anyone have a Yeti SB5.5c? Other than the price, this is probably at the top of my list due to the absolutely glowing reviews I've read about its balance of up and downhill performance. My three reservations are: Price, durability of the switch infinity link for North Shore winter riding, and if the rear 140mm of travel is progressive enough to keep me from bottoming out too often due to my 'bull in a china shop' riding style - or lack of style:(
I haven't tried the SB5.5 yet, but I've ridden the SB6 through all last winter, hosed it off after every ride (which I usually never do, it's convenient but harsh on the bike, but my air compressor was broken) The Switch Infinity link is still perfect on it. I've also been riding the SB4.5 since the summer and I'm super impressed by how nimble and lively the 29s feel and how capable it is on rougher lines, steeps, etc.
The SB5.5 will be my next bike for sure, thinking it will be the perfect blend of the 2.
I've heard something about Different Bikes in WEst Van selling some, and you could also check out Arbutus Routes in Whistler.
Completely unrelated, because I can't let this go without mentioning it: schizophrenia is not the same thing as multiple personality disorder.
That's right Pete. Schizophrenia is also often confused with Schizoid personality disorder…
Schizoid personality disorder (SPD) is a personality disorder characterized by a lack of interest in social relationships, a tendency towards a solitary or sheltered lifestyle, secretiveness, emotional coldness, and apathy. Affected individuals may simultaneously demonstrate a rich, elaborate and exclusively internal fantasy world
I saw a Bobcat on the access road under the power lines last month on my way to Forever After. Not the sort of equipment used for any mtb-primary trail I know of other than the Metro work on Dales.
Just heard this morning it was a BMX track in Blair range that spooked them. Maybe someone had a Bobcat in there…
I'm not a Strava fan, but that's not the issue. Filmers and riders not respecting the builders is the main problem.
This is right, it's an etiquette issue, not Strava. Was it Strava's fault that a loamer got put in literally surrounded by some of the highest traffic trails on the Shore and didn't stay secret forever? The knee jerk Strava hate is just so played out.
really great, really cold! I stayed barely on the good side of hypothermic….really glad I had a pair of dry gloves in a plastic bag with my water bottle at the 4-way, day saver
Definitely a character building day. Spare gloves and winter shoes were the day savers for sure.
Stoked to go in blind and manage my energy well enough to actually have fun on the whole course. Highlights were being blown away by first time views on the misty, loamy spots up Nimby, bombing the tech lines on Overnight without feeling my fingers and laughing at the sheer savagery of the back nine…
Given the choice I'd probably ride Ikons… I'm bringing a machine gun to a knife fight riding my SB6C with DHRII/Minion SS.
Weather is calling for [HTML_REMOVED]1 mm rain overnight and 10-14c, cloudy with showers for Sat so I'm thinking conditions are going to be about perfect.
After wondering for years I'm thinking it's time to pull the trigger and just do it. Not in the best shape and riding the course blind on way too big a bike but it should be fun to just try and survive. Got some good tips on strategy so we'll see how it goes…