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Sept. 22, 2015, 1:21 p.m.
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Strava love/hate discussion

It's usually just slow dudes or bitter trailbuilders hating on it. I agree though, it's a bit of a dead horse.

Morgan had a really good article up a while back that pretty much sums the whole discussion up… you should just post that and end the thread.

Strava isn't rewarding for everyone, so it's always going to be divisive. If it doesn't own you and you can be responsible, go for it. It's not the scapegoat it's being made out to be. Pre Strava there was always people who couldn't keep their mouth shut about secret trails, people who braided tough lines or to snake their buddies and yeah, people who might not want to stop and chit chat with you…

I've been looking for all these "Strava Lines" on my local trails for a while and I don't really see more than the usual cut corners or ride arounds. If anything Id' say the resurgent popularity of racing and cutty porn in edits would be just as much to blame. KOMS/PRS aren't even possible on every ride accounting for traffic, GPS drift, fitness and trail conditions, so there's no point to it owning you on every ride you're on.

As for the Anti-Social point, the expectation to chat with everyone kind of bugs me. I could easily spend half an hour per ride if I talked with every mountain biker I passed on the shore. A nod/smile, or clean pass is all I expect. As long as someone is respectful and has trial etiquette what's wrong with them "soldiering on", and a nod/hello as they pass by? I could see being weirded out if you were both in an intersection and they outright ignored you… With hikers, dog walkers, etc I have zero expectations but of course will always reciprocate and give directions, help, etc… even if Strava is running.

It comes down to respect and if you had it in the first place, Strava isn't going to change that, vice versa.

Sept. 22, 2015, 11:32 a.m.
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The Saboteurs have left the building " The kraals"

Langley is not so bad. I live here. I am 30 min from Burke or Eagle, and there is no NSMBA, Mark Wood or Cam McCrae around. It is all old school trails that are natural, free from politics or dictatorship points of view.
Moreover, since the land is relatively untouched, as long as you know what you are doing you can do whatever you want here (loamers take note: if a trail on Burke doesn't work out you leave it and nature reclaims it). Moreover, there are more MILFS out her than you can shake a stick at. Get the picture.

Haha, someone's a little bitter about living in Langley…

Normally I don't feed the trolls, but I've got a couple minutes to kill and this is too ridiculous to pass up…

- 30 minutes to the trails? By car????! I could practically get to Squamish in that time and pass 3 amazing North Shore mountains FULL of trails on the way. But yeah, I guess that's not bad… I mean, we are pretty spoiled to live in North Vancouver…

- No NSMBA, Cam or Woody sucks in my books! Every shore rider and member of my circles, likes and appreciates all those mentioned, or at LEAST respects what they do…maybe you don't see their opinion here because they've got better ways to spend their time than typing replies to endless rants from bitter Dinosaurs.

- Do I really need to re-iterate the "there's old school and loamers if you know where to look" point about the Shore? FFS you can't swing a dead cat on the shore without hitting a loamer or gnarly old non flow line.

- If it's doing what you want you're after, guess what, you can do that here too! Except apparently you DON'T even need to know what you're doing… although you might get called out by someone who DOES! (Thanks, Woody) If you are going to go that way, I'd suggest not cutting rogue ( sorry… "unsanctioned") lines in within spitting distance of super high traffic mapped trails in the middle of the most populated riding areas though - not the best way to stay under the radar ;)

- Politics? Never dealt with them in almost 20 years of riding here. Guess who gets wrapped up in politics??? POLITICIANS! Don't want none, won't be none…

- And finally, if MILFS is what you're after (HATE that expression, btw) - buddy, there's a reason they're called North VanCOUGARS. No joke we're probably the MILF capital of the world… Anyway, what do you care? Like MILFS aren't way out of you're league, anyway…

Thanks for my morning laugh, I'm looking out my living room window at the Cove Forest and counting my blessings. So inspired now I think I might pedal out my back door for a couple minutes to go ride some world class pristine loam, maybe mix it up with some flow trails for good measure…

Enjoy Langley!!!!

July 20, 2015, 10:35 p.m.
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Dear Woodro Part 2

You're right. I've been snarky and childish with the "golden berm", "dumbing down" etc etc sniping. It's childish. It's not helpful. I'll stop.

Really stand up answer, thanks. I hope you can resolve things…

July 20, 2015, 4:36 p.m.
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Dear Woodro Part 2

Nothing says crazy like a 1 sided rant several slashes into your own website…

Every time I see the name Lee Lau on mtb social media right now, some toxic comment follows. It's pathetic and sad. Take into account all his pseudo nsmb handles and it borders on pathological. Please stop poisoning the well for the rest of us.

Like some others have mentioned, it doesn't take a detective to figure out we're seeing the tip of the iceberg here. If you're going to air out your dirty laundry in public, why don't you give us the whole back story? Or would that just shed light into things you'd rather not be public knowledge?

If your unsanctioned trail building efforts leave you this bitter and resentful, maybe it's time to take a step back.

May 29, 2015, 3:09 p.m.
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One bike

^interesting you went the 5 over the 6. though as you suggest, all you need for local trails. i'm on 150x150, and rarely see the need for more (though i still have the dust covered dh bike for the very rare park excursion).

I agree, especially on Seymour where I generally ride, a typical 6x6 is a little on the overkill side. The 6C would handle park days as a nice option and be a little more forgiving for the really rough stuff but for what I'm riding this season, something lighter and more nimble is perfect.

I did go with the 6C build kit, so it's it's got stiffer wheels and a slightly longer travel FOX 36 to slacken the HA a bit.

May 29, 2015, 11:30 a.m.
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One bike

Been loving my Yeti SB5C for everything on the shore. I wouldn't take it in the park, but seeing as I'm not too interested in banging out laps these days, this one bike is perfect all around. Strikes a really great balance of actually being fun on the climbs and still stiff enough to rail some pretty gnarly lines.

Jan. 29, 2015, 12:34 p.m.
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The Saboteur's Husband

Well done, Cam. Super impressed by how you and other outspoken local mountain bike advocates have presented us as a group in the press!

http://www.theprovince.com/news/vancouver/with+mountain+bikers+Northshore+dates+back+decade/10771134/story.html

Oct. 10, 2014, 2:03 p.m.
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Seymour 2014 Conditions

Yeah, just a seasonal closure, will probably go until late May.

I'm not sure how easy rerouting the mucky sections would be, the whole low lying area at the beginning is pretty bad for drainage and the full trail is full of sensitive, rooty climbs that won't hold up to wet weather traffic.

Personally I'd rather see it stay on the dl without the exposure trail work brings and be closed during the wet season. It's not gonna be much fun slipping over all those steep off camber root/rock sections in the wet anyway…

Oct. 10, 2014, 10:34 a.m.
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Seymour 2014 Conditions

Gnomer has some very sensitive areas that need to be closed during the wet season. It's a great nugget that makes for a good climb option to FA but I can say that after a couple of years of increased popularity it's pretty easy to see how poorly some areas hold up to wet season riding. Please respect the closures :)

Oct. 6, 2014, 10:17 a.m.
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Gorilla Tape or slit tube - Which Ghetto Tubeless Method?

Gorilla tape ghetto kills it. Just mounted a DHR2 on a flow EX with 1" gorilla tape and a valve I cut out of an old tube. For about $2 compared to a $30 Stan's rim strip which is obscene.

Mounted up nice and straight, aired up with a floor pump. I always had issues with wobbly tires using stan's rim strips. Put it to the test yesterday and the bead is holding great, no burps. Highly recommended.

Oct. 6, 2014, 10:12 a.m.
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question for yeti sb-66 owners

Love my SB66. Really great all around shore bike. It responds really well to aggressive riding, I find it comes alive when pushed and ridden fast.

I ran into a guy on Seymour yesterday on a 66C as well and we were both going off about how happy we are with them.

You do hear people complaining about the bearings from time to time but I've had an alu and then the carbon for the last 3 seasons and my bearing switches have been once a year. I don't personally find them a problem to replace - pretty standard procedure really and yeti has a very clear service manual online.

I'm thinking of selling my carbon size large, if you're interested PM me.

June 23, 2014, 9:15 p.m.
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Myrtle Park Dirt Jumps (Deep Cove)

Anyone know why the bigger set has been almost totally torn down? I assume it just kids who don't know what they're doing, bit of a shame to see them go.

July 23, 2013, 2:13 p.m.
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tech climbing question

I might vary cadence a bit for clearing roots or rocks or putting in power strokes for clearing big ups but no ratcheting, that will kill your momentum and mess with your balance.

Tech climbs are about power, momentum and balance - the more you have of one the less you need of the others.

July 18, 2013, 11:33 a.m.
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Toonie #6 - Final Toonie of the Season

Awesome. Thanks for all your work, see ya tonight!

July 18, 2013, 11:07 a.m.
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Toonie #6 - Final Toonie of the Season

Stoked to come out tonight. Are you guys doing the bag drop thing at the water towers again for apres?

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