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May 10, 2013, 5:12 p.m.
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The 'one bike' debate.

Anyone ride shore (including technical climbing to some extent) AND Whistler on one bike and love it for all? What bike is it?

Yup, my typical shore loop is pedally lower Seymour stuff and as much technical singletrack as I can string together to get to the gnarly-ish trails to come down. My Yeti SB66C is pretty ideal for it, as most of the higher end Carbon AM bike out there would be…

It's fine for a couple of Whistler days a year with some DH tires on, but if I was as into the park as I used to be - I'd want a proper DH bike. For what I ride 99% of the time, and because I like to do pedaly and gnarly stuff in one loop, the 1 bike is ideal.

May 10, 2013, 12:30 p.m.
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Strictly XC/AM Summer Tire AKA replace my Nobby Nic

Cheers man…just wanted to make sure I wasn't being tire-snob douche guy!

I hear you on the weight thing, every time I try to save weight on tires I end up flatting them, I can't seem to run anything under 2.5 and 35 psi - so I hope the new 2.3 exo maxxis offerings are going to hit the sweet spot.

May 10, 2013, 12:15 p.m.
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Strictly XC/AM Summer Tire AKA replace my Nobby Nic

I have very few complaints about the clutch's, I've preferred them to the exo minion f's they replaced, they've served me quite well and for the most part are really good. long lasting, and super grippy, it's just a lot looser here in the kootenays than on the coast and that's pretty much their only 'weakness', and really, I get on just fine regardless.

Uh, cool - keep on getting on with 'em! Wasn't trying to diss your tire choice - I know it's a personal thing. In the context of a summer xc/am tire thread the sx casing clutch's performance to weight ratio isn't worth it to me personally.

May 10, 2013, 10:34 a.m.
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Riding with phone

I usually ride with my phone in my pocket and have a light but durable case with a silicone liner and hardshell - not as big as an otterbox but decent protection, then make sure to have the screen face inside against my leg when it's in my pocket. Not crashing on it helps too.

May 9, 2013, 5:24 p.m.
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Strictly XC/AM Summer Tire AKA replace my Nobby Nic

Good call! I've got a Clutch SX too and it's a pig. 920 grams I think and slow rubber. 2.5 exo minions are lighter, faster and handle better. Haven't tried the HR II though.

Forgot to mention I tried out the 2.25 exo ardent that came with my SB66 and it was actually pretty decent. Really fast rolling and no sketchy zone when leaned over like the 2.4 Ardents. Pretty good volume for a 2.25 too.

2.3 DHF or DHR tubeless ready exo are going to be the way to go for summer tires on the shore though, if they'd friggin hit the shelves already!

May 9, 2013, 4:44 p.m.
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Strictly XC/AM Summer Tire AKA replace my Nobby Nic

I guess what I'm really looking for is something with a fast profile down the middle with aggressive side lugs that will bite in when leaned over.

The Maxxis DHR II would fit that description from what I've read - I'm pretty keen on trying them. They've got DHF sidewall knobs with fast rolling center knobs. 2.3 Tubeless ready Exo weighs 780 grams and are starting to be available online.

May 3, 2013, 3:39 p.m.
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riding uphill on established trails

Switchbacks or no, except for a very few exceptions our downhill trails aren't climbable and won't be no matter how Tapped they get. That was the point I was making and it stands.

I know what I'm talking about, you've done a good job in this thread of proving you don't. Time to get over it. There's plenty of trails on lower Fromme that aren't remotely climbeable, I suggest you change your routes up if you want to shred to the very end.

The new stuff on Seymour is some of the stuff I was mentioning.

May 3, 2013, 3:24 p.m.
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riding uphill on established trails

I don't think the NSMBA is going to be able to change the grade of the mountain, no matter how much gold they use or deadfall they clear. There's only so many of the existing trails that can be ridden up and for the most part everyone knows what they are.

The odd douche bro-down gnar sesh on a blue trail notwithstanding.

Forgot to add, there are some climbing trails that have been discussed, and they would likely be designated/ signed as such. That would help divert climbers off any more downhill oriented routes, which would be great.

May 3, 2013, 1:51 p.m.
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Tig and Fro- Characters

Great article. Brought back lots of great Bike Fest memories - well, what I can remember anyway.

May 2, 2013, 11:30 p.m.
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riding uphill on established trails

And slamming PBR's after.

And then maybe some Moto on the seawall and apres Bellinis at Milestones???


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WhhWPsJy08

May 2, 2013, 3:24 p.m.
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riding uphill on established trails

As far as I've always known, accepted etiquette is climber's right of way. I think there's a bit of give and take though and can be a situational thing for both riders to access.
In your case, Griffin is a pretty popular climbing route and if you're coming up on guys riding up it, I'd say the right thing to do is yield.

I usually don't think it's necessary to yield to anyone hike-a-biking though, as it's pretty easy for them to just step aside.

May 1, 2013, 10:52 a.m.
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Another gravel path... Courtesy of MEC and NSMBA

Not until I get my say first…

Total bullshit. Based on this thead, I was led to believe that this was going to be like a flatter Bobsled or something that I could absolutely rip on with my 35" wide bars.

I agree with the OP. NSMBA, you ruined yet another trail.

Yeah, I have no clue where you're coming from.

Now you're the victim? Come on. People just want to be assured that some of the trails will stay gnarly. Throw them a bone.

If people want gnarly, Bridle PATH is maybe the last place they should be looking.

April 23, 2013, 11:30 a.m.
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Another gravel path... Courtesy of MEC and NSMBA

I'll chime in as another big supporter of the NSMBA for the work on Bridle and all the other projects they've undertaken. Lower Seymour has never been better.

Sure, these "dumbing down the shore" haters are entitled to their opinion, but they always come off as the worst fist shaking, wanna-be hardcore whiners I have trouble trying to listen to what points they might have.

I'm going to break the following caffiene fueled rant into point form…

- It's not gravel - blowing it out of proportion doesn't help me want to see things from your POV.

- It's friggin BRAND NEW trailwork. Give it some time to get worn in/ shitkicked and maybe another tree will fall on it for you ride over - I hear that happens from time to time in a coastal rainforest.

- Sticks and Stones a bunch of other tech shit is right in that zone for you if that's what you're looking for in that area.

- If it was a challenge for you in it's shitkicked state, I can see how you might miss that, but for me and probably alot of other riders it wasn't challenging, just rutted out and poorly routed for drainage. Personally, I don't want a trail to be challenging because it's a shitty mess full of wheel eating mud pits. I prefer challenge from a technical line that's closer to it's natural state, not because it was poorly routed in the first place and then neglected for years.

- Every time I ride Dale's ( especially in the wet) I have to laugh thinking that people are whining about TAP d.d.t.s. Okay tough guy, let's see the Go Pro footy of you railing that whole thing and making it looked dumbed down.

- There's environmental impact and sustainability issues the NSMBA's trailwork is addressing that you probably aren't aware of or have considered. Drainage, root system protection, etc. These guys are on some next level trail building shit. Are you a world class trained and educated trail builder? Just curious…

- The NSMBA as also made efforts to keep the old lines on the other sections of Bridle where they've put new, buff climbing routes in.

Keep up the good work TAP, NSMBA and volunteers. THANKS!

April 11, 2013, 10:23 a.m.
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Fabien Barel is Bicycle Yoda

Nice, I liked his thoughts on "maximum vs. optimum".

April 3, 2013, 10:33 a.m.
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Pink Starfish

Whatever happened to 38DD and Groovula? It's crazy you city boys haven't built a legit berm jump trail yet…. Whistler is just too close, or what?

I know quite a few murican builders who are still fired up about creative woodwork and the techgnar, and looking for a place to do it legitimately. There would be a solid crew who would make the trip north for a Starfishh resurrection.

Groovula has been built up and then chainsawed at least once since it's glory days. It's too close to hiking trails for any kind of jumps/ gaps or structures to go unnoticed.

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