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Oct. 11, 2021, 9:55 p.m.
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Re: Traffic on the North Shore ...... WTF ?

Is there no appetite from the District  for connecting the quality separated lanes of Boulevard Crescent and Lynn Valley Rd?  That short section under the Trans Canada Highway. It’s a messy spot for cyclists with two narrow lanes and an off loop from the highway. Every time I ride that way I laugh at the sign telling cyclist to share the narrow sidewalk. 😂

Aug. 11, 2021, 11:24 a.m.
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Re: Gravel Bike Thread

That’s a great little ride, especially in the evening. For whatever reason I go gravel first and back on the road. Maybe from doing it at the end of a long ride, I find it more casual on the ride out on the pavement . Love the section through the old growth, and nice new cedar bridges!

Aug. 3, 2021, 7:44 p.m.
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Re: Public service announcement - Installing Race Face Cinch Cranks

Yes, excellent! Clearly the typo has been changed for some time. The BB I picked up in the winter had the typo, so probably fairly old new stock :)

July 31, 2021, 11:52 a.m.
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Re: Public service announcement - Installing Race Face Cinch Cranks

Somewhat related, has anybody looked at the installation instructions for the Cinch BB threaded cups?  For years the torque is listed as ~40nm and 40 *in/lbs. I emailed them long ago (but clearly got lost in the black hole of customer emails;) mentioned the discrepancy. Either it’s 40nm, 40in/lbs, 40 ft/lbs, or ~340in/lbs. I’d pick 3 out of that list as correct.

8-)

July 16, 2021, 9:29 a.m.
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Re: Gravel Bike Thread

I think I may grab some 50/36 rings, for my riding around the city. The only niggle I have with the 48/34 is I cross chain a lot on normal hills around here, at least when I’m in a hurry. When on dirt the 48 is fine, and we’ll you can crawl in the 34/34 if you need too :)

July 15, 2021, 9:10 a.m.
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Re: Gravel Bike Thread

Agree, a great all surface bike. I have the Advanced 0 with GRX 810. A very good value that needs no upgrading (friggin light too).  I was lucky to snag one when they first came into stock last fall. 

For those that ride mostly tarmac, do consider a 2x. It’s not fashionable, but I personally think that it’s more versatile. The maxxis velocita tires are good for what I do 70-80% road, and still can make up steep dirt if you need (anyone familiar with the stone climb heading westbound from the bike park on BBY Mtn—stuff like that-totally manageable).  I do have specialized pathfinder pros for longer crappier surfaces.

July 7, 2021, 5:51 p.m.
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Re: BC COVID Restrictions

Rhetorical question: If there was never was a game of whack-a-mole with Metro, I wonder what the lay of the land would look like up there?

June 29, 2021, 10:22 a.m.
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Re: BC COVID Restrictions

When a 2 ft wide path become ten 2 ft wide paths.  Some areas of upper Seymour are completely sh*t kicked and are a disaster and eyesore now. Many respect ‘holistic’ trails, but sadly many more don’t.

April 16, 2021, 4:55 p.m.
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Re: BC COVID Restrictions

Yes messaging is scattered. However I have very reasonable friends perhaps ‘getting all caught up in the confusion’ and riding in groups that aren’t their household. Dumpster shuttles appear to be hot right now again.  ‘Tis the season for getting after it and showing your friends. Instagram is the damndest thing....;) 

I’m enjoying riding my local from home, even if it means just time for one climb and descent.

Feb. 12, 2021, 10:25 p.m.
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Re: Bike frame/parts drought 2021

Call around, some of the LBS’s in the lower mainland have dozens of pairs of Code brake pads in stock. No need to freak out people, well not yet hahaha

Jan. 11, 2021, 9:49 a.m.
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Re: Why did cush core have to be so good?

Picked a pair up from Ridley’s in Cowtown for $137 taxes in including shipping.

Our locals have them now, well Kinetik does. Good tip on RJD Services, forgot that they stock some bikes stuff :)

May 26, 2020, 8:01 p.m.
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Re: North Shore Trail Riding Etiquette and Behavior in a Global Pandemic

Posted by: Kieran

Got an email back from the DNV. They will look at re-opening after June 1.

Thank you for your E-mail which was forwarded to the Parks Department. On June 1, BC Parks will re-open Mt. Seymour Park roadways and parking, along with Metro Vancouver's Lynn Headwaters and Lower Seymour Conservation Area parking areas. After that process is complete, the District will move to re-open Fromme Mountain parking area. We appreciate your patience as we work through the re-opening strategy for park facilities in the District.

So that means June 2 right? I'll hold my breath!

That would be great news. This is coming from a guy who rides to the trails. All the DNV needs to do is look at a sunny evening at the Braemer tennis court access to realize that spreading out the herd is the smart thing to do.  I’m not talking about parking, just the huge increase in bikers and hikers that have been funneled on to a single - single track trail to access the network. But this is the district that believes fire protection includes leaving swaths of wood chips on the forest floor  ;)

May 26, 2020, 7:59 p.m.
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Re: North Shore Trail Riding Etiquette and Behavior in a Global Pandemic

Posted by: Kieran

Got an email back from the DNV. They will look at re-opening after June 1.

Thank you for your E-mail which was forwarded to the Parks Department. On June 1, BC Parks will re-open Mt. Seymour Park roadways and parking, along with Metro Vancouver's Lynn Headwaters and Lower Seymour Conservation Area parking areas. After that process is complete, the District will move to re-open Fromme Mountain parking area. We appreciate your patience as we work through the re-opening strategy for park facilities in the District.

So that means June 2 right? I'll hold my breath!

That would be great news. This is coming from a guy who rides to the trails. All the DNV needs to do is look at a sunny evening at the Braemer tennis court access to realize that spreading out the herd is the smart thing to do.  I’m not talking about parking, just the huge increase in bikers and hikers that have been funneled on to a single - single track trail to access the network.

May 19, 2020, 12:06 p.m.
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Re: North Shore Trail Riding Etiquette and Behavior in a Global Pandemic

Posted by: heckler

http://www.vch.ca/Documents/facility-outbreak-bulletin.pdf

Does anyone fancy a visit to LGH this long weekend?

Yup, Neuro unit. Watch your noggin people! Hospitals are quiet which is great, but before people hit the Full Send button, consider the impending loooong wait times for non electives.

Sept. 22, 2019, 10:24 p.m.
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Re: Work on Fromme Climbing Trail

IF you go from the tennis courts, it's actually faster on the climbing trail, compared to climbing up to BP and going to the road.  I've compared, others as well.  At similar efforts it' about 5 min faster.  That was last year before some sections were altered.  It's not much, and might differ depending how much you actually like climbing!

And who's the f8ck twit that sharpie #paved on one of the climbing route signs?  Way too much entitled middle age men passive aggressive bravado BS around here these days ;)

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