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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.
Posts: 632
Joined: March 25, 2011
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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Joined: March 25, 2011
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 ;)

Aug. 6, 2019, 10:34 a.m.
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Re: Vancouver Island Trails

It's awesome seeing the love for Gnarnaimo these days.  Somewhat of a hidden gem, having a few very long DH trail combos on Benson.  Chainsaw Ridge is janky in spots no matter how many times you ride it, but it's worth the push.  Upper Meat Draw has its moments, but once you know the lines it's a really good challenge, and Lower Meat Draw is f*ing amazing. Benson climbing is low angle EXCEPT the push to the summit and EXCEPT if you want to return up to the main FSR from the bottom of Rollercoaster (basically you will want to shoot yourself).  The Full Duff (Uter/SF/Max Power/Hutz) is rougher than it use to be but they put a lot of work in it and its a fantastic pounding. The fast Enduro dudes are doing the Full Duff in over 10 minutes and over 30KPH, so that gives you the idea. I love Dumont for the nostalgia (most of the trails *at least 25 *years old).  A little bit of everything if you know how to link up the trails.  If at Dumont Hayden is fun, and climb up Ho Chi Mihn to ASOP (that is a must if in the area).  Shout out to stickboy here on NSMB for building a lot of these gems :-)

June 7, 2019, 6:22 p.m.
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Re: rear hub adaptor/conversion 142 to 148

I have had Boostinator (Wolftooth I think) for a couple years on my I9 on carbon hoops. No perceptive lack of stiffness (stiff AF wheels actually). Only issue is the rear cap has no sealing (just a close fit) like the OEM caps, so I killed a lot of non drive side bearings. I've moved on to DT 350s on another set, but honestly if you don't want to fork over crazy cake for new hubs...go for it. It isn't ghetto

May 10, 2019, 8:15 p.m.
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Joined: March 25, 2011
Re: ebikes on the Shore

Posted by: Ddean

Up the climbing route or Mtn Hwy to 7th shouldn't be that different (in time).

No Quarter is 6km and 600m versus Mtn Hwy (from the lot) at 6.5km and 450m.

I guess on a relative basis NQ is harder 90% of the time and for 33% more elevation than Mtn Hwy, but absolute isn't horribly different in my eyes from a time perspective. One hurts way more than the other, but I don't think that Im getting up Mtn Hwy notably faster than up NQ - but I guess Im spinning my way up the Hwy with half a smile on my face while Im about to die by the time I hit Mtn Hwy via NQ.

Yeah, I cant imagine 1:10 for that ride. That's FLYING up NQ...Id be curious for someone to figure out the average speed required to do that ride in 70min. Assume decent 50% faster than ascent and I bet that's cooking up NQ in what, 10min? 5km in 10minutes is averaging 30kph up the climbing trail. Time to plot it out.

Perhaps Spandies can help us out with data? Far did you travel and how many kms were climbing versus how many were descending?

Yeah it’s a different kind of strain :). In the fall I compared the two routes. Both from the tennis courts, but one up No Quarter, and the other up to the BP, down to Mountain Highway, then up to the NQ exit. At a decent tempo, the NQ route was 40min, and the BP/MH route was actually 45 min to the same point. 34lb Alu Sentinel at the time FWIW :-D

Dec. 26, 2018, 10:55 a.m.
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Re: long travel wagon wheelers

Tim——

It’s very active when the shock is Open but it still has a lot of support so that it doesn’t wallow. Most climbing I use the platform on the shock. Pretty much like every bike I’ve ever owned—maybe it’s just preference:). It rarely bottoms out -hard- when properly set up. Feels pretty sprightly to me. I’m a fast rider, but am easy to please when it come to design and setup. I don’t need to fork out crazy cake for a yeti SB for a perceived better performing suspension (a subjective view of some). ;)

It really could use a taller head tube. These slack ass bikes have a pretty low front end and big reach numbers on paper really need more stack for taller riders

Dec. 19, 2018, 11:54 a.m.
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Re: long travel wagon wheelers

The 160/140 of the Sentinel is a pretty good sweet spot. I find mine quite nimble. At least for me I don't think the 140mm rear end gets in over its head unless you are smashing medium hits at Mach Chicken, or if you are on the brake bumps in the Park. Other than that it's pretty solid pick for a in between bike. :-)

**disclaimer this style of bike is a rear wheel destroyer. I'm on rear wheel #4.  It takes you into the gnar at all the speed of a bigger bike,,,it's just kinda runs out of travel hahaha

Nov. 28, 2018, 10:14 a.m.
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Re: Metro update on NSMBA website about Seymour

Go on Instagram anyday of the year pretty much and see *CBC* being ridden as it was 20 years ago. Loamers are not just for locals these days.

Nov. 2, 2018, 10:23 a.m.
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Re: FOX Suspension service center in Lakecity

My Fox 36 went to the new Fox Service centre for a warranty CSU. S-Werx sent it to them.  OGC has stopped stocking Fox stuff completely now I suppose.

Sept. 28, 2018, 10:09 a.m.
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Re: Helmet or Handlebar Lights?

I have the Gemini Duo and the single for the handlebar.  Tons of light.  For me I think the light is maybe too white/hard, but I have little experience with riding lights in recent years to know if something more expensive has a beam patter that gives more depth.  But for me, they offer a crazy amount of brightness, and very long battery life.

Sept. 3, 2018, 8:32 p.m.
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Joined: March 25, 2011
Re: long travel wagon wheelers

The Q&A in BIKE Mag asked about the shock choice.  Scott's Marketing guy said the reason people look fir piggyback shocks is because they are looking for more air volume. Haha WHAT?!!

Aug. 31, 2018, 9:40 p.m.
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Re: long travel wagon wheelers

Ahh Scott just squeaked their 10K build under 30lbs, what a relief. Another long travel Enduro destroyer with an XC shock and thin tires ;-) Maybe it's not Enduro, maybe its the category-shifting Downcountry-duro??

Aug. 19, 2018, 11:18 a.m.
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Re: long travel wagon wheelers

Finally some burley stays on that Yeti.  Well they LOOK burley anyway ;-)

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