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March 30, 2016, 3:19 p.m.
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The Decline of Vancouver.

For sure lack of supply cause by Vancouver's natural geography is probably the first most important factor leading to expensive real estate - we have mountains to the north, water to the west, the US border not too far south, and then on top of that we have a bunch of waterways throughout all of the available land making it more difficult to travel from one area to another (i.e. bridges = bottlenecks). This causes most people to want to live in a small area - now inject tons of super rich foreigners into Vancouver and you get a lot of people with a lot of money wanting to live in a relatively small area.

IMO I think the ideal solution is to basically knock down all the detached houses on the "west side" and replace them with a bunch of higher density housing (townhouses and low/mid rise condos). Obviously this isn't too realistic but I think over an extended period of time (like 30 years) this will be the natural evolution. It's already starting to happen slowly but surely on Oak/Cambie/Main/Granville/etc.

So, consider this idea and the NIMBY's in Kerrisdale/Shaunessy/Point Grey etc. that want no change to the fact that it is zone for [HTML_REMOVED]80% SFH. These are the folks that bought back in the day and don't want it to change RE: density. Are these not the people deserving of blame as much as the off-shore $$ driving the westside SFH prices (and pulling the CoV's average way high) ?

I'm sorry, but the train has left the station on SFH near the city centre. It's not a reality for anything but lifestyles of the rich [HTML_REMOVED] famous so why defend it? Too many people wanting too little space. City staff should only allow SFH tear-downs on the westside that are leading to 4plex or greater density as the replacement.

Feb. 15, 2016, 3:34 p.m.
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Kid Trailers

Had the MEC and Chariot. MEC is good enough, but definitely has a few less bells and whistle.

The things put the kid to sleep and they're pretty disconnected from the ride experience. Now I have my 3 yr old in a Yepp seat on the purpose-built rack and he's chatting and enjoying the ride cause he can see what's going on. Plus multi-modal is doable and locking up outside Aquarium etc is little less precarious. If it's raining, just do the muddy buddy like any other walk in the rain.

Feb. 2, 2016, 6:13 p.m.
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Cantis

CX70's get the nod from me based on their ability to handle varying rim widths better than most. Makes pad alignment way easier than with Paul or TRP. Can't speak to the Avid canti's as I haven't tried them.

Oct. 1, 2015, 8:03 p.m.
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Abus

+2 for ABUS

Sept. 5, 2015, 7:52 a.m.
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What appreciates faster than real estate in Vancouver?

FFS. Why can't they just ship from Europe? In any case North American (US) distribution won't give us good pricing in Canada unless the dollar improves dramatically.

What does NA warranty support turnaround time look like if the only ship from Europe?

Sept. 3, 2015, 4:27 p.m.
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Dropouts

Any report of frame mfgr's coming out with 148mm dropouts that replace bolt-on dropout made for 142mm ? Do we know if the cassette would clear the stays if set further outboard by just 3mm?

Sept. 2, 2015, 4:33 p.m.
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CK (now with boost)

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2016 Devinci Troy is coming with Boost 148. According to geo charts it is 4mm shorter CS length than the 2015 model in both settings.
Interesting that Trek is only Boosting the 29ers at the moment.
650B Kona Operator will be a Boost bike as well.
Not many Eurobike big splash releases have a Boost rear end. From web browsing Hope hub flange spacing CAD sketch comparing 148 to 142 and I9 are ready to party. DT will be on board soon but where is CK???

Oh CK is on board:

Chris King Boost 148 Rear Hub
-148x12mm axle spacing
-Compatible with Centerlock™ rotors
-Patented RingDrive™ system with 72 simultaneously interfaced points of contact for unmatched hub engagement.
-28 and 32 spoke hole drilling options
-Available in 9 beautifully anodized colors
-320-325g (standard driveshell), 347-352g (XD driveshell)

CK are pretty conservative about jumping into new format (remember the wait for their bb?), so it's a sign-post to all the punters that 148mm boat is leaving with or without you. Buying an expensive new 2016 29er FS frame that isn't 148mm-ready should give you pause if you read the tea leaves…

Aug. 26, 2015, 10:02 p.m.
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NSMB - 2015 – Hardtail Thread

Just curious - why not go up a size? Your inseam seems a little much for that one, and there's shorter stems out there to keep the reach from growing too much.

Aug. 26, 2015, 7:21 a.m.
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for the price of a bike..

Take the cost of one of these 2016 $6K+ wonderbikes ($5K last year) and think for a minute what you could do with the same pot of $. You could grab a full camping kit, trail running gear, geo caching kit, fly rod, waders and tackle, and still have $$ left over. There's a dozen thing we could all be doing on a weekend in this part of the world - the FS wonderbike is a really expensive way to spend it. Sure, the boaters and throttle twisters spend lots too, but there more a more trail runners out there every year. Imagine, just slipping on shoes and going instead of all the crap we put up with on suspension set up [HTML_REMOVED] maintenance.

Complicated [HTML_REMOVED] expensive is a west coast life that has lots of both without riding. YMMV.

Aug. 15, 2015, 5:17 p.m.
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Drop bar disc porn......

This average joe just set the 48hr vertical record on a steel bike and caliber brakes. Why are you so special, buttercup? http://www.bikeradar.com/road/news/article/amateur-rider-climbs-95623ft-29146m-in-48-hours-45026/

Aug. 12, 2015, 9:42 a.m.
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Recall?

Why would Breezer recall over the same issue but not Shimano?

http://www.bicycleretailer.com/recalls/2015/08/11/breezer-recalls-some-downtown-bikes-because-pedal-issue#.Vct3AvlVhBc

July 16, 2015, 12:01 p.m.
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What gear ratio are you running?

fair enough to the other points, everyone and everyone's typical riding is different…mine includes getting to and from rides via road/valley trail/etc and I can't stand spinning my legs like the road runner and not even going fast when I just want to get to or from somewhere…let alone riding on fast rolling trails where sometimes you do want more power and top end. personally I find 1x too limiting and way too much compromise for my liking, but in the everlasting words of The Dude, that's just like, my opinion man. :)

Gosh, if that's what you say about 1x, what do you say to the singlespeeders?

July 16, 2015, 9:39 a.m.
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What gear ratio are you running?

I'm running 11 speed as well (28 x 42) and I find it perfect for the all mountain riding I do. I used to run 10 speed (30 x 36) and this was ok for most climbs however I decided I needed a change after trying and failing to clean the relentless steep and rocky climb at Brothers Creek. If you want to run a 28T chainring you will need direct mount cranks. I believe the smallest chainring you can install with regular bolt mount cranks is 30T.

Much respect if you can clean the climb up to Brother Creek bridge. That is a nasty piece of oxygen deprevation because the bike most want for the descents in that area is usually pushing 30lbs. Clean that climb, and FleshyWound or BigI, and I'd say one is pretty 'complete' rider. My perfect bike setup would slay both that climb and descent.

July 6, 2015, 12:28 p.m.
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Translink & 0.5% vote (merged)

European cities (many of them dating back hundreds of years) were built for people, not cars.

http://www.citylab.com/commute/2014/02/9-reasons-us-ended-so-much-more-car-dependent-europe/8226/

Didn't used to be that way. Here's a pic from the '60s and recently from same street. European cities made a choice to move away being places that prioritize the car.

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July 6, 2015, 12:21 p.m.
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Translink & 0.5% vote (merged)

The first link is an opinion article, and not a good one at that. The other two are American.

Got any data for Canada? We pay a lot more tax on fuel.

Who subsidizes the Port Mann deficits?

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