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Feb. 21, 2013, 3:55 p.m.
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2014 Kona Operator Supreme Carbon Fiber Prototype

Feb. 12, 2013, 7:38 p.m.
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Sunshine Coast 2013 trail conditions

apparently this yr we had hi winds that came down the mtn. most years we get hi winds off the ocean…

im thinkn you are correct that next year there will be less to worry about..firewood bonanza for now…

Thanks for the work out there, Seven was fantastic yesterday!

Feb. 3, 2013, 6:28 p.m.
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Cypress 2013 Conditions

Entrance to Sex Girl is sketchy off the road, it's currently half ice/snow half grimy clay. As soon as your in the trees, I think it's in the best condition I've ever ridden it in. If someone has been in there doing work, THANK YOU because it's amazing!

Feb. 3, 2013, 6:26 p.m.
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Fromme 2013 Conditions (merged)

Lower Fromme is unreal right now! The dirt was so perfect on Ladies, Lower Skull, BP, Dempsey.

There's still that massive down treed area between Bart's Bridge and the Heron Pond…but other than that it was great!

Feb. 2, 2013, 6:45 p.m.
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Seymour 2013 Conditions

So many friendly faces out there today! The trails are incredible right now…February is awesome.

Jan. 23, 2013, 4:47 p.m.
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Seymour 2013 Conditions

Corkscrew, Pingu, Pangor all clear and in good shape! Dirt was fantastic last night…probably a little mucky today haha.

Jan. 18, 2013, 2:24 p.m.
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Seymour 2013 Conditions

The Mushroom trail between Incline and Ned's has a ton of big trees down. They require hiking over/around and are annoying.

Ned's is good except for the optional root transfer line halfway down the race course. There is a massive tree across the run out to that gap…so don't hit it.

Bottletop is primo!

Jan. 13, 2013, 3:57 p.m.
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Seymour 2013 Conditions

C-buster, Applicator, Sticks and Stones were all awesome today! No snow or slippery roots, the ground is very frozen! Traction was at an all time high!

There is a tree down at the BP/Old Buck junction (as previously mentioned), as well as one leaning across the trail on the Old Buck climb up towards the exit of Pingu. So if you come out of Pingu and are firing down towards Seymour Rd….be careful.

Sunday Funday lives.

Jan. 10, 2013, 10:14 a.m.
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Sunshine Coast trails phone app.

I bought the App yesterday evening for my iPhone, it seems pretty good. Basic, but it's all you need really. I haven't ridden up in Sechelt before and it lays those trails out really well.

Off to the Coast on the first ferry Saturday morning!

Dec. 17, 2012, 2:49 p.m.
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How many times in the last 20 years has a local municipality been sued?

People should buy their own insurance or shutup. This bullshit about 'oh but I'm paralized and now I can't work so I have no other choice but to sue' is clearly an admission that they didn't take out disability insurance on themselves when they decided to engage in an inherintly risky activity. And while unfortunate for them, it's due to their own ignorance and oversight and they can get fucked if they want to blame it on someone else and make everyone else suffer. I'd rather the injury was fatal if they are going to be dickheads about it. You insure your car in case it gets hit and run, stolen or vandalized. Sure it's someone elses fault, but you wouldn't take that risk on a new car would you?

Insurance is so ass-backwards. Why should I have to take out millions in liability for the off chance I hit someone who feels they are worth millions? If you make a million a year for your sexy feet, then you should insure those feet if you're going to run around barefoot in a horse show and pay the premium out of the millions you make on them. I shouldn't have to take out insurance in case my horse happens to accidentally step on your foot. If you think you're worth that much, pay the premium and insure yourself, or get fucked and die if you're going to get upset and blame someone about it when you suffer the loss.

Kram, you're the man. Let's ride soon.

Dec. 12, 2012, 9:56 a.m.
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2012/2013 Cypress Snow Conditions

Really good riding last night! It was snowing really hard, despite it being warm.

The update says the groomers did all the main runs overnight, so with the new snow hopefully the holes/creeks will be filled and we can then start enjoying fresh snow on top of a solid base.

Dec. 12, 2012, 9:12 a.m.
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Fromme on a hardtail

I don't run clipless because I am biased, get off and walk at any hint of a climb, and am a grumpy old tit.

I totally get the advantages of clipless (and have used them in the past), and sort of missed them while XC guiding on rocky climbs. But at the end of the day, if I was bothered about efficiency when mountain biking I wouldn't ride a hardtail!

I love the honesty of this entire post.

Dec. 10, 2012, 10:47 p.m.
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Fromme 2012 Conditions

Friday had amazing conditions!

Griffin was wet.
King of the Shore was good.
Floppy was a bit wet at the end.
Expresso was perfect
BP was good (flooding between Expresso and pipeline seems to have calmed down)
Lower Skull area was good.

Over on the Juryn side of things, trails were riding fine as well.

Dec. 8, 2012, 2:10 p.m.
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TAP - Optional Lines

As Jerry stated, it must be December.….
What's the big deal again?

It's Dec. 8 and it seems that almost all of The Shore is still very much rideable. I don't know how it could get any better…I've never had a bike season last longer than late October, let alone still amazing in December.

Dec. 1, 2012, 3:46 p.m.
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Photo Set: The Last TAP Trail Day of 2012 on Expresso

Have been riding the original line all summer and really liking the old school roots and rock. It has been running great. I have been watching the build on the new line occur but was not interested in the new smooth flowy section from near the top to the big smooth (confession: I did use the word superfluous in an earlier post).
Well today in the pouring rain I finally rode it. And yes I agree it is a wonderful work of trail building art. Smooth, flowy, crowned, gappy, and bermy goodness. The trail builders have done a great job under Digger and Jerry's guidance, as directed by the district.

However….. I don't think it should have been called an "Expresso" TAP. Why?.. Well the trail is not really Expresso (yes I know there was some work done on the upper part of Expresso). The whole new section is really a new trail that could have been built anywhere. I recall the brewhaha before the trail work began about the need for Expresso to be TAPped because it had long been neglected (to which i disagreed). Well it has been TAPped, but really it has not. A new trail has just been built. Thankfully the old section is still there with the skinny brake boosters, log ride to off camber ladder (which was a little sketchy today when I hiked back up to ride the old section), and now there is a new trail for those that did not like Exresso.

After Expresso Smooth, the trail is its old self with some pretty big puddles and mud bogs. Similar to what was there 10 years ago. So really we now have a new trail, and we have Expresso. Maybe the best of both worlds. Perhaps we need a new name for the trail. " Americano" (not as strong as Expresso, and if made well, really smooth, and will put a grin on your face)…?

But I think my gripe is that this should have been conveyed from the beginning. "we are going to build a new trail to parallel Expresso. We will also do some trail work on Expresso.". Just admit that the purpose of the build was to make a trail even smoother than Ladies, that would parallel Expresso and that this was the districts desire. That there was a desire for a smooth NSMBA type trail that was easier. That "yes we will be NSMBAing (read making easier, smoother etc.) a trail" but it will be a new trail and the original line will remain techical and challenging. Creating the brewhaha around Expresso TAP was counter productive and misleading…

I hope that the plans are for the new trail to continue down to Baden, but for the original Expresso line to be left untouched.

Flame away…..

I see what you're saying…but it seems odd to me that you are so against it. The whole purpose of the re-routes, benching, and new line was because the original trail didn't really have much thought put into it in terms of trail life longevity. From what I can tell, there's no shortage of fall line, skidded out, root infested, blown out trails on The Shore.

If we're really talking of re-naming trails, it would seem more appropriate to name the new cut Expresso, and the original line Black Folgers Drip Coffee. At times, they make the body have similar jarring motions.

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