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AXS Strikes Back! (Does The Future Have Fewer Gears pt II) - Jan. 23, 2020, 8:10 a.m.

I had a 30 x 1x10 setup for 2+ years based on a 2012 X9/X0 group, and it worked pretty well for being non-narrow/wide.

Are Mountain Bikers Accidental A-Holes? - Jan. 16, 2020, 10:33 a.m.

Yep. I keep seeing some older 40-something road-hero commuting from DT, blowing numerous lights on Marine.

Fact: when someone blows red lights, they make us ALL look like assholes. Driver cuts us off, and we make assumption is that drivers are dicks. Over-generalization works both ways.

2019 Gift Guide: Week 5 - Dec. 13, 2019, 2:56 p.m.

A selling feature... for e13.

Kids Ride Shotgun Saddle System - Oct. 14, 2019, 12:28 p.m.

For little'r ones (3-4 YO, max 50 lbs) the Feva Star Seat out of South Africa is pretty good value at $50 USD. It's high density foam and straps on to the frame. Took my son down Bobsled several times on it and have never had an issue with it.

Reviewed - Gore C3/C5 Jacket and Shorts - Oct. 14, 2019, 12:08 p.m.

I have the shorts (and their 4 YO worn out predecessor), but have only worn them twice. I liked the earlier version 'cause they kept my upper things and butt warm 'n dry in really wet conditions. The new ones are pricey for Gore Tex shorts ($175-ish CDN!) but I lucked out and found last year's pair for 40% off and picked them up. Thx Comor! These shorts breathe pretty well for Gore-Tex, but I wouldn't wear them above 12 C, give or take, as they don't breathe enough for 'warmer' weather, IMO. But that's the nature of a water proof membrane for you. I would buy them again, just not at full price

A Rude Return to Racing - Aug. 16, 2019, 10:27 a.m.

It wasn't three races over three weeks, it was three races over several months. Top athletes recover quickly and only need months to recover when injured, not from one or two days of racing.

OTTOLOCK Cinch Lock - Dec. 17, 2018, 9:52 a.m.


Like many things in life, it's all about context,

If I was going to leave my bike for 2 mins to grab a coffee after a solo ride, I would use the Ottolock.

Apparently you'd prefer to use nothing at all? So you'd rather have no theft deterrent, and no bike, but you would have and extra $50 in your pocket. Yay?

No, this is not a strong lock, but no one is hauling around a 10 lb Kryptonite ball and chain after a solo-ride-with-no-car to get a coffee.


Leatt DBX 5.0 Waterproof Jacket and Short Reviewed - Nov. 15, 2018, 10:44 a.m.

" how does one keep their shoes from filling up, and in turn, your feet going full hypothermic?"

I don't think you can. You either have to:

- wear tall shoes or booties and long pants combo, or 

- duct tape booties to your bare shins. 

I've tried Velotoze, but they shred too easily.

I tend to wear a winter riding shoe with wool socks, as wool absorbs less water than cotton and still retains some warmth, when wet.

Dorking Up MTB - Nov. 13, 2018, 9:33 a.m.

Still have my 20+ YO Control Stix somewhere in my garage. Although I have no idea why.

The Apple-ization of the Mountain Bike - Nov. 2, 2018, 11:01 a.m.

Planned obsolescence or not, that's why my wife and I upgraded our 8 and 6 YO bikes this year: evolving standards and shrinking parts availability. Sold them to way more casual riders who didn't want to spend a lot, and didn't want a Walmart special. Craigslist FTW.

Uncle Dave Thinks You Should Vote - Oct. 19, 2018, 10:08 a.m.

Couldn't resist, eh? ;)

What kills me is that some voters on the Shore believe think gridlock on the North Shore can be solved in a vacuum by Council and needs to be fixed yesterday. It's the only issue being discussed by all the candidates (development is a byproduct) , and no one really has a clue how to fix it because no one is an traffic engineer and/or urban planner, except Matt Bond. I won't even start into how many levels of gov't own road infrastructure in the DNV. 

And I still don't know largely who to vote for. :/

Race Face Agent Pants Reviewed - Oct. 16, 2018, 9:30 a.m.


Preach it!

Curse of the Rainbow Stripes - Oct. 12, 2018, 4:31 p.m.

I'm impressed more by the overall myself. In my book, Minaar and Gwin are impressive because of their consistency.

I'd rather the World Champ race be worth 1000 points (or some other significant amnt.) so just about anyone within the top 20, give or take, could win.

6 MTB Hacks That May Change Your Life* - Oct. 11, 2018, 9:45 a.m.

True... true.

Mission Workshop Interval Jacket Reviewed - Oct. 5, 2018, 9:35 a.m.

So ~$292 CAD, before duty and taxes. I appreciate solid, well made garments, but it ain't for this dad with daycare bills. I'll stick with my $50 6 YO, RF 'plastic bag' jkt, for now. As Señor Major says, it's about the "min-max'ing". I'd also feel pretty stupid about OTB'ing and shredding the elbows of a $300 jkt.

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