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April 1, 2020, 6:37 p.m.
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Re: North Shore Trail Riding Etiquette and Behavior in a Global Pandemic

DNV is closing some on-street parking this coming weekend:

https://www.dnv.org/programs-services/covid-19-updates-and-closures?fbclid=IwAR0BTqfwunsE9OalA5NcVBOsItXtblA18gjToGJdmcbI7s6DqRjZi1y41LQ#Closed

Onstreet parking is restricted in these locations used for accessing mountain trails:

Berkley Avenue, Hyannis Drive, Riverside Drive, Mountain Highway 

Riverside Drive North

Mountain Highway, south of Coleman

Woodlands, Indian River Drive – closed to public

March 30, 2020, 11:29 a.m.
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Re: North Shore Trail Riding Etiquette and Behavior in a Global Pandemic

I according to my Stava/Trailforks log, I have done about 1000 rides since I started riding again in 2012 after a hiatus. In that time, I have been to the ER twice, both times for stitches. Once was practicing for an enduro on jagged terrain in the Okanagan, and once was while trying to go fast on Asian Adonis when it was brand new and 6" wide. Over those ~1000 rides, I have not taken especially great measures to mitigate my risks. I have ridden within my limits, but have definitely pushed myself to progress. And I have crashed many, many times.

I would say 1000 rides is a decent sample size. Using my own records, I run a 0.2% chance of ending up in the ER on any given ride.

To me, that risk seems manageable, even more so if I avoid really pushing it over the next bit. Both my ER trips were crashes at speed, so I will especially be avoiding trails that allow speeds to pick up.

Of course, 0.2% chance of ending up in the ER doesn't mean it it happens on schedule 2 out of 1000 rides. It can happen at any time. But based on probability, continuing to ride right now while targeting a few aspects of riding that increase my risk seems like a reasonable thing to do.

Also, for comparison, I ended up in the ER once over the same period cutting my finger while cooking.

March 29, 2020, 7:43 p.m.
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Re: North Shore Trail Riding Etiquette and Behavior in a Global Pandemic

Posted by: switch

Old Buck parking lot and part way to golf course full of cars.  Lots of bikers and trail runners.

Pretty easy to spread out once you’re out there. Short of staying home, I’d think getting outside (in a safe manner) is one of the better things people can be doing.

March 29, 2020, 7:02 p.m.
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Re: North Shore Trail Riding Etiquette and Behavior in a Global Pandemic

Posted by: Ddean

Lots of SUVs with NorthShore racks full of bikes on the Sea to Sky today. 

Not cool!

They should have a road check like they do for tires

Everybody on my strava who rode appeared to have done so in their home communities, so that's encouraging. But they might also be among those more plugged into things.

March 24, 2020, 7:33 a.m.
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Re: Going for a ride?

Posted by: Endur-Bro

Matthew Bond had a warning to people on Twitter. Stay home or we’ll close the trails for you.

That’s not exactly what he said -

https://twitter.com/mrmathewbond/status/1241577805369901056

“To all trail users.

If you do not practise physical distancing, the trails will close. This is not the time to go out with your friends. Tell everyone to follow orders tomorrow or we'll all be riding/running on the road on Monday.

That is all.”

March 23, 2020, 8:59 p.m.
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Re: Why did cush core have to be so good?

Posted by: extraspecialandbitter

I installed Cush Core on one wheel this Saturday and it was actually easier than I thought it was going to be.  Except I was rushing and put the tire on backwards (sigh).  So I got to mount one tire twice.  Bonus!

It wasn't quite as hard as I thought it would be, but there was definitely a trick to mounting the tire once the insert was on.

I only put one on the rear tire, but I can't say I've noticed it a huge amount (yet).  I definitely didn't hear any metallic clangs when riding un-smooth, which is kinda nice.  When you guys talk about how amazing it is, do you also mean the front wheel?

What pressure are you running.

CushCore + 22 psi in the rear feels similar to awesome suspension, where small bumps all but disappear.

March 14, 2020, 10:07 a.m.
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Re: Cypress Sex Girl - Alternate Exit

It’s an hour-ish at mountain bike cruising climbing speed.

The east side - west side pedalling lap was about 700 - 800 m ish of climbing.

March 13, 2020, 9:51 p.m.
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Re: Do I have to replace my aggressor with a woble?

I warrantied a DHF EXO that developed a wobble. It was really easy. You just fill out a form on the Maxxis website and upload some photos. They didn’t even make me send back the old tire.

Feb. 19, 2020, 11:03 a.m.
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Re: Cypress Sex Girl - Alternate Exit

I like to pedal up and do one of the fast east side DH trails, then pedal one switchback up the road and drop into slippery canoe - pull tab - upper tall cans - wutang, or dirty harry - roach clip - lower tall cans for something harder.

Feb. 14, 2020, 10:03 a.m.
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Re: Cypress Sex Girl - Alternate Exit

Posted by: LoamtoHome

it's funny so few people ride Cypress....  insane trails there but I guess because it's not dumbed down for the masses.

Shhh!

Feb. 12, 2020, 10:25 a.m.
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Re: Cheapest whistler day passes

I will never sign anything proposing to 'make *blank* great again'.

Feb. 6, 2020, 7:17 a.m.
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Re: Why did cush core have to be so good?

Posted by: Vikb

I've been on a couple rides now where CC riders had to do the "bandoleer of shame" when the KIA their tire/rim with CC inside and had to take the CC out all slimy with sealant and wear it bandoleer style for the rest of the ride while they limped home on a tube. It didn't look fun at all. Most other people did the same ride without zero issues and no inserts. Occasionally I'l read a CC article and get curious then think to myself why am I spending $$ to solve a problem I don't have and potentially add new problems to the equation?

If you are killing rims left and right I get the interest in CC, but that's not most riders I know.

I’ve had one CushCore flat and just rode out on the flat tire with the CushCore still in.

In response to the original question - there is no question that the bike rides better with CushCore in. But the extra weight also makes me dread going uphill. I am currently waffling on whether to run it or not, based on what gives a better overall ride experience.

Feb. 4, 2020, 10:44 a.m.
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Re: BC Family Vacation

There is so much good riding all over the province. I think the way to approach your trip is to plan around what you want to do outside of riding, then use Trailforks to see what the riding opportunities are nearby. You really can't go wrong.

Surfing is the tough one from your list. Tofino is kind of the main place in BC. It's quite out of the way and there isn't really any riding around there, but it's a great place to visit.

If you have your heart set on riding Whistler alpine trails (LOTS, TOTW), keep in mind they they usually open in July or August, and could close in September or October if it snows, so it's a short season.

Feb. 1, 2020, 9:05 a.m.
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Re: How good is your shop?

I think there's a real labour shortage in this city. For a bike mechanic's salary, it's a hard place to afford to live. You likely end up with turnover of inexperienced staff working on bikes as a summer job. This makes it hard for shops to have continuity and ensure quality.

I would talk to the owner/manager to let them know when these issues come up.

I do most of my wrenching myself and go to someone I trust for the more complicated things.

Jan. 25, 2020, 6:03 p.m.
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Re: Looking for feedback......

I’m 5’8” and had a medium Range 29 for a couple years. The sizing was spot-on. I think the XL would be a big jump in sizing unless he grows a lot very quickly.

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