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1 Bum, 3 Bags - Nov. 10, 2020, 12:48 p.m.

I've had that Evoc bag since last June and I'm actually really happy with it. I am not a fan of SWAT shirts as they just feel too hot and constrictive on summer rides. I despise backpacks even more. So the bum bag wins. 

I don't have an issue with the front compartment because I put all the small/loose items in one of the 3 internal pockets (it keeps things from jangling around). I keep a minimalist tool kit in a mesh bag, so nothing falls out. I opted for the bladder, so it takes up a bit more room that does not leave me  a lot of extra space if I want a spare tube and a jacket (I have to pick one or the other). For long treks, I stitched on two webbing straps that I can now loop a jacket through.

The breathable back design works really well, and the two side tensioning straps are great for adjusting on-the-fly (loose on the climb/cinched for the descent...or as the water gets used up). My only complaint is the magnetic clip for the bladder hose. It's a slide clip that goes on the belt. The magnet is quite strong and I've pulled off the clip many times....and eventually lost it. A closed loop clip would have been a better idea.

I've used this bag for 7 hour rides, as well as 1 hour rides....full and almost empty. It forces me to really think about what I am packing for a long ride, so I don;t haul the kitchen sink with me....and therefore, I enjoy the ride much more.

Shimano GR5 Flat Pedal Shoes Reviewed - Nov. 7, 2020, 10:52 a.m.

Sounds like we are of the same lineage....bear traps to cages (metal and then short plastics) to SPDs (which I used for years) to flats with Vans and eventually proper shoes. I tried the combo pedals, but went back to freeing the feet.

I've been a 5.10 fan for a few years...and yes the insoles are flimsy, but most shoes have crappy insoles. I'd rather have a proper fitting pair of shoes and and upgrade the insole than to switch to a lesser shoe with a better insole. I bought a pair of "Sole" for my trail runners (same issue...crappy insoles are rampant) and it was a massive improvement, so I use them in all my shoes now. No need to buy new insoles for each pair of shoes. I have 2 sets of Soles that I move around between trail runners and cycling shoes. Happy feet, happy trails.

As they say...."If the shoe fits, wear it".

When Mountain Bikers are the Saboteurs - Oct. 15, 2020, 1:43 p.m.

I get it now....I've been riding Bookwus since I had Judy forks, and I try to get on it a handful of times each year. I rarely see anyone with interest in riding it, but in the last week, I had two groups asking me about it (one group was a couple of young teens...awesome!)....looks like the signage and/or this article has people seeking it out.

"...These riders sometimes fail to realize that these lines were once much different and their affection for trail decay shouldn’t override either the original or current builder’s desire to maintain it to a certain level. ..." .

And let's not forget that the original lines were ridden on very different bikes...geometry, technology, and material.

To that point, Kirkford is an excellent example of how a trail can change over time...It was only the original Kirkford for about 2 years before it eroded away into  water funnels and gulleys, and the subsequent the work was put in to make it the S-curves it has now. 

In the climbing world, the route is established (and named) by the first ascentionist. Any changes to the route are deferred to that person.

What Makes a Quality Bike Light - Oct. 1, 2020, 7:38 p.m.

As someone who works in the lighting industry, IP67 is nice, but it is not essential for a bike light. IP65 is more appropriate for riding on the North Shore or anywhere else in the world

IP65 gives "protection against low-pressure jets of directed water from any angle". Components are tested using a something that resembles a multi-head shower nozzle. Rain and tire splashes would be really, really low pressure jets. In fact, your lights will probably see tougher conditions on the drive over to the ride if it's on the roof of your car.

IP66 gives "protection against direct high pressure jets" that you can clean your bike with a pressure washer and your lights will still work. Your bike's bearings may have an issue, though.

Since Balckburn is IP67, of course that's what they'll tout as a standard since it will weed away some legit competition....but IP67 is only testing for temporary immersion...NOT water jet or water spray. So it is not the most appropriate for riding in rainy conditions. Unless you plan on falling off the Ladies Only teeter totter and leaving your bike in the swamp for over 30 minutes.

FYI...almost every municipality street light standard, and most car headlights are IP65.

Trading Watts for Rainbows: Making Sense of eMTB World Champs - Sept. 15, 2019, 2 p.m.

I have pro and con opinions on eBikes, but competition was not something I had even considered. Kinda makes me laugh....nothing more, nothing less.

Viewership will ultimately decide interest, sponsorship money, and therefore viability. Anyone remember point to point X Country races?

You Can't Kill A Roach - A Tribute to Ingrid Doerr - Sept. 25, 2018, 5:49 p.m.

Well said, Cory.

I'll always remember her as one of the couriers during the "golden age"....when many of us would ride around on  pre-suspension rigs (often the same bikes we would race on), without helmets, without licenses,  riding on the sidewalks giving business people a scare, or riding through intersections giving bus drivers reason to honk, and jumping into crowded elevators dripping in sweat or rain water, and having a few chill moments between "Rush" deliveries on the lawn in front of the Bentall towers. Ingrid always seemed to be smiling or laughing. 

Carpe Diem.

The Medium Is Dead, Long Live Independent Media - Aug. 22, 2018, 10:55 a.m.

I really miss Fat Tire Flyer and the ilk of non-conformists, non-PC, truly irreverent, typo-riddled, bargain basement, low-budget rags...often printed in black and white and handed over between riding buddies.

Progress is good too. While I tend to know what to expect when I open PB, or RedBull, it's consistently reliable, but seldom surprises. It's a bad analogy, but sometimes you just want to try that homemade meatball sandwich instead of the Cactus Club meal.

Rigid, Retro, and Rough at the Enduro World Series - Nov. 22, 2017, 5:38 p.m.

...what cyclotoine least they gave him something a bit more "modern" in the brake department. I was expecting cantilevers....or maybe a chainstay mounted U-brake.

Also...shoulda thrown in some bear-claw pedals with plastic toe-clips!

Worst Crash in 95 Follow Cam Episodes - Oct. 19, 2017, 6:21 p.m.

You don't want to have a serious injury in Crested Butte. I was riding in Crested Butte with my wife a few years ago and we had a minor emergency. Turns out that Crested Butte only has a clinic. The nearest hospital is 45 minutes away in Gunnison.

Interbike 2017 - Grand Finale! - Oct. 7, 2017, 4:05 p.m.

Risse Racing just made the toaster-oven of the two-wheeled world. Personally, I believe it's just a really crappy e-moped.

Cairns World Championships - Highlights and Winning Runs - Sept. 11, 2017, 2:37 p.m.

Great coverage UCI! We got to see a total of 44 seconds of Loic's 3:26 run... and 43 seconds of Miranda's run 4:20 run. That's 21%  and 17% of their respective races.  

I guess the fact that the live feed wasn't available in Canada is really only a 19% let-down.

North Shore Loops - Dec. 18, 2012, 4:39 p.m.

On Fromme, it would be 7th to Lepperd, up to Expresso, out on BP, up to Natural High, then Griffin Switchbacks or Imonator.

If I'm feeling extra energic I'll add Crinkum after Lepperd & head back up from 3rd to 5th SB (not so bad), and I'll add Floppy between BP & Natural High.

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