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Sept. 15, 2018, 1:25 p.m.
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Re: E-Bikes- They work!

Yes, just the fastest mode as I mentioned. If you're going on a ride where battery life is not a limitation, are you turning down the power assist for the climb?

How about one of these instead? https://www.zeromotorcycles.com/ca/zero-fx

I don't think Lord of the Squirrels was paid for by taxpayer money, but I believe the climb (Into the Mystic) was. Could be wrong. Guessing that an alpine trail requires a lengthy approval process that could have failed at the mention of e-bikes. WORCA seems to act in the best interests of mountain bikers (acoustic?) and you probably won't be thrown in jail for ignoring a closure. Or doing plenty of other things that could jeopardize acoustic bike access/future trail building. Maybe WORCA needs to budget for some RATM edits and 'influencer' sponsorships next year. AGM is in 5 days if somebody wants to make that happen.

Sept. 15, 2018, 8:43 a.m.
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Re: E-Bikes- They work!

I did actually try demo'ing an e-bike this summer. An average pedal stroke and the bike is putting out maximum wattage nearly immediately, bit of a weird feeling. Start putting in a hard effort and I'm not going any faster. Certainly takes away the motivation to put any decent effort in while pedaling and that's a pretty major part of biking to me.

The fitness/challenge of climbing is a crucial part of the whole thing for me personally, so they don't 'work' in my case.

The argument that a pedal-assist e-bike is a bicycle and an e-bike with a throttle is a motorcycle seems to fall apart when you can have the bike putting out maximum wattage while you're putting out a minimal effort. I realize they have settings and I was only in the maximum boost mode (or whatever it's called), but I think that's going to be the case for most people riding these when they get out for an hour or two after work.

Sept. 12, 2018, 9:26 a.m.
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Re: E-Bikes- They work!

I'm pretty happy to see how little they've caught on here in Whistler. Outside of Crankworx, I saw one couple riding up to Howler on them. During Crankworx, I did see two guys climbing Instant Gratification wearing air filter masks. I'm around ~100 rides so far this year, so it doesn't seem like it's working out as well as the manufacturers hoped around here.

Are they gaining popularity on the shore?

I'm all for motorized bikes on motorized trails, I don't think I'd half ass it with a pedal assist e-bike if I were to go that route though. Trailforks does have an "eBike Allowed:" field now.

Aug. 22, 2018, 4:55 p.m.
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Re: Whistler valley trails - need recommendations...

What are you comfortable riding in the park? Is that on the Bronson? Could give you a good loop with an idea of your preferred difficulty level.

Aug. 17, 2018, 4:36 p.m.
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Re: WBP 18

Plenty of interesting sections are a short (5-10 min) walk from the base. They'll have a walkway marked for pedestrian spectators.

Aug. 15, 2018, 11:57 a.m.
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Re: long travel wagon wheelers

Thanks, couldn't find that a few days ago for some reason. Have you seen a weight figure anywhere?

Aug. 15, 2018, 10:17 a.m.
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Re: long travel wagon wheelers

Local shop said the Evos were available now from the distributor. Only one build and two sizes, $4,600 CAD they said (no info on Specialized's Canadian site). I'm fine with aluminum for what I'll be using the bike for.

Aug. 15, 2018, 9:22 a.m.
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Re: long travel wagon wheelers

Anybody putting in a decent amount of days on a 29er in the WB park? Looking to ditch the Glory 0 and go full enduro. Commencal Meta 29 seems to be the top choice so far, but can't get one until October and they were fully booked for Crankworx demos right away (and didn't bring mediums).

Seems like there are some deals on Ranges as well. Capra looks like great value obviously, but the water bottle thing actually matters to me. Stumpjumper Evo is intriguing as well.

Aug. 15, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
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Re: WBP 18

Surprised that this hasn't popped up anywhere else, but it looks like a 'World Cup level DH track' may be built in memory of Stevie Smith. Pretty cool

https://www.instagram.com/p/BmcaWwEHsWq/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Can't wait to see the new DM as well

July 9, 2018, 2:34 p.m.
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Joined: May 17, 2013
Re: One up Dropper

Yes, lot of wet riding the past few weeks here

July 9, 2018, 2:02 p.m.
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Re: One up Dropper

I've had one for a couple months. Has worked perfectly since day one and the lever was a big step up from the older Reverb that I had. Moving from 125 to 170 was really noticeable on the steep stuff. Highly recommend it. Friend has had the experience.

May 18, 2018, 1:53 p.m.
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Re: WBP 18

Friend who works for WB said they are doing that again this year, but this will be the last year.

May 16, 2018, 11:35 a.m.
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Re: WBP 18

Just picked my pass up (zero line) and they had an updated trail map: 

For comparison, last year's/current online map:

Seems like they changed some of the names since the preview day last fall?

March 16, 2018, 10:51 a.m.
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Re: WBP 18

Creekside trail plans...

March 16, 2018, 10:30 a.m.
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Re: Phoenix Bike House - Good Idea?

I've run the numbers, but I'm going to abandon the mountain bike vacation idea and just go with a typical vacation rental in Scottsdale as was my original plan. The mountain bike idea is pretty niche in the grand scheme of things, plus there's a lot more maintenance considerations with a detached home.

Both style of properties would be right around $200k (3BR/2BA pool house near SoMo vs 1100sf 2BR/2BA Scottsdale townhouse). Prices are still way up from the bottom as you mentioned, but they are still free compared to BC. Arizona has a lot of protection for nightly rentals (as long as there aren't grandfathered restrictions in HOA CC&R's), whereas most areas it's a grey area at best.

All of the money is made January-April with most rentals near full capacity. I'd head down and use it myself for May and Oct/Nov when it's miserable up here.

Managing it remotely really comes down to having reliable cleaners (and backups). I had a Whistler AirBnb unit until last year and had no trouble managing that while away. I managed all check-ins through a Kaba digital lock and never had issues beyond hairdryers throwing breakers and a couple broken glasses.

I tried looking into the area surrounding Eureka, but it does look like a longer/more expensive trip (as you need to fly to SFO first) and I couldn't find much on Trailforks (although I realize that can miss a lot). Real estate is also 50-100% more expensive and the weather isn't great this time of year (raining/high of 10 vs sunny/high of 23 today).

We did a road trip down the coast to San Diego last October/November and the Redwood was certainly a cool area.

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