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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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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.

March 14, 2018, 9:27 a.m.
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Re: Phoenix Bike House - Good Idea?

I'm definitely not considering moving there as I'm happily living in Whistler, but I do usually head south for a few weeks in the fall/spring. I would only expect the place to be rented October-May or so.

I've never done any biking in Mexico (lived in Mexico City for a couple years as a kid). How is the riding around Sonora? Seems like it would be 2-3x the travel time/cost needing a car?

March 13, 2018, 3:18 p.m.
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Phoenix Bike House - Good Idea?

Not sure if this is the right place to put this, but hoping for some feedback/criticism. Given BC real estate prices, I'm looking at purchasing an investment property down in Phoenix instead. I was thinking about AirBnb'ing a condo in Scottsdale (in properly zoned area/allowed by the strata there), but I also like the idea of catering to bikers.

Biking is obviously year-round in the desert, but the prime time is obviously when BC biking is at it's worst. Summer riding is generally limited to early morning or nights with lights.

Direct flights (3 hrs) can be found for under $300 roundtrip and WestJet charges a bike box/bag up to 45kg as regular checked baggage.

South Mountain (https://www.trailforks.com/region/south-mountain/) has a good variety of riding from easy XC greens to more tech trails like National:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOTzVrt4PwY&

I'd be looking at a 3BR detached house with pool, garage, and secured bike storage/tools within a 5 minute pedal of South Mountain. Uber from the airport is under $20 and you would not need a car. There are a few other riding areas within a 30-40 minute drive and Sedona/Tucson are ~2 hours away (but much higher elevation/snow).

Any giant holes in this idea? Would you pay ~$2,000 for a week stay (split between 4-8 friends)? There aren't many houses for rent in that area (mostly condos), but would you see any advantage to staying in a place catered to bikers?

I don't really have any contacts for guides/shuttles, but assume most people here would want to do their own thing and I can contact some local businesses to fill that gap. I'd definitely put a guide/map together for the area.

April 28, 2017, 8:30 p.m.
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Re: Podcasts

https://www.mtbpodcast.com/ (enduro + XC guy from Reno, just started a few months ago, but very well done)

and

https://www.trainerroad.com/podcast (more training/roadie-oriented, but one of the hosts is from the MTB Podcast)

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