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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)

March 10, 2017, 10:19 a.m.
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Re: WBP 17

From Vail quarterly report this morning:

"At Whistler Blackcomb, the Company plans to invest approximately C$23 million (US$17 million) in calendar year 2017 for maintenance and discretionary projects. The plan includes key summer investments for the resort with the expansion of the bike park into the Creekside area, the construction of a signature suspension bridge at the top of Whistler Mountain and other summer amenities that support the already robust summer visitation at the resort. These investments are the first capital projects associated with the Renaissance plan following the renewal of the Master Development Agreements. The Company anticipates that additional spending related to the Renaissance plan will commence in calendar year 2018 and additional details will be provided as the timing of the projects is refined.

Additionally, the Company plans to invest approximately $17 million in capital during calendar year 2017 for the Whistler Blackcomb integration. These investments will allow us to fully integrate Whistler Blackcomb's systems, marketing and operations, including hardware at the resort, to achieve our anticipated synergies and create the streamlined, centralized approach that is consistent across our network for guests and employees."

Feb. 23, 2017, 4:59 p.m.
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2017 Seymour Trail Conditions Thread

Riding Seymour for the first time on Sunday. Can somebody recommend a couple hour ride on trails that should be clear/OK to ride wet? Just started looking at Trail Forks and I don't even know where to park at this point.

Nov. 23, 2016, 8:47 a.m.
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4k monitor

I used to run two Dell 30"'s at 2560x1600 until switching to a single Seiki 39" 4k about 3 years ago. I am definitely happier with the 4k setup. I wouldn't go smaller on the screen size at 4k.

What output are you using? You need HDMI 2.0 to run higher than 30hz at 4k.

My laptop (Intel HD4400 graphics) was not fast enough to smoothly play full screen video, but my desktop has no issues and I use it for Zwift at 4k and max detail/framerate (on HDMI 1.4).

Aug. 8, 2016, 7:44 a.m.
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gear ratios...

You're looking at how many pedal strokes it takes to rotate the wheel, but one wheel rotation of a 29" wheel will make the bike travel further than a 26". Need to look at the tire circumference (not wheel dimensions) to compare the two.

Aug. 8, 2016, 7:21 a.m.
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gear ratios...

My quick math looks like a 28t on a 26" would be very similar to a 25t on a 29". Hope he has a 10t cog.

July 3, 2016, 10:13 a.m.
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WBP 16

Busy in the village, but most people aren't here to ride park. I've heard the lines have been pretty reasonable the past few days.

Not much of a line right now, but just opened:
http://208.181.17.164:8081/axis-cgi/jpg/image.cgi

Shouldn't be much traffic coming into town today.

June 28, 2016, 12:35 p.m.
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Whistler trails (not WBP)

I personally think Business Time/AMPM/Jeff's are a big leap from the Zappa trails.

The municipality's suggestion actually looks pretty good for what you're looking for:
https://www.whistler.ca/sites/default/files/whistler_valley_singletrack_map.pdf

I know River is having lots of work done on it (trail night Wednesday too), but you can ride around whatever you're not comfortable with. Would be a good loop starting from trails you know and ending at the lake, then pedal back on the valley trail back to the village.

Danimal might be the easiest single black in the valley so I second that suggestion and you could add that after the lake (by taking Hot Dog Alley to Scotia Creek Climb). Tunnel Vision would be a good next step to try.

June 24, 2016, 9:43 a.m.
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WBP 16

Ended up going 2.5, thanks for the votes. Had just heard MM's roll slower than Minions overall, nothing specific about 2.5 vs 2.35 MM. Anything should be a big step up from the old 2.4/2.3 HR II's on the ex-rental I just bought.

June 23, 2016, 1:06 p.m.
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WBP 16

About to order some 27.5" Magic Mary's for my Glory. Do you recommend running 2.5 or 2.35? Ride all conditions but only in Whistler bike park. Lighter (150 lb) rider. Heard they roll pretty slowly and heard the 2.35 is more like a 2.5 Minion.

May 18, 2016, 12:10 p.m.
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WB Clamps Down on Trails not in the Bike Park

More than rumours I thinkā€¦

May 18, 2016, 11:12 a.m.
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Whistler trails (not WBP)

Definitely a legit trail. WORCA had a trail night there last week and the Waldorf school kids spent the whole week working on it. Weekly trail nights are running until July if you can make it: http://www.worca.com/trail-days/

March 20, 2016, 8:52 a.m.
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Whistler trails (not WBP)

Cut Yer Bars was 95% rideable a week ago, but Kill Me still has a long way to go.

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