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Feb. 20, 2014, 12:40 p.m.
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2014 Sochi Olympic thread.

it'll be interesting to see what the american media has to say about the game.

you think hockey makes it to mainstream US media? …chuckles out loud…

I just asked the 10-12 guys that work for me in the office and not one could name a current hockey player. I live in city with an NHL team, and still nothing. One guy said Gretzky, so he had heard of a hockey player.

Feb. 20, 2014, 11:54 a.m.
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2014 Sochi Olympic thread.

Way to go Ladies!

You mean way to go Officiating Crew.

Jan. 15, 2014, 11:33 a.m.
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Moab Utah this March

Yes, i will echo what others said about the snow. i have been in late june and not got the whole enchilada from the very top. LPS will be good and is very techy along the rim. whole enchilada is about as much fun as you can have on a bike. i have had other trips that are more fun than Moab, but enchilada might be the most fun downhill i have done.

i also enjoy out and back on Amasa Back, as well as, Amasa, rockstacker, jacksons. Better bring the a-game, though. there are some VERY exposed, technical switchbacks. i am not sure that i have ever seen anything else like it. another very dangerous ride is Portal, but I don't enjoy that one as much rockstacker/jacksons.

The sovereign area is pretty fun, ride it all. the Bar trails are just OK, fun for a second ride or night ride. the pipeline trail that is in town is worth a pedal. i like to do it at night, as well.

i will look back at some maps to remember other good rides.

Jan. 14, 2014, 10:56 a.m.
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Travelling with a road bike...

I am in Nashville, and would be glad to help any way that I can. Some of your guys(NSMB) did me right on my trip out there, and I would be glad to return the favor. You can use my address, bike tools/stands, or knowledge. Let me know what you need. I definitely could turn you onto some road rides, as well as mtn.

Tom

Dec. 16, 2013, 1:06 p.m.
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Where is this map from? (US)

That was a good way to waste some time.

Dec. 12, 2013, 2 p.m.
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Where is this map from? (US)

impossible task. though, there aren't many interstates that run north/south and terminate into an east/west interstate. the other strange thing is that the interstates are not very straight in that map. it's pretty rare that you would have an interstate with that much movement. i'll think on it.

Dec. 12, 2013, 1:41 p.m.
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Where is this map from? (US)

am i the only one that has a broken pic link?

Dec. 12, 2013, 1:40 p.m.
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Where is this map from? (US)

fix the pic and i might be able to help

Oct. 18, 2013, 1:31 p.m.
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Customs is killing me!!

well it could be worse - you could've received your frame weeks ago and be living in a shitty ass 'merica

yeah, that WOULD suck.:rolleyes:

Sept. 27, 2013, 9:07 a.m.
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World Series 2013

October is my fav time of year!

Braves gonna take it!

Hell yeah they are!!! Listen to this guy, he knows what he's talking about.

Raised in Atlanta, and went to Game 6 of the World Series when they won it. Been a few times to losses too.

Chop Chop

Sept. 20, 2013, 10:48 a.m.
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Miss America

That's funny, because a real American would probably say something like "I'm so embarrassed for those intolerant, bigoted people who don't represent all the things that are great about America."

Thank you for this, that is if it isn't sarcasm. Sometimes I can't tell with you Canucks.

There are dumb ass hicks everywhere. Unfortunately there is no IQ test for logging onto the Interwebz, as is painfully obvious in the NBR section of this great forum.

Every mother fucker in the US has a smart phone, so lots of people with easy access to spew stupidity. Anyone who thinks that this is how even a small portion of the US feels, is way off base. I can't say that it didn't make me go hmmm for a minute when I saw the results in an article talking about the racist tweets. Then I remembered that nobody with a brain gives a fuck about pageants or what a bunch brain dead couch surfers have to say about the results.

And yes, I am embarrassed to be associated with those morons that posted that crap.

Sept. 10, 2013, 11:44 a.m.
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The dreaded "Coming out for a trip" thread. Some questions

So how was the trip?

In a word….AMAZING.

You guys are so lucky to have so much fantastic riding. I have been completely depressed since getting home. That usually happens after these trips, but seems stronger this time.

We ended up riding at least 8 hours a day almost every day. By day 7, we could barely pedal and put in a couple of half days.

We ended up stopping at Hempfest in Seattle on the way out of town, and then hit tons of traffic when we left. It ended up screwing us out of a Bellingham ride b/c it was close to dark after the bikes were assembled.

We shot up to Vancouver the next morning and decided to ride Seymour, since it was close to a lunch date that I had arranged. We rode up the hill twice and took Pangor down once, and then Empress (or whatever is right next to Pangor). Everyone that I talked to later in the trip said we should have done something else. I had a blast, but had to take the girls line a couple of times, though, I made it down both trails without unclipping.

Later that day we got to Squamish, grabbed a map from Tantalus, and parked near Alice Lake turn off. We rode Alice Lake area, Wonderland (great fun), everything across the road from Wonderland, and whatever else we could find before dark.
Stayed in Squamish for the next day and rode the BC Stage Race course plus a little. We both had a great time on everything. Powerhouse Plunge was awesome, as well as pretty much everything else that we rode. The long bridge on Tracks from Hell was great. My buddy fell off and got wet at the very beginning of the day. It was raining as we started, so conditions turned out perfect by the end of the day. There was one rock face in particular that I remember. The trail goes down a couple of easy rock slabs and the trail turns left. There is also a Moto route to the left.
Here is the entry:

If you keep heading out onto the rock (behind the photog) the trail goes left and straight down a huge face and back into the woods. That one had my heart beating pretty hard! I think that it was in Squamish, but can’t remember for sure.

Whistler was the next stop and boy was it a good one. My friend had to hit a bike shop, so after a breakfast at Wildwood, he dropped me off at Lost Lake. I think I rode most everything worth riding there and was impressed.

When he got his biked sorted, I met him back at the lake, and we took the Sea to Sky trail over to the start of Comfortably Numb. I was not prepared for the ass beating that I was about to receive. The trail was awesome and I would do it again, but it wasn’t super enjoyable. I didn’t walk any of it, but went for a wider skinny instead of the small one toward the beginning. It was a long one that transitioned into a choice between two for the finish. I had one near miss toward the end, though. There was a pretty big rock face that was fairly steep. After it finished it had another five foot face that was almost vertical. While coming down the first twentyish foot face, my back end stepped out and started to slide. I was pretty close to high siding when I just let her go and luckily recovered. It was the first time on the trip that gave me the adrenaline shakes. Here is the feature from below. We took a pic to remember the close call.

Turns out, the Hans Dampf that I was using in the rear was missing the outer four rows of knobs. The ones closest to the sidewall were all but ripped off. Every one of them was hanging by a thread. After looking at it again and comparing to the front, I realized that the next row on each side was COMPLETELY GONE. I got 5 rides out of that tire. BEWARE!! Comfortably Numb seemed like every pedal stroke was contested and was a serious workout for that distance.

We stopped in Pemby for the next day of riding. After picking up a Chromag saddle, a tire, and a map from Bike Co we set out for another great day. We climbed up a bunch of singletrack to the launch spot. Rode a new trail over to the Advanced descents. We got a mix of flowy and tech trails, thanks to the recommendation of Bike Co. The tech was crazy steep and loose. There were times that I just had to let her go and ride it out. Fun day for sure, and tons more to ride next time. I really want to get to ride JTR. We had some good food at Mile High and the Blackbird Bakery. We went to each of them a couple of times, and they were definitely a food highlight of the trip.

Then we headed up the Hurley to the backcountry. I started the drive up at dusk and arrived with no problems other than a wrong turn in Bralorne in the dark. We spent the next day getting lost and pedaling to nowhere. We set off from Tyax to climb Taylor and head toward Spruce. However, my trusty partner convinced me to let him read the map. Instead of climbing Taylor we took a left up a dead end road/trail. The whole time we were climbing, we knew we were on the wrong side of the ridge. Instead of turning back we thought that it would lead somewhere and we would work it out later. An hour later, we hit the dead end. After convincing my friend to bushwhack for a bit, we turned around after we couldn’t spot any trails off in the distance.

The next day we met up with one of your resident members for a climb up taylor and descent down Cinnabar. There was some stuff in the middle that involved a lot of hiking, but well worth it. We got to do some bushwhacking again, played in the willows, and chased a bear down Cinnabar. Great views, fun downhill, but tons of work for this late in the trip. Dick and I:

Heading down:

The next day Mr Dick offered to take us back to Whistler and show us another trail on his day off. We had planned on riding the park for that day, but both were so beat that it didn’t sound like a good idea. We originally were going to ride High Society, but opted for something else that I can’t remember the name. It started after a climb from Function Junction and had a picture of the original builder who had died in an avalanche. It was a fun day, and a needed relief from the epic days thus far.

Later that day we made a beeline for the border with a short stop at Cal Tire in Squamish for a flat repair. My buddy didn’t subscribe to my high speed dirt road technique and popped a tire on a rock. Me=1, Hurley=1, Buddy=0
After a short stop in Vancouver to return some Arcteryx jackets for repair, we drove on down to Anacortes to spend the night. After a good night’s sleep we went over to Galbraith and hooked up with a couple of the trail builders and owners of Fanatyk. We got the full tour, and were amazed at the quality of trail on that mountain.
Of all of the places that I have ridden bikes, BC has the most difficult trails that I have seen open to the public. I felt like I had been training my whole like to ride them. I can’t wait until I can get back there, and am trying to figure it out right now. Tyax Lodge was great, and I fully intend on taking the family back. We didn’t stay there, but enjoyed the food, lake, and showers. We will probably make next summer’s trip to Costa Rica, but then right back to see you guys the following year.

We met lots of nice people, and everyone was pretty friendly toward us. I appreciate the info from the board, and plan to lurk around here to keep my fire burning to come back. Now if only I could find a way to support my family while I ride in BC permanently.

Lots more pics, but I am sure that you guys have seen them all before.

Aug. 13, 2013, 10:35 a.m.
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Pick apart my itinerary for a 10 Day trip

Thanks for the tips CraigH. I hadn't considered fuel scarcity. We will be sure to fuel up before the drive. Have to spread some rep around, otherwise more would be coming your way.

Aug. 13, 2013, 10:32 a.m.
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Summer Road Trip in 4 Parts - PARTS 3 and 4 up

What an awesome family! I have two girls under 3 that have already been on some epic trips. I aspire to keep them interested and active in the outdoors. Good on you and great pics so far.

Aug. 13, 2013, 7:23 a.m.
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Pick apart my itinerary for a 10 Day trip

Save Vancouver Island for another trip. 1 ferry = 2 hours sail time, 30+ min drives to get to a terminal/leave the terminal to anywhere you want to be, plus waiting time for a boat, plus the $80 cash each way…plus, if your bikes are on a roof rack, there are good odds a dolphin will land on your car and bend your wheels or maybe just the rack itself. Those things are almost 80 kg (~200 lbs for our American brethren) and a pain to drag off the side of the deck once they hit your vehicle.

Funny, but effective at keeping us from wasting our time. We will skip that stop and add a day somewhere else. Where would you add the day?

With so much travelling around you'll just scratch the surface of each new area.

Kind of the point. After traveling 4600km's to get there, we wanted to get a taste of it all. We will be up pretty early for driving since we are 4 hours ahead. Plus, I didn't think that anyone was going to show us the secret stuff anyway.

Pro Tip: Bring as much beer over the border as you "can" (see what I did there)

Beer is approximately 10,000 times more expensive up here and can be used as currency when asking about trails, routes, etc.

We plan to be very well stocked with party favors. Hadn't thought about using it as bribes.

agreed with 1wd. wow, that's a lot of driving - you'll barely have time to ride, unless you drive during the time I sleep and eat.

30-40 km per day riding or driving? the reality of your plan is that without a guide you'll spend half the time looking for a couple trails to ride in each location, never getting used to each location, whereas each location has many more trails you'll not even find.

It's funny how spoiled you guys are with the quantity of good riding. I regularly drive 3+ hours each way to get to good trails for a daytrip. Usually, every weekend is spent driving to ride. This trip will be less driving than our Colorado trip last summer.

Thanks for the advice everyone.

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