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Nov. 2, 2021, 5:05 p.m.
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Re: Traffic on the North Shore ...... WTF ?

I'm lucky to get a midweek "lunch" ride or two in a week, since construction/that light was put in I'm finding round trips from Mount Pleasant have gotten a bit faster. 22-23min to Old Buck lot each way, was frequently 30+ even mid-day before the improvements.

Nov. 2, 2021, 4:54 p.m.
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Re: Let's talk about on bike storage

Posted by: RAHrider

Posted by: heathen

I now have my setup dialed for what I need. Wolftooth mount (gave me more clearance) with 76 Projects bag. Bag holds two 25g C02, quick links, few links of chain, Crank Bros multi tool, Stans dart tool, tire levers.

I am looking for a bolt on gear storage solution for under the top tube (such as pictured here). It's going on a chromo hardtail with dedicated bolts under the top tube. I note that the wolf tooth ones are 40 or 50mm wide, which I would think would extend beyond the sides of the tube. I was wondering if anyone found their legs brush against the backplate when pedalling? Or is the width a non-issue? Anyone see any benefit of one over another?

I have the Wolftooth (see my post on the previous thread page), and with my co2/levers strapped on it's wider than the plate but I've never rubbed it with my legs. Only thing with Wolftooth is it's expensive for what it is (my opinion) and the included strap is kind of useless due to bulk, a ski strap works better with no real downside.

Oct. 28, 2021, 5:18 p.m.
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Re: 2021 - Full Suspension Bike Thread

Posted by: RAHrider

Posted by: Vandy

Posted by: thaaad

N E A T

Take it off any sweet jumps?

He doesn't have time for that, he's been Chatting Online With Babes All Day. Besides, We Both Know That he's Training To Be A Cage Fighter

Break the wrist and walk away... break the wrist and walk away...

Oct. 28, 2021, 5:10 p.m.
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Re: Whistler trails 2021 (Not WBP)

Only ridden Howler once and it was immediately after a downpour, it was great... don't recall too many roots, mostly rock and dirt and nothing scary. Awesome trail.

Oct. 28, 2021, 5:04 p.m.
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Re: The Decline of Vancouver.

Most new builds in Vancouver (outside of large lots on west side) are attached duplexes these days. Zoning changes (a few years ago?) allow this pretty much everywhere. Makes sense for developers to knock down $1.5-1.8M junkers on 33x122 lots, build 2x 1500sq ft 3bd/ba high-end duplexes and sell for $1.5-1.8M each (in desirable neighborhoods). That's helping with densification, and there is a push to allow the city to push 6-storey density on major roads and 4 storey on adjacent streets, see the anger in Kits about that right now. On the one hand, I'd be pissed as a home owner on those streets, but on the other I would be stoked to sell at a premium on a land assembly and just buy somewhere else.

With two young kids we are trying to buy in Van right now (current 2bd rental feeling small). We're super lucky to have high incomes, but the road to one of those incomes involved $250k of debt which took several years to pay off in addition to saving. Had some windfall gains from property in Calgary, but unless you've ridden up 10-20 years of the Vancouver market it's tough to have capital to get into the market. This is the magic of leveraged investing, especially when people could jump into condos with 5% down and double up. Factor in absurdly low "emergency" rates for 13 years and there has been a lot of wealth created that is detached from typical  market fundamentals. I'm not confident overall in the market, but for an actual house on dirt in Vancouver on a normal lot is probably reasonably safe from massive corrections, especially while governments in power will do anything they can to prop up housing markets including BS punitive income tax measures that others have highlighted in this thread. Principal residency exemption should be axed long before cap gains inclusion goes up from 50% to 75%.

I know surgeons who had to get family "gift letter" off the books down payment loan to buy their homes because while they have insane cashflow, it still takes years to save up $900k in after tax cash to buy a $3M house. So it's not even an easy road for 1%'ers unless you have capital. Should've just YOLO'd TSLA from day 1.

Oct. 19, 2021, 1:22 p.m.
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Re: Cypress - New Survey is up - TRAILS ABOVE 1200ft IMPACTED

Another post to say thanks to Alan, Ddean and everyone else involved in the progress. I don't get to ride Cypress much these days (traffic, see the other thread lol) but many fond memories of shuttling DH bikes on the east side trails. Great to see progress/protection status. No longer have a DH bike or crew to shuttle with so I'd be one of those guys climbing up to those trails on an enduro bike to ride em again.

I can't recall ever encountering hikers on the DH tracks around Mystery, can someone enlighten me as to why people hike there? Guessing proximity to parking (ease of access) and general increase in outdoor traffic due to COVID? I dunno why you wouldn't just drive a bit farther to the ski resort/XC area for multiple hikes with awesome views instead of slogging up DH bike trails.

Oct. 19, 2021, 12:02 p.m.
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Re: The Decline of Vancouver.

Posted by: Stuminator

Holy smokes, this guy tells it like it is! Gotta hand it to him for being honest & speaking his mind. He tried to run a legit business & got shit on (literally).

https://www.castanet.net/edition/news-story-349038-3-.htm#349038

He's a character for sure, funny backstory if you read about his video game adaptation movies (which are truly awful). I actually met him when we ate at Bauhaus, he came around to each table to chat with guests and was a nice warm dude. Great food as well but that was in the first couple years before the main chef left.

He's not wrong either. Everyone knows it, patience wears thin as time goes on and the situation gets worse. It's obviously very complex to solve the problem requiring local, provincial and federal coordination. Then there is the legal issues with what can actually be done with current legislation. It's NIMBYism but I am definitely look at where "temporary modular housing" is located and any city owned vacant land/planned sites exist as we are looking to move in the next year or two.

Oct. 10, 2021, 2:35 p.m.
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Re: How much of your suspension do you use?

Posted by: Heinous

What’s the frame and fork?

I tend to get near full on my fork on gnarlier rides - say 155 of 160mm, but with a coil in the back I’ve not been able to track it.

Frame is 2022 Transition Patrol (mullet, 160mm) with 2021 Float X2 Factory, fork is 2021 Fox 38 Factory 160mm.

It does sound like it's a preference thing but that I am not that far off. I definitely do not like the feeling of the front end diving or riding low as I feel pitched forward, and with all things suspension it's a trade-off of factors so getting ultimate plushness with mid-stroke support/ride height is a never ending game. As I said overall I'm happy, my hands have only felt beat up on a few really long descents which are unfortunately not common for me these days.

DC: I'm gonna go from 4 to 2 spacers for a ride, then zero, while keeping same/similar air pressure and see how the fork rides. Will update as I tinker.

Oct. 9, 2021, 12:41 p.m.
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Re: Formula Suspension Thread

Bit of a high jack but anyone have experience buying EXT shocks? Wondering if it’s the same situation where it’s cheaper online than through Alba, but have also heard awesome things about Alba’s customer support and don’t mind paying to support local businesses that have good service!

Not planning on buying right away, but a custom tuned Storia Lok sounds pretty awesome if I can’t get my X2 feeling how I want.

Oct. 9, 2021, 12:17 a.m.
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How much of your suspension do you use?

I'd never bothered measuring in the past, I just eyeballed the travel indicator ring and figured I had like 5-10mm left. Measured after a decent 2 hour ride with drops, jumps, rock rolls with moderate g-outs, fork is about 140mm/160mm and shock is 51mm/60mm (around 136mm ignoring leverage curve changes) so that's about 88% on the fork and 85% on shock. Bike feels great, just surprised it's not using more travel.

Fox 38 with 4 spacers, about 20% sag (108 psi @ 220lbs) LSC 11 HSC 6 LSR 5 HSR 4 from closed. Shock is 2021 Float X2, I believe 1 spacer (haven't opened, trunion 205x60 = max 2 spacers), 275psi 30% sag, LSC 6 HSC 4 LSR 5 HSR 4. Reading this now I'm within Fox's recommendations with 1-2 faster on rebound. I think I am going to back compression off on the shock

Oct. 9, 2021, 12:10 a.m.
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Re: Traffic on the North Shore ...... WTF ?

Anyone know if there is data on NS traffic? Would be interesting to see the numbers now compared to 5-10-15-20 etc. years ago. Definitely feels way worse than 10 years ago to me. If wife and I both could work full time from home, or at least 50%, would consider moving, guess we won't become part of the problem :).

Oct. 7, 2021, 2:02 p.m.
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Re: Let's talk about on bike storage

I ordered a medium Wolftooth B-Rad as well as the 2 hole offset plate, with my logic being I could offset the tool mount back toward the seat tube and fit more stuff. That ended up not working because of the extra stack the offset plate created. Also the Wolftooth strap, while nice with the foam, also created too much stack and would interfere with the bottle cage, so I am using a OneUp strap. Bunch of wasted money, should've just ordered the B-Rad mini to get the plate as cheap as possible but oh well.

I need to get a bag, but the 27.5x2.5 tube (normal, not Tubolito), extra tire lever and CO2 fits easily. EDC is in the steer tube. One thing that pisses me off is OneUp doesn't include the tubeless jabber with the EDC and only sells it as part of a $45 kit with pliers that I don't want (and can't fit in my EDC cuz I can only run the small capsule with my Fox 38. So I've just been carrying a small plastic bag in my pocket with jabber tool (tape over sharp end) and strips, along with my car keys and ID, phone in other pocket. Definitely loving riding without a pack of any sort.

Sept. 27, 2021, 3:39 p.m.
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Re: Cypress - New Survey is up - TRAILS ABOVE 1200ft IMPACTED

Responded (as a resident of Vancouver, visitor for recreation to the area and "interested in living in Cypress Village").

Sept. 16, 2021, 11:04 a.m.
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Re: Let's talk about on bike storage

Posted by: DanL

It may feel spendy, but a tubolito 29er inner is tiny and made the addition of a small bag that also contained the WolfTooth Pliers, lever, quicklink and firstaid bits possible on the 'loam shelf' of my Fugitive inside the rear triangle. Then the EDC steerer tube finishes the set. I'd probably get the 70cc EDC pump just because it's so damn good to replace the $25 one I have.

Have heard of those, look like it might be worth it for my application. Anyone know where to find a Tubolito in Vancouver? Found them at Bicicletta for $48, Amazon and eBay have them cheaper by $15-20+ shipping. Bike 24 you can get em for about $26 but of course shipping is 20 EUR and I just did an order for tires, wish I had known!! 

I ordered the medium B-Rad and the 2 hole base plate yesterday. Ordered the 2 hole base plate because there's a bunch of room to offset the tool mount back toward the seat tube on my Patrol which will give more clearance from the water bottle cage which is the limiting factor on this frame. The shock/rocker move down through travel so that shouldn't interfere although I'll test to make sure. With a Tubolito should be able to fit the tube, co2/inflator and extra tire lever. Getting the shop to install a steer tube EDC next week when bike is in next week.

Sept. 16, 2021, 10:36 a.m.
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Re: 2021 - Full Suspension Bike Thread

Ddean, same story on my Patrol, using more travel front and rear for same trails than I did on my previous bike (was also 160/160 but with a Fox 36/DHX2 coil factory). Overall I am happy with the fork feel though, might try a bit less HSC as I have gotten sore hands on longer descents. Shock feels a bit muted/wallowy if that makes sense, I am on about 30% sag, might try a bit more pressure, although I'm at 285psi so not much room to go up. Some fork/shock volume reducers I ordered on eBay just came in so I'll crack both open and see what's in there already, Fox says they ship the 38 with 3, and these trunion X2's can only take 2 which is way less than the conventional mount X2's strangely.

Spent a day shuttling Diamondhead in Squamish and am really impressed with the bike on some of the steeper trails off the top there, the slack head angle and beefy fork/29er front give so much confidence, no feeling of going over the bars at all and no need to hang ass off the back. Just really fun to ride.

FYI I saw someone on PB weighed a large aluminum Spire XT stock without pedals and it was 36.4lbs, so 0.3lbs more than the Patrol XT.

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