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June 24, 2019, 9:04 a.m.
Posts: 1,098
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Re: China Syndrome

Posted by: tungsten

The mountains are high and the emperor is far away. 

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/06/21/hong-kong-is-far-from-chinas-biggest-problem/

Interesting post.

June 24, 2019, 9:01 a.m.
Posts: 1,098
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Re: Whistler Trails 2019 (not WBP)

Posted by: grambo

Rode Missfire/Delayed Fuse, perfect on the trail bike, then went up to Kashmir, was in perfect shape so nice and grippy only dry at the bottom. First time up there, awesome trail with a bit more old school feeling in a good way. Line of Control riding really nice too, felt almost relaxing after Kashmir in terms of energy to ride it haha.

Did a quick Rockwork/Milkbar/Wizard lap this morning before going home... also first time and great tech riding.

Ya was up last week did Kashmir- line of control lap. First time down LOC. Love trails like that

June 23, 2019, 11:41 a.m.
Posts: 1,098
Joined: Feb. 26, 2015
Re: Trail use etiquette

Posted by: nouseforaname

Check out a/the bear grenade - super high pitched noise like a rape alarm - hanging from your pack - just pull on the tab. Easy to use and super duper loud. On the idea that the bear won't be used to high pitched noise. I carry it in the chilcotins, though my wife bought it after getting bluff charged by a bear around Bunzten Lake locally.

Bear spray - no good if the wind is wrong, or it's not rapidly accessible.

Bear bangers - easy to shoot behind the bear, can't be carried "loaded", take too long to get into action.

I'm carrying more on the trails these days. Even TP like Mics suggested after an unpleasant experience in Squamish. Which seems funny, as my bike is more resilient and less prone to mechanicals than ever before.

Which reminds me - I need to pick up a couple of quick links.

Any randoms on the trail I'll loan you my pump if yours is shit, or an allen key if you need one, but you're walking out if you didn't bring a tube.

Have you tried/tested  the bear greanade? How loud is it?

I was out for a ride near function couple days ago and got uncomfortably close to a big black bear in a tight spot on biz time. All was well had the spray out but he backed away as I backed away. Are you sure the wind would affect the spray? I had never tested the can I had on me so later decided to give it a test. The spray comes out like a rocket, a wall of chemical. Think it would have to be pretty windy to be ineffective. So far have never had to to use it. Nice to keep it that way.

June 12, 2019, 8:16 p.m.
Posts: 1,098
Joined: Feb. 26, 2015
Re: ebikes on the Shore

Posted by: D-man

Posted by: Brocklanders

Posted by: syncro

Posted by: Sethimus

if you all bitch about ebikes already, what are you gonna do when these things pop up on the shore?

https://electrek.co/2019/06/04/special-edition-sur-ron-electric-bike/

if it's not pedal assist but throttle control then it can fuck off from the trails. despite what the video claims - that's a motorcycle.

And so we circle back to once again, who is going to regulate which electric bikes are permitted? Yes.. I know they classified into different classes, but you think anyone is going to give a shit? This is why COTA, BLM, and other Assns in the States have said piss off to all. Self regulation won't work, its so obvious. But Ya doesn't that bike look like fun? You can buy a pedal upgrade too, makes it a bike right?

https://lunacycle.com/sur-ron-pedal-system/

love this thread

Same could be said then for riders shredding down climbing trails, skidding through corners, giving right of way to climbers....

Self regulating does work but keep looking for reasons to hate.

This comment wins first prize for " Whataboutism "

I have been riding pretty much every day for the last few weeks in the Howe sound Corridor being on work hiatus. Only seen a few emtbmopeds here and there, very few...I don't hate them, I just know that a large percentage of the population is lazy and the line between bicycle and motorsport is being smeared pretty bad. You wanna ride an electric bike, go for it. The ebikers have their reasons/excuses why the ride one, that's ok.... I'm really looking forward to how over the next few years the full on motorbike is going to evolve out of the pretend electric mtbs. I have seen them at the bike shows, and this is only the beginning of a major issue for trail access when these things show up. I personally will do nothing, except watch it unfold and feel bad for those who volly their time in the trail assns having to deal with the headache. I for one don't wanna have to self regulate which motorbikes are allowed and those who are not. What a shit way to spoil a good day on the trails telling someone they cant ride there because their bike a is throttle powered pretend mountainbike. Maybe we should ask the etmb riders to wear a "self regulator badge" and they can deal with it. Gunna stand at the gate of into the Mystic in shifts and stop ebikes from riding up? I doubt it.

-Brocklanders the Hater

June 5, 2019, 11:35 a.m.
Posts: 1,098
Joined: Feb. 26, 2015
Re: ebikes on the Shore

Posted by: syncro

Posted by: Sethimus

if you all bitch about ebikes already, what are you gonna do when these things pop up on the shore?

https://electrek.co/2019/06/04/special-edition-sur-ron-electric-bike/

if it's not pedal assist but throttle control then it can fuck off from the trails. despite what the video claims - that's a motorcycle.

And so we circle back to once again, who is going to regulate which electric bikes are permitted? Yes.. I know they classified into different classes, but you think anyone is going to give a shit? This is why COTA, BLM, and other Assns in the States have said piss off to all. Self regulation won't work, its so obvious. But Ya doesn't that bike look like fun? You can buy a pedal upgrade too, makes it a bike right? 

https://lunacycle.com/sur-ron-pedal-system/

love this thread

June 3, 2019, 4:50 p.m.
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Joined: Feb. 26, 2015
Re: ebikes on the Shore

Posted by: tashi

Think of all the laps you could get in!

And did you know, technical climbs are easier with a motor too?  Amazing!

Whatever the bike industry tells me to ride or promote, I will slurp that shit up at the trough.

May 30, 2019, 10:35 p.m.
Posts: 1,098
Joined: Feb. 26, 2015
Re: ebikes on the Shore

So .. waiting for friend to show up at the tennis courts on Breamar this eve some guy giving an ebike to someone to demo.. He says "make sure you are all set before you start pedaling, this thing will really take off, also wait until you are used to riding it before you put in in boost mode, you don't even have to pedal thing rips!"  This girl on the bike starts to spin the crank and thing takes off like a rocket. If these things really were pedal assist I wouldn't think they suck so bad, but that's all a farce. I might as well buy an electric dirtbike start riding the trails here.. who gives a fuck right?

May 24, 2019, 3:29 p.m.
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Re: ebikes on the Shore

Posted by: peterk

Is the "but they have been accepted in Europe" argument even valid? You can't really compare riding doubletrack and alpine bike park through farmer's fields that are already serviced by paved roads and chairlifts where the wildlife have been scared away to what we have going on here. Look how sparse Austria is on Trailforks! They probably aren't even allowed to ride singletrack outside of a bike park there! Why did Rocky Mountain have to spec flat bars and semi slick Continentals in order to sell bikes in Germany? Because mountain biking is different over there.

Agree fully. The monoski was really popular in Europe but didn't really catch on here.

May 24, 2019, 12:13 p.m.
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Re: ebikes on the Shore

Posted by: D-man

Posted by: mtbman99

Argue all you want, stick your head in the sand name call etc but the bikes are here to stay. Trail organizations will need to get on board with signage at trailheads to help inform ebike riders on proper etiquette.

Hopefully just like on BLM MTB trails in the USA the signs say no ebikes, they foresee the issues at hand.

May 23, 2019, 12:05 p.m.
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Re: Vancouver border crossing options to the US

Last time to Moab we stayed the night in Glenn's Ferry. There is a state campsite there, food in town was fine.

The Gilberto's Burrito place across the road from Moab Cyclery is killer, 5 out of 5 sombreros , just no beer for sale :(

May 23, 2019, 11:55 a.m.
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Re: Climate Change - so I'm starting to panic a bit

Posted by: tungsten

Posted by: Brocklanders

Can we save the hate for the ebikes? Were are trying to save the planet here.

I'm not hating anyone.

I know you aren't, was just kidding around... wasn't trying to offend.

It really feels like whenever steps are taken to try and better our impact on the planet the self entitlement kicks in. Carbon tax - agree with it or not, comes into play and everyone cries. It's supposed to reduce the amount that people drive which could be considered a step in the right direction? Doesn't seem to affect the guys I work with who commute from the Fraser Valley each day in their giant lifted dodge trucks.... the only thing that ever goes in the bed is golf clubs, when they aren't at the Casino. So what is the solution? Carbon burning vehicle surtax on your insurance decided by engine size/consumption? Why do we have to tax all the time to get a result? Why can't they not be dicks and get a vehicle that doesn't burn so much fuel. It's one thing to need and drive a work truck, another for a giant douche mobile that never gets dirty. We have two cars one is a commuter, am planning on an EV car in the next couple years, just getting the charging stations in our strata garage sorted out in the next year.

May 22, 2019, 8:18 p.m.
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Re: Climate Change - so I'm starting to panic a bit

Can we save the hate for the ebikes? Were are trying to save the planet here.

May 22, 2019, 8:16 p.m.
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Re: Vancouver border crossing options to the US

After the Cascades the drive sucks pretty bad until you get south of SLC.

Travel tip road tripping in the USA. Every town has a Mexican Restaurant which is usually an adequate meal, no matter how crap the town.

May 22, 2019, 1:36 p.m.
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Re: Climate Change - so I'm starting to panic a bit

Posted by: aShogunNamedMarcus

Posted by: Brocklanders

Wanna really bum yourself out, watch the Plastic Ocean doc on Netflix. It's brutal

I thought some young kid from Baltimore worked out a prototype reeler vessel that'd convert the majority of gyre's contents into plastic rope? Or someone and something had that a while ago. Possible better solution would be to retrofit any oil rigs the vicinity and just have them pull the gyre's in and process it as a site.

Found something close to it. This isnt quite what I remember but it'll do:

https://inhabitat.com/19-year-old-student-develops-ocean-cleanup-array-that-could-remove-7250000-tons-of-plastic-from-the-worlds-oceans/

Well it's a start. I wonder if we can pull it out as fast as it goes in? Saw some footage of the riverbank slums in the Philippines... They just Huck it in the ocean, no where else to put it. I think we are miles off a solution to this.

May 22, 2019, 8:05 a.m.
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Re: Climate Change - so I'm starting to panic a bit

Posted by: FLATCH

Posted by: Sethimus

even in germany most garbage gets burned, i stopped separating my garbage years ago

We incinerate some of our garbage to. I remember a ways back when either Vancouver or Burnaby wanted to ramp up incinerating but I dont really know how that went. Anybody else know?

And what are the emissions like?

It was shot down. The irony is all the trucks running garbage up to the landfill in Cache Creek create much more pollution than what the new tech incinerator/generators produce.

Sweden has been importing garbage to keep theirs going.

https://www.trtworld.com/europe/swedish-recycling-so-successful-it-is-importing-rubbish-24491/amp

Wanna really bum yourself out, watch the Plastic Ocean doc on Netflix. It's brutal

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