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Sept. 16, 2020, 8:16 p.m.
Posts: 132
Joined: Feb. 8, 2016
Re: Out riding in the smoke?

Posted by: TheWasp

I continued to ride to work that summer and ended up with bronchitis! 😲

Sept. 5, 2020, 9:17 p.m.
Posts: 132
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Re: 2020/2021 Sight sizing and builds

I'm 5'9 and typically prefer a shorter/taller bike and come from a trials background. I rode a medium Range for the past few seasons and picked up a medium 2020 Sight this year. It's definitely longer than I'm used to, especially for my riding style, but it works really well on "normal" trails. I miss having a shorter bike when it comes to playful, stunty trails, but I'm weird that way, preferring to be over the wheels instead of between them. I've even considered trying a small with a 60mm stem, but we'll see. 

As others have said, Jason (@griztour on IG) runs the demo program and would be a good person to reach out to.

Aug. 31, 2020, 1:08 a.m.
Posts: 132
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Re: CBC - what’s happening?

Rode it today and noticed 3 major things: 1) There's a completely buffed out blue flow trail section that's about 50m long 2) Millenium log has been resurfaced 3) they needlessly cut out one of the few remaining skinny lines.

July 14, 2020, 6:17 p.m.
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Re: Squamish just ain't what it used to be

Posted by: LoamtoHome

As mentioned before not all the time.  The builder can get it wrong the first time, especially if they are new to the game. I've also found if they are slow riders, they sometimes don't make the right decision(s) for flow.  Nothing worse than having a great flow section and then coming to a grinding halt for a bad corner....  It's like having a stop sign on a race track.

I have to disagree with that in some respects. The trail is what it is and riders should adjust to make it flow as best it can. Changes in speed are just another skill to learn. The number of roots, rocks, etc that have been removed from trails lately to make it "flow" is pretty disheartening.

March 31, 2020, 10:34 a.m.
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Re: Tires for gravel on road bike?

Posted by: heckler

As big as you can to suit the terrain. Tubeless.

BIG is key IMO. I bought a Norco Threshold cross bike to race and ride some gravel and my big takeaway is that comfort is everything on gravel. I'm running WTB Resolute 42mm tires for everything and I've been pretty happy, although if they made them bigger, I'd size up. I'll ride bridle path, sticks and stones, high school league, greenland, bottletop on my cross bike (basically treat it as a late 90s xc bike) so more aggressive rubber the better for me. WTB Nano 40 also looks good with some more aggressive side knobs for cornering. 

Even if the tread is overkill for what you're after, the extra volume helps keeps the body from getting too beat up.

March 4, 2020, 6:28 p.m.
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Re: I've plateaued...what to do about it?

I've heard good things about Ryan Leech's program. He's probably got some great resources for working on bunny hops, manuals and drops.

Oct. 23, 2019, 9:08 p.m.
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Joined: Feb. 8, 2016
Re: Vote for Dave!

Thanks everyone! Proud to represent the shore. Rad trails made this possible, because without them, I'm just a washed up trials rider :)

Oct. 19, 2019, 10:43 a.m.
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Joined: Feb. 8, 2016
Re: Vote for Dave!

Posted by: Kieran

I'm going to say this and but will get a lot a of flack, but it looks sped up. If you look at some of the other vids where they are obviously riding down fall lines then the speeds seems slow in comparision.

He must have all the KOMs on the northshore.

Not sure what to say other than this is definitely not sped up. Filmed, exported and uploaded in 24 FPS (right click on the video and get 'stats for nerds' to see the frame rate). I have about 16 takes, 4-5 of which are clean top to bottom runs within a few seconds of this one which I'd be happy to post as well. Those 16 takes are in addition to sessioning a few of the tricky spots before I started laying down top to bottom runs, not to mention that 50+ other attempts I've done over the years in both the wet and dry. I'm also not just coasting down the trail. When you see the video bobbing up and down or get a sense of sudden acceleration, it's because I'm ratcheting, pedaling and pumping every chance I get on the skinnies and the dirt to pick up more speed. I'm not questioning how it looks to you, but I wanted to put this out there because it's incredibly frustrating to have doubt cast over my riding.

Sept. 22, 2019, 8:29 p.m.
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Re: Let's Talk Cyclocross

Does anyone race the Vancouver CX series? Looking to mix it up and try a cross race this year and have no idea what category to enter. I would describe my mountain biking skillset as high on tech skills and low on fitness, and since cross doesn't seem that technical, I'm pretty much just bringing poor fitness to the table. Would appreciate any insight.

May 7, 2019, 7:39 p.m.
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Joined: Feb. 8, 2016
Re: Crank specs

Can you warranty the carbon cranks? I only run 165mm cranks and have had to replace the stock cranks on all my new bikes. I've had good luck with Shimano XT and Race Face Aeffect cranks. Both relatively cheap and come in 24mm. Race Face has a chart for crank/bb compatability: https://www.raceface.com/media/Crank_Q-factors_and_chainlines.pdf.

March 14, 2019, 8:09 p.m.
Posts: 132
Joined: Feb. 8, 2016
Re: Seymour Conditions

Posted by: Brocklanders

Posted by: DangerousDave

Everyone should stop wasting their time riding ice and slush. The Delta Watershed has been PERFECT two weekends in a row now. As I said before, primo dirt and dry skinnies. What more do you want?

Not having to drive to Delta.

Fair enough :p

Posted by: D_C_

Posted by: Bull_Dozer

Posted by: DangerousDave

Everyone should stop wasting their time riding ice and slush. The Delta Watershed has been PERFECT two weekends in a row now. As I said before, primo dirt and dry skinnies. What more do you want?

Can you recommend a route for someone going there for the first time?

It's a maze of short, quick trails. Just go and ride every trail you see and you'll do fine. The one shown on Trailforks as Shed Line is one of the better options, and parking at the top of it is a good way to go.

As D_C_ says, it's best just to ride around picking whichever trails you come across. I usually park by the school on the east side of the park. Shed Line, Bender, Shed Bike Trail and Shed Monster are my favs. They offer a mix of small berms and jumps. The rest of the trails are more singletrack xc.

March 13, 2019, 6:43 p.m.
Posts: 132
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Re: Seymour Conditions

Everyone should stop wasting their time riding ice and slush. The Delta Watershed has been PERFECT two weekends in a row now. As I said before, primo dirt and dry skinnies. What more do you want?

March 5, 2019, 7:16 p.m.
Posts: 132
Joined: Feb. 8, 2016
Re: Seymour Conditions

Or you could venture out to the Delta Watershed where the conditions have been mint since Saturday (possibly earlier). Dry dirt, dry log rides, etc.

http://www.instagram.com/p/BukovBZFo30/

Jan. 30, 2019, 9:52 p.m.
Posts: 132
Joined: Feb. 8, 2016
Re: CBC/Neds

I've only been riding here for the past three years and can't compare to how things were back in the day, but CBC is still pretty fun even with a sprinkling of baseball-sized rocks across the trail and few chunks of armour missing :)

Dec. 11, 2018, 11:07 a.m.
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Re: Grips

I've struggled finding the right grips since I broke my thumb last year and then sprained my other thumb this year. My Range came with Race Face Love Handles which didn't have nearly enough padding for my liking. Then I tried some old Specialized single clamp waffle grips which were better, but still not padded enough. Then I went all out and tried some ODI Rogue's (ok, so Oury grips would probably be 'all out'). They were comfortable, but felt like I was trying to palm a basketball. Finally, I've settled on Deity Knucklebusters. A bit thick for my hand size, but a nice mix of cushion and size. The only way they could be better is if they removed all the padding from the finger side because it adds unnecessary thickness.

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