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Month: February 2012

It’ll Take A Year to Make.

It’ll Take A Year to Make.

So I had this great idea.  This weekend I started to film myself riding a trail that I particularly like. I’ll film different sections during the year and my thought is that you’ll see a change in seasons and probably clothing.  Hopefully it will work out.  Below is my first little bit of filming of the trail crossing over Langdale Creek – The Lunge.

I rode with a great group of people today and I seem to be a bit of an historian having come to Mountain Biking from being away for 15 years.  I would say in 1997 there were maybe 25% of the trails that they have today…and the trails now are so much nicer.  I went on about these new trails.  I think that we are definitely blessed with some of the great mountain bike trails in Canada.  Thanks to all those trail builders out there! Caution – Explicit wording in the music – You’ve been warned.

—WAB1234—

Umm….Are These Bikes So Damn Fragile????

Umm….Are These Bikes So Damn Fragile????

Two weekends in a row I’ve been sidelined by malfunctioning equipment.  Last week was a broken derailleur hanger and this weekend was a broken hose for my dropper post (RC Reverb).  The derailleur was more my fault as the chain link broken and wedged in the cage…ting the hanger broke off.  Luckily I had more spares (the shop threw a couple in the box; hey wait a minute!!!!!).  Yesterday, the hose barb from my dropper post broke off, leaked fluid everywhere and I haven’t a clue how it happened.  I was hiking my bike across 100m of forest lands, through creeks and steep slopes and….ummm…maybe….

Aren’t these bikes built for that???

March 26, 2012 – Update – Broke another….fail.  This time the branch had to be cut cause it was really stuck.  The derailleur is still all good!

—WAB1234—

A Good Ride Causes Me to Reflect How the Trails Got There

A Good Ride Causes Me to Reflect How the Trails Got There

I don’t know why I didn’t start mountain biking sooner than a couple of months ago.  The fun and the satisfaction of each ride is such an awesome relief that I can’t wait to ride again.  The trails on the Sunshine Coast are so diverse and numerous that you could ride all day and not ride on one single trail twice.  However, there are trails that I exclaim “Let do that again!”.

I have to pause sometimes during my rides to ask the question, who were the harden few to build these trails?  We know of the modern trailbuilders like Brad Proctor, Glen Ellingsworth, Cap University guys, Rod Camposano, and Guy Bullen.  Also the numerous others that built a couple of trails and add those to chain of trails that we call “Sunshine Coast trail riding”.  We’re they the first? No I say.  A lot of these trails were old pioneer trails, oxen roads, and skid trails of logging of yester-year.  A lot of the trails of Roberts Creeks were because of historic logging and as modern logging continues, it provides access to the new “shuttlers” of today.  Would there be trails like a Trailfeast/wagon road? A Blacktower, a Little Knives, a Sidewinder trail?  And how developed would all the trails be without a modern road system like B&K or Flume Creek Forest Service Roads?  Like it or not, logging and roads provided the old trails and will provide our new trails to be.  I for one believe that we can co-exist together.

New Technology meets Old Technology.

—WAB1234—

I have a new passion – Its a new girl!!!

I have a new passion – Its a new girl!!!

The title of this post might mislead you into thinking that I re-entered father-hood.  Nope! A new girlfriend? Close!  I got a new bike – the Cove G-spot.  I have been looking for a bike for while but was not prepared to buy it as I swore that I wouldn’t (couldn’t) afford two passions.  Road riding and Mountain bike riding.

It started out with small ride with friends when I rode a Cove Hummer.  I was immediately hooked and bought a Brodie Awl for my son.  The brodie is a big free-ride/all mountain 5in travel bike, but is 35-36lb.  It was all I could do to ride up the hills.  The downhilling of the Brodie was like riding a lazy-boy and very good.  So I wanted a bike that could climb and had the plush travel downhilling.  Enter the G-Spot – its a better climber than Cove’s Hummer (XC bike) and has 6in of travel for the big downs.    Click this link to see G-Spot riding in Spain http://www.basquemtb.com/cove-g-spot-review/

I find it much better to post pictures of the bike build.  I haven’t named it but I’m sure that it will express its G-Spot-like sex appeal over the next couple of rides.  After the build i went for a ride around Sprockids Park and the ride was everything that I expected.  The one thing that stands out is the Reverb Post.  So much different to stopping to lower the post before a knarley downhill.

The G-Spot came as a Frame/Fork – DHX Air 5.0 is a really nice shock

1/4 way through the build – added the fork and stem.  

It took a awhile to figure out the cable routing for the Reverb post.  

The back half of the bike showing the 4-bar link and the DT340/Mavic 719 wheel

Bike build complete and trying out the bike on some local trails

The bike came with a Lyrik Fork RC2L DH.  The shock is
a U-Coil where you can lower the fork for better climbing.
The Cove branded DT 340 is nice! 

The best picture of all.  

—WAB1234—