It’s Time for a Change – Blogspot to WordPress

It’s Time for a Change – Blogspot to WordPress

I’ve been struggling lately in deciding to keep updating my blog on a regular basis. It’s not the best blog and I only have one follower (my wife and I signed her up!). Originally it was a place to share my thoughts on where to ride a road bike on the Sunshine Coast of BC. Then, it starting documenting my trips and my thoughts as I rode the pavement endlessly spinning and almost completely bored. Sure, Strava increased my enthusiasm,…

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Terrace MTB Riding

Terrace MTB Riding

So for the last 6 months,  I’ve been on a project in Terrace, BC and wondered if I should take my bike.  I researched several websites on the trails and lurked Strava rides to gauge what sort of riding is available in Terrace.  A fabulous site was a ride review by Lee Lau from North Vancouver.  http://www.leelau.net/sharonandlee/terrace-mountain-biking-in-july/  Lee put me in the right direction for choosing right path. As part of my Strava lurking, I came across another Forester that worked in Terrace and rode the Terrace trails regularly. I quickly emailed him…

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Got It Right – Its Dumb Ass Luck – Whishart 29’er 140mm Long Travel Hardtail

Got It Right – Its Dumb Ass Luck – Whishart 29’er 140mm Long Travel Hardtail

Its taken close to 6 months from design to build to decide if I made a mistake in the design. The build: – Whishart 29’er – steel hardtail – Paragon sliding dropouts; fillet brazed – Black pearl – Toxic Design Labs – 67deg HT; 73deg ST – SRAM XX1 Drivetrain – XTR M-985 Crank with Wolf Components 30 tooth ring – Easton Haven 35mm Stem (50mm long) – Chromag 35mm carbon bar – Easton EC90 XC Wheelset – RS Revelation…

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Whishart Long Travel 29’er is Born!

Whishart Long Travel 29’er is Born!

Over the last several months I’ve been busy baking my own baby in the oven.  In the Bikecad.ca oven so to speak!  My last post explained why (http://www.coastmtb.com/public_html/?p=9) and since then I’ve reviewed countless bike geo’s, reviews and test rides.  I started with a Chromag Surface design then tweaked the design based on Canfield’s Nimble 9, 44 bikes and the Kona Honzo.  The final design ended up being a short chainstay, longer top tube, short stem, 140mm fork.  The sliding…

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Give Me Something Simple in My Mid-Life Crisis

Give Me Something Simple in My Mid-Life Crisis

Life is complicated. Simply put. I don’t yearn for the days of a simple lifestyle as I get older because I like the rewards of having an complicated lifestyle… Its hard to put that into words, but for some things I do wish for less complicated things to keep me happy.   Take cycling for example; I ride both road and mountain bikes – I like riding on the road, its simple, my mind can drift off and I can…

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There’s Trails in Those Santa Monica Mountains!

There’s Trails in Those Santa Monica Mountains!

Driving up Topanga Creek Canyon For the past month or so I’ve been building trails and bridges on the Sunshine Coast and it wasn’t til I flew into LA, I didn’t know if riding a bike was on the agenda.  Really, I didn’t know what I was going to do, but I brought my road biking gear figuring that  I may rent a road bike and go for a tour.  It didn’t take me long to realize that LA does…

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This Year’s Goal is….To Ride

This Year’s Goal is….To Ride

Its a pretty simple goal and a bit of cop-out.  Everyone needs goals to strive or reach for.  They make us better riders in skills or in fitness.  Over the last couple of years, I’ve chosen Granfondo’s, races and other self imposed events to help me keep motivated to do better.  At the end of season, I get burnt out and it takes all winter to get back the motivation to ride.  This year will be different for me.  Cycling…

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Is it SAD’s or Just Winter Hibernation?

Is it SAD’s or Just Winter Hibernation?

So I’m in the middle of winter with no motivation to ride, getting fat, tired and…unmotivated. The weather in winter typically gets me down – too much rain to ride, too cold to ride, too snowy to ride, too dark to ride, feeling sick,  blah blah blah…. Is this a mild form of depression like Seasonal Affective Disorder.  Some can say that. I think that weather affects me more than most and its easy for me to blame the weather…

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Testing the Lynskey Pro29 FS-120 Part 2

Testing the Lynskey Pro29 FS-120 Part 2

Last year in January 2013, I reviewed a Lynskey Pro29 FS- 120 with 650B wheels –  At the time, Cove Bikes evaluating a new design for a 650B bike and a full suspension frame from Lynskey was sent out for review.  The bike – a FS Pro 29 frameset was built up.  The issue Cove had was that with the new thinking of low bottom bracket heights and slack geometry, the FS was modified to fit this thinking.  The bottom…

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Every Now Then Clarity Comes Around

Every Now Then Clarity Comes Around

Clarity – noun 1. clearness or lucidity as to perception or understanding; freedom from indistinctness or ambiguity. 2. the state or quality of being clear or transparent to the eye; pellucidity: the clarity of pure water. This state of mind as been my mantra for years now. As I work hard in my career in growing my skills and knowledge, I’ve also encounter alot of stress in my life.  Cycling seemed to be my stress reliever in my life and if done right, provides that clarity state of mind that I can think freely and enjoy the “moment” of just….riding a bike and enjoying the simpleness of it all. By…

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