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Forum: Touring
09-16-19, 08:53 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,199
Posted By Mountain Mitch

Seems to be a source of ongoing confusion. ...

Seems to be a source of ongoing confusion.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/cyclists-getting-ticketed-for-no-insurance-blame-confusing-e-bike-legislation-1.5278601
Forum: Touring
09-12-19, 07:48 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,048
Posted By Mountain Mitch

It was easy getting enough fruit while riding the...

It was easy getting enough fruit while riding the Shiminami-Kaido in Japan. In fact my son was the designated fruit carrier since he had a...
Forum: Touring
09-11-19, 08:01 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,199
Posted By Mountain Mitch

Right, so we’ll have cops with radar (which won’t...

Right, so we’ll have cops with radar (which won’t work well on a target like a carbon fibre bike) manning the trails. Of course, that’ll have to be paid for so some extra fees or taxes or licensing...
Forum: Touring
09-09-19, 02:04 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,199
Posted By Mountain Mitch

Yeah, but ‘accountable’ usually means subject to...

Yeah, but ‘accountable’ usually means subject to judgement by those injured by the accountable rider. Then you get into the issue of mandatory insurance which brings in a cascade of regulations,...
08-12-19, 06:54 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 9,933
Posted By Mountain Mitch

They could pass a 30 foot law and it wouldn’t...

They could pass a 30 foot law and it wouldn’t mean a thing unless enforced!

Politicians love passing feel good laws that they can then use to stand before the electorate to show they are “taking...
08-11-19, 12:11 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,739
Posted By Mountain Mitch

There are, of course, multiple coloured specimens...

There are, of course, multiple coloured specimens of the species Black Bear, including brown. Close to half our local Black Bears are cinnamon coloured.

Black Bears can certainly be aggressive and...
08-08-19, 07:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 540
Posted By Mountain Mitch

Get the Scott. The carbon frame will absorb a lot...

Get the Scott. The carbon frame will absorb a lot more of the trail noise than the aluminum CAAD even with the carbon fork (which I assume they’ll replace with one that doesn’t break). Plus, 105 is...
08-06-19, 09:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,024
Posted By Mountain Mitch

You would be surprised what a top of the line FS...

You would be surprised what a top of the line FS MTB will do for your ability to ride seemingly impossible stuff. I sometimes wonder if it’s really any better or anymore thrilling or if the technical...
08-06-19, 08:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 387
Posted By Mountain Mitch

All about condition and fit.... and, how ‘cheap’?

All about condition and fit.... and, how ‘cheap’?
08-06-19, 08:43 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,770
Posted By Mountain Mitch

A Tallboy! Congratulations. Talk about jumping in...

A Tallboy! Congratulations. Talk about jumping in with both feet. Around here that bike would definitely blow the doors off the budget you initially set out. It should be a fun bike for you.
Forum: Touring
08-05-19, 05:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 848
Posted By Mountain Mitch

I spent many a long summer day on Salt Spring. It...

I spent many a long summer day on Salt Spring. It was always a bit of a mission to get out to Ruckles - sounds like it still is. In those days there was lots of fast traffic (ferry dependant) and...
08-04-19, 09:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,672
Posted By Mountain Mitch

Looks like a worn, not broken, cassette. Time to...

Looks like a worn, not broken, cassette. Time to fork out for a new one!
08-03-19, 08:00 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,739
Posted By Mountain Mitch

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Another reason not to take you dog on a mountain...
07-27-19, 01:15 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 8,697
Posted By Mountain Mitch

I’d rather ride my bike. That said, I don’t...

I’d rather ride my bike.
That said, I don’t really watch any competitive sports. I’d rather participate in a sport. Watching is boring.
Forum: Touring
07-27-19, 09:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,062
Posted By Mountain Mitch

I have flown into and out of Spokane many times -...

I have flown into and out of Spokane many times - but never with a bike. There are few services close to the Spokane Airport. I have not seen any indication that boxes are available but I’d suggest...
Forum: Touring
07-26-19, 08:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,394
Posted By Mountain Mitch

Most predatory black bear attacks on humans are...

Most predatory black bear attacks on humans are carried out by bears under 200 lbs.. At that size they are young and haven’t learned the appropriate target species. It may be their first year on...
07-24-19, 10:33 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 28,406
Posted By Mountain Mitch

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/c69cee40_34a4_4125_bdab_bf77df60f5f3_1d1c6ff24af164b95cf498af3470f12b0ad03fd2.jpeg...
07-22-19, 05:56 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,770
Posted By Mountain Mitch

A little shifter adjustment is nothing and really...

A little shifter adjustment is nothing and really just to be expected. I’d suggest getting the bike tuned up so you’ve got a good baseline. Sounds like you got a great deal! Glad to hear it worked...
07-21-19, 09:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,202
Posted By Mountain Mitch

Yeah, the Pend Oreille runs north out of Lake...

Yeah, the Pend Oreille runs north out of Lake Pend Oreille I’d. Into WA and crosses into Canada for a 40 km stretch just south of Trail BC before it dumps into the Columbia. Beautiful! If you love...
07-20-19, 08:00 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,770
Posted By Mountain Mitch

Scott bikes are pretty decent in my opinion. That...

Scott bikes are pretty decent in my opinion. That one is their entry version, but it is generally a good bike for up to an intermediate rider. I believe they are only 29. That gives you an extra...
07-20-19, 02:10 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,770
Posted By Mountain Mitch

It’s hard to offer proper advice without knowing...

It’s hard to offer proper advice without knowing the terrain. But based on what you’ve said I’d recommend a half decent front suspension bike (aka ‘hardtail’) It will serve you much better than a...
07-19-19, 07:28 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 11,563
Posted By Mountain Mitch

All these claims remind me of Rapid Roy: ...

All these claims remind me of Rapid Roy:

‘Yeah Roy so cool
That racin' fool he don't know what fear's about
He do a hundred thirty mile an hour
Smilin' at the camera
With a toothpick in his...
07-19-19, 06:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,202
Posted By Mountain Mitch

Exciting Ride

We’ve had a very slow start to summer around here - temperatures in the single digits (C) at night, mid-teens during the days and almost daily showers, often with thunder and lightning. But it looked...
07-18-19, 09:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,254
Posted By Mountain Mitch

If I were you I’d look carefully at the flat bar...

If I were you I’d look carefully at the flat bar gravel bikes. Even though you mention paved trails this type of bike would suit your riding since the wider tires make them very stable. My suggestion...
07-18-19, 09:13 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 11,458
Posted By Mountain Mitch

30 C is getting warm but it depends how humid it...

30 C is getting warm but it depends how humid it is. If the humidity is moderate I still enjoy riding up to about the mid 30s.
On my recent trip to the UAE I was impressed by the lit tracks though...
07-15-19, 06:36 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,652
Posted By Mountain Mitch

☝️ I agree! Every time you pedal a circle...

☝️ I agree!

Every time you pedal a circle you move the bike ‘X’ teeth. So with your new gearing you will move the bike fewer ‘teeth’ than with your former chain ring. Now, of course, that also...
07-13-19, 07:53 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,082
Posted By Mountain Mitch

Numb hands are merely one of the delights of the...

Numb hands are merely one of the delights of the aging (rider) process. My significant other and I have tried all the adjustments and tricks with no significant success. It is really a shoulder...
07-13-19, 02:02 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,069
Posted By Mountain Mitch

I got one (no suspension) for snow riding this...

I got one (no suspension) for snow riding this past winter. I have taken it out on a couple of mountain bike trails too. I find it is significantly slower on roads, especially flats. It is about the...
07-13-19, 01:53 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 11,563
Posted By Mountain Mitch

I think I go down hill fast but then I ride with...

I think I go down hill fast but then I ride with my 30 something sons and realize - I don’t anymore! I still get down pretty quick on mountain bike trails, but roads, not so much.
07-07-19, 09:32 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,826
Posted By Mountain Mitch

:roflmao: :recum: or very short riders!

:roflmao: :recum: or very short riders!
07-06-19, 10:06 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,826
Posted By Mountain Mitch

I enjoyed riding this one on Rishiri just off the...

I enjoyed riding this one on Rishiri just off the northern tip of Hokkaido:...
07-04-19, 12:56 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 6,085
Posted By Mountain Mitch

Nice try. The problem with this theory is that by...

Nice try. The problem with this theory is that by the time the bandages have to be removed the hair will have grown in....
PS. Its for the looks!
07-04-19, 12:52 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 6,085
Posted By Mountain Mitch

While the OP has a good point which seems to make...

While the OP has a good point which seems to make sense, the problem is that if you only shave one leg that side goes a bit faster and you end up going in a circle! :roflmao:
06-27-19, 09:45 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,948
Posted By Mountain Mitch

Mountain bike riding, at least around here, is a...

Mountain bike riding, at least around here, is a lot like doing wind sprints. Road biking is more like long distance running. It will help fitness for MTB but since you have sworn off, I’m not going...
06-27-19, 09:33 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,672
Posted By Mountain Mitch

Main thing about bike riding is to get a bike and...

Main thing about bike riding is to get a bike and ride it like you stole it!

You’re dithering for no good reason. You say you want to buy a bike, you say this fits, it’s in your price range, it...
06-26-19, 07:49 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,672
Posted By Mountain Mitch

Buy the Trance.

Buy the Trance.
Forum: Touring
06-25-19, 09:26 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,248
Posted By Mountain Mitch

Besides whether you’re allergic to bees or wasps,...

Besides whether you’re allergic to bees or wasps, their stings can become infected. If it still isn’t healed after 2-3 weeks I’d get a Doc to look at it. May need an antibiotic.

I’ve been stung on...
06-25-19, 09:18 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,074
Posted By Mountain Mitch

A local rider here turned 70 recently. To...

A local rider here turned 70 recently. To ‘celebrate’ on his birthday he rode back and forth to the next town (10 km each way) 7 times. Thing is, the next town is also 600 M (~2000 feet) lower than...
Forum: Touring
06-16-19, 06:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,341
Posted By Mountain Mitch

You’ve gotta try Japan. They’re mortified if the...

You’ve gotta try Japan. They’re mortified if the train in 2 minutes late and offer humble apologies! On the other hand, bike accommodation on the trains is very limited.
06-16-19, 06:38 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 640
Posted By Mountain Mitch

My kids have all flown the nest long ago. Still,...

My kids have all flown the nest long ago. Still, gives me great places to go riding - most recently the UAE! And it’s great to get the warm wishes from far away and remember the times that were and...
06-13-19, 06:24 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,161
Posted By Mountain Mitch

You don’t mention trying a professional trainer....

You don’t mention trying a professional trainer. The best ones are great motivators. Seems like a lot of the problem is attitude/psychological issues. Good luck!
Forum: Touring
06-05-19, 09:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 847
Posted By Mountain Mitch

Both the Miyatas seem to have very steep drops...

Both the Miyatas seem to have very steep drops due to their short stems. The Bianchi looks like it is slightly more upright. So if you found it difficult riding in the drops on the Bianchi after 30...
Forum: Touring
05-24-19, 09:28 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,418
Posted By Mountain Mitch

Spectacular! As you probably know, the carp...

Spectacular! As you probably know, the carp ‘flags’ represent children as May is the children’s month.
I see you rode around Kirishima to take the ferry over to Kagoshima. Until fairly recently...
Forum: Touring
05-21-19, 09:23 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,409
Posted By Mountain Mitch

My son thought it might come in handy with some...

My son thought it might come in handy with some of the puddles he hits while riding in Japan :lol:!
Forum: Touring
05-21-19, 09:20 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,081
Posted By Mountain Mitch

I checked out some pictures. It’s described as a...

I checked out some pictures. It’s described as a six person tent. Looks like it probably well over 10 pounds -and bulky. More of a car camping tent IMHO. I sure wouldn’t want to haul that along on a...
Forum: Touring
05-20-19, 07:50 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,409
Posted By Mountain Mitch

I agree. My closest town is 10 km. downhill from...

I agree. My closest town is 10 km. downhill from my house. Even though I am a cyclist and support cycling rights, I’d probably be shouting obscenities at a rider who ‘took the full lane while...
05-15-19, 09:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,880
Posted By Mountain Mitch

I ride for fun and fitness. Sometimes speed is...

I ride for fun and fitness. Sometimes speed is fun but it isn’t a goal on its own for me. I often enjoy the long uphills (where I’m focussed mostly on fitness) more than the downhills where speed...
Forum: Touring
05-14-19, 08:22 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 8,479
Posted By Mountain Mitch

Time - retired Money - careful planning for...

Time - retired
Money - careful planning for said retirement
Partner - wise/lucky choice of wife plus an encouraging generous attitude towards her riding. Plus occasionally get lucky with children...
Forum: Touring
05-14-19, 09:38 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,451
Posted By Mountain Mitch

In the same general region you might want to...

In the same general region you might want to consider the Selkirk Loop biking - International Selkirk Loop (http://selkirkloop.org/member-category/activities/biking/). Various options if you want to...
Forum: Touring
05-05-19, 08:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,352
Posted By Mountain Mitch

Thanks for the pictures and the trip report. Nice...

Thanks for the pictures and the trip report. Nice to see someone touring the BC interior, and actually using the train! Too bad the weather wasn’t slightly more cooperative- but then you’d get more...
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