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RyanD

climber
Squamish
Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 6, 2012 - 06:00pm PT
This thread is dedicated to Hamish, Luke, Relic & any other squamish bikers who want to spray down about mountain biking In the sea to sky area or anywhere for that matter, this way they don't have to keep posing as climbers on a very wonderful climbing thread. We know u guys have a dirty fetish & hopefully this will be a good place for u guys to indulge in it. Pictures, stories and outrageous claims are welcome, as well as debates concerning whose shock has the most inches of travel. No one will judge you here-Cheers!!

Ps being a recovering biker I am hoping to be inspired here to the point where I may actually consider biking again! Show us why biking in the Squamish area is so awesome??!
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jun 6, 2012 - 06:01pm PT
O tempora! O mores!
coastal_climber

Trad climber
Squamish, BC
Jun 6, 2012 - 07:29pm PT
Driving shuttle is fun IMO
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 6, 2012 - 07:52pm PT
I did Jacks trail once, it was fun, my dog liked it.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Jun 6, 2012 - 07:52pm PT
Hamish, Luke what trail did you ride today?
hamish f

Social climber
squamish
Jun 6, 2012 - 07:54pm PT
Britannia; don't know the name. 5 star ride.
MikeL

climber
SANTA CLARA, CA
Jun 6, 2012 - 08:10pm PT
Can you post a URL I can look at for some of those rides in the area? We'll be in Whistler and Pemberton in the last week of August with our bikes. Thx.
gf

climber
Jun 6, 2012 - 08:49pm PT
one for the climbers-solid steel bikes on a little x-country after get...
one for the climbers-solid steel bikes on a little x-country after getting lost on way to the crag in yangshou china
Credit: gf
gf

climber
Jun 6, 2012 - 08:52pm PT
and one for the mtn bikers -can't say where it is as certain ST poster...
and one for the mtn bikers -can't say where it is as certain ST posters want to ban mtn biking in ALL provincial parks -sort of like in an islamic republic -as in "no fun allowed"
Credit: gf
gf

climber
Jun 6, 2012 - 08:58pm PT
One for the surfing-riding- climbers
One for the surfing-riding- climbers
Credit: gf
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 6, 2012 - 09:16pm PT
Thanks GF! Something for everyone!
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 2, 2012 - 10:50am PT


Bump for some real mountain cycling action:-)
gf

climber
Jul 2, 2012 - 11:41am PT
http://www.innate-gear.com/blog/pure-necessity
Heres' an interview with Kris
-Also of interest he just published a book on Muni -a fellow poster to S Torpor, Largo gives it a plug on his site.

RyanD

climber
Squamish
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 2, 2012 - 12:34pm PT
that's actually a really cool article GF, thanks for the link. KH is a serious pioneer. I really like his design philosophy:

Ultimately, the driving force behind my designs is riding, not the equipment itself. Itís a subtle distinction, but an important one: the measure of a designís success is whether the gear becomes part of your experience such that you forget about it. If your equipment keeps reminding you that itís there, thereís something wrong with it.


Relic

Social climber
Vancouver, BC
Jul 2, 2012 - 01:30pm PT
Why is he holdin his dink the whole ride? Does he gotta pee?
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 2, 2012 - 01:47pm PT
Oh Relic,

I have been waiting for you to show up here so i could show off my new mountain bike. The guy at Garibaldi said it would be the perfect all rounder for this area. I won't be surprised if you are more than a little jealous after your recent purchase to see how much better value you could have gotten if you would have just waited for the newest technology.














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Credit: RyanD

apparently this new fender technology is designed specifically for the area as it helps keep mud outta your buttcrack. The rat-trap on the back works well for your lap top so you can post about your biking adventures to the climbing threads from just about anywhere!!! the only real modification i will probably have to make will be to just turn the handlebars upwards to help with the centre of gravity on those long descents from the top of the gondola :-)
hamish f

Social climber
squamish
Jul 2, 2012 - 02:19pm PT
Nice! Hard to go wrong with the Eliminator.

One wheel or two, Kris has some amazing talent. I'm pretty happy to be a 5.10 mtn. biker.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jul 2, 2012 - 02:46pm PT
Why is he holdin his dink the whole ride? Does he gotta pee?


MORON ALERT !!! MORON ALERT !!!! UNICYCLISTS BEWARE THERE'S A MORON AROUND!!!!



HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!
Signed mother of two unicyclists.......
MH2

climber
Jul 2, 2012 - 03:42pm PT
Stellar photos, gf.
MH2

climber
Jul 2, 2012 - 03:51pm PT
If your equipment keeps reminding you that itís there, thereís something wrong with it.


Wow! Quite an epiphany for an old guy, in the context of holding one's dink, that is.


Very cool video. Who was involved? Only KH?
Timmc

climber
BC
Jul 2, 2012 - 03:58pm PT
Great images Greg.
hamish f

Social climber
squamish
Jul 2, 2012 - 06:27pm PT
How do you like your ridge-riding now??????
gf

climber
Jul 2, 2012 - 08:21pm PT
Bike Alert!
Big Jim (Brennan) was spotted in fine form on his new Satori with 29" wheels in the Seymour watershed today. When asked what happened to climbing, he allegedly retorted "oh i just picked this up for rainy days"
hamish f

Social climber
squamish
Jul 2, 2012 - 08:53pm PT
That's what they all say before they get hooked.
Relic

Social climber
Vancouver, BC
Jul 2, 2012 - 08:55pm PT
Dink holding half bike riders are strange. I don't get it. I don't know how they stay up on those damn things. I don't know why they touch dink the whole ride. But it is fun to watch those freaks.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jul 2, 2012 - 09:19pm PT
Dink holding half bike riders are strange. I don't get it.

Isn't it obvious? I mean it seems pretty clear that ridiing a bike with one wheel is only half as hard as riding a bike with two wheels, so you gotta do something to make the ride interesting.

I think they probably cut the money shot from that video so it would get past the SuperToprope censors.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jul 2, 2012 - 09:25pm PT
I don't know how they stay up on those damn things. I don't know why they touch dink the whole ride.


Girl unicyclists don't touch dink :-D


You want the sickest of weird riding things :

not mine I pinched it from the ethers.
not mine I pinched it from the ethers.
Credit: Tami
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jul 2, 2012 - 09:31pm PT
Girl unicyclists don't touch dink :-D

Maybe not while they're riding...
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Jul 2, 2012 - 09:36pm PT
So Tami,

Is there a girl's version mountain unicycle and a boy's ? A straight up question, really.

As for boys, you would have to have Rhinoceros balls to take what that thing in your pic offers !
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 2, 2012 - 10:19pm PT
I mean it seems pretty clear that ridiing a bike with one wheel is only half as hard as riding a bike with two wheels

Ghost, help me out as I'm not as big on the biking as you guys, i have to ask- what is ridiing?

:-)
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jul 2, 2012 - 10:30pm PT
"Ridiing" is "riding" with two i's which means you haven't yet had one poked out by a stick.

Jim there are not gender specific unicycles.

As for Rhino balls, you learn to sit on the seat in such a way that it duzzn't squash yer sac. You'd have to ask my son - who has done quite a few kms in a day ( on a 29" wheel ) . My daughter declines to ride her unicycle because "it's slow and uncomfortable". Go figger. I'll say it again, I can't yet ride a unicycle free of needing a wall for support. It's crazy hard to ride one of those things.

And, as for the Ultimate Wheel ( UW ) pictured above, the things that get wrecked are the insides of your lower legs. I only know of one girl, a 15 year old, Claire, who can ride that thing. She can ride it in a circle and bunnyhop on it but she only rides it indoors.

The UW is ridiculously difficult to ride. A sorta 5.13d unicycle.....

:-)

Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Jul 2, 2012 - 10:35pm PT
It does look like it can separate the boys from the man.
Relic

Social climber
Vancouver, BC
Jul 2, 2012 - 10:53pm PT
So how hard is regular unicycle Tami, like 12b? It looks 12+ for me. I'd be a teetering tower of badly stacked jenga on one of those I think. Squashing your sack doesn't sound too appealing either.

I wonder if anyone has rode a pogo-stick down mountain bike trails. Hmm. It could be the new school cutting edge x-games televised sport-a-thon.
Relic

Social climber
Vancouver, BC
Jul 2, 2012 - 11:04pm PT
I think this kid is on to something. He does some almost sick tricks: jumping onto chairs, puddle jumps, spineramas. Don't miss the angry mom at the end.

Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Jul 2, 2012 - 11:09pm PT
I'd be willing to bet that if you can walk a long slackline, you can ride a uni.

.11a, just a guess though.
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 3, 2012 - 12:13am PT
"Ridiing" is "riding" with two i's which means you haven't yet had one poked out by a stick.

Haha Tami! I knew it was just some lingo I wasn't aware of.


So what's an example of a 12a bike trail??
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Jul 3, 2012 - 03:31am PT
Kudos to Ryan and everyone else. This thread is just as funny as all our squamish threads seem to be.

Now we just need a little special k and I might expire from laughter.
hamish f

Social climber
squamish
Jul 3, 2012 - 06:47am PT
I think there are lots of examples of 5.12 bike trails, like the ones Kris Holm is leaping around on in that video. Fortunately for us old and frailies, we can arrive at difficulty a different way. Personally I like to link together a few trails, complete with the uphill approach, and see how quickly I can pin it through the real-life video game, touching the ground as little as possible.
The climbing analogy might be along the lines of the Crimson Cringe in the Valley, every move is pretty easy but it's quite tough to string it all together and not hang on any gear. The right side of the split pillar is another shining example.
One of the most outstanding features of mtn. biking is the ease in which a fairly easy trail can be made tougher, or at least a lot more exciting; just crank up the speed and the thrill meter rises accordingly.

I have faith we'll see Special Kay on this site, he just needs to peruse the local bike store with credit card in hand. Or buy my Rocky Mtn. with the little wheels. Special deal for the funniest guy on the gondola thread, although Anders was a close second.
thekidcormier

Gym climber
squamish, b.c.
Jul 3, 2012 - 07:33am PT
Biking so much fun. When I go climbing I have to walk down from the top, walking sucks.

Going fast kicks butt.

Woohoo
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jul 10, 2012 - 07:49pm PT
What can I say? I accused Hamish of being a wuss for riding a bicycle with springs and stuff. Well, it's true he's a wuss for doing that, but now I'm just another pot calling a kettle black.

Forgive me father, for I have sinned, too.

I spent the weekend in Squamish, and after doing some climbs, I accepted an invitation to borrow a bicycle with springs and sh#t, and go for a ride.

Linked a bunch of trails, just like Hamish. Despite being ancient, and not having ridden anything other than flat roads for 25 years, I was awesome.

Now I understand.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jul 10, 2012 - 08:06pm PT
I'd be willing to bet that if you can walk a long slackline, you can ride a uni.


Nope. Totally different process of balance. One is mostly side-to-side motion with feet for support; the other mostly fwd/back motion with butt & feet for support.


David has gone to the dark side? I hope no trailside pumpkin awaits.....
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jul 10, 2012 - 08:16pm PT
David has gone to the dark side?

No sh#t. I'm in a big corporate-type hotel in downtown Edmonton. How much farther into the dark can you go?
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Jul 10, 2012 - 08:22pm PT
It all started when you shaved your moustache.
hamish f

Social climber
squamish
Jul 11, 2012 - 08:04am PT
Three cheers for Casper. Next step involves your visa card. Jim has been living the dark life for a couple of weeks and loving it.
Relic seems pretty happy with his purchase too.
thekidcormier

Gym climber
squamish, b.c.
Jul 11, 2012 - 08:58am PT
i need to invest in a new ride... Pretty sure visa just uped my credit limit a few grand, i think its a sign!
gf

climber
Jul 11, 2012 - 09:04am PT
Now I understand.
David -they aren't mutually exclusive -you can have a lot of fun climbing on rest days from biking -view it as active rest for the real deal....
Relic

Social climber
Vancouver, BC
Jul 11, 2012 - 09:37am PT
Now I understand.

:)
hamish f

Social climber
squamish
Jul 19, 2012 - 07:00pm PT
See, I told you so. Makes you feel like a champ, hauling around those trails. I've only ever done one bike race and for some reason I'm going to try number two on the weekend. Just shoot me. 45 klicks of climbing and choice singletrack.
Relic

Social climber
Vancouver, BC
Jul 19, 2012 - 08:15pm PT
Hopefully the race isn't gonna be a Test of Muddle. Way to bounce back after the rib thingy!
hamish f

Social climber
squamish
Jul 19, 2012 - 09:46pm PT
Thanks. I don't think there will be much mud, just lots of real riders with real legs, and then me in the back gasping for air.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jul 19, 2012 - 10:17pm PT
Damn. I wish I could be there so that you'd only have to be second from the back.
hamish f

Social climber
squamish
Jul 20, 2012 - 08:19am PT
There will be a couple hundred riders so I'm hoping and praying I won't be the very last one across the line. I promise to put in a good effort for the old rock climbers with sore boddies group.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jul 20, 2012 - 09:07am PT
Hamish - Worth rememberin' the body duzzin't heal as fast as it used to. Good Ruck in the Race but be smart - don't get smashed up.
hamish f

Social climber
squamish
Jul 20, 2012 - 06:35pm PT
It only hurts when I take really deep breaths; other than that I'm g.t.g. Geeze you know you're old when you have to scroll way down the page to find your age category. Hilarious.
Relic

Social climber
Vancouver, BC
Jul 23, 2012 - 09:49am PT
So, how did the race go Hamish? I'm thinking of heading up today for a ride although it's looking a little dreary outside.
hamish f

Social climber
squamish
Jul 23, 2012 - 10:05am PT
Oh man, those bike racers are FIT. This old climber with a nasty rib got 3:14; not too bad, not too good. I was really missing my deep breaths. It was great to have a humbling experience and I found it enjoyable to be the rookie. Definitely makes me thankful for the style of biking we usually partake in, what with stopping a bunch to rest.
chez

Social climber
chicago ill
Jul 23, 2012 - 10:12am PT
^^^^^^Same Hamish i photographed on that dihedral below the Sword? Years ago
hamish f

Social climber
squamish
Jul 23, 2012 - 10:34am PT
It's possible, as I did clock some time in that area.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Sep 2, 2012 - 11:21pm PT
Time to get this forum back on wheels.

Pretty good biking video, but what I really love is the music.

Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Sep 2, 2012 - 11:48pm PT
I'm having so much fun since I got a bike that fits me. Thanks Ghost for the video!

It will take some leg work and dues paying but WOW, the bike is a cool way of slowing down from car speed as a way of perceiving the world more effectively.

It's nice to say hi to others when stopped at a light.
gf

climber
Sep 3, 2012 - 01:40am PT
Jim gets the keener award -he's out on that 29er for many an adventure these days
gf

climber
Oct 7, 2012 - 04:10pm PT
lick creek shot of hamish fraser taken on an earlier outing -part of a...
lick creek shot of hamish fraser taken on an earlier outing -part of a recent 97Km day.
Credit: gf
Ok, this one is just too good not to post up.
One time climber and now avid mtn biker Hamish Fraser just cranked a pretty amazing 10.5 hr day stacking two classic chilcotan rides -Lick Creek and then Windy Pass -both done as car to car loops with no shuttling involving lots of gruelling climbing over 97km of wonderful country.
For a guy that was nearly fully bed riden for close to 2 years until about a year ago due to undiagnosed and debilitating joint ailments from what might have been an infection of his joints following surgery,this is a doubly remarkable achievement!
Long live the enchainment whether its climbing or riding and well done Hamish!
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Oct 7, 2012 - 04:28pm PT
TWO THUMBS UP FER HAGGIS !!!!!!
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Oct 7, 2012 - 04:48pm PT
NICE WORK HAMISH ! ! !
thekidcormier

Gym climber
squamish, b.c.
Oct 7, 2012 - 05:06pm PT
Nice effort hamish! And Greg!

I must be too slow, hf took me out on one ride and never invited me again.

But we're all stoked you fought off that gnarly ailment!
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 7, 2012 - 05:21pm PT
+1 for enchainments. Seriously awesome guys, 97k on trails in a day is amazing! I may have done half that BITD when I used to downhill, but that was all downhill & I took the chair up after each 4km. I don't even think I had a chain on my bike :-)


On another note a bike was forced upon me by my boss so it looks like I might be part of the "something to do when it rains" club. Its a specialized enduro & i picked it up for a song. We'll see how much use it gets, the temps are pretty prime at Pet wall these days.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Oct 7, 2012 - 08:15pm PT
I rode .97 km on my mountain bike today. 0.485 down the hill to the gym. Then almost couldn't make the 0.485 back up after wasting myself trying to push lumps of metal up and down.

But hey, at least I got on my bike.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Oct 7, 2012 - 08:22pm PT
Nice work Hamish! Good to hear you are getting out and killing it to boot!

Thanks for the report greg!
gf

climber
Oct 8, 2012 - 02:31am PT
i should have put SOLO in caps -sorry if i gave impression i was chest beating as opposed to being a sycophant trumpeting a friends' accomplishments -it was just too cool not share....

gf
mrtropy

Trad climber
Nor Cal
Oct 8, 2012 - 08:46am PT
Local unknown trails

hamish f

Social climber
squamish
Oct 8, 2012 - 09:07am PT
GF would've been there if he were an unemployed bum like myself.
hamish f

Social climber
squamish
Oct 13, 2012 - 05:09pm PT
Just in case anyone out there is looking for a chilcotin length ride without driving over the hurly, the more people that ride this one, the better.
Park in Pemberton, ride up bathtub trail, happy trail, nimby, middle earth, onto owl lakes via the Skelu'la 7 trail, and then up to chain lakes. Cruise along the 3 chain lakes and drop into the chain link descent. Primo! Then ride back along the birken road to pemberton. This car to car loop took me 7 hours my first time and I suggest it for all keeners. I was pinning it quite a bit to beat the sunset so maybe allow a little extra time.
The bike shop in Pemby sells a great map and those guys are a wealth of information.
gf

climber
Oct 13, 2012 - 06:30pm PT
any pics out there for that one?
hamish f

Social climber
squamish
Oct 13, 2012 - 09:54pm PT
Unfortunately I only took a couple of low grade cell phone pics and they're both pretty bad.

Here is a write up from one of the builders:

Skelu'la7, Chain Link connection / Pemberton Valley Trail Association
gf

climber
Jan 20, 2013 - 08:23pm PT
Tres Canuck-mtn bike foreground, hockey on alice lake to the rear. Who...
Tres Canuck-mtn bike foreground, hockey on alice lake to the rear. Who needs NHL?
Credit: hamish fraser
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 20, 2013 - 09:43pm PT
Ha nice gf! I was wondering if the trails were all iced up still. In the trees it's probably ok??
gf

climber
Jan 20, 2013 - 09:57pm PT
Well Hamish had laid down the killer circuit over the past few weeks thanks to a family that dragged a toboggan around the 4 lakes trail -gave compact snow and ice sections but fully rideable albeit at a slower pace for yours truly. Good there are lots of recreation opportunities at present.
gf
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