Canada = Gold!

28 02 2010

2010 Winter Games Olympic Gold Medal

Canada made history earning 14 gold medals at the 2010 Winter Games – the most in Olympic history!  Great work – congrats to the men’s and women’s athletes that worked so hard for this achievement.  Most of them are under paid and under appreciated amateurs who toil away in obscurity for all but 2 weeks every 4 years.

Well we appreciate you and all your efforts – enjoy the moment…Canada is proud of you!…=-)

Plotting March Boarding Adventures…

27 02 2010

Sharon surfs the Kicking Horse Resort site...

Snowboard Boots – Packing Down

27 02 2010

Snug boots = good control...

Loose boots are not fun when snowboarding.  Having a snug fit without being overly tight is essential for good control and it saves you having to tighten your bindings like crazy which is not comfortable at all.  Even if you manage to buy the perfect boot you’ll notice that over time it’s starting to feel a bit loose.  That’s normal and is just the liner packing down from being compressed under you.  The heavier you are, the more you ride and the more aggressively you ride the sooner you notice a change.

Once you do you have two choices:

  1. wear thicker or more socks to take up the extra space.
  2. insert an extra insole under the existing one to take up the extra space.

When I first bought my Burton Mission snowboard boots they fit great with just the orthopedic insoles [blue insoles above] I like to use in all my footwear so I pulled the stock Burton insoles [gray insoles above] and put it away.  Now that my boot has packed down a bit it’s time to put them in under my orthopedic insoles.

I could switch to thicker socks or add a thinner sock to my usual sock, but I like riding in a single sock and I have lots of them so I don’t want to invest in some thicker ones.

I was talking to a snowboard instructor at Castle Mountain who is out in his boots everyday of the season…he mentioned by the end of the year he’ll have 8-9 extra insoles in his boots…yikes!  That’s a lot of riding…=-)

Folders in Victoria BC

26 02 2010

Sharon on the move in Victoria BC...

I’m in Victoria BC for a few days.  My friend who is staying here has wisely brought two Brompton folding bicycles with her.  Naturally Sharon and I got out on them as quickly as we could for some exploring.  It took me 5 minutes to figure out how to unfold each bike, but once we got them on the road it was well worth the effort.

Lovely waterfront view...

We cruised along the waterfront in the Oak Bay area just enjoying the mild temperatures and lovely views. It was nice to see so much in the way of bicycle infrastructure.  Clearly pedestrians and cyclists are a priority in this town.

Sharon ready to roll....

I was really happy to have a bike to ride, but a day of riding a Brompton has certainly made me appreciate how great my Bike Friday Tikit is.  The Tikit rides much better, folds much more nicely and feels like a real bike.  The Brompton definitely folds smaller than my Tikit, but it’s a hassle to fold/unfold and always lets you know you are riding a folder.

....another amazing view

We dropped by Oak Bay Cycles to grab a cycling map of Victoria and chat with the staff.  Like everyone we’ve met in Victoria they were super friendly and really stoked about the city.  We left with some fun cycling ideas and headed to an English tea house for a warm cup of tea.

Mandatory helmet law in BC...*sigh*

I don’t love the mandatory helmet law for cyclists in BC, but at least the obvious priority cyclists get in the traffic planning here makes me feel like it’s worth doing what the authorities want if they’ll do lots of great stuff for cyclists.  Happily there was a stylie Bern helmet in my size available.

Fun with folders...

So far I’ve really been stoked to see so many cyclists, the respect cyclists get from drivers, fenders on all the bikes and people of all ages riding bikes for transportation. Victoria gets two thumbs up from a cycling perspective.

Water Porn!

We’ve got the weekend to explore some more and enjoy spring in BC before heading back to Calgary.  Hopefully we’ll return to some snow and great snowboarding….*fingers crossed*

Spring has sprung!

Croc Beach Review

26 02 2010

Crocs so ugly you gotta love 'em...

In the spirit of Croc simplicity I’m going provide a stripped down review!

  • used ’em for 3yrs
  • ugly, but lovable
  • cheap-ish
  • last about 1yr regular use till tread is gone
  • floats
  • comfortable even for my problem feet
  • easy to slip on and off
  • very light, bulky
  • feet breathe well
  • usually have a pair with me on a trip
  • several styles for different foot shapes [I heart the Beach]

My Crocs in Baja...

Bern on sale at MEC

25 02 2010

Bern Brentwood

FYI – Men’s Bern helmets are currently on sale at the Calgary MEC [I assume other stores as well, but not online] Brentwood and Watts models ~$49-$59. Sorry ladies yours seem to still be at full price ~$80.

MEC Nanu Gloves

24 02 2010

MEC Nanu Bike Gloves

I use these MEC Nanu gloves mostly when I’m winter biking on my Pugsley.

Things I like about ’em:

  • they are warm [worn them at -37 deg C while biking hard for more than 1hr]
  • they fit well
  • they are water resistant enough for anything, but rain
  • the lobster design lets you work the bike controls just fine
  • they’ve got a fleece “snot pad” on each thumb!
  • they are reasonably priced
  • MEC has an awesome return policy and excellent customer service

What I don’t like:

  • they are wearing out prematurely at the base of each thumb even though the rest of the glove is in perfect shape

I’m going to keep using them until they are totally wrecked, but instead of getting 4-8 years of winter use that the bulk of the glove could handle they’ll be toast by the spring after essentially one season of use [half of the last two winters].  I’m hoping that MEC extends the leather palm reinforcing patch out a bit more to cover the base of the palm where mine wore through. If they do this I would highly recommend this product and would buy another pair.

In fairness I should note that riders with different sized hands and/or different handle bar/control setup might not experience the same issues I have.  I’m using a Titec H-bar with Ergon grips and an Alfine trigger shifter on my Pugsley.