Tuesday, September 10 - Catching the B Train to UVic

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Tuesday, September 10 - Catching the B Train to UVic

Post by Rolf » Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:55 pm

I'm riding Tuesday instead of Wednesday this week as I'm away overnight for work. Plus Cross Club on Wednesday night mean some folks may want to save their cross legs that morning.

Thinking if we're not a large group, we could jump onto a B train and ride it half-way round the box before heading off into the UVic woods. Any Gordon Headers want to prep a tour? Or we could just do Haro/Alumni chiptrail repeats...

Now that school's started and winter's just around the corner, :twisted: enjoy this incredible glacier-start French DH race where our protagonist passes 961 riders to finish 39th. (Having a little French helps enjoy his play-by-plays; but his laboured breathing transcends any language barriers... )
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Re: Tuesday, September 10 - Catching the B Train to UVic

Post by Ddallin » Mon Sep 09, 2019 2:06 pm

gonna be damp tomorrow...

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Re: Tuesday, September 10 - Catching the B Train to UVic

Post by Rolf » Mon Sep 09, 2019 2:15 pm

Ddallin wrote:
Mon Sep 09, 2019 2:06 pm
gonna be damp tomorrow...
Hope so! It's fun dodging rain in the trees...

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Re: Tuesday, September 10 - Catching the B Train to UVic

Post by Alan » Mon Sep 09, 2019 2:56 pm

I don't mind a little wet.
Just wish we could lure Johnny Tyre into coming with us. Kinda like this....


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Re: Tuesday, September 10 - Catching the B Train to UVic

Post by Ddallin » Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:18 am

If you rode this, it might be a good idea to make it private "visible to only you"

there may have been some improper use of walking trails...

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Re: Tuesday, September 10 - Catching the B Train to UVic

Post by Rolf » Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:40 am

Thanks, DD. A few quick thoughts:
  1. Despite the opprobrium we experienced today, Saanich's Parks Management and Control Bylaw endorses our route through CHGC this morning as entirely acceptable for cyclists. Of course, this doesn't mean we shouldn't always watch our speed, take corners with control so as not to startle pedestrians (ideally with a bell-ding!), and be as courteous as possible when passing ("Good morning! Thank you! Seven more riders coming!") If we meet joggers, and things are skinny, it's best to put a foot down until they pass.
  2. On the point about bells, it's not just the lead rider that needs one. We often get separated and the warning of "walker/runner up!" doesn't get passed along. Each rider should be equipped to give a ding before a blind corner and to provide that precious moment for a pedestrian or oncoming cyclist to react.
  3. I'm developing a map of verboten trails so we know what areas to avoid in the future—particularly as newer urban trail-riders plan, lead, and post rides. I encourage everyone to have a look and pass on any comments, additions etc. Once you've absorbed the forbidden zones, consider just how many open trails there are!
  4. Strava has three privacy settings: Public, Private (only you can view); and Followers (where only followers can see your activity details.) I'm opting for the last one for my TSCX rides. It means I don't show up on segment leaderboards etc.—but the coddling of fragile egos has never been the point of these rides!
Early-morning urban trail riding is a relatively novel use of much of our lovely city's infrastructure. People simply don't expect to come across a group of adults moving at pace through the woods with bright lights. We're going to twist some noses, regardless of how legitimate our activity may be, or whether we're legally in the right using certain trails. But we must remember that if we're organizing rides on the forum—and especially if we're wearing Tripleshot kit (6 of 8 of us this morning!)—we ride with the Club's reputation on our backs. So let's be extra gentle with the good people we come across and try to ensure we leave them behind with a smile on their faces.

A final observation: today, sunrise was 6:42 a.m.. On Oct. 3, it's at 7:15 a.m. On Oct. 13, it will already be 7:30 a.m. As the darkness, wet, and cold set in, the past two winters have demonstrated that we will soon enjoy entire rides without seeing a single person out there on the trails. 8)
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Re: Tuesday, September 10 - Catching the B Train to UVic

Post by JTyre » Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:48 am

Excellent post, Rolf, and I love the map of verboten's. To it, I would like to add my front lawn. Agreed, Alan? :wink:

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Re: Tuesday, September 10 - Catching the B Train to UVic

Post by Steven » Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:25 am

Rolf, you make some excellent points.

One in particular strikes a chord with me, and could become an opt-in for Trippleshot members, and it's something that I've seen working really well on road rides when in a group or alone this past summer. And that's the use of a bicycle bell. Until this year I personally would never consider fitting a bell to any of my bikes, but seeing/hearing how effective they can be when passing slower riders, or providing a gentle warning to walkers/joggers on the trails, I'm now seriously considering fitting a bell to my winter bike, and probably my summer bike as well.

Crikey, if we purchase bicycle bells with different tones, we could have fun creating Trippleshot bicycle bell music whilst we're out on a group ride :lol:

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Re: Tuesday, September 10 - Catching the B Train to UVic

Post by Alan » Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:01 am

As a long-time bell ringer I agree that more of us should get little musical noisemakers.

I typically like to give "more cowbell" especially when I'm riding across Johnny T's exquisitely manicured front yard.

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Re: Tuesday, September 10 - Catching the B Train to UVic

Post by schouten » Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:57 am

I plan to buy this bad boy.
Ron - that guy with the beard.

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Re: Tuesday, September 10 - Catching the B Train to UVic

Post by Fozzy » Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:57 am

Just get some Hope Pro 4 hubs instead
https://youtu.be/JHyXwl_lqSQ

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