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  1. It depends on the hike, but mostly no. On any hike of real length or elevation the last thing I want is more weight in my pack. On shorter hikes (<~6 miles) I might bring one for the summit. For strolls in the woods I might sip a couple while on the trail.
  2. Some great shoulder-season stoke. Really creative filming.
  3. Great few days of riding. Fri: Duxbury, Sat: Carolina Hill, Sun: Foxborough. For late April/Early May the trails are in amazing shape. First time at Foxborough today I got the tour from a few buddies. Nothing extreme, just a good mix of singletrack with rocky tech sections.
  4. Currently no trails on that side, but that's where they are expanding. By 2022 that will be the base for MTB. If you catch a bad case of kancamagus your gonna want to do right the heavy antibiotics and hard booze.
  5. I was just reading that update. They bounced around a lot in their description, but as far as I can tell the order of events looks something like this: - Summer 2021: Keep running MTB off Seven Brothers. Tear down Kanc quad and build Kanc 8. - Winter 2021/22: Be up and running with Kanc 8. Still have Seven Brothers. - Summer 2022: Move MTB to Kanc 8. Tear down Seven Brothers. Install Kanc 4 at Seven Brothers location. Is that how you understand it?
  6. I mentioned my latest repair saga when I started this thread but I didn't get into it. Here goes... Early November 2020: I was riding West Barnstable Conservation Area (AKA Trail of Tears) when my rear hub exploded. It was a long slog out with no pedal-power. Fortunately it was mostly downhill. I dropped my bike off at well-known shop on my way home and basically said "do what you gotta do". (side note: I won't mention the shop by name in this saga. They had some big fails in this story but they did everything they could to make it right. They are well liked and I'm not here to bash
  7. That actually sounds pretty amazing. These days there are so many Youtube tutorials, and tech is changing so fast, that I'm not sure a course would hold up as well as in the past. But still, focusing some time on a course would force the learning. My shop stays half ski/board half bike all winter because I try to ride year round. I have a couple of good stands and you are 100% right about how important that is! It solves everything from keeping your work at hand level (cassettes etc) to orienting your bike the right way (brake bleeds etc).
  8. I though it might be useful to create a place for sharing questions, experiences, and tips on bike wrenching. Or maybe it's just a place to commiserate about busted knuckles, ruined rides, and empty wallets. There are obviously lots of bike-specific forums that are great resources for this, but they tend to get overrun pretty quickly by bike snobs and other trolls. Since we all are in the same general area and more-or-less know each other through ski conversations this might be a friendlier place to share experiences. With that said... Bike repair and maintenance has always been a love
  9. Totally agree! I'm sure that this was a struggle for a lot of people, especially beginners and families. But for us it was great. I spent exactly zero dollars for on-mountain F&B this season! Both Cannon and Loon had way more parking lot festivities than normal. The vibe around that was excellent. I hope this sticks for the future.
  10. How was your 2020/2021 season compared to past seasons and compared to expectations? Ignoring all the Covid factors, I'd give this season 4 stars out of 10. We didn't get an early start, we got several major meltdowns, we didn't get any spectacular big dumps, we had below average snowfall, and we had average to early closings. I might have rated it even lower except we had 3 great weeks of spring skiing that we don't always get (at Cannon anyway). Covid added a whole bunch of minuses and pluses. Covid restrictions had my expectations for the season really, really low. But locally
  11. Vail. Weak snowmaking effort got exposed by a low-snowfall year.
  12. Fuck yeah! It's great to clear that money hurdle for our host. Now let's work on the content hurdle! That's the big one if we want to swear for years to come!
  13. That's funny, we were both there on that day in 2010. What a day!
  14. Today was 70 at Loon and it felt HOT! It got me thinking about the hottest days I've been in the slopes. If memory serves, I've hit 2 days in the 80s: 1) Sugarbush, Easter 2010. 2) Squaw Valley, May 2019. This is a vid from that Sugarbush day, way back when I used to have motivation to film and edit video. https://youtu.be/JL957VkvA0Q
  15. I hit Loon on Wednesday and Friday this week. Wednesday was 60 degrees, mostly sunny, with no crowds. They are down to Gondola and North Peak. The vibe in the lot was great. Only about half full, but the people that were there were all smiles with grills and beers going every where. Conditions and coverage was surprisingly fantastic! These days Cannon is clinging to scraps and I expected the same at Loon. Instead I found excellent base depths and luscious corn/slush. They have snow to spare and are strategically stockpiling so that they can keep this thing going! Friday w
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