A North Shore Ride Report (how I break my brakes)

This past Saturday found me in Vancouver. A friend of mine hopped on the ferry from Victoria, and I was to meet KirkH, and rotr no more for a spin on the shore.

I picked Mike up at the ferry, and the first surprise was that another friend Jason was there too. Seems Jason had returned from his year long stint in Yellowknife a little early.

We loaded my truck, then set off for Mt Fromme. After arriving, we strapped our gear to ourselves and poceeded slowly up the long climb. It was quite eery because of the low laying cloud. Peering through the trees all we could see was mist. People disappered and reappeared from the mist frequently. It was surreal hearing people make their way towards me, or away from me, but not being able to actually see them.

After what seemed like a couple hours (really only about an houre) we reached the first trail we would take. Upper Oil Can was the choice. We donned our gear, ate some food, lowered the saddles, and soon it was time to ride. Only a few hundred yards into the trail I started to hear an odd clicking noise from the rear of my bike. I stopped to check it out, but couldn’t find anything. I rode another few yards, ad heard it some more. I stopped for a more thorough inspection, and that was when I found it. My rear Hayes caliper had broken! It looked to me like the bottom bolt had follen out a while ago. As I continued braking over the past couple ride, the metal in the mount for the caliper was bent, and rebent repeatedly until it finally let go.

I was quite unhappy. How do you finish a ride with no rear brake? With a little ingenuity, and a few zip ties (thanks Tim), I was able to get the caliper to stay in place while I continued my ride. My conidence was shot on the first few drops so I walked, but I soon began to trust the hacked together repair job. I still had rear brakes, they just felt a little mushy. I did a few drops to test the strength. I found I could still come to a stop quickly enough.

Soon enough we finished Oil Can, so we headed down the fireroad a couple minutes to Expresso. Here we met up with Dave K and Meagan. His previous plans were cancelled due to the inclemant weather. I had never ridden Expresso before, so I was excited to ride something new. It was a very fun trail. There were a few ladder bridges, steep rock faces, root drops, log rides. All sorts of stuff a visitor to the North Shore trails wants to experience.

After dropping onto Baden Powell we traversed back towards the vehicles. Meagan pointed us towards an older North Shore trail caller Digger (I think that was what we rode). It was also a good trail. Some steeps, some loose stuff, and some drops.

We were spit out on a street not too far from the vehicles. We debated on whether or not to head for food, but in order for Mike and Jason to make the 3pm ferry, we needed to leave immediately.

That was our choice, so our day on the North Shore was over. It was a blast. I should have some pictures in a couple days.

Thanks again to Tim and Kirk for riding with us, and showing us around. It was a lot of fun.


This past weekend “she” and I made a trip to the mainland for various reasons. The trip was excellent. On the way over, we rode the 7 pm sailing of the Spirit of Vancouver Island. We hit the buffet for some tasty morsels, then went back to the car deck to check up on Yoshi

Once in Vancouver we had family to visit, mountains to bike on, trails to run on, firewood to purchase, dog food to buy, clothes to shop for, and much, much more.

The return trip on the S.o.V.I. was pretty uneventful. It was an excellent weekend though.


sony PDAI may have only had my Handspring Prism for less than a year, but I am already feeling the urge to upgrade. Sony just announced the first PalmOS 5 ARM processor based PDA’s for the market.

The Palm InfoCenter has some excellent info on them.

Sony Style has them listed for sale already. I might wait a little while to see if pirces fall a little. Then again … maybe not. 🙂 Stay tuned for more details.

Cohabitation Celebration

This past Saturday was the Cohabitation Celebration. “She” and I held our first party at our new place. It was a house warming of sorts.

We had a great time, and wish to thank all those that attended. Friends from in and around the city (and across the water) came by, ate, drank, socialized, then went home.

We had decided to make it a true potluck. It was quite fun to see what each person had in store for the rest of us. The amount of food was staggering. There were appies of all sorts, some main dishes (like lasagna, quesadillas and salmon), and a couple of desserts as well. There were no overlaps in what people brought.

The house DJ (me) was starting to do a poor job, so I handed my duties over to the guest DJ for the remainder of the evening. He did an excellent job, mixing up spinning some of my old school wax, and new school plastic.

Thanks again to all who attended.

Oozing with hypocrisy

I just had a very odd lunch break. I went downtown to look at biking shoes at the Bike Cellar. Across the street was a group of people protesting. There was a placard that read “Kids should not be used as a resource”. I took this to mean the group was opposed to child labor.

Unfortunately for them, a young child was holding the sign. I couldn’t help but laugh and think how hypocritical that was.

Also within a two block period I saw two news cameras taping news stories. Victoria feels like it is a big city now. 🙂 I never did find any shoes, but I did find a couple new CD’s at Lyles Place.

A night on the town.

Last night was tons of fun. I had heard a few weeks ago that Wide Mouth Mason was coming to town, so I after mentioning it to a few friends, I went down and picked up a few tickets. Last night was the show, so “she” and I went out to dinner with a couple friends to Santiago’s, then over to the show. The dinner was excellent! Santiago’s is a tapas bar, and between the four of us we polished off 2 appetizers, 6 main dishes and 1 dessert. Mmmm! You can read about the show here.

In the palm of my hand

Lately I have been having a hankering for some home development. Specifically I have been interested in doing some dev work for my Handspring Prism. My biggest problem is coming up with an original idea for an app. Who am I kidding. Forget the original part. I am having trouble coming up with an idea for an app that I would find useful enough to put time an effort into. Time will tell if I get anything good done. For now I will be storing useful info over on my Palm OS Dev section.

Glad it’s not me.

Driving to work this morning I saw all the kiddies walking to school. I must admit that I got a little nostalgic, and remembered my walk to school in years gone past.

In many ways I miss school, elementary, high school, and university. I don’t miss it enough to want to go back right now, but the nice thing about school is that every day is a little different, you are always learning new stuff, and there is a little more socialization possible.
Then there are the downsides: unreasonable deadlines, studying, tests, quizzes, exams, midterms, profs/teachers you can’t understand, the expense. Hmm, maybe working is better after all!

New sport

Well, this past weekend saw me and “she” visiting some friends who had rented a house for a couple weeks up on Lake Cowichan. The ski boat was there, and I got to try wakeboarding! What a blast. I managed to get up on my third try.

A few tips from some guys that had tried it, and I managed to get up my third attempt. I managed to make turns within the wake and was quite amazed at how much turning on a wakeboard feels so similar to turning on a snowboard.

I can’t wait to try it again sometime. When I do I will probably try getting outside the wake to see how that feels.