Mud News Pivot Mach 6 Review

Perry rolling the rock in Cumberland...

Perry rolling the rock in Cumberland…

I wrote a brief review of my Pivot Mach 6 for our local advocacy group’s magazine.

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This review is just a summary of my thoughts I have already posted to this blog so no surprises here.

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SIMBS T-Shirts For Sale

Logo detail...

Logo detail…

The South Island Mountain Bike Society is a local organization that maintains trails at Hartland and provides a voice for local riders when it comes to MTB issues on the South Island. SIMBS is working with BC Parks to get new trails in Gowland Todd Park as well as new trails at Bear Mountain Resort.We’ve made up a small run of high quality ultra soft poly-cotton t-shirts in a fitted modern cut. Buy one and you get something awesome to wear and a few dollars goes to fund SIMBS.

There are men’s and women’s shirts in a full size range, but with only 50 shirts made jump on the size you need now as they’ll sell fast.

Soft and stylish for your wearing pleasure...

Soft and stylish for your wearing pleasure…

 

Cost is $25 each.

Just leave a comment with your size and quantities. This is a local Victoria BC pick up offer. No shipping – sorry.

 

SIMBS Hoodies For Sale

Basic black...

Basic black…

SIMBS [South Island Mountain Bike Society] has a few hoodies left over from the AGM. They are high quality and look nice. I bought one and it’s cosy to pull on after a chilly ride.

$40 + shipping gets you something warm to fight the cold weather and helps support trail advocacy.

They are cotton and shrink so I recommend buying one size up from normal.

If you want one leave a comment with some contact info or email me.

Hartland SIMBS Trail Maintenance

The drop...

The drop…

I have been admittedly slack in my contribution to trail maintenance since coming to the Island. I figured there was no time like the present to rectify the situation so I headed out for the SIMBS Trail Maintenance Day this past Sunday at the Hartland Mountain Bike Park.

Side view...

Side view…

I was assigned to the crew working on Who’s Your Daddy? A trail I rode just the day before.

The landing...

The landing…

Our mission was to open a new drop into a berm and re-route the easier option traffic around the landing zone so you can hit the feature with less danger of a cross traffic collision

Post landing berm...

Post landing berm…

Our fearless leader Chad wanted lots of soil sifted to build up the berm and the landing zone. Since it was the toughest job and I was one of the newbies I figured I should earn my trail building stripes by working the pick axe and shovel.

Sifting the excavated soil...

Sifting the excavated soil…

It was hard work, but I had good partners to work with and we got to see immediate results as we shaped and packed the soil into the berm. For those that don’t know the reason you sift out the rocks, roots and bits of bark is because fine dirt packs down like concrete and withstands a ton more abuse than the mix of stuff that comes out of the ground. Something I learned on the job. Another cool thing is the hole we excavated to create material for the berm is now a sump that will drain water off the trail letting us ride it in the rain with minimal damage.

Easier roll down on the left side...

Easier roll down on the left side…

I like the fact that there were multiple options on the trail feature we were building so riders of all skill levels can have fun and they can ride together.

We closed off the old trail....

We closed off the old trail….

It was amazing to see the section of trail I had ridden just the day before disappear in a few hours and see a newly rerouted trail appear.

Working on a new re-route...

Working on a new re-route…

Listening to Chad explain the rationale for the design of this feature it was clear a lot of thought had gone into maximizing rider fun and safety while keeping maintenance low. This is important since we ride year round on Vancouver Island – rain or shine. So trails need to be very tough.

More re-routing...

More re-routing…

It was great to see so much progress made during our work session. Chad stuck around after we were done to do some finishing work and he said he would open the feature to riders by the end of the day. Cool! =)

Most of the crew...

Most of the crew…

If you want to get involved the SIMBS Trail Maintenance Day is the 3rd Sunday of every month. Meet in the Hartland parking lot at 845am and work until ~1230pm. If you let SIMBS know you are coming at this link early enough they will provide a sandwich for your lunch. A bunch of the crew goes for a post trail work ride if you want to join them.