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mista fitz
09-25-2009, 10:39 AM
Had a chance to hitch a ride up Mt. Benson (Nanaimo) the other night... now that I've been spoiled DRIVING to the top, I don't think I could handle the hike anymore!! [36]

Didn't get pics on the way up.. it's basically a very steep & loose rock road.. two fords made it up, need I say more? :dontknow: :p

Here's looking towards Nanaimo downtown, Newcastle Island on the left, Protection island on the right, and Gabriola lurking behind:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3483/3953667100_8ff5f1107f_b.jpg

This is looking northwest-ish, those are the Winchelsea Islands.. nice place to Kayak:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2432/3953667456_2609e88be9_o.jpg

Looking south.. Ladysmith:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3525/3953667618_f2e33bf553_o.jpg

Then we got on the bikes.. (NICE NIGHT EH!! [36] )
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2492/3953668110_b0871cf49f_o.jpg

...and just FLEW down the entire mountain, right back into town.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3506/3953668380_02dbdf41c9_o.jpg

..but not before watching our friends make their escape..
(I haven't posted WHEELING pictures in years... and this is all I got for ya!)
Ford #1
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3534/3953668658_ca366d9c05_o.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2581/3953669212_9e0700bc69_o.jpg

Ford #2
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2655/3952892109_8cbdfc1f3a_o.jpg

Why wait for snow to write your name with piss? :party0010:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2668/3953669482_449e25aa36_o.jpg

redman
09-25-2009, 10:42 AM
thqats funny shiat

England
09-25-2009, 11:22 AM
LOL...classic ..

Sini
09-25-2009, 11:36 AM
Nice pics :)

Lazybaka
09-25-2009, 11:43 AM
thats a hardtail , your braver then I thought :0
If your inland on a Thursday pm me and you can join in
our night rides :)

mista fitz
09-25-2009, 02:29 PM
thats a hardtail , your braver then I thought :0
If your inland on a Thursday pm me and you can join in
our night rides :)

haha.. that's my friend Joe on the hardtail, I was riding full-suspension.. uh.. I guess.. it's a piece of shit though... but it gets me out there for now... and I got it for free. :p I sure did realize why people are running disc brakes now though! Lots of times I couldn't lock up the rear tire when I wanted to!

kamloopsyota
09-25-2009, 02:51 PM
blaaaaah clip ins

mista fitz
09-25-2009, 03:17 PM
huh? Clip-in pedals? not us?

Metal Mulisha
09-26-2009, 09:34 AM
huh? Clip-in pedals? not us?

I see a huge padded seat, reflectors, cantilever brakes & a hardtail, that cant be too much fun to ride. Saweet pics

kamloopsyota
09-26-2009, 10:39 AM
huh? Clip-in pedals? not us?


haha it looked like your buddy was riding clip ins. was that just a wheelin trail you rode down or bike trails up there as well? always wanted to try riding on the island

dirka dave
09-26-2009, 10:48 AM
Pull tp your pants.....

mista fitz
09-26-2009, 01:17 PM
haha it looked like your buddy was riding clip ins. was that just a wheelin trail you rode down or bike trails up there as well? always wanted to try riding on the island

That's just the wheeling trail, but yeah, there are TONS of those more 'extreme' trails around here.. check out these maps.. just a ridiculous amount of trails, I've seen a lot of them while hiking, and they look like tons of fun, and well maintained:

http://www.island.net/~pmcgarri/Nanaimo.pdf

http://www.island.net/~pmcgarri/doumont.PDF

http://www.island.net/~pmcgarri/abys.pdf

@Dirka: I can add even more funny to your comment.. because his name is Joe. His name is on his boxers. Seriously. hahah.

@Metal Mulisha: It was still fun I'm sure. :rolleyes:


It's hilarious the feedback I get from REAL MOUNTAIN BIKERS.. it's like.. yeah.. the bike is from Canadian Tire.. and it's not a $2000 bike.. no shit.

kamloopsyota
09-26-2009, 02:06 PM
oh man i WANT to ride those trails....and canadian tire bikes are bad ass. riding a heavy ass full steel bike then switching to an advanced one is the bee's knees

Metal Mulisha
09-26-2009, 07:07 PM
Sorry dude i didnt mean to bash the bike......i just dont see that setup much anymore....as long as your havin fun thats all that counts.[cheers]

mista fitz
09-26-2009, 11:07 PM
Hey no worries, yours was the lightest comment I've had! You're right, it's about getting out there, but MAN does that make you want a better bike! ! hahah

Metal Mulisha
09-27-2009, 11:54 AM
Hey no worries, yours was the lightest comment I've had! You're right, it's about getting out there, but MAN does that make you want a better bike! ! hahah

Ya even just a Brake upgrade would make a big difference.

mista fitz
09-27-2009, 02:47 PM
I think I'll look into that for mine, along with different shocks.. the front ones are either really lousy, or shot all together.

Taxidermy
10-02-2009, 12:54 AM
nice[36] [36]

jesslee
10-02-2009, 08:07 AM
that is a super nice looking area, wouldn't mind getting over there sometime to check that out! you should try clip in pedals on a full suspension downhill bike, youll never go back, the control of your bike is unbelievable

Lazybaka
10-02-2009, 08:24 AM
that is a super nice looking area, wouldn't mind getting over there sometime to check that out! you should try clip in pedals on a full suspension downhill bike, youll never go back, the control of your bike is unbelievable


till you break an ankle

Metal Mulisha
10-02-2009, 01:44 PM
that is a super nice looking area, wouldn't mind getting over there sometime to check that out! you should try clip in pedals on a full suspension downhill bike, youll never go back, the control of your bike is unbelievable

YOU COULDNT BE MORE WRONG![16] Those are death traps.

mista fitz
10-02-2009, 04:18 PM
ya, I can't stand clip-ins.. when I bail.. I throw the bike one way and I throw myself the other way.. when I can...


PS... going up to the top AGAIN tonight! This time with a little more experience and padding.. should be able to rip it a bit more.. we'll see!

coreyg8
10-02-2009, 06:52 PM
very cool pics!!

Lazybaka
10-02-2009, 09:08 PM
ya, I can't stand clip-ins.. when I bail.. I throw the bike one way and I throw myself the other way.. when I can...


PS... going up to the top AGAIN tonight! This time with a little more experience and padding.. should be able to rip it a bit more.. we'll see!

bring good lights :)