Video: What Bikes Are The North Shore Locals Riding? - Daily Driver Bike Checks

Feb 23, 2021
by Pinkbike Originals  

What bikes are the locals around Vancouver's North Shore riding? We sent Tom Bradshaw to find out.







179 Comments

  • 350 62
 I miss the good old times, when bike checks were articles with photos Frown
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flag brianpark Mod Plus (1 days ago) (Below Threshold)
  • 53 1
 @brianpark: But hey, we want more. Just more.

Video had a nice feelgood-vibe. Thanks!
  • 50 60
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 @brianpark: wow! rude.
  • 81 55
 @ridingofthebikes:

Seriously.. what is with the compulsory snarky garbage people do now like this now.

Fair comment to PB from a user that they’d like more photo based bike checks.

The “Hope you find some with the cheeky smiley” was seriously rude. The original comment matters the dismissal reply does not.

I don’t care about positive or negative props so do whatever if anything. I just wanted to point this out because fair criticism shouldn’t be dismissed with passive aggressive sarcasm.
  • 160 58
 @daugherd: ehh it’s just frustrating to work hard putting out more traditional photo bike checks than ever before, plus add these videos, and get chirped at for it. I think Tom crushed it on this.
  • 28 8
 @daugherd: i mean, pinkbike users are known to critique everything so I get how they'd have the attitude of like ugh, whatever, but personally I think this is a really valid critique. I guess video allows the riders to talk about their bikes, but I liked the articles so I could get a quick view of each bike and look at the cool ones for longer. A video feels like more commitment and harder to view, even if you can skip around.
  • 14 5
 @brianpark I know you need clicks - how about a slide show? I'm hardly a fan of those either but at least I can work my way through them at my own pace. And no disrespect to Tom!
  • 17 9
 @brianpark: Why is it " just frustrating to work hard putting out more traditional photo bike checks than ever before"
Not chirping, but curious.
I love the videos, but appreciate that photos are easier to examine in public if you don't have headphones, etc.
  • 28 3
 @daugherd: Is it even fair criticism, when it's just plain wrong? Video bike checks are by far the minority of bike check content. The past week + of bike check content has been articles. And yet people have the audacity to think that the "good old times" of just a few hours before is somehow all fair criticism, and a snarky response is seriously rude? JFC.
  • 24 0
 @brianpark: the videos are great. PB video content is the best it has ever been! However, not everyone can view a video in public / at work. I believe this is all he meant by that. Likewise, I opened it at work and went - "ah damn a video." I will watch it later though!
  • 10 0
 Why not both? New bike reviews have a video segment and photos of details.
  • 18 14
 Recall Brian Park
  • 29 1
 I have to admit I very rarely watch videos and rarely open articles with titles starting with "video".

I do appreciate and enjoy a well made video, but I find written articles easier to process at my own pace. I can view the whole contents at a glance, start anywhere, skip/skim some passages, concentrate more on others, compare different sections etc.

Obviously I refer to methods of conveying information - it would be hard to translate a purely riding video into an article Wink
  • 4 0
 Agreed! Gotta say other than riding video's I'd rather read an article and peruse photos as time permits. (OR sometimes stare for hours while drooling on my keyboard at some $12,000 build, ya know. One of those)

ALTHOUGH, obviously it's hard to capture some of the "flavor" you get with these kinds of interviews and i do appreciate what goes into them!

Be great if they could snap a still and do a couple sentences beneath for each bike too...? Just sayin...
  • 11 9
 @brianpark: I hear you with the frustration but I don’t think people say the video is low quality or understating the work put into. The audience is just saying what their preferred format is. I don’t think it is warranted or appropriate to disparage the comment because of that, especially if you’re a stakeholder in the organization.

Listen to the audience or not just don’t engage with unless the objective is productive.
  • 15 3
 @brianpark: tough crowd, can't believe how much you got downvoted. comment was hidden below threshold and I was like, wtf did he say to deserve that? then I saw it and just laughed. def don't let it ruin your day.
  • 19 7
 @brianpark: welcome to the generation of ungrateful deadbeats bud lol. People complain about everything these days bud can never please them all, so f*ck em!!
  • 15 3
 @daugherd: Are you kidding me, Brian Park actually put up a happy face smile, not a snarky face and added a link to as many photo based bike checks as you could want. Get a friggin grip on life, he mearly contributed to someones request in a generous way.
  • 7 2
 @daugherd: bloody hell, lighten up man. It's all just good pisstaking banter.
  • 6 0
 Don’t know how I stack up compared to the masses, but I come here for articles and photos. I’ll go to YouTube if I want to each videos. Almost never watch any of these.
  • 2 2
 @woofer2609: He didn’t say it was hard putting up more traditional photo bike check than before. He said it was hard doing that, and then getting criticism that they’re not doing it.

Some of you complaining you can’t open videos at work — aren’t you supposed to be working, anyway? Time to lean, time to clean. Get back at it!
  • 1 0
 Rats. Often found hiding in plain sight.
  • 1 0
 @streetkvnt-kvlt: Yes. What's with all the sudden pearl clutching over snarky comments? In the Pinkbike comment section, of all places...
  • 148 0
 Way to go Tom Bradshaw!!!
  • 53 1
 Thanks maaaaaaate!
  • 20 1
 People seem so relaxed and natural with Tom, nice work. He's such an approachable seeming dude.

Christina is amazing, but people seem to get shy around her because she's so clearly a rock star. They drink tea with Tom, but selfies with Christina Cool
  • 7 0
 I came here to say the same thing, @Tombrad brings a good vibe
  • 76 6
 Dog's of North Shore up next?
  • 7 0
 Brutus looks like a big teddy bear.
  • 10 0
 Now we're talking, I know Christina would be there in a heart beat
  • 2 0
 Brutus Fab
  • 1 0
 @Tombrad: Next time no peanut-butter on the mic, though. Brutus wanted that thing so bad...
  • 3 0
 Nice dog, I bet he'd wrestle with ya! Yes, the dogs of Northshore or just a trail dog segment, I love riding with my dogs.
  • 6 2
 If you do the dogs. A question for the owner is if they leave the turd, bag the turd and leave it trailside, bag it and carry it out? Then ask to see the bag they brought. Assuming they are good trail dog ownersSmile The number of fails might surprise you.
  • 2 1
 @medallion74: train your dog to poop off trail. No plastic waste, just a bit more poop in the woods.
  • 1 0
 Yes! I’ll pedal up the hill with my little trail buddy to meet them!

Plus it’s a Norco extravaganza in the video, so my Range will fit right in!
  • 66 1
 What!? You can really ride the shore on a 26er bike with an aluminum frame, without a water bottle holder, with a steep head angle and a slack seat tube? They probably weren’t really having fun.
  • 7 0
 how do they ride a un-ridable bike though? confused. Pinkbike told me that setup was un ridable. do the walk down?
  • 9 1
 Well we can all remember, as we straddle the plastic tubes of our 8k super bike, we will never be able to forget some dude is out there shredding a plod from '06 harder than we ever could.
  • 3 1
 Yup....if this doesn’t confirm that the marketing shites and MTB bike industry as a whole has no idea what’s going on in the real world then you’re a yuppie chump with more money than sense.
  • 4 0
 @NikolaiB: I ran into a guy on the trail on a 96 or so 26" rockhopper. I let him try my sentier for a while while I rode the artifact. It had bar ends, everything.
He said he wanted to get a new bike. I was glad to get mine back!
  • 2 0
 Also when he said you can probably no longer get 180mm 26" freeride bike... Well actualy yes, you can, from a brand that was born on those hills!
  • 52 1
 Amazing, "climbs like a goat" on a MaxxGrip Assegai with barely any air in it.
  • 46 0
 goats climb slow
  • 18 0
 @Tmackstab: But they do have great traction.
  • 6 0
 guy seemed to be very content with his goat of a bike, which is always good
  • 9 0
 It's not the speed of the goat in the climb, but the speed of the climb in the goat.
  • 44 4
 Good picks on bikes! A lot of fun looking stuff. Glad they skipped over 90% of the bikes they probably saw which were less than a year old, top build spec, trail/enduro bikes that you usually see on the shore.
  • 9 0
 Agreed. While this approach doesn’t necessarily show what’s trending all that well, it is certainly much more interesting to see bikes that have had considerable parts swaps done to them (and get the reasoning why), as well as finding the kinds of riders that stand out from the crowd for one reason or another.
  • 2 0
 Guess that depends when you show up to the parking lot. My experience tell me the bikes in the video are fairly representative of the bikes i have seen in the lot on the shore. I usually at a lot between 8 am and 9:30 am on weekends and see all sorts of bikes, and 90% are not brand new and less than one year old bikes. But that could be true for other times of day or of the week when I am not there.
  • 37 1
 next time do the interview at the end of a crazy sketch section of a trail so we can see how the riders do it on these bikes! Plus the riders will be stoked (or super bummed) to do the interview.
  • 2 0
 this
  • 5 0
 Good riders ride less-than-great bikes really well
  • 32 3
 funny the amount of shame and explaining people need to do about a couple year old bike. This industry is amazing at making people feel guilty for not having the latest or greatest. Not that tom was being judgmental at all, just funny how many times people have to explain that unprovoked.
  • 7 0
 Hah! So true. When my Devinci Dixon gets a “nice bike” from the kids I half think they’re joking. Most bikes around here are of the latest/greatest variety.
  • 7 0
 From Xprezo:

"The bicycle industry is an ultra competitive industry which seeks to constantly renew itself, and that renders this industry sick at pushing too much our consumption"

www.velovert.com/news/11995/xprezo-a-cesse-son-activite

Xprezo was making steel MTBs in Quebec.
  • 32 0
 Didn't even mention the Totem!!!!
  • 17 0
 @SramMedia can we get some totem decal kits for the ZEB!!
  • 4 0
 @T4THH: I thought the Totem was one of the high points in this video. The 26ers too....
  • 1 0
 @ripcityBlazer: yes please.
  • 2 0
 @RayDolor: And Brutus!
  • 1 0
 Came to say that
  • 29 1
 Great job Tom, good hire PB! Only criticism is the one brake one pedal/crank question. Come on who would pick one crank over one brake!!
  • 8 0
 Should be 1 brake or -bald rear tire -no dropper post -road bike gearing
  • 1 0
 Someone with a 200mm travel suspension seatpost?
  • 1 0
 @arrowheadrushSmile front brake if you only get one, It does the lions share of slowing you down.
But I had to re-evaluate my habits of mostly front braking when I heard a racer from New Zealand uses only his rear one 90% of the time.
Better for redirecting versus slowing .
  • 1 0
 I had the same thought on the choice. One pedal/crank would be rough going uphill, and difficult downhill. Brake wouldn't matter uphill, and be much less frustrating than only one crank/pedal downhill.
  • 27 1
 Cool to see folks still rocking 26” rigs!
  • 10 1
 Let’s just hope that manufacturers keep making 26” tires for us!
  • 7 1
 #26aintdead!!!
  • 6 0
 @MB3: Alexrims still makes very good 26 rims alexrims.com/product-category/fr-dh-enduro Maxxis DHF also still available in 26 www.maxxis.com/catalog/tire-468-140-minion-dhf
  • 19 0
 #26aintdead yet!
  • 2 2
 Never was...never will be. Not even an issue amongst real riders. 26 lives on....
  • 15 0
 So different from Socal, awesome to see utilitarian bikes out there. Around here it would be SB150 with AXS, Enduro with AXS, Gravel Bike with AXS.
  • 16 1
 seems that people really riding their bikes do not need the latest equipment, riders (only) sitting in front of screens do.....
  • 3 0
 exceptmfor the 1st rider, the woman with the Liv, new bike AND riding it alot!
  • 11 1
 I like content like this. Would be cool to see you guys up here in Calgary and in between as there are such different climits between Vancouver and here.
  • 8 1
 @JSW07 It would be awesome to get out to Calgary!
  • 3 0
 @Tombrad: i second the calgary comment the trailheads were packed this summer and I saw some absolutley beauty rigs. the folks out in Golden would also probably produce some quality content too see what people are riding down mount 7 these days.
  • 31 20
 Please no more video bike checks! Photos let you actually look at the bike!
  • 12 4
 photo bike checks are still around, and c'mon its a bit different
  • 9 0
 And I've an idea
why don't they do a video interview
with a normal photo(s)/ info for the bikes below
  • 4 0
 They can do both at the same time? The new bike reviews usually have video interviews and photos in the same article post.
  • 10 0
 Love this series, keep it going!
  • 7 0
 that meta with the Extra Large waterbottle i can see @mikelevy salivating
  • 7 0
 Daily Drivers instead of COVID daily updates! Much healthier for my brain.
  • 5 0
 @ 3:40 -> "so I run like 6 or 7psi in the back" Ho-lee-duck. I thought I was taking chances down around 15psi w cushcore...
  • 2 0
 would love to know how many tires he's going through. Have a closer look at his rear tire......its in separates itself already...
  • 5 0
 Devinci Spartan is a mini-DH, I love this bike!
  • 4 0
 Tom is a natural and I'm liking his easy style and humour... great addition to the team PB!
  • 1 0
 I think these 'what are the locals riding' features are great. Unfortunately they are always focused on the pacific northwest. Bikes are being ridden all over the world in every type of condition - how about seeing what's being ridden in Alberta, Wisconsin, Cali, UK, Switzerland, Australia, etc...
  • 2 0
 The Norco looks like it has a crack at the rocker pivot on the seattube, at 7:51 and 8:18 there is a dark line visible. Stay save and keep these old bikes rolling.
  • 4 0
 Another article that makes me want to get my Bottlerocket back up to par.
  • 2 0
 Pick a spot on the map, find trails near it and go do a bike check video there? I like seeing the rides of regular folks like in this video.
  • 1 0
 @tombrad that was great! So cool to see you at Pinkbike, now I can brag that I know a PB presenter. You got to come back to the Island and finally ride and make a video. Awesome job man well deserved
  • 2 0
 Who on earth (apart from a one legged person) would choose one pedal and crank over one brake. Good to see someone wearing shorts.
  • 2 1
 @Tombrad
Come do a bike check south of the border here in Seattle. Check out the Tiger MTN / Raging River & Duthie Hill trail heads.
  • 2 0
 Now I disagree with the comment about One Up. One Up is very competitively priced for the high parts they make!
  • 1 0
 Damn, the frame protector stickers look sick on the Santa Cruz. So cool. Can anyone point me to the maker? Couldn't hear it clearly in the video.
  • 1 0
 Dyedbro.com
  • 1 0
 @gunnyhoney: AWESOME, big thanks!
  • 1 0
 The first rider has it figured out. “Breaking is important, cornering is a necessity.” That was pretty heavy! Big red has taught you well.
  • 2 0
 Laughing so hard... the dog deucing in the background at 11:45 made watching it to the end worth the laugh.
  • 2 0
 Lots of peeps rocking the SRAM Guides on the North Shore bikes even though everyone on PB hates hates them. ????
  • 1 0
 I didn't look close enough, were any of them Guide REs? Because those are budget Codes.
  • 1 0
 Come to Corte De Madiera, aka Skeggs, for your next bike check. Nothing but Santa Cruzes. Or better yet, for variety, come to Almaden Quicksilver - better diversity there.
  • 2 0
 So many new riders! A lot of them said things like "my first real bike". MTB has grown so much because of C19.
  • 2 0
 It's great seeing people digging their bikes. The best bike is the one you have.
  • 1 0
 This was great! Cool to see everyone so stoked to get out and ride! What a variety of bikes. You really get a sense of the owners pride in their ride with these videos
  • 3 0
 #nobbdrop
  • 3 0
 Dragon repellant :LOL:
  • 3 0
 This was great - thanks
  • 3 0
 11:44 lol
  • 2 0
 Damn you Konner Razz *Shakes fist in the air*
  • 3 0
 More of this!
  • 1 0
 Patiently waiting for my Meta AM29.....Same model.......Should be any month now. Stoked.
  • 2 0
 Lots of Odi rogue grips! I just ordered second pair to me too.
  • 2 0
 Dig these bike checks! Bellingham one would be cool
  • 1 0
 " Ive got a bike, you can ride it if you like. It's got a basket, a bell that rings and things to make it look good.
  • 1 0
 I'd lend it to you if I could but....
  • 1 0
 Is it just me or is the guy with the Norco Range look like Richie Rude in disguise.
  • 1 0
 Shout out to the guy I saw on John Deer yesterday with the 2010 Rocky Mountain Slayer. You rock dude!
  • 1 0
 Love these. Would be cool to get some of your international contributors to do them around the globe.
  • 1 0
 Love these bike checks. So refreshing to see such variety from new to a decade old. Tom is so good with this format too.
  • 1 0
 didn't like the video idea at first, watched it and absolutely loved it. Could watch these all day
  • 2 0
 I want to see Tom wrestle that dog.
  • 1 0
 Good stuff @Tombrad - hope we'll get to see you in the Winter Park lift lines this year!
  • 1 0
 Wheter photo or video. Good to see nice & normal people with unpretentious bikes.
  • 1 0
 Yeah Tom! Good to see you out in the field!
  • 1 0
 When Tom says nice, it sounds like he said NOT !
  • 2 0
 Noice!
  • 2 0
 26 aint dead...obviously
  • 1 0
 that was actually good! Surprised those norcos still in one piece
  • 1 0
 i cant get past the ziptie trim job on the liv mud guard
  • 1 0
 Mountain biking is the best lots of fun to learn new things in the trails?
  • 1 0
 Hey loved the vibe Tom! Stoked to see more content
  • 1 0
 Aluminium frames, 26" wheels, bashrings... I feel seen!
  • 1 0
 @10:50 "I'm more economical"

Ok Mr. multiple bikes in the stable lol
  • 1 0
 Yo, Pinkbike, try to minimize the YouTubing.
  • 1 0
 Rad!
  • 1 0
 Old Man Mckay!!!!
  • 1 0
 Simmer down Mitch-eee-poo
  • 1 1
 The "chain guide" on that Liv hail tho... Frown
  • 2 3
 Respect given to cranks with heal rub. That's what separates mountain bikers from cyclist.
  • 2 3
 Hopefully nothing made of plastic or stuck together with any form of glue!!
  • 1 2
 Without fail. Well done mate.
  • 1 2
 @dirtyburger: Boom!!!
  • 1 0
 Heidi!
  • 1 0
 Come to Gnarnaimo!!
  • 1 0
 This was fun.
  • 5 7
 Thanks for the junk show, felt like I was back in Eastern Europe for a minute.
  • 2 4
 I didn't watch because I know there are cleverly placed e-bikes.
  • 2 5
 @Tombrad you should go to Texas to see what people are riding.
  • 50 1
 horses probably
  • 5 0
 @jmtbf yes! Where in Texas should we go?
  • 2 1
 @Tombrad: Well, Jason Lucas went to spider mtn(hill), so you should go to the Fort Worth area, Gateway park, Samson trail, Northshore trail. Let me know if you do end up going.
  • 3 0
 @Upduro: lol
  • 1 1
 F-350s and 4-wheelers mostly.
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