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Old 07-08-14, 08:11 AM   #51
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I downhill ski about once a year, either in the Rockies where my brother usually organizes a family trip, or out of Sault Ste Marie where they have a decent hill for central Canada. Lots of ski hills have regular shuttle service from the nearest airport or even the nearest downtown. For eg. in Fernie BC there is a free or very cheap shuttle bus from downtown to the ski hill every half hour. In Sault Ste Marie there is a yellow school bus shuttle in the morning and evening, full of kids. I've taken it twice and was the only person over 30 on it one time, and there was another greybeard the other time.

I don't do it often enough, or close enough to home, to make it worthwhile to own skis, but rental equipment these days is excellent.

BTW, half the staff at the resorts in Alberta and BC are from Australia.

I've played a lot of racquet sports and of course that equipment is easy to carry on a bike. I don't golf very often and don't own clubs, but as teenagers my bro and I on a few occasions towed golf carts to a nearby course behind our bikes.

Hockey would be a little tougher, as you have to carry a lot of equipment and get to the rink in winter, but I'm sure it could be done with a trailer.

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I'd like to see a sport similar to biathlon or triathlon, where you bike, hauling a kayak or canoe along a trail to a body of water, launch the craft and toss in the bike, paddle to the other side, then continue on bike. Or maybe you could haul a light raft or barge, and when you get to the water, toss the bike on it, and swim across while towing the bike.
We tried to figure out a way to do this where we used to live in Victoria.

The closest we got was what I described in Post 30, which involved a bit of driving.

But if there were a way a person could cycle 25 km with a canoe on a trailer to the head of the river, and then hide the bicycle and trailer ...


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BTW, half the staff at the resorts in Alberta and BC are from Australia.
Many Aussies love skiing. When they find out I'm from Canada they want to know all about the downhill skiing, and as you say, many of them have been to Canada for the skiing. Unfortunately, I've never downhill skied so I'm like a deer in headlights when they start talking about it.

They're all excited right now ... the Australian Alps just had a really good snowfall.

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I'd like to see a sport similar to biathlon or triathlon, where you bike, hauling a kayak or canoe along a trail to a body of water, launch the craft and toss in the bike, paddle to the other side, then continue on bike. Or maybe you could haul a light raft or barge, and when you get to the water, toss the bike on it, and swim across while towing the bike.
There's a lady at work who has two kayaks, and always seems to be doing stuff like that. I'm trying to talk her into an upcoming event in Albany, with a 2 mile paddle, then a 16 mile bike ride, then a 10K run. It's about 70 dollars, though. The Crater Lake marathon didn't cost that much!
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I'd suggest trying Ultimate if there's any near you. All you need are cleats and a disc, easy enough to carry when biking.
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I'd like to see a sport similar to biathlon or triathlon, where you bike, hauling a kayak or canoe along a trail to a body of water, launch the craft and toss in the bike, paddle to the other side, then continue on bike. Or maybe you could haul a light raft or barge, and when you get to the water, toss the bike on it, and swim across while towing the bike.

Bend Or have a pull, peddle, paddle event. link
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Do you have a picture of that photo bag?
Hi Machka, I took a few for comparison so that you can see how it is set up.

SM Timbuktu bag that serves as my shoulder bag, and is also small enough to go notice my bag police.



LG Timbuktu bag that was purchased as their version of a camera bag. I originally obtained it to use as a shoulder bag, but is to noticeable and gets confiscated by the bag cops at stores.


Open the basket, The Sm works very well for going around town, and also allows for very easy access when I just stop. The other bonus is when standing up it only takes a portion of the basket and so to share the space. The lg does not share, and so has been named basket hog.


The lg is, well lg so does carry more. Both will fit a DSLR with a 70-200 mm lens attached. Both work conveniently well in a variety of uses, and provide convenient access through pockets that I can put a remote trigger, flash, and other accessories. They also do not scream "steal my camera bag" so can be set down briefly as required.
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That's a little different from what I had in mind, but quite interesting.
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That's a little different from what I had in mind, but quite interesting.

This organisation puts on a variety of events, including some multi-sport events
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The one I was somewhat familiar with was the Marysville 2 Melbourne, which has been postponed this year. We lived near Marysville. It involved 2 road rides, 2 trail runs and 2 river paddle legs.
Marysville to Melbourne

Some of my coworkers did it last year.
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Ok, I have just too many hobbies or interests
But the 2 main hobbies are photography and guitar. The last one I don't have that much time for anymore lately...

Anyway, I'm not playing guitar in a band, trying to be car-light/free when trying to transport an amplifier, just weights too much on bike.

But for photography, it's easy of course.
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My main "non-sports" hobby is knitting. Especially knitting socks. I usually have a sock-in-progress stashed somewhere on my bike, just in case I find myself waiting and wishing I had a sock to work on. I just finished my socks for this year's county fair, we'll see how they do. I suppose if I took up spinning, I'd have a bit more of a problem getting to local stitch-n-b**ches as even the "travel" sized wheels are pretty big and heavy, and going out and getting a whole fleece home would be doable but a big PITA.

I love animals, and rode horses and worked on farms growing up. I can't afford to ride anymore, but if I could I'd probably have to get a mid-size truck to pull a trailer. There's a few stables within 6-7 miles of my apartment, and if I had more time (I'm a student) I'd see if I could exchange stable cleaning for saddle time. My dream house is a small cabin in the woods with goats, sheep, ducks, and a horse.

I've been training for a triathlon, so I've been running and swimming more. Running is easy, I just tie my shoes and head out the door. Also I live in Track Town USA so there's running events and trails EVERYWHERE. Swimming is a challenge, as I have odd hours and the pools in my city only have lap swims a couple hours a day. I usually end up going over into Springfield which is a much longer ride (7 miles vs 4 miles) but the chances of there being lanes open is much higher.

For other hobbies, like skiing and hiking, I just have friends who do those things as well. I make sure I have a (well-deserved) reputation for bringing extra gear, goodies, and ALWAYS paying for gas, and I've never had a problem finding someone to take me. Oh, and a local ski shop runs a bus to the nearest ski resort, so I can ride my bike there, and take the bus if I want to go alone.
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My main "non-sports" hobby is knitting. Especially knitting socks. I usually have a sock-in-progress stashed somewhere on my bike, just in case I find myself waiting and wishing I had a sock to work on. I just finished my socks for this year's county fair, we'll see how they do. I suppose if I took up spinning, I'd have a bit more of a problem getting to local stitch-n-b**ches as even the "travel" sized wheels are pretty big and heavy, and going out and getting a whole fleece home would be doable but a big PITA.

I love animals, and rode horses and worked on farms growing up. I can't afford to ride anymore, but if I could I'd probably have to get a mid-size truck to pull a trailer. There's a few stables within 6-7 miles of my apartment, and if I had more time (I'm a student) I'd see if I could exchange stable cleaning for saddle time. My dream house is a small cabin in the woods with goats, sheep, ducks, and a horse.

I've been training for a triathlon, so I've been running and swimming more. Running is easy, I just tie my shoes and head out the door. Also I live in Track Town USA so there's running events and trails EVERYWHERE. Swimming is a challenge, as I have odd hours and the pools in my city only have lap swims a couple hours a day. I usually end up going over into Springfield which is a much longer ride (7 miles vs 4 miles) but the chances of there being lanes open is much higher.

For other hobbies, like skiing and hiking, I just have friends who do those things as well. I make sure I have a (well-deserved) reputation for bringing extra gear, goodies, and ALWAYS paying for gas, and I've never had a problem finding someone to take me. Oh, and a local ski shop runs a bus to the nearest ski resort, so I can ride my bike there, and take the bus if I want to go alone.
Bwahh... My son was in a truck that was stopped by the police, and everyone was told to get out and be frisked because the cop couldn't believe what was going on, he was knitting a sock in the back while the cop was hasseling the driver (his sister) for having too many people in the truck... She was driving everyone home because everyone was (partying) but she was sober but only had a learners licence...
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Hi Machka, I took a few for comparison so that you can see how it is set up.

SM Timbuktu bag that serves as my shoulder bag, and is also small enough to go notice my bag police.



LG Timbuktu bag that was purchased as their version of a camera bag. I originally obtained it to use as a shoulder bag, but is to noticeable and gets confiscated by the bag cops at stores.


Open the basket, The Sm works very well for going around town, and also allows for very easy access when I just stop. The other bonus is when standing up it only takes a portion of the basket and so to share the space. The lg does not share, and so has been named basket hog.


The lg is, well lg so does carry more. Both will fit a DSLR with a 70-200 mm lens attached. Both work conveniently well in a variety of uses, and provide convenient access through pockets that I can put a remote trigger, flash, and other accessories. They also do not scream "steal my camera bag" so can be set down briefly as required.

Interesting. It would be a reason to get a basket.
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Today we went to a model train show. Very interesting ... so tempting to buy a starter package!! It's something we're both interested in doing. I like the trains, but especially like the scenes.
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Today we went to a model train show. Very interesting ... so tempting to buy a starter package!! It's something we're both interested in doing. I like the trains, but especially like the scenes.
That is the way it works around here... I do the mechanical stuff, layouts and DCC, my wife does the detail painting and decorating. A lot of our stuff is currently packed up waiting on a new hobby space. We currently run N and HO, probably will continue to run both for a while longer, though the N is harder for my hands to manipulate.

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That is the way it works around here... I do the mechanical stuff, layouts and DCC, my wife does the detail painting and decorating. A lot of our stuff is currently packed up waiting on a new hobby space. We currently run N and HO, probably will continue to run both for a while longer, though the N is harder for my hands to manipulate.

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I liked both N and HO ... N because we could set something up in the corner of the living room and it wouldn't take up much space ... and HO because that size would be easier to work with and there was just something about that size that had more impact.
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That is the way it works around here... I do the mechanical stuff, layouts and DCC, my wife does the detail painting and decorating. A lot of our stuff is currently packed up waiting on a new hobby space. We currently run N and HO, probably will continue to run both for a while longer, though the N is harder for my hands to manipulate.

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Funny you should say that about hard for your hands to manipulate. I said the same thing to Machka at the show. I grew up with HO/OO scale, and seems to me to have a great deal of scope for people detail, whereas N scale really is too small for anything other than blobs.

I also like the idea of creating buildings from scratch. There was a display of an old mine site that really drew me in (I have spent some years living in mining areas). I also liked the little roller the modeller had set up to put balsa wood through to create corrugated iron sheets for the buildings' roofs.
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Funny you should say that about hard for your hands to manipulate. I said the same thing to Machka at the show. I grew up with HO/OO scale, and seems to me to have a great deal of scope for people detail, whereas N scale really is too small for anything other than blobs.

I also like the idea of creating buildings from scratch. There was a display of an old mine site that really drew me in (I have spent some years living in mining areas). I also liked the little roller the modeller had set up to put balsa wood through to create corrugated iron sheets for the buildings' roofs.
I like the compactness of the N, there are groups that build N-scale module then link them all together. My hands are getting a bit arthritic as well as having been abused by 30+ years of hands on construction work. The two groups are Free-Mo and N-Trak, I have toyed with the idea of the Z stuff and putting it in a table top set up, but my bride wouldn't let me convert the dining room table.

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Right now we're so close to the water where we currently live that we've chatted about building a hand-cart and walking the canoe down to the water.
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Before Hurricane Katrina ruined my route (pumping stations are now blocking two places) I could walk my kayak about five blocks to a "put-in" under Interstate 6-10 in New Orleans, paddle about five miles to a take our just three blocks from my old job. Here are some photos from one of those mornings. There were other places I could pull the kayak on a trailer for recreation but amazingly I do not have photos.

BTW...the cart is feather-light aluminum and folds up to fit inside my boat.
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My two current sports/hobbies are longboarding and skating:

I have two longboards, one for use with a land paddle and one for pumping. I can cover about 50 miles at 12 mph. Here is a video if you are interested: LDP - Long Distance Pumping a Longboard (Extended Version) - YouTube

I usually transport my longboard by bicycle to someplace nice to start out and then lock up the bike and put in about 20 miles or 2 hours depending on what I am doing. 50 miles is an all day commitment. The longboard pictured is modular and fits in a normal airline overhead piece of luggage. Bearings are waterproof.


I used to travel out to S. Cali for speed skating events and roller hockey tournaments. The skates pictured are the only ones I own at this time and if you notice, the frames holding the wheels to the boots are detachable. I can skate from home to anywhere, un-clip the frames and walk in the boots. I have skated as much as 60 miles in a day on speed skates but more like half that would be comfortable in these heavy things with small wheels although these are very maneuverable around pedestrian or auto traffic jams. Obviously I could transport the skates by bike to a starting point somewhere but I never do. I just skate out my front door and go where I want to. Sometimes I just skate all he way to the edge of civilization (the airport) and catch a taxi back home. Now and then I will take the skates on a public bus. If it never rained in New Orleans I would probably never ride a bike and just skate or ride my boards.

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Of course carrying a baseball glove and cleats is not a problem on a bicycle. Played tons of beach volleyball doubles as well as 9-man league play. Laying out at the beach catching some vitamin D is a good sport as well. A bike is great for hauling a volleyball and a beach towel.

Don't even get me started on cycling sports. I have all the bases covered with five bikes currently.

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I enjoy baking, and would like to do a lot more of it ... but then I'd have to cycle a whole lot more than I do!!
Now that we have our stuff out of storage, I've started baking again. I've tried something new each weekend for a while now ... experimenting! I've been inspired by the Great British Bake-off show.

And on several occasions, I've had to walk down to the local grocery store (300 metres away) for ingredients. Small as they are, they've got some good prices on fruit in particular and a relatively decent selection.
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Yesterday, we went to the beach with our surf skis!! When we first arrived, the beach looked relatively calm, but soon after we got there the sea breeze kicked up and our surf ski adventure was much like being on a rowing machine (with kayak-style paddling), but with the benefit of sea breeze, sunshine, and warm waves washing over us. Great fun!! And I even managed to catch a few waves and come flying back into shore ... made all the paddling out worthwhile. My rashie also came into it's own as I tumbled off my surf ski a few times ... first time I've worn one.

We did a bit of wading and I also attempted to swim, but the waves were a bit much for my limited swimming skill.

It would be interesting to set up a trailer we could use to haul the surf skis down to our local beach.
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We have our canoe!!

For the first time since September 2013, we can actually use it!! We were hoping to be able to go out today, but the wind kicked up and there was quite a bit of swell, so we opted to hike instead. However we have been scouting out options.



Previous canoeing adventures ...
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