Evan Rides Bikes

Boneshaker 2017

There's no better place to see interesting bikes than at a race where the rules limit which bikes can be ridden. The inaugural Boneshaker bike race on July 29th in Squamish limited bikes to anything without suspension; and the bikes didn't disappoint. There were mountain bikes from the 80s, bikes cobbled together specifically for the Boneshaker from pieces of other bikes, one frankensteined cruiser, a very capable-looking knobby tired touring bike, and other beautiful oddities.

Conditions were dry and loose, which gave wide tires an considerable advantage. The fastest man and woman of the day were each on fat bikes. Loose conditions may have also scared off a few would-be participants. There were no cyclocross bikes in attendance, despite rumours of a gang of cross riders on the trails on Friday evening.

The course started at Alice Lake and headed down Jack's Trail and up 50 Shades of Green. The first timed stage was Leave Of Absence, which was probably the most technical stage of the day. After the first stage riders rode The Mashiter to the Northside Connector to get to Tinder. The second stage was all of Tinder except for the climb at the end. Dry marbley conditions …

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