Seven Rider Portraits from a Winter Overnight – Morgan Taylor Feb 16, 2017

Photos and words by Morgan Taylor.

Here in Vancouver we’ve been experiencing one of the coldest winters in decades, with more days below freezing than I can ever remember. Over the past six weeks, since firing up #coffeeoutsideyvr, there’s been much talk of packing up and getting out for some overnights. And lately, with sunset already an hour later than it was at solstice, it was imminent that the talk become action.

When you’re already getting together at 7:00 on a Friday morning, with cold extremities and hot drinks, an overnight in February doesn’t seem all that out of the question. A long weekend approached and we committed to going – somewhere – but the local trails were still under a blanket of snow, ice, and fallen trees. So, we decided to ride out along the waterfront, hop on a 40-minute ferry, and spend a couple days meandering the rural communities of BC’s Sunshine Coast.

The weather broke as our plans came together, with two beautifully clear days ahead as we woke to escape the city for a night. Funky vernacular, interesting local businesses, and generous locals greeted us as soon as we rode off the ferry. Isn’t it amazing how getting out and actually doing something brings you home with so many stories of shared experience? We’ve got more to share from this short trip, but for now, here are seven rider portraits after we’d packed up to dangle our way into a sunny winter’s day.

Pat and his Euro Kona Unit.

Darren and his 26+ Surly Troll.

Erik and his Velo Orange Piolet.

Stephanie and her Soma Wolverine.

Kiefer and his Brodie Sovereign.

Geoff and his Salsa Fargo.

Morgan and his Kona Sutra LTD.

  • Robert

    anyone know what frame bag is on the Piolet?

    • Erik had it made by Vancouver local Adam Marcinkiewicz aka @adamalphabet on Instagram.

  • What an attractive group of adventurers ?

  • Jordan Mackinnon

    I was sitting down the table from y’all at Persephone Brewing. So many nice bikes!

    • Oh right on! Do you live on the coast or were you also visiting?

      • Jordan Mackinnon

        My sweetie and I live in Vancouver and were visiting the coast that weekend, also via bike (not camping though). I recognized the two Wolverines immediately (been a fan of this site for a while), but didn’t want to fanboy too hard. Hope you had as much fun that weekend as we did!

        • It was such a great weekend to be out toodling around and lounging in the sun, and nice to get away for a couple days. Next time don’t hesitate to say hi!

  • boomforeal

    singlespeeds on the ssc? hard men

    • Admittedly, we mostly stuck to the pavement except for the parks near sea level, as even the B&K was visibly snowy from the 101. Kiefer’s 32/22 was definitely more suited to the purpose (and to mountain biking) than Pat’s 32/18 but he was spinning like crazy on the road descents.

      • boomforeal

        it’s that grunt out of langdale (or lower sechelt) i’m picturing

        did you guys make it up to skookumchuck? the trail to the narrows seemed like it would be rideable on touring bikes

        • Yeah, the climb out of the ferry is heinous, as are most ferry exits, but this time we went with North Road which skips the long straight climb on the highway in favour of a neighbourhood road and pops you out directly at the Persephone brewery.

          If you Google map Langdale to Porpoise Bay, there is apparently an overland route which I’m curious to check out when the snow clears. I suspect it takes advantage of the singletrack climb to the B&K but I’m not sure how it gets over to Sechelt from there.

          We only went as far as Porpoise Bay on this ride, scoping that particular spot for a Swift Campout group spot, but I’ve ridden the Suncoaster Trail north from Sechelt and it would definitely be great for this kind of loaded adventuring. Was less ideal with BOB trailers when we did it a few years back.

          • boomforeal

            if you get an itch to do another (scouting) trip, check out smugglers cove. another 20k? past sechelt but a super rad basic camp spot with a 1500m walk/bike in so it never gets mobbed

            there’s singletrack from the b&k to sechelt, some decent trail in there

          • We definitely have Smuggler Cove on the radar. Great little spot, not as suitable for the size of group we anticipate for Swift Campout. Can’t wait for the snow to melt out!

  • Dan O

    “…here are seven rider portraits after we’d packed up to dangle our way into a sunny winter’s day.” Team #danglemug going strong.

    (let the internet argue about to dangle vs. not to dangle while I ride bikes…)

    • Oh shit yeah, we #helladangle. We also don’t take ourselves too seriously!

  • 49CS

    Love the variation and personalization, repetition in shots.

  • Michael Farrell

    650b on the wolverine ? Love the #dangle

  • greg reeves

    I’m setting up my Cross Check with gears for bikepacking, but I also have a single speed Unit–Pat’s rig has inspired me!

    • Pat Valade

      The simplicity of the Unit is damn fun!

  • Norsham Husaini

    Pat! You are bad ass!