Thanks, Andy! Believe it or not that picture was taken less than 20km from downtown Vancouver during last years SOTA Cycling Week event, and the summit in the background wasn’t even the one I was aiming for that day! One of the nice things about SOTA in VE7/GV (Greater Vancouver) is being able to cover the tri-cities area on 2m/70cm. I’ve had a couple of contacts with amateurs riding their bikes around the city listening on the local calling frequency.
I recommend bike shorts for longer rides to cyclists of all ages, they really take the edge off. The 27.5" wheels really are a great balance between uphill climbing and downhill maneuverability, I’m quite happy with mine. I upgraded to a tubeless setup at the end of last summer and I’m glad I did.
It’s a Norco Sight 7.1 (2015), stock except for an upgrade to tubeless tires. It’s a trail bike, so it’s designed to have good downhill performance while still being able to climb hills thanks to the suspension lockouts. I love this thing, but if you find yourself in a position to pick up a Rocky Mountain Altitude 750 then you should jump on it and never look back.