I have been keeping up with life, mostly. No fun rides or groundbreaking stuff to post about and I have not been particularly inspired to pontificate wise and eloquent things on the net.
Meh. However, Interbike is just around the corner.
But last night was a blast. Yeah, it was a fun ride and all that, just a local loop with the boys, but I recently loaned out the Giant Xtc 29er 1 test bike to jeffj, a local rider and absolute clydesdale rider. I am not sure if he will give it back. Every time I see him he is all excited about how much better this ride was or that ride was on that bike. Seriously, he is 20% faster everywhere...maybe more...than on any of his other bikes and they are not junky bikes, they just have tiny wheels.
I will say it again: Big wheels are not for everyone due to personal preference, but the wheels do what they do regardless of that. However, even though more and more smaller folks (especially wimmen-folk as mentioned here) are figuring that out, it is the bigger guys that get the most out of the bigger wheel IMO. I think it has a lot to do with all that weight sitting way up high and potentially waaaay over the front end of a bike. It is harder to get that weight past the point of no return on the bigger wheel and the attack angle and traction benefits are huge when you are dealing with a naturally high center of gravity and big payload.
So jeffj is stoked. He is like some big old kid, finding out that there can be more fun in riding on a bike that fits your needs and scale of body. And, I am getting a kick out of watching it happen. It is also a testament to the excellent design of the Giant hardtail cuz it does things very, very well.
So, if you are out riding in my area and see a flash of blue, black and white scream by with a fat, old guy grinning like a Cheshire Cat and ringing a trail bell, that is just jeffj, big wheels rollin'.