ANY AND EVERY MOUNTAIN BIKE IS FUN
My stable contains a 2006 Heckler and after fitting a 5-inch Bomber on it, it only stopped wandering on steep climbs after I got a dropper seatpost with offset—that I installed at 180 degrees. This moved my body position back to where it belongs, closer to the center of the bike. After I added a 780-millimeter bar, switching from a 100- to a 50-millimeter stem helped again. Okay, it’s not a new ride, but it feels fresh again. After all, my main ride is a 2007 Redline Monocog 29er—a fun ride after many a mile. My main point is, don’t sweat specs or wheel sizes! Any decent mountain bike is fun. Sweating specs or spending big on the latest technology only yields some degree of fun. Only dudes from inside the sport might tell different stories. Keep things humble and ride!
P.S. Sad to hear Steve Tilford died off the bike. There will be some great runs in heaven for him, I hope.
CUT AND DRY AND FULLY CHARGED
I’m sure Ryan Fisher is a nice guy who rides his bike, drinks beer and loves his family. That said, he suffers from the same misapprehension that other smart people do. A bike with a motor is a motorbike. This is a simple proposition. There is no question, no doubt, no room for interpretation. A bike with a motor is a motorbike. Motorbikes, no matter how large or small, are not allowed in certain places. Buy and ride whatever you want, just don’t expect to ride a motorbike where motorbikes are prohibited.
Santa Ynez, California
CUSTOM PAINT IS NOT EVIL
Check out these two—2014 Bronson and Diamondback hardtail.
Ryan James Customs Stamford, Connecticut
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