I saw the water turn to wine right below my hands and feet. The conversion of this pilgrim was very quick. One ride is worth a thousand words, and two rides (on two different full suspension 29ers) is worth two-thousand...uh....dollars actually. Which is roughly what I dropped this week on the 29er that will carry my smiling arse the next ten+ years. I have joined the Chris, Novy and Brian 29er bandwagon by getting a Salsa Big Mama. Thank you gentlemen for showing me the way. My long autumn of test riding bikes came to a lovely end with this new, wonderful toy. I've attached a picture of the new baby. Novy--you'll really love this part. I just happened to be wearing the Greenline Architects jersey while test riding and the guy at the shop asked where I got it. "I got an architect buddy in Carbondale" I said. "Steve Novy?" he asked! Yep, this small world had Adam Williams helping me look at the end-of-season deals at the Golden Bike Shop! Quite a hoot. Adam knows his stuff and is a great guy despite the fact he knows you well. Was nice to be able to buy a bike from him--from his good advice all the way to the "friends of Steve Novy discount" I said I should receive at the end (which I did).
Glad to be about the good ship 29er, captain. Peace. And big wheels.