The ideal number of bikes to have is n + 1 with “n” the number of bikes you currently own. Truth is, I went n – 1 a couple of weeks ago. I sold my old mountain bike. It was a case of wanting to hit the trails but the good old trusty Mango Giant wasn’t cutting it anymore.
But at least I’m now back to n – 1 + 1 = n. And “n” in my case is four!
When I first heard about 29ers I thought it was a fad. But everybody is still talking about those bikes so when it came to choosing a new mountain bike I looked a bit deeper into it. Why choose a mountain bike with 29 inch wheels rather than the standard 26 inch?
I asked a German friend of mine who knows a thing or two about mountain bikes. This is what he had to say:
“In 99% of cases, a 29er is the first choice when it comes to hardtail mountain bikes. It rolls better over any obstacle. On a steep section of a hill, the front wheel won’t lift as easily, and on the downhill you don’t feel like “going over the handlebars”. And what you shouldn’t forget, it also rolls better on sealed roads. It’s almost like an “egg-laying woolmilkpig”.”
So I went and ordered a Focus Black Forest 29R 3.0 and guess what? Now my courage and single track skills have to catch up with what this bike can do…
What’s your “n” and maybe even more importantly, what will be your next +1?