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Old 02-27-11, 12:12 AM   #1
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Mr. Beanz Diagnosed With Illness



After an MTB ride the other day, he felt weakness on the ride. Weakness that worried him that maybe his wheels could not handle the pounding of rocks and river crossings. SO he...what am I talking about, it's me!

So I tell Gina that the low spoke count wheels on my MTB worry me. The just don't feel tough. I mention that I would like to build a wheel for the rear. Something that doesn't worry me when it comes to getting stranded out in the mountains with a thrashed wheel. So I mention buying a new 32 hole rear hub to build a wheel. She says cool. I got to look at the hubs and find a set of Deore hubs with Sun Rhyno Lite wheels. 32 DT spokes for $140 no tax from a bud that works at a shop. Not much more than a rear hub itself. If the wheels suck, I have the hub to rebuild. Front one too!

The illness part of the story? Gina asked what type of bikes my partners were riding. I told her they were both on 29'ers and I was the only dude on a 26 inch MTB. She asked what the difference was and I said that the 29'ers were suppose to be better at rolling over obstacles and a few other things ride partners mention. She asked if they were better for climbing, I said I think so.

She asks about price and I say, "I dunno, maybe 2 grand for a decent one".

So she says, " if you want one, I'll save up for one and get you a 29'er!

Now the sick part. I told her no, that if I want to climb better, I'll go on a diet.

Maybe I'm sick but I just don't see giving up my bikes thinking that a new one would make me a better rider. Heck, give me some strong wheels and I'm happy!

The new bike smell is a thrill but.........................Meh! I don't need it!
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Old 02-27-11, 12:31 AM   #2
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Take two Oreo cookies and call me in the morning. That'll show you how much you need a 29'er.

Those 29'ers are really sweet bikes. At my LBS I saw a guy road testing one, and when he came to the curb he didn't even bother slowing down. Went right up and on it as if he was running over a twig.
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Take two Oreo cookies and call me in the morning. That'll show you how much you need a 29'er.
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Now the sick part. I told her no, that if I want to climb better, I'll go on a diet.

Maybe I'm sick but I just don't see giving up my bikes thinking that a new one would make me a better rider.
I was actually proud of you, reading those lines. I like how you think!
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You need to stop posting about Gina now Beanz, she is starting to make my wife look bad. Treating you as good as she does....
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Get to try out my 29er today. Wife's had her for a couple of weeks. Just ridin' around it feels like a monster truck. Hoping the new bike cures me...
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...Now the sick part. I told her no, that if I want to climb better, I'll go on a diet.

Maybe I'm sick but I just don't see giving up my bikes thinking that a new one would make me a better rider. Heck, give me some strong wheels and I'm happy!

The new bike smell is a thrill but.........................Meh! I don't need it!

Beanz, Beanz, Beanz!!! We all know you've been sick for many years now. We also all know that a new bike isn't going to make you faster, it might make me faster, but that isn't the point. Sometimes you just deserve a new toy. Maybe it's time to treat yourself or let Gina treat you...that's what we work hard for in life. A little splurging now and then won't hurt you.
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The wife wants to get you a new 29'er and you say no thanks?? Yer not as sick as some...I wouldn't have resisted that temptation.

I picked up a 29'er a few months back and really love it. I'm very surprised at the difference between a 26" wheel and the 29" wheel. I bought a rather entry level Specialized 29'er and already upgraded the wheels to Shimano Deore M525 Disc Hubs w/ Mavic 317 Rims and I'm happy with them so far.
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You need to stop posting about Gina now Beanz, she is starting to make my wife look bad. Treating you as good as she does....
If you knew Gina like I know Gina..........
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Get to try out my 29er today. Wife's had her for a couple of weeks. Just ridin' around it feels like a monster truck. Hoping the new bike cures me...
Yeah, the monster truck feeling souds cool though!
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The wife wants to get you a new 29'er and you say no thanks?? Yer not as sick as some...I wouldn't have resisted that temptation.

I picked up a 29'er a few months back and really love it. I'm very surprised at the difference between a 26" wheel and the 29" wheel. I bought a rather entry level Specialized 29'er and already upgraded the wheels to Shimano Deore M525 Disc Hubs w/ Mavic 317 Rims and I'm happy with them so far.
Thats' part of why I resist. New toy mean new accessories too. Not that that's bad thing but I'l spend the next few months obsessed.
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Beanz, Beanz, Beanz!!! We all know you've been sick for many years now.

Yeah, but I waited this long to announce it!
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I was actually proud of you, reading those lines. I like how you think!
Thanks If you're that porud, you can buy the 29'er fer me! Hahaha!
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I think maybe you're the only one of us that doesn't have the n+1 illness. So maybe you're the only sane one in the assylum, not the sick one.
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Thanks If you're that porud, you can buy the 29'er fer me! Hahaha!
Done! Could you please pay for shipping though? That'd be $3216.76 (Canadian). If you don't pay for shipping, I'll have to keep the bike. Sigh...
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Good to have wheels that you feel good about Last fall I had a back wheel create one of the worst biking days of my life and ultimately culminated into my recent abdominal surgery.

Now, you have not really tested your resolve yet. You need to arrange another ride with your recent trail riding friends. After about 2 miles of riding, swap bikes with one of them. After that, if you are of the opinion that your new "little" wheels are sufficient, than good for you. You will have a complete diagnosis at that time. I don't say this to strike up the 26 vs 29 debate, but I am going on my 2nd 29er and I can tell you that when you try to go back and ride a 26, it feels like a toy.

Either way, I would recommend that Gina go ahead with her savings plan. What bad can come of it.
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Now, you have not really tested your resolve yet. You need to arrange another ride with your recent trail riding friends. After about 2 miles of riding, swap bikes with one of them. After that, if you are of the opinion that your new "little" wheels are sufficient, than good for you. You will have a complete diagnosis at that time. I don't say this to strike up the 26 vs 29 debate, but I am going on my 2nd 29er and I can tell you that when you try to go back and ride a 26, it feels like a toy.
After such tempting replies, I have the feeling that Mr. Beanz will change his mind really soon!
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Beanz, if you're turning down offers from your wife, I've got bad news for you
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I think maybe you're the only one of us that doesn't have the n+1 illness. So maybe you're the only sane one in the assylum, not the sick one.
I believe you are correct!
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Hunh, I don't get this one?
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What I think Mr. Beanz is trying to say is he decided he didn't really need a 29'er since he happens to have a perfectly usable mountain bike right now. It's also simply coincidence that this conversation conveniently coincided with NAHBS. After all, if you're a Clyde and you're worried about spoke count, why not go whole hog and get something custom built for your size?
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What I think Mr. Beanz is trying to say is he decided he didn't really need a 29'er since he happens to have a perfectly usable mountain bike right now. =?
Zactly!
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