31 January 2014 - 2:56So What’s Changed?
Actually, nothing. Nothing has changed.
Sure, I’m a little older now, grayer, fatter, slower, but nothing has really changed. Almost 8 years ago to the day, I remembered why I actually started this mess, and it sure as shit wasn’t to make a million dollars. And make a million dollars I did not, so, I guess, goal accomplished?
So in case folks are wondering, B29 is not open for business, at least, not in the way you might have gotten to know me. There will be no more awesome deals on all things 29er on this page. The flickering nonsense to the right will be replaced with other stuff soon. I’m no longer hosting the 2012 Gravel Grinder.
If you need expert opinions on what tires works with which bike, or what wheels might match your hair color or BMW X5, you might find that answer here, but really you could just find the best deal online and make that choice, wether it’s a good one or not. You’re on your own, deal hunter.
For a while, I was the guy. I knew stuff. Hell, I lived and breathed it. Thanks to the internets, now everyone is an expert, and sadly deal is more cherished than value. But I am just as guilty of slinging a low priced tire or widget as some of my more successful contemporaries, and for living by that sword, I died by that same sword. The difference is that I lived it, and FYI, I still know the shit out of everything 29er. Them? Let me ask my supervisor, and BTW, what is your credit card #?
PLEASE do not think this is some diatribe smothered in sour grapes. Somehow I got turned out by a system that was much colder than I thought it would be. I always wanted it to be love and good vibes, which when you think about it… it’s bikes. BIKES! Seriously. God help me if this blog was about Beanie Babies, I’d run my left eye through with a rusty spoon. It’s taken me a very long time to even get the gumption to think about writing a post again, but some persistent powers have assured me, I really have nothing to lose. And they are probably right.
When I think about the things I have done in the “interests” of B29, the pursuit of content to make relevant the shit I was slinging, they are pretty magnificent. I have a lexicon of cool stuff I have done in the name of riding bikes for fun, but hoping to cash in too. Maybe one day, I’ll list them out, top 10 style, back story to be the focal point. Perhaps this could be reader’s a poll?
There were flaws in B29.0 though: stuff that never felt right, even to me, in that there was always a sales angle, a slightly hyped thing. Maybe sell some stuff, make a buck or two. Instead of billboarding the new “X” tire I ran in Durango at SSWC09, maybe I really should have been talking about the ride we went on where we almost got hit by lightning in a torrential monsoon storm. Better reading, more interesting, and I fucking hated those tires anyway.
Or, during same ride, we also got lost a bit, then split up by a herd of free range steaks in the pouring rain, and that it took 3 or so miles of dealing with these future hamburgers, one in particular, for me to get my (then) wife back in the group. Or that Dicky ditched us because he gets bitchy when wet. Or that Dicky was crashing with us, and we had the keys to the place, so he had to wait at the end of the ride anyway to get warm and dry and farty in his sleeping bag.
Good times. It was the best of times, it was the bestest of times.
And you know? I’m still friends with everyone I met on that trip, and that was just some weekend in September in 2009.
One day, maybe I will recant the story of one 4 apples tall man, farting up an entire hotel wing in Arizona in 2011, all by himself, giggling like some sugar crazed manchild. It was terible and awe inspiring all at once. So many nose witnesses….
And yet there are many more stories to tell, and now this is the place you can read them. I’m going to leave the “deals” to the dot coms.
I’m hoping that you will read along, and share with friends, This is going to be a good journey, and I hope that you all can come with. I promise it will be fun.