But to be serious for just a moment (don't get too used to it), I've got zero regrets about the expenditure. First off, it's getting ridden a LOT, by a lotta different people. If there's one major cause for regret, it's a bought bike that never gets ridden, and this is definitely not that bike.
Second off, I scrimp in certain areas of my life so that I can have a bike slush fund. It's not huge, and it's pretty bare at the moment, but when I wanna do something crazy like the pump track, it allows me to have a tiny bit of money to throw at it, to keep the momentum going. 10 yards of dirt and the new bike and a coupla hand and power tools were super slippery grease that I was able to pack into the bearings of this project.
And at the same time, I'm so grateful to have Glen's bikes around. The track is a tremendous tool in terms of skill-building and just plain head-slapping realization about how certain thing work, bike-wise, and having multiple bikes to play with on the track just totally magnifies and enhances the experience. For me and everyone else who shows up to ride. I've fallen in and out of love and then back in again with every one of mine and his bikes. Multiple times.
I really think that this is one of those times in life where I'm not gonna be able to fully appreciate all that's coming at me until I have some hindsight perspective. It's a small little backyard pumptrack, but the lessons are huge. Lucky little bastard am I.
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Technically speaking, it blows my mind as to how two bikes with the same wheel size and pretty close to the same wheel base can be such totally different animals on the track.
I set up both bikes last night and took a tape measure to 'em . . .
. . . a bit different in the front end then. I don't have a feel yet for exactly how all the geometry translates to what's happening on the track, but I hope that by the end of the summer, I'll be able to say, "Oh yeah, with that HT angle, you totally gotta get your weight over the bars when you hammer outta that corner." Or some stupid shit like that. That actually makes sense.