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N+1 = Is this the Secret Formula to Mountain Bike Happiness?

N+1 = Is this the Secret Formula to Mountain Bike Happiness?

 

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“N+1”. Is the secret formula that any passionate and slightly mental mountain bikers will tell you is the secret to ultimate happiness.  What is it? Its owning a “N” or number of bikes plus the next one you’re going to get come hell in high water.  Mostly hell comes from your wife who “hell hath no fury” when the cheque bounces because the rent was used on a lay away plan for that new titanium full suspension frame.  My wife is the best, loving and understanding of my mental obsession (she may read this post), who may at any point be planning an intervention with other mountain biker wives to snap me back into reality.   Mostly her line of questioning goes more or less like this:

  • Her -Whats a matter with the other three on the wall?  (Me- I can’t use them at the bike park, have you seen the jumps I will be riding?  – actually that is not the answer she wants to hear…).
  • Her – Whats a matter with your hardtail that you just had custom made (Me – its too hard on my body to ride for 5 hours, a carbon fiber full suspension will be better…besides I want to change that hardtail to a single speed)
  • Her – You’re a fuck head.

I’ve owned a few a bikes and they each have a story in my life and immortalised in this blog (at least until I stop paying the webmaster).  Here they are:

The Cove G-Spot - considered a mini DH sled. Most of my DH Strava KOMs was done on this bike
The Cove G-Spot – considered a mini DH sled. Most of my DH Strava KOMs was done on this bike

 

It start with this beauty - TCR Advanced - Upgraded with SRAM Red and Carbon wheels
It start with this beauty – TCR Advanced – Upgraded with SRAM Red and Carbon wheels

 

One of a half dozen Cove Hummer soft tails. The rear shock is moves about 1" to take the sting of the bumps.
One of a half dozen Cove Hummer soft tails. The rear shock is moves about 1″ to take the sting of the bumps.

 

Lynskey FS120 - amazing titanium ride and very XC
Lynskey FS120 – amazing titanium ride and very XC

 

Brodie Awl - considered a free ride bike and inspired by the Shore
Brodie Awl – considered a free ride bike and inspired by the Shore.  I gave it to my son who didn’t ride much and then we gave it to needy young mountain biker for racing in high school.

 

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My latest bike. A 27lb trail bike converted from a race frame. Its light and very capable.

 

My baby! Designed by me and built by Whishart Bikes. Amazing craftmanship and captures everything about me and my progression of the sport
My baby! Designed by me and built by Whishart Bikes. Amazing craftsmanship and captures everything about me and my progression of the sport
Current setup - 21t Wolftooth SS Cog with a 30 t chainring
Current setup – 21t Wolftooth SS Cog with a 30 t chainring

Ahh – N+1 + significant other support = happiness!

—-WAB1234—-