|The OG FS Niner. The RIP 9|
By this time I was pretty entrenched doing reviews for the now defunct Biking Hub site, and doing mechanic work for the shop where I still wrench at. I was raising two young kids, and Trans Iowa v2 was coming up fast. So, I get why I didn't go, but sometimes I regret that I didn't. I think things would have went far differently than they had if I would have gone out there on my own. But I didn't, and this interview and a couple of images that Steve and Chris were so kind to give me access to were all I got then.
However; looking back on this, I see where I attracted the attention of the guy who originated Twenty Nine Inches.com and he was hot on my tail to work for him from this point onward. Later that Fall, I did go to Interbike with Twenty Nine Inches and became a big part of the site going forward. The next eight years I was all about 29"ers with that site. But, it basically would not have happened without this interview, or if I had decided to go on my own to Sea Otter that year, I think.
What might have happened? Well, for one thing, this here blog might have ended up being the "twentynineinches.com" of the web, since I was starting to get all kinds of industry attention back in the day. But the thing was that I really resisted the whole thing. Honestly, I refused the TNI gig several times throughout the Summer of '06, and only a free trip to Interbike enticed me to show up. Then a false promise was made which led me into the mire so deep it took me several years to "make things right" enough that I felt I could walk away leaving everything better than it was left to me. I should have stuck to my original "no". Maybe. Heck I don't know.
It is what it is.