Editor Guitar Ted’s Bio: Guitar Ted is a native of Iowa, and still meanders in “fly-over” country. He was roped into writing about 29″ers back in 2005 for various websites and ended up here, finally becoming the Editor of TNI in 2008. Guitar Ted goes about 230lbs these days and is 6″1″ tall. He has been big wheeling since 2003 and mountain biking since 1989 on a proper mountain bike. Before that he just rode any ol’ bike off road he could get his hands on. These days he also has a penchant for riding gravel roads, and has put on the Trans Iowa endurance gravel road race since 2005, along with other shorter fun rides. Guitar Ted also works at a local bike shop as a mechanic with over 13 years experience in retail bicycle shops. Oh, and by the way, he actually does play a mean guit-box!
Grannygear’s Bio: Granny is a native to So Cal and still resides there. Nestled North of LA, his family estate is shared by a wife, son, and dog of questionable ancestry…the dog, I mean. He has been riding mountain bikes since around 1986 and has not stopped since. He is 6’2″ tall, about 190lbs geared up, and old enough to know better. He is an XC kind of guy, preferring endurance rides over huck-fests, but has enough skills to get down the trail and live to tell about it. He has a tendency to love single speeds, steel frames, big wheels on pretty much anything, and a well penned haiku.
He also is a black belt in TaeKwonDo, authored and co-authored two MTB guidebooks and co-founded an MTB trail access group ‘back in the day’.
c_g´s Bio (our European Correspondent): German by nationality with just enough language skills to write in English, too. I have been riding bikes pretty much as long as I can remember – since ´89 on MTBs and dirt covered ever since. A learnt scientist by profession, which sometimes shows in the length and attention to technical details in my posts ..: but with a deep love for the sport of mountainbiking.
I like all sorts of mountainbikes but on my search for simplicity have been a 29er fan since 2005 – long before most people (and the media) here in Europe ever took notice about „Big Wheels“.
Epic technical riding and alpine touring are my thing. At 183 cm and 85 kg (that would be 6´ and 195 lbs) this can be a good challenge for bikes and components.
JeffJ’s Bio: JeffJ AKA ‘Circus Bear on a Bike’ lives in So Cal as well in the same neck of the Hundred Acre Woods as Grannygear does. JeffJ is the resident ‘Clydesdale’ tester/contributor/breaker of freewheels. Jeff is 6’5″ and 260lbs and has been pushing pedals in earnest since around 1996. Yeah, he may not climb fast, but when the road tilts in his favor, watch out for the big man coming through. Jeff likes big wheels, big brake rotors, through axle forks, wide rims and small dogs with long wheelbases.
JeffJ is also a fine bike mechanic, builds his own wheels, and founded a local MTB riding group, the Dirtbags.