Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Northern Catskill Mountains, NY
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Re: Small Zukes going Obsolete?
I loaned my tin top to a friend for Zookin' Y2K2. It's running 29" swampers, and probably always will. There was a XL7 on 27"s and a GV on 29"s. I think there were some others with 30" or less.
Jim, there will always be newbies and those who want sensible trail rigs. Hmmmm, this maybe a calling for you. How about you being the trail leader next year and bring the stock/mild/scared on runs?
I have a blast bringing the "little" Zooks on runs, and is why I volunteer to lead them. If we all wheeled with just "big dogs", it would become exclusionary real fast. Talk about male penis issues if you are running 29"s and everyone else is 33"s or bigger. [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img] There were folks to help and guide me when I was "small" so it's only right that I pay it forward.
I love to see the exicited (and plain "Oh Shiit!") looks on folks faces the first time they try a challenging obsticle, or the look of accomplishment when they successfully negotiate it. The satisfying feeling I get when someone shakes my hand and says, "Thanks, I never thought I could drive up something like that" is more than enuff thanks.
I like being part of that. I still think that good trail leading of newbies is essential if we are going to watch our sport and hobby grow. No one wants to break stuff (Except maybe Kerry, Jim and Craig [img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]), and breaking stuff on easy trails is a sure fire way to scare away new folks.
To answer your questions. No, you are not obsolete. Yes, for the events (read: not a weekend run) I am involved with, there will always be a novice run. I think it's essential to share. In fact, it's the stockers that are the most important people, as they are the "next generation" of Zookers.