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Just returned from a week trip to Florida. I rented a mountain bike primarily to cruise on. A shop in Lakeland hooked me up with a Niner. Beautiful bike and a nice bike shop as well.

I was a bit surprised to find that the rural roads of Florida (around the Plant City area) have absolutely NO shoulder to ride on. Naturally I was expecting this to creating some tension between myself and the motoring public. Pleasant surprise to find Florida drivers to be patient and curtious to an out-of-state cyclist. Not one honk or rude gestures! Thank you Florida!

Upon returning the bike I noticed the shop only retails 29ers. I asked why. The fella checking in my bike said the shop doesn't believe in 26 inch tires. He continued to state that a 26 inch tire has no place in Florida! I was speechless. Seeing how the 29er has only gained public Bieber-like status in the last few years the twin six was the standard issue on the bikes for many years prior. To hear that suddenly the 26 inch tire is no longer believed in was a shock. The wheel debate rages on but regardless of what size your tires, at least we're all riding. To each their own, cheers Florida.

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My buddy said the huge shop he goes to in Southern California is the same way. Not one 26" bike in the shop. I haven't told my MTB yet. I don't want it to develop a complex.
 

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haha! I think the 26'' is safe. While thumbing through the newest Dirt Rag I noticed an increasing trend in fully rigid bikes. Things go full-circle!!
 
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