Sarah has told me to pick out a new mountain bike for Father's Day. I should be excited. I am just drained. I shouldn't have to look for a new bike. I mean, if I trashed my own bike I'd be upset and probably angry at myself but would be able to justify getting a new bike, especially after getting as much use out of it as I did. But I'm struggling to replace a bike that just disappeared one day even though I'll probably never see it again. I'm out the $500 or so invested in my Trek 4300 and now have to buy a new bike.
Here's my dilemma. I was perfectly happy with my situation before with a low end Trek mountain bike and a low end Trek road bike. I figured I'd get into the sport, learn to maintain my own bikes, learn the components and eventually upgrade as I wore out my bikes. I was hoping to upgrade my mountain bike to a fully suspended mountain bike and keep the old one for commuting and snow biking. Now I don't have that option. I have to either find a nice bike that I can afford and a junker to commute with or find a good deal on a bike similar to my Trek 4300.
I was soooo close to the perfect deal. I found a used Trek 6500 for $150. It was the right size and in good condition. I would have been back in a similar situation to what I was in before with my Trek 4300 and I was happy about it. It was snatched up before I could even drive over to take a look.
Tonight I went over to look at a fully suspended Trek Fuel 90. It was a really nice bike that I thought I could pick up for about $800. I liked it but it was too small and it didn't have some of the features I was looking for on a bike that expensive.
A new Trek Fuel EX will put me back $1,750 and I just can't spend that kind of money, even if I had it. A new Trek $6000 is $860 and is similar to my Trek 4300 with better components and disk brakes. It is not a fully suspended bike so I'm hesitant to jump into it. A new Giant fully suspended bike runs around $1000 and it looks nice, but its a Giant and my brain is wired for Trek. It's going to take a lot of convincing and maybe some brain washing to get me on a Giant bike. And that is something I just don't understand. As a teen and college student, I was completely obsessed with in-line skating to the point that I'd spend three hours a day on the blades if I could. I've had a pair of Rollerblades, a pair of Roces, and two pairs of K2s. I don't have a favorite brand there. In fact, I hate my first pair of K2s and was so fed up that I decided I needed a new pair of skates and they were not going to be K2s. Unfortunately the only decent pair of skates I could find in Billings freakin' Montana were K2s, hence the two pairs. I've owned three Fords, a Chevy, a Hundai, a Chrysler and an Isuzu. I have no favorites with cars either even though its a major purchase. I'd try any of those brands again except Isuzu (worst purchase ever) and would try many others. So I don't understand my obsession with Trek. I can't stand our only authorized Trek dealer in town either but I keep crawling back to them to buy bikes. Ugggh!
This shouldn't be so stressful. The idea of buying a new bike should be exciting and enjoyable. I'm hating every minute of it, yet I hate being without a mountain bike even more.