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I am impaled upon the horns of a dilemma(4 posts)

I am impaled upon the horns of a dilemmaTylerman
Aug 31, 2001 10:41 AM
Our Uncle George Jr. just sent me a check, claiming that his gubmint has been taking too much out of my paycheck the past few years. Coupled with the recent acquisition of my annual bonus check, I am suddenly flushed with $$$. I just bought my first road bike a few weeks back, and older used machine with toe-clip pedals. Last year I bought an entry level MTB which I haven't ridden much since I bought the road bike. The dilemma is this:
A - Buy clipless pedals/shoes and other roadie accessories (jersey, gels, etc.)
B - Buy a better MTB which I will probably have to do eventually anyway.

I am not willing to spend $2000 for the road bike that I want, and a $1000 one isn't enough of an improvement to warrent the expediture, but a $1000 MTB would be worth it.
What to do?
re: I am impaled upon the horns of a dilemmaDINOSAUR
Aug 31, 2001 10:57 AM
You're on a road bike forum. Fork over the 2K and start riding. Check out GVHbikes.com 2K will get you what you want......
That's gotta hurt...PdxMark
Aug 31, 2001 11:24 AM
You're not riding the MTB - Get the road accessories, including "dream" pedals, etc. that would go onto your dream road bike.
re: I am impaled upon the horns of a dilemmamr_spin
Aug 31, 2001 11:54 AM
It's nice that you feel the gubmint hasn't been taking too much out of your paycheck the past few years. I feel quite differently, having paid an unbelievable sum in taxes in the last few years.

Nevertheless, that's a different issue.

If you're not willing to shell out at least $1500 on a good mountain bike, you might as well keep the one you have. You can't get a mountain bike with a decent fork for $1000, and if you can, there was a tradeoff made somewhere else. Your reason for upgrading should be a vertical move, not a lateral one.

If your only other option is spend the $1000 elsewhere, do that instead.