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I want to sell my mtb. Tell me why I shouldn't.(16 posts)

I want to sell my mtb. Tell me why I shouldn't.look271
May 20, 2002 4:19 PM
It gets used only 2x a year or so as a mtb; othwerwise I use it as a commuter. However, now that I have a "commuter", It gets used even less. I want to sell it to finance another road bike, steel, probably Italian, and I can only justify it if I sell the mtb. Any real GOOD reason not to sell it? BTW, I also have a single-speed that I have fixed up and can use as a trail bike to ride with my kids,
You probably wont get what you think its worth. nmonespeed
May 20, 2002 5:05 PM
what he said, and 'cause you need a fixie. nmdustin73
May 20, 2002 5:14 PM
I have a fixie. (nm)look271
May 20, 2002 5:20 PM
well dang...if you can get what you want, sell it. nmdustin73
May 20, 2002 8:00 PM
actually, a message...

i'd probably sell my Stumpjumper if i knew i'd be able to afford a nice road ride.
You are missing an exciting sportPsychler
May 20, 2002 6:39 PM
As an avid mountain biker who has recently realized the joys of road riding, I feel that we are really talking about "two" sports which share a common machine. To me there is nothing like the feeling of being in the woods, watching the seasons change around me. It's me in tune with nature.
I ride year round, as do all my fellow riders. In our group are top local mtb riders ranging from 30- 80 (yes, wasn't until this year that this 51 year old could keep up with him). In the spring, the road bikes come out and we split the week ...road/ woods. The road bike makes me a stronger mtb rider, the mtb bike sharpens my reflexes and mellows me out.
I don't recommend keeping your old mtb bike, I recommend you get a NEW one, just to rekindle the joy of riding it.
You are missing an exciting sportlook271
May 20, 2002 7:13 PM
I do enjoy riding in the woods.Bike's not that old, either. It's just that I hate to have to lug it onto the carrier, drive to the trail, take it, off, yada,yada,yada. For the 1 or 2 times that I actually do some single-track, it's hardley worth it.
Re: You are missing an exciting sport..arslan - just got a TCR 2 -
May 21, 2002 4:57 AM
Yeah, I agree. Mountain biking is an entirely different sport. And with a road bike, you'll be missing out on it.
Yes, you may want a new road bike, but don't sell your mountain bike.
You'll find that many people here are mountain bikers too along with road bikers. It's because mountain biking gives you different joys, of interacting with nature, discovering new places etc, that road bikes do not do.
That's what I did, I could've sold my mountain bike to get a better bike, but I chose not to. And I don't regret my decision cause one-fourth of the time I'm mountain biking.
Good Luck!
sell itgtx
May 20, 2002 8:53 PM
unless there is some kind of emotional attachment to it I'd sell it if you're not riding it--especially since you have a single speed. Only keep bikes that you ride or ones that you know you would regret selling later. Oh, good reason to keep it: you won't get much for it, it will make a good loaner, you might move soon and be right next to some really nice trails--in which case you'd probably want to sell it to get something else, better, etc...........
May 20, 2002 11:25 PM
I encourage mtbing as a sport to people who have never tried it, but it looks like you've already done it and don't much care for it. If I were in your shoes and selling made the difference between having the bike you really want versus nothing, I'd sell it no hesitation.
It's not that I don't like mtb riding...look271
May 21, 2002 12:58 PM
It just takes way too much time to get in, say, an hour's ride, even if you live near trails (which I do). Plus, most of my riding time is during the day weekdays, and I won't go into the woods alone. People have been shot in this state, mistaken for a turkey. Just not worth it! I'll take my chances with cars etc; at least I have a chance to avoid them.
because you dont need the italian RB...SteveO
May 21, 2002 4:32 AM
The way i figure, even if you sell the MTB, you're still gonna have a nice outlay of cash for your new road bike...a bike which you dont really NEED, but only desire; Your 'justification' is going to cost you more than just keeping it, or donating it, with no true gain other than that 'new bike smell'.

Having said that, i was just in the same boat... I NEVER used my MTB anymore (used to ride the hills of Wissahickon), and was longing for the 'ol beach-cruisers i spent my youth and college years on.

A change of tires, some cassette spacers, some tall bars and a springy-seat later i now have one butt-ugly cruiser for comfy after-dinner putzing and shore-cruising
downgrade.JS Haiku Shop
May 21, 2002 4:42 AM
I did this a couple years ago. remember, i'm cheap: went from a $1200 gary fisher to a $500 specialized rockhopper. figured i wasn't riding the mtb enough (<6x per year) to justify having it hang in my garage, collecting dust. put part of the money from the sale (ebay) into the specialized, and the other part into a fund for the bianchi. that way, i have something to ride the trails with (including racing, if i so desire [gears]), and some variation, if necessary. otherwise, i would also save it for out of town trips short enough to drive on which you'd like to mtb, and might require gears.

that is all.
re: What kind & size & how much....jrm
May 21, 2002 8:22 AM
I need to build up a Hardtail.....
re: What kind & size & how much....look271
May 21, 2002 9:35 AM
A 21inch Raliegh M600 butted AL frame, Manitou spyder R fork, LX crank, rapid-fire 27 speed shifters, Weinman rims and lx hubs, linear-pull brakes (Avid), cheapo suspension seat post that actually works quite well, plus Michelin wild-gripper-lite tires. $350.
Better idea!look271
May 21, 2002 12:37 PM
Sell the mtb AND the kg271 and get a new Look 381i or kx! Duh! Who needs Italian steel, anyway? (If you've ever ridden a Look, you'd understand,,,,,)