Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Marysville, WA
Bikes: Trek Portland/Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo/LeMond Versailles
My first one was a Huffy mountain bike, which I still have in the garage. I don't really like riding it like I did when it was new, but it served its purpose and it still gets used occasionally when there is something bike-related I need to do but may not be so good for my nicer bike (the latest use being a hookup to one of those trail-a-bike deals for pulling the kid).
What a few others have already said is probably going to be true. If you actually ride the Schwinn regularly, get back into shape, and actually start to wear it out, the wife will be more supportive of your next purchase and won't consider it 'a phase'.
My wife is nagging me to go out and buy a new one. I just can't decide what I want to get. So many choices. When I started riding at the park, she thought it was a phase. When I got strong enough to ride to work and started commuting, she thought that would last no more than a week. Now I am shaped a lot more like the guy she originally married and she supports it completely. I even have a trainer in the living room!