I really can't cough up the money for a new bike.
So, I decided to make some changes to the MTB, a Giant Yukon SE. I started by adding bar ends. Helps the numb hands a lot! I ended up adjusting them so that they are horizontal.
Today I changed from the 26X1.90 half street -- half mountain tires. The ones with a little tread in the middle and big knobs along the edges. I went to 26X1.50 street tires. They are definitely quieter. Its hard to say if they really impact the ride in any other positive way. On the negative side, when I go really fast down hill the bike is a little squirrly. The old tires were rock solid at any speed. I had always been told that road tires would help high speed handling.
Is this stability issue common with road tires on MTB's? These are Bontrager Select Invert's. They are all the LBS had.
Should I experiment with different pressures? I have them at 70 PSI.
Would a better quality tire say a Michelin or Schwalbe fix the problem? Or is it just the geometry of the bike? (Let's leave the geometry of the rider out of it!)
I also put on new pedals with toe clips. I like them, definitely makes a difference.