In another thread I discussed my 12-year-old Specialized Hardrock with the bad wheel.
So, I looked at the wheel, and it had a broken spoke, BUT, it also needed a new cogset, new chain rings and a new chain, and I had no clue how long those other spokes were going to last. Also, the tires were worn to the casings.
So, given everything, and that I do not do any work myself, I went to the bike shop. I had been in contact with a fellow with a 2005 Specialized Rockhopper who wanted $400. However, the LBS had a brand new Rockhopper for just a bit more - so I bought the new Rockhopper (2010 model), upgraded the saddle, kept the tires for now until they need replacing.
My wife wants to mount the old Hardrock on the wall in the basement, as a momento to the 12 years, and the Ride the Rockies I rode on it!!
So, my next job is transferring everything to the new bike - rack, panniers, lights, kickstand, possibly pedals, cage, computer, wedge, etc.
I think I really got my money's worth out of the $300 I spent for the Hardrock, and hope I get the same from the new bike.
Anyway, here it is: