We had an extra Ford Ranger hanging out in the garage since my youngest son bought his own car two years ago. I believe we have only used the truck to get mulch and save $6 a yard. I got to thinking that the cost of insuring the truck and paying for plates every year was not cost effective when we only buy a few yards of mulch and most of it goes in a trailer that I can also pull with my 4 Runner. So a couple weeks ago, while we were on a long weekend at Nags Head, I mentioned to my wife that we should sell the truck and she jumped on it and said "you could use the money to buy a mountain bike".
Wow!, my plans (schemes) don't usually work that well. This time I had a little help since one of my riding buddies and team mates who is also my wife's brother, coincidentally, just purchased a new mountain bike himself.
Last night at 10:45 PM I put an add on Craig's List and sold the truck this evening.
So now I'm in the market for a new mtb and have some considerations to face in making my choice of bike. I don't race mtb's but will probably start since I do Road Races and Cyclo Cross races. The 29's seem to be the way to go but I don't know much about mtb's and how they ride. So you mountain bikers now have a chance to confuse me even more. Should I be looking at full suspension 26" bikes, hard tail 29'ers or full suspension 29"s?
So many choices and I'm not even at the point of component and frame levels.