With two new road bikes in the family, and my boyfriend's sister in need of a bike (just for riding around town with her son), one of our mountain bikes is heading out.
He has a schwinn homegrown and I have a marin eldridge grade, probably both of the same 99 vintage and approximately the same size. His is more responsive aluminum, mine a more forgiving cro-mo, and he has much better components (XT), while I have Deore LX.
Now, should we give the sister her bike or should I give her mine and take his?
I think I should move up to a better bike, and give her the easier one to ride (my cro-mo) but here's the dilemma:
I bought mine new and have taken really good care of it, no major crashes, few minor ones. He is the second owner of this and his bike has seen many many more miles, with heavier (and more hardcore) people riding it.
How durable are XT components from the '99 era? Would his components be that much better with all this extra wear and tear?