Hi. Long time on and off reader, finally joined to ask a few questions here and there...
Anyway, to shorten up the story, I've ridden bikes my whole life. Nothing competively, but I was always on a bike. Someone gave me a decent Trek MTB in college that was subsequently stolen a few months later. Fast forward a few years and I was really missing riding, so I purchashed a Diamondback Approach (like this one: http://webcache.googleusercontent.co...&ct=clnk&gl=us) from someone on Craigslist. This was about 5 years ago, maybe 6. I have hated riding it ever since. I spent about six months commuting to work during part of the week and I was forcing myself to do that. I finally couldn't take it, so now it just sits in my garage, gather dust.
I can't fully explain why I don't like it. It fits well enough, size wise. I took it to a LBS and spent more than what I paid to have a new chain put on (the old one snapped on a tiny hill), new brakes, and a whole bike tune. That helped, but still, every time I get one it, I just want to get right off. This makes me mad because I really do like to ride, even if just a short commute to work, and this bike makes me not want to at all.
We have been looking at getting some new bikes, one for my wife, one for me, and a trailer to pull the kids, but that's not in the cards right now as I'm using my cash for other purposes. Well, I say that, but it will probably still happen. BUT, before I spend 800 dollars or more on a bike I really like, I wanted to ask you experts... Is there anything that can be done to make this a better riding experience?