In an attempt to sort out my garage (which was full of old boxes, bikes, camping gear and general tat and rubbish), I’ve got rid of some bikes. It’s taken me years to do this since I decided some needed to go and I think I’m halfway. 2 down and 2 to go.
The first to go was my Team Marin. My first decent mountain bike, bought back in the 90’s with Pace RC35AB elastomer suspension forks. The one I started racing seriously on, the one I rode my first Mayhem on, the one I’ve done most miles on. One I struggled to get rid of.
The decision came because I just wasn’t riding it. Hadn’t ridden it in over a year and I couldn’t see when I’d ride it again. A post on retrobikes and a local buyer saw it go in less than a week. I could have split it and sold it in bits to make more money but it was too much hassle (working away from home makes it harder) and just selling it was hard enough.
Next up was my first motorbike – a similar story – it’s been unused for years so it went a couple of weeks ago to a mate.
The Giant Escaper is next – I might give that away. My daughters outgrown her Dawes mountain bike so that will go the same way soon. Once the Giant has gone I’ll be able to justify a new road bike. The Boardman is over 5 years old and has done me very well but is showing signs of age and will end up being a winter training bike.
Then that will be it. All the bikes I will own will have a purpose and get used. It might have taken me a while to start but getting rid of stuff is now much easier and I’m on a roll and feeling ruthless.