Massive Dilemma, do I sell my mountain bike?
You have 2 mountain bikes
You don’t think you’ll have much time to ride a bike
You don’t need two mountain bikes
I can’t see you getting more than half the value for it if you sold it. However there is another option. Get rid or one of your MTBs and get a road bike. Much as I love a good play on my mountain bike, I find road riding gives me better “value for money” for any spare time I have. I am lucky enough to live somewhere with very beautiful and very quiet country lanes to ride on as well as good off-road.Posted 4 years ago
It’s a 150mm full sus compared to my other which is a 110mm Cannondale with a Lefty fork, much more race orientated and I didn’t want to sell it. I bought my other bike for trips to Wales and possibly the alps but that situation has changed.
Should have pointed out I’m out of home 13 hours a day minimum during the week so will hardly see our new arrival, looking forward to spending some time with them at weekends though 🙂Posted 4 years agocarlosgMember
babies = expense
Yes and no, you don’t need a buggy that costs £800 an £80 one is nearly as good(and probably is easier to use) and your baby doesn’t need to be wearing designer labels that are only gonna get covered in poop and puke ect.Babies do cost but not as much as the popular press and all the other specialists would suggest.
Do you prefer the way your new bike rides to the ‘Dale? If so sell the older bike and keep the new , bike time is cut short when a new baby arrives but it won’t last forever.Posted 4 years agoampthillSubscriber
I agree with all the above
But just to put a different spin on it for a second…
It really depends on how you’ll regard this bike in the future. Are you the sort of person whole ride it in 10 years time and love that its still going, if so keep it. Or are you a latest bells and whistles type who’ll just see it as out of date in 10 years time.
PS had MTB when son was born. When he was 1 I added suspension forks. When he was 3 it was stolen, it was replaced by insurance. When he was 12 I bought a used FS off some one who’d ridden it once. He is now 15.Posted 4 years ago
Also, be honest about the type of riding you think you’ll be able to squeeze in and make sure you have the right/best bike for that. No point having a “big bike” for Wales/Alps if those trips are not going to happen. The big bike simply won’t get ridden. This echoes my comment about getting a road bike.Posted 4 years agowarns74Member
Having a child doesnt automatically mean you are never going to ride again. It’s fair to say that initially you probably wont have a lot of time to yourself (or energy!) but maybe look at it another way?
I used to ride a lot on the weekends and when we had a child I obviously had other priorities but rather than stop riding I tried night riding after work instead and loved it! My daughter has just turned one and I think Ive averaged a ride every week since she was born, I now just go out when she is asleep and the occasional weekend. The evenings are getting lighter which is a big plus so when he/she goes for a 2 hour nap you have a window to get out for a ride.
Also, do a deal with your missus, she gets to go out for lunch with a mate on the weekend, you look after the nipper, then the next week she wont mind when you head out on the bike for a couple of hours!
The other thing to bear in mind is when theyre a bit older you’ll be able to take them out with you on some gentle tracks, fire roads etc, so maybe think in terms of whether one of your bikes will take a trailer or some kind of baby/child carrier instead?
Just my 2 cents.Posted 4 years ago
What are your reasons for not riding it much now? It’s all well and good thinking you’ll ride it less when the little ‘un comes along, but if you’re keen you’ll find a way. If you’re not keen it’s not going to happen. When my first child came along I was at the peak of my re-discovered love for cycling, having had a few barren years. I found/made time to ride. Bringing up kids can be hard work and you should have some quality time away from work and being a Dad, even if it’s just an hour or two per week. If it’s not going to be riding a bike make sure you do something else.Posted 4 years ago
Amusingly, it’s also the bike that holds the least “value” (in terms of selling it).
So true. Last year I finally retired my Trek road bike that I bought in 2000 for £250. In terms of smiles-per-pound value for money nothing I have ever owned has come close.Posted 4 years agoti_pin_manMember
The answer is sell the bike if you want the cash, otherwise it will gather dust for a good few years, especially as you have 2 bikes.
Well done for accepting the truth, your riding will reduce, your kids are more important, but then also remember so is a break from them for ‘you’ time… your wife will say this to you many times over the next few years.
Just know one thing, once your kids start riding the world of bikes comes back even better!Posted 4 years agoexcitable1Member
Sell your bikes, use the cash to buy a rigid singlespeed and a kid seat, as soon junior Painy can sit up happily there hours of simple trail fun to be had. Was a great way to spend time alone with mine and give MrsCat time to sleep/bathe/etc.
^ This +1. You beat me too it Roger. I would sell the lefty thing though. Then you have a good full sus’ for the odd boys day out and the new rigid HT for the weekend blast with the little one in the seat.
I went on some pretty big rides with the lad on the back. Mrs Excitable would love it because he would either be asleep or be very tired when we got home resulting in a good 3-4 hr break for her.Posted 4 years agosteviecaptMember
i was in your situation 12yrs ago sold my full sus giant bike and bought a rigid bike just to get me out, now i only ride a rigid bike with carbon forks as i no longer have the need for suspension, its suprising how quickly you get acustomed to riding a rigid bike, its your choice but remember the kids wont always need you 24/7Posted 4 years ago
Thanks for the replies. I’ve not done much riding of late on either bike as had shoulder surgery 6 weeks ago so been thinking a lot about what to do. My Cannondale is much more suited to the majority of riding I do but given a preference the “trail” bike is what I have most fun on. I prefer going down hills to up them but it’s a bit much for the South Downs where I live and especially of late.
If I keep it it’s going to have to last a long time but I’m fine with that and interesting comments about a road bike as it’s something I’ve also been thinking about. Do I sell the Cannondale and get a 2nd hand road bike instead for the odd 90 minute blast along back roads? Hmmm.Posted 4 years agocuriousyellowSubscriber
So you had a FS, and then bought another – but barely ride it.
You becoming a Father has nothing to do with it, you barely rode it when you had a chance.
IMO Better to keep it for spares than sell at a £1500 loss.
I think b r speaks the truth. Harsh as it may sound. On the flip side, if you don’t need the money and you have the storage space then why not keep it. It’s your extravagance, enjoy it for what it is!
You could try swapping it for a road bike of equal value on this or other bike forums.Posted 4 years ago
This has been eating away at me for a while so keen to hear anybody’s thoughts on whether I should sell my bike or not.
Situation is, paid almost £3k for it 10 months ago and planned to ride it a lot. For a number of reasons Iv’e not ridden it as much as I’d like. My wife’s due to give birth to our first child any time now so I’m thinking I’ll be able to ride it less and less, especially as I’ll want to spend time being a Dad at weekends.
Do I cut my losses and sell it or will I just end up giving it away for peanuts? I have another full sus bike that I still ride (Cannondale rush) so I’ll still have something to use, but I just don’t want a gleaming, new-ish, expensive bike sat there doing nothing. Any ideas on what I may lose value wise on selling it?
I know something is only worth what someone will pay for it and I’ve never bought a bike 2nd hand but I’m already finding out that babies = expense, so mulling over what’s best to do.
CheersPosted 4 years agojodafettMember
Keep the bike, just cos you won’t get out much now doesn’t mean you won’t in the future. Or get yourself a big light an do all your riding at night, it’s how I fit riding in round my two youngsters ( a 3yr old and a 1yr old). Once your wee one sleeps through the night you’ll find they’ll sleep from 6 or 7pm ’till the morning so your nights are free to ride.Posted 4 years agoglobaltiMember
Sell it and use the money for a mid-range road bike. You can nip out for the odd hour or three and get back pretty clean and ready to get on with family duties. If you’re really well organised you get your wife and kids to drop you at a nice cafe about 30-40 miles upwind of home then you race back and enjoy a fast exhilarating wind-assisted blast. Alternatively ride downwind and agree to meet them at a nice cafe then car home.
With road bikes there’s less time spent on cleaning, maintenance and repairs as well.Posted 4 years agobigyinnMember
You wont be doing much riding for hte next 18 months.Posted 4 years ago
If you can handle having the bikes just sitting in the garage / shed doing nothing then leave them there. Nothing will break / degrade really and they’ll be there when you’re ready to get out riding.
Thats what I did (although my good bike was 4 years old when my son was born) and I’ve still got it now.
I tend to keep things like bikes a long time anyway.
Whether you do or not is up to you?freeagentMember
I’m in a similar situation with you regarding riding time/kids.
I bought a Hybrid last year (Boardman one – not a ladies shopping type) and find the odd 1-hour evening night ride is a lot easier to fit in than longer off-road epics.
You can also ride from your front door, and generally need a bit less prep/clean-up time.
The other huge advantage with a road bike is you can buy a turbo, and ride indoors whilst babysitting!Posted 4 years ago
You wont be doing much riding for hte next 18 months.
Take this with a pinch of salt. Your definition of “not much riding” could be very different. Some of us are lucky enough that a normal riding week could include several rides. Others – me included – are happy as long as I get out at least once. You may decide that riding once a month is enough to justify having a nice bike in your garage…
…but do get a road bike 🙂Posted 4 years agodazhSubscriber
I would not be a very good Dad if I didn’t get out on the bikes because I’m just a miserable sod with very little patience when I haven’t been out !
+1. Mrs Daz had no problem with me getting out on the bike after both our kids were born, and still has no problem with me going out twice a week (although they’re older now, 8 and 5). Having kids doesn’t mean you have to give everything else up. In fact IMO it makes the other stuff more important.Posted 4 years agoavdave2Member
but it’s a bit much for the South Downs where I live and especially of late.
I live on the South Downs and my rigid bike is the one that gets used the most. I’d of thought the Rush was the perfect bike to keep but in case you think differently what size is it and how much do you want for it? 🙂Posted 4 years agoBenjiMMember
My daughter is 8 months now and I took the decision to sell my Ragley hardtail and dismantle my full suss and put the parts on a carbon hardtail. I already have a road bike. The first few months were tricky to get out and ride but once they’re sleeping through you can get out and ride no problem in the evenings providing your partner is understanding of course. To put it into context im 32% in to the Specialised Strava Challenge (1319 km between 1st April and 30th April). It’s definitely not the end of the world when it comes to riding although a road bike will help massively.
It really is down to your own motivation. Being VERY organised also helps when it comes down to getting in riding time.Posted 4 years ago
Here’s my Cannondale. It’s had rather a few upgrades over the years to the point where I couldn’t bring myself to sell it for peanuts. Shortened Hope Stem, carbon riser bar, tubeless mavic wheels, Sram X0 etc etc to the point where it’s pretty light now. Still love the way it rides and looks 🙂
I’ve got some lights so I expect to have to use them a lot more this year.Posted 4 years agohoraMember
Sell the bike that you obviously don’t enjoy riding. I’m guilty of punting on (too quickly sometimes) frames that I don’t get on with. Only a couple of times have I regretted doing this. You’ve had ample time to know that its not right for your riding and you have a mountain bike that you prefer to ride.
Sell it before it becomes a museum piece.Posted 4 years agochiefgrooveguruMember
All I can add is don’t decide to do a whole load of maintenance on your only MTB just before the baby arrives or you’ll end up still trying to find time to put the damn thing back together when the baby’s seven weeks old! My BMX is thankfully keeping me sane and hopefully keeping the legs and skillz in reasonable order…Posted 4 years ago
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