Sad Loss, Happy Beginnings? New Bike Bought

A Sad Loss…

I’ve been agonising for a while about my lovely old Haro.  She’s been complaining and displaying all the signs of her old age.  A couple of months ago I took her wheels in to be trued and they couldn’t do it.  At that point I began to accept that her days were drawing to a close.

So, it is with a heavy heart and a much lighter wallet that I have to tell you I’ve ordered a new companion.  This weekend’s ride will be my last on my trusty Haro.

Haro Escape 7.0, My companion for the last 10 years.

RIP My Faithful Haro Friend, Out To Pasture After 10 Years

The frame’s still bombproof, but the wheels, brakes and bottom bracket are knackered.  I’ll pass it on to some deserving soul or put it on Freecycle, unless anyone has any better ideas…?

…A Happy Beginning?

I’m a bit scared.

I’m a bit scared of how easy it was to spend my money with Wiggle.   I simply used the affiliate link from Fight Bad Driving and was logged into my Wiggle account automatically.  The bike I’ve chosen was already on my wish list so, what seemed like 4 nanoseconds later, I was looking at the “Thank You From Wiggle” screen and experiencing early-onset-post-purchase-dissonance.

Here’s the beast:

My new pearly-white steed.

Focus Fat Boy 2010, My New Steed

Why A Mountain Bike?

I thought long and hard about getting a road bike, but I need a family-friendly ride.  We live alongside a canal so we ride as a family along the towpath, regularly.  Everyone else has an offroad-style bike: even the young girls have fat tyres.

The roadie option was to buy a decent road bike, then get my Haro updated with some inexpensive new wheels and a new bottom bracket for the family rides.  This would’ve cost the wrong side of £100 on top of a new roadie for sure.  Shed room would also have been an issue.

So, the MTB won the day this time.

Why The Focus?

I’ve read reviews on Focus’ road bikes and MTBs, from last year and this year.  Focus bikes are German, and those Germans are pretty good at engineering, whatever you say about their sense of humour.  Wiggle are selling a lot of their bikes (which must be a good sign, surely) and the more recent reviews have been very good.  On the 2009 models, it seemed that they were trying to cut costs by providing lower-priced components.  OK, this year’s Fat Boy is £100 more than last year’s, but the components are good.

Oh, and I loved the paint job.  How cool is it? Really? I mean, How Cool is THAT?  I’m a sucker for a nice white frame, me. 🙂

Let me know what you think … and if you know any good cause that’d benefit from a Haro Escape 7.0 which squeaks a bit, let me know.

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9 comments on “Sad Loss, Happy Beginnings? New Bike Bought

  1. rooleymoor

    looks sweet, but you’ll be forever washing it… btw you can get some nice white lock-on grips to finish off the look.

  2. Phill

    I’ll be putting bar ends on. Decathlon do nice cheap black ones but some white ones would be rather niiiice. Might have a surf later.

  3. Emma Rush

    Oooooh looks really nice. I think I’m going to get a MTB too, just because I want to copy everything you and Jon do.

    Mr Moore pointed me in the direction of a shop that does 24 months interest free and I have been given clearance on the purchase. I’ll be in your MTN bike club soon. Oh yeah. I might even get a ladies sized one.

    I have to say I’ve always preferred the look of a mtn bike, and in all honesty the feel of them. The difference being, they are not so good for long distances or fast road biking. But then they are not made for that purpose eh?

    I covet your bike.

  4. Phill

    Awesome news Emma. I’m not gay or owt, but some of the ladies-specific bikes available (including some of the Focus ones but they’re only from Wiggle) are beautiful. The Northern Lite is gorgeous. They seem to think that the ladies only like pretty bikes, so they think up some cracking paint jobs.

    24 months interest free? That’s bloody brilliant.

    True, they are not as quick over long distances but Ive done Mcr-Blkpl on a crap steel MTB – it was slow but it got there. I’m going to get some spare slick 1.75″ tyres and a TT banana bar for this year’s trip I think, to offset my lack of roady bikey.

  5. Carrie

    It’s pretty. I want a MTB 🙂 of course I want lots of stuff I can’t afford. I do like the paint job though. Here’s hoping it brings you lots of fun and not much mechanical failure. 🙂

  6. Rob

    New bike looks AWESOME!!!! Wow, HARO, a blast for the past. I DESPERATELY wanted a Haro BMX, Circa 1984, THE make!! I had allsorts of nostalgic flashbacks just reading the word!

    Love it Mate,

    keep up the blog!

  7. Phill

    I think that was what turned me on to the name. I raced BMX through my teenage years, had a whale of a time. Was it Steve Nyquist? Awesome rider. Oh how I wish I could still jump, but the bones won’t take it any more.

    Cheers for the uplifting comment! 🙂

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