So, I thought a few of you might get a kick out of this. I just bought a brand new bike, my first mountain bike, it's warm now albeit raining every other day, and I can't ride it because I'm recovering and I was recovering when I bought it.
Rewind to a few months ago. I start thinking about buying a mountain bike, well I had been thinking about it for a while, but seriously started thinking about it. About a month ago, I decide I'm going to buy one and start doing some serious research because I know very little about mountain bikes.
Me and two friends went on a trip to Vermont to go skiing (and snowboarding for them) on March 7th-12th. Plan was drive through on Tuesday night right after work, crash for a few hours, Killington on Wednesday, rest on Thursday, Jay Peak on Friday, Montreal on Friday night, rest on Saturday and Burlington on Saturday night, Stowe on Sunday then drive back on Monday. That plan was going great until we were at Jay Peak on Friday going through some glades, second to last run and I ran into a tree. I was going fast enough that the actual wreck that caused me to hit the tree released my skis and one ski was stuck up in the powder off trail about 20 feet away. It flew like a javelin to that point and stuck down into the snow. I cracked my 11th rib on my left side. I hit right above my hip and basically below my rib cage. I got lucky, very lucky. I don't wear a helmet, but I think I might start next year. I've had one save my ass a few times when I used to BMX, I'm not exactly sure why I don't wear one skiing.
So I start shopping for bikes that next week, but I'm still very sore so I'm not test riding any. Just going around to the different places, seeing what shops I like, what bikes I like from what they carry because I'd much rather buy from an LBS I like. I start driving to one shop randomly before I get a chance to call them. I call them and it's 7:12pm. I ask them when they close and they say "well we are closing up now, but it's just me and I'm watching the game (NCAA tourney), so you can come in." I of course tell him he doesn't need to stay open and I can come back some other time. He said it wasn't a big deal so I came on in. Already a good sign. Guy was really nice and knowledgeable. They had the same bike that I saw and liked at another place for $90 less than retail which is what the other place was asking, because it was an 06' model. I'm ecstatic so I ride it, 6 days after I cracked my rib. It feels good, despite the fact that getting on and off of the bike downright hurts, but I don't want to impulse buy a purchase like this so I sit on it for two days, do some more research, go back and ride it again, and buy it.
I'm very excited and I can't wait to heal up most of the way so I can go ride.
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