New bike day
I very recently picked up my new mountain bike from Hart's Cyclery in Edinburgh. I had my first day on it this weekend. There is a little background story that goes with this bike so here goes...
I originally bought a bike in early December, the same make and model as the one I have just acquired. I went to collect it on a Friday night after work. I was so excited. It was the first bike I'd bought in a while. Something I choose to ride, something I really wanted to ride.
Being a young, Trainee Solicitor I'm not making the big bucks so I had to beg, borrow and steal, well not steal but you get the jist of what it took to get this bike together.
I collected the bike, which at the time was one of 6 left from the first shipment coming to Europe from the manufacturer. I put it in the back of the van and drove it home. I checked everything over and put it in a garage, safe for the night. My intention was to ride it during that weekend but sometimes life gets in the way and I wasn't able to ride. Handily, I'd booked annual leave for the Monday so earmarked that for the maiden voyage, December 4th 2017.
Tragically, in the early hours of the 4th my new bike was stolen from the garage it was being kept in. Gone in the night and I hadn't even had a chance to ride it. I was absolutely heartbroken. Having bikes (or anything else) stolen is never pleasant but it's made worse if you've just picked it up and you haven't even had the tyres on dirt.
Thankfully my insurance covered the bike but the process has been long and I've only now been able to get a replacement. This time there was only 1 left from that shipment I mentioned earlier and I immediately put my name to it.
This time I made sure I wouldn't wait another minute to ride the bike on my favourite Innerleithen trails. It was damp, cold and dreich but my god... what a machine! The bike is everything I'd hoped it would be and it's currently just out the box. No special components, no modifications, just bone stock. It really is an impressive piece of equipment and all for under £3,000 which in mountain biking terms is relatively cheap.
So sit back, relax and share in my unbridled joy as I finally get to ride the bike I'd always dreamed of owning.
Can you tell what it is? Comment with your guesses. All will be revealed soon.