A few weeks back I reported on the crack that developed in my Cannondale "daily rider" frame. Cannondale honored their warranty and said they'd replace the frame, but they don't make any "rim brake" bikes any more, so an alternative they offered was a steep discount on any bike in the fleet.
I decided to get a "toy" bike, since I already have the Surly LHT which will be my "daily rider" going forward. (In fact, I've put 500+ miles on it since March 15, the day I retired.)
I ordered a last-year's-model mountain bike - it's called the Trail 6. As seen below:
On April 20, I took my last ride on the broken bike (which was creaking with enthusiasm!)… and rode home on the new beast.
The thing is huge! (It looks normal-size, but it's a size XL frame, and those are "29" wheels.) It's got a long wheelbase and rides pretty luxuriously. Other things that are new to me - there are 2 crank rings - small and super-small. And a wide-range cassette on the back. The hydraulic disc brakes are pretty nice - and they make much more sense on a mountain bike where the wheels are much more likely to get covered with muck.
I don't intend to make many changes. It's got my "dual" pedals (flat on one side, SPD on the other). I put the Anatomica seat on it, and added a Cateye computer. (The one that tells you how many calories you burn - haha! - and also how much carbon you're NOT creating by riding it. I'm WAY more earth-friendly than any of those celebrity tree-huggers!)
I intend to use this bicycle later in the year to cross another pastime off the bucket list - I'll ride it over to Stack Rock. And probably some other places, too... but I'll get a slow start because it's gorgeous and I don't want to sully it, at least right away.