Sigh. I want to upgrade my bike.
I have a 16 + year old mountain bike. It’s been good to me. I rode a lot more before I got married and had kids. Highlight was a hiking/biking trip to Moab, Utah. Beautiful place, great memories. I really want to go back again. But my bike. It needs little a work, new saddle, new grips, and I’m sure a myriad of other things. I don’t want to put more money into it, so its time for a new one.
I’ve been to 2 bikes shops in my town and contacted another 2 shops 50 miles away. None of them stock mountain bikes in my size. Ideally I’d really like to try a men’s bike and a women’s specific design since they weren’t around the last time I went bike shopping.
Womens’ specific designs are smaller and lighter with smaller dimensions to fit a woman better. I have read some reviews where some women with shorter legs and a longer torso still prefer the men’s design. I am like that so I’d really like to be able to check them both out.
Currently I’m at a loss as to what to do next. None of the stores show any interest in getting the smaller sizes in, I’m sure there’s not a high demand for them and they don’t want to get stuck with whatever I don’t choose. There’s also no Demo’s within 2 hours of me. I really don’t have the time for awhile to make a trip to Kansas City which I’m hoping would have something since it’s a big city. I have some adventure races coming up in the next month and wanted to get something before then.
What’s a girl to do? Any advice?