I haven’t ridden too far on the bike I bought early in 2013 from Sports Direct. It’s a Muddy Fox Impel and to be fair as an entry level bike it’s OK, but now I’ve been advised that a new one would help, especially on some of the harder climbs. It would also help me go faster downhill as the gearing is a bit middle of the road, not great going up and slow going down.
So what to choose.
If all else fails call my brother, he knows what would suite best. He suggests all sorts of gearing and special brake configurations etc. So I just go on eBay and see what’s about. Having sent a couple of links to him we decide that a Specialized Hardrock Sport Disc would be the way to go.
Ideally I don’t want to drive too far to pick a bike up, and with a top price in my mind of £200 against a bike that is around £400 new I have already limited the field down quite a bit.
When you look around there are actually quite a few great bikes about and also sadly some real dross. I was lucky to find the bike I did. I had been watching it all week and when the time came to bid there were a couple of people interested and the price went up quite quickly.
I’m no eBay expert but I know when to bid and when to leave well alone. I also like to come in at the last few seconds, don’t give the competition any chance of upping their bid. With only a few seconds left I had placed my bid and won!
The bike was only 30 miles away so arranged to pick it up that afternoon.
And here it is, the eBay picture of my current bike!