I got lucky today! One of the men at running club offered me his old mountain bike for parts to repair the one that fell off the back of the car. I was expecting an old hunk of metal so was pleasantly surprised when I went to collect the bike. It’s a nice little entry level full suspension machine. Sure, it’s heavy and a no-name brand but it is in good condition (and it was free). The rear derailleur is bent so it catches the wheels when in the granny gear, and the rear derailleur and brakes are sluggish (probably just a matter of new cables). But these should all be easy to fix. It could also do with a new set of tyres (but they are consumables anyway).
So this is the current state of my normal MTB. It’s looking a bit sad. I don’t know whether you can see how badly bent the handlebars are from the photo. I’m hoping to go to RecycleWorld tomorrow at the rubbish tip to see whether there’s a suitable parts bike there for next to nothing. I’m particularly keen to get a rear wheel and now a rear derailleur so I can fix up both MTBs. The rest of the parts are relatively cheap and I have been offered a set of brake levers / brakes by another running friend.I am very keen to get this bike working again because I just love riding it. There will be races where it’s better suited to the course than the full suspension bike, which loses a lot of power in the suspension.
Who knows, I might soon have three bikes: my road bike, full rigid MTB and full suspension MTB. Then all I need is a second set of clipless pedals for the new MTB and I’ll be on my way.