Today was the day our family grew from three (Tabb, Kelsey, Declan) to five (+2 mountain bikes).
Usually a purchase wouldn't be such a big deal... but this was an investment. Yes, we had to shell out some moola to get these babies, but buying them also committed us to a new lifestyle - one of weekend adventures, endless MTB forums, and *hopefully* some increased fitness! My bike is the one on the left, and Tabb's is the one on the right. (Mine is our wedding colors!) We're super stoked to put our Habitat stickers on our new bikes!!
Wait, I thought we were going to wait a little bit until we bought bikes?!?
Tabb had mentioned to Mitch that we might want to get bikes in the future. But I don't think he, nor we, knew how soon that would be happening. Tabb and Mitch were talking about potential sales and deals, and Mitch gave him some recommendations. Then Tabb called and told me what options were available right now. Before we knew it, Tabb and I had committed to buying these bikes from Mitch's store! We sent him our credit card info, and the rest is history. Now it's time to anxiously await their arrival and prepare the house for their homecoming.
Mountain bikes are expensive. Well, good mountain bikes are expensive. We knew this before we even started shopping for them. We set out with a budget of $3k, and actually ended up right at it when everything was said and done. How did we do it?
Apartment Bike Storage
We've bought bikes, check! Now where are we going to put them? We are two people and a dog living in <700 sq. ft. of space. We fit well, but we have a lot of stuff. Our storage closet is full of Christmas decorations, camping equipment, board games, and academic knick-knacks. We have a private patio, but there is no way we are leaving our bikes outside (1) for the humidity and weather of St. Louis to attack, or (2) for people to steal.
After we bought our bikes, I began re-arranging the closet. I condensed two boxes into one, sold some items online, and got crafty with my Tetris skills. The result? I have a 5' by 3' section of our 7' by 3' closet cleared for our bikes to live in. I'm sure we will have to make adjustments when they arrive, but this was an essential and promising first step.