It just doesn’t feel… right.

I have a peculiar problem – and you’re probably going to read this and think I’m even more weird than you do already – but I’m going to tell you anyway.

Last September, I got a new mountain bike. Thing is, that although it was new to me, it wasn’t brand new. It was an ex-demo bike from the local bike shop. I had done loads of stuff for them on their website, so they owed me quite a bit of money, and they offered me this bike. Now it’s a really flashy machine, and would have cost the best part of two grand when new, so I thought it seemed like quite a good deal.

Thing is, now I’ve got it, I don’t really like it. It rides really well, the kit is top-notch, and it’s probably a better bike than I’ll ever need. But it just doesn’t feel right somehow. It doesn’t really feel like it’s mine. I’ve tried my best to just forget about it, because, let’s face it, I’ll never actually spend £2000 on a mountain bike, but that’s not the point. I don’t feel comfortable on it.

I think the time has come to just admit that I don’t like it, put it on the mighty eBay and then spend the proceeds on a replacement. I fully appreciate that I’ll only get about £900 to £1000 for it, and that the replacement bike that I’ll buy for that kind of money won’t be as good as the bike I’ve got at the moment. But at least it’ll be mine. Properly mine. And it’ll be of a quality commensurate with my bike riding ability, as opposed to being completely out of my league, which is what the current one is.

I think I’m just not very good at “second-hand” stuff. I bet you’re all reading this and thinking that I’m ungrateful, and maybe I am, but I’m just not feeling it at the moment. And that’s never good.

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