Around the first of November last year, I decided that I didn’t want to commute through the winter on my Giant OCR-C road bike.  I felt like I was beating it to death, and it was certainly beating me to death.  I started watching various sources for a decent used bike to be my commuter.  It didn’t take long before I found a little Marin Novato on Craigslist that I grabbed for $200.  This bike was very lightly ridden, nice and light, and had disk brakes front and rear.  The 13″ frame was the smallest they made, but at 5′ 7″, I am short enough that the fit was decent. 

I rode the bike to work through the winter, putting almost 1,300 miles on it, then switched back to my road bike in the spring because the mountain bike wasn’t as fast and efficient as I liked.  Since that time, the bike has been hanging in the barn, relegated to the occasional ride on the local trails with Pam.  When I decided to buy a dedicated commuting bike, I also realized that I didn’t need another bike taking up space, and this one probably needed to go. 

It found a new home this past weekend with a college student here in town.  I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to find it a new home because of it’s size (I wish I would eventually grow up!), but things worked out OK. 

You served your purpose, little bike.  And I sold you for $20 more than I paid!  What more can I ask? 

God bless….


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