How (Not) To: Get Your Spouse To Let You Get a New Bike

Our friends at VitalMTB collaborated with us again to produce a fun video that tackles a topic that we all face: getting your better half to sign off on a new mountain bike purchase. In this video we go over which arguments not to use as well as the most convincing arguments we’ve found to get your partner to come around and see things your way.

We’ve summed up the effective arguments below:

Aluminum frames have ~ 5 year service life—Due to the fatigue life of aluminum frame manufacturers’ warranties typically run out at this point. Because frame manufacturers only stock enough replacement frames to cover this 5-year period, if you frame cracks you’ll be out of luck.

26” wheels are being phased out—Now that Downhill is adopting the 650b wheel size, the writing is on the wall for 26” wheels, which will soon be seen only on dirt jumping and slopestyle bikes. Since frame and component availability will follow suit, if you are not spinning the bigger hoops, you’ll be in for a world of hurt when every broken or worn out part requires a special order, or worse, isn’t available anymore.

Buying a New Bike is Much Cheaper Than Upgrading Parts—If you want to upgrade to an eleven-speed drivetrain and get a new fork, those components will cost less as part of a new bike. Plus, you’ll get a lighter frame, lighter, stronger wheels, and improved braking.

Old Technology is Holding You Back—If your local shop has to custom order 25.4mm handlebars, and no one waits when you drop your saddle with a quick-release seatpost clamp, it’s time for an update. Technology has changed so much in the last ten years that riding a new bike will feel like flying a helicopter after pushing a wheelbarrow.

Moved to new area with different trails/Riding style has changed—You packed up and left your life in Eastern Texas for the Pacific Nortwest. Suddenly, you feel a bit undergunned on your 80mm travel hardtail as you ride around all the jumps and obstacles everyone is blasting off of on their all-mountain bikes. You might as well quit riding if you don’t get yourself a new sled in this situation.