Over the past three or four months, I've been slowly financing my new mountain bike by reducing, via ebay, the amount of bike stuff I have in my basement. I had accumulated an embarrassing amount of stuff over the past six years - much of it relatively valuable, including a never-built titanium frame, an old-school Trek track frame, and various never-used parts and components. There's a market for just about everything on ebay, and I've slowly been able to clean up my bike area and save money for a new mountain bike simultaneously.
I just made a big paypal transfer, and I'll going to call Pacific tomorrow to order the Zaskar Expert pictured above. I've never not ridden on a borrowed mountain bike - sometimes it was an entry-level pig of a bike from a friend, other times it was a top-of-the-line-and-way-out-of-any-price-range-I-can-fathom prototype from work, but I didn't ever have consistent quality, function, or fit. The shipping process from the Pacific Cycle warehouse in Illinois is relatively quick and I should have it before my first race on the 30th of this month.
Feel free to tell me that it looks fast and/or sleek and/or gorgeous and/or fast again and/or rugged.
Being able to pay for it in cash is also kind of satisfying - which, god, probably means I'm turning into some sort of financially responsible adult.