Mrs. Bgddy, the kids and I went out for a 7 mile mountain bike ride late Friday morning. On returning home just after noon I was happily amazed to see that UPS had arrived early and dropped off a package for me at the front door. I had a window of opportunity, if very narrow. I grabbed that check, kissed my wife and ran out the door, calling ahead to the bike shop to let them know I’d be in shortly – to please get my bike ready (remove the spoke protector, index adjustment, etc.).
At 12:38 on Friday afternoon I walked into the shop and paid for my new Venge (it was absolutely awesome to lay down a stack of $100 bills on the counter). Twenty years ago I couldn’t pay for a washing machine without financing it.
After dropping the kids off at Aunt Kate’s house and eating dinner, we headed home and I set to tinkering. Reflectors, gone. Cheap plastic reflector pedals, gone. Somehow the shop got the saddle height perfect and I moved it up about 1/4″ to match the setup on my 5200.
After volunteering at the Crim as the Lead Bike for the 8km Race Walkers we went for a ride on the Flint River Trail (more on that later) and then took a nap (I rode on the 5200 – I didn’t want the Venge’s first ride to be in a huge crowd in downtown Flint). Congratulations to the lady who won, whoever you are, that was a race well walked and apologies to anyone who may have been offended by my booming voice – except you idiots with the headphones who couldn’t hear me right behind you (you’re playing that shit too loud).
In any event, I just went over the whole bike for a last minute check to make sure all of the nuts and bolts are properly tight.
UPDATE: First Ride analysis would be silly and biased, but it is definitely smooth. My 5200 is harsher than the Venge (and the 5200 feels like a limo compared to my Cannondale SR-400). One report that is fair to confirm… When you step on the pedals, it goes and fast. Alas, it is a bicycle. It does not pedal itself.
UPDATE 2: I got rid of the wheels just as soon as I could. I’m much happier (and the bike is just shy of a pound lighter). 17.3 pounds, dripping wet, with the pedals and cages.