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I Am Specialized.

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Now THAT'S Sexy, Baby

Now THAT’S Sexy, Baby

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.

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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.

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23 Comments

  1. fizzhogg says:

    You’re gonna be riding a knife!

  2. Sweet ride. Love the matt black finish. Let me know if dust sticks to it. I have my eye on a Cervelo S5 for next year in the matt black finish. We have a lot of dust in my area and I do not want to be spending a lot of time cleaning it.

    Congrats on buying it in cash. It is a sweet feeling knowing you own it out right.

  3. Cherry says:

    Congrats!! What a sweet looking bike indeed!

  4. Bar Science says:

    Makes me want to get a real bike.

  5. Dra Martha Castro Médico WMA says:

    Reblogged this on CYCLING LEARNING AND HEALING THE WORLD.

  6. That ain’t your daddy’s bicycle! Sweet!

  7. Awesome! Color scheme is perfect – also good job on adhering to bike photography rules (chain in the big ring, drive side out)

    • bgddyjim says:

      Thanks brother… Stems not at 3,6,9 or 12 o’clock, tire logos centered on the stems (bike shop actually got that right!). Funny thing is it took a couple of attempts – first I had the crank arms at 6&12, then I noticed the stems… I was chuckling as I fixed everything – even on my phone when I looked at the pictures the faults stuck out like a sore thumb.

  8. vardotrichic says:

    Very snazzy new ride!! Love the colors 🙂

  9. cyardin says:

    Sweet mother! Your new steed is beautiful. Put a couple of missiles on it and you could be part of the USAF running stealth missions.

  10. […] taken some time to enjoyment the sport I love.  First, it helps that I had a brand new bike to break in (700 mile review is in progress), but beyond that, I had accomplished just about everything […]

  11. […] own the 2013 Venge Comp and in my review I recommended upgrading the wheels.  I still stand by that recommendation – […]

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