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What Fit Looks Like: Part 803!


August 2013

803 miles in August! A new personal best for one month by 119 miles!

So what does 803 miles a month look like?


This isn’t all that big a deal. I’m tame compared to some of the guys I ride with, though considering the other important things in my life, this is pure awesome!

Some notes on my new Venge Comp now that I have some miles decent miles on it:

Specialized hit a home run on the balance between stiffness for power transfer (when I step on the pedals, the thing flat-out goes!) and suppleness for a very smooth ride. IMAO the rumors that the Comp is not a century bike are over exaggerated.

The Venge, and this is unmistakeable, allows me to ride faster than my 5200. It’s not a lot, less than a half mile an hour, but I’m holding a 19.5 mile average – into a 10 mph headwind for the last 18 (solo) on a 46 mile ride on open roads – and I still had enough in the tank to go for a ride with the wife and kids on the fat tire bikes. Dude, that’s superhuman for me looking at it in proper context.

The Venge Comp is quite. Many of the internally routed cable bikes receive complaints of creaks and groans. Not this one, and I’m not the only one to say so. It’s a very solid ride.

Finally, as far as I’m concerned that’s the sexiest damn bike on the market for less than five grand. Period. The red and clear coated composite is absolutely beautiful and screams “that’s right baby, I’m f*ckin’ fast”.

I could not possibly be happier with that bike.



  1. bikevcar says:

    Great mileage for the month. And glad you’re loving the new bike. It looks really aggressive in the photo

    • bgddyjim says:

      Thanks brother. It looks tougher than it rides. The geometry is fantastic for getting low. I can ride a lot flatter for a lot longer compared to my 5200.

  2. JustI says:

    Awesome mileage! Welcome to the world of Specialized! I love my Vita Comp, but at 62yrs, I have some difficulty with the ‘getting low’ 😯

  3. Come on man, what’s with the clear water bottles. Some nice red and black would look great in some sexy cages.

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