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When a $4,000 Race Bike is Worth Every Penny


August 2014

Road bike: $4,000
Cycling Kit (clothes etc.): $750
Mountain vacation: $3,000
The climb up the mountain: Torture

Breaking the 45 mph speed limit on the descent: Priceless



The descent was smooth as silk… Previously, my best was just over 45 mph and that felt spooky on my old 5200… On the Venge, I’ll be trying for 60 tomorrow – I had a lot left.

Worth every penny.

As a side note, I do not condone riding a bicycle in an unsafe manner, especially considering one’s experience. My equipment is meticulously maintained and cared for. Even so, riding a bike at high speeds is inherently dangerous. Do so at your own risk.


  1. PedalWORKS says:

    That’s crazy fast. Be careful. 40 mph (65 kph) is enough for me these days, even on the Garneau. All it takes is a small stone, rut in the road or a front puncture and you’re done.

    • bgddyjim says:

      I hear you… The road is smooth as glass and quite straight so I can see everything coming – and we drive the road at least twice a day so we’ll know if there’s anything to worry about ahead of time. I also scouted it on the bike yesterday. Believe me, I take the safety seriously and I wouldn’t try it if I wasn’t quite confident. Thanks for the word of caution though brother. It is greatly appreciated.

  2. Sandra says:

    Bazinga! BE CAREFUL! 🙂 (oops, wrong account–but this was important!)

  3. Sue Slaght says:

    Makes my hands sweat reading this. Echo…be careful. It’s all fun until your wife is changing your diaper post head injury says the nurse. OK shutting up now.

  4. Rebecca says:

    What app do you use on your phone? Looking for something easy and effective. Thanks.

    • bgddyjim says:

      That snapshot is from Map My Ride… It is pretty simple and effective, but it’s pretty useless unless you’re simply tracking miles, calories and average… Endomondo is much more thorough and provides the information in a more readable way.

      • Rebecca says:

        Do you use Strava? Someone recommended it.

      • bgddyjim says:

        Nah. I quit tracking workouts last year. The stats became more important than enjoying the ride so I wanted to see if I had more fun without the app (I do). I only ever used Endomondo and I had MMR because all of out local club rides are on it.

  5. get some clip on tri bars and really slice through the air

  6. I understand this buzz, I’ve got an old Specialized Roubaix & love going downhill fast. Was over 50 mph too the other night & regularly reach 40-45 mph. Our roads aren’t super smooth, but so important to see the road ahead and make quick decisions. We’ve got a fabulous long stretch in our local hills, only spoilt by having to slow down drastically for a cattle grid. One tip I read to avoid speed wobbles, which are super scary, is to press your knees into the cross bar – works for me. Maybe it’s because I used to drive motorbikes fast, but a quick descent seems OK to me, feels much safer than cycling through Edinburgh.

    • bgddyjim says:

      I think the bike matters a lot too – a point I was trying to make (but obviously missed by the comments)… I’d never attempt anything over 50 on my 5200 – far too loose a bike, feel wise. On the other hand, 53 was super-smooth on the Venge and I was never close to a speed wobble.

      I don’t know the key to enjoying a spirited descent, but I sure do…

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