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

August 2014

I went out for another go on a nice, steep descent this morning… Something I failed to articulate in part one, that is incredibly important to this post: Fast on a $4,000 race bike (my Venge) is not the same as fast on a low-end bike. 40 miles per hour is scary on my Cannondale and 45 is a little spooky on my old 5200. The Venge is a different animal. Speeds over 50 mph don’t even evoke an afterthought… The ride is so solid it’s beautiful, hard to put into words really…

I didn’t hit the magic century mark (100 km/h) but I was close:

I got every last mph out of that hill too – pedaled the big gear to escape velocity, tucked as low as I could go, kept the legs tight to the frame to minimize drag… It was wonderful!

And it made me smile. Worth every penny.


  1. bpangie says:

    I can almost see how that could be fun… Though I think I’d be afraid of having to stop… How do you stop? I’m guessing it’d be like a motorcycle at that point? Just sort of lie her down and hope for the best?

    • bgddyjim says:

      Stop? Why would you want to do that?!

      On a serious note, I am not a pro on closed roads so I pick and choose where I can let loose. I never speed where I don’t have a clear line of sight. Other than that, the brakes do work quite well (new pads are a must, they dry out over time and don’t work as well) so given that and the straight run, I would hope I would have enough time… The trick with that is not flipping over the handlebar.

  2. hi says:

    I think it’s time you talked to your bike shop about attaching a parachute to your bike to help with slowing you down.

    No ‘Sonic Booms’ after 8pm 😉

  3. cyardin says:

    56MPH – jealous 🙂

  4. […] I’m not afraid to break the 45mph speed limit by more than 10mph blasting down a hill but only when I can do so knowing I’m not going to overcook a turn and launch myself into a […]

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