For two years now I’ve had the ultimate race bike. Pared down of course, I couldn’t afford a freakin’ $8,000 race bike at the time… I could, however, afford a $3,000 race bike with a few new bells and whistles. My 2013 Venge Comp (with Aerofly Handlebar):
Ah, to be in the upper crust of cycling’s evolution… Life was good. Then came 2015 and news of the new Venge ViaS. All of my friends, of course, asked how long it would be before they’d see one on Tuesday night:
Now granted, that’s a pretty sharp lookin’ bike. I want one! I just don’t want the divorce that comes with it, so I’ll try to make a little more money over the next year and see if I can’t bonus my way into one. Stranger things have happened (like my Venge).
But we’re not done! Lo and behold, Trek just came out with an ultra-fine new Madone that hides the brake and shifter cables as well! Behold the Madone 9.9:
Now THAT’S a BIKE! And I could get my hands on the Ultegra model (the 9.5) for almost two grand less than the Venge!
Alas, it’s still a sad day. I was at the top of the cycling world, ladies and gentlemen, for exactly one year and three months.
Now if you’ll forgive me… I need a minute, I think I’m getting misty.
*This post is tongue in cheek of course. Please don’t think that I’m seriously bemoaning the fact that I can’t have the newest bike. I’ll live. Besides, it’s all about the engine anyway.