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When Your Rain Bike is as Comfortable as Your Good Bike. I Love My Problems!

I had a problem… until just yesterday – and now it’s worse.

The day before yesterday, my rain bike was more comfortable than the good bike. Just a little, mind you, but it was noticeable.

On the other hand, the wheels that were on the rain bike left a lot to be desired, so it was easy to choose the Venge over the Trek unless there was a chance of crappy in the weather. If I went on a trip, I’d put the good wheels on the Trek… That was a winning combo.

I built the Trek specifically to be my go anywhere, climb anything big tour road bike. The idea for the Venge was that it would be my go-fast bike.

Yesterday, this:

Became this:


Now, on the good side; the great, fast, lightweight alloy wheels that were on the Venge can permanently go on the Trek. They make the Trek even more enjoyable to ride… and there’s some free speed because of how slow the old Trek wheels are were, too. Oh, and instead of the Trek being 20 pounds as a 9-speed triple with the old wheels, now it’s down to a svelte 18.4 pounds as a 10-speed compact double with lighter, faster wheels.

Sadly, there is a dark side to this tale that makes it one of woe and First-World, upper middle-class misery.

The Venge, with the new carbon fiber wheels and 25mm Michelin Pro 4 tires, is so ridiculously comfortable I am going to have a tough time refraining from riding it all of the time.  I decided, during my first ride on the wheels last evening, that I’d give them their proper break in before I did any kind of review, but I’m very pleased so far and I was expecting to be disappointed.  Normally, I’ll take the Trek every once in a while so I don’t have to feel the road as much.  With the new set-up, the Venge is borderline obscenely cushy.

All things being what they are, I’ve got a great climbing and tour rig in the Trek and the Venge is simply fantastic now.  It’s hard to believe what I was missing.  More later!

Oh wait, I think I’m supposed to make this post sound a little more melancholy, right?  Nope.