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I’m Thinking About Getting Drastic with My Trek for a Year…

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I was just sitting here thinking about nothing much when my mind wandered into what I might want to do differently this year for cycling. I’ve gone wireless in the past, opted to go without a speedo for a while…

With that new saddle I’ve been testing out I’ll have the Venge down to the low 15 pound range – light enough that getting lighter really doesn’t matter anymore – especially for an aero bike. In fact, the only way I could get the Venge any lighter is to go very drastic; tubular tires/wheels (call it $3,000) and a Dura Ace groupset (another $1,600-ish)… and I’d only drop a half to three-quarters of a pound from where I’m at already. Even if I had that kind of money, and I don’t, why?

On the other hand, and I’m just spit-balling here, what if I put the carbon wheels and the good saddle on the Trek?! I’m in the mid 18 pound range with the normal setup on the bike. With the carbon fiber wheels and the 110 gram saddle… It’d be down to the high 17 pound range… Not bad considering the bike was 20 pounds not too long ago.

So what would it be like to hang the Venge up for a year and ride the Trek with all of the good equipment on it?

Now that’s something to contemplate!

The only down side is what would I do for a rain bike? Swapping out the wheels would definitely be a chore if there was a chance of rain. To put rain wheels on the Trek, or alloy wheels, I’d have to swap brake pads and adjust the pad height so the pads hit the brake track on the alloy wheels every time there was a chance of a shower. Folks, I think that’s a little too much work. Still, I wonder, what would my Trek look like decked out in the finest? The notion is pretty compelling…

I have to admit, as a recovering drunk/addict, it is awesome to have my problems today!

And that is definitely sexy.

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4 Comments

  1. You are in such a wonderfully different league to me! I am in awe! My way of losing weight last summer on the bike, was to buy a multipurpose bar of soap for hair, body and clothes rather than multiple shampoos, conditioners, cleansers and travel washing liquid! I am NOT a proper cyclist!

  2. Ride it for a while and see how you get on! But yes, switching and adjusting pads each time gets old pretty fast.

    I did a similar thing by taking my 60’s and putting them on my alloy bike. Weighs a fraction more but damn does it hustle now once up to speed. I’ve pretty much not ridden the carbon bike since! It’s actually a cracking combo for anything except serious hill climbing (and rain, of course).

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