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Bike P⊗rn At Its Best… And An Inspirational Note.

Like many in high-end cycling, I started on a lowly mountain bike.  I rode that entry-level Trek 3700 so hard I ran out of gears.  I knew I needed something more.

I had a need for speed, as we like to say.

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When you’re used to riding an entry-level Trek 3700 and you jump to a full-on race bike, it’s hard to describe the exhilaration, the ease of speed.  It’s like graduating from an old step-side pickup to a corvette.   All of a sudden your average pace goes from 15-mph to 20, with no more effort.

Later down the road, after parts start to wear and wheels fail, the paint chips (or in my case, gets scratched by a careless person at a fun ride with the family) you rebuild that bike you’ve spent so many hours on… the satisfaction when the project is complete is grin-inducing.

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Now that’s just the rain bike.  Before long, you’ll find you’re powerless against picking up a “good” bike (then upgrading every part you can fit on it).  Three pounds lighter and fourteen years newer, a marvel of modern carbon fiber and technological advances… an aerodynamic achievement.

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While the Trek looks very different from what it started out as, my Venge has just as many new parts on it… in fact, with the new chainrings I put on the bike a few weeks ago, the only thing that isn’t original on that bike is the frame, fork and bearings.

While bike p⊗rn is always fun to look at and the toys are fantastic, the best feature of cycling is going to all of those places to take those photos, making memories that’ll put a smile on my face for the rest of my life.  Some think spending $10,000 on a few bicycles is nuts.  I’d argue I get every penny’s worth out of mine.

I will guarantee you, you won’t get this sitting on the couch: