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Longing for the days of blasting down the road on my Venge….

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The Lock Screen and Background photos on my computer are both shots of my Venge.

Normally, I don’t even think about it when I turn my machine on, but about this time every year I can’t help but long for the days of blasting down the road in my finest bibs on the Venge in my favorite red & black Affable Hammers jersey… man, I’m excited for the new season to start.

We’re into the dead of winter, now. It’s ugly and looking worse with morning temps 30 degrees below freezing (that’s -17 C for those speaking European [that’s a joke, of course]). It’s going to be a while before we’re looking at short sleeves, but March is on the horizon and we’ll be able to get outdoors to stretch the legs out pretty soon.

In the meantime, all I can do is go into the bike room and lift the Venge up to feel its featherweight awesomeness. It’s all ready to go, too. New bottom bracket bearings, headset that’s perfectly clean and lubed, new chain, new cassette, new chainrings, new rear derailleur… it’ll feel like a new bike on Venge Day 2022.


6 Comments

  1. Dave Talsma says:

    I’m longing for the days of being hot and sweaty myself.

  2. Brent says:

    I’m not sure it’s good for your “winter bike sobriety period” to torture yourself like that. Imagine what you’d say if someone in a meeting talked about how they walked past their former favorite bar every night and pressed their noses up against the glass for a few minutes to see what was happening inside. You’d straighten them out really quickly about how to work a strong program.

    My advice: don’t torture yourself by looking at what you can’t have. Look forward to what “winter bike sobriety” can bring you in the future. Instead of going into the bike room and hefting your 15.5 pound Venge then choking back a sob and turning around and leaving, at some point in the future, you’ll be able to go in there and heft your 35-pound fat bike. And then you’ll be able to jump into your Arctic-insulated bibs, your favorite Affable Hammers jersey plus 17 other layers on top, and you’ll be able to go out and ride. Much better for your “winter bike sobriety” program.

    You won’t be risking a relapse where you’ll try to take the Venge out in the snow, and you’ll get road salt in the bearings. And, with your future fat bike, you won’t have to worry about slipping and sliding around on the ice like you would with those skinny tires.

  3. crustytuna says:

    ooh…she purty..
    Soon.. soon.

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