Bikes of the Bunch – Specialized Venge
I’m a big fan of any bike that has something unique about it. New, old, flashy, subtle…you name it. With the soaring popularity of cycling we’re seeing more different bikes on the roads than ever before. I’ve noticed some ridiculously beautiful machines rolling around and I thought I’d start sharing some of the nicer ones I see over the summer.
A mate of mine just built up this ludicrous machine. It’s completely over the top. A Specialized Venge with Lightweight clinchers, Di2, Quarq powermeter. There’s not much to upgrade except for an internal battery kit (and the McLaren frame – the first one arrives to Australia this week). Only a few people will be able to pull off the McLaren without getting flak for it.
I know what some of you are thinking, “Ah..c’mon… you gotta earn a bike like this! All these newbie cyclists riding these squillion dollar bikes is nonsense!” I don’t know why people get bent out of shape over this. You can’t own the same F1 car as Webber or Schumacher, but it’s not completely out of reach to have the same bike as Cav or Gossy. If you’ve got the money, why not?
By my calculations this bike is worth about $20k. Worth it?
Note: I cannot disclose the identity of the bike’s owner as his wife will either a) divorce him if she found out the price, or b) want a vacation worth an equal amount.
If you have or know of a ridiculously beautiful bike that you’d like to feature, please drop me a line. It doesn’t need to be expensive, but it does need to be interesting. If it has a story that goes along with it, even better.