The sweetest road bike in the world |

The sweetest road bike in the world

All you bike crazies out there might not think my brand-new Felt F80 is the sweetest road bike in the world. But just to get things straight, it is. Mostly this is due to the sweet price, five hundie, for a bike with a list price of nine hundie.

Yeah, I stood around the office with the boys, after the purchase. We looked at the bike and they were like, damn, just the frame is probably worth five hundie.But the sweetness of this deal also has to do with the fact that the bike I rode before the Felt was an old Trek mountain bike with a loose fork. Sometimes when I tried to turn too fast the whole handlebar would shift, and I would still go straight.So my new Felt F80 with a carbon fork (it’s as tight as small spandex on a big dude), Shimano Tiagra shifters, Shimano 105 derailleurs and pedals with hot new Shimano clip-in shoes (possibly the biggest fashion statement I’ve ever made), is like stepping into a new Ferrari and blowing up Independence Pass at 150 mph.

Now, granted, I didn’t take the pass at 150 last week, but I did approach 35 mph on the way down. And that, to me, feels like flying. Especially since the Trek couldn’t have reached 15 and I wouldn’t have been able to turn. So I guess this gear review isn’t so much a gear review as it is a warning. In case there is someone reading this who isn’t a biking fanatic, you should know that this weekend is just about the biggest race weekend of the spring and summer for the Aspen Cycling Club, with a race up the pass Saturday and a criterium in town on Sunday. And, well, me and my hot new Felt F80 think we might just enter those races and kick some serious butt.Or maybe we’ll crash and eat it big.

Either way, the Felt F80 will still be the sweetest ride in the world. Joel Stonington’s e-mail address is

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