I am pleased to announce that I am back on a bicycle. With a little help from a friend and 80 dollars, I was able to put ‘big blue’ together last night. He has one less brake, no handlebar tape, weighs a few more pounds, goes down hills fast, accelerates slow, 17-48t gear ratio, is 3cm taller, and definitely leads the way. All in all, I would say that he is 16% more dangerous.
Added note: I didn’t notice until I got home that the chain I bought is gold, so there is some added ‘bling’ to give big blue some street credit.