Friday Bike Lust & Project Baum: CompletionWritten: June 22, 2012
Bike Friday, Hot Bikes, New Kit, Project Baum
It was only ever going to be my new Baum this week!
It’s already a few steps along from where it was last Friday when I collected it from Baum (i.e. as pictured above). This Ristretto now wears a colour-coded Deda Zero100 stem in place of the 3T (I asked Baum to finish two stems for me so that I have greater flexibility of adjustment if my shoulder issues ever flare again), the red details on the SRAM Red groupset are now colour-coded to the purple on the bike and the bars have changed to the same super-short reach Zipp Service Corse SLs that I run on the Corretto (the bars pictured are 3T, but I left Baum with a set of Enve Compact bars that I’d ordered in a 42cm width, completely forgetting that I switched to 40cm bars a few months back).
These minor changes aside, when the bike was wheeled out of the factory line-up by front-of-house man Ryan on Friday morning I was gobsmacked. As my second Baum I somehow was expecting to be less excited or enthralled by it, but seeing it changed all of that – I just stood slack-jawed, speechless, overwhelmed, shocked and amazed. They’ve only bloody gone and blown my mind again!
And then there’s the ride…
My original thinking behind my infamous Pegoretti episode was that I wanted a second bike that would challenge me not to take my Baum out for every single ride. I wanted something that would make me think about which bike to pick. It didn’t work that time around, but it sure as hell has done this time. This bike feels fantastic – eventually I’ll get around to writing more about that along with trying to explain the differences and similarities to the Corretto. For now all I’ll say is picking which bike to ride is going to be much harder from now on.
I had originally planned purple cables for this one again, but they didn’t arrive in time to fit them before I collected it. Actually I think that’s a minor godsend as in running a standard seatpost that’s colour-coded there’s already a lot more purple on this one than the Corretto, and I think the purple cables would have been overkill – especially given that there’s more cable visible because of the standard drivetrain, and definitely now that I’ve colour-coded the SRAM Red too.
I’m probably going to get picked up on the silver saddle rails, but the saddle works for me so it’s staying… although I already can’t help wondering what a white saddle would look like! The bar tape is currently a dark silvery colour too, but that’ll change to black just as soon as I can find some tape I like (unless I get that white saddle, in which case the tape might go white too).
Back to the guys at Baum – I really cannot thank Darren and the crew enough for this bike. I’m pretty sure I was a pest when we were working on the Corretto, but given that this was originally intended to be a show bike I was possibly even more of a pest this time around (“can I do this”, “will you do that”, “what about…”, “can you just…” – and all whilst they were trying to get other show bikes and magazine bikes built!). They were saints the whole time. I was made to feel so welcome when I went to collect the bike last week, and to get to spend a second day there with the guys was a real pleasure.
After a week knocked flat by flu I’m struggling to do the bike justice, but it has given me renewed vigour to get out there and ride whilst I continue the wait for my visa approval.
Two Baums. I am one lucky, lucky son of a bitch.
UPDATE: It’s also Baum’s Hottie of the Week this week!
EXTRA UPDATE: It’s also featured here on prollyisnotprobably.com!
Tags:Baum,Baum Cycles,custom bicycle,Darren Baum,Enve,grey and purple bike,Mad Fiber,matt grey,new sram red,Ristretto
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