Sunday, August 16, 2009
This is the beginning
...of a wonderful love affair. I finally got my own, custom built, vintage single-speed bicycle! When I saw the ad in Craigslist, this bike was looking a little worse for wear, and I was definitely not sure about the magenta pink frame. After some surgery courtesy of hubby, she's all cleaned up and down to a single speed.
My bicycle in surgery.
This bike is really something special; it's made in Japan (mostly hand crafted) by a company called Miyata. In its former life, it was a road race bike with 7 speeds and powder-coated in "Precious Purple" (I just love that name). Since its creation in '93, the colour has faded to a distinct pink.
Hubby sawed the Italian racing handlebars into bullhorns and I picked out a neon yellow tape for the handlebars. I'm thinking of picking up some colourful tube pads for more flavour - maybe a yellow and black or pink and black checkered one like these from Yancopads.
This bike is all the more special to me because of how difficult it was to find a small road bike frame. Also hubby's own handywork means lots of tender loving care went into it.
I coincidentally have a pink Bern helmet as well so I'm going to be pretty decked out and girly with my new bike.
Black Jumpsuit, Industry from Fine Finds
Neon Pink Flip Flops, Volcom
Black Cuff Watch, Fossil
Neon Pink Belt, gift from my sister-in-law