Sunday, August 16, 2009

This is the beginning

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...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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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I coincidentally have a pink Bern helmet as well so I'm going to be pretty decked out and girly with my new bike.

Wearing:
Black Jumpsuit, Industry from Fine Finds
Neon Pink Flip Flops, Volcom
Black Cuff Watch, Fossil
Neon Pink Belt, gift from my sister-in-law

10 comments:

Melissa said...

LOVE your 自転車. The pink is beautiful!

The Haute-Shopper said...

I kinda love the fact that you matched your flip flops and belt to the color of the frame :) Lovely bike! I'm not much a bike person myself (I think the two of us know that HK isn't exactly a place you can easily bike ;-) but I really want to start again. Hubby really got into race biking at one point, but I think I'll go the quiet biking in a park route...

The Anthology said...

Cute!

I can't believe he remade that bike. That's gotta be the most hardcore DIY there is. And obviously I love your colour coordination.

Toothfairynotes said...
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Toothfairynotes said...

Nice, love the pink! haha!

*loves*

Larissa said...

I love pink, the bike is so cute!

Livie said...

@melissa - hee i think that is chinese but I can't read it completely

@haute-shopper - yeah HK is not too bike friendly but apparently there's a huge underground fixie/single speed culture there. You should totally get into biking with your hubby - it's so much fun!

@TheAnthology - ha thanks, my hubby's pretty hardcore.

@toothfairynotes - aw thanks, I'm glad more people like the pink than not!

@Larissa - thx! i can't wait to ride it to the office.

MizzJ said...

Aw you and your bike are so perfectly coordinate and cute!

quelle said...

the pink is so cool! i love the colour coordination too!

VancityAllie said...

Awwwwwww! What a fantastic bike! It really suits you.

It's so special and unique, especially since it's been customized and it's from Japan.

Very very cool, and very very you.

So girlie :)