Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Pink is the new pink...

Or whatever that phrase is supposed to mean. Black is the new black. It does seem that anti-freeze green is the new black this year. Whatever. It's still ugly. What's not ever ugly is a pink bike. Started in 1985 by Specialized with their Stumpjumper Team model, pink has always been a bike color that demands of its rider one thing: to ride the legs off any one who dares to sit on your wheel. And do it silently with just your legs doing the talking. I've never been able to manage that fitness so I've never had a pink bike.

This iconic pink bike made its way through the shop recently. It's been raced all over the world at many Single-Speed World Championships. In fact, here's a photo I took of it being raced at the Napa edition of the race and some shop shots.

JP at SSWC 08 Napa

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The RM-3 (aka the Ibis) bar.
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Lookit all that clearance around those chainstay mounted roller-cams with a full 2.1 tire. The brakes follow the contour of the chainstay.
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Now that's a straight chainline.
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Mom always put my name on my clothes, but not my bike parts.
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(What's playing: The Beatles I've Got A Feeling)

3 comments:

Tim Joe said...

I guess in a way, that is THE Pink Bicycle.

MG said...

Very nice... Thanks for sharing those fine details of her ride. It's pretty rad in its simplicity. Love the old 94bcd Suntour crank... I still run that bolt circle on my Ti Fargo with a 30/44 double. I wish more crank manufacturers would consider it again for its practicality, but I suspect they've moved on... I could be wrong.

Cheers,
MG

dan said...

pink bikes are only for those tuff enuf