Thursday, July 22, 2010

How Do I Pimp My Ride?

Rashad: What kind of name is New New, anyway?
New New: I'm New New cause I always rock the new, new shit. Thank you.

- Lines from the movie "ATL"

I don't remember much about the movie ATL, except for the dialogue exchange above and a bunch of fancy roller skating. However, I've always thought it would be fun to quote that line in the context of cycling equipment. I figure now is as good a time as any, since I just got an email from Adam saying that a 2011 Giant TCX W, size XS, was on its way. I was super bummed last night because, after reading that these bikes would be available in August, a check for a specific date revealed that there were a few Smalls and Mediums available already, but the Extra Smalls were not to be had until late September. Somehow, Adam worked some magic, and it looks like I'll be rocking the new, new shit before August. Also, I might actually have a bike with a name for once.

So, now I just need to figure out how I want to pink it out. Definitely pink cable housing, but I think I'm going to eschew pink bar tap and go for black tape with pink hoods. I'd like to put on a white and pink saddle like I have on my 29er, but that seems like a waste since the bike comes with a Fizik Vitesse, my saddle of choice, that just happens to be black and white instead of pink. While cable housing and brake hoods are pretty cheap, buying a new Vitesse for purely aesthetic purposes, rather than functional ones, seems a bit silly. If anyone has some other pinkifying ideas, let me know in the comments. It's a 'cross bike, so I won't be installing bottle cages.


zenbicyclist said...

When I was restoring a vintage Slingshot, I had this company make a set of Slingshot decales: They could make you a set of Giant decales in Pink. I had a local company powercoat my Litespeed frame in red (pretty and durable); I am sure there is a company near you that could powdercoat any parts you wanted (I'm thinking stem, cranks and brake arms) in a matching pink. This would be cheaper and more original than replacing parts.

Lindsay said...

The decals idea is cool, although I don't think I'd do it with the Giant logos on this bike. I'm thinking some future fork sometime...

Crystal said...