“‘It all started with a stem cap…’ That’s what I say when addressing my affection for pink.
“This is Kate, my itty-bitty 48cm 2005 Orbea Mitis, decked out in her pink accoutrement. Full Campagnolo (as befits any steed from the Basque region) with Speedplay Light Actions and a Fizik Arione saddle. The cockpit bears the Chris King Pretty and Strong stem cap and Deda Elementi bar tape. Bontrager bottle cages. Schwalbe Stelvios over the 38mm Campy Shamals (otherwise, black Race-lites over 24mm Ventos).
“She’s zippy fast, a blast to ride, and apparently memorable in the eyes of others who’ve remembered her from rides several months previous. Most people quickly realize she’s pinked out for breast cancer awareness, which is exactly the point (although my jersey invoking breast cancer awareness may also help). Who says men don’t like pink?
“Great web site–keep up the awesome work!!”
NOTE: Dita’s bike was one of the first in the girlbike pink bicycle sighting’s gallery. In March 2008, she sent me an updated photo of her and her bike.
Dita says her bike is more plum/metalic than pink. Even though her bicycle looks silver in the picture, Dita says that in the light she shimmers with pink and plum highlights.
She writes, “This is me on my full custom Mondonico Futura Legero, she’s all Campy Record, Columbus Nemo tubing. I ride with the Velo Girls club.” Photo taken by Mark Fong, Marc Fong, Jr. and Carol Melanie Galan who provide photographs for the Breast Cancer Fund.
Rob writes: “I saw your website and liked it so I thought I would send you a pic. Here’s a pic of my pink bike – the frame is a replica of the one Marco Pantani used in the 2000 Tour de France. His usual bike that year was black and yellow but you can’t use yellow in the Tour unless you’re leading it – hence the alternative pink colour scheme. That year the entire Mercatone Uno team rode the tour in pink outfits!
“It’s kitted out with full Campagnolo Record and Neutron wheels, Fizik saddle & tape, ITM bars, stem & post with Look pedals.
“I get a bit of stick from my friends considering I’m a guy – but then again I often wear a pink Giro d’Italia jersey when I’m riding it, or my Rapha ‘Mortirolo’ club jersey (who incidentally do some nice gear in pink, and with pink trim on other colours, the Stowaway jacket in pink is my next purchase).
“I’m from the UK and can often be seen turning various shades of pink as I cycle over the Pennines and Yorkshire Dales! “Yes the bike does live in the house if you were wondering – much to my wife’s dismay!”