Tim Travis writes:
“Hi Crystal, this is a bike I built of for my girlfriend as a surprise while she was off backpacking in the Phillipines. Because she said she wouldn’t ride with me unless she had a pink bike… It looks small.. but fits her fine.. Love your site.”
Mark Telford from London England sent in this photo with a description of his bike:
“Topend Eliminator with pink forks, pink shadow conspiracy brake cable, pink use headset cap, Zipp wheels and Corima front. Usually run limited edition pink tufo tubulars but saving them for that special race!”
“This is my pink bike. The frame is a beautiful steel lugged Univega from the late ’80′s. I got it for free when my work found it in some abandoned basement office space. My b.f. spent hours cleaning it up and replacing everything on it. Now it’s got pink rims (Velocity), pink Chris King hubs and headset, pink handlebar tape (cinelli) and pink brake cables. The fenders are black, but they have pink reflective stickers on them. It’s even got a pink bell.
“I live in Alaska and ride it to work every day. In the winter it gets studded tires (not pink).”
Matt Briskie, service manager at the Trek Bicycle Store of Raleigh, NC, sent in this photo of his Gary Fisher. He writes: “My name is Matt and here is my bike’s story: It is a Gary Fisher Triton set up as a fixie with a PINK Chris King NoThreadSet, PINK Bontrager waterbottle cage, PINK and black Bontrager Gel Tape. It has a Bontrager Race track crankset with 44 teeth and a 16 tooth cog on the rear. It also has a very commuter friendly bullhorn with a convenient spot to hold or put lights on like I have done. I ride it as much as I can from commuting to work, church and walking the dog.”
The story: I had decided that I wanted a mountain bike (living in the Bay Area, there are so many opportunities to ride in dirt, and I was tired of missing out). So for the most part, I was surfing craigslist seeing if there was anything I liked. Finally, I started looking on well-known MTB manufacturers product lines: Kona, Santa Cruz, Giant, Marin…
I searched Marin, and saw this bike, and absolutely fell in love with it. I knew that I needed it. I had to call about eight shops in the bay area that stocked Marins. Finally one shop (Freewheel Cyclery on Valencia St. in San Francisco) could get a hold of one of five unclaimed pink Bear Valleys that were in a shipment on the way to the East coast, which I immediately put down my deposit on.
I have loved it ever since I got it: riding it at China Camp Regional park single track in Marin County, CA, Granite Bay near Sacramento, and just for fun at the radio telescope that I work at: in the White Mountains in central California. I bought this Marin Bear Valley pink hardtail in 2007. It’s a 15″ with pretty standard components (Deore and Acera), but I’ve upgraded the headset to a pewter Chris King, fork to a Fox TALAS, and the handlebars to Holzfellers. And of course, the pedals were upgraded to PINK Crank Bros. Candies!
I will upgrade the other parts as they begin to break (a.k.a. I begin to tackle more rocky/technical terrain, thus falling down enough to break things…)