Charlotte wrote to me from the UK about her very “candy” pink bike, Fifi.
“She started life as a 90’s vintage Specialized Stumpjumper. Mario Vaz of South London blasted off the old paint, got a load of useful braze-ons added to the frame and gave her a coat of Candy Pink which the guy in my LBS described as ‘possibly the most sickening colour I have ever seen on a bike.’ I think it was supposed to be a compliment…
“She’s got Mavic wheels with Vredstein S-Licks (pink logos!), a Middleburn triple chainset and Wellgo SPDs. I’ve put on 40cm girlie drops with a pointy-uppy Specialized stem and the rear gears are operated by Ultegra STIs. I’ve added auxiliary levers (which are really cool) and they pull on Oryx Cantilever brakes. The front gears work off of an Ultegra bar end lever and the bars are all wrapped up in Specialized Phat-wrap. Most of the other stuff is Deore. She’s got a very lovely Madison gel saddle (with titanium rails). There’s a Tor-Tek stainless steel rack for my sarnies, SKS mudguards to keep my tootsies dry and a Cateye Mity 8 computer to show me how slow I am.”
Lynn writes, “This picture was taken at Crown Point on July 4 2003, looking east back into the Columbia River Gorge. A group of us did the 80-mile Bridge of the Gods ride that day. The bike is a stock Women’s 45cm 2003 Lemond Zurich – Steel frame, Ultegra everywhere, and Bontrager wheels. It is the first bike I bought in over 20 years (my riding buddies kept telling me it really was time to upgrade from my Sekai 2400), and I love it.”