Muddymoles mountain biking in the Surrey Hills and Mole Valley

My pink singlespeed bike

Posted by Matt | April 28, 2009 | 11 comments so far

Pink Salsa flip off seat clamp
Well, that’s stretching things quite a bit. It’s more a case of specific pink components on my new singlespeed. OK, that’s a stretch too, it’s not actually new but some of the bits are! And those bits are pink.

Oh dear…

To our long suffering readers the idea of me building up a singlespeed bike is not a new one. Not by a long stretch, in fact I seem to have been talking about it for at least a year now. What stopped me was having the cash to do it since I also needed to cover the cost of a geared bike of some description to tow my boys on the tag along.

Well, having just celebrated a birthday I’ve now scraped what I needed to convert the Inbred to singlespeed status, thanks also to a generous donation of some old wheels and a doofer from Tony and a crank and singlespeed kit from Dave that has allowed my disturbingly recycled family of bikes to continue growing. By the end of all this I’ll have three distinctly different bikes to my name.

But back to the Inbred. Really, it didn’t need much to convert it, after all I’m ditching gears and gear here. But it did need a few specific touches and having noted in the past how nice a white bike with pink bits on it might be I decided now was as good a time as any.

So, onto the Inbred has gone a pink Salsa flip off seat clamp, a pink Straitline bash ring and a pink Superstar bottom bracket, mated to Dave’s old Truvativ crank from his Inbred 29er. Out back, a conversion kit sees me adding an 18T ring and a heavy duty SRAM chain to handle all that torque, not that I tend to produce much of that anyway!

Pink Straitline bash ring and Superstar bottom bracket

The pink bits look fantastic even if my fellow Moles think it’s a bit weird. Actually, they’re not alone, practically everyone I’ve spoken to to in the family thinks it’s weird apart from my five year old niece who has the sense to see just how cool a pink seat clamp is… that’s good enough for me.

When funds allow I’d like to go a bit further. With new brakes needed it would be churlish not to put some pink Hopes one there, complete with flower cut rotors. Hey, c’mon I’m secure enough in myself not to worry about these things, and discretely poncy enough to worry about whether things match!! If ever a pink camo saddle comes on the horizon that’s going straight on there too.

My main worry is the Superstar bottom bracket. Dave in Cycleworks says I’ll be back for a Hope one and I tend to agree, especially seeing as this bike is going to be rested for the summer and see serious winter use next season. If only Hope would oblige with a pink one, otherwise there’s more saving for a Chris King to be done. For now, we’ll see what happens and I’ll report back.

With a Hope headset on there currently I couldn’t find any reason to swap for a Chris King one either although again it gives the opportunity for more pinkness to appear. This may become a long term commitment to pink parts—and how wrong does that sound?

So there you have it, hopefully the start of a wonderful relationship (with more pink singlespeed pictures on Flickr). What I really need as mentioned many times in the past is some white RS Rebas up front to provide a bit more performance but I’m happy with the bike for now – the last 500 miles have been with it in geared guise and it’s been a pleasure.

So what’s happening to all the gears I’ve removed? Well, that’s another story but it features a 1998 Marin Muirwoods frame, a Carbon Cycles carbon fork, the 2003 LX gearset, slick road tyres and V-brakes. Watch this space as I’ll probably chuck on some knobblies and off-road it on a few summer rides too. I’m just waiting for a chainring and chain to arrive.

Filed under Lifestyle, Mutterings in April 2009


About the author

Matt is one of the founding Molefathers of the Muddymoles, and is the designer and main administrator of the website.

Having ridden a 2007 Orange Five for many years then a 2016 YT Industries Jeffsy 29er, he now rocks a Bird Aether 9 and a Pace RC-627.

An early On-One Inbred still lurks in the back of the stable as a reminder of how things have moved on. You can even find him on road bikes - currently a 2019 Cannondale Topstone 105 SE, a much-used 2011 Specialized Secteur and very niche belt drive Trek District 1.

If you've ever wondered how we got into mountain biking and how the MuddyMoles started, well wonder no more.

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  1. Andy says:

    How about a pink On one scandal frame.

    Only £199 at the moment.

  2. Easynow Nick says:

    **I’m secure enough in myself not to worry about these things, and discretely poncy enough to worry about whether things match!!**

    Haha. I had something similar said about me recently when I was gardening in my pink and red sleeveless cycling shirt with fishnet side vents and my pink socks.

    We dont build a good case for macho mountain bikers do we…

    You may borrow the shirt to ride this bike if you wish…

  3. Colin says:

    Lol. This bike’s gonna cost you a shedload.

    How can you stop there? As a minimum the next bits must be pink hubs, pink headset and spacers.

    Pink Mary bars and even DaveC might approve??????

  4. Genghis Khan says:

    Sounds like you’re secure enough, but it sounds like a good case for a cancer tribute bike!

  5. Muddymoles says:

    My pink anodised chain tensioner

    Four4th lights help in refettling my chain tensioner with the result I now own a unique pink anodised doofer!

  6. Muddymoles says:

    Phil Wood OBB bottom bracket

    The new Phil Wood outboard bearing bottom bracket (OBB) offers great looks but hopefully even better performance.

  7. Muddymoles says:

    Topeak AlienLux rear light

    A novelty rear bike light perhaps but why does staying safe have to be boring? And it comes in colours!

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