• 02-10-2013
    petey15
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by RadioActive View Post
    I have thought about going with white bars, but I am still undecided. The boyfriend thinks white bars would make it look too BMX-ish. He says carbon would look better (and it would go well with the bike - the seat stays are carbon). I am just trying to avoid going with any black components - a raw carbon finish isn't quite black, especially in the sun, so it's an option.

    I am going to hold off on making a final decision on the stem until my wheels are built. I have white Halo Vapour rims ( Halorims_Rims - Vapour tubeless ready XC/Trail rims. - Product Information -unfortunately the white ones aren't pictured) and I am going to match them with blue Hope Pro 2 Evo hubs. I am thinking about getting blue nipples and silver spokes. I have a feeling that the Hope blue will be darker like the RaceFace blue and that it'll all balance out (at least I hope so!).

    What are HRDs?

    Oops, my bad, I somehow got it in my head you were building up a fat bike (probably because I've been lusting after the Mukluks). Anyway, HRDs are Holy Rolling Darryl's, and the are drilled out fat bike rims. I love mtbxplorer's Fatback, too.

    Lol, well, I know what you mean about the white bars maybe making the bike look too bmx-y, that's the look I was going for with my old Yukon. I had visions of doing some park stuff (read-delusions) on it. So that bike got Azonic Outlaw wheels w/ white hubs, rims and spokes (with wheels called Outlaw, it had to be bad@ss, right? :D), white pedals, and white bars. I think it looks tough...tougher than I am at this point.

    It'll be cool to see what you end up doing with the wheels.
  • 02-10-2013
    Lucyvet
    Radioactive - Those wheels sound like they will be great! I'd love to see pictures when you are finished :)

    This is my current bike, a Rocky Mountain Altitude 970. I just treated myself to Canfield pedals to celebrate the first year of having my own business. They are great and the color perfectly matches the Raceface purple, so I am happy. I was going to just get more red bling but I'm glad I took a chance on the purple. Sorry about all the mud/snow...



  • 02-10-2013
    petey15
    See, I like that - going with a different color, especially the purple ;)! What a great way to celebrate your success- congratulations!
  • 02-11-2013
    cyclelicious
    I picked up this DJ frame for $99... a killer deal. I am spending the winter building it up. Thanks for ideas for blingy pedals /grips and seats!
    I have a wheel set and fork. (pics to follow)



    I am pining for warm spring temperatures to melt the snow on the backyard pump track!



    I should have the bike ready for a spring launch.
  • 02-11-2013
    petey15
    ^ Oh wow, just look at those colors, you could have a field day with that frame! And your own pump track? Yeah, I bet you can't wait for the snow to melt. Jealous :)
  • 02-11-2013
    Lucyvet
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by petey15 View Post
    See, I like that - going with a different color, especially the purple ;)! What a great way to celebrate your success- congratulations!

    Thanks petey! :D

    Cyclelicious, that DJ frame is really cool! Having your own pump track must be awesome!
  • 02-12-2013
    djork
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by petey15 View Post
    ^ All very nice! Did you put the she-devil decal on your fork? What saddle do you have on your Rockhopper with the blue?

    Yeah, it's a vinyl decal I got off Ebay. Here's the back part of the fork.



    Guess what it says? Hehe.

    The saddle is a Coda that was in my parts bin. Not the most comfortable but certainly ridable. The blue accent on it makes up for it, and it works fine, so I'm not gonna replace it anytime soon.

    Speaking of white accents, here's my Niner Air9. I used the NINER decal color as inspiration for what color highlight I wanted to use. White seemed logical. It's just the brake cable housing, grips, and pedals though. As far as parts are concerned, I used silver on seatpost, stem, crankset. Then a carbon saddle to match with the fork and touched off with a carbon seatpost clamp and headset spacer.



    Edit to add: Some really nice bikes! Love the fat bike. Saw one at JensonUSA last time I was there. I think it was a Surley. Really neat looking. Of course, I have no use for one here in SoCal or for the type of riding I do. I'm really digging the black bike gold accents now. Gold can make or break a bike--design-wise :P
  • 02-12-2013
    mtbher
    Lucyvet - I love the purple! If purple could have worked on any of my bikes... :p

    Cyclelicious - Awesome DJ frame! I can't wait to see it built up.

    Ugh, I am fighting with my other computer right now... Linux... :madman: I needed a break. Looking at bikes is always a nice distraction.

    I've decided to send back the Cobalt 3 handlebars :(. They just don't quite work with the frame color.
  • 02-12-2013
    mtbxplorer
    All kinds of goodies on here! Djork, nice job on the Niner!

    Cyclelicious, you will find a lot of range bikes on the fatbike forum if you want more ideas.
  • 02-15-2013
    petey15
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    Some of my purple parts have arrived and what better way to celebrate Valentine's Day, than to treat your bike to some love? :D

    Forgive the not-so-great indoor pictures. Limited room and the only blank walls in my place are those in the hallway.

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    I'm still waiting on the Blackspire pedals - they were backordered. I think I'm really digging the purple with this bike, though!
  • 02-15-2013
    NicoleB
    nice! what else do you having coming?

    and i feel like a total nerd saying this, but i "bedazzled" my helmet. yep...i glued on some gemstones. i know, right? i'll have to take a pic later.
  • 02-15-2013
    Tone's
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by NicoleB28 View Post
    nice! what else do you having coming?

    and i feel like a total nerd saying this, but i "bedazzled" my helmet. yep...i glued on some gemstones. i know, right? i'll have to take a pic later.

    Bwahahhahahahahhahahahahaha pure 24k gold......pics or it didnt happen.......:)
  • 02-15-2013
    petey15
    So far, just the Blackspire Pedals. I will probably get some different grips at some point, with purple clamps, of course. ;) I'm trying to keep it to a minimum...this kind of thing can quickly get out of hand for me :D.
  • 02-15-2013
    NicoleB
    oh, i WILL Tones. they are gold and silver stick-on rhinestones. my helmet is "burnt orange" and looks quite nice if i do say so myself.
  • 02-15-2013
    petey15
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Tone's View Post
    Bwahahhahahahahhahahahahaha pure 24k gold......pics or it didnt happen.......:)

    Now THIS I have to see!!! This is going to be great!
  • 02-15-2013
    Bikemaya
    Speedgoat is clearing out some bling!

    I was going to post the link to the Hope front hubs, but it seems I got the last one :) There has been a huge headache involving the NOS Hadley I got, namely finding a rotor for it. The rotor would have cost more than the Hope hub. Ummm... ya. It's going back up on ebay.

    It's electric blue! It won't match a gawd damned thing on my bike, but who cares? HOPE HUB. I also need a new rim (36h) and spokes (making the Hadley work was my only option to avoid this...) and a rotor anyways... but the rotor for this one is only $10!

    Speedgoat still has some upgrade brake levers for $29. Pink Shimano and weird green Hayes. Look through the Hope seat clamps too. They have QR and regular in various colors and sizes. $10 for regular, $13.65 for QR. Such cheap bling, no reason not to have some!!
  • 02-15-2013
    NicoleB
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    i wasnt kidding.

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  • 02-16-2013
    mtbxplorer
    ^^ You will be Princess Nicole in my mind from now on. :)
  • 02-16-2013
    petey15
    That. Is. The. Coolest. Helmet. Evah! What did you use? Now that totally goes with this thread! You doing the bike, too? ;)
  • 02-16-2013
    NicoleB
    it's just just my LG robota helmet, and stick-on gems (reinforced with glue).
  • 02-16-2013
    djork
    Bling bling, money ain't a thing!
  • 02-17-2013
    Andrea138
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    Air9 Carbon SS w/SID WC Fork, Formula Brakes, and Memphis-Bling I9 Trail 24 wheels:

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  • 02-17-2013
    Tone's
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by NicoleB28 View Post
    i wasnt kidding.

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    LOL, love your style Nic, but really i think you should go all out and cover the whole thing, i mean every mm of it, yes it might add some weight but you could handle it.
    What about some pearls, shells, stones, mother of pearl, yes even the visor and the straps, go all out girl, if anybody can pull it off its you......:)
  • 02-23-2013
    mtbher
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    The Hope front hub came in, so I decided to compare all of the blue ano parts I've acquired so far. The blue on the Atlas stem is just too different from the other parts. The hub closely matches Salsa's blue, which is nice. So it looks like I'm still in the market for a stem (I am considering the Answer Rove stem, either the white XC one or the charcoal AM one - if the charcoal is a neutral grey). Here are a couple of photos to show the color difference (it is rather difficult to get the shade of the stem to show up correctly in photos):

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    Luckily, a friend of mine is thinking about taking the Atlas stem off my hands to put on his rig.
  • 02-23-2013
    petey15
    Oh, ok, nice pic- you can really appreciate the difference in the blues. Did you want to try to get another anodized blue stem at this point? Did you check out Loaded Precision, they have them in blue?
  • 02-23-2013
    DRILLINDK
    Really want the red handlebars I saw earlier on...but here it is so far!

  • 02-23-2013
    sooshee
    I just picked up a new cyclocross bike (well... I had the LBS put it in the back room for me with my name on it, LOL) and it has orange on the fork so I'm thinking I need to do some orange accents... thinking orange grip tape for sure!
  • 02-23-2013
    Tone's
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by DRILLINDK View Post
    Really want the red handlebars I saw earlier on...but here it is so far!


    That bike looks sweet, the only thing that im not keen on is the style of stem you have on there, but mighty sweet bike..
  • 02-24-2013
    DRILLINDK
    Re: Let's see your blinged-out rides!
    Thanks Tones. The stem and saddle are loaners from my LBS. I'm planning on riding a few different variations in lengths, etc to figure out what feels best. Any suggestions?

    Ultimately, I wanna go with a carbon stem in a attempt to get the bike weight below 24lbs.
  • 02-24-2013
    kjlued
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    No where near the money as some of these bikes but they still make me smile.
    I wish they sold the grips I have on the white bike in orange but I will have to get something different. :(

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  • 02-24-2013
    mtbher
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    Quote:

    Originally Posted by petey15 View Post
    Oh, ok, nice pic- you can really appreciate the difference in the blues. Did you want to try to get another anodized blue stem at this point? Did you check out Loaded Precision, they have them in blue?

    I have looked at Loaded Precision, but I think I am going to skip the blue ano for the stem/bars/seatpost. However, I think I should get the wheels built first and see how the bike is looking after that, then proceed. But I have been checking these out:

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    I really wish one of our local bike shops carried more obscure brands such as this. But I am thinking that the "charcoal" color is a neutral grey and would go well with the frame color. Otherwise, the white one should work fine.


    Nice Tallboy, DRILLINDK! I love the red on black. :thumbsup:

    kjlued - sweet orange pedals! I am rather partial to orange. ;) I'm betting that'll be a fun bike to add a little bling to.
  • 02-24-2013
    petey15
    Ooh, yeah, the red and black are gorgeous! Very nice! Lots of choices out there in those colors to play with, too.
  • 02-24-2013
    petey15
    Are those grips you're talking about PDW's? I have those (in pink) on my Misfit Dissent. Love those things. Gussets on the Marin, or something else?

    I was excited to see that Purely Custom now makes head caps in the 1.25" diameter size. Hmmmm...
  • 02-24-2013
    kjlued
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by petey15 View Post
    Are those grips you're talking about PDW's? I have those (in pink) on my Misfit Dissent. Love those things. Gussets on the Marin, or something else?

    Yeah, the are PDW's
    They are great.

    I also have the MG1 Pedals

    Then on the GT, I have the VP-001 Pedals.
    The VP's are really nice.
  • 02-26-2013
    petey15
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Stripes View Post
    Thank you for starting this thread. You inspired me to write this :)
    Chronic Upgraditis | MTB4Her

    So true - on all accounts! My first "real" mountain bike was a 2005 Giant Yukon hardtail. I've replaced the stem, handlebars, cables, pedals, bb, crankset, put on a bashguard, replaced the saddle, replaced the fork, the wheels and the brakes! The only things I haven't changed are the cassette, the shifters, and the chainrings. Yup, those are the only OE parts, aside from the frame. :D I'm going to have to post a pic of that one...
  • 02-26-2013
    kevinboyer
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by RadioActive View Post
    I have looked at Loaded Precision, but I think I am going to skip the blue ano for the stem/bars/seatpost. However, I think I should get the wheels built first and see how the bike is looking after that, then proceed. But I have been checking these out:

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    I really wish one of our local bike shops carried more obscure brands such as this. But I am thinking that the "charcoal" color is a neutral grey and would go well with the frame color. Otherwise, the white one should work fine.


    Nice Tallboy, DRILLINDK! I love the red on black. :thumbsup:

    kjlued - sweet orange pedals! I am rather partial to orange. ;) I'm betting that'll be a fun bike to add a little bling to.

    I've had both the white, and the charcoal gray Answer Rove stems. I am very impressed with their products, plus they are nice to look at. :thumbsup:
  • 02-27-2013
    gmats
    Aloha! That's such an awesome story. It belongs in Passion too. Streamers, what ever, it's not the number of miles (or the bling), it's the number smiles. I can personally say I can have lots of fun on a mountain bike no matter what I am riding.
  • 02-27-2013
    gmats
    Aloha! This is such a great story, it belongs in Passion. Bling or not, it's not the number of miles (or bling), it's the number of smiles.
  • 03-01-2013
    petey15
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    Update!
    Purple Blackspire pedals finally arrived and I installed them last night. Not the best photo, but you get the picture ;)
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  • 03-01-2013
    yeti575nut
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    this is my budget bling titus racer x build...

    custom decals, straitline pedals, answer limited stem by fixation all shimano xt group.

    ready for this spring , cant wait...
  • 03-01-2013
    petey15
    ^ @Yeti...that is beautiful! Lots of attention to detail, right down to the custom decals. Talk about Pretty in Pink! :thumbs up:
  • 03-01-2013
    gren737


    Here is my new rig, don't mind the red pedals. Those are the hubby's, I was trying them out. I'll be getting a set of the special edition black and green Straitline Amp's! I've had this about 2 weeks now and it is an absolute rocketship.
    I also don't have my front wheel on it yet, still waiting for Easton to ship my 20-15mm adapter.
  • 03-02-2013
    petey15
    Whistle! Purple and green are gonna look cool on that thing!
  • 03-02-2013
    edubfromktown
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    Let's see your blinged-out rides!
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by petey15 View Post
    One thing I really enjoy is personalizing my bikes with different colored bits. In the past I owned a white-framed bike which was pretty easy to accessorize. Same with a raw frame. I currently own a TX 29er and adding color to this ride is a little challenging. I'm thinking of going with some magenta/purple bits to add a bit of "pop". How have some of you accessorized your rides?

    I went blinged out monochrome with a smattering of red on my GF's chiner carbon hardtail build. Chris King hubs, Stan's 355 wheel set with DT revolution spokes and tubeless Racing Ralph tires, Race Face carbon bars and stem cap, Hope clamp, Selle San Marco Apside ladies saddle, Elixir 5 hydro brakes, X7 shifting, Stylo cranks and XT cassette.

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  • 03-04-2013
    petey15
    +1 Agreed!
  • 03-04-2013
    sooshee
    I'm pretty darn excited, I found a TT helmet that matches my black and pink road bike! Which is ironic, because my TT bike is black and red, but nonetheless, black and pink!!! So excited, haha.
  • 03-06-2013
    k2rider1964
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by RadioActive View Post
    I am also kinda in the same boat. I am building up a Salsa Selma frame and I am going with a combination of blue and white components. I noticed right away the issues with blue components that you mentioned, Stripes. The frame came with a blue Salsa seatpost collar and a blue Cane Creek headset and the blues are quite different. I am going with blue Hope hubs, nipples, and Race Face Atlas stem, and I hope that those components are far-enough removed from each other that slight differences won't be too noticeable. We shall see... I'll post a pic of what I have so far later today.

    I did some minor bling on my Maverick - white components are sooo much easier.
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    Those purple anodized pedals look sweet!

    I ride with a guy that has a Maverick. I though he had the last one on the planet!!
  • 03-08-2013
    petey15
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    Okay, here's the '05 Giant Yukon with virtually no OEM parts, except for the cassette, the chainrings, and shifter. Cha-ching!

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    I like the white...
  • 03-08-2013
    petey15
    I was out on this the other day. The bike felt so small compared to my Trance. I was wondering how it might be for say an indoor bike park, like Ray's?
  • 03-08-2013
    Nakedbabytoes
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    Hey ladies! Been around here for a while and thoughti would post, not super blinged out but I like em!

    Pugsley(actually away getting lefty-fied as we speak!)
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    Conundrum:
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    Casseroll:
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