I’ve had my Dawes Sheila (aka Hot Pinkness) for three years now; I purchased her in 2008 off of eBay. At the time, I added a back rack.
Then after growing tired of getting mud splattered all over my pants and legs, I got some fenders and bedazzled them with Hawaiian flower stickers.
Earlier this week, Hot Pinkness’s new saddle came in. She was going to become all grown up.
Today the new saddle went on. She’s finally complete! The blue/black saddle wasn’t working for me. And being as OCD as I am, I had to swap it for something that matched. I got the Terry Liberator X—an endurance saddle for longer rides. (Don’t mind the raindrops; it started to rain as soon as I finished.) I also have Basil panniers which really come in handy for when I don’t want to carry a big backpack.
Hot Pinkness also got a bike bell. I found the bell a few years ago and finally decided to order it. See how the flowers match the stickers on the frame and fenders? Unfortunately, I can’t screw it on because my bar is too big. I’m going to ask the kids at Bike Lane Chicago if there’s anything I can do about it when I get her gear shifts switched out (the crank and shifts don’t match up right now and my chain is rubbing).
Here she is! All grown up and ready to ride. I’m looking forward to a ton of Chicago summer rides. I should get a T-shirt that reads: “Will bike to cider.”