It may sound crazy, but believe it or not....as much as we love our bikes, you might get bored of them. I'm not referring to the experience of riding itself. What are you?! Nuts?!
Many cyclists own more than one bike (myself included) knowing variety is the spice of life! While getting a new bike is always a good way to keep riding exciting, so is personalizing it. Part of the fun of owning a bicycle is making it yours!
So few riders actually keep their bikes the same out of the box or second-hand. I'm not talking about changing tires or brake pads either. It's fair to say as our riding experience matures, so do our tastes and knowledge of bicycles. Do you think Greg LeMond still rides his first road bike? It's possible, but it probably had some work done. I'm no Greg LeMond, but it's time to turn things up on my Paris-Sport road bike. I'm calling this, "The Paris Project."
The Paris is my first road bike. Purchased at the Bike Truck in late Summer 2013, I used it for my first Cranksgiving (2013), first Five-Boro Bike Tour (2013), and first Tour de Bronx (2014). Needless to say - it's been kind to me.
I didn't know much about the Paris-Sport brand until I gathered some information from Classic Rendezvous & Bike Forums. Given its history and my recent interest in vintage track bikes , I've decided to convert it into a full-on track bike. Although it will be customized with brand new parts, it will still shine with an old-fashion classic appearance. It's a project expected to be carried out little by little throughout the year.
Other than changing to a Bontrager saddle, Shimano derailleur (dumb story), and Giant toe clips - everything else has been unchanged since the purchase, even the Campagnolo wheel (which the Bike Truck insisted how lucky I was to have it).
Bike Stop Astoria, being no stranger to customizing bikes for local patrons, will be my partner in this venture. When store manager, Cisco, was asked for tips or suggestions - here is what he had to say:
"There are two different fields of customization. What you're doing is turning one style of bike and converting it into another style. For that, the biggest piece of advise I can give is - compatibility. Always know exactly what's on your bike and what direction you're trying to go so what you're switching actually fits. The other field is swag points, such as adding/changing colors, textures, ruffles, feathers, or whatever. People always ask what I think about this or think about that as far as colors go. I just say 'Hey! It's YOUR bike! Do whatever makes you happy!' When you look at the bike and you want to ride it, then it's a success! If you change something, you look at the bike, and don't get excited, then what's the point?"
Stay tuned for updates on the The Paris Project during the next couple of months.