Pimp My Ride
The Satin Bowerbird is found in the forests of Australia. Like all bowerbirds it clears a small area and decorates it with carefully collected objects in order to attract a mate. These can be flowers, pebbles or even discarded sweet wrappers, bottle tops or old biros. The Satin Bowerbird has a particular fascination with shiny blue objects. I think I may have been one in a previous life!
Patrick claims to be finally satisfied with his bike. I've never been dissatisfied with my bike, in fact it was love at first sight, but I still can't resist tinkering with it, adding yet another shiny gizmo to make it even more perfect. Its probably fortunate that I'm not terribly mechanical. The major moving parts are left severely alone except when simple things like chains or brake blocks wear out but there is always something peripheral to tinker with.
Quick release skewers for instance. They hold the wheel in the dropouts. Job done, no more to be said. But somehow I got to thinking that mine aren't terribly attractive. Perfectly functional, but hardly a thing of beauty and a joy forever. So I found myself typing 'Quick Release Skewers' into Google and suddenly a whole colourful world opened up. No more black plastic levers but a rainbow of pretty colours, with titanium skewers too. There are limits to my obsession. Some of these things cost almost £50 and I'm not prepared to spend that sort of money to save 25g per skewer, even if they do come in shiny blue! A little searching revealed that chromoly ones are also available at a fraction of the price and in that irresistible shiny blue. Well I had to have them didn't I? And it didn't end there. I discovered coloured bolts too. Who wants ordinary stainless steel bottle cage bolts when you can have anodised ones, in, you guessed it, shiny blue? So thats four of those added to the order.
I did wonder if I was going a bit far but I'm rather pleased with the effect. I'll be steering well clear of those Satin Bowerbirds though!