Saturday, February 18, 2006

Pretty in pink?

It's the weekend and you're a college kid bringing a friend home from Chicago to meet the 'rents. What's the last thing you stuff into the car before you leave?

Why, your newest custom-built bike frame, of course. Surely your mom will want to take a picture of it and post it on her blog. If for no other reason, then because it's pink.

My Number One Son believes this lightweight, specially-designed frame will increase his chances of winning races. I agree: When the faster riders fall off their bikes laughing, my kid and his pink machine will blow right past them.

Have a great weekend, everyone.


Bonnie Calhoun said...

Hey, it's a Walker....those bright, in your face colors are all the rage...LOL...get with the program, mom...ROFLOL!!!!

Only real men ride Walkers! LOL Tell him that I said, "You go, dude!"

Chris said...

It's totally the perfect color for you to buy some promotional space for AFF.

Better jump on it before the Pepto people do.

Brenda Coulter said...

Walker isn't a well-known line of bikes, Bonnie. It's a one-man, custom-build frame shop in Texas. Don Walker won't even return your phone call until your $500 check clears, and his track bike frames (like Tristan's pink one) start at $2,000. The Coulters are not a rich family, so you may safely assume that my smooth-talking son managed to score himself a nice deal. ;-)

And no, although he did ask me this morning at breakfast to sponsor him in some races, he did not offer to advertise my romance novel on his bike or his clothing. Some kids are just ungrateful, ya know?

Mirtika said...

What? It's too much trouble to have "A FAMILY FOREVER by Worlds Greatest Mom" painted on his spiffy new frame?

I think the secret to the frame is the blinding knocks competitors OFF their frames.


ParkAvePirate said...

I love it. This entry made me laugh so hard I had to call my roomie over to take a look at it.
The good news is that pink is a great color to accessorize with.
I am jealous, I always wanted a pink bike with streamers on the handlebars and I would put the rejected baseball cards in my tire spokes. Flashback to the 1980's.


Bonnie Calhoun said...

Oh, contrare, Brenda...Don Walker's frames are well known here in New York among track racers.

My husband used to be a biker (bicyclist) to, but when he starts talking about double butted True Temper steel eyes glaze is just wrong to talk about double butts...don't we women have enough trouble with one...ROFLOL!!

Brenda Coulter said...

Ah, so you do know about Don Walker's frames. I thought you had confused the name with one of the well-known bike manufacturers. Yes, he's a Very Big Name in racing circles.

Did you know that in addition to signing the frames, Walker puts a photo of himself on them? He's grinning and raising a glass of scotch. Why is my son proud to display that on his bike and not a picture of his mother, the romance novelist? I have no idea!

Brenda Coulter said...

Jen, my kid's commuting bike (work-school-home)is a lovely midnight blue, but the wheels have pink rims. I think it's pretty.

tristan said...

Don Walker doesn't put that decal of himself with the cigar, scotch, and thumbs up on all bikes - mine was a special request.

For what it's worth, my commuting bike is actually black, with pink wheels. My training bike is midnight blue with black wheels. Also, my touring bike (which you haven't yet seen) is grey.

Brenda Coulter said...

Don't think I didn't notice the way you sidestepped the big question here, which was about your reluctance to display a photo of your mother, who not only endured 18 hours of labor to bring you into the world, but who presented you with a free, autographed copy of her latest book ("To my favorite kid...don't tell your brother. XOXOX, Mom") last Friday night.

Unless you think there's some chance of Don Walker sponsoring you in the next big race, maybe you'd better start being a whole lot nicer to me....

ParkAvePirate said...

My mom breaks out the "almost 24 hours of labor" card when I debate whether or not to join the family for the holidays. It works - you can't fight the labor statistics.

Mike said...

Oh yes...I noticed the rear dropout goes straight back...the sure sign of a fixed gear bicycle. Totally old-school.

Brian B said...

You're teasing him about the color, and then asking him to advertise a romance novel?

Talk about sending the poor kid mixed signals. ;-)

Brenda Coulter said...

Actually, Pirate, I haven't had any good results from trotting out the labor statistics. He's a 23-year-old guy. It's not like he can relate, you know?

Yeah, Mike. You should hear my kid rhapsodize about Vanilla bikes. He keeps e-mailing pics to me, probably in the hope that he'll find a pretty little Vanilla bike under the Christmas tree. (He always was a dreamer!)

Nah, Brian, you're missing the point. If he's going to ride a pink bike, I think he ought to advertise my romance novel on it. ;-)