Pimp my Bicycle
DENPASAR ~ Fans of the popular MTV show Pimp My Ride can keep their triple exhausts and flashy paint jobs – for children in Bali, the vehicle of choice these days is a customized bicycle.
A bike-modification craze first hit the streets and alleyways of Bali about four months ago and now almost every self-respecting youngster has pimped-up peddle power.
Putu Iwan, an 18-year-old student said that he had modified his bicycle to make it look cool.
â€œNow I feel more confident riding it in public places,â€ he said proudly.
For 13-year-old Made Agus Prawira, itâ€™s all about keeping up with the latest trend.
â€œI did the modification because most of my friends are doing it and I didnâ€™t want to miss it,â€ he said.
The fad is creating a minor industry in Bali and motorcycle technicians now often have a sideline in bicycle modification. Costs vary depending on the look and materials that riders want.Â I Made Sugata, a mechanic, said, â€œI normally use recycled materials when modifying bicycles. The quality is good and the price is cheaper.â€
He charges between Rp10,000 (US$1.10) and Rp20, 000 for work on the bikes.
But for discerning riders, cost is no object â€“ just like on Pimp My Ride.
Putu Iwan spent Rp400,000 to get the look and feel he wanted.
â€œGetting new material was important for me. It will be stronger than recycled, and safer. My bicycle is old; it was my grandfatherâ€™s,â€ he said.Filed under: The Island