Blinging Out the Priority Eight

One of my favorite aspects of Priority Bicycles' design goes to their use of simple yet elegant paint schemes with unobtrusive branding. The bicycle frame becomes a sort of artistic palette on which to have fun with customization and color. The Priority Eight in grey and black is particularly fun, and following are three easy modifications by which you can add flair and personalize your ride.

Color Seatpost Clamp

If you make no other modification, make at least this one. Drop in a colorized seatpost clamp. It's one of the simplest and most tasteful modifications you can make. 

My choice was a purple-color Lip-Lock Seat Clamp from Salsa. Buy the 32mm size. Any bicycle dealer will easily be able to source this clamp for you. 

Simple and tasteful

Simple and tasteful

Other brands include Chromag, Deity, and Hope. Numerous colors and shapes are on offer across these brands. Chose whatever color and shape is appealing. 

Buy either a 31.8 mm or 32 mm clamp. Your nominal seat tube size on the Eight is 31.8 mm. Some brands like Salsa and Chromag round up to 32 mm sizing; whereas others like Deity and Hope stay right on the 31.8 mm mark. Do not worry about the 0.2 mm difference. Either size works fine.

Anodized Water-bottle Bolts

Then add some anodized water-bottle bolts to radiate your chosen color outward from the seat clamp toward the rest of the frame. I had a surprisingly difficult time sourcing these bolts, and finally went with some Tensile Alloy Bottle Cage Bolts that I sourced from the United Kingdom.

Radiating the color outward

Radiating the color outward

Unscrew your stock silver bolts. Screw in the new anodized ones. Use the short end of your hex wrench for leverage. Aim for gently-snug. Do not ream on these bolts lest you break the fittings insider your frame tubes. Gently-snug is all you need here. 

Gently snug! Minimal leverage. Twist from the short-end of the wrench. Snug is enough.

Gently snug! Minimal leverage. Twist from the short-end of the wrench. Snug is enough.

CAUTION! Do not under ANY circumstances swap stem or handlebar bolts for aluminum ones. These colored bolts are termed as "water-bottle bolts" for a reason. I would trust them for fenders too, but not for anything else. Aluminum bolts snap too easily to risk using them for anything safety critical or heavier than a bottle of water. 

Bling Valve Caps

Extend color into your wheels by adding some colored valve caps. I like the look of the Deity Crown Schrader Valve Caps. (Be sure to buy Schrader caps, not presta).

Installation couldn't be simpler: unscrew your old caps and put on the new ones.

Kids love these

Kids love these

BOX Components is another brand you might look at for valves, and the BMX site Dan's Comp carries a selection of different colors and sizes. Motorcycle and automobile parts suppliers are also a good source of options

The End Result

Following is a photo of my final result. The effect is subtle. You won't see much from a stepped-back position. The seatpost clamp catches the eye first. Then the other parts come into view as one moves in for a closer look.

The end result

The end result

The Priority Eight is a fun bike to customize. Chose any color you like, and it'll blend in just fine with the bike's grey and black color scheme. You're not limited in any way by the frame's paint job, and it's fun to be on the lookout for different bits of color that you can add to your bike. 

You can stop right here in the full knowledge that you've made some tasteful modifications that won't scream to be noticed. But keep an eye on my blog. There's more purple on the way.