The one thing I'd recommend is cutting off the leash on the end. Especially if you plan on switching hands while riding. It dangles and is a distraction IMO. Plus it's really not shaped well to be comfortable.
If you want to be a chick, a dude, a tent, or a velociraptor be my guest, but if you choose the last one you bet your ass I will have a spaz-12 to your face.