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Old 06-20-11, 01:00 AM   #1
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Best dark blue?

So the frameset and other paintable bits for my "dream bike" are going to be arriving soon, courtesy of Mr. Lerner. A ladies Raleigh Sports frameset, fenders and chainguard. I will be having these painted, as I will be building up my very first totally-what-I-want-from-the-start Official Frankenbike. Purists can scoff, but that's okay. There are enough Raleigh Sports in the world that I'm not feeling guilty about painting this one a color I love. And Neal assures me it's not in mint condition .

Since it's going to be Dream Bike, I want to paint it a dreamy DARK blue. I have a good paint place in mind already, and will be going for some silver pinstripe detailing, and eventually a custom silvery headbadge. I forsee a dark brown Brooks and dark brown grips, but everything else will be dark blue, or chromy-silvery. I have reviewed the entirety of the Blue French Bike thread, but those blues are so... medium and light. I want darker. More navy... not quite midnight (I don't like the blues so dark they look black).

Anyone have a beautiful dark blue bike for my style file? Any year, any model. I just want to see the blues. Bring 'em on!
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You can't see the blues... you need to feel them in your soul.
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Old 06-20-11, 01:07 AM   #3
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You can't see the blues... you need to feel them in your soul.
I so KNEW someone would go there (though I didn't think anyone would go there that fast!). Literally, less than 1 minute. Has to be a predictability record!

Sixty-Fiver, you must have some nice navy-colored bike somewhere.
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Old 06-20-11, 01:11 AM   #4
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No navy coloured bikes here... but some blue ones.

My server is down so I canna post any pictures from the mega archives.

Just finished this and really like this Raleigh blue, even if it is not dark.

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This is a nice vintage blue...

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I saw that first one. It's b-u-t-ful. But I don't want that color, as much as I like it. In my mind, I can picture the color I want, but I'm not very confident about getting it right in person. My ex husband used to wisely send me to the store to pick out the paint color chips, then he would buy one shade lighter than what I thought would look good, as my color choices were always a bit... saturated. This system always worked out beautifully, and we had gorgeous walls, if not a good marriage. I'm tempted to try this system with the bike, but I think I need to SEE a dark blue bike or two first. I have seen lots of other shades of blue, but not many navy-blues. I want that shade that feels like a dream. Indigo, I guess.

I once saw a great interview with neurologist Oliver Sacks where he described seeing the perfect shade of indigo while he was high. For years, he searched and searched for this shade in real life. Finally, he found it on a box or something else from a Pharoah's tomb. It was a lovely story, not the least of which was because Oliver Sacks is like 90, and hearing him describe being high is quite strange and funny. I also like the way he says "indigo." "In-DEE-go."

Edit: that second one is gorgeous. Pretty darn close, I think!
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Old 06-20-11, 01:20 AM   #7
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well, this is Kind of Blue, but it's definitely the best..
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On a serious note, I do not like light blues that much although that Raleigh blue is an exception.
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"Blunivegas" look nice but are not dark blue

i think you should just ask your paint guys for some dark blue samples and pick the one you like
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To keep us in the mood... this was recorded back in the 40's and the song dates back to the late 1800's so was already old when Leadbelly recorded it.

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Always loved this one since they built her.
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trek 610 is a nice medium blue

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Neither C nor V, but the blue on my 2001 Cannondale is rather sharp. It fades from dark metallic to medium solid.





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Deep Blue with white panels, and gold outline the lugs.
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My wife's 87 Granada. Dark blue with silver head tube and I pinstriped the lugs silver with a paint pen.


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I think the Trek 760 from around 1982 was painted a deep metallic blue with a silver head tube. Very pretty.
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I've always been a big fan of the Fuji "Rainbow" blue on my '72 Finest.

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I like House of Kolor Marina Blue SG110. You can get it in small, ready to spray quantities from Amazon, as well as the base coats.

Old Colnago and Gios bicycles were painted with a color very similar to this, as well as Dave Tesch bikes.

I like it.
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Hmm, my blue bikes:

Fuji S12-S:




Schwinn Super Sport (powerdercoated candy blue):




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I don't know if any of those is dark enough for what you have in mind. Trek did an Imron dark blue that was gorgeous.

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snarkypup, most of the bike blues are in a metallic. I think a solid color, rather than metallic, navy blue would look good.
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I would peruse the on line Raleigh catalogs, and find a Raleigh bike in a blue closest to what you want. I would stick with a Raleigh color, or close to it.
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Colonel, were you feeling blue that day?
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