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Old 01-19-13, 08:55 PM   #1
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What's your favorite vintage paint scheme?

I like the main triangle one color and the head tube a different color that was popular in the later 70s, but I think my favorite is the half-chromed forks at the start of the 80s. What about you?



Of course this S10S LTD has both
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I always felt Basso, Puch, and Miyata had a beautiful sense of color. The two-tone Lotos were real stunners. There's also something about Bridgestone's color schemes- you can spot them from a block away. The 'rainbow' Serottas were always really pretty.
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A bike that really caught my attention years ago was the Mondia Special with the fade to chrome on the forks and stays and the "airbrush" two color fade adjacent to the chrome lugs.
Too much money, and when I could afford one, tool long and relaxed geometry wise but a real standout at the time.

Otherwise, Red. As Red bikes are faster. If not red, a solid non metallic bright color. Then there is tuxedo Black....
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I mean, scientifically, red is faster, but sometimes you are going for classy instead of fast

Also, the fade paint jobs of the late 80s early 90s are also so clearly fast that the colors are being peeled right off.
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Lagoon Blue and White.



Moto's red and black is a real close second!

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Faema. Every other answer is wrong.

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Faema : Fabbrica Apparecchiature Elettromeccaniche e Affini) primarily engaged in the production of espresso machines,

Ya got me there.
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Yep, coffee machines, and a winning bike team. They had a good kid who raced for them.
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I'm not very good at visualizing paint schemes, I just let the bike catch my eye. Like this Olmo Competition I just posted http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...e-Olmo-on-Ebay

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I had a picture of one of these on my bedroom wall for several years, so it is a nostalgic thing. I love the pearlescent paint, bright orange lettering, and chrome.

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For some reason I can't explain, I like the bikes I've seen with the rear triangle being a different color than the main triangle. I loved the look of my 86 Bridgestone 300 with a green main triangle, white rear, and white fork. After the white cable housing and bar-tape, it was freakin' sweet. That general paint scheme with the right bar-tape and cables always make for a great looking bike(given the right colors, of course). Then there's also black or red with white accents and white cables/tape. A white seat helps too. It seems I'm big on solid colors with white as a second color...
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#1 is celeste (Bianchi, of course). But, since I don't have one a metallic blue/yellow scheme is what I'm drawn to most these days.
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Faema : Fabbrica Apparecchiature Elettromeccaniche e Affini) primarily engaged in the production of espresso machines,

Ya got me there.
When I used to wear my FAEMA wool jersey in public, several people asked me if I worked for the federal agency handling, or not handling, the Katrina disaster at that time.
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I like black. Nothing sets off chrome and polished aluminum like black.
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I like the late 80's Rossin color Schemes, the Ghibli is tops on my list.
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This...



Or this...



But if it counts, this too...

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The Look "Mondrian" paint scheme is, was, and always will be my favorite paint scheme. I'm also partial to the Holdsworth orange and the Bob Jackson "barber pole."
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IMO, the late 1980's Centurion (and Diamondback) smoke and marble paint schemes were among the most attrtactive offerings.
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Red
Plain and simple, it is Red.
Although other colors are tied with Red.
Black is good.
So is Blue.
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Red
Plain and simple, it is Red.
Although other colors are tied with Red.
Black is good.
So is Blue.
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Just the paint? Or paint and decals? They must compliment and augment each other. I'm also fond of the very unique early '70's Mondia paint jobs. Not all of them. Some are ugly. But it certainly was one of the most original paint schemes of that era. But it looked kind of busy with all the decals in place. I like simplicity. Without these understated and well-designed graphics, this would be just an orange, or lilac, bike. Together with the paint, however, it becomes one of my favorite schemes. Simple, elegant, and not in your face.


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Silver with understated and elegant black, gold and red graphics ftw!


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Of course, Kawasaki green and white fade is good too.


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