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Old 12-24-07, 03:57 PM   #1
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What colour would you paint a bike?

If you could paint your bike any colour you want,
what colour would it be?
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Old 12-24-07, 04:11 PM   #2
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Same color as my old bike so that no one would suspect I bought another one.

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Old 12-24-07, 04:52 PM   #3
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Copper, with mild metalflake, and many coats of clear. Brooks saddle, white bar tape. Chrome fenders.

On edit: Merry Christmas!

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Old 12-24-07, 05:15 PM   #4
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I would paint it clear. This would make it invisible.

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Old 12-24-07, 05:26 PM   #5
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Red, of course. Everyone knows red bikes are faster.
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Old 12-24-07, 05:38 PM   #6
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Likely Orange. Because Orange is a totally sweet and completely underrated colour!

Possibly Silver, because it would match my Xtracycle

Or black, because that would be the next best match for the 'Xtra. Also has that stealth benefit.
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Old 12-24-07, 06:20 PM   #7
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The same color I had my bicycle painted ... blue. After all, blue is the fastest color.
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Old 12-24-07, 06:22 PM   #8
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Everybody knows the fastest color for a bike is black.

White is even faster.

Clear Cote over flawlessly clean, bare metal is fastest of all.
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Old 12-24-07, 06:24 PM   #9
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3-stage paint: Chrome base coat, transparent red or root beer mid coat...maybe with some pearl, and a couple coats of clear.

Alternate 3-stage paint: Mirage, Mystic, SpectraFX, or ChromaLusion paint (color shifting paint).
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Old 12-24-07, 06:25 PM   #10
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Everybody knows the fastest color for a bike is black.

White is even faster.

Clear Cote over flawlessly clean, bare metal is fastest of all.
Actually red is proven to be the fastest
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Old 12-24-07, 06:47 PM   #11
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Green. Definitely green. A nice dark green. No, wait. Red. Red is so cool for a bike. A nice racy red. But, blue is so cool. A beautiful shiny blue bike is so pretty. So blue it is. Except, yellow is such a great color for a bike. A good shade of yellow just sets a bike apart from all the others. Except an orange one. Nobody else has an orange bike. Or a black one. Black is so stealthy fast of a color. Black is just so neat looking. But the slickest color of all is chrome. A chrome bike with red decals, cables and bar tape is just the best combination of all.

I guess just paint it any color you want.

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Old 12-24-07, 06:50 PM   #12
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Nope ... it's blue. For two reasons.

1) Blue has a faster frequency than red or most of the other colors.

2) Light bicycles are faster than heavy bicycles. Air is light. The sky is made up of air. The sky is blue. Therefore, blue is the faster color.

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Old 12-24-07, 07:15 PM   #13
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Dayglo orange. (Actually mine is Safety Yellow- Safety Orange was an option, though.)
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Old 12-24-07, 07:49 PM   #14
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black. just gives that stealth element you know. my bike is black. just need pitch black spec ops gear and nightvision plus tmp with silencer. that would = win
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Old 12-24-07, 07:51 PM   #15
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Actually red is proven to be the fastest
WRONG!

What you percieve as color is actually the light bouncing off of an object. Different frequencies of light make an object to appear to be different colors.

Now here's where it gets interesting. When the light bounces off of an object, it causes an equal force in the opposite direction. That pushes your bike backward. White bikes are consequently the slowest because they reflect all frequencies of light. Black bikes are the fastest because they don't reflect light frequencies.
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Old 12-24-07, 07:57 PM   #16
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Old 12-24-07, 08:10 PM   #17
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Not a color rather an anti-color. I know where to get retro-reflective paint for my frame. So my frame will be the color of whatever light shines on it. Does it mean that if a UV light shines on it, it becomes invisible?
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Old 12-24-07, 08:57 PM   #18
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Old 12-24-07, 09:18 PM   #19
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Dear OP. I hope you found the suggestions helpful.
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Old 12-24-07, 11:02 PM   #20
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Day glo green and yellow.
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Old 12-24-07, 11:39 PM   #21
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Actually red is proven to be the fastest
Scientifically Proven.
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Old 12-25-07, 12:33 AM   #22
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Why paint the beautiful thing at all? If it's a steel bike, just wire-brush off all the paint and then buff it.

Perfecto!
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Old 12-25-07, 12:36 AM   #23
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Red, it's been scientifically proven. I've read the peer-reviewed study on it.

And with a drop of unicorn blood in the paint, the bike will be crash-proof.
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WRONG!

What you percieve as color is actually the light bouncing off of an object. Different frequencies of light make an object to appear to be different colors.

Now here's where it gets interesting. When the light bounces off of an object, it causes an equal force in the opposite direction. That pushes your bike backward. White bikes are consequently the slowest because they reflect all frequencies of light. Black bikes are the fastest because they don't reflect light frequencies.
Actually black is absorbing all of those frequencies of light, making it heavier and therefore s l o w e r.
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