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Old 10-09-12, 08:53 PM   #1
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Help me choose a fender color

Hey everybody, noob here. I hadn't ridden since my old lime-green cheapo Schwinn 10-speed (or so I recall it) as a kid a few decades ago. But since my aging car was becoming a money pit (and I work from home, with everything I need close at hand), I decided to go carless and get back onto a bike while my legs still worked. Since I really just wanted a comfy ride for leisurely trips along paved roads/residential streets, I went for the Giant Simple 7 -- specifically, this 2012 model:

http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/...specifications

So I'm thinking I'll want some fenders for this guy, and I'm trying to decide on a color....

1. Gloss black
2. Matte black
3. Orange
4. Chrome
5. Other

What do you think?
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Old 10-09-12, 09:17 PM   #2
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Go chrome. It's what works with your cruiser.
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I would have said chrome, too, but the silver frame color will wash out some of the contrast. So, I'm going to vote matte black. Understated.
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What do you think?
i say you are over thinking this, get some mudguards that fit.
and use them in the color they are..

Esge/SKS, are a plastic with an aluminum core,
the plastic if not the translucent black will show the core foil color.
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If it was my bike, I'd get orange. That'll give you some contrast yet match the orange highlights on the frame.
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The best and safest colors are orange, lime green, or bright yellow all of which will just snap on that silver bike!!
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Black would be a simple, understated look.
Chrome would be a nice bit of bling, and give a classic "cruiser" look.
Orange would be a nice splash of color that would compliment the stripes on the frame. It would help it stand out.


If it were mine, I would probably give serious consideration to chrome fenders with orange pinstriping painted on.
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Thanks for the replies so far. I could see myself going with any of these options. I wonder if the shiny chrome would help make me a bit more visible to drivers....

It's not real obvious from the image, but the frame color is a sort of metallic "gun metal" gray (platinum?), as opposed to silver.
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so you are going DIY for the painting a color. ?
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I wonder if the shiny chrome would help make me a bit more visible to drivers.
Check out bikes and riders as you are driving in your car. Frankly, I doubt the color of the bike, even fenders, matters much. A safety yellow colored shirt on the other hand .....
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Thanks for the replies so far. I could see myself going with any of these options. I wonder if the shiny chrome would help make me a bit more visible to drivers....

It's not real obvious from the image, but the frame color is a sort of metallic "gun metal" gray (platinum?), as opposed to silver.
The colors I noted are your best choices for improved visibility of your bike on the street. Chrome will make it disappear so that's no good at all!!
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