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    Colors for my bike? Tired of black ?

    This is my mountain bike :
    http://tinyurl.com/a2xtkwx

    It has an 18" frame and wheels are 26 although it looks smaller in the pic.

    Im changing it to a commuter more light weight bike and at the same time im changing the tired.

    Im changing the handlebar grips and peddals to More lighter one and is red in color. I wish i could change the tires to red but the thinner ones ive ordered are black and no red ones. And i heard spray painting it is a no no. I also wish i could color the spokes red but that is also a no no ive heard since it chips off and adds weight. What other colors shall i change to my bike
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    Thanks.

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    Just sell it and buy a new one. Unless you're totally, flat on your backside, broke with nothing but time, it won't be worth throwing money into trying to make that bike something it's not.

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    On the contrary, I would take a conservative bit by bit approach but it looks like a fine starting point for a commuter. Spray painting is not a "no-no" but it has to be done with a few things in mind for it to come out nice. Of course some take the bent that a commuter shouldn't look 'nice' for attractive purposes, but that depends on where and how you ride and park. Since I park in the building I work in which is only 5 people crew the theft while parked factor is minimal.

    Low key colors, while good for anti theft stand-out are not as favorable in traffic. One conservative way to add accents is to do trim colors on your dark base while leaving it mostly intact. A red frame end on each end would be something to coordinate. A little sanding where needed(not much) and a little clearcoat. Here is an example of mine for an idea...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbikerinpa View Post
    On the contrary, I would take a conservative bit by bit approach but it looks like a fine starting point for a commuter. Spray painting is not a "no-no" but it has to be done with a few things in mind for it to come out nice. Of course some take the bent that a commuter shouldn't look 'nice' for attractive purposes, but that depends on where and how you ride and park. Since I park in the building I work in which is only 5 people crew the theft while parked factor is minimal.

    Low key colors, while good for anti theft stand-out are not as favorable in traffic. One conservative way to add accents is to do trim colors on your dark base while leaving it mostly intact. A red frame end on each end would be something to coordinate. A little sanding where needed(not much) and a little clearcoat. Here is an example of mine for an idea...

    How would i go about coloring the frame ends?

    To the other poster, ive alreadybbought my light weight peddals and hybird tires. It is possible and im not selling this bike as it is special to me.

    As for theft, i have a kryptonic new york noose chain lock so that is no problem to me.

    Thanks a lot!

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    Black is actually a very practical olor and you're going to see it start coming back on new bikes next year.

    The approach I'd take myself involves no painting at all. Order some reflective tape in a couple colors and make your own graphic design using the black as a background.

    Aside from that - bottle cages, bar tape and anodized hardware can all add a bit of color. Just put the emphesis on 'functionality' - you want to enjoy riding that thing - not just looking at it.

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    Listen To Good Advice...

    Quote Originally Posted by Burton View Post
    Black is actually a very practical olor and you're going to see it start coming back on new bikes next year.

    The approach I'd take myself involves no painting at all. Order some reflective tape in a couple colors and make your own graphic design using the black as a background.

    Aside from that - bottle cages, bar tape and anodized hardware can all add a bit of color. Just put the emphesis on 'functionality' - you want to enjoy riding that thing - not just looking at it.
    ^ This nails it for you. It lakes less skill, improves visibility and safety, and allows you some creativity to bring in your favorite colors...

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    I see packs of 2" wide reflective tape, 2 foot sections half red and half silver colored.

    Truck trailers apply a dozen of them, and you can see that on the road.. reflecting headlights..

    Auto parts section of the big box near you..

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    Every kind and color of reflective tape you'd want:
    http://www.identi-tape.com/

    On another note,it might just be the angle of the pic,but it looks like your seat is tipped a little nose up. If this is so,I'd recommend tilting it down flat. Also,have you ever been fitted? It seems like the seat is pretty far back as well. Not saying it's wrong,as all I have to go on is that one pic,but it does stand out a bit. Google for various on-line articles on proper seat adjustment.

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    Thanks all, I bought some tape.
    As for my seat, I played around with it a lot until it got into that comfortable seating. I bike 20 miles a day and tried it down, up, everything and that way seems the best for me. so yea I think its the pic angle.
    Thanks : )

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