Surly Cross-Check, '85 Giant road bike (unrecogizable fixed-gear conversion
Need help with some aesthetic issues regarding my bike.
This is my second "painted by first graders" build. There's a lot more color than the last one. So I painted the rack blue and went with blue bar tape. I don't know if that works or not. Thoughts? Suggestions?
Ideally, I'd swap the black stem and black bars for silver with a proper quill stem - a Nitto Technomic would work best for me as I could get the height up where I need it. (this is a fixed commuter).
But I like the convenience of the threadless adapter system. It's been trouble free, and I have a wide choice of stems in my garage and others are easy to find.
However, I don't like the black stem where every other component on the bike is silver. I'm wondering, though, if I swapped out the silver seatpost for a black one (which I have) would that balance everything out so I could keep the black stem and bars?
Finally, wheels. I got the velocity aero's for cheap. I'm not totally in love with them. The braking surface mainly, especially in the rain.
I have a black Alex fixed gear wheel that works fine. It's on another bike right now. But I don't have a matching front that's black, so I'd have to get one. Would that help balance things out if I still had some black components on the bike?
Or, I could ask Santa for some Deep-V Aeroheads. Color suggestions? Or would that look stupid?
fuji track '06, fixed lowrider, fixed folding bike
I really like the blue rack/tape with the rest of the frame.. it fits quite well, I dont see what other color you would do.. for the black components thing.. since you have the chrome fork, you gotta leave at least one other thing chrome.. but it would look good to have at least one other thing black too.. the black seatpost/chainring is a good idea, or paint the cranks black and leave the seatpost silver.. then the seatpost and the fork are sorta the same angle and silver, while the stem and the cranks (which could part of the time be the same angle as the stem) would be black.. just a thought..