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Old 03-09-11, 05:39 PM   #1
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quick color help

I building up a bike for my buddies fiance sorta as a surprise to her. She lives about 7-8 miles from her job and wants to start commuting on bike for fitness.

Anyways, I picked up a bike for free from my neighbor (old dude like 80, super nice), but it had just been sitting in his backyard untouched for a few years. It looks to be about a 56cm mixte frame. She's 5'10 or so, should fit fine. It was pretty rusty, i had to use a 2x4 to get enough leverage to break the stem free of the fork they were so rusted together.
I soaked all the parts in acid and scrubbed em with an old toothbrush to get all the rust off. I had a friend sandblast the frame and fork.

Now comes the color. It has black tires, seat, bar wrap, and cable guides. All the components are the original silver/chrome. She likes pink a lot, she said white or pale colors are nice too.
What color do I paint the frame? Pink frame with black lugs? White frame pink lugs? Pink frame silver lugs? Black frame pink lugs?

Some decent pictures of bikes in this color range would help, but google didn't bring up much. Fashionista and hipsters of ssfg unite with your suggestion
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My vote goes to white and pale pink of any combo...

a close second would be black frame and pale pink the rest.
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Pink with pink lugs.

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Thank you scrod. It's true my name is derived from an 80's hair metal band. That however has nothing to do with painting a bike
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I was suggesting yellow and black.
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I actually did a really terrible job painting my first conversion bike yellow and black. I didn't yet know that when all your accessory components are the same color it looks like ****e. I sprayed the cranks and wheels and seatpost and bars and stem all yellow. It looked pretty bad.
When i later sold it to a friend I did a nice job polishing the cranks, post and stem silver again with a new silver wheel set, painted the bike pumpkin orange. It looked much better.

Again though, I need more pink bike stuff. Not interwebz banter >.>
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I've been thinking of giving my bike a sprinkle paint job
For example:
1) paint the frame pink.
2) take strips of Scotch removable tape and scatter them around the frame.
3) paint over everything in black.
4) take an exacto knife and peel off the strips of tape. You can even repeat the first two steps with different pinks.

You can choose any variety of tints tones and shades for the black and pink.
black - hot pink
black - light pink
dark grey - light pink
etc.

play with some paint before hand
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paint a solid color so you don't look like a ******, pink is key.
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that's no fun
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pink w/black lugs
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I'd go pink with white lug lining
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You could see what other girls are riding here: http://www.candycranks.com/
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this is the **** me and my posse listen to


get wit it old man
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I would say white with pink lugged..
Unless you already decided.
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pink w/black lugs
Artists rendering of what a pink mixte with black lugs might look like:

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pink and purpl go together pink and light blues, hell I have a bike that is brown with pink components
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Artists rendering of what a pink mixte with black lugs might look like:

Not good. If you really want a second color, line the lugs white or black.
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