Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Ashland, VA
Bikes: The keepers: 1960 Raleigh Lenton Grand Prix, 1968 Ranger, 1969 Magneet Sprint, 1971 Gitane Tour de France, 1973 Raleigh Tourist, 1973 Lambert, 1973 Schwinn Super Sport, 2 - 1988 Rossins, a third Rossin frame and a '79 PX-10 frame to be built
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I've always gotten the feeling that the marketing mavens out there work with the assumption that tourers are a more conservative group than cyclists in general. Probably has a lot to do with our being less impressed with every new development that comes down the road, every new style in frame, etc.
Hell, most of us are still riding steel frames, some of us are riding old lugged ones! And our rims are most likely box cross-section without loud advertising decals all over them. And I've yet to find a tourer painted up like a pro team bike.
So, given that the manufacturers are keeping the styles conservative for fear of turning off a prospective purchaser, it's only logical that the colors would be conservative, too. Let's face it, our bikes are the equivalent of a Lincoln Town Car, not a BMW M3.
"No wonder we keep testing positive in their bicycle races. Everyone looks like they're full of testosterone when they're surrounded by Frenchmen." ---Argus Hamilton