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Old 12-05-20, 05:30 PM
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Rainbow stripes on frames: also SHOW YOUR BIKES WITH RAINBOW STRIPES!

What are the rules, if any, governing putting World Champion rainbow stripes on a bike frame? If a rider wins a WC, does that mean the frame builder can put the stripes on their frames?

If I see a frame with rainbow stripes, does that mean the maker had someone win while riding one of their bikes?

Also, since no thread is any good without pictures, here is my example:

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Old 12-05-20, 05:34 PM
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The general rule, as I understand it, is if a bike brand was ridden to a World Championship, the stripes are allowed. Most of the time I’ve seen them on head tube and seat tube.
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That is my understanding. If a sponsored rider wins a WC race their bikes carry the stripes.

I believe some companies use the colors in a slightly different order if they rate the rainbow
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Blue, Red, Black, Yellow, Green is the official UCI order, but I have seen variations on other bikes to get around the rules. Some change the order, others add a black or white line between the colors. Velocals has several examples: https://velocals.com/stripes-chevrons-bands/
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Has the order, usage changed overtime, can it be somewhat dated by the order?

Seems like if it has a company would keep the order of the time.
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Originally Posted by merziac View Post
Has the order, usage changed overtime, can it be somewhat dated by the order?

Seems like if it has a company would keep the order of the time.
As Pompiere pointed out, the order would be switched by bicycle manufacturers to circumvent the rules, not because the official order of the stripes was changing. For example, that Schwinn does not follow the UCI order so is only meant to mimic the idea of the championship stripes. The color arrangement of the Olympic rings is also a popular one to copy. That's blue, yellow, black, green, and red.

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https://www.uci.org/docs/default-sou...ng_neutral.pdf

"The rainbow stripes. The UCI rainbow colour chart reproduced below is a registered Trade Mark of the UCI. It is protected in numerouscountries around the World. It is internationally known as the stripes of colors blue, red, black, yellow and green that areassociated with the UCI events and the Cycling World Champions."

"The rule is simple: if you are not expressly authorized to use any of the aforementioned assets, don't use them! The UCI and the UCI-appointed Organizing Committee will systematically take the necessary steps to make sure that their rights are being respected and that unauthorized use, if any,will be stopped."
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Originally Posted by Kilroy1988 View Post
As Pompiere pointed out, the order would be switched by bicycle manufacturers to circumvent the rules, not because the official order of the stripes was changing. For example, that Schwinn does not follow the UCI order so is only meant to mimic the idea of the championship stripes. The color arrangement of the Olympic rings is also a popular one to copy. That's blue, yellow, black, green, and red.

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I understand all that.

So the order and usage rules and regs have been the same since inception?

I doubt that UCI was there when the practice started.
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Thats a nice looking Mooney.
Aggressive setup...curious tire choice for speed.
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Reg Harris won 4 World titles in the decade before this Raleigh Superbe was made. The stripes are incorrect.

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Originally Posted by merziac View Post
I doubt that UCI was there when the practice started.
The UCI came around in the year 1900 and the rainbow jersey with the UCI stripes first appeared in 1927. Whether there are older examples of "championship" style stripes on bicycles, I don't know, but that's pretty old and I'm sure a vast majority are newer - and therefore likely influenced by - the UCI rainbow.

Plenty of history here to keep one interested for a while!

https://capovelo.com/the-history-of-...ainbow-jersey/

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Originally Posted by Kilroy1988 View Post
The UCI came around in the year 1900 and the rainbow jersey with the UCI stripes first appeared in 1927. Whether there are older examples of "championship" style stripes on bicycles, I don't know, but that's pretty old and I'm sure a vast majority are newer - and therefore likely influenced by - the UCI rainbow.

Plenty of history here to keep one interested for a while!

https://capovelo.com/the-history-of-...ainbow-jersey/

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Ok well Tx for that, I guess I stand corrected.

That is some pretty serious lineage, seems odd it took them almost 30 years to find the rainbow..
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Now somebody needs to start a "Show Us Your Bikes with Rainbow Stripes" thread. I've got four with the stripes in the UCI order (Stella, De Rosa, Masi, and LeMond).
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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs View Post
The general rule, as I understand it, is if a bike brand was ridden to a World Championship, the stripes are allowed. Most of the time I’ve seen them on head tube and seat tube.
It seems that there should be a comprehensive list of brands somewhere.
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Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
Now somebody needs to start a "Show Us Your Bikes with Rainbow Stripes" thread. I've got four with the stripes in the UCI order (Stella, De Rosa, Masi, and LeMond).
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How about incorporating the brand logo?

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Apparently you can get away with a lot just by changing the order of the colors.

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Now somebody needs to start a "Show Us Your Bikes with Rainbow Stripes" thread. I've got four with the stripes in the UCI order (Stella, De Rosa, Masi, and LeMond).
I knew those guys were famous, but colours named after them?
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Originally Posted by Kilroy1988 View Post
As Pompiere pointed out, the order would be switched by bicycle manufacturers to circumvent the rules, not because the official order of the stripes was changing. For example, that Schwinn does not follow the UCI order so is only meant to mimic the idea of the championship stripes. The color arrangement of the Olympic rings is also a popular one to copy. That's blue, yellow, black, green, and red.

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Blue-Yellow-Black-Green-Red (top to bottom) is what is on my old '74-built '75 Fuji

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Kilroy1988 are you digging the old school stuff here -- Pletscher rack, Bike Warehouse rack support, and TireSavers?

Also note the seat-stay-mounted reflectors! Oh, and the crochet-back cycling gloves on the rack?

Yeah, I'm REALLY old school! LOL!!!!
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OK, say a bike was built for a rider, but was ridden to a championship under another brand. Does the builder get to use the colors?
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