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Vintage steel bike colors (what do you think looks best)

Old 08-28-22, 11:02 AM
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Originally Posted by merziac
Ive had this frame since early on in my tenure here, our venerable Obrentharris delivered this frame to my door on a camping trip that came near my place when I also found out he is another Merz fan.

Overhauled one of these for a friend years ago and was already a huge fan from when they were new as well.
Perhaps one of the nicest riding bikes I have.
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The dark blue used on the Gios and Colnago.

Dusty Rose for Cinelli, although the silver is quite elegant as previously mentioned.

Lizard yellow as used on Legnano and Frejus.

Tomato orange or Champagne on Masi

Molteni orange on Colnago, Merckx, DeRosa and others

Red/black on the Raleigh SBDU models
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I like this, but it’s my selection, not Raleigh’s.
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Originally Posted by Robvolz
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When I think vintage (pre 1980's) steel, some are obvious, like Bianchi and celeste. Help fill in this list, and feel free to debate
a vote for Raleigh International Copper....



but... this paint scheme is what Raleigh called "flamboyant", which is the colored clear lacquer over a gold base layer. I think this is also called "candy" in the automotive community? The sunlight bouncing off of the gold layer after passing through the copper layer makes all the difference.

In some regards, this is a vote for "shiny but colored" too. The "cromovelato" paint schemes might be the ultimate in this regard, since they use a polished chrome as the base layer. It's something of a rare beast, because the polished chrome means that the lacquer layer has almost nothing to hang on to, and will flake off at a moment's notice.
One of the nicest examples I've seen of this has been the Magni that Mr. Barron displayed at one of the Classic Rendezvous gatherings.









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(can I vote for the Raleigh Team's red/black/yellow scheme too??)

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Old 08-28-22, 12:45 PM
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I am partial to some of the imron paints used by some custom frame builders back in the
70s and 80s.

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Originally Posted by P!N20
Always liked blue De Rosas



Pinarello = red

Yeah, I bundled the Merckx/DeRosa at the bottom of the list so.....

Either one could be many other colors, orange comes to my mind as the most iconic as well as one of the most iconic bikes of all time too.
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Centurion Ironman's had lots of colors and nick names to go along with them . This is my favorite , the blood red and vintage white 86' "Classic" .

As it is today
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jamesdak : In spite of my earlier comment about white that is a looker! Nice job.
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Originally Posted by jamesdak
Funny thing is I let that one go a couple of years ago as I pursued my "nostalgia" Peugeot.

I think I just finished it up a couple of minutes ago and the bike sure does not have the visual impact of the purple one.

You're underselling it, it looks fantastic, cool as ef.
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Stole this picture, but.... I hope to replicate the color in powder coat.

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Old 08-28-22, 05:00 PM
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Originally Posted by bark_eater
Stole this picture, but.... I hope to replicate the color in powder coat.

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You doing this on a Paramount?

Great color, Sky Blue. I posted a chrome Paramount as my iconic choice but many Schwinn colors were iconic depending on the one you saw when it really clicked for you.

No wrong answer IMO, all the translucent colors were stunning as well as many of the opaque ones too, this being near the top of my list.
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Originally Posted by merziac
You doing this on a Paramount?
Not so lucky. I have a 87 Prelude that I'm going to "fake" a couple decades off of.. at least at 10 yards.
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A friend had a green and yellow Pogliaghi that was simply the most beautiful bike color combo I had ever seen, Unfortunately, I searched the web for something similar and nothing comes close to the one he owned. It was a shame he sold it. BTW: it was too big for me.
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Originally Posted by bark_eater
Not so lucky. I have a 87 Prelude that I'm going to "fake" a couple decades off of.. at least at 10 yards.
Sounds good to me, not a bike out there that would not benefit from this.
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Originally Posted by gearbasher
A friend had a green and yellow Pogliaghi that was simply the most beautiful bike color combo I had ever seen, Unfortunately, I searched the web for something similar and nothing comes close to the one he owned. It was a shame he sold it. BTW: it was too big for me.
Paint is a very fickle thing.

I thought I wanted Mazda Soul Crystal Red for this, too many multi stage $500 extra, at least, not happenin.

"We have Sarinoni red as a stock color", Too light for me as would have been the Mazda color.

"We can try and find a base coat that will work", ok I say. Next email says "we found a Honda color, Basque Red that should work and started already". That's too dark, why didn't I get to agree to this!? And I'm freaking out.

Next thing you know, its done, looks great and there we are.

Love it and gets great compliments wherever it goes, go figure.

We'll call it "Deliciously Ripe, Strawberry".


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Originally Posted by branko_76
I don't like the Bianchi Celeste
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Seeing the green metallic Imron in a previous post reminded me that I also like this. Again my idea not Schwinns.
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With Raleigh it's a toss-up for me between the copper color on the International posted by [MENTION=113466]steelbikeguy[/MENTION], and bronze green.
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Originally Posted by branko_76
There are lots of great colors for vintage steel bikes. Some, not so great, I don't like the Bianchi Celeste, it's too precious
Blasphemer!!!!


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Originally Posted by merziac
Blasphemer!!!!
Matthew 12:30: "Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. Therefore I tell you, people will be forgiven for every sin and blasphemy, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.


If "Celeste" is heavenly, then yes, I am guilty......
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Originally Posted by Roger M
I am partial to some of the imron paints used by some custom frame builders back in the
70s and 80s.

Merz used it from the jump I believe, hot tank, zinc chromate dip, Schwinn style primer I think and Imron.

Seems like very few of his were painted the same as another, every one I have seen looks stunning, even some of the colors I don't really like.

His wife at the time, Virginia was the painter, she was a trained artist, designed the graphics and did an exceptional job with the paint.

2 or 3 of mine look very good for 45 year old paint jobs, amazing stuff.

Too bad it is so nasty but that is what makes it so tough and great looking when done right.

I have a very good painter friend that works in trucking, they still use it because its so tough.
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Partial to:
1) “Gios blue” Gios
2) “Ramata” Wilier
3) “Celeste” Bianchi
4) Black De Rosa and Raleigh
5) “1960s Rose Violine” pink Mercier
6) Whatever other beautiful color and bike

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