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

Old 08-29-22, 05:03 PM
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Partial to “Celeste” Bianchi,
Whatever other beautiful color and bike
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AustroDaimler…..

…. or Puch. This identity crisis was marketing, bikes ride well. Vent Noir = classic un-paint. Which does wear/fade, unfortunately.



Bianchi



Many of the Mondias I have seen were reddish/bit o burnt orange. But certainly not all.



DeRosa = not sure there is one favorite.

have to find an old pic, but here I thought the understated frame needed pop.


The rebuild changed only bar, stem, tape to narrow Cinelli and Benotto ribbon.
Used to be Modolo Speedy stem with Anatomic Design bars.




My Merckx should be painted 7/11 colors.
Bottecchia - my silver is nice - but Italian tricolor is classic.
Neither of my Pinarellos are Spumoni.
Zeus - I think of reds, mines’s green (but foil decals )
Holdsworth = Orange & Blue
Falcon = chrome lugs and panels
Pegoretti in any design or color.


hey Netherlandians - Dutch boys - what for Batavus = orange?



That 'bout covers my classics.
Used to have the Raleigh SuperCourse in green. Never the International in bronze, or Pro in ...wahtsitcalled silver & mink.

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When I hear 3Rensho I immediately think of this, because damn.



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There's not a dog in this bunch, but I always catch my breath when I see the sable/mink/blue Raleigh Professional. I saw a beautiful example of a fresh powder coated one at Groody Brothers Restoration shop recently. I almost told him to coat my Trek exactly like it (w/trek decals), but there would be endless explaining to folks on the road.
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Originally Posted by PhotonDon
There's not a dog in this bunch, but I always catch my breath when I see the sable/mink/blue Raleigh Professional. I saw a beautiful example of a fresh powder coated one at Groody Brothers Restoration shop recently. I almost told him to coat my Trek exactly like it (w/trek decals), but there would be endless explaining to folks on the road.
Sounds like a good way to elevate a Trek's game to me.
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Originally Posted by PhotonDon
There's not a dog in this bunch, but I always catch my breath when I see the sable/mink/blue Raleigh Professional. I saw a beautiful example of a fresh powder coated one at Groody Brothers Restoration shop recently. I almost told him to coat my Trek exactly like it (w/trek decals), but there would be endless explaining to folks on the road.
The blue mink and silver Raleigh Pro's do trigger some sort of Pavlovian drool for me too, even though I have bikes that I know are better (especially my 753 Raleigh Team!), but you just can't fight brainwashing good marketing!

If you are still looking for iconic designs or styles for your Trek, let me suggest the Mercian barber pole stripe.....



This is something that I've thought was pretty cool from the first time I saw it.

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I am fond of the rainbow flake metallic blues...


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Since I'm not comfortable using other people's photos without their permission I will leave you with this link to explore on your own. BRIAN BAYLIS
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wow, thank you for that look. I had no idea.
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Drop bar bikes should be white. City bikes should be black. Mountain bikes should be red.
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Originally Posted by Classtime
Drop bar bikes should be white. City bikes should be black. Mountain bikes should be red.
I had a white bike once... it showed all of the crud, and especially whatever dripped from the water bottles. I clearly wasn't prepared for the amount of work required to keep it looking good.
Oddly, my last two cars have been white, and I never notice the crud on them. They just changed from white to a light shade of gray as they accumulated a fairly uniform layer of crud, without being too obvious.

When I had a commuting/touring/travel bike built, I expected it to be covered in crud most of the time. As such, it was important to find a color that wouldn't be too obvious when it was filthy. I selected a dark-ish green, just a bit shy of British Racing Green. I think it has worked well.

in good conditions:



and in not-so-good conditions...
once the snow melts, it does leave a lot of nasty stuff.



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Miyata = Bright Blue


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My votes are for Chromovelato or Rose Violet

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Rose Gold is always classy:
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Originally Posted by orbeamike
Rose Gold is always classy:


Well I can't find a pic but [MENTION=167931]mpetry912[/MENTION] has a Rose gold Cinelli that was made for Cino's Dr. and that thing is about as cool as it gets.
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Originally Posted by orbeamike
Rose Gold is always classy:
The photo has already been reposted but I have to say that is best looking color so far
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Originally Posted by orbeamike
Rose Gold is always classy:
dang, a lavender(?) Bruce Gordon, and a Sachs that isn't red?! Pretty cool stuff!
What other goodies have you been hiding?

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Here's one,

actually its "Dusty Rose", seems like the original ones I have seen are more subtle and beautiful but this is gorgeous as well.




Brian Chapman built one that is similar and also gorgeous.



And my Merz that is either darkish pink or lightish purple and gets a lot of love for the color wherever it goes.


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Originally Posted by merziac
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Brian Chapman built one that is similar and also gorgeous.


Brian does such nice work, and with such great details and great paint. I really should figure out an excuse to have him make something for me.
Until then, I do enjoy browsing the pics in his Flickr account.

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Originally Posted by steelbikeguy
Brian does such nice work, and with such great details and great paint. I really should figure out an excuse to have him make something for me.
Until then, I do enjoy browsing the pics in his Flickr account.

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I would just get to it ifn I was you, such an undertaking should be done with full intent and vigor IMO.

Plenty of time and opportunity for figuring, fussing, futzing, head scratching and hand wringing once the process is underway in earnest.
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For me, a vintage frame is always better with a metallic paint
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Bianchi



How good does that "Mighty" Super Mighty Competition crank make that Campy FD and whole Celeste bike look?
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How good does that "Mighty" Super Mighty Competition crank make that Campy FD and whole Celeste bike look?
Andy Antipas is an unrecognized cycling god of drillium crank excellence. Monsieur sans égal.
Zeus drilled is his contribution from that bike.
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