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Old 08-27-22, 07:10 PM
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Vintage steel bike colors (what do you think looks best)

Certain vintage cars look best in a couple of colors, and stupid in others, Example, Alfa spider in red = good. Alfa spider in black, not so much. Some are based on their racing teams, some I based on the catalogues they produced.

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

Bianchi = Celeste
Raleigh = Blue mink/silver
Legnano = pistacchio green
Frejus = light lime green
Colnago = burgundy
Cinelli = champagne gold
Masi = white/red
Olmo: = white/blue
DeRosa =
Merckx =
Etc etc etc

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Cinelli = silver.
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The answer is yes.
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Galmozzi, orange. Because that's what I just Did.

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Motobecane Team Champion=orange
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Motobecane Team Champion=orange



Amen, one of my favorites of all time, then and now. I should get my azz in gear and build this frame up.
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^^^ sweet!
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^^^ sweet!
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.
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Merckx/DeRosa = Molteni orange.
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Originally Posted by Kabuki12
Motobécane Team Champion = orange.
Motobécane Grand Record = Red/Black

... with Campagnolo Nuovo Record derailleurs/shifters.
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when I think of either motobecane or Peugeot, I think white.
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Originally Posted by Robvolz
when I think of either motobecane or Peugeot, I think white.
Realy, white Moto?

PX-10 yes, of course.
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Originally Posted by merziac
Merckx/DeRosa = Molteni orange.
Always liked blue De Rosas



Pinarello = red

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Anything Italian in red & white & green:




From what I remember reading at the time, frame of Reynolds tubing and pressurized - not for strength but to detect cracks in the joints.
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Originally Posted by oneclick
Anything Italian in red & white & green:




From what I remember reading at the time, frame of Reynolds tubing and pressurized - not for strength but to detect cracks in the joints.
I agree having owned numerous Italian motos; however for the record the MHR was painted in Castrol colours as the main sponsor; not Italian national colours.
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Originally Posted by Robvolz
when I think of either motobecane or Peugeot, I think white.
You did say “looks best” not “what is most common”…it may be heretical but I am not a fan of white Pugs…..they had so many other great colours available that white seems so pedestrian- even if that was the colour of the team bike. Personal favorites are the Blue, the Lime Green, and Purple….
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Originally Posted by markk900
You did say “looks best” not “what is most common”…it may be heretical but I am not a fan of white Pugs…..they had so many other great colours available that white seems so pedestrian- even if that was the colour of the team bike. Personal favorites are the Blue, the Lime Green, and Purple….
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Pinarello= red
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Fuji in Rainbow Blue, as in the America, and Teal Green, as on the Touring Series V.
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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
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The purple Peugeot looks great but I think it has more to do with the graphics than the actual color
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Originally Posted by branko_76
The purple Peugeot looks great but I think it has more to do with the graphics than the actual color
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.

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