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Old 12-22-10, 09:56 AM
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Show us your black bikes!

Hello all. I just picked up a black Pinarello bike. The previous owner had this thing all blacked out. Black stem, bar tape, fenders, housing, etc. I'm considering my options to give it a little more pop. I am looking for ways to bring in some highlight colors. It's got a great Campy fluted seatpost. I was considering painting the flutes red and having red bar tape, maybe red somewhere else (pedals, tires, etc.).

I'd like to see your black bikes to get some ideas for color options.

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My favorite black Pinarello

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I think black is incredibly understated and elegant. I powdercoated my old Peugeot P8 and added a decal and head badge in metallic silver; it gets a lot of looks that it didn't when it was a faded maroon beater with ugly graphics from the mid 80's.



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one of my black beauties is currently in rework. here is a before pic though. '87 Sport SX




'93 Project 3 '700c Mountain' don't let those street slicks fool you. this bike will go anywhere my HK2 or Cdale M500 went but faster

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I think black is incredibly understated and elegant. I powdercoated my old Peugeot P8 and added a decal and head badge in metallic silver; it gets a lot of looks that it didn't when it was a faded maroon beater with ugly graphics from the mid 80's.
I agree to a point. I just think the cycling industry is getting over black. carbon components can be any color so why do we have to have a black frame with black wheels, tires, seat, cables, brakes and levers, cranks and derailleurs?

a sleek black frame adorned with lots of shiny silver and splash of color is much better
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70's Puch Racer-X that was originally rose and rust; blasted, powdered, decaled and detailed.

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my ugly commuter from two summers ago was black:

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my Daughters Schwinn World Sport, a nice glossy black project bike thats almost done!
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1978 Raleigh Comp GS, all original components but newly powder coated with replacement decals:

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I've got a few, but this one might be the sharpest looking: a 70s French bike of unknown origins:



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Originally Posted by southpawboston View Post
1978 Raleigh Comp GS, all original components but newly powder coated with replacement decals:
looks great! just curious, did you clear over the decals?
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My only black bike which I've posted a few times before ... '73 Raleigh Competition.



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1950-52 Gloria Garibaldina. Thanks to Citoyen du Monde for hooking me up with it.

'79 Guerciotti Oro

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gridplan wins.
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1950-52 Gloria Garibaldina. Thanks to Citoyen du Monde for hooking me up with it.
Wow, That's some beauty!

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looks great! just curious, did you clear over the decals?
Nah, I just cheaped out, decals over powder.
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Nah, I just cheaped out, decals over powder.
that's what I did with my bianchi. I've careful with it but two years and about 4-5k miles later it's held up pretty well. I'm sure it would have been better cleared though.

Just wondered if I'm the only one who cheaped out and how it worked out for others.
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my '52 Raleigh Sports was black....with the rust option.

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Just finished this Lotus mixte, couldn't manage any decent pics though with the lighting available.

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A brand-new 2010 cyclocross bike ... not "C&V", but it is black.
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ALAN but no longer mine...

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These are some beautiful bikes guys. That Guerciotti Oro and that Gloria are real standouts but all these are great.
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This is a custom built frame by British ex-pat Colin Laing, working from his shop in the Southwest in the seventies or early eighties. It is my wife's bike and came to us from the original owner who had commissioned Laing for a custom build.

The tubing is 531, the decals are all hand painted and there's some of those typical exquisite details seen on frames from small one-man shops, places where nobody are in a rush. Nice touches include mitered stays with integrated pump holder, the long point lugs lined with gold and the occasional graphic in the cut-outs, and braze-on for FD.

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that's what I did with my bianchi. I've careful with it but two years and about 4-5k miles later it's held up pretty well. I'm sure it would have been better cleared though.

Just wondered if I'm the only one who cheaped out and how it worked out for others.
I know someone who clear-coated over Cyclomondo decals, and the clear coating exaggerated the thickness of the decals. It still came out great, but you could feel the thick decals under the clear. They're definitely thicker than originals...
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