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Any pictures of black bikes with gold or champagne colored letters?

Old 11-24-13, 10:35 AM
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Any pictures of black bikes with gold or champagne colored letters?

I have a chance to get a vintage steel bicycle frame, black with gold or champagne colored letters. I'm not 100 percent sure I would be happy with black, might be too dark.

I'm trying to envision it built up, kind of Nuovo Record(ish) with maybe:
- all silver components
- black? saddle
- ? color bar tape
- ? color cable housing
- gum walled tires
- ? colored brake hoods

If anyone one here has pictures of black steel framed bikes, I'd love to see them, to help me make up my mind.

I'd don't want to give any details on the make, model or year, because it's listed for sale on the internet and I don't want to draw attention to it from other people looking for a new winter project.

Thanks...
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Not quite as high end - this is my wife's Norco as purchased ($10) - its been cleaned up, black bar tape, brake hoods added....strange but I hven't got an "after" picture and its snowing outside so ....

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1976 Raleigh Competition Mk. II, courtesy Sheldon Brown's Retro Raleigh site...'77 and later went to white decals but kept the gold lug-lining...not as good looking as all-gold, IMHO.
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notice the funky assembly of the bike !!!
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Originally Posted by bloom87 View Post


notice the funky assembly of the bike !!!
I'll say it looks like a catalog photo and yet set up for someone who is too short for the frame.
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Wow, thanks guys, they all look so classy with the gold on black.

thinktubes; I see what you did there. You blacked out the chrome on that beautiful Cinelli.
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Sorry, I haven't applied the decals yet, but the previous post of the Austro Daimler can give you the idea. I was considering a tan saddle, but kind of like the black.

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Old 11-24-13, 09:36 PM
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Chuckk you beat me to the punch. Here's my Black Lightning also.

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My Waterford is dark green with gold letters, but it looks black in most photos.
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I think that black with gold is a great combination.

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Originally Posted by bloom87 View Post


notice the funky assembly of the bike !!!
My original "grail" bike. Never did own one.

Sometimes the catalog/photo people know nothing about bikes. I remember a photo spread that involved bikes and tools, but the guy picked random tools out of a tool box. If he had just asked, I would have given him some nice tools for the pics.
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Originally Posted by BlueDevil63 View Post
You know, I like black bikes but the quibble I ave with Black Confente's is that the drop shadow that is part of the graphic design for the down tube and chain stay text will of course not show. One I would have to see in person to decide how it works. The natural color tape and saddle gets a two thumbs up.
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Originally Posted by markk900 View Post
Not quite as high end - this is my wife's Norco as purchased ($10) - its been cleaned up, black bar tape, brake hoods added....strange but I hven't got an "after" picture and its snowing outside so ....

An example of the paint and graphic color making a mid range bike appear special.
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My Colian is black with gold letters. However, the components are black, not silver.



Crummy pic, sorry.
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