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Old 09-08-15, 09:56 AM
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When I had my custom bike built, it was right at the height of all road bikes coming out with black/white; black/red; black/blue; black/yellow paint schemes. I assume its to copy how professional squads paint their bikes; I also notice a trend of cyclist wearing all or mostly black kits instead of bright colors. The all black bike has been around for a couple of seasons; it looks fast so I guess that's the appeal plus its that whole brand logo steathy thing...

my bike is bright sky blue and grass green spreckled with pink flowers (its a Landshark); an eyesore compared to all the newer bikes but it does stand out...
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Old 09-08-15, 10:00 AM
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I thought that I had a preference for either black or silver bikes, but I just made up a bike from an eBay frame I bought that is an orangey copper colour and since I've been riding it I just realised I haven't given its colour a second thought - so colour cannot be that important to me.

Having said that I am renovating an old Orange Clockwork mtb and am going to have it painted in the original colour scheme - satin black with orange decals.
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Originally Posted by Biker395 View Post

What I DON'T understand are all the black jerseys about. Yesterday, we were riding in weather that was easily 100+ degrees, and a lot of the people out there were wearing black (!) jerseys.

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This maybe a California thing; mountain bikers here wear all black as well - I don't it 1) it's frigging hot here so the black doesn't cut it for me and 2) we have too much crazy traffic to go "incognito".... what really upsets me is I ride alot at night... people out there at night riding or running wearing all black - they obviously have a death wish... my friends and I always call out 'NINJA RIGHT (or left)' when we see or don't see them...
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Old 09-08-15, 10:03 AM
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Old 09-08-15, 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by tg16 View Post
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Hah! Have you seen the paint scheme of the past few years from Bianchi? (At least their mid to high range road bikes.) I think they finally ran out of that old Italian WWII paint and all they have left is black.
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Old 09-08-15, 11:00 AM
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FYI, as the OP, this is the bike that I've decided to stick with (Cannondale Synapse Carbon 5). It's more than just the color, as this bike doesn't have all that many miles on it and the new one would have few advantages. This photo was taken a couple of years ago just after I had refurbished it over the winter with fresh bar tape (white does get dirty!) and my new custom wheelset (White hubs, H Plus Son rims, CX Ray spokes). IMO it's a very clean paint scheme compared to some others that were around in 2010:

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Old 09-08-15, 11:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
My two carbon bikes are unpainted. I'm pleased how nice they look. I'm not sure I would want flat black, but loud, billboard paint jobs are really ugly. YMMV.
That makes sense, in an odd way, given your avatar.

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Old 09-08-15, 11:49 AM
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Originally Posted by volosong View Post
Hah! Have you seen the paint scheme of the past few years from Bianchi? (At least their mid to high range road bikes.) I think they finally ran out of that old Italian WWII paint and all they have left is black.
That is exactly my though too . My first real road bike is a Bianchi( SL ) with celeste color . I will not buy another Bianchi unless they bring back the celeste color .
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Old 09-08-15, 12:12 PM
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I'd much rather have matte black or primer gray. My bike is for errands and a little exercise. I don't really want the attention I'm getting from strangers over Big Red, my used $100 Globe Carmel in bright testosterossa red. I may get some Krylon and ugly it up. Hope I can find a neighborhood tagger to help spray some funk on it.
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Old 09-08-15, 05:13 PM
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I'm not crazy about flat black either. Actually, I'm not sure if the problem is the flat black, or simply that it seems like that's what everyone is making now. Personally I prefer something with color. This extends to cars too. Until this summer I was driving a gray Malibu with a gray interior that I bought because it was a good deal. In all honesty it was a fine car, but I never liked it because it had no color. I traded it in for a bright red VW that makes me happy. I have one bike with a gaudy 90s metallic purple and lime green paint scheme, an raw alluminum bike with slight blue accents and a carbon bike that has a shiny clear coat over raw carbon with just enough pearl white that I don't have to call it a black bike. Even though I realize it's gaudy to the point of bad taste, I like the purple one best because it has an actual color. Shiny black can be pretty, but Hill-Pumper's red and blue mtb has the prettiest paint scheme on this page, IMHO.

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Old 09-08-15, 05:23 PM
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I traded it in for a bright red VW that makes me happy.
I still have mine.
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Old 09-08-15, 05:48 PM
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Sweet car.

I gotta say, while I like basic black, my 'Nago has a pretty sweet paint scheme too. Since most of us are in the N+1 territory, why not have both?
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Old 09-08-15, 06:14 PM
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oldnslow2,
Your car makes me happy too.
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Old 09-08-15, 07:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Oldguyonoldbike View Post
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Your car makes me happy too.
Makes me happy when I put my foot into it and leave the V8s in the rear view mirror
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Old 09-08-15, 08:41 PM
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With all this talk about dislike for flat black I have to call BS. You are all racist... Remember.... BLACK BIKES MATTER!!


Sorry, I could not help myself.
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With all this talk about dislike for flat black I have to call BS. You are all racist... Remember.... BLACK BIKES MATTER!!


Sorry, I could not help myself.
Bike color is a choice, race is not.

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Old 09-08-15, 08:55 PM
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2 View Post
Bike color is a choice, race is not.

D'oh
You have heard of a race bike haven't you? Is to own one slavery? Warped minds want to know.
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Originally Posted by Hill-Pumper View Post
You have heard of a race bike haven't you? Is to own one slavery? Warped minds want to know.
Do you have to be "bi" before you can own a "tri" bike?

Seriously... if you don't like a black bike, you can always paint it clear.

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Originally Posted by Oldguyonoldbike View Post
I'm not crazy about flat black either. Actually, I'm not sure if the problem is the flat black, or simply that it seems like that's what everyone is making now....
Walk through an athletic shoe store these days and you'll see every color and texture -- other than white or black -- sometimes in the same shoe. I saw a pair of Pumas with two different types of laces on each shoe. Not that it's a bad thing. A lot of the pros ride black bikes but it's okay even for those who still put cards in their spokes.

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Originally Posted by oldnslow2 View Post
Do you have to be "bi" before you can own a "tri" bike?

Seriously... if you don't like a black bike, you can always paint it clear.

Technically you can paint a clear coat over something, but not paint something clear. That said, the clears bike that you pictured is certainly unique.
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Old 09-08-15, 09:24 PM
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Nice to know I'm not the only one that has color gripes about bikes. Last model salsa mukluk 3 was gorgeous. Not in the line up any more.
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I am glad somebody brought this up. Major disappointment for me to see bikes without color.. I mean Black, the absence of color.
I like bikes with colors, white/black trim, blues, reds, greens, etc.
I do not like black rims, spokes, stems, handlebars, seat posts, brake levers, hubs, derailleurs, cranks. They look dirty to me. What is wrong with polished alloy? Do manufactures think it is easier to paint all the parts instead of them leaving alloy? Shame on Shimano for painting the components Silver paint as well.
Not only do these black bikes look like crap, IMO this is a major safety issue riding around on a bike nobody can see in low light.
And to the posters that posted pictures of their black bikes.. well.... your bikes look like crap. Crap is a legitimate word, so don't complain about my language.
This thread should be in the safety forum.
Fire away at will.....
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Old 09-09-15, 10:43 AM
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I really like Trek's Project One thing - nice to see that you can get some fancy paintwork from a major mfr.


And matte black looks better on a commuter than on a road bike.



Note flashing disco lights in the front wheel (multi-color)
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No, black does not look good on a commuter bike.
And one more thing.. all this blackness..and then black clothes.. and then the rider is wearing white f'ing shoes!
I can understand that in Palm Springs, but not anywhere else.....

And BTW your Ergon grips are on backwards.
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No, black does not look good on a commuter bike.
And one more thing.. all this blackness..and then black clothes.. and then the rider is wearing white f'ing shoes!
I can understand that in Palm Springs, but not anywhere else.....

And BTW your Ergon grips are on backwards.
Incorrect - must be a deceptive angle on that other photo.



I'm not trying to be ninja - lots of reflective bits and lights. But all black just says "utility".

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