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Old 04-15-19, 06:35 PM
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The important stuff... Colour coding

I'm in 2 minds, and a creative cripple. What would you do with this bike?

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Old 04-15-19, 06:52 PM
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I'd water the plants on both sides of it.
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Ride it.
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Remove decals from wheels. Get tires with black sidewalls. ( the vintage threads look out of place ) cages arenít bad, but if changed, use something aero, modern, and similar finish to frame finish, matte on matte-gloss on gloss. Blue tape is hard to make work. Can be done (Fizik Metal Blue maybe?) On this Bike a little blue is going to look like a lot and may result in more of a tritone instead of an accent. To put it another way, may look like a red, white, and blue bike instead of a red and white bike with some blue highlights. If you wanted to add color, Iíd probably lean toward adding red (saddle, tape, cages,). If you are up for it bring the blue back in a tad with Jagwire cable housings.
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I'd debadge the wheels because I don't like busy rims. Then center the stems on the tire logos, but that's it. Bike looks fine otherwise.
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wrap it in electrical tape and ride it.
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remove all that tacky branding, spray cages solid color that lone will be a huge improvement. all the branding and logos make a good looking bike terrible
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As others, get rid of some of the decals. Definitely swap out bottle cages.
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paint and stripe the fork, red or white bar tape.
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Sell it, doesn’t fit.
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Sell it, it's offensive to the eye.
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Add the blue and then ride while wearing this:

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Originally Posted by illdrag0n View Post
I'm in 2 minds, and a creative cripple. What would you do with this bike?

First, "getting rid of the decals" is much more difficult than you think. The result can be uglier than what you start with after a lot of work.

I'd say to just embrace It and step it up a notch. Go full on towards the red/white/blue color scheme. Change the cable housing to either red or blue or both. Change the spacers to blingy red and blue ones. Seat collar to one of those colors as well. If you wanted an understated bike, you should have bought one. This one is bold...make it more so. Here's three examples of what I've done with colors

A plain grey titanium dressed up in the company colors

DSCN0934 by Stuart Black, on Flickr

A plain white Cannondale made more eye catching with color

IMG_1444 (1) by Stuart Black, on Flickr

And a garish orange Salsa Las Cruces made even more garish. It currently sports metallic orange tape and orange pedals so it's even more over the top

DSCN0164 by Stuart Black, on Flickr

Many would say tacky (I might agree) but they are also bold and eye catching. Yours is already there, just take it further.
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OP: I'd get white bar tape and a white saddle. I'd then add a white/red bottle in the down tube cage and a white/blue bottle in the seat tube cage.
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Nice looking bike
ride it a few thousand miles
do a few local group rides
then decide what / if you want to change anything
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