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Age Related ??? I don't care about the color of my bike

Old 04-17-21, 08:49 AM
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I don't have a strong color preference, but I would not buy a bike if I disliked the color.
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Old 04-17-21, 09:16 AM
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Originally Posted by BobbyG View Post
My last car purchase I bought what I consider the ugliest of my choices. It beat out all the others for ride, comfort, utility, space, interior and value. Everytime I walk out to it I think what an ugly car, but then I start driving and I just don't care.

The last time I bought a bike (the same year as my last car) I also cared more about how it felt and less about how it looked, although, I like the way my bike looks.
Ditto! I was looking for a specific used make and model car with certain options. I found one in Illinois and because it was not a desirable color (black, gray, silver, white, dark blue) it was $3K cheaper. I really like driving it and the color has really grown on me, so win, win.

And for the record, I disagree with everyone and everything stated above, even by me. (Just tying to make the OP happy which I also disagree with.)
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Old 04-17-21, 09:31 AM
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Originally Posted by rsbob View Post
Ditto! I was looking for a specific used make and model car with certain options. I found one in Illinois and because it was not a desirable color (black, gray, silver, white, dark blue) it was $3K cheaper. I really like driving it and the color has really grown on me, so win, win.
In 1974 I bought my first new car.. a VW Beetle. I wanted it in green but the only one available was red. I figured it would only be a few years.... I still have it. And in fact when I restored the car in 1998 I kept it the original red since that was what it always was.

Since 1998 i've been driving used cars and just accepted whatever color it was... all not obnoxious.

Fast forward to 2018 and decided to treat myself to my 2nd new car. The dealer ddn;t have the color with the options I wanted so i told him to keep looking.Two weeks later he called with "good" news, he found the car in the color I wanted and with the options. It did have a sunroof which I didn't need, so I asked "how much is this sunroof I don't want gonna cost me?". Long story short, i got it for invoice price.

Bottom line, color is secondary to need. If you need it then the color doesn't matter.
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Old 04-17-21, 09:56 AM
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I can't imagine any cyclist saying something like "I test rode both bikes, and the blue one really fit great, shifted well, handled like it was part of me, while I couldn't get comfortable on the red bike, no matter how they adjusted it. But the read one is prettier so I bought it"
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Old 04-17-21, 09:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Bald Paul View Post
When I was ordering my custom frameset, they asked what color I wanted. I really couldn't decide, so I told them to just apply some clear coat.
Have to admit, the result wasn't what I expected.
Only got to ride it a couple of times. I parked it somewhere, and can't find it.

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Old 04-17-21, 11:51 AM
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This question is probably more suited to a non-used, non-clearance, pre-pandemic purchase.

If I’m going to pay full retail, and have a choice, then color would weigh in the decision.

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Old 04-17-21, 12:10 PM
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Originally Posted by rsbob View Post
Ditto! I was looking for a specific used make and model car with certain options. I found one in Illinois and because it was not a desirable color (black, gray, silver, white, dark blue) it was $3K cheaper.
Funny, those are the colors I'm excluding in my present car search.
And for the record, I disagree with everyone and everything stated above, even by me. (Just tying to make the OP happy which I also disagree with.)
Same here -- I disagree with everything appearing above this line.
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Old 04-17-21, 03:28 PM
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My custom titanium bike is, well, titanium colored. But I paired it with a yellow fork. Framebuilder was not really into my color choice but it was my money. After it was completed, he said he really liked the combo. Yellow fork is a bit more visible on the road.

My first custom steel was a red/purple fade - gorgeous beyond belief. I salted the top tube and it rusted through!!!! Which explains the titanium choice.

My most recent was a stock bike in a muted blue. Not bad but nothing special. But it rides.... enough said.
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Old 04-17-21, 03:52 PM
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Originally Posted by UCantTouchThis View Post
Is it an age thing? Like hitting the 50's, one just rides doesn't care about matching his bike shoes to his derailleur pulleys? Or is it that with age and having done 100,000+ miles on the bike as a sport, he just doesn't care any longer about color as long as the bike fits and runs smooth?
Age thing, maybe. I was near 50 when I started cycling, and the bike's color is not even something I'm conscious of, irrelevant to anything. My bike is just another tool.
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Old 04-17-21, 04:05 PM
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OK.. we can all forgive the color of the bike, but what about the kit you wear? Are you "matchy matchy" or just grab whats on top in the draw?
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I draw from the bottom of the drawer.
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OK.. we can all forgive the color of the bike, but what about the kit you wear? Are you "matchy matchy" or just grab whats on top in the draw?
I only wear Rapha's Rivendell kit.
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I only wear Rapha's Rivendell kit.
Is that like Garanimals, where you match the tags so you know what goes together?
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Is that like Garanimals, where you match the tags so you know what goes together?
I thought Garanimals was a strain of Indica.
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OK.. we can all forgive the color of the bike, but what about the kit you wear? Are you "matchy matchy" or just grab whats on top in the draw?
I wear these for jersey's - https://www.carhartt.com/products/ca...T-Shirt-100493. These run big so order two sizes down. I'm not picky at all.
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I wouldn’t chose a bike based on the color. Although, Bianchi celeste is the ultimate color.
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No matchy matchy! I like plain black solid shorts and a jersey with few to little graphics if possible. I wear any color on any color bike, no matchy matchy!

Solid and few graphics.

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I care a bit about the color of my bike. I like either rust/choco brown or bright yellow color for the frame.

But matching my shorts, shoes, helmet, and jersey color to the bike, no way!! I live in a rough neighborhood and that is sure way to get bullied or attract unwanted attention!
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could have shortened it to

Age Related ??? I don't care
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Color matters, especially when selling vintage. Where I live, purple bikes are extremely hard to sell, followed by silver and white.

As far as keepers, I'm not into red anymore. Too unnecessarily flashy. I'm fast enough on black and blue, which are really classy on steel frames.
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I wear a green Borat unitard on and off the bike because style and good taste matters.
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Aren't all "team" kits sort of matchy-matchy?


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My jerseys are almost all solid colors, which were basically chosen at random. Since the pandemic quarantine, I now choose which jersey to wear by what's likely to fit, rather than color.
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both my road bikes are red, but I never matchy matchy my jersey and frame color. I typically wear something with neon yellow to be more visible.
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