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

Old 04-19-21, 06:16 AM
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I try to not have two bikes of the same frame color. Within a particular bike's build, color definitely matters. This is especially true if there's a choice between silver and black components. Colors on tires are a no-no, unless the only additional color is a tan sidewall.

My current project is a track bike. I thought that I was getting a silver frame, so I went with all-black components...crank, seatpost, saddle, handlebars, stem, crank, hubs/rims and pedals. Turns out that the silver frame was unavailable...ugh. Now, I'm having a custom steel frame made instead. It's color will be purple metallic, which will look horrible with all of the black parts THAT I HAD ALREADY PURCHASED. Sigh...
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Old 04-19-21, 07:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
I try to not have two bikes of the same frame color. Within a particular bike's build, color definitely matters. This is especially true if there's a choice between silver and black components. Colors on tires are a no-no, unless the only additional color is a tan sidewall.

My current project is a track bike. I thought that I was getting a silver frame, so I went with all-black components...crank, seatpost, saddle, handlebars, stem, crank, hubs/rims and pedals. Turns out that the silver frame was unavailable...ugh. Now, I'm having a custom steel frame made instead. It's color will be purple metallic, which will look horrible with all of the black parts THAT I HAD ALREADY PURCHASED. Sigh...
I too prefer my tyres au naturel. Not sure why. I like the look of tan sidewalls but heard somewhere that they either deteriorate more rapidly or are inherently weaker.

I think I might prefer purple/black to silver/black
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Old 04-19-21, 09:29 AM
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Originally Posted by downtube42 View Post
I'm sure you're not the only one, but I'm not one of you.
My newest bike is red. Its fenders are red. My cycling shoes are red. My next newest bike, a MTB, is red. My next next next newest bike is red. My unicycle is red. My commuter is grey, but its secondary job is to avoid being stolen. My wife's new car is red; I don't own a car, but I do have some car buying influence 😄. The shirt in wearing right now is red. I'm 60, fwiw.
Still one of the best looking bikes ever posted on BF, period. Hot!
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Old 04-19-21, 10:52 AM
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My first MTB was hot pink. It was selling for 15% less than an identical bike in charcoal grey. That was in 1986. I was young then, and I didn't care. My newest bike is raw carbon. I don't care.

A few years ago I bought a bunch of football ("soccer") jerseys sized to fit like riding jerseys. They were under $10 at an outlet store. Green, red, blue and white all for under $40. Imagine that... I am wearing last years style!

I still have a pair of riding shorts from the 1980's that are green, blue, and purple. My newer shorts and bibs are black. Yawn.
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Old 04-19-21, 11:35 AM
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I'm 70. And I'd much rather have a color that I like as oppposed to one that I didn't like.
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Old 04-19-21, 11:36 AM
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I'm 66 and I want my bike's color to stand out from the others even though I realize that very few people would care. I used to be a painter and so I always notice colors whatever the context.

My Specialized is yellow-orange much like a road's center stripe, my old Huffy cruiser is metallic copper with matching fenders, and my Panasonic is red with chrome lugs (because red truly is faster). I'd like to have a bike that was either lime green or butterscotch.
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Old 04-19-21, 11:59 AM
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Originally Posted by jaxgtr View Post
I do. If you dont like the color along with the fit and function, are you going to ride it?
i wouldnt want a pink bike
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Old 04-19-21, 12:51 PM
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yes you're old and losing your eye sight.

The human eye has evolved to be one of the most complex color processing mechanism in nature. We see a lot more in colors than almost all species on earth. Note: newborn babies do not see all colors until they get a bit older. So we can say that we're genetically programmed to embrace color.
The fact that older people tend not to care about color signifies that their eyes (and brain) are starting to fade. You don't hear a lot of youngsters saying "I don't care about color".
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Old 04-19-21, 12:54 PM
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While the quality (and price aka value) of the bike far outweighs the color, a really ugly color will make me lean away from it. And I have seen some UGLY colors on new bikes lately. I mean mat army green? Yuck. But then growing up in the 60's and 70's with Orange shag carpet and gross avocado green appliances, I can't stand either one of them.
But I still haven't gotten my dream bike color of Royal purple. But the 3 bikes I have had in the last 10 years were Teal, Blue, and raspberry red. I figure I can eventually paint a bike. But if the paint color isn't bad and its not chipping why bother? I am usually multi color anyway, the more obnoxious of color combos the more visible you are to cars. And if I am out after dark you bet I will have all the lights I can find on my bike. Not only rear flasher and front headlight but fairy lights all over including the wheel lights. The reason why was brought home one evening when I was passed by a guy n a bike with the normal bike headlight and taillight. He made a remark as he passed my lit up like a christmas tree bike "got enough lights?" in a snide voice. Well half a block up a car nearly pulled out and hit him because they didn't see him. But when I got to the same car they saw me, and waited to turn until I passed. Not to mention most people love the bright cheerful lights. Funny thing is I started a trend in the group I ride with, now almost all of us has some sort of fairy lights on our bikes for visibility.
Bright colors, and somewhat clashing colors will draw peoples eyes when driving and they will at least slow down and think WTF? Day or night.
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Old 04-19-21, 01:35 PM
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I would not even consider owning a bike in a color I didn't like. But I like staring at my bike nearly as much as I like riding it. Maybe more.
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Old 04-21-21, 05:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Shay Howe View Post
Do I care about the color? Yes.
Enough to override any other single factor in the decision? Not really. Given a wide choice I'll pick a color I like. Given a bike I've chosen that's only available in two-tone puke green and hot pink, I'll buy it and ride it. Might cringe when I look at it, but as long as it moves I'm good.
Do I care about anyone else caring or not caring about color?
Nothing wrong with a guy riding a bike with pink. Just finished this build yesterday.
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Old 04-21-21, 05:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Melvang View Post
Nothing wrong with a guy riding a bike with pink. Just finished this build yesterday.
No doubt, that looks good.
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Old 04-21-21, 07:14 AM
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The older I get, the less I care about a lot of things, that used to be important to me, a curse and a blessing.
However, I still care about the color of my bikes and cars for that matter, and if I don’t like the way it looks I’m not going to buy, ride, or drive it.
Probably explains why I finally stripped that 92 Series 5 Paramount, a friend basically gave me, and hung the frame in the back of the basement. As great as that bike rode, I just couldn’t stand looking at it anymore. Probably rebuild it in the future, after I get the frame repainted.
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Old 04-21-21, 07:25 AM
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Color matters to an extent but you can always deck out the bike to match. My cross bike was custom because I couldn't find the color I wanted. Didn't care that my road bike was white, everything else is blue and I don't mind white. I don't care for the color of my adventure/gravel bike but can trim it to what I like better. I also don't ride that one as much and don't see it as often. My wife liked the color and trimmed hers in purple which makes it look decent to me. I won't buy what I see as an ugly bike.
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Old 04-22-21, 07:30 AM
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Originally Posted by big chainring View Post
Color and graphics might be my biggest consideration when choosing a bike. Its gotta be asthetically pleasing to my eye. And I like painting bikes so I choose interesting colors to paint them. All my bikes are early 70's boom era. If its full Campy NR or Simplex/Mafac, doesnt matter, color and decoration are key. White bar tape on most of them. Leather saddle or Unicanitor. Gum wall tires.
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well see ,you sound like you really pay attention to your bikes and you know what you want and I guess you wouldn't have any other way ,,,, and on the other hand I don't even wash my bikes I just make sure the chain is clean and lubed and that everything works and that's it ...
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Old 04-22-21, 02:12 PM
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I wouldnít buy a bike that wasnít the color I want or the fit I want if thatís not available off the rack Iíll buy custom
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Old 04-22-21, 02:46 PM
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I only care in that I prefer to ride a "sleeper." I don't care for flashy looking; it's more likely to get me harassed by motorists, and more likely to get stolen if it attracts attention. I want to be clearly visible, but not an eye-sore. And I prefer not to look like a poseur.

On my Cannondale Synapse AL with 105 components I have a Tubus Fly rack mounted on the back, and a Lyzene pump mounted on the seat-tube. The bike is a charcoal grey, translucent, with a hint of dark dark almost black green. It really doesn't stand out. The part that stands out the most is the wheel set, which has been upgraded to some Fulcrums with red lettering.

My Cannondale Quick is brighter. Black with light green and white trim. It stands out more than I prefer. It's the lower-end bike between my two bikes, yet it's the one that people (not terribly familiar with bikes) comment on: "Wow, that's a nice bike." It's really nothing special. It just has a flashier paint job. Even though it cost half what my road bike cost, it's the one that would probably get stolen first.

So yeah, I really don't care what the bike looks like other than that I prefer for it to not attract attention.
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Old 04-22-21, 02:56 PM
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I'm a bike commuter in the city. I absolutely care about color. Brighter more colorful items are more likely to be stolen then neutral. I just bought a new road bike. I chose gray. I bought the supacaz sticky kush bar tape ( advanced carpal tunnel syndrome ) in grey. A water bottle cage in... well silver, but close enough. Even the panniers I bought are grey. So instead I buy kit that's bright colored, because it's easy to find, easy to change, and no one has stolen me yet!
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Old 04-22-21, 06:50 PM
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Well Iím 25 and definitely care about the color of my bike and overall aesthetic, and I have a feeling Iíll always care haha.

but I will say there is an older gentleman, about 65-68, who brings his bike in and he definitely cares about color. He needed his derailleur replaced, but opted for waiting a few weeks for the derailleur in black rather than just getting the silver one we had. He has a red bottle cage, red bell, red phone mount, red helmet, and usually wears a red jersey and red and black cycling shoes (when he rides in)

but at the end of the day it doesnít matter if you care or not, thatís the great thing about bikes!
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Old 04-22-21, 10:50 PM
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When I started shopping for my last new bike, I was mainly looking at functional qualities but I did have one criteria related to color and that was that it would not be matte black. Any bike only available in matte black was passed over regardless of anything else.

So I suppose I don't care about the color of my bike but do care that it has color.
I know most people find matte black bikes stealth and cool, but I don't dig them, because they remind me of China before the economic reforms starting in the mid-eighties. Most people could not afford cars back then and rode these:

Flying Pigeon China - Bike Forums

I also want to be as visible on the road as possible.
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Old 04-22-21, 10:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Melvang View Post
Nothing wrong with a guy riding a bike with pink. Just finished this build yesterday.
I just bought a pink helmet!
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Old 04-22-21, 10:58 PM
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Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
Red bikes are faster. So when all your friends ride away from you because you are on a lime green monstrosity you got on sale and they are on red bikes, well, you were warned
Not in my case. I am quite sure I am in the bottom 20 percentile of road cyclists. Maybe it is because I got my red bikes and most of the upgrades on it on sale.
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