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White colored bike - pros and cons?

Old 10-26-10, 11:20 AM
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White colored bike - pros and cons?

How do you like (or dislike) a white-colored bike? What are the pros and cons you can think of?

Aesthetically?
Maintenance -- easier or harder for to look dirty?
Safety -- does it have advantage for night riding?
Etc....

Thank you for sharing your opinions
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Old 10-26-10, 11:30 AM
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I doubt the colour of the frame makes much difference in visibility at night, especially when you consider how effective normal lights, reflectors etc are.

But I think white bikes look very nice.
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Old 10-26-10, 12:08 PM
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Ride the color you like.
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Old 10-26-10, 12:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Billy Bones View Post
Ride the color you like.
Cannot determine whether to like white or not
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Old 10-26-10, 01:26 PM
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My bikes white/grey/black. It might be easier to see the dirt on the white parts from a distance...but it's not really that big of a deal or that big of a difference compared to the rest of the bike, when it's dirty it's dirty. I highly doubt it does anything for safety, it's not reflective. Aesthetically that's of course up to you, white goes with everything well, makes matching gear and accessories easy...I don't personally care about having matching stuff but just something to think about.
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Old 10-26-10, 01:44 PM
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Speed-wise, carbon gray bikes are fastest, followed by yellow. After that, red,and black are about even. White is tied with blue and bare metal are tied for 5-7.

If speed matters, don't get white.

I had a white bike once. Showed every speck of dirt.
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Old 10-26-10, 02:13 PM
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I love white bikes. They represent purity.

Matte Gray is cool too.

That's why both of my bikes are in the above scheme.
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Old 10-26-10, 02:29 PM
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Originally Posted by wunderkind View Post
I love white bikes. They represent purity.

Matte Gray is cool too.

That's why both of my bikes are in the above scheme.
In some cultures, white is the color or mourning or death...

White will show dirt pretty fast. Dull dark colors will look less dirty longer... Neither is a good reason to chose a color for a bike. Personally, any color that isn't too loud is fine with me. Of course, I discovered all of the colors I ever needed in the original 7 crayon box of crayolas.
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Old 10-26-10, 02:42 PM
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White is good to go to a Klan meeting, if that's your thing.

My carbon grey bike is waaaa-aay slower than my silver bike, and you wouldn't guess it from the components.
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I like white when it's clean,hate white when it's dirty,of coarse I say the same about my black bike....
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Old 10-26-10, 03:33 PM
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Keeping a white mtb clean sucks it show everything.
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It depends on what color socks you usually wear.
 
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The biggest problem is that you can only ride a white bike between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
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I like the look of some white frames, but they must be a nightmare to keep clean.
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I have had white bikes and I liked them with one exception, they show dirt. You almost have to make sure you keep a rag with you all the time or every finger print, hand print or drip form an energy drink with show up like a spot light. But if you don't mind the constant cleaning go for it.
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Old 10-26-10, 08:15 PM
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My yellow Continental was like that, but I got over it
 
Old 10-26-10, 08:33 PM
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White bikes go slower than darker-colored bikes during daylight hours, all else being equal.
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I have a snow white bicycle and totally love it, except that mystery grease stains show up on it from time to time - literally everything shows up on it, actually. I need to start using grease that turns white when it gets dirty, and all will be solved!
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Originally Posted by tsl View Post
The biggest problem is that you can only ride a white bike between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Haha! Good one!

I used to have a white bike. Loved it and still miss it.
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How diligent are you about washing your ride? Other than that, ride any color you like, though personally I'm told orange and red bikes are "faster". If you are worried about visibility color of the frame makes little difference - get a blinky light and reflector - you should anyway if you ride at night.
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I just bought a white bike, it's easy to keep clean since after a ride any areas that got dirty are obvious, and the areas that stayed clean are also obvious. Keeping it polished with Pedro's Bike Lust makes wiping off any dirt very easy.
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I like the look of some high-end slim road bikes in white, but not the thick, heavy mount bikes in white.

One thing, though: white bike reminds me of the ghost bikes
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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
Speed-wise, carbon gray bikes are fastest, followed by yellow. After that, red,and black are about even. White is tied with blue and bare metal are tied for 5-7.

If speed matters, don't get white.

I had a white bike once. Showed every speck of dirt.
Orange bikes go faster.
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The white half of my bike shows off the dirt she collected on our bike ride. She's proud of the dirt, the scratches and the marks because she is awesome.

If you love the bike, the colour won't matter.
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