Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Mountain Biking
Reload this Page >

What are the rules for painting a MTB?

Mountain Biking Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Check out this forum to discuss the latest tips, tricks, gear and equipment in the world of mountain biking.

What are the rules for painting a MTB?

Old 05-01-07, 10:49 PM
  #1  
Patriot
Faith-Vigilance-Service
Thread Starter
 
Patriot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Port Orchard, WA
Posts: 8,330

Bikes: Trinity, Paradisus, Centurion, Mongoose, Trek

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
What are the rules for painting a MTB?

As many of you may know, I like painting bikes. I've painted all of my roadies, and my wifes old comfort/MTB with rather consevative colors.

However, I've got this old green Rockhopper Comp that is in really great shape, but the paint is trashed. I'm upgrading some of the components with a newer set of LX components and probably some better brakes, as MTBR says the Dia-Compe VC-735 brakes stink.


Anyway, I'm just wondering if there are any present fads for colors of MTB's and such. To be honest, I want to paint it something as God Aweful "IN YOUR FACE!!!" that I possibly can. And I mean on the verge of, "totally blinding" is what I'm thinking.

When people see it they'll say, "OMG, What the...."

I'm thinking something in Flourescent Hot Pink and Flourescent Green.

I want to be spotted by commercial airliners if I get lost out there.

Any other ideas?
__________________
President, OCP
--"Will you have some tea... at the theatre with me?"--
Patriot is offline  
Old 05-01-07, 11:45 PM
  #2  
alumrock12
the sun never sets on me
 
alumrock12's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: the bAy
Posts: 581

Bikes: 853 Hardtail

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
i dunno, but it'll probably end up having christmas lights wrapped around the frame
alumrock12 is offline  
Old 05-02-07, 12:10 AM
  #3  
mcoomer
Rat Bastard
 
mcoomer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Sammamish, WA
Posts: 1,504

Bikes: Cannondale Prophet, Specialized S-Works SL2, Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Paint it that mango color that Specialized is using on some of the Stumpies, but add some more orange and some metal flake to it. That would be garishly bright but oddly enough would probably look pretty cool on a mountain bike.
mcoomer is offline  
Old 05-02-07, 12:26 AM
  #4  
Patriot
Faith-Vigilance-Service
Thread Starter
 
Patriot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Port Orchard, WA
Posts: 8,330

Bikes: Trinity, Paradisus, Centurion, Mongoose, Trek

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
^^^ You mean, sort of a bright metallic orange?


My commuter is a darker burnt orange with metal flake. I'm not sure if I want another orange bike.
__________________
President, OCP
--"Will you have some tea... at the theatre with me?"--
Patriot is offline  
Old 05-02-07, 04:32 AM
  #5  
mcoomer
Rat Bastard
 
mcoomer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Sammamish, WA
Posts: 1,504

Bikes: Cannondale Prophet, Specialized S-Works SL2, Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Pick up one of the photochromic paint kits and do it that way. You know what I mean? One of those paint jobs that is green, or purple, or black, or blue depending on where you stand and how the sun is hitting it.
mcoomer is offline  
Old 05-02-07, 08:41 AM
  #6  
Bike Lover
Should be riding
 
Bike Lover's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: S.E. Michigan
Posts: 1,602

Bikes: C-dale- moutain, Pedal Force RS- Campy Record, Quiring Ti XTR, Red line Monocog, S E F@r

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Pink seemed to be somewhat hot last year, but don't see too much about it now. Maybe that's the color if you want a somewhat different bike...

I've always liked the C-dale orange/yellow type bikes and one year it did a kind of fade that I loved. It really stands out in a crowd. But I'm sure you want something that hasn't actually been done before... hmm. Visual creativity isn't my strong point. That's why I have friends that are good at it and a SO that does interior design...

Oh, to answer your question, why must there be rules?

Bike Lover is offline  
Old 05-02-07, 09:00 AM
  #7  
Stacey
Non Tribuo Anus Rodentum and off to the next adventure (RIP)
 
Stacey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 9,161
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Paint it clear. That way you can sneak up on people and suprise them.
__________________
Stacey is offline  
Old 05-02-07, 09:45 AM
  #8  
roundnround
Trail Seeker
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: VA/NC eastern Border.
Posts: 37

Bikes: '99 Schwinn Mesa

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Bike Lover


anybody ELSE see only Half the front fork?!?!



As for color schemes, I'd imagine a fluorescent orange DOT standard kind, fading into a fluorescent green with a metallic white stripe wrapping around the frame in some sort of way. That way it breaks up the two bright colors. And of course, the width of the stripe will determine how much of a color breakup it turns out to be.
roundnround is offline  
Old 05-02-07, 09:58 AM
  #9  
dminor 
Moar cowbell
 
dminor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: The 509
Posts: 12,480

Bikes: Bike list is not a resume. Nobody cares.

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 27 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Pearl white with fogs to red on the sides of the tubes with flames in variegated gold leaf.
__________________

Originally Posted by Mark Twain
"Don't argue with stupid people; they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience."
dminor is offline  
Old 05-02-07, 10:14 AM
  #10  
Dewaine
Desertbiker
 
Dewaine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 61
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by roundnround
anybody ELSE see only Half the front fork?!?!



As for color schemes, I'd imagine a fluorescent orange DOT standard kind, fading into a fluorescent green with a metallic white stripe wrapping around the frame in some sort of way. That way it breaks up the two bright colors. And of course, the width of the stripe will determine how much of a color breakup it turns out to be.

It is one of the new one-sided forks. It reduces the weight of the bike, obviously, and is quite an improvement over the bulky two-sided forks.
Dewaine is offline  
Old 05-02-07, 12:13 PM
  #11  
lewp91
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Warwickshire, UK
Posts: 10

Bikes: 24Seven V24 build

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
paint it pearlesent so it looks one colour at one point then one wild colour another..
lewp91 is offline  
Old 05-02-07, 01:39 PM
  #12  
Jameson
Senior Member
 
Jameson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 335
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
It is a Lefty, I don't know that I'd call it new.
Jameson is offline  
Old 05-02-07, 01:48 PM
  #13  
Portis
Banned.
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Home alone
Posts: 6,020

Bikes: Trek 4300 X 2. Trek 1000, Trek 6000

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Don't do it in the living room.
Portis is offline  
Old 05-02-07, 02:57 PM
  #14  
endform
blacksheep the blemish
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Portland/Greendale
Posts: 1,063

Bikes: 1973 Schwinn World Voyageur (manufactured by panasonic), Italvega Super Speciale (fixed, primary ride now), Kona 2004 JTS 10 spd

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I would say paint half of it the orange that the '06 Kona Jake the Snakes' are and the other half the green that the 07's are. Both are blindingly bright, but with their powers combined you can probably make someone puke.
endform is offline  
Old 05-02-07, 03:34 PM
  #15  
dminor 
Moar cowbell
 
dminor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: The 509
Posts: 12,480

Bikes: Bike list is not a resume. Nobody cares.

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 27 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by endform
I would say paint half of it the orange ... and the other half the green...
But then it would only be half-ripe.
__________________

Originally Posted by Mark Twain
"Don't argue with stupid people; they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience."
dminor is offline  
Old 05-02-07, 04:32 PM
  #16  
Raiyn
I drink your MILKSHAKE
 
Raiyn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: St. Petersburg, FL
Posts: 15,061

Bikes: 2003 Specialized Rockhopper FSR Comp, 1999 Specialized Hardrock Comp FS, 1971 Schwinn Varsity

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Sublime with strobe stripes!






That or you could paint it Root Beer and hang some 3" Gazzas on it
__________________
Raiyn is offline  
Old 05-02-07, 04:38 PM
  #17  
dminor 
Moar cowbell
 
dminor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: The 509
Posts: 12,480

Bikes: Bike list is not a resume. Nobody cares.

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 27 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
. . . or Plum Crazy and fabricate a shaker hood-scoop bar-buddy
__________________

Originally Posted by Mark Twain
"Don't argue with stupid people; they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience."
dminor is offline  
Old 05-02-07, 04:48 PM
  #18  
Raiyn
I drink your MILKSHAKE
 
Raiyn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: St. Petersburg, FL
Posts: 15,061

Bikes: 2003 Specialized Rockhopper FSR Comp, 1999 Specialized Hardrock Comp FS, 1971 Schwinn Varsity

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by dminor
. . . or Plum Crazy and fabricate a shaker hood-scoop bar-buddy
Plum Crazy / In Violet while a great color isn't the "Hey here I am" that Sublime is. I rather like the Plum Crazy / In Violet color and I think matched with a pearl it would look pretty kick ass.
__________________
Raiyn is offline  
Old 05-02-07, 06:36 PM
  #19  
pinkrobe
DNPAIMFB
 
pinkrobe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Cowtown, AB
Posts: 4,654

Bikes: Titus El Guapo, Misfit diSSent, Cervelo Soloist Carbon, Wabi Lightning, et al.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Metallic Red, for that 1977 Supercycle appeal.
__________________
Proud Member of the HHCMF
'06 Cervelo Soloist Carbon | '09 Titus El Guapo | '09 Misfit diSSent | '09 Wabi Lightning
pinkrobe is offline  
Old 05-02-07, 09:11 PM
  #20  
FreeRidin'
Senior Member
 
FreeRidin''s Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Boulderado
Posts: 1,474

Bikes: Intense SS, Old spesh P series, ski/snow bike, fixie conversion

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Duh...
FreeRidin' is offline  
Old 05-02-07, 09:24 PM
  #21  
2manybikes
Dog is my co-pilot
 
2manybikes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 17,528

Bikes: 2 many

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 987 Post(s)
Liked 10 Times in 9 Posts
Left side bright pink, right half "sublime". When people go to the other side of the bike they will think you have another bike. People will be confused, especially if you tell them the other side is not a different color. Heh heh. Even have different color cranks on each side. Maybe different color grips or two color bottles. I know you can pull it off and have it look good.

That's in you face, isn't it?
2manybikes is offline  
Old 05-02-07, 09:26 PM
  #22  
2manybikes
Dog is my co-pilot
 
2manybikes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 17,528

Bikes: 2 many

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 987 Post(s)
Liked 10 Times in 9 Posts
Originally Posted by Raiyn
Sublime with strobe stripes!


That or you could paint it Root Beer and hang some 3" Gazzas on it
Is that your car?
2manybikes is offline  
Old 05-02-07, 10:38 PM
  #23  
Patriot
Faith-Vigilance-Service
Thread Starter
 
Patriot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Port Orchard, WA
Posts: 8,330

Bikes: Trinity, Paradisus, Centurion, Mongoose, Trek

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
That Challenger is a serious show stopper.

I'm totally diggin' the seats.
__________________
President, OCP
--"Will you have some tea... at the theatre with me?"--
Patriot is offline  
Old 05-03-07, 01:25 AM
  #24  
kandnhome
Unemplawyer
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: The Natural State
Posts: 459

Bikes: 2006 21" Rockhopper

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Stacey
Paint it clear. That way you can sneak up on people and suprise them.

We have a winner.

If you want the second best idea, I'd paint it Neon green and Watermelon pink, in alternating bands. Neurasthenic, to say the least. Oh, and don't forget the streamers.
kandnhome is offline  
Old 05-03-07, 02:59 AM
  #25  
Patriot
Faith-Vigilance-Service
Thread Starter
 
Patriot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Port Orchard, WA
Posts: 8,330

Bikes: Trinity, Paradisus, Centurion, Mongoose, Trek

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by kandnhome
We have a winner.

If you want the second best idea, I'd paint it Neon green and Watermelon pink, in alternating bands. Neurasthenic, to say the least. Oh, and don't forget the streamers.
I'm thinkin' anodized purple brake boosters and hardware.
__________________
President, OCP
--"Will you have some tea... at the theatre with me?"--
Patriot is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.