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Coffee Shop - Matte vs Gloss

Old 03-08-16, 07:22 AM
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Originally Posted by jamesdak View Post
Whew, passed that test I guess...

Yes. Hot. Good work.
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Old 03-08-16, 07:36 AM
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Originally Posted by jamesdak View Post
Whew, passed that test I guess...

With flying colors!

Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
The sad part is probably most of the bikes in the group were flat black. I mean "matte" black, sorry. Matte sounds a bit more hip for marketing purposes.
Actually, there is a difference. A "flat" finish has zero sheen, and is uncommon except for wall and ceiling paint. Matte is just low sheen, much more common on glazed and painted objects. A flat black bike would show grease, oil and moisture.
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Old 03-08-16, 09:07 AM
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Originally Posted by rmfnla View Post
Red cages are the fastest...
Agreed. I dropped one when I was installing it and the damn thing just took off. Haven't seen it since.
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Old 03-08-16, 09:24 AM
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I don't think there are any hard set rules on this. It will vary from build to build and depend on design intent or individual taste. I had a steel Bianchi in celeste green that was built up with modern campy. The UD carbon cranks DEMANDED Glossy UD carbon Arundel cages. It looked amazing, even though I really shouldn't have spent that much money on cages after putting that much money in the build itself.

When I got my matte black Domane, I put the same cages on there and it was just all wrong. I went with matte Bontrager carbon cages. It has DA9000, so I guess glossy black cages would work, but matte on matte is immediately where my brain went.

I had a brushed aluminum finish CAADX that ended up being a modern rando bike with hammered fenders. It got SS arundel cages and looked perfect.

When I built up the pink Crockett, it had a black 105 group and the glossy UD Arundel cages went on and look great.
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Old 03-08-16, 09:36 AM
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Irish goes with satin black...

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Old 03-08-16, 09:27 PM
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I am glad that I ride alone 99.99% of the time so arguments like this I can have looking in the mirror. And my opinion always prevails.
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Old 03-11-16, 08:50 AM
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Originally Posted by igosolo View Post
I am glad that I ride alone 99.99% of the time so arguments like this I can have looking in the mirror. And my opinion always prevails.
Helmet mirror or on your glasses. Gloss or matte finish?
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Old 03-11-16, 09:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
The sad part is probably most of the bikes in the group were flat black. I mean "matte" black, sorry. Matte sounds a bit more hip for marketing purposes.
Tons of matte black bikes in my club, I'm happy that mine is white with matte black. I did go for matte black bottle cages so they would blend in to the frame if that matters. I have a little red on my wheels and I have quite a bit of red in my jerseys etc so I may slowly throw in a few red accents just to add some speed to my bike though...
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Old 03-11-16, 09:37 AM
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Originally Posted by big chainring View Post
Helmet mirror or on your glasses. Gloss or matte finish?
It depends on who is at the coffee shop that I am trying to impress that day........
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Old 03-11-16, 01:07 PM
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Originally Posted by dmcdam View Post
Agreed. I dropped one when I was installing it and the damn thing just took off. Haven't seen it since.
I hate it when that happens...
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Old 05-15-17, 11:26 AM
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Originally Posted by portland376 View Post
A topic on todays post ride coffee shop banter. Two riders in our group both with new bikes, both predominantly matte black in color. One of them has glossy black carbon water bottle cages, the other matte black carbon water bottle cages. Discussion ensued on whether the cage should match the bike, or whether mixing and matching was allowed. Ridiculous? Yep. But a lively discussion ensued nevertheless, all in fun, but some had strong opinions which I guess in a crowd of fickle roadies I shouldn't find surprising. Thoughts?
IMO it depends if the entire frame is matte. On my bike, the frame is matte but the lettering is not...I bought UNI WEAVE glossy to match the lettering and my spacers/bars/stem/etc.
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Old 05-15-17, 11:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Igualmente View Post
The bottle cages must match the bikes. Everything must match the bikes. The riders' helmets must be matte. Ideally, the riders themselves will change their names to Matt.
Way late in seeing this, but had to point out that this was a hilarious post. Thanks for that!
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Old 05-15-17, 11:55 AM
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What about the bolts/screws holding those cages on? You may not be able to see them, but just knowing they don't match will ruin the whole effect. Might as well throw that bike away and get a new one!
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Old 05-17-17, 12:39 PM
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Old 05-17-17, 01:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Igualmente View Post
The bottle cages must match the bikes. Everything must match the bikes. The riders' helmets must be matte. Ideally, the riders themselves will change their names to Matt.
Years ago while discussing nothing to do with bicycles, a friend, who's aesthetic/fashion sense I admire & trust, told me "You don't want stuff to match, you just want it to go together."
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Old 05-17-17, 02:18 PM
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They're both wrong because black bikes suck..period. Cages are irrelevant since they have crappy bike colors already, nothing can fix that.




*has a black bike, hates the color*
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Old 05-17-17, 08:58 PM
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I have always been a fan of matte.
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Old 05-18-17, 03:33 AM
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Originally Posted by chet90si View Post
i have always been a fan of matte.
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