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I could use your input on color selection of kits & helmet(s)

Old 04-21-19, 10:31 PM
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I could use your input on color selection of kits & helmet(s)

I have what many of you may consider a stupid problem but it bothers me just the same and I would appreciate your opinions on this.

For some years, I have been riding a 2009 Scott CR1 Team road bike. I'll try to put up a photo but it is white, black and just a touch of yellow in color. Over that time, I've managed to acquire several Scott kits to wear with it which match very well, two yellow, white and black helmets (1 of which is a Scott), which also match it very well and because I really like yellow jerseys so much, hoping they might be easy to be seen by drivers, I've purchased several other kits with yellow being the primary color in the jersey.

Unfortunately, I had a really nasty accident in August 2017 and cracked the top tube, meaning until repaired, my Scott can't be ridden.

I also have a 2013 Trek Domane 6.9 which is white, black and red. I only have 1 kit to match it at the moment but because I like the yellow jerseys so much, I'd like to continue to use them even though they don't match the bike.

I was wanting to purchase a bright yellow MIPS helmet at the time of the accident but had to put that off until I can get my medical bills paid. I was recently in a shop to have some work done to my Trek and while there saw a bright yellow Bontrager MIPS helmet that really stands out so I'm thinking it might be helpful in making me visible to road drivers but they also have a red one which will match my bike.

I'm slowly trying to get a few kits to match the Trek colors but my question to you is, considering I really like yellow jerseys and helmets in the hope that they are more visible to drivers would you use kits, helmets and gloves with those colors with a white, black and red bike?


Former Scott below and current Trek below it:


I love both these bikes although I've had the Scott longer so it is my favorite but the Trek is helping me overcome the accident and ride again.
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Trek has in the past carried a hi vis version of its replica team jerseys (not seeing it currently on the website except in long sleeve) that is predominately yellow and black, but with a splash of red. That might bridge both bikes and the new helmet.
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How will my personal preferences drive your choices?
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This isn't for real is it? You honestly need a kit to match the bike?

Some serious OCD happening if this post is real.//
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My favorite color is "on-sale." Goes with anything. Yellow, however, has to be practically free.
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha View Post
My favorite color is "on-sale." Goes with anything. Yellow, however, has to be practically free.
Reading this early morning, woke my wife up laughing.
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Old 04-22-19, 08:33 AM
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Originally Posted by prj71 View Post
This isn't for real is it? You honestly need a kit to match the bike?

Some serious OCD happening if this post is real.//
I see this all the time in my shop, but it's usually a newb. Some women care about it as well, but not usually the hardcore cyclists.
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That's one of my favorite colors too.
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My favorite color is "on-sale." Goes with anything. Yellow, however, has to be practically free.
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The kit must match the bike?
Apparently, I've been doing it wrong all these years.
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While I agree that matching the kit to the bike is just a little bit OCD for me, if it will bother you, this sounds like the perfect excuse for a new bike!
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Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
The kit must match the bike?
Apparently, I've been doing it wrong all these years.
My bike is all black, so everything matches it.
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Lots of threads on it already. Use the search. Here is one on the first page:

Cycling kit - full kit vs separates
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Hi-vis FTW, especially if your accident involved being hit by a car.

You could make a little sign for the saddle: "My other bike is a Scott"


I kind of have that issue- red/black/white general color scheme,

but some green creeping in. Fortunately, I don't really care.
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In my jaundiced view, the whole problem begins when you start calling it "kit," unless you're some sort of Britishoid.
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Originally Posted by tigat View Post
Trek has in the past carried a hi vis version of its replica team jerseys (not seeing it currently on the website except in long sleeve) that is predominately yellow and black, but with a splash of red. That might bridge both bikes and the new helmet.
You're right! I've seen that, too. I have been considering that jersey, if I can find one. Thank you for reminding me.
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha View Post
My favorite color is "on-sale." Goes with anything. Yellow, however, has to be practically free.
lol. Thanks. You make a good point.
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Just saying “kit” has pretty much the same effect as your clothes matching your bike.
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My favorite color is "on-sale." Goes with anything. Yellow, however, has to be practically free.
Amen
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I always pick hi vis.

I rock flouro neon colors which I love and always ride with lights in the mountains.

The cannondale EF jerseys are awesome , love the pink
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Just saying “kit” has pretty much the same effect as your clothes matching your bike.
This.
Fred called and he wants his thread back.
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This.
Fred called and he wants his thread back.
All my Euro friends that are English fluent(and the Aussies + Kiwis) call it a "kit".

It doesn't matter the sport(soccer/football players also wear a kit).
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All my Euro friends that are English fluent(and the Aussies + Kiwis) call it a "kit".

It doesn't matter the sport(soccer/football players also wear a kit).
Not just clothing; "That chainset is a nice bit of kit." I say we go whole hog and adopt al-you-minny-um and "phwoarr!"
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Originally Posted by lgvincent View Post
I have what many of you may consider a stupid problem but it bothers me just the same and I would appreciate your opinions on this.

For some years, I have been riding a 2009 Scott CR1 Team road bike. I'll try to put up a photo but it is white, black and just a touch of yellow in color. Over that time, I've managed to acquire several Scott kits to wear with it which match very well, two yellow, white and black helmets (1 of which is a Scott), which also match it very well and because I really like yellow jerseys so much, hoping they might be easy to be seen by drivers, I've purchased several other kits with yellow being the primary color in the jersey.

Unfortunately, I had a really nasty accident in August 2017 and cracked the top tube, meaning until repaired, my Scott can't be ridden.

I also have a 2013 Trek Domane 6.9 which is white, black and red. I only have 1 kit to match it at the moment but because I like the yellow jerseys so much, I'd like to continue to use them even though they don't match the bike.

I was wanting to purchase a bright yellow MIPS helmet at the time of the accident but had to put that off until I can get my medical bills paid. I was recently in a shop to have some work done to my Trek and while there saw a bright yellow Bontrager MIPS helmet that really stands out so I'm thinking it might be helpful in making me visible to road drivers but they also have a red one which will match my bike.

I'm slowly trying to get a few kits to match the Trek colors but my question to you is, considering I really like yellow jerseys and helmets in the hope that they are more visible to drivers would you use kits, helmets and gloves with those colors with a white, black and red bike?


Former Scott below and current Trek below it:


I love both these bikes although I've had the Scott longer so it is my favorite but the Trek is helping me overcome the accident and ride again.
How about doing what the pro riders do? They wear what the team decides upon regardless of the different models of the same bike manufacturer. That way you'll be just like the pro riders in the Grand Tours.
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Just avoid these 3 things: Yellow and Red, Jail Stripes and anything Purple and you should be good to go.

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Just avoid these 3 things: Yellow and Red, Jail Stripes and anything Purple and you should be good to go.

OMG! Hamburglar kit FTW!
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