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Too much yellow?

Old 09-13-08, 07:52 AM
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Too much yellow?

LOL or maybe needs more yellow? For a moment I was thinking bar tape but then I came to my senses. I don't think I would go with yellow tires again or if I had it to do over...but PBK is out of stock of just about everything so you wind up with this....



I just built the wheels as I am going away from tubulars...so new wheels and tires for Eddy. Used to look like this:



I am thinking the black wheels look better...maybe I move this set along at some point and go back to black...with black tires.
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livestrong?
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A beauty John and very conservatively set up which is likely comfortable. Just how good is that Eddy Merckx steelie compared to other nice bikes you have owned? Is that a brand new frameset?
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The current wheels are fine. I would just go with black tires.
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I like it!
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Jaysus the Edge, have you got a tent in that saddlebag?
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Originally Posted by kelsey by metro View Post
livestrong?
That was not the intent but yea I ride the Livestrong rides each year.

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A beauty John and very conservatively set up which is likely comfortable. Just how good is that Eddy Merckx steelie compared to other nice bikes you have owned? Is that a brand new frameset?
For long rides I prefer the Merckx to anything I have owned. The ride is smooth and yet the rear end is responsive enough that I don't feel like my energy is being absorbed by the frame (that was my gripe with the Roubaix I owned). I got the frame 2 years ago as a gift from my mother's current husband who I consider a friend (not a step father as I have been married longer than they have)...he got it a year before that NOS at a LBS in Austin and didn't ride it much...really it was a bike for me to ride when I went to Austin and then he ran out of room in his garage and knew I was looking for a nice steel bike so he gave it (frame set) to me for Christmas 2006. Now he only has a Holdsworth, 2 Cinelli Super Corsas, a Pegoretti Marcelo, and a Pegoretti Responsorium (along with a Grove X frame MTB, 3 tandems and a bent LOL).

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The current wheels are fine. I would just go with black tires.
Yea I will once I wear these out...plus they wont be yellow for long I assume they will change color just about as soon as they hit the road.
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You have to get a yellow saddle and bar tape. You're already half way there. Might as well go all the way..
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Originally Posted by mr_tom View Post
Jaysus the Edge, have you got a tent in that saddlebag?
LOL That is a tubular saddle bag...holds the full spare tubular tire...actually I think it may hold two.
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Livestrong, Looks great love the Yellow. I'm riding the Austin Livestrong ride as well. Good luck , and there is no such thing as too much yellow..
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You still need some of these:


and this:

and this:

don't forget a bit of this too:


Then it would be too much yellow!
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nah ...

White saddle and bar tape is what you really need.
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Originally Posted by KirkeIsWaiting View Post
nah ...

White saddle and bar tape is what you really need.
Actually I think that a red saddle, red hoods and red bar tape that matched the frame would put this bike in the 'hot' category.
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I would say too much black.
I would opt for a quill stem, more vintage chrome parts, especially the crankset.
But looks like it is too late for that...
Nice bike anyway, especially the miche supertype seatpost
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You need to be pretty secure with your masculinity to ride a bike like that, unless you're a girl.
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Originally Posted by Grasschopper View Post
LOL That is a tubular saddle bag...holds the full spare tubular tire...actually I think it may hold two dozen.
Fixed.

I think the black tires look better, but the yellow ones aren't too bad.
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Actually I think that a red saddle, red hoods and red bar tape that matched the frame would put this bike in the 'hot' category.
+1 A little red would finish the look nicely.
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I'd stick with the black or add a little bit of red in there.

Seriously, John - there's a guy I ride with occasionally who is all about the yellow. Be careful or you'll look like a goldfinch.

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IMO keep the Open Pro silver look it compliments the chrome on the forks, seatstays and chainstays. Then make it pop with solid black tires. Colored tires on bikes is a losing battle they end up looking gray in the end. If you can find a way to add red that might work too. The frame has some red and black accents. It's like getting dressed for work if the jacket as some blue in then the you can pull it off wearing a tie with blue in it.

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Actually I think that a red saddle, red hoods and red bar tape that matched the frame would put this bike in the 'hot' category.
No!!! Unless you're riding for...




Edit: I like it with the yellow tires actually :-)

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Originally Posted by Grasschopper View Post
For long rides I prefer the Merckx to anything I have owned. The ride is smooth and yet the rear end is responsive enough that I don't feel like my energy is being absorbed by the frame (that was my gripe with the Roubaix I owned). I got the frame 2 years ago as a gift from my mother's current husband who I consider a friend (not a step father as I have been married longer than they have)...he got it a year before that NOS at a LBS in Austin and didn't ride it much...really it was a bike for me to ride when I went to Austin and then he ran out of room in his garage and knew I was looking for a nice steel bike so he gave it (frame set) to me for Christmas 2006. Now he only has a Holdsworth, 2 Cinelli Super Corsas, a Pegoretti Marcelo, and a Pegoretti Responsorium (along with a Grove X frame MTB, 3 tandems and a bent LOL).
Sounds like a good man to be associated with Would be pretty cool to borrow one of his tandems and ride as couples.
I have always liked high end steel and likely always will.
A very sweet bike. As to color combo...I prefer the yellow wheels to the black...think white bar wrap would look good...also some nice red PR3's and red tape would look nice but looks good the way it is as well.
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any more yellow is going to look like the mavic neutral support vehicle bike
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My opinion- the yellow frame doesn't quite match the yellow of the tires, and would look better if they were exactly alike or had more contrast. The bike might look better in person than in the photo as well, as colors can get distorted a bit in the process. Come to think of it, those tires would look cool on a black or blue frame.
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I like both setups and would not run yellow bar tape... dark leather might be nice.
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