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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 11:16 pm 
Pumpy's Bear
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It's often difficult to see past classic black or white, but when does it make sense to use other colours - to compliment details (panels, decals)? To offer a contrast (yellow tape and saddle on a blue frame)? And does saddle and tape have to match?

Sage advice, particularly if accompanied by illustrative photos, would be great.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 12:15 am 
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I just match saddle tbh.

not biggest fan of mad coloured tape tbh.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 11:31 am 
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A cyclist should know the value of thrift. The only rule I follow is "whatever's in the £2 bin at the LBS":

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Okay, I admit, I draw the line at stars and stripes...


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 12:42 pm 
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You can't beat a single classic colour using Cinelli or Benotto tape, I like to colour match tape, cables and sometimes the saddle - although you are often limited with saddle colours.

I hate multi-coloured bar tape...it is very 80s retro, but in the worst possible taste!

For example, I have one bike painted pearl white with red cables and a red San Marco Rolls saddle with red Benotto bar tape on a Cinelli Giro d'Italia handlebar with the classic Cinelli 1a stem.

Oh, and to complete the ensemble; chrome Cinelli logo'd handlebar end caps.

Roadking.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 1:26 pm 
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On an older bike, white or black.

On moderns, rule of thumb is match tyres,tape and maybe saddle to some of the detailst on the frame.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 2:28 pm 
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pale gold looks good too


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 3:39 pm 
Why not try to go for a mahogany colour? I find it very classy and stylish.
Can't post pictures yet, but a red-brown fits great with a black framed bike.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 4:51 pm 
r.B.o.T.M. & P.o.T.M. Winner
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one-eyed_jim wrote:
A cyclist should know the value of thrift. The only rule I follow is "whatever's in the £2 bin at the LBS":

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Okay, I admit, I draw the line at stars and stripes...



The stuff of nighmares. Horrible. :shock:


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 4:55 pm 
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Truly the devils work.

Roadking.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 5:22 pm 
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Right.



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Tasty.



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Wrong.

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