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 Post subject: Black bike, yellow stem?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:42 am 
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Recently put together the attached bike. I always liked very dark bikes in photos but now in real I think it is a bit bleak.
The dark blue tape is leftover from previous frame.
Plan is to get black tape and stitch it with yellow thread (I have a sewing machine) to match the yellow lines on the frame. These lines are a bit more lively in real, photos are taken in bad light. I always loved the looks of middle stitched tape.
Second option would be white tape (would match the bold frame logos) and third option, yellow tape.

All this yellow theme will be further matched by gumwall tires once I wear through the current black ones.

More important, I need a new stem. I had my eyes on the Ritchey superlogic and found an yellow version at a 30e discount, which is not to be ignored. It is a striking thing and I have a hard time deciding if I will hate it or love it. Worst part is my wife will know :)

Attached two bikes off the net.

Thanks for any suggestions!


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:46 am 
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Bike in 3rd pic looks alright. It’s all about execution and the final package.

Black tape with yellow stitching should look good, too.

Is there a question here?


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:51 am 
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Thanks. I guess the question is would the yellow stem look gaudy?


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:33 am 
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I think if you have to ask, then you probably already know the answer. 30€ (to me) isn't a compelling reason to make an aesthetic compromise you'll be looking at for a few years.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:12 pm 
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Buy the stem, and some sandpaper. Rough it up a bit, then spray it mat black. I did this to a Ritchey stem, which was wet gloss and looked out of place. Looked great.

Actually, buy the yellow stem and keep it.

Get yellow shoes and helmet too.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:24 pm 
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Go with the yellow stem. You need some colour in your life!


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 3:24 pm 
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If you like it, keep it. With Mavic in cycling you'll never be short of yellow bits (on you or the bike). You could also move to a town where local team colours are black and yellow :-)


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 3:46 pm 
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Use the yellow stem :thumbup:

I applaud everything that takes us a little bit away from Stealth bikes, and have a serious addiction to Flourescent yellow :oops:

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