Why are everyone so into Black bikes now?

Discuss light weight issues concerning road bikes & parts.
mekineer
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by mekineer

tabl10s wrote:
Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:14 am
... So were Toe Clips, DT shifter's and 36 spoke wheels. Change is good.
Please, I love downtube shifters. If I get enough guts I'm going to try putting downtube shifters on a carbon frame. The friction shifters are so compatible with everything, and they are easy to service. They're fun if you're not racing.
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Lewn777
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by Lewn777

I don't care about black, I just care about weight. With ti and alloy I just prefer a natural silver with a sprayed on logo then cleared, carbon fibre I just want whatever is lightest with a minimal logo of some kind but not horrid decals, sprayed then cleared. If the bike happens to look black, silver or dark grey as a side effect of that being the natural color of the material, that suits me fine. I just don't see the point of dragging around hundreds of grams in paint when you don't have to, although I don't mind minimal painted 'accents'.

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silvalis
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by silvalis

Because your current fashion unicorn vomit jersey looks terrible with anything other than a black bike

queloque67
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by queloque67

mekineer wrote:
Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:52 am
oldnslow2 wrote:
Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:02 am
I have a matte finish black bike and I like having one that doesn't scream HEY LOOK AT ME.
Hey, you are wearing a Ferrari Red shirt in your pic!
ROTFL!!!!

Shrike
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by Shrike

Ahh have to admit, that was pretty brutal! :D :D :D

Greenduck
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by Greenduck

I prefer a black bike (maybe with a contrast color) and then I can be colorful with my cycling kits. Much cheaper to change cycling kits when I get borred/tired of that then changing the bike.
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4ibanez
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I agree with some of the comments here about letting the material's natural colour shine. It's lighter, and why hide the technology under a load of thick paint? If you want to stylise it, there are loads of metals bits you can get anodised!

robertbb
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by robertbb

Black:
- doesn't scream "steal me" to thieves
- is easier to keep looking clean
- doesn't show scratches easily
- matches everything
- is lighter.

As a famous 90's rapper once said: "I like black bikes and I cannot lie"
It's ALL about the bike.

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JayUK
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by JayUK

I could only get my frame in matt black/stealth (Canyon CF SLX)

I would have chosen a different colour/finish if I could have.

J.

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by robertbb

JayUK wrote:
Fri Mar 09, 2018 11:07 pm
I could only get my frame in matt black/stealth (Canyon CF SLX)

I would have chosen a different colour/finish if I could have.

J.
They aren't stealth because of the two grey lines on the top tube.

But those lines really match up well with dark label campy bora's ;-)
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by Johnny Rad

I got tired of riding colorful bikes for years. In retrospect, it seems that I wanted what I didn’t have.

Now on an all-black bike, I’m longing for some color. Seems I still want what I don’t have (or ironically used to have). :noidea:

Life is a pendulum where most stuff comes back. Give it time and don’t over-think it in the meantime.

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silvalis wrote:
Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:20 am
Because your current fashion unicorn vomit jersey looks terrible with anything other than a black bike
Fashion weenie struggle is real :thumbup:

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by Wookski

queloque67 wrote:
Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:53 pm
mekineer wrote:
Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:52 am
oldnslow2 wrote:
Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:02 am
I have a matte finish black bike and I like having one that doesn't scream HEY LOOK AT ME.
Hey, you are wearing a Ferrari Red shirt in your pic!
ROTFL!!!!
Yes!!!

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by Wookski

IchDien wrote:
Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:10 pm
Haven't they been so for about 5-10 years now?
Exactly- this should be renamed “why is everyone so into fade paint jobs?”

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oldnslow2
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by oldnslow2

mekineer wrote:
Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:52 am
oldnslow2 wrote:
Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:02 am
I have a matte finish black bike and I like having one that doesn't scream HEY LOOK AT ME.
Hey, you are wearing a Ferrari Red shirt in your pic!
This picture?
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I got it for free from the bike shop.

If I was not wearing any cloths, it would be HEY LOOK AT ME ;)

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