If you’ve spent your hard earned money on a bike you naturally want it not only to operate good but also to look good. A bike will look good if it is clean and well lubricated, has the perfect frame style for the type of riding you plan to do, and has clever decals and components. But another factor for adults is the color of the bike frame. Does the color of a bike matter and what is the best color for a bike?
Why the Color of a Bike Matters
The color of a bike is a topic where, good or bad, people have lots of opinions. Here are some reasons why you should care about color and what the color will mean for your ride.
1. Safety: If you are visible on the road, you will be safer. There are three ways to increase your visibility: lighting, apparel, and bike color. A bright or bold color, such as red or yellow, can make you more visible to other motorists. It is also important factor is that you contrast with your surroundings. For example a white bike in a snowy area will not be the best choice. A camouflaged paint job on a mountain bike ridden in the forest will not stick out. In general, for safety purposes, you want to stand out, unless you are biking in sketchy areas (more about blending in below).
2. Style: The color of your bike can be a factor in expressing your personal style and taste. A bike with a unique and eye-catching color can make a statement and help you stand out from the crowd. With advances in paint technology a bike does not have to be one color either. Designers are creating bikes with multiple colors, fades, designs, and graphics.
3. Heat Absorption: Darker colored bikes absorb more heat from the sun, making them uncomfortable to touch or ride, especially in hot weather. Lighter colored bikes tend to reflect more heat, which can make them a better choice for riders in warmer climates.
The Case for Bike Color
Paint on a bike frame makes a big difference in how it looks. The color you select allows you to express your personality. If you have a bright or unique color, it allows you to easily pick out your bike in a bike rack. Bikes for women often come with softer colors to try to differentiate them from a bike that is designed with a man in mind. Some say it is just fun to select a personal bike color.
Some premium brands have certain colorways that reflect their brand so that you can spot the brand without having to get up close and inspect the decals. In this case the color is a status symbol. This brand identity could sometimes affect the value of a bicycle, making its price go up and down depending on the brand’s image and reputation. One example of a bike manufacturer having a brand with an identify tied to the frame color is Bianchi and it’s classic color celeste.
The Case for Black Bikes
In spite of the benefits above, there is a case for ditching colors and going with a neutral, usually a black, bike. These include:
The color of your bike can play a role in both its aesthetics and practicality and support your individual needs and preferences. Most important, however, is how the bike makes you feel. If just looking at it makes you happy and want to go out and ride then that is the best color for you.
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