So, I went on an Internet search, hoping to prove that 1970s bikes had more style than recent bikes. For the purpose of this exercise I highlighted Raleighs and Schwinns, makes that had an impact then and now on the bike industry.
|Thanks to http://oldtenspeedgallery.com for many of these images.|
There were some pretty colors back then. I owned a Schwinn Varsity and Continental: the former a bright yellow, the later a soft blue. Raleigh made a statement with its olive green Grand Prix and Superb. But what I also discovered is that color reigned in the 1970s, with ubiquitous shades, yet color is still going strong today. Red is a staple, no matter the year, as it's unisex. Metallic colors were common, thought not nearly as much since 2000.
Compare this collage with the previous one. I was surprised. Schwinn and Raleigh are still making colorful bikes, even in a wider array of colors. I was hard-pressed to locate black or white frames. Surely, color still wins out. It's also interesting to note that retro frames are now commonly available with matching fenders. While this isn't new information, it is a sign of our times: we are desiring bikes that can be ridden for transportation, in the rain, to the store (racks are often included on many models).
I'm happy for all the choices. I still don't know what I'm going to do regarding my transportation bike color. Nor am I ambitious/and in love enough with the frame to attempt a paint job. For now, I'll ogle the orange and the purple bikes on our city streets and haunt garage sales because, just maybe, something will catch my eye.
What influence does a bike's color have on your choice of style/and or frame? If storage and money were not an issue, would you boldly add a particular color to your stable (I admit I would)? And, lastly, what color/style are you attracted to?