Choosing a Bicycle Color: What To Consider

When deciding to buy a new bike, there are many important considerations to make. The type of riding you plan to do helps determine the kind of bike you want to buy, whether a mountain bike or a road bike. Then you have choices as to the number of gears it has and whether or not it has an electric component.

For some people, the color of the bicycle may be an afterthought, while for others, it can be a deal-breaker. Here are some questions to ask yourself before choosing a bicycle color.

Where and How Do You Plan To Ride?

You may think that a purple womens bike looks pretty snazzy, at least at first. However, if you ride where it is rocky, or you fall down a lot, the bike will pick up nicks and scratches. After a while, it will start to look old and beat-up. Depending on the treatment you put it through, this might happen faster than you expect.

How Much Maintenance Do You Plan To Do?

white cruiser bike with basket has an elegant simplicity to it. A black bike has a sleek, sophisticated look. These are each classic bicycle colors. However, each has a potential flaw. Every speck of dirt or dust that your bike frame accumulates will show up clearly. If it is important to you that your bike appear presentable at all times, you will have to commit to cleaning the frame more often than you might if you were to choose another bike color.

How Visible Do You Want To Be?

green cruiser bike might blend into its background, especially if you ride in parks or heavily wooded areas. A red or orange bike stands out more, to the point where it might attract unwanted attention if you are an introvert who wants to be left alone while riding. If you ride on the roadways among motor vehicles, a brightly colored bike may be an asset because it helps drivers to see you more easily. However, if you mostly do off-road riding, this may be less of a consideration.

What Is Your Bike Frame Made From?

If you have a mountain bike with a carbon fiber frame, changing your bike’s color is technically possible, but painting and repainting it is difficult. You can’t expose a carbon frame to the high temperatures required for powder coating, so it must be painted the old-fashioned way, which is less durable. Removing an existing paint job if you change your mind later is complicated because the standard methods of doing so can damage the frame.

How Does the Color Make You Feel?

Don’t underestimate the importance of your emotional response to the color. If you choose a color that you don’t like, you probably won’t do as much riding as you would otherwise. On the other hand, a color that you really do like may make you want to ride more often. You should choose a color that makes you feel excited about getting on your bike and taking a ride.

Online retailers offer quality bicycles for sale in a range of color options. Browse the selection to find your favorite.