Bike Colour

When I was getting ready this morning it was raining1. The popular consensus amongst non cyclists that it rains all the time and so you get very wet is in fact not true. So much so that I hardly ever have to make the decision about putting on my water proofs before I leave for work. However today was one such day. Waterproof top on, too hot for leggings. I chose the winter bike for the trip. This decision made easier by the lack of a speedometer2 on the summer bike. The journey was uneventful except a reminder that man hole covers in the wet are the work of the Devil and I discover I need a new chain, sprockets etc. etc.3

So will lead me to the problem of general maintenance of my bike. It has a small spot of rust bubbling through where a cable disappears into the top tube. Not life threatening but since it is on the top tube I stare at it a lot while riding so it will have to be fixed. The bike will have to be stripped down have the paint stripped, rust fixed and re-sprayed.

Well this leads to a crucial question. Since we all know that the fastest bikes are Black and the next fastest Yellow, is it OK to change the colour of a bike? The bike is currently Blue as when I bought it I already had a yellow bike, but I have since sold that and my summer bike is black.

Would it be OK to change the colour of my Blue bike?

1I can't believe Dimitri lets a spot of bad weather get in the way of cycling, water it wet, live with it.

2I'm not going to make the mistake of calling it a speedo again. Frankly the picture painted by Geoff in yesterdays comments of me streaking home in the last post was not one I wanted to enter my brain on two counts:

  1. Riding a bike with naked would be very uncomfortable around the saddle area.

  2. I suspect the vision is best left out of the imagination.

3I just don't see how my local bike shop managed to go bust, but they did, they did work hard at being rubbish though.

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