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Which color is better...(37 posts)

Which color is better...MikeC
Jan 17, 2002 9:32 AM
red or blue?
I've heard that the effect that light has upon different color paint schemes can change a pro rider's times in a 130-mile Tour stage. And does it matter if the sun is behind you or in front of you?
Is it better to have a dark bike absorbing all those photons, or a lighter color, bouncing a bunch of them back out into space?
Are there any colors which are UCI illegal due to the unfair advantage they bring, and does the same apply to helmet color?
And finally, what will help me get to the bagel shop quicker, Record or Dura Ace?
DEEP THOUGHTS. By MikeC... (NM)Cima Coppi
Jan 17, 2002 9:53 AM
Depends on whether you're riding . . .morrison
Jan 17, 2002 9:58 AM
north or south of the equator, as well as the alignment of Venus with the Aries constellation. I am no expert on these issues, but I can tell you that, as the hole in the ozone layer grows, a black matte finish provides me with ever increasing bursts of speed.
Depends on whether you're riding . . .SilentBob
Jan 17, 2002 11:20 AM
I thought it depended on the alignment of Venus with Uranus?
Don't bring up the dark side of Uranus! nmMB1
Jan 17, 2002 12:05 PM
re: Which color is better...tempeteKerouak
Jan 17, 2002 9:58 AM
Red is faster in the sun. I knew in primary school already. We conducted numerous scientific experiments at age 7, me and my invisible friend Sir Prize (Phd in running shoe).

However, regarding the sun position, we made it perfectly clear, in our last report "Of the dunny, and the art of using it" that it would be best to have different colored combination regarding the position of this ever eluding cosmic body. For the moment, and until we complete and test our contraption to finally stop these silly planet movements, it is better to outfit riders with many different frames painted with more efficient front/rear color combination. Nevertheless, you also forgot to mention the lateral position of the source of light. Colors should be oriented accordingly.

Similarily, and regarding the helmet coordination; The color theory applies to everything you regularily bring with you in bed or take a bath with.

Sorry I can't help about the Bagel shop and Record or Dura-Ace choice. A restreigning Court order forbids me from divulging all relevant info I have in my possession. Same goes with the final chapter of who's better; MTBer or ROADY.

Now excuse me, Sir Prize and I have to go shave our eyebrows
You fool! Sir Prize is dead. I know this b/cmorrison
Jan 17, 2002 10:01 AM
I witnessed him riding a yellow bike when the barometric pressure was rising (yes, rising!). The poor bastard exploded right before my eyes. Now, where did I put my edible fungi?
Please Jim...tempeteKerouak
Jan 17, 2002 10:28 AM
Don't try this again with me.

You've already blown my bubble about the "this is the end" song, then there was another song.

But if it is indeed true, I have no other choice but to go down in style. I have a little book where I keep note of all valuable options:

1) Suicide by shark attack. May take time so bring sun hat, martini gear and surf borad.
2) Cyclist's roulette; copiously Pledge (tm) a few pairs of the team wheels and tires before the HelterSkelter stage race.
3) Take a thematical hiking trip through the Afghan wilderness; this season's theme: countryside mining industries
4) Dress-up using as many different obscure european team colors as possible and look at myself in a mirror.

P.S. Are you sure it was him? What a loss. Ansd who will make sure the light in the fridge IS off now?
PurpleMB1
Jan 17, 2002 10:03 AM
how could there be any doubt?

Some Italophiles like old Ford Truck green as it is better in polluted air-also popular in LA and Denver.
Wrong--ORANGE. Jeez!cory
Jan 17, 2002 10:07 AM
My head hurts ...Elefantino
Jan 17, 2002 10:31 AM
because for a minute I started to think about color and photos and energy and ....

then, as my head was about to explode, I realized I'd been had. It was a trick question.

Black, obviously. The absence of color. Duh.

Mike
Technically...SilentBob
Jan 17, 2002 11:38 AM
...black isn't the absence of color, it's just the reflection all colors of the visible spectrum. And lets be clear about what these colors actually are. These are just electormagnetic waves, vibrations of electric and magnetic fields that propagate through space. If these are important, than what about radio, television, cell phones, UVA, UVB, etc...? Why are we ignoring these?

All joking aside, I think the more important question is what kind of bagel, and is he/she getting one for us?
Or...SilentBob
Jan 17, 2002 12:01 PM
...is it the other way around. Black is the absorbtion of all colors of the visible spectrum. I can never remember that.
Yes. Black is the absorbtion of all colors, andmorrison
Jan 17, 2002 12:08 PM
white is the reflection of all colors. Therefore, white is "all colors" and black is "none." Example: a green bike would absorb all colors except for green, which is reflected back and visible.

How's that for science from a history major?
See? That's exactly what I meant. (If he's right) nmElefantino
Jan 17, 2002 1:42 PM
Yes. Black is the absorbtion of all colors, andweiwentg
Jan 17, 2002 7:01 PM
so, white would be best for climbers ... black paint would get heavier after absorbing all those colors, no??
and if the sun were consistently behind you, white would also be best for time trialers, correct?
Red means stop...TxTarpon
Jan 17, 2002 10:52 AM
...doesn't it?
It's gotta be red.expert
Jan 17, 2002 10:56 AM
Because Ferraris are faster than Peugeots (Italian red vs French blue).
so are you saying Bugatti is not a french carnaff geezer
Jan 17, 2002 11:56 AM
it is also traditionally in french blue.

and the fastest bugatti is faster than the fastest of ferrari.

anyways, i vote PINK.
Mr. Bugatti was Italiangtx
Jan 17, 2002 1:26 PM
but the cars were French

http://homepage.mac.com/bugatti/jacob/FAQ/Molsheim.html#1

the name is currently owned by Audi.
Record or Dura Ace - neitherMcAndrus
Jan 17, 2002 11:52 AM
Sora. The gravimetric constant is highest with Sora and second highest with Mirage. So the bagel and Sora components are mutually attracting. (I think I heard that on Star Trek but then I was real busy watching the Borg babe so I may have missed something.)
Yellow/black is the contrast most visible to the human eye.Alex-in-Evanston
Jan 17, 2002 11:56 AM
I learned that from Trivial Pursuit Genus 1st edition.

Alex
so which color smells the nicest???? nmnaff geezer
Jan 17, 2002 11:58 AM
My wife would not let me post my intended reply. (nm)morrison
Jan 17, 2002 12:11 PM
why is your wife so against the color BROWN nmnaff geezer
Jan 17, 2002 12:19 PM
PINK! It was PINK! OW SHE JUST HIT ME! (nm)morrison
Jan 17, 2002 12:23 PM
no doubt she was influenced by thisnaff geezer
Jan 17, 2002 1:43 PM
i guess im no longer to post here

bye bye
Thanks. I just wet my pants and puked on my key board. (nm)morrison
Jan 17, 2002 3:14 PM
what color puke? ;-) nmnaff geezer
Jan 17, 2002 3:46 PM
Interestingly, mixture of cheap scotch and orange gatorade (nm)morrison
Jan 18, 2002 7:00 AM
Yellow/black is the contrast most visible to the human eye.SilentBob
Jan 17, 2002 12:04 PM
I always thought it was black and white. Hence why we type in it. Ya know... Trivial Pursuit has been wrong b4.
for those in the know...naff geezer
Jan 17, 2002 12:06 PM
color (colour?) only has a crucial impact in overall time
with regards to bar-tape and bottle cages. with everything else its brand name.

there is factual and anecdotal evidence of this naturally occuring phenomenon in the pics section of this very site. whole lives are dedicated by some in advising others how to not only cut seconds but minutes.

it is so subtle that it can be overlooked by the unaware.
this why their jerseys match their framesdzrider
Jan 17, 2002 12:25 PM
Riding into the sun, rays bounce back and forth between the frame and the jersey at an angle that pushes the frame forward and pushes the rider upward, lessening his effective weight. The reluctance to wear helmets has to do with the rays bouncing off and pushing the rider downward rather than being absorbed as energy. On cloudy days they all want to dress like triathletes but sponsors won't let them.
fools ...tarwheel
Jan 17, 2002 1:57 PM
The answer is blue. Common sense tells you that. Blue color particles migrate toward the sky due to their relative lightness. That is why the sky is blue. We all know that in cycling, lighter = faster = better. The darker the blue, the faster -- up to a point. For some unexplained reason, Gios blue is the fastest of all. (My ownership of a Gios is purely coincidental. I just like the color.)

Under certain conditions, Celeste green is also extremely fast, although seldom approaching the Gios blue.
Yurple and Blorange swirl...ohio
Jan 17, 2002 2:51 PM
The opposing anti-colors attract sub-atomic particles of reverse spin a.k.a anti-matter. This, in effect, makes the bicycle cease to exist...

Now if only I could get Rosie O'Donell and all my ex-girlfriends (these two categories are mutually exclusive) to don those Gred sweaters I sent them for Christmas...
No color at all.Ahimsa
Jan 17, 2002 5:38 PM
Negative space would be colorless and therefore unaffected by the sun either positively or negatively. Thus, a bike frame which has been drilled to remove all but the most necessary bits would indeed be faster, if not due to the decreased weight and whistling aerodynamics, then due to it's relative invisibility to all but the most narrow of radioactive wavelengths.

In order to further decrease the reflective properties of the remaining "post drilling" frame, I feel that a US military grade flat black "iron ball" paint would help considerably with regard to standard radar wavelengths. Of course this paint is available through Sheldon Brown at Harris Cyclery.

Helmets on the other hand should always be wrapped in aluminum foil and shaped like a pyramid in order to reflect the near constant barrage of mind control beams fired from satelites through the colaborative efforts of both the Valtretians (space aliens from the homeworld Mektah near Alpha Centauri) and the US Secret Service. While these beams do not affect your speed conclusively, it is best to wear such head gear at all times nonetheless (yes, even on the bike!).

The best approach to the bagel shop would be a spacetime warp portal as used by the Valtretian officers (whom are often disguised as meter maids, which explains the whole "come out of nowhere" effect they produce) which can only be reproduced using an ENT Subdemolifier tuned to the Mektah homeworld energy flux generator. These are extremely difficult to gain access to and are only available through Sheldon Brown at Harris Cyclery, who also has parts and instructions to build your own.

Good luck!

Cheers!

A.
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the answer to everything is 44. I'm gonna do some drillin' now.tempeteKerouak
Jan 18, 2002 7:23 AM