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Yellow saddles and tape?(19 posts)

Yellow saddles and tape?mmquest
Sep 27, 2002 6:39 AM
I am getting a new frame and think that a yellow saddle and handlebar tape would look the least on day one! However, I am concerned about how quickly these colors will get dirty. Anyone have any experience with yellow equipment?

An important note is that this bike will be my nice weather racing bike...i.e. no rides in the rain, snow, sleet, etc.
The saddle will be fine, and taping bars is good sport. Do it.bill
Sep 27, 2002 6:41 AM
Sep 27, 2002 6:46 AM
I have orange tape on my Rabobank MXL, and it stays nice for about 2-3 rides. I just learned how to change it myself and do so before a big charity ride or whatever. It is a good thing to know how to do.
Cork tape is very washable, saddle will darken......nmSpunout
Sep 27, 2002 6:52 AM
I have white.........Dave Hickey
Sep 27, 2002 6:55 AM
It's really not that hard to keep clean. Simple Green makes pre-soaked sheets that work great for cleaning bar tape. One of my LOOK's has white bar tape and I just wipe the tape down with a sheet after every ride. I change tape about every 2-3 months.
Easy - get yellow shorts and gloves. nmEager Beagle
Sep 27, 2002 7:00 AM
I have yellow cork on my c dale very good for visibility w/ carsOld_school_nik
Sep 27, 2002 7:03 AM
Yellow is not always yellowfiltersweep
Sep 27, 2002 8:40 AM
Good luck finding yellows that match.

My yellow saddle eventually became discolored... not sure if it was just road grime ground into it or what... the riding motion grinds any dirt into it.
Yellow is not always yellow.. Tell me about it!Spunout
Sep 27, 2002 9:04 AM
Yellow Flite Ti, Yellow cork tape, Yellow Lemond Zurich, Yellow Look 396 pedals. Nothing matches.

Next time, its BLACK.
What's the frame?Alex-in-Evanston
Sep 27, 2002 8:48 AM
Have you got a picture? Can you tell us the color scheme?

What's the frame?mmquest
Sep 27, 2002 10:00 AM
Colnago CT1 w/ LX14 color scheme.

Currently riding an '89 Trek w/ mostly original components...can't wait for the new one!
Ooh la la.Alex-in-Evanston
Sep 27, 2002 10:22 AM
Gorgeous bike. If it were mine I'd get a black saddle and mess around with different bar tape. Yellow, black, grey, whatever.

Good point... n/mmmquest
Sep 27, 2002 11:14 AM
I have yellow Cinelli cork tape on my Bianchi -Gregory Taylor
Sep 27, 2002 9:05 AM
It looked very nice for about a month's worth of sweaty summer commuting. After that, I assiduously used mineral spirits to keep it pretty clean. That worked for about 6 months. Now I don't give a crap. It has developed a "functional" (i.e., well -used) look at the 18 month mark. I've got a roll of black tape sitting on my work bench, waiting for a rainy day.

Go for it.
if you are this concernedclimbo
Sep 27, 2002 9:14 AM
don't do it. It will only end with buying new black bar tape and a new black saddle.
re: Yellow saddles and tape?aliensporebomb
Sep 27, 2002 11:50 AM
Hey, I dig the bumblebee look.

On my TCR2, the bar tape is black to match the stem.

The saddle is black too, but has yellow embroidery.

Then the rims are black as well as parts of the fork.

But it's really just ONCE yellow......

Watch out for colored tires though - they get dirty really
re: Yellow saddles and tape?silroadbike
Sep 27, 2002 4:28 PM
Hey, I just bought a CT-1 frame with LX 14. Is the yellow on the downtube the same brightness as the other yellow on your frame? Mine isn't and I wish it was.

I am thinking about buying black saddle and blue or black handlebar tape. What color are you using for the bottle cages and what type of handlebar and stem are you buying?
re: Yellow saddles and tape?mmquest
Sep 28, 2002 2:40 PM
Don't know about the yellows on the frame...I am still waiting for it.

For the cages I got the Ciussi stainless and got Stella Azzurra handlebar and stem...I've pretty much ended up with the Navigators setup! Am seriously considering a black saddle so that I can use different color bar tape per the post above.

Have you been out on your new ride yet. If so, how do you like the ride? I live in Minnesota and am a little worried that winter will kick in before I get the bike together!
I've got a yellow SLR on my back-up bike . . .Look381i
Sep 28, 2002 3:35 AM
and it's holding up well so far. My past experience with a tricolor Flite Ti (mostly medium green) tells me that it will eventually wear and discolor a bit at friction and sweat points. Frankly, though, a saddle with some evidence of use is not a bad thing.

Others are correct about shades of yellow, though. My main bike frame is a mostly lemon yellow, as are my Michelin Pro races. I use blue bar tape and blue SLR saddle, but I notice that others' yellow bar tapes and tires vary quite a lot from my shade.

Black in most applications -- saddles, tape, shorts, sunglass frames, helmets -- is often functional but boring. One exception is the Look 381i matte carbon frame. Very cool and stealthy.