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    BrandNew 2020 Trek Domane SL7 .
    Just ride it .
    Focus on the performance of the bike and your body.

    I think your bike looks fine please don’t mess with it.
    I hear yah... It is a sweet bike and I am very thankful I could afford it. This bike is pretty much my dream bike and has everything on it that I want... except for a unique paint job. For the price I paid, I was willing to go with yet another black bike in my stable of black bikes.

    I like customizing things I own to look unique. I haven't owned a single car that I haven't modified so that the average person notices there is something different and better looking about my car, but it doesn't look like a hideous mess. To me, aesthetics are also important, even if I'm the only one who appreciates it.

    One reason I like to customize my stuff is that it makes it much easier to find my stuff! For example, imagine going on a sponsored bike ride with thousands of riders, and seeing a handful of other bikes that look exactly like yours. Since I live about 1 hour from Trek headquarters, the chances of that happening are very good. With a small bit of customization, it's easier for me to identify my own bike easily. This is probably not the best example, but I have met people that have tried to get into someone else's car because they didn't realize it wasn't their car!

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    Black is the most versatile color out there; any color goes with it. Just choose something you like and go with it. But, I suggest you leave it as is. It's much better looking than those bikes with a bunch of ugly rainbow colors mixed with all kinds of stripes and bunch of ugly badging (i.e. way too busy looking) that some old angry color blind dude came up with. Keep it simple; it looks better that way and it won't be too busy looking.

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    Personally, I think that bike would look awesome if the Trek logo were bright red. Other than that, I kind of like stealth black which certainly beats the previous trend of boring white bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Methodical View Post
    Keep it simple; it looks better that way and it won't be too busy looking.
    I suppose you're right that I should appreciate the minimalist paint job. In 10+ years, it'll still be boring black but still not offensive or out-dated Heck, Model T Fords still look good in black

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    Quote Originally Posted by PoorInRichfield View Post
    I suppose you're right that I should appreciate the minimalist paint job. In 10+ years, it'll still be boring black but still not offensive or out-dated Heck, Model T Fords still look good in black
    Not to hijack the thread, but does anybody here know the real reason why most cars of the time were black?

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    Just posting this as a little inspiration for myself...



    The following isn't really my cup of tea (colors are too pastel for my tastes), but could easily be accomplished via vinyl that could be removed once I got sick of the look...

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    That second pic looks good and it would be really easy to do.... keep the ideas coming.
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    A simple stripe looks way better than I thought it would and could pretty easily be done with vinyl. Granted the following bike has a little more color than just the stripe, but...

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    Subtle with a pop of color

    Supacaz? Phil Wood? Chris King?
    Supacaz makes top caps, bar end plugs, tapes, bottle cages, etc, in colors that would match or complement your downtube decal and really pop against a matte black frame in a tasteful way. Also, Phil Wood and Chris King make some really nice anodized parts like stem spacers and skewers that look amazing in deep colors.

    This would make it look like a nice custom build without getting gaudy. I would recommend staying away from trying to do intricate design work yourself unless you're a graphic designer or artist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jta View Post
    I would recommend staying away from trying to do intricate design work yourself unless you're a graphic designer or artist.
    Ever get out of your box?

    Just found there is a HobbyLobby in the next town over the mtn. They have colored vinyl sticky sheets,solid & with design, I'll be visiting them soon. If you can't find something there, be square!

    I found another source... VViVid, they have all colors, chrome, transparent, designs, ... now for decisions/design.

    I'll post a picture so you all can ridicule me for my bliss!
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    Quote Originally Posted by duriel View Post
    Just found there is a HobbyLobby in the next town over the mtn. They have colored vinyl sticky sheets,solid & with design, I'll be visiting them soon.
    Make sure any vinyl you purchase is going to be tough enough for outdoor use. I typically look for 3M vinyl used for automotive wraps as it's tough and less likely to fade in the sun.

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    Instead of changing your Trek, buy a couple of colorful vintage bikes with those wild 80s&90s paintjobs.

    Train heavy, race light, look bright when needed, go stealth and under the radar, a rain bike seals the deal.
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    Yes. I was thinking this too. We called them gum walls when I was a young BMX'r 40 years ago...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SantaCruz View Post
    Instead of changing your Trek, buy a couple of colorful vintage bikes with those wild 80s&90s paintjobs.
    Been there, done that... below is a bike I built to relive my 80's childhood... Barely a black part on it!


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    Quote Originally Posted by PoorInRichfield View Post
    Almost all cables are internally routed on this bike, so that's not really an option. Seats don't really come in too many colors these days... black, white, and occasionally silver or red. I did the white seat thing already and that wasn't a good idea as it's too hard to keep nice looking.

    That pretty much just leaves bar tape. Cinelli makes an interesting bar tape that adds a little color without being gaudy (IMHO)...


    Beyond that, I'm not sure which tape would actually make the bike look nice and still function well. I'm a fan of LizardSkins DSP tape, but none of the color options really floated-my-boat.

    Of course, there's always the little bits like colored headset spacers and the like, but I'd still need to pick a color for those that isn't purple

    Just little there and there will make a big difference.

    Blue chain, blue bolts, blue hanger, blue crankarm bolts.

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    I forgot... blue jockey pulley .


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    Ideas for Tastefully Adding Color to a Boring Black Bike

    Well, if we’re offering up options for public ridicule...



    Orange bar tape, cable housing, skewers, headset spacers, pedals, seat post clamp, stem cap, bottle cage bolts, chainring bolts and seat bag...

    Flame away!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Opus51569 View Post
    Well, if we’re offering up options for public ridicule...
    Nothing wrong with your color choice. In terms of adding color, you have a huge advantage over me in that you have what looks like a titanium frame on a bike that has parts that can be replaced in various colors. I learned that if you heat titanium, you can make it turn all sorts of pretty colors... something you could try if you get really bored of the natural titanium color and are feeling adventurous



    My Domane doesn't have skewers, exposed chain ring bolts, exposed cables, a seat clamp, or a choice of pedal colors (Shimano SPD-SL pedals only come in one flavor ), which radically limits what I can do to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Opus51569 View Post
    Well, if we’re offering up options for public ridicule...



    Orange bar tape, cable housing, skewers, headset spacers, pedals, seat post clamp, stem cap, bottle cage bolts, chainring bolts and seat bag...

    Flame away!
    I kinda like the orange-silver combo here. Though I think the orange cables are a bit of overkill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lombard View Post
    I kinda like the orange-silver combo here. Though I think the orange cables are a bit of overkill.
    Nah, the overkill was when I colored over the yellow Gatorskin logo on the tires with an orange sharpie...
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    I agree, colored cables are ... cheesie!
    They are too thin to amount to anything, kinda just distracting.

    You ever thought of orange tires?
    I would not recommend putting a torch to your ti bike, I know I'm not!
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    Most professional vinyl cutters (and many amatuers) can scan the logos on your bike and cut graphics that match it exactly (within 1 mm or so).

    A friend who used to work at a BMC shop in my town used to scan all of the logo designs as new bikes came in, and then pre-print colored replacement sets for people who wanted a different color. He sold quite a few bikes to people who were going to walk away because they didn't like the color scheme (BMC has made some questionable choices in this regard).

    Someone would complain about the ugly color on the logs. He'd pull open a drawer and grab a handful of color options, and offer to print anything they wanted (within reason).


    It also gave them the option to come back for something 'fresh' when they got tired of the existing choice.

    Edit: you can often find the logos in graphics files on the internet that can be imported into software like adobe illustrator.

    here is a video showing how the process works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Opus51569 View Post
    Well, if we’re offering up options for public ridicule...



    Orange bar tape, cable housing, skewers, headset spacers, pedals, seat post clamp, stem cap, bottle cage bolts, chainring bolts and seat bag...

    Flame away!
    ok, you asked for it...

    the giant stack of colored spacers only brings attention to one seriously unattractive stem.

    the pedal color doesn't match anything.

    change both of those items to black and the other matchy-match stuff is sorta passable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Opus51569 View Post
    Nah, the overkill was when I colored over the yellow Gatorskin logo on the tires with an orange sharpie...
    I didn't even notice.

    Quote Originally Posted by duriel View Post
    You ever thought of orange tires?
    That would be definite OVERKILL!
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    PoorinR , your bike looks GREAT! Stick with posts that encourage gentle additions... It’s good as is. My perfect bike?

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