|Photo owned by Marin Bicycles.|
|I also like the splash of red the pannier adds. And the dirt on the tires gives it class.|
When I was shopping for a new bike (an ongoing process), one of the bikes I looked at came in two colors: mint green or black. But if I wanted the mint green (which I would), I would have to special order it. I wondered why this was, and was told that when they stocked the mint green, people asked for it in black. No one ever asked for the mint green.
Well, I do live in the San Francisco Bay area. For the most part, black is the color of clothing here. Maybe that extends to bikes. I have seen my share of bike ninjas on my pre-sunrise commute. (If you haven't heard that term, bike ninja, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association defines them as "Bicyclists who ride unlit at night, or under low visibility conditions." I might describe a bike ninja a little more simply and just say black clothes, black bike, no lights at any time.)
So I did the obsessive nerd thing. I googled "most popular bike colors" and guess what I came up with? Black. Apparently that's the most popular color nationwide.
I wonder why. Is there a cool factor? That can't be it. Most of the really cool people have purple bikes. Is it because people think that black bikes are inconspicuous and therefore won't attract the attention of bicycle thieves? I would think that an inconspicuous bike would be more of a target for bike thieves.
Would you steal this bike? It's not distinctive at all, right?
|I certainly wouldn't be able to pick this one out of a line-up.|
If anyone has any opinions on this, feel free to comment. I'm truly curious.