Touring bicycle color, paint job, color, and rust prevention on a steel frame
paint job is the least important aspect when shopping for and buying touring bicycles. Usually if a bike
frame is high quality then the paint will equal this quality and not have premature
problems. Frame paint colors on high end touring bicycles are very limited
and tour cycles often come with
only one color option. I suggest you find the bike you like and hope
that you like the color.
I (Tim) prefer my touring bicycles to be as
possible. If a bike looks bland it appears inexpensive. A
bright flashy paint job with a well known logo is the first pick among thieves. Dull colors do not
scream money and become obnoxious in poor countries. Dark colors blend into other bikes
used by locals.
Cindie and I often find ourselves hiding in
the woods and camping without permission or security. In these cases
it is best be discrete. Most touring cyclists will do this
out of necessity. Because we are hiding we also like our
touring bikes, panniers, and tent to be as camouflaged as possible. I like black, grey or any other darkish
color. I suppose that olive drab would be an ideal color but I have
never seen this.
Rust is a big problem with steel touring bicycles
and racks because the bike is usually locked up outside your tent at night in
all kinds of weather. On a bike tour it is often necessary to ride in
rain, snow, and through deep river crossings. There are a few tips and
tricks in the video below that will make a steel touring bike and racks last