Follow these tips and you can have your very own gorgeous tourer. Remember, it doesn’t have to be custom-made to look incredible!
Oh, and if you’d like to see my list of the nicest touring bikes in the world, click HERE.
1. Keep your colours to a minimum. Two colours are enough (not including your black and silver components), three starts to look messy but can be pulled off.
2. Balance your silvers and blacks. Bikes typically look better with a mix of black and silver components. It’s hard to completely avoid black as it’s often found at the lever hood or on the tyres at a minimum. I really like it when silver hubs, silver mudguards and a silver crankset are used with all black components.
3. Match the colour of your seat and bartape/grips. This is the easiest way to make any bike look extra nice.
4. Use metal fenders. Polished or hammered metal fenders are all class. Who cares if they weigh more?
5. Paint your fenders the same colour as your frame. Colour-matched fenders are all class.
6. Paint your stem and racks the same colour as your frame. You’ll notice a number of the bikes featured in this article feature colour matched parts.
7. Use classic-styled cranks on classic-styled builds. There is nothing worse than a modern road crankset on a classic build (see the Horse above). White Industries, Middleburn and Campagnolo make some nice classic cranks.