In Blue America
I have a 99 Lemond Zurich with a red-on-white paint job. I will never have a white frame, again! I have babied this thing, yet every minor scratch or abrasion turns up as a red gash, probably because Lemond sprayed a soft white overcoat over a steel frame that was already red. And cleaning the thing? Every grease stain gets smeared all over and has to be buffed off. I'm now obsessive about cleaing, but the ease with which this bike gets completely grungy looking annoys me. For the same reason my wife won't buy a black car (you can tell when it's dirty), I will not have a bike that is painted white. I liked the classic look of this bike when I bought it years ago, but I have slowly realized why no one else goes with a white frame.