Does the way your bike looks matter?

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by themotorbikeguy, May 30, 2010.


Do you care how your bike looks?

  1. **** No, Its not about looks its about SPEED

    7 vote(s)
  2. YES, A Crappy looking bike sucks Major B*ll$

    18 vote(s)
  1. Do looks matter to you guys?

  2. james65

    james65 Member


    A big YES. The same goes for performance and dependability.
  3. lucas

    lucas Member

    Need a poll option for comfort. i put that first on list for me. then durability for those monster tire eating potholes out there.i put those before looks.
    Last edited: May 30, 2010
  4. I really want to say yes but my bike looks like **** and works great so i guess it doesnt matter. If you think it looks fine and it works good thats most important
  5. Turtle Tedd

    Turtle Tedd Member

    Yes it should look good , you built it.. take a little pride in what your doing...if it looks rough after 1 or ,2 years of riding..well that's the way it goes, as long as it is as mechanically as good as you can keep it being
    Last edited: May 30, 2010
  6. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest

    Nope, not in the least. I'm a ratrodder. If the used bike I buy is red, it'll always be red. Wear and tear? Yep, that's how it'll be until I swap in new parts. If the parts are painted or shiny, cool!

    Speed, dependability, comfort and safety is all I want.

    I buy quality used bikes, but they gotta be at bargain prices!:jester:
  7. ibdennyak

    ibdennyak Guest

    Ummm.....I hope not.......*looking at bikes and cringing*
  8. Neon

    Neon Member

    Looks don't matter to me much as long as it's comfortable, runs good, and is reliable. Just like most people above. Plus a bike that looks bad seems to deter thieves somewhat. A rusty, dull and dingy bike keeps the crows away.
  9. Pablo

    Pablo Motored Bikes Sponsor

    Not really THAT much. A decent effort is fine. I would never belittle someone for some scratched paint or something. Reliability is the key (not speed). Safety too. My test bike isn't all that pretty, but it's safe and reliable. I have seen some fancy looking bikes that hardly would start.
  10. augidog

    augidog New Member


    i like how my bike looks.

    candidly, another would have to squint to appreciate her beauty as i...but let's keep in mind i didn't build her for another, i built her for me :cool:
  11. Dobroknow

    Dobroknow New Member

    Rat Rod Bikes..

    i like the vintage look of the bikes that some start with , but your install has to be clean and not messy looking . i build these bike for Re-Sale so it has to LOOK reliable . I solder & wrap wiring . hide what you can . trim fenders . no rattles or leaks .
    Check out my current build in the picture gallery at the top.
    " Micargi Rover "
  12. thanks to all that replied
    my bikes look bad but my fastest which looks horrible
    tops out at almost 44-45 mph
    and it is reliable it hasnt broke down on me in almost a year
  13. Al.Fisherman

    Al.Fisherman Active Member

    My main concern in a MB is reliability, looks without reliability is nice but won't get you from point "A" to point "B". Like I said before, this is a toy. I buy used bikes (clean them up the best we can) for myself and build them to be trouble free. I don't care about speed. But you can have looks and reliability at the same time.
  14. Hawaii_Ed

    Hawaii_Ed Member

    Well, not show looks, but certainly quality. I have many wear marks on the bike, but I want it to look polished, and well put together.
  15. Tinker1980

    Tinker1980 Guest

    I have long adhered to the belief that it doesn't matter how it looks, it simply has to work correctly. It needs to be reliable first, easy to repair second, fast third.
  16. motorpsycho

    motorpsycho Active Member

    yes looks are important to me. I like to customize stuff, make my own parts when i can, and have a nice shiney paint job. cleanly routed wiring and placememnt of the electrical components is also imprtant. I don't like my bike (or anything else that i build) to look cluttered, or look like it has too much stuff on it.
    when i take my car to a car show, i also bring my bike. I think it would look really strange having a really nice looking custom car, and a crappy looking bike together. speed is important, but only to a certain point, i mean how fast do you want to go on a bicycle anyway? 28-30 mph is fine for me.
    dependability is also a plus, but i don't ride my bike every day, and i don't rely on it for my main mode of transportation.
    i think that the way something looks that YOU built, says a lot about who you are, and what kind of work you are capable of doing. this can lead to others asking you for help, or for you to build them a bike...which could lead to extra $$ in your pocket for more bike parts.
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2010
  17. blankbox7

    blankbox7 Member

    Reliability and quality comes first, then looks. I like bikes that look dirty and rode alot, but a bike that looks totally abused is not what I'm looking for. My bike has the reliability and quality I need, but I would certainly like it to look good as well :)
  18. loquin

    loquin Active Member

    IMO, comfort & reliability come first, by a long shot. That being said, I try to keep the bike clean - it's easier to maintain, that way.

    And, I want a bicycle that looks like a bicycle, not a motorcycle wannabe. So, I prefer rack mounts.
  19. Safety and reliability come first. I try to make my bikes look good to me. As to the opinions of others, meh.
  20. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    Have to say yes, and then yes again.

    The way your bike looks represents your professionalism on making a first class piece of equipment.
    I go so far as to apply white paint to 7 links of my shift kit chain and final drive chain to the rear cassette; making the mechanical operation look more interesting as the eye is able to follow the chains around not only the rear derailleur but also my shift kit chain tensioner.

    Last edited: Jun 4, 2010