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#1 2010-09-18 8:19am

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Why did pink become a boys color on bikes in the 80's?

I'll admit it, Ive never been a fan of the pink bike. It was a girls color when I was little but by the time I reached jr. high, pink was everywhere in freestyle. Why did it happen? Not many of us would drive a pink car or a pink motorcycle. So why did girls bike pink become fashionable for boys bitd? I say Gary Turner was trying to turn us all queer back then lol Seriously, was Miami Vice that big of an influence?


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#2 2010-09-18 8:20am

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Re: Why did pink become a boys color on bikes in the 80's?

I'd say that is what was the day glo colors of the 80's that influenced it.


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#3 2010-09-18 8:21am

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Re: Why did pink become a boys color on bikes in the 80's?

c'mon man, every guy likes the pink.

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#4 2010-09-18 8:23am

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Re: Why did pink become a boys color on bikes in the 80's?

real men wear pink! cool honestly the neon or dayglow colors were loud and atracted attention which made people talk. make people talk and you'll sell more products. the tricks alone weren't enough. my opinion.


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#5 2010-09-18 8:24am

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Re: Why did pink become a boys color on bikes in the 80's?

Funny you should ask.  I share with some of my coworkers the vintage BMX thing, and the big running joke amongst them is the pink bike.  But I think it was Hutch, not GT.  '82 chrome bikes were really neat.  '83 they were every where.  So then there was Candy apple red, blues, blacks, whites....  But by '84....everywhere again.  So how to push the envelope of flashy?  One always has to push the envelope (or go past it)....and voila...the pink & white bike was born.  Heck....at the time punk rock wasn't that old and everything was neon this or that (including pink).  Never had one....always had the same question as you, but I do recall how it was just an inexplicable evolution of the time (that makes more sense to me now (in terms of cultural evolution) than it did then).


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#6 2010-09-18 8:45am

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Re: Why did pink become a boys color on bikes in the 80's?

I'll never know... hmm


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#7 2010-09-18 9:18am

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Re: Why did pink become a boys color on bikes in the 80's?

The day glow must be why GT always comes to mind. I never saw a pink Hutch in person till the late 90's. The only guy who rode a pink color bike around here was Chad Brixey. He rode a Radberry RL20II. Chad was a badass flatlander, he could lace tricks together one after another and was very influential for the flatland community from the early 80's till he moved to STL in the late 90's.


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#8 2010-09-18 9:22am

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Re: Why did pink become a boys color on bikes in the 80's?

My friends say I collect little girls' bikes.
I don't know where they were during the 80's?


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#9 2010-09-18 9:26am

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Re: Why did pink become a boys color on bikes in the 80's?

Miami Vice


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#10 2010-09-18 9:37am

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Re: Why did pink become a boys color on bikes in the 80's?

who doesnt like riding pink? wink   lol

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#11 2010-09-18 9:46am

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Re: Why did pink become a boys color on bikes in the 80's?

I would pretty bad @$$ bitd on my trick star. People knew me & still remember me for that. So it didn't matter what color my bike was, people i knew  " got it. " I was more down with the Lavender on CW's when it came to the girly colors. I remember that I went Pink one time with a Trick Star. Pink black, & white. Looked really cool, but I was thinking man this pink is really pastel. I rode it around though & all it took was one comment from someone that I rode by & that bike was gone. Only had it about a week...lol

The day glo colors were cool. The Hutch pastel lavender & pink easter colors. Not so much, IMO . lol


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#12 2010-09-18 9:47am

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Re: Why did pink become a boys color on bikes in the 80's?

jay brand wrote:

I'll admit it, Ive never been a fan of the pink bike. It was a girls color when I was little but by the time I reached jr. high, pink was everywhere in freestyle. Why did it happen? Not many of us would drive a pink car or a pink motorcycle. So why did girls bike pink become fashionable for boys bitd? I say Gary Turner was trying to turn us all queer back then lol Seriously, was Miami Vice that big of an influence?

I guess I was one of the few. I liked the color pink to be different- who else would be brave enough to ride around on a pink bike?  I usually had on pink shorts and pink Chuck Taylors as well.  I wanted everything to match my complexion. lol

Then:
http://i375.photobucket.com/albums/oo199/superpink_photos/Jul_19_009-1.jpg

Now:
http://i375.photobucket.com/albums/oo199/superpink_photos/dsc_0588-7.jpg

Eventually, I moved into the pink cars.  The first one was a pink 78 Ford Fiesta with Mopar Big Bad Green trim and eventually, moved on to a 68 VW Squareback.  That was in the 90's when the cars (mostly the street rods and mini trucks) were big into the pinks, lime greens, aqua blues, etc.

http://i375.photobucket.com/albums/oo199/superpink_photos/squareback2.jpg

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#13 2010-09-18 9:48am

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Re: Why did pink become a boys color on bikes in the 80's?

Nice type 3 big_smile


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#14 2010-09-18 11:49am

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Re: Why did pink become a boys color on bikes in the 80's?

The OS racer in me prevents me from owning/riding/liking anything that looks like something your little sister should be riding.big_smile


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#15 2010-09-18 11:52am

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Re: Why did pink become a boys color on bikes in the 80's?

hey they got pink cuda in 1970 yikes


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#16 2010-09-18 12:10pm

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Re: Why did pink become a boys color on bikes in the 80's?

my new one coming. its a pinkish purple called purple haze.
http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh166/adamdawson/procondor09purple.jpg
http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh166/adamdawson/09condorproframe3.jpg

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#17 2010-09-18 12:23pm

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Re: Why did pink become a boys color on bikes in the 80's?

neon/day glos are cool.

not cool is the powder puff pink, lavender and blues (like on a hutch) that is the ugliest shit of all time.


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#18 2010-09-18 12:30pm

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Re: Why did pink become a boys color on bikes in the 80's?

One word: preppy

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#19 2010-09-18 12:43pm

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Re: Why did pink become a boys color on bikes in the 80's?

adamdawson wrote:

my new one coming. its a pinkish purple called purple haze.
http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh16 … purple.jpg
http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh16 … frame3.jpg

That's more purple. I have been rolling with purple on my Grim Reaper for years now. Purple is all right. Now pastel pink, not so good.

The rule is you can roll with pink if you have something menacing in there.

Futuristic Black hutch with pink components ....acceptable that black is so menacing & evil it needs the pink to off set it.

Pastel pink Hutch with white parts....unacceptable

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#20 2010-09-18 12:49pm

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Re: Why did pink become a boys color on bikes in the 80's?

its like a dayglow purple, guess im okay then lol
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#21 2010-09-18 1:48pm

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Re: Why did pink become a boys color on bikes in the 80's?

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#22 2010-09-18 1:49pm

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Re: Why did pink become a boys color on bikes in the 80's?

Interesting that Haro never saw fit to mass produce a bike in that color.


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#23 2010-09-18 2:02pm

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Re: Why did pink become a boys color on bikes in the 80's?

I got a pink Hutch a couple of years ago and even my mom made fun of it. She asked me if that color was called nipple pink. It was black less than a week later.


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#24 2010-09-18 2:28pm

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Re: Why did pink become a boys color on bikes in the 80's?

+1 to that.

flythefriendlyskyway wrote:

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#25 2010-09-18 2:56pm

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Re: Why did pink become a boys color on bikes in the 80's?

bloghogs wrote:

The OS racer in me prevents me from owning/riding/liking anything that looks like something your little sister should be riding.big_smile

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