I am no different — I like having a cool bike. That's not to say I've always had a cool bike, but I've done OK. Various flavors of Madones, a couple of Cronusauruses, an Ion, TT bike, Felt, old Bianchi. It's been like a chop shop at times, but without the crime.
By and large, the paint on all of this bikes has been of the gloss variety — a nice clear coat on top of usually good-looking paint. The paint on the Ion and last two Madones was among the best I've seen — anywhere. Bright, sharp colors, good attention to detail.
And then comes the Cronus. The top-end model of the Cronus CX has had matte paint of some sort since its introduction in 2011. That version had a matte-satin sort of finish. The 2012 version took a bit of the shine away. And the 2013? Not a single bit of gloss involved anywhere.
While it looks cool cleaned up and on a stand, it's a pain in the ass to keep clean. The matte finish is a dust magnet, and even when you think you have it clean, you don't. See?
I spent a good deal of time yesterday cleaning my bike. This is the end result. More work is needed, apparently.
Mark waxed his to help keep mud from sticking. I should probably do that, too, since Mark is usually right ( just ask him). What's strange, though, is that the second-tier Cronus builds have gloss finishes. Same frame, just different paint and finish. The downside is that they're ugly as hell.
So, easy to clean but ugly or cool-looking but a pain to keep tidy? OK, I'm vain. I'll take the latter and keep grumbling.