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Beeing a bit jealous after seeing owner's name on a bike...(9 posts)

Beeing a bit jealous after seeing owner's name on a bike...Marc in Montréal
Jun 7, 2001 8:38 AM
Hello all! It all the fault of Marinoni. The guy himself offers to buyers of his bikes the opportunity to have their name painted on the frame. Very nice & professional job (clear coat included): buyers decide the font, colour, sizing of their name etc... for a mere $25.00. But the man is stubborn as a mule... and refuses to do the job on my bike stating that: it's a Trek not a Marinoni, is carbon fiber not steel, that he doesn't know the quality of the paint on my bike. Well, the Hell with him. Never seen or experienced so much bad faith in one human being... Do some of you have decided to try to put lettering of their name on the frame of their bike? If yes, could you comment on the the cost, the result - durability - and finaly what decal, printing, lettering you choose. THANKS! Marc in Montréal
Had the bike's name put on the bike ...Humma Hah
Jun 7, 2001 9:49 AM
... Humma Hah (meaning "long ago" or more properly "once upon a time") is actually the name of my favorite ride. When I had it refinished back in January, which included a decal restoration, I had the shop replace the model name on the chainguard with the bike's personal name. This cost around $20 or so (the whole bike was clearcoated after all the decals were applied -- if just the name were applied you would have to pay more for clearcoating, something you'd be crazy not to do).

The decal was prepared using a large collection of truetype fonts the shop had on hand, but usable art could be prepared using most word processing software these days. Many paint shops can make custom decals for a very reasonable price.

In the old days, a good painter would hand-paint lettering. There are still a few folks around who can do this. This might be a better option for you, if you can find such an artist, since it might allow you to avoid clearcoating.
re: Beeing a bit jealous after seeing owner's name on a bike...VaMootsman
Jun 7, 2001 9:53 AM
C'mon Marc, why WOULD he do that kind of work, for that kind of price on a product that he had nothing to do with? Is that not a conflict of interest? You have absolutely no reason to be upset and say 'to hell with him'.

You don't take a Spaulding baseball glove to the Rawlings baseball glove factory to get it relaced......
re: Beeing a bit jealous after seeing owner's name on a bike...ScottV
Jun 7, 2001 2:55 PM
Actually as well as building bike Marinoni will also repaint bikes made by other manufacturers. When I was visiting the shop over the winter there was a old Trek steel bike there that they had redone. I think that it's the fact that the bike is carbon fiber that may be the problem. I know that they stopped painting carbon forks this year.

I don't know what the big deal is. I just go a Marinoni and I wish my name was not painted on it. LBS ordered it that way and no I did not pay extra for it.
just make sure it's spelled right!!!D'Ohhh!!!
Jun 7, 2001 12:27 PM
don't be a dope
funny thing, my name is on all my bikes ...bianchi boy
Jun 7, 2001 2:50 PM
In big bold letters -- Bianchi. My bike must have at least 15 decals that say the same thing, and I didn't have to pay anything extra for it.
bullsh!tTom Mather
Jun 7, 2001 5:57 PM
Hope this isn't too declasse . . .LAIrish
Jun 7, 2001 6:25 PM
but you can buy a decal with your name on it at for something like 15 bucks.

If I recall, they have a selection of colors and you can get script or block lettering.

Not quite the same as a custom paint job. But cheap and effective.
With a moniker like yoursmike mcmahon
Jun 7, 2001 7:16 PM
I've just gotta know: Have you spent any time at Molly Malone's or Tom Bergin's?