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Does anybody take the stickers off their bikes?(13 posts)

Does anybody take the stickers off their bikes?DoothaBartman
Aug 24, 2001 9:09 AM
I had a hybrid with a sweet metalic candy-apple red paint job about six years ago, it had brand name stickers all over it and it took away from the quality of the finish. I took all the stickers off and waxed it up, I never failed to get compliments on how nice the bike looked.

I just got a Gunnar frame monday. Its new old stock, a Tire Biter, 99 model. The yellow is actually a nice color but I'm not too keen on the stickers. The wierd thing about this frame is the stickers aren't clear coated, so I have the option of taking them off.

I was just wondering if anyone out there takes the stickers off their bikes like I do or if anybody has serious, valid reasons to keep the stickers on.
Resell valueBipedZed
Aug 24, 2001 9:20 AM
Taking stickers off of anything makes it much harder to sell used. If that doesn't bother you, take them off.
only downsideColnagoFE
Aug 24, 2001 9:20 AM
that i can think of is warranty issues. some manuf. want the stickers intact. other than that it's just personal preference.
I did it.E3
Aug 24, 2001 9:22 AM
I took a bunch of unnecessary stickers off of my Sampson Kalispell, leaving only the "Sampson" on the downtube. I liked the cleaner look of the natural brushed ti finish without the stickers cluttering it up.
I actually paid to have one restored recently ...Humma Hah
Aug 24, 2001 9:32 AM
I'm not into advertisements all over the bike, but I do have a sort of historical "totem pole" on the cruiser's seat tube. The bottom LBS sticker is the shop I bought it at, the next is one for the shop that helped me convert it to a MTB, and the top one is the shop that helped me restore it.

When I got it powdercoated recently, I was able to obtain an exact match stickie for the original LBS (they're still in business and still use the same stickie 30 years later), and the top stickie was also no problem, but the middle shop had gone out of business. The paint shop made up art to duplicate that one as a decal.
That must have cost! nmMB1
Aug 24, 2001 9:56 AM
Surprisingly little!Humma Hah
Aug 24, 2001 12:51 PM
I was having the Humma Hah decal made anyway. The design of this stickie was three typewritten words, a unicycle, and a box around it. It took Jim Cunningham about 10 minutes to lay this out on the computer. I looked thru his books, found an almost identical piece of unicycle clip-art, selected the various typefaces, and after that it was child's play. All was shot as one decal, so there was only one charge for that. I think the whole cost for decals was something like $20.

I was amazed.

He makes it up on powdercoat charges.
Yup, if...MrCelloBoy
Aug 24, 2001 9:32 AM
there's clearcoat over them like on my Calfee.
Gunnar decalsCliff Oates
Aug 24, 2001 9:33 AM
Gunnar decals are seriously ugly. I've got a Crosshairs frame on order that should arrive sometime next week. I will leave the head tube decal alone, but my hair dryer and I are going to see what we can do about the rest of the decals. As you say, they are not clear coated.
great bike, terrible decalsAlexR
Aug 24, 2001 10:22 AM
Not to mention the name "Street Dog".

Luckily, they come off with no problems.

Alex
I like switching them around.MB1
Aug 24, 2001 9:59 AM
It is classic to see a top end bike with Huffy decals.

Haven't been doing it lately though. I have gotten to the like the box stock look of bikes. Probably just a phase I am going through.
Stickers? What stickers? I didn't get any stickers?-NMfiltersweep
Aug 24, 2001 1:15 PM
Yep... my Trek is now a "REK"mr tornado head
Aug 24, 2001 7:08 PM
I took *most* of the stickers off my early '90's Trek 2300, so now it says "REK" on the downtube (much more appropriate I thought) and on the seat tube now says 00 Pro - Kinda James Bond-spoof-ish. I get a kick out of it anyway.

Took the rest of the crap off. I like the bike but Trek ain't paying me to be thier billboard, so off it goes (Just like my guitars and amps).