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I want to tart-up my frame!(19 posts)

I want to tart-up my frame!MikeC
Oct 17, 2001 12:07 PM
My #2 bike has a Sandvik polished ti frame, completely devoid of any badges, decals, or other decoration.
I'd like to jazz it up a little, without getting it painted.
Are there any companies that sell high-quality decorative decals? I don't mean "MOPAR" or "Mongoose" - I'm talking about maybe a nice colorful fade effect, or interwoven pinstripes, or other non-representational art for a couple of tubes and maybe the fork.
re: I want to tart-up my frame!mickey-mac
Oct 17, 2001 12:17 PM
There are a lot of paint and body shops here in L.A. that will do a sweet pinstripe for you. If you really want to do it up, you can have it lowered and put some hydraulics on it. ;-)
You can do an awful lot of tarting up ...tarwheel
Oct 17, 2001 12:21 PM
with new bar tape, tires, bottle cages and other accessories and parts. Conti GP 3000s come with sidewalls in about 6-8 colors now, and there's always the green Michi Axial Pros or red Hi-Lites. Cinelli makes bar tap in some really cool colors and patterns. Branford Bike has a wide selection. Ciussi Elite water bottle cages come in about 6 different colors, as well.

Just some ideas. I periodically change my bar tape and tires just to give my bike a new look. It's a lot cheaper than buying a new one.
some tangy ideas...Js Haiku Shop
Oct 17, 2001 12:29 PM
you could add a bell/compass, wheel-driven speedometer and a few tasteful reflectors. worked for me.
Spinkid has some really cool leaping lizards decalsSpinchick
Oct 17, 2001 12:39 PM
she'd probably let you have for cheap. They look best on a black frame though.
re: I want to tart-up my frame!Jack S
Oct 17, 2001 12:40 PM
get that wood grain looking stuff that people use to line drawers and shelves- you could have a bike with wood main tubes and ti stays.
Wood-grain contact paper...Debby
Oct 17, 2001 12:51 PM
Sheldon did that to one of his bikes
Wood-grain contact paper...Debby
Oct 17, 2001 12:51 PM
re: I want to tart-up my frame!nuggets
Oct 17, 2001 1:25 PM
cannondale beat you to it

nice woodgrain finish :)
Try xmas lights. :-) nmLen J
Oct 17, 2001 12:54 PM
dude, i was gonna do this for the midnight fun ride this summer,Js Haiku Shop
Oct 17, 2001 1:01 PM
but couldn't figure out how to power them. what's up with that?
Glow sticks are great for night rides!js5280
Oct 17, 2001 1:30 PM
Did up my MTB w/ 4 8" glow sticks on each wheel zip tied symetrically to the spokes for a midnight ride and the 24 hours of Moab this past weekend. Always gets a lot of responses. I also lined the brake lines w/ smaller necklace glow sticks for the midnight fun ride. You can buy them in bulk on-line, usually a minimum purchase of $25.
dude, i was gonna do this for the midnight fun ride this summer,John Evans
Oct 18, 2001 5:17 AM
Check some local boat store or West Marine online, they sell some DC powered rope lighting.
cool, thanks! nmJs Haiku Shop
Oct 18, 2001 10:55 AM
Go to a local art gallery or even high school.nee Spoke Wrench
Oct 17, 2001 4:06 PM
You should be able to find a local artist who will customize your frame with just about anything you want.
Depending on how much ....cyclinseth
Oct 18, 2001 5:20 AM
you want to spend, look up One-Off Bicycle frames. The guy, I think, is a refugee from Merlin and he works in western Mass. Actually he doesn't build bike frames he builds Ti racing wheelchairs. But there is a link to a budy of his named Leni (?) and she does some wild stuff with Ti.
re: I want to tart-up my frame!Leisure
Oct 19, 2001 2:16 AM
I've done a lot of car stereo stuff, and I've been (seriously) thinking about getting one of those 20-watt car amps powered by 10 or 12 subC-size batteries in series driven by an MP3 player with the speakers placed on the ends of the handlebar. This is because I've started school again and I'm slapping together a beater-bike out of spare parts so I've been contempla...what are you laughing at?

While you're at it how about neon-purple ground effects and a car alarm? Or maybe a DVD player and a 4" LCD screen. I'm trying to figure out where to put the surround speakers, but the subwoofer can mount in place of one of the waterbottle cages. That ends up being a short distance from the ground if we want any bass-reinforcement, though. Hmm.
Hobby shopsbear
Oct 20, 2001 6:39 PM
today i got some neat decals from a hooby shop,,,they are for remote control racing cars,,,check them out,,you might see something you like!
Hobby shopsLeisure
Oct 23, 2001 1:29 AM
You know, I used to really be into RC cars, especially about a dozen years ago when they were so big into off-road buggies. Ah, childhood! I recently walked into another shop to find out that the recent rage has been 4WD touring cars modeled after (gulp!) daily drivers. I went and bought myself a Tamiya, and have bodies for the Acura NSX and Nissan Skyline, and it goes as fast as I do. Unfortunately I can't get a US-style Acura Integra to model after my real car. :~(