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How to "De-postie"(11 posts)

How to "De-postie"sctri
Apr 29, 2002 6:06 PM
Getting a trek 5200... in the UPS colors (the only option for me, trek offers another scheme, but not at the price i am getting... its a good deal.. whatever)

What i want to know is, how can i ease up on that scheme, i am a fan of lance and all, but i feel like a knob riding the replica paint scheme..

what do ppl think?
new bar tape? something more drastic?

re: How to "De-postie"JBurton
Apr 29, 2002 6:16 PM
Feel like a knob! That's great! I really have to use that. I think if you just stay away from wearing USPS gear, you'll be fine. Maybe some Telekom Pink, or Rabobank orange might help...
What? And have your outfit not match your bike?!look271
Apr 29, 2002 6:32 PM
That is inexcuseable. Paint the bike or suck it up and wear red, white, and blue. =)
re: How to De-postieAllUpHill
Apr 29, 2002 7:48 PM
Something more drastic? As in a can of green Krylon? :-)

No, I put black (as opposed to blue) bar tape and saddle on my postal 5900. Helps take off the screaming patriotic edge a good bit, in fact it looks darn good if I may say so.

Disclaimer: Not that there's anything wrong with folks who want to look postal ... it's just not my bag.
re: Just what i was thinkingsctri
Apr 29, 2002 8:40 PM
Thats more or less what i was thinking... along those lines...

what size is yours? and do you have an aprox. weight?


re: Just what i was thinkingAllUpHill
Apr 29, 2002 9:10 PM
58cm by the trek measurement. It was 16.4 lb out of the box no pedals or cages. replacing some of the stock stuff I have it at about 16.2 with pedals and cages. I think the frame/fork is at least half a pound heavier than it's "supposed" to be ... yeah i know, waaaaahh poor me.
re: How to "De-postie"firstrax
Apr 29, 2002 9:06 PM
get some real fancy bottle cages to create a distraction.
Train hard and leave the bike as is (nm)tz
Apr 30, 2002 3:57 AM
"UPS" colorsEZRider
Apr 30, 2002 4:51 AM
I think the brown and gold wouldn't look too good on a Trek:)
I purchased the USPS bike for the same reason.Quack
Apr 30, 2002 6:17 AM
The paint scheme bothered me at first because of the poseur factor. But you soon get over that. Definitely don't go with the factory team clothing kit until you actually make the team. The 5200 is the lightest, most comfortable high performance bike for under $2000 that I have seen. However, it is also the Camaro of road racing bikes. Everyone has one, from my overweight neighbor lady who is pissed that she can't put bags on it to carry her dog to that guy that won the Tour.

I just ride mine and try to blow by everyone on climbs to live up to Armstrong reputation. Spend the $$ you save on nutritional supplements and build yourself a body that can kick everyone's butt on race day. Or, do as the couriers do, paint the thing flat black and put duct tape on the frame.

Enjoy your bike.
This is what one guy claimed to have done...PsyDoc
Apr 30, 2002 8:17 AM
This message was copied from the Calfee forum board:

Author: Gold Knight (
Date: 04-23-02 12:19

I have a Trek too as you may know and have been battered around 9but not lately). My model is 2001 5900 frame/fork at 11.79 lbs. I have mentioned this before but my Trek has only one stick on it and it came that rom the factory--how did I do that. Here is what you do

1) take off all those stickers (yes the clear coat comes off with it)
2) ride it for a while until the "paint" starts to bubble
3) call Trek and ask for a refinish (not a repaint--and don't tell them about the stickers yet)
4)If it has been over 1 year (you may have to pay a little for the refinish, but its not much compared to a repaint)
5) have your lbs send it to Trek and have Trek call you upon getting the frame
6)When they call tell them the "bubbling problem"--usually around the top tube where the brake guides are. Tell them that you want the clear coat but no stickers what so ever.
7)It is their policy to only put the downtube decal on before they ship any frame out!--I can live with one decal (can you)
8) My Trek is nice and shiney with a full claercoat with just 1 decal and doesn't look half bad!

That was how I did it--maybe you can do something similar to at least enjoy your ride instead of making fun of it. The Trek is a great frame and it will be interesting when I recieve my dfly w/o any decals what so ever to compare the two!