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locating vintage decals/stickerseflayer2
Aug 31, 2002 3:59 PM
I have a 10 year old Serotta made from Tange Prestige tubing. It has a Tange sticker on the seat tube that includes Serotta's name and the model of frame; Colorado LT. I want to get the bike repainted, but nobody I've spoken to, including Serotta, says they have or can get a Tange Prestige tubing sticker: either the Serotta one or a generic one. Does anyone know anyone who has these little foil stickers? Any info appreciated. I'm trying to avoid having it custom made.
They probably are available from...Lone Gunman
Aug 31, 2002 4:11 PM
Cycleart or Airglowpainting. The problem is they will NOT sell you a sticker unless they are doing the restoration work for you. Sort of control things that way. Their believe is that they want to keep counterfit bikes off the market and since they sell/control the stickers they can control some unscrupulous character from reproducing a $45 Chucks bike frame painted as a Serotta Colorada LT and putting on the foil stickers and selling it as such. (just used your bike as an illustration example)

Ther was a place in England that sold transfers, don't have a name at this time. Anyone else, Anyone?
I have the UK webite saved at work but....Dave Hickey
Aug 31, 2002 4:17 PM
As much as I love you guys, I'm not driving into work until Tuesday:-). The only tange I found is this
As promised, here is the guy in the UK...Dave Hickey
Sep 2, 2002 5:31 PM
Decals are fairly cheap and easy to have made ...Humma Hah
Sep 2, 2002 8:24 AM
... Old decals tend to turn yellow and not stick very well. Making decals is fairly straightforward if artwork is available, and you may be able to find a local shop that can do it.

When the cruiser was powdercoated, CyclArt raided their large supply of decals they've made themselves, some under license from the original company (for example, they won't put a Reynolds decal on a frame they can't verify is made of Reynolds tubing, or any cycle brand name on a bike that they can't verify is that brand). I got the correct Schwinn decals for my vintage of bike, including the various little decorative badges, stars, and arrowheads.

I got a replacement LBS sticky from the shop that originally sold the bike (identical from the original), but could not replace the black-on-clear "Unicycle" sticky from the shop that helped me convert it to its present form. CyclArt used clip-art and a graphics program to make one almost identical. We also selected a font and size for the bike's custom name, Humma Hah, to put on the chainguard.

If you could find the correct pattern designs on the internet, or digitize them from hard-copy, you could probably prepare your own artwork and have decals made.
Decals are fairly cheap and easy to have made ...Dave Hickey
Sep 2, 2002 9:38 AM
Your are correct. Normally I wouldn't recommend making your own decals but since the Tange decal is square it's pretty easy to make your own. Hobby shops sell decal paper. The problem most people have with making their own is the ink on their printers in not opaque. You can solve this by buying white decal paper. After you print your logo, you simply cut out the square. If you look at professional decals, the logo's are printed over a white or silver undercolor. There is an Asian website I have saved at work that has a lot of tubing decal images. I'll see if I can find the Tange decal on Tuesday.