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Anything wrong with painting a bike to look like another?(12 posts)

Anything wrong with painting a bike to look like another?Dave Hickey
Jan 6, 2003 1:45 PM
I saw this bike on It's a LOOK reynolds 753 frame from 1985. The frame would be impossible to find.
I have a Raleigh 501 frame that is very similar. As long as I don't mis-represent the bike, is there anything wrong with painting it to match the LOOK frame? If I sold it, I'd say exactly what it was, a fake.
LBS owner painted his Masi 3V to look like a Huffy...cory
Jan 6, 2003 3:18 PM
A shop owner here in town had a Masi 3V back when that was the coolest bike in the world. He painted it flashy red with Huffy decals to discourage casual thieves. The theory was that most people would just see the Huffy labels and go away.
Personally, FWIW, I don't see anything wrong with painting any frame any color you want. Shoot, look at all the non-Lance riders who wear his clothes.
re: Anything wrong with painting a bike to look like another?desmo
Jan 6, 2003 5:57 PM
use the paint scheme you like but with the decals or lettering that matches the frame (or no lettering). or better yet an original design "based" on what you like about the other paint scheme. I think it is wrong to mis-label a bike, unless it's in the spirit of downgrading. like Huffy, or Varsity decals on a Paramount etc. on a ethical note it's not fair to the builder who has their name on the bike you are emulating, but for practical purposes (if you're an honest person) you'll get sick of explaining what it really is all the time to curious admirers.
Its your bikeSteveS
Jan 7, 2003 11:17 AM
If you want to paint it like the Look, fine, it is your toy. Personally, I wouldn't paint "Look" on there but keep a Raleigh decal.

I have a Bob Jackson that is painted in a 'Hetchins' pattern but still has Bob Jackson decals. I like it.
Don't do itNessism
Jan 8, 2003 10:59 AM
Dressing up in the kings clothes does not the king make.

Rather than make your Raleigh look like something it isn't, why not do some research to find a classic Raleigh color scheme that appeals to you? Surely there were lots of teams riding Raleigh's with splashy colors over the years.

As a side note, a guy in the club I used to ride with had an old 531 Raleigh that had in excess of 100,000 miles on it. It just kept going and going and ...

Good luck.

Thanks to everyone.Dave Hickey
Jan 8, 2003 11:17 AM
I've decided I'm not going to do it. It just doesn't feel right.
hold onhinaults dog
Jan 9, 2003 4:19 AM
a lot of pro's in the past had
de rosa's painted up as all sorts
plus didn't lemond have huffy stickers
on his hinault/look frames
I'd do it -753 transfers and all
You are correct......Dave Hickey
Jan 9, 2003 8:55 AM
Actually, LOOK never made this frame. It was made by Cinelli for LOOK.
Painting optionsCalvin
Jan 10, 2003 3:40 AM
Okay, it is a tangent, but how about painting it to match your house? I've seen bikes painted to match a car, or was it the car was painted to match the bike? The points made here about cross-stickering and private labeling are very valid. So, if you are uncomfortable about it, go some other direction completely, go for the house.
A brick colored bike. Hmmmmmmm.. :-) nmDave Hickey
Jan 10, 2003 11:43 AM
Cannondale has done it with wood (nm)laffeaux
Jan 14, 2003 1:26 PM
Label it with your address {nm}Leroy
Jan 16, 2003 5:44 PM