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    Default Tubing transfer/decal/sticker: yea or nay?

    For example, Reynolds 531.

    Since I need something to distract myself... Please feel free to say why or why not.
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    Default Re: Tubing transfer/decal/sticker: yea or nay?

    Not sure what is the point on putting those stickers. Maybe there was a point decades ago when a shop had several steel bikes in stock and you could figure out in the showroom which one was made of which. Nowadays most steel frames are either custom or ordered out of an online search that explain the kind of tubing used. Also, a frame can have different sort of tubing.
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    Default Re: Tubing transfer/decal/sticker: yea or nay?

    More background needed to properly answer the question.
    What is the nature of the project? Is this a restoration?
     

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    Default Re: Tubing transfer/decal/sticker: yea or nay?

    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Jays View Post
    More background needed to properly answer the question.
    What is the nature of the project? Is this a restoration?
    No background as this is not about a project. Just curious about people's preference.
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    I stopped using these in the late 70s because there were enough people who assumed the quality of a bicycle by the sticker, and by extension, the materials. That never made sense to me, and I didn’t want to feed the (ignorant) beast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chik View Post
    "...Just curious about people's preference..."
    My vintage top-notch racing bicycles had them.
    My contemporary custom bicycles do not have them.
     

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    Have you ever drawn a tray of hot cinnamon rolls from the oven, dropped them on the floor, and eaten them anyway? The urge to fill your belly with warm, doughy, buttery bliss supersedes the disgust of chewing through a few dog hairs, dust-bunny's and the stray tetanus virus. This is why it is important to have a tubing decal fixed to the seat tube, assuming the tubeset is not adulterated by a mix of brands. It fills the heart with joy.
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    I recall affixing a 531 sticker to my first generation Cannondale.
    Hey, I was 16.
     

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    Default Re: Tubing transfer/decal/sticker: yea or nay?

    If one were to mount a tubing decal, should it be applied to the top or the bottom of the seat tube? White shoes before or after Labor Day? Leather strap or metal bracelet for wedding watches? Long cycling socks or anklets? Stripes descending left to right or right to left? What would Ms. Manners do? We need an advice column for our special needs.

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    Default Re: Tubing transfer/decal/sticker: yea or nay?

    Quote Originally Posted by e-RICHIE View Post
    I stopped using these in the late 70s because there were enough people who assumed the quality of a bicycle by the sticker, and by extension, the materials. That never made sense to me, and I didn’t want to feed the (ignorant) beast.
    Yeah, a Dell might have "Intel Inside", but it's still shite.

    When you have the Columbus square painted on your frame, is that by customer request?

    I've never been a fan of the ingredient brand concept. To be clear, I am not referring to the storytelling part where one explains the various aspects of the product, one aspect being the components.
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    Default Re: Tubing transfer/decal/sticker: yea or nay?

    Quote Originally Posted by Curt Goodrich View Post
    If one were to mount a tubing decal, should it be applied to the top or the bottom of the seat tube? White shoes before or after Labor Day? Leather strap or metal bracelet for wedding watches? Long cycling socks or anklets? Stripes descending left to right or right to left? What would Ms. Manners do? We need an advice column for our special needs.
    It sounds like you're itching to start a thread. Be forewarned, many of those questions only matter in the suburbs and nowhere else. :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Curt Goodrich View Post
    If one were to mount a tubing decal, should it be applied to the top or the bottom of the seat tube? White shoes before or after Labor Day? Leather strap or metal bracelet for wedding watches? Long cycling socks or anklets? Stripes descending left to right or right to left? What would Ms. Manners do? We need an advice column for our special needs.
    The tubing sticker is always placed on the top of the seat tube so that it can enjoy getting caressed by a repair stand jaw. We call this the sloppy prep look.
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    Default Re: Tubing transfer/decal/sticker: yea or nay?

    Those stickers/decals meant so much to me in the 1970s and 1980s but I agree with Richard Sachs that the integrity of the builder trumps any stick-on flag, or should do. Painting the same information is my current preference.
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    Default Re: Tubing transfer/decal/sticker: yea or nay?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chik View Post
    Yeah, a Dell might have "Intel Inside", but it's still shite.

    When you have the Columbus square painted on your frame, is that by customer request?

    I've never been a fan of the ingredient brand concept. To be clear, I am not referring to the storytelling part where one explains the various aspects of the product, one aspect being the components.
    I design and use my own tubing and the label for it came in 2004. We redid it for the bicycles in 2012 as part of the House Industries thing.

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    Default Re: Tubing transfer/decal/sticker: yea or nay?

    Back in the late 70's there was a guy who had a small ad in Velo News, Bicycling, Bikeworld, etc. He was selling stickers that were a knockoff of the Reynolds 531 DB sticker and it read "Guaranteed NOT built with Reynolds 531...blah blah blah.." I would like to have a whole batch of those to put on bikes....
    "Humilis humilibus...Inflectans arroganibus....."

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Chaba View Post
    Back in the late 70's there was a guy who had a small ad in Velo News, Bicycling, Bikeworld, etc. He was selling stickers that were a knockoff of the Reynolds 531 DB sticker and it read "Guaranteed NOT built with Reynolds 531...blah blah blah.." I would like to have a whole batch of those to put on bikes....
    Speaking of NOT stickers, I wouldn't mind having a "NOT UCI approved" sticker. Or ten.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chik View Post
    Speaking of NOT stickers, I wouldn't mind having a "NOT UCI approved" sticker. Or ten.

    JRA Approved Stickers | Tim Willis


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    Default Re: Tubing transfer/decal/sticker: yea or nay?

    Chikashi Miyamoto

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    Default Re: Tubing transfer/decal/sticker: yea or nay?

    Quote Originally Posted by sk_tle View Post
    Also, a frame can have different sort of tubing.
    One could get a sticker for each tube. It would look rather festive, no?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sk_tle View Post
    Also, a frame can have different sort of tubing.
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