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    You know, I would expect two weeks or less turnaround on decals he shows on the site. 1 1/2 months or more for custom is completely ridiculous~!,,,,BD
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    SSSink is wholesale only as they state really clearly on their website. They make it very clear they do not sell retail. In fact they are kind of nasty about it and say to not even try to contact them unless you are a dealer or a pro restoration service.

    Quote Originally Posted by Snydermann View Post
    Gary at SSSink.com printed our1980-82 Lotus decals from our artwork and is currently working on our 1983-85 Lotus decals. During my numerous conversations with Gary he mentioned that his company prints/printed many of the Litespeed decals and that many were still available. Perhaps you could contact him and he could help you with your decals or tell you where you could find them. They may even be true ink-transfer decals, not just printed vinyl stickers.

    You know what would be cool? If just a small percentage of existing enthusiasts would each take just one make of bicycle under their wing and use Gary's services to print real decals, imagine the quality and variety that would be available. It cost me a few dollars out of my pocket, but our Lotus decals are tru ink transfer decals and a set of seven to restore your vintage Lotus costs $19.95 (shipped free). We currently print 8 models in three colors and are adding another 12 or so models in 2 colors for the 1983-85 bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snydermann View Post
    Gary at SSSink.com printed our1980-82 Lotus decals from our artwork and is currently working on our 1983-85 Lotus decals. During my numerous conversations with Gary he mentioned that his company prints/printed many of the Litespeed decals and that many were still available. Perhaps you could contact him and he could help you with your decals or tell you where you could find them. They may even be true ink-transfer decals, not just printed vinyl stickers.

    You know what would be cool? If just a small percentage of existing enthusiasts would each take just one make of bicycle under their wing and use Gary's services to print real decals, imagine the quality and variety that would be available. It cost me a few dollars out of my pocket, but our Lotus decals are tru ink transfer decals and a set of seven to restore your vintage Lotus costs $19.95 (shipped free). We currently print 8 models in three colors and are adding another 12 or so models in 2 colors for the 1983-85 bikes.
    Now this is handy! http://sssink.com/sssink_2010_015.htm
    There is a bike painter near here in Nederland that I did not know about. I might just contact him about bead-blasting the ugly black powder coat off of the Litespeed, as well as replacing the decals.

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    JR did a custom decal for my 70s Motobecane and it turned out well. But it took a long time, during which he didn't respond to emails. I don't know what the magic formula for dealing with him might be. I recommend him if your need isn't urgent; otherwise, have a back-up plan.

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    Received my decals from Velocal today and they look great. Thanks JR!
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    I just got a message mine have shipped. Seems like its only been 2 weeks, fair enough turnaround.

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    I still have not heard back from JR from the last time I emailed him...oh well.
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    I sent JR an email two weeks ago requesting replacement decals for the ones he made me a few months earlier as I had damaged the one on the seat post. He replied within a few hours and mailed the decals the next day. Personally, I have had nothing but good experiences dealing with Velocals. And, as has been said, he does good work.

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    Justin...Can you email JR and ask if he will make a custom set of decals for your Vittorio Strada MAX?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd View Post
    I sent JR an email two weeks ago requesting replacement decals for the ones he made me a few months earlier as I had damaged the one on the seat post. He replied within a few hours and mailed the decals the next day. Personally, I have had nothing but good experiences dealing with Velocals. And, as has been said, he does good work.

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    I emailed him on 3 May, no response.

    I can only conclude that business must be so good he doesn't need to waste his valuable time responding to those pesky customers
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    Quote Originally Posted by buldogge View Post
    I still have not heard back from JR from the last time I emailed him...oh well.
    Mark, try calling him. He's always picked up when I called, and that seems to work a lot better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdy Norm View Post
    I emailed him on 3 May, no response.

    I can only conclude that business must be so good he doesn't need to waste his valuable time responding to those pesky customers
    It says elsewhere on this thread that calling him works the best. Try a human interface.

    This is not his full-time job. I don't ask him about his delays; I agree they can be significant, and I imagine he's fully aware of them.

    Find out when he's printing some sheets and maybe that will give you a better idea of a delivery time.

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    You may well be right, but when someone goes to the trouble of creating an e-commerce website, which includes a contact email address, but doesn't bother replying to enquiries, then in my opinion they don't deserve customers' business. It doesn't matter to me that it's not his full-time job (why should it?), if he can't answer queries, he doesn't get my business.

    I should add that he's not alone in being pants at communicating, many websites are similar, and I avoid them equally. By way of comparison, during the process of my restorations I've dealt with several websites which I'm guessing are not their owners' full-time occupation (I'm thinking of Derek at Old Bike Trader and David at Dutch Bike Bits), both of which give exemplary customer service.
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    Then don't use him. Seems pretty simple. Hardly worth the rant.

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    +1

    had the same problem with him..i went even as far as to post on this site about it,
    maybe thats the key, if you dont' get replies, post about your frustration. seems to get a response out of him

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
    Then don't use him. Seems pretty simple. Hardly worth the rant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
    Then don't use him. Seems pretty simple. Hardly worth the rant.
    Simple enough.

    Honestly, I'm happy to get what I need no matter how long it takes. Not too many years ago you couldn't get ANYTHING unless you had it made yourself. Believe me, no one is getting rich by recreating and supplying this stuff. Its very time consuming.

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    Two words: Soup Nazi
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdy Norm View Post
    Two words: Soup Nazi
    I've been thinking that every time I see the Psimet thread.
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    I ordered a full set( Trek) to the tune of $70 on 6/7/2012, I'll let everyone know when it gets here
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    I received an email stating my order has been shipped.

    I am sure the quality will be top notch and I have no problems with the time frame.

    Thanks velocals!
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    It would be nice if people would post pics of the decals they get from Velocals (Mounted or unmounted) so people who haven't used them yet, can get the best idea of the quality of their work so they can decide whether to use them for a project.....

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    I will post before and after for ya', Chombi.

    I just hope I don't screw up the install.
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    This bike has a full set plus some custom scripts. It was a little shaky getting the order placed but once communicating all went smoothly. The decals look very good and went on easily.


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    It's just a one man operation. Give him a break.

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