I was fortunate enough to find this 1989 Miyata 1000 LT at a local bike shop. Great condition and rides like a gem. Most everything is original aside from the Brooks B17 and bar tape, which I added later. I've been riding this bike for about half a year now, and while I absolutely love the way it rides, I just can't seem to get past the neon decals. Would it be crazy to remove the decals, being that it's a Miyata 1000 LT?
A little bit closer.
Basically, I'm considering removing the "1000 LT" on the top tube. Rainbow Sherbet.
The "Miyata" decal on the down tube.
And the "Miyata" decal on the head tube. Pinky pink.
Due to the 1000 LT's reputation among touring enthusiasts, my better judgement pulls my hand away each time I consider removing the decals. To be humbly honest though, I really would prefer the bike without them. I like the idea of a clean, solid gray frame. The neon pink just won't grow on me.
Lastly, if I do remove them, I happen to be a graphic designer and redesigning the decals would be fairly easy. I spoke with JR at VeloCals and he said that if I sent over the designs, he could print them. This way I would have a backup copy, should I ever need to reapply them. While they wouldn't be the true original decals, they would be extremely similar, if not identical aesthetically.
With that, what are your thoughts? Leave them be, or peel away?
Thanks in advance!