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    Damned Decals.

    What's up with bikes and garish decals. I'm not opposed to branding but huge decals are just ugly. A badge on the headtube show the manufacturer and a decal on the seat tube to indicate the tubeset is a lot classier. What are we, label *****s on two wheels? We don't drive cars with huge decals on the side that scream TOYOTA COROLLA!

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    You're not OCP, are you?

    Nothing says mine's bigger and better and newer than a nice big decal .

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    I like plane-jain stuffs as well, mate. Getcher frame powdercoated or something.

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    What?

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    How ironic.

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    I agree. I particularly don't like the expensive wheels with the big lettering.

    I'll be happy to garishly advertise your fancy product when you pay me.

    I'm really starting to appreciate all those elegant fixies that I see people putting together.



    Last edited by carbonlife; 03-26-08 at 10:34 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slvoid View Post
    What?
    You could shave 200-300 grams off that bike by removing the decals .

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    Quote Originally Posted by slvoid View Post
    What?
    I can't believe they missed a good 5" on the chainstay, and it look like they could have put something else on the crank arms.

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    Look at those unadorned bars! What, they couldn't be arsed to stitch a bunch of logos into the bartape?

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    Quote Originally Posted by carbonlife View Post
    I'm really starting to appreciate all those elegant fixies that I see people putting together.
    Track bikes aren't exempt from over-logoing, unfortunately.


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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    Track bikes aren't exempt from over-logoing, unfortunately.
    Nah I mean this kind of stuff:


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    Quote Originally Posted by carbonlife View Post
    Nah I mean this kind of stuff:
    Yeah, I know. I've got me one-a them, too:



    And it needn't be a fixed gear to be decal-free:


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    I removed every sticker from my road bike (those above the clearcoat, anyway) except for the build QC sticker since that one was under some tape that would have been a pain to deal with. Yes, including the CSC stickers on the seat tube. Yes, even the little QC sticker on the back side of the crankarm. And the oh so annoying one letter one sticker business on my aero wheels. The advertising that's under the clearcoat, well, that would take way too much effort to deal with.
    If you notice this notice then you will notice that this notice is not worth noticing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jschen View Post
    The advertising that's under the clearcoat, well, that would take way too much effort to deal with.
    Spraypaint! Or electrical tape!

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    forgive my ignorance but what's OCP

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    "Obsessive Compulsive Poseur"

    OCP club

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    Quote Originally Posted by carbonlife View Post
    I'll be happy to garishly advertise your fancy product when you pay me.
    And even then it would make me think twice.
    "Real wars of words are harder to win. They require thought, insight, precision, articulation, knowledge, and experience. They require the humility to admit when you are wrong. They recognize that the dialectic is not about making us look at you, but about us all looking together for the truth."

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    I don't even like to have labels on my clothing thinking like many that, if you want me to advertise your product, you need to be paying me.

    I like this:



    My newer Treks have much bigger logos on them that just scream, steal me. A number of them have been removed or covered with much more functional reflective tape.

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    I'm eliminated by rule 6 (steel frame) so I guess I'm not OCP. I don't wear matching clothes but I do have a matching stem and seatpost. (Thomson) I'm planing on building a new set of wheels with White Industries hubs because I like the elegant design. I don't think I'm OCP but then again there are crazy people who swear they're sane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    Yeah, I know. I've got me one-a them, too:

    Well there's still the embossed logo on the Brooks saddle, I know Surly's got a logo on the flask and the Planet Bike stuff on the Superflash, then there's the tires and the seat pack. Horrors! Logos everywhere!







    Just busting your chops At least those logos are small and unobtrusive unlike those on the OCP specials above.

    OCP? Me? Naw I'm out by rule 3 (and 6)

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    Actually, the bikes are less expensive than they would be without the reduction you get for riding a rolling billboard... Just imagone what the bikes would cost retail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpotamus View Post
    What's up with bikes and garish decals. I'm not opposed to branding but huge decals are just ugly. A badge on the headtube show the manufacturer and a decal on the seat tube to indicate the tubeset is a lot classier. What are we, label *****s on two wheels? We don't drive cars with huge decals on the side that scream TOYOTA COROLLA!
    is this fugly bike plain enough for you?


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    I count seven visible (in the picture) logos on that one. Stem, both derailers, seat post, crank arm, pedal and saddle...

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    Bad photo... But my commuter is relatively logo free...

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpotamus View Post
    We don't drive cars with huge decals on the side that scream TOYOTA COROLLA!
    well, most people don't.



    i couldn't find any good Corolla pics - but some blurry ones i found had just what you described.

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