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Old 08-23-13, 11:20 PM   #1
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Leave the stickers on?

This is probably one of the "odd" questions. What do you do with the stickers and labels that come with a new bike? For instance, mine has a label that indicates the frame size, some warnings about the carbon fork, and the LBS sticker. I didn't think much about them until my wife, who just got her own new bike, asked me why I didn't remove those stickers. I wouldn't really mind either way, but her question made me wonder what you usually do with them. Leave them on or take them off?
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I'd take the graphics off my frames if I could; those little stickers come off the first DAY!
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Old 08-24-13, 12:59 AM   #3
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I'd take the graphics off my frames if I could; those little stickers come off the first DAY!
I know what I'm going to do first thing tomorrow morning...
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Just don't remove the load bearing decals.
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Old 08-24-13, 05:02 AM   #5
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I've removed all the stickers from my bike...easy to do on a Ti frame...just a bit of acetone and scotch brite pads remove them nicely and give the frame a nice polished look.
All that is left is the Merlin head badge.
I removed them because they were scratched and nicked...looked pretty crappy...replacement sticker kits are available but crappy quality so sticker free for now.
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Old 08-24-13, 05:07 AM   #6
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I would caution against removing them. Should you ever have to have the bike service those decals can tell the mechanic what size is your bike is (remember the shop can get very busy with a lot of different bikes), and more importantly aid in identifying that your bicycle was purchased from said shop.
That's what serial numbers are for.
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I removed mine. My LBS suggested using a hair dryer, which softens the glue and they peel right off.
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Well I removed all of them and put them in the bag with the owners manual and the sales reciepts for the bike???
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Some are under the clear coat .. on the frame. in particular , but I have peeled them off rims , particularly the Big ones ..
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I took one off my wife's Surly and never have managed to get all the goo off. I have used the usual chemicals (Goof-Off, brake cleaner, etc.) without success and only made more mess. At this point I think the paint will come off before that amazing stickum. The experience has made me reconsider the practice of removing stickers.

Anyone who knows the magic potion is welcome to share!
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I took one off my wife's Surly and never have managed to get all the goo off. I have used the usual chemicals (Goof-Off, brake cleaner, etc.) without success and only made more mess. At this point I think the paint will come off before that amazing stickum. The experience has made me reconsider the practice of removing stickers.

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At work, I've had to do this a few times; we use a gel-like substance called "Aircraft Remover" -- it's a stripper that doesn't seem to take the bike's original paint off. Apply liberally, rub vigorously, re-apply until clean. Then finish off with some inert cleaner, like Simple Green.
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If the sticker could come off it did. Frame size, carbon fork warning, another frame sticker, bar code stickers on the inside of both crank arms and all the stickers off the wheels.
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At work, I've had to do this a few times; we use a gel-like substance called "Aircraft Remover" -- it's a stripper that doesn't seem to take the bike's original paint off. Apply liberally, rub vigorously, re-apply until clean. Then finish off with some inert cleaner, like Simple Green.
Thanks. I'll see if I can find some and give it a try.
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Depends if it looks cool or not.....
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You've probably tried acetone (nail polish remover), but that has almost always worked for me. Also, I do it in multiple iterations: Apply, wait scrub, wipe, repeat.
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Depends if it looks cool or not.....
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those decals can tell the mechanic what size your bike is
If a bike mechanic can't tell the size of my bike by looking at it, they're not working on my bike.
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I got round to removing the carbon fork warning sticker. The bike was wet after I rode it in the light rain for 20 minutes, and it looked like that sticker would be easy to come off. One down.
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You bunch of scoff laws! Next you're going to tell me you've removed the "Do Not Remove" tags from your mattresses and pillows! What's to come after that? Labels from clothing? How will you or future owners of said garments know how to wash them?
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LOL...I was wondering if someone was gonna say this. Its actually gonna be a part of my next thread.
When I first got into bikes, I was amazed that people could tell what size a bike was just by looking at it...but you pick it up fairly quickly. I might not get everyone correct, but I can gauge the size pretty well by looking at the head tube.
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Just don't remove the load bearing decals.
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Depends if it looks cool or not.....
Yes, my 2008 Cervelo RS has the CSC (Computer Science Corp) sticker on it. That way anyone who knows, would be able to tell right away its a 2008 model. CSC Saxo Bank

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When I first got into bikes, I was amazed that people could tell what size a bike was just by looking at it...but you pick it up fairly quickly. I might not get everyone correct, but I can gauge the size pretty well by looking at the head tube.
By the head tube? I'd have guessed the seat tube length would be the clue. Mine's 15-inch, which makes the top tube slope more since (obviously) the head tube of a smaller sized bike isn't that much shorter than that of a bigger model.
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anyone try Goo-Gone? does that work?
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By the head tube? I'd have guessed the seat tube length would be the clue. Mine's 15-inch, which makes the top tube slope more since (obviously) the head tube of a smaller sized bike isn't that much shorter than that of a bigger model.
I always look at the head tube. For example...

This bike is much smaller...


...than this bike


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anyone try Goo-Gone? does that work?
Yep, any citrus cleaner will remove the sticky residue left by stickers, tape, decals, etc.
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