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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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    Quote Originally Posted by DX-MAN View Post
    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.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Burton
    When some wild eyed eight foot tall maniac grabs you by the throat and taps the back of your favorite head head against the barroom wall, and he looks crooked in the eye, and he ask you if ya paid your dues, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol' Jack Burton always says at a time like that: "Have ya paid your dues, Jack?" "Yessir, the check is in the mail."

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by BLACK RIDER View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Bug Shield View Post
    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!
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by DX-MAN View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Bug Shield View Post
    Anyone who knows the magic potion is welcome to share!
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Astrozombie View Post
    Depends if it looks cool or not.....
    Best advice on this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BLACK RIDER View Post
    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.
    Hey guys, lets go play bikes!

    Strava

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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?
    Birth Certificate, Passport, Marriage License Driver's License and Residency Permit all say I'm a Fred. I guess there's no denying it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BLACK RIDER View Post
    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.
    Hey guys, lets go play bikes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greyryder View Post
    Just don't remove the load bearing decals.
    'Lest serious consequences be had!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Astrozombie View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by SpeshulEd View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by daihard View Post
    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


    Quote Originally Posted by the sci guy View Post
    anyone try Goo-Gone? does that work?
    Yep, any citrus cleaner will remove the sticky residue left by stickers, tape, decals, etc.
    Hey guys, lets go play bikes!

    Strava

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