Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic & Vintage
Reload this Page >

Generic bicycle decals

Notices
Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

Generic bicycle decals

Old 07-30-20, 11:54 AM
  #1  
non-fixie 
Shifting is fun!
Thread Starter
 
non-fixie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: South Holland, NL
Posts: 8,905

Bikes: Yes, please.

Mentioned: 224 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1435 Post(s)
Liked 846 Times in 464 Posts
Generic bicycle decals

Over the years we had quite a few bikes on this forum with names on them that couldn't be traced back to any specific manufacturer or shop. Often names that sounded quite familiar as well as optimistic: "Victory", "Super", "Record" or "Champion". Especially when combined they sound impressive. Who wouldn't want a Super Record Champion?

Anyway, since these often turn up in "Please help identify my bike" threads, I thought it might be a nice idea to start a collection of these decals for future reference. I just googled "generic bicycle decals" and seeing poor results I think we - being Bikeforums C&V - are morally obligated to improve those.

So, what have you got?

I shall kick off with what I have come across over the past ten years.

Sprinter
I found this bike in 2016. Very light - 10kg - and probably made in Belgium:



A couple of months later a found this set in a collection of generic decals:

__________________
Wikkid Wrenching Widdim #63: Idle Burg
non-fixie is online now  
Likes For non-fixie:
Old 07-30-20, 11:59 AM
  #2  
non-fixie 
Shifting is fun!
Thread Starter
 
non-fixie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: South Holland, NL
Posts: 8,905

Bikes: Yes, please.

Mentioned: 224 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1435 Post(s)
Liked 846 Times in 464 Posts
Victory

Because the seller had posted decent pics, I had recognized this supposedly Gianni Motta-built Union "Rini Wagtmans". A machine I'd been lusting after for a while. It is branded "Victory".



Today I noticed that decal set on ebay:

__________________
Wikkid Wrenching Widdim #63: Idle Burg
non-fixie is online now  
Likes For non-fixie:
Old 07-30-20, 12:05 PM
  #3  
non-fixie 
Shifting is fun!
Thread Starter
 
non-fixie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: South Holland, NL
Posts: 8,905

Bikes: Yes, please.

Mentioned: 224 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1435 Post(s)
Liked 846 Times in 464 Posts
Record

One of the first bikes I bought was a "Record". It turned out to be a Mercier with this decal set. (I will add a pic of the bike when I have the opportunity to dig the bike out)

__________________
Wikkid Wrenching Widdim #63: Idle Burg
non-fixie is online now  
Likes For non-fixie:
Old 07-30-20, 12:10 PM
  #4  
tiger1964 
Senior Member
 
tiger1964's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Maryland, USA
Posts: 892

Bikes: Drysdale/Gitane/Zeus/Masi/Falcon/Palo Alto

Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 256 Post(s)
Liked 42 Times in 32 Posts
A corollary might be if someone knows a good source for truly generic, as in good decals of appropriate sizes of the alphabet, for spell-your-own solutions.
__________________
Larry:1958 Drysdale, 1961 Gitane Gran Sport, 1974 Zeus track, 1988 Masi Gran Corsa, 1974 Falcon, 1980 Palo Alto. Susan: 1976 Windsor Profesional.
tiger1964 is offline  
Old 07-30-20, 12:19 PM
  #5  
ofajen
Cheerfully low end
 
Join Date: Jun 2020
Posts: 304
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 83 Post(s)
Liked 127 Times in 80 Posts
Originally Posted by tiger1964 View Post
A corollary might be if someone knows a good source for truly generic, as in good decals of appropriate sizes of the alphabet, for spell-your-own solutions.
That would be fun. I’ve recently repainted my 70s Witcomb frame for the second time. I never really liked the original decals so I made no effort to try to replace them after the first repaint. It’s just been a plain white frame since about 1992.

At this point, I’m inclined to have fun with it and put on decals that say “Stolen from...” and then add my email and cell phone numbers 😊

Otto
ofajen is offline  
Old 07-30-20, 12:23 PM
  #6  
tiger1964 
Senior Member
 
tiger1964's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Maryland, USA
Posts: 892

Bikes: Drysdale/Gitane/Zeus/Masi/Falcon/Palo Alto

Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 256 Post(s)
Liked 42 Times in 32 Posts
Originally Posted by ofajen View Post
That would be fun. I’ve recently repainted my 70s Witcomb frame for the second time. I never really liked the original decals so I made no effort to try to replace them after the first repaint. It’s just been a plain white frame since about 1992.

At this point, I’m inclined to have fun with it and put on decals that say “Stolen from...” and then add my email and cell phone numbers 😊

Otto
I like that. One could also make up a vaguely italian-sounding name for the bike, in the expectation that in 30 years it's new owner would post "have you seen one of these?"
__________________
Larry:1958 Drysdale, 1961 Gitane Gran Sport, 1974 Zeus track, 1988 Masi Gran Corsa, 1974 Falcon, 1980 Palo Alto. Susan: 1976 Windsor Profesional.
tiger1964 is offline  
Old 07-30-20, 01:30 PM
  #7  
juvela
Senior Member
 
juvela's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Alta California
Posts: 9,671
Mentioned: 266 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2189 Post(s)
Liked 387 Times in 331 Posts
-----

Years ago I had a bike rebuilder friend who built up a Raleigh Pro as a personal machine and had it resprayed by a local framebuilder.

He made up a set of transfers for it proclaiming it to be a Cicli Zucchi (as in zucchini).

IIRC collector Nelson Miller of Seattle did something similar once and made up a transfer set for one of his rides proclaiming it to be a Formaggio (cheese).


-----
juvela is offline  
Old 07-30-20, 01:48 PM
  #8  
nlerner
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 13,242
Mentioned: 292 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1661 Post(s)
Liked 792 Times in 454 Posts
I don't plan on ever putting on a set of generic decals on one of the mystery frames I've had, but I am a fan of random headbadges, mostly from Belgium:

nlerner is offline  
Likes For nlerner:
Old 07-30-20, 02:03 PM
  #9  
embankmentlb
Senior Member
 
embankmentlb's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: North, Ga.
Posts: 2,082

Bikes: 3Rensho-Aerodynamics, Bernard Hinault Look - 1986 tour winner, Guerciotti, Various Klein's & Panasonic's

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 44 Post(s)
Liked 40 Times in 24 Posts
Very interesting! I have a few bikes l wish to repaint and re-decal. I have the ability and enough graphic talent to produce the decals in photoshop. The problem becomes how to get them printed. All the print shops l know of have the ability to print clear stickers or white stickers but not a combination of both on the same sticker. When reproducing decals almost all contain white and transparent areas. Have you found a solution?
embankmentlb is offline  
Old 07-30-20, 02:14 PM
  #10  
non-fixie 
Shifting is fun!
Thread Starter
 
non-fixie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: South Holland, NL
Posts: 8,905

Bikes: Yes, please.

Mentioned: 224 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1435 Post(s)
Liked 846 Times in 464 Posts
Fabrication Française

In 2015 I bought three run-down French ladies' bikes. One of them was labeled "Fabrication Française":



That didn't even sound like a brand name. so I wasn't surprised to find these pics a couple of years later:

__________________
Wikkid Wrenching Widdim #63: Idle Burg
non-fixie is online now  
Likes For non-fixie:
Old 07-30-20, 02:16 PM
  #11  
Chombi1 
Senior Member
 
Chombi1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 3,196
Mentioned: 94 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1138 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 149 Times in 116 Posts
Back in college, our LBS (Rainbow Jersey in Milwaukee) sold these "generic" bike decal sets and I remeber my brother using them on his Gitane Criterium to replace all the decals on it that were flaking off..... so his Gitane became a "Sideral".
The decal set did add a bit of coolness to his bike as suddenly it wasn't such a common brand bike anymore, at first glance, but he did have to convince the shop he traded it in for his next bike, that it was a Gitane Criterium, as the shop was a bit leery about accepting an unknown brand for a trade in.
__________________
72 Line Seeker
83 Davidson Signature
84 Peugeot PSV
84 Peugeot PY10FC
84 Gitane Tour de France.
85 Vitus Plus Carbone 7
86 ALAN Record Carbonio
86 Medici Aerodynamic (Project)
88 Pinarello Montello
89 Bottecchia Professional Chorus SL
95 Trek 5500 OCLV (Project)
Chombi1 is offline  
Old 07-30-20, 02:25 PM
  #12  
non-fixie 
Shifting is fun!
Thread Starter
 
non-fixie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: South Holland, NL
Posts: 8,905

Bikes: Yes, please.

Mentioned: 224 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1435 Post(s)
Liked 846 Times in 464 Posts
But wait! There's more!

French or Belgian, I would think. Don''t remember where I found them, but too nice not to post them here.

I really love the "Fabrication Garantie" decal.




__________________
Wikkid Wrenching Widdim #63: Idle Burg
non-fixie is online now  
Old 07-30-20, 02:28 PM
  #13  
non-fixie 
Shifting is fun!
Thread Starter
 
non-fixie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: South Holland, NL
Posts: 8,905

Bikes: Yes, please.

Mentioned: 224 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1435 Post(s)
Liked 846 Times in 464 Posts
Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
I don't plan on ever putting on a set of generic decals on one of the mystery frames I've had, but I am a fan of random headbadges, mostly from Belgium:

Excellent!

In my box-o-pix I found this one, of some badges that somehow look a bit suspect:

__________________
Wikkid Wrenching Widdim #63: Idle Burg
non-fixie is online now  
Old 07-30-20, 02:33 PM
  #14  
nlerner
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 13,242
Mentioned: 292 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1661 Post(s)
Liked 792 Times in 454 Posts
Rivendell has also long sold these.
nlerner is offline  
Old 07-30-20, 03:09 PM
  #15  
noglider 
aka Tom Reingold
 
noglider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: High Falls, NY, USA
Posts: 39,114

Bikes: 1962 Rudge Sports, 1971 Raleigh Super Course, 1971 Raleigh Pro Track, 1974 Raleigh International, 1975 Viscount Fixie, 1982 McLean, 1996 Lemond (Ti), 2002 Burley Zydeco tandem

Mentioned: 475 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6474 Post(s)
Liked 1,014 Times in 670 Posts
Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
Rivendell has also long sold these.
That's pretty funny.

I made my own highly generic decal for a generic-looking bike I had.


__________________
Tom Reingold, tom@noglider.com
New York City and High Falls, NY
Blogs: The Experienced Cyclist; noglider's ride blog

“When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments.” — Elizabeth West, US author

Please email me rather than PM'ing me. Thanks.
noglider is offline  
Likes For noglider:
Old 07-30-20, 03:13 PM
  #16  
Charles Wahl
Disraeli Gears
 
Charles Wahl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: NYC
Posts: 3,713
Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 279 Post(s)
Liked 89 Times in 63 Posts
Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
I don't plan on ever putting on a set of generic decals on one of the mystery frames I've had, but I am a fan of random headbadges, mostly from Belgium:

I have noted and appreciated your apparent use of a Wheelsmith spoke head as a rivet.
Charles Wahl is offline  
Old 07-30-20, 04:29 PM
  #17  
3alarmer
Friendship is Magic
 
3alarmer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: The Big Tomato
Posts: 18,893

Bikes: old ones

Mentioned: 259 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 18549 Post(s)
Liked 2,100 Times in 1,541 Posts
Originally Posted by ofajen View Post
That would be fun. I’ve recently repainted my 70s Witcomb frame for the second time. I never really liked the original decals so I made no effort to try to replace them after the first repaint. It’s just been a plain white frame since about 1992.

At this point, I’m inclined to have fun with it and put on decals that say “Stolen from...” and then add my email and cell phone numbers 😊

Otto
Originally Posted by tiger1964 View Post
I like that. One could also make up a vaguely italian-sounding name for the bike, in the expectation that in 30 years it's new owner would post "have you seen one of these?"
...there's a guy selling vinyl lettering online with a relatively creative and flexible do it yourself font designer on the website here. I got this source from gugie in another thread.
I used it to design and order stickers for a late 50's Follis I just painted and restored. Like I said, the website font designer is pretty inclusive, and I'd be surprised if you couldn't make it work for you.



3alarmer is offline  
Likes For 3alarmer:
Old 07-30-20, 05:20 PM
  #18  
bOsscO
bOsscO
 
bOsscO's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 117

Bikes: 2015 Norco Search S1, 2012 Cervelo R5, 93 Mongoose IBOC COMP

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 31 Post(s)
Liked 38 Times in 28 Posts
Originally Posted by embankmentlb View Post
Very interesting! I have a few bikes l wish to repaint and re-decal. I have the ability and enough graphic talent to produce the decals in photoshop. The problem becomes how to get them printed. All the print shops l know of have the ability to print clear stickers or white stickers but not a combination of both on the same sticker. When reproducing decals almost all contain white and transparent areas. Have you found a solution?
Someone mentioned vinyl decals and I think thats the way to go. They're stickers that you transfer onto the frame. I'm currently in the process of designing some era-correct vinyl decals in AutoCAD for an early 90's MTB I'm repainting and building up. Once I'm done a local maker has a vinyl cutter (like a Cricut https://www.cricut.com/) who's going to print/cut the decals for me.
bOsscO is offline  
Old 07-30-20, 06:09 PM
  #19  
P!N20
Senior Member
 
P!N20's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 1,070
Mentioned: 19 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 492 Post(s)
Liked 384 Times in 254 Posts
Originally Posted by non-fixie View Post
One of the first bikes I bought was a "Record". It turned out to be a Mercier with this decal set. (I will add a pic of the bike when I have the opportunity to dig the bike out)

I've got a 'Record' track bike, it was made by McBain Cycles in Tasmania, Australia:



(Sorry for the ****ty pic, it's the only one I could find that has 'Record' clearly.)

They pop up for sale from time to time, sometimes as cheap imports right up to custom frames.

My understanding was that Record was originally a Belgian marque.
P!N20 is offline  
Old 07-30-20, 08:29 PM
  #20  
Nemosengineer 
Hair Ball
 
Nemosengineer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Murrieta Ca.
Posts: 371

Bikes: Teledyne Titan, Bob Jackson World Tour, AlAn Record Ergal, 3Rensho Katana.

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 138 Post(s)
Liked 235 Times in 121 Posts
A grand name for a mystère build with a French twist... "Le Saucisson"

: Mike
__________________
Booyah Hubba-Hubba!!!
Nemosengineer is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.