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Columbus Ad on a bike. Keep or scrape?

Old 08-05-20, 08:34 PM
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orangeology If you are asking about my bike, it is a Montello in Spumoni. At one time I thought it was in Italian Ice, but that was used on older frame sets.
See https://bulgier.net/pics/bike/catalogs/Pinarello89/2.jpg Second one in.


A couple of years ago, I picked up a 72ish Bottecchia Giro d"Italia on CL. The guy found it in an estate sale. He didn't like the panels on the ST and DT so he removed them. This is what the bike looks like now after using the parts from the crashed Le Champion on it to turn it into a Professional. The difference between the models are the components. If it were not for the head set, it would be nearly restored to original parts, only needing a stem and handlebars.
1972 Bottecchia Giro D'Italia (Professional conversion), on Flickr

I have replacement decals for it but just haven't found the time to focus on application. Oh and I should work on the rust a little more first.
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Ditch the decals

(unless it's a race bike w/provenance)
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I'd say if its from the factory, leave it. If not its up to your own ascetic. I think it looks bad and doesn't fit with any other part of the bike, so I'd toss it.
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Originally Posted by SJX426 View Post
When I first posted the acquisition of the Pinarello, someone suggested to get rid of the Columbus sticker on the forks.
I have debated ever since, about 6 years!
When I first picked up the Colnago, I was temped like may newbies, to repaint. I paid attention to the posters and the phrase " its original only once" and did not repaint. I may yet replace the Columbus sticker on the down tube due to the damage. I really don't see a problem with that level of change or, you could say, maintenance.

So the reason I have not removed the stickers is because it is " original only once" They are beat up as is the finish of the bike. I haven't seen them on any other bike that I can recall.
Even if they were pristine, I would get rid of them. But they are in terrible condition, and detract from the bike. The only reason to have stickers is to enhance the bike's appearance, or authenticate the tubing type. Those stickers do neither. They just look a bit cheap and trashy. Even if soneone on Antiques Roadshow objects, you are the one that has to live with this eyesore.
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Old 08-05-20, 11:08 PM
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I think they offer a valuable service, because I often see Pinarellos and think 'Reynolds'.
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Old 08-06-20, 04:43 AM
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I have the same Pinarello as yours, without the labels. I'd keep the Columbus labels, personally. My labels are as bad as yours - when I bought the bike in 92 the labels were basically intact. It didnt take long before they started peeling, particularly every time I grabbed the bike by he seat tube or top tube to carry it into my apartment building and then hang it up on the wall. I got pretty upset the first time I ended up with a big chunk of Pinarello from the seat tube in my hand but got used to it after a while and stopped worrying about it. At this point I wouldnt try to fix them - I wouldnt want to repaint the Spumoni and slapping new labels over top of whats left would just look awful. It's a well loved, well used bike with a history!

A couple (or three) years ago I bought a close to unused Master Light with Columbus decals on the fork. Clearly stuck on by the previous owner and I've thought about removing them. I'm worried about discovering bad chrome underneath and then needing to pick up something to replace them. So, for now, they stay.


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LOL OK Tell me how your really feel!

Thanks all! It is great to hear your unbridled view points.
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Old 08-06-20, 04:58 AM
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I have the same Pinarello as yours, without the labels. I'd keep the Columbus labels, personally. My labels are as bad as yours - when I bought the bike in 92 the labels were basically intact. It didnt take long before they started peeling, particularly every time I grabbed the bike by he seat tube or top tube to carry it into my apartment building and then hang it up on the wall. I got pretty upset the first time I ended up with a big chunk of Pinarello from the seat tube in my hand but got used to it after a while and stopped worrying about it. At this point I wouldnt try to fix them - I wouldnt want to repaint the Spumoni and slapping new labels over top of whats left would just look awful. It's a well loved, well used bike with a history!

A couple (or three) years ago I bought a close to unused Master Light with Columbus decals on the fork. Clearly stuck on by the previous owner and I've thought about removing them. I'm worried about discovering bad chrome underneath and then needing to pick up something to replace them. So, for now, they stay.


Just missed your post!

I have thought about replacing the Pinarello and other decals, but not for long. I keep countering with how odd they would look given the condition of the rest of the bike. Plus, I really don't like the black. The ghost of them is better and less pronounced.
This happens to be my main rider and so it is handled a lot when loading and unloading from the roof. of the car. I carefully grab chrome to avoid wear on the paint, what is left of it. I think the UV is killing the top coat as it looks worse then when I acquired it.
Repainting is not an option for this color scheme.

I don't believe there is anything under the labels that is bad. In fact, I think the chrome will look better from the protection they provided.
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Old 08-10-20, 12:51 PM
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It's a FORK, singular - think of a tuning fork, with a handle and the two prongs. Not sure why some folks say "forks" like there is more than one. The two lower parts of the fork are called the drop-outs.
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Old 08-10-20, 01:00 PM
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If they are torn looking and barely legible then yes they need to go. But you could just add the fake rust look and possibly no one will steal it. LOL
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Old 08-10-20, 04:59 PM
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In the first photo, Bibendum (the Michelin Man) is waving goodbye to the redundant logo... heed his advice.
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Eddy Merckx usually had Columbus stickers on the forks, but on the front of the fork not the sides.
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Old 08-10-20, 11:57 PM
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What if itís a load-bearing decal?
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Did you take them off yet?
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What if itís a load-bearing decal?
If it were carbon, it wouldn't have a Columbus decal......
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It's a FORK, singular - think of a tuning fork, with a handle and the two prongs. Not sure why some folks say "forks" like there is more than one.
Neat! Better tell Reynolds about that!







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The two lower parts of the fork are called the drop-outs.
I think the people who militarily delineate the difference between "drop outs" and "fork ends" are going to get pretty mad at you!!!
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I'd probably leave the little columbus stickers and take off the big ones.
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I think you're reading that label incorrectly - Reynolds makes butted tubes, stays and forks for bicycles. One fork goes on one bicycle, just as one top tube or seat tube would be used.

I've never heard the term "fork ends", so I must be surrounded by the right people.
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2 Columbus stickers on the fork seems a bit excessive, I’d remove the gaudy white one just for aesthetics.
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Originally Posted by Glyndwr View Post
......................The two lower parts of the fork are called the drop-outs.
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I think the people who militarily delineate the difference between "drop outs" and "fork ends" are going to get pretty mad at you!!!
Yes, how the He## did I miss this earlier

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I've never heard the term "fork ends", so I must be surrounded by the right wrong people.
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Originally Posted by Glyndwr View Post
I think you're reading that label incorrectly - Reynolds makes butted tubes, stays and forks for bicycles. One fork goes on one bicycle, just as one top tube or seat tube would be used.

I've never heard the term "fork ends", so I must be surrounded by the right people.
I donít believe thatís the case, because bikes came with various combinations of main triangle, forks and stays with 531. There are stickers that could denote, for example, that only the frame used 531. The above example is letting you know that the bike it is on uses 531 for all three. I think ďforksĒ is pretty normal. Anyways most of us donít really split hairs like that here.
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Well we could divert even more and start talking about "Cogs" vs "Sprockets!" Cogs are in an IGH hub, derailleurs move the chain across sprockets. I was flamed within the last year for this so I am now crispy and uncaring.

Then there is seat vs saddle, post vs pillar, handlebars vs handlebar...…..

In my case I was thinking fork legs and shortening it to forks.
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I think you're reading that label incorrectly - Reynolds makes butted tubes, stays and forks for bicycles. One fork goes on one bicycle, just as one top tube or seat tube would be used.

I've never heard the term "fork ends", so I must be surrounded by the right people.
I'm sure I'm reading that label correctly.

And now you know...
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Fronts forks is bent!
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What if itís a load-bearing decal?
This made my day.
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