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Old 04-04-16, 01:33 AM
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Thoughts on name badges?

I've noticed that some people and almost all pros have a custom name badge on their top tube. Is this something that only the pros should do or is it something that you all do here as well? (see pic if this is confusing)

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Old 04-04-16, 03:09 AM
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As pictured above, with the national flag, that's very much pro racer style, but there are unlimited other ways you can customize your bike with your name if you don't want to emulate that aesthetic. And yes, customization is almost always cool.

For example, you can vary the font, location, orientation, and symbols.

I decided to put my nickname on mine, largely because I disliked the large, boring swath of black that is my top tube:

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Back in the 60's, you could get a nameplate with your first name on it when you got a new schwinn.

Maybe with the pros they need it to easily identify their bike among the rest of the identical team bikes.
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Old 04-04-16, 05:37 AM
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Originally Posted by cyclist2000 View Post

Maybe with the pros they need it to easily identify their bike among the rest of the identical team bikes.
Believe that is the case. During a race, when seconds count and team members have spare bikes on top of support vehicles that are set up precisely for them, you need to know whose bike is whose. Even when not in the middle of the race, it's possible to confuse bikes. That's not really a badge, but a sticker that is probably easily removable should the bike go to someone else.

With that said, I have seen every day people have their names painted on to their custom frames.
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Old 04-04-16, 05:42 AM
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I put a name sticker on one of my bikes I travel with and sometimes do big events.
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I havent yet done this but it is in my plans for one bike (custom build).
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When riding a vintage bicycle, it is easy to have the only one like it in the whole city. Well, with a few custom parts, and unique wear spots... it becomes pretty unique in the world.

Quite a few people even recognise the bike and me... and no name tag.
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FWIW... its a sticker in the OP (note ehe edges) you can make those own your printer.



I got a metal badge with my Bike Friday, but since I Bought a Built to Order bike,
the original customer refused to accept , because thet didn't like the powder coat shade.
It was not My name.. But I saved a lot of money..

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Being uncertain whether it was myself or my Evil Twin Skippy on training rides my teammates insisted on us having our names on our bikes & kit.

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The cool guys have their name on the down tube.
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Keep in mind that the rules for displaying the United States flag are different when it is affixed to a vehicle. Most pro cycling teams get this wrong. Flag decals applied to a vehicle should always have the blue star field oriented to the front. So on the right side of a vehicle, the star field is actually to the observers right (instead of the left like when the flag is displayed on a wall). To confirm this, just look at a photo of the right side of a military vehicle, the Space Shuttle, or Air Force One: http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/...5997216885.jpg
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Or upside down, star field on a lower corner , indicating distress , which for 99% is true..
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I don't have one on my car, so I don't really feel the need to put one on my bike.
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I have one on my race bike: my name with the Bear Flag. I'm terrible with names so I always appreciate being able to steal a glance at a name decal when I'm on a group ride or lining up for a race.
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I have one that says "Franken"
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When I bought my 1980 Olympic Team frame from Tim Isaac, he insisted on repainting it and put my name on the top tube, under the clear coat:

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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
I have one on my race bike: my name with the Bear Flag. I'm terrible with names so I always appreciate being able to steal a glance at a name decal when I'm on a group ride or lining up for a race.
I never heard of another having their glance "stolen."
Since when is a glance only in possession of another single person?
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Originally Posted by molten View Post
I never heard of another having their glance "stolen."
Since when is a glance only in possession of another single person?
Wrong forum.

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I never heard of another having their glance "stolen."
Since when is a glance only in possession of another single person?
Shrug. If it's good enough for Melville, it should be good enough for BF.
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My late wife had some stickers made when I got serious about my cycling about 5 or so years ago. It's my last name and the Indiana state flag, even though at the time we lived in Illinois (I'm from Indiana, and moved back here after her passing). She got two (smallish) sheets of 5 stickers each. Wish I could remember from where she ordered them; would like to have more made...




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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Or upside down, star field on a lower corner , indicating distress , which for 99% is true..
+1
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
FWIW... its a sticker in the OP (note ehe edges) you can make those own your printer.



I got a metal badge with my Bike Friday, but since I Bought a Built to Order bike,
the original customer refused to accept , because thet didn't like the powder coat shade.
It was not My name.. But I saved a lot of money..
That is so cool! Good going!
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Originally Posted by chaadster View Post
As pictured above, with the national flag, that's very much pro racer style, but there are unlimited other ways you can customize your bike with your name if you don't want to emulate that aesthetic. And yes, customization is almost always cool.

For example, you can vary the font, location, orientation, and symbols.

I decided to put my nickname on mine, largely because I disliked the large, boring swath of black that is my top tube:

Very nicely done.
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Originally Posted by IndianaRecRider View Post
My late wife had some stickers made when I got serious about my cycling about 5 or so years ago. It's my last name and the Indiana state flag, even though at the time we lived in Illinois (I'm from Indiana, and moved back here after her passing). She got two (smallish) sheets of 5 stickers each. Wish I could remember from where she ordered them; would like to have more made...



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