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Old 08-27-20, 09:27 PM
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Name or Signature on your bike?

Do you have your name signed in ink on your bike? Can I see picture proof? Any other personalization to identify it as Your Bike?
How can I do that?
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Old 08-27-20, 10:02 PM
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I bought an engraver and put my initials on my SA hubs. My custom frame has no serial #.
Also used that engraver to fix a sticky part in the hub. LOL
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Old 08-27-20, 10:33 PM
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Can't let shifting be too sticky! Bring on the slick shifting Sturmey-Archer.
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Old 08-28-20, 02:33 AM
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Take detailed pics and store 'em online. Write a note on paper, roll it up, and place it in the seat tube.
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Old 08-28-20, 04:39 AM
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It is a sticker not ink, and I don't own the bike anymore, but here is my name on the top tube.
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Old 08-28-20, 05:48 AM
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Originally Posted by cyclic_eric View Post
Do you have your name signed in ink on your bike? Can I see picture proof? Any other personalization to identify it as Your Bike?
Is this to aid in identification if the bike is lost or stolen? If not, it sounds like a "Because Racecar" kind of thing. Bonus points if you include a little flag decal after your name.
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Old 08-28-20, 06:25 AM
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um. no
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Old 08-28-20, 06:59 AM
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I have taken pics of the Serial Numbers of all my bikes.

You can purchase stickers with your name on them, like the pros have. https://www.bicistickers.com/en
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Old 08-28-20, 07:10 AM
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Originally Posted by cyclic_eric View Post
Do you have your name signed in ink on your bike? Can I see picture proof? Any other personalization to identify it as Your Bike?
How can I do that?

For some reason, I have your name on my bike. Not sure how that happened.
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Old 08-28-20, 07:17 AM
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I just repainted my older road frame for the second time. I never liked the Witcomb decals so it’s just been plain white since ‘93.

This time, I was thinking I might put on decals that say “stolen from...” and then my email and phone number on the bike. But it’s more likely that it will remain plain white.

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Old 08-28-20, 07:21 AM
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I too take pics of the serial numbers of all my bikes. That's good enough for me ,security wise.
Sorry, I have no "because racecar +1000 watts" stickers on my bikes.
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Old 08-28-20, 07:51 AM
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Originally Posted by 2cam16 View Post
I too take pics of the serial numbers of all my bikes. That's good enough for me ,security wise.
Sorry, I have no "because racecar +1000 watts" stickers on my bikes.
I heard the "JDM" and "Shocker" stickers add horsepower too...
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Old 08-28-20, 08:12 AM
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I do on one of my bikes. I didn't ask for it, but Tim Isaac put it on anyway and clear-coated over it when he repainted the frame. Not that I mind, mind you.
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Old 08-28-20, 08:13 AM
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Originally Posted by cyclic_eric View Post
Do you have your name signed in ink on your bike? Can I see picture proof? Any other personalization to identify it as Your Bike?
How can I do that?
my main ride’s an unpainted Ti Litespeed. I used Velo Ink (IIRC) to make clear decals with my name in the same yellow color scheme as the LS decals, and the flag of my country of origin. One decal on each side of the top tube, back near the seat tube. Decals are small, understated, and look pretty good, IMO, and have held up very well. Why would you need proof?
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Old 08-28-20, 10:00 AM
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My ti road bike is one of a kind, and I have a photo of it on my phone. I wouldn’t dare defile its appearance with my name, but it does have a small LOVE statue decal, which is cool.
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Old 08-28-20, 10:01 AM
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I have a custom-built frame, and for a nanosecond I considered having my name painted on the top tube. But then I realized that might make my wife's second husband uncomfortable, if he is a cyclist and about 6'2" tall.
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Old 08-28-20, 10:53 AM
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I haven't put my name on any bikes but three sport their own names. Jessica and the bike she inspired, Jessica J. When my namesake, the Peter Mooney, gets repainted, it will bear its name. Pete. INo relation to the builder, or my brother or uncle, all of whom go by Peter. Year two of the Mooney, I was riding and just realized the bike I was on was named Pete. That simple. I've tried naming bikes before but always ended up forgetting. But this time, the bike told me and it has stuck for 38 years without being written down.

Jessica (now retired) sports her name on the top tube. Jessica J is ti, so hers is on the right fork blade. Peter will probably go top tube.

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Old 08-28-20, 10:57 AM
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I do have stickers on some of my bikes

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But these are just for personalization. I’m not under the impression that this is any kind of theft deterrent.

I do, however, write my name and phone number on the steer tube of the fork... “This bike might be stolen. Contact Stuart Black at xxx xxx-xxx.” I do all my own mechanical work and I haven’t taken a bike to a shop for decades. If the bike ends up in a shop, it would likely be stolen.
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I've got Tom Kellogg's name on my chainstay. Seems like a downgrade to add mine.
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I have some stickers with my name and the Bear Flag. Put them on all my bikes, but don't have any specific pictures of them so you'll have to take my word.

If you wanted a signature with ink, do you mean just signing your name on your bike with a Sharpie or Magic Marker?
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Yep --- on all of my regularly ridden machines

DEcals close to the seat tube on the yeti



DEcals close to the headtube on the S Works



STencilled lettering by the headtube on track bike



Hand painted nickname on top tube of 2nd track bike

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Old 08-28-20, 12:26 PM
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cb400bill's Trek looks like what I'd like. And maybe Reflector Guy has it right, 'because racecar.'
But when you like your ride, or have spent quality time on it, it's nice to have some personalization.
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cb400bill's Trek looks like what I'd like. And maybe Reflector Guy has it right, 'because racecar.'
But when you like your ride, or have spent quality time on it, it's nice to have some personalization.
Each of my bikes IS personalized, as none is identical to any other bike out there. Even on my least-modified bike, the saddle, bar tape, pedals, bottle cages, and a couple newer parts were all of my choosing; my custom gravel bike is certainly they only one quite like it in the world - it's unique enough that it doesn't have a serial number - it just is it's own thing.

And then we're not even getting into the nicks and scratches and such that make a bike mine - what I call "patina."
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I gave some thought for a while of acquiring a Buick hood ornament and putting it on my Day 6 as a head badge.
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Old 08-28-20, 02:14 PM
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Yep --- on all of my regularly ridden machines


Lovin' the color scheme on your S-Works
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