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Wish I could make that "SPECIALIZED" down tube decal less prominent!

Old 05-23-14, 05:52 PM
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Wish I could make that "SPECIALIZED" down tube decal less prominent!

Not sure why it bothers me but that HUGE white downtube "SPECIALIZED" decal just does. So I thought of getting darker decals from Specialized- no dice. Then I considered airbrushing it dark grey but $200 is the cost! I can't cut my own decals so that is out. Any other ideas? I can live with it but would love to cover it or stealth it up nicely (as in not using a rectangular black vinyl sheet to cover it).

Bike below is NOT mine (same model and color) but I have changed the white seat and bar tape to black already.
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Old 05-23-14, 06:05 PM
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Just get a Sharpie
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Black tape would work.
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Old 05-23-14, 06:07 PM
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I thought of paint and a paintbrush but that would be a disaster. I like the Sharpie idea- maybe a dark grey one.
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Old 05-23-14, 06:08 PM
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Angle grinder.
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Old 05-23-14, 06:09 PM
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Black tape would work.
You mean cut the tape to match the decal? That may be above my skill level. I could just cover it up with tape that could be easily taken off. May look bad though.
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Haha- no angle grinder on the bike though I have one.
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Old 05-23-14, 06:10 PM
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Duct Tape will work.
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In a perfect world that decal would have been red. That would have looked better anyway.
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I think short of getting it professionally repainted anything you do to try and cover it up will look worse than the original logo. The original logo is also under the clear coat. Unless you can clear coat whatever you put on it will look very out of place. I'd just leave well enough alone. I'm not exactly thrilled of the over branding of bikes today, but it's hard to avoid. Overall it looks nice, though. I know someone who has the same bike, they replaced the saddle with a black one and got red bartape, it looks sweet. Peeling off the wheel decals is also a good way to make the bike look more stealthy.
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Old 05-23-14, 06:49 PM
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Yeah, not much of a fan of the rolling billboard look that seems to be the norm these days.

What about a carefully applied layer of dark grey window tint film?
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Just go to a sign shop and get them to make up an overlay in the colour you want, even black. They should be able to match the font and letter spacing so all you have to do is put it on. Or have them do it. It would look classier than anything else.

I think someone should sue Specialized for eye soreness.
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Vinyl Sticker to overlay the white. We've done it twice at my shop working with a local sign shop.
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When it comes to a nice finish I think Irish cycles does it very well. Very few decals and well placed. A Black carbon roadie sans decals looks nice.
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why spend $$ on such a riding billboard? you can get a non name chinese fram..eh
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why spend $$ on such a riding billboard? you can get a non name chinese fram..eh
What like this : Pinarello cracks down on 'Chinarello' counterfeiters - BikeRadar

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Automotive window tint ... you pick the %.
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Why did you buy the bike?
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Spend less time looking at your bike and more time riding it
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Could be worse, you could own a Trek.

Must be over 15 Trek/Bontrager logos on my Madone.

Personally, I rather have bare carbon. Even thought about getting the frame stripped but not sure of a easy method that would not damage the carbon.
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How are Giant? Considering getting the anyroad 1 as my next bike. Its specs are great for the price. But, I also loath a riding billboard.
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Just take all the logos off
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I do like the bike and I got a smoking deal on it as I was shopping for a Roubaix, so it worked out very well. I do like the sign shop vinyl overlay idea now, and even the dark window tint one. Will make some calls tomorrow or early next week. It's just that the last few months, I do feel a bit like a rolling billboard for Specialized. So I replaced the white bar tape and the white seat. My new black wheels will be sticker-free. Not trying to disguise it- just never liked huge white decals and I agree- red or a gray or matte black would have looked better. I am actually trying to like the look of the bike more so I don't do something impulsive and buy another one. That decal is the only thing that bothers me and it is huge.

I dare not try to strip the frame. I like the plain carbon look but it isn't happening with this one. Maybe a Parlee next time.

Maybe I can move the bike from my formal (unused) dining room to the basement. I'd look at it less that way.

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