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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2007 9:58 am 
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Hi all,

I have a big problem that prevents me to sleep during the night :lol:

My new frame is perfect, except for an ugly "made in italy" logo on the top tube (under the clear coat).

The most radical solution would be to remove the clear coat, remove the logo and reapply clear coat. But I'm not sure I want to risk that operation (even if I find someone that can do a good job, it would still void warranty I think).
I suppose my only option is to cover it with a sticker, so I'm trying to design one.

The main theme of this bike is "understated", and it only makes things more difficult as the area to cover is quite big.
I was thinking something like a black background, a yellow Flanders flag and the name of my team in white. Probably both flag and name quite smaller than the black area.
Writing my name would be another option, but it would look a bit pretentious given that I'm just a 'Joe rider' that fights not to be dropped in humble local races. :D

What do you think?

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it could be worse, it could be yellow....

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If this is the biggest problem in your life and the only thing that would cause you to lose sleep then you must have a very good life.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2007 4:11 pm 
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geraldatwork,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperbole

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2007 4:44 pm 
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They have sticker material for mostly automotive applications- also available in carbon fiber. My truck came stock with interior bits of the door armrest etc. with it applied, but there should be a lot of aftermarket stuff out there. You might be able to perfectly align and overlay in the same composite finish and be VERY stealth about it to boot!

Also, you could buy some, tinker with your own design, if you make one you like, you can apply it!

Good luck!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2007 10:24 pm 
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frenk wrote:
geraldatwork,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperbole

"That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way."
-Doris Lessing

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Well I get your point and happy to know you actually aren't losing sleep over it. Funny sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and start thinking about stuff which keeps me up which is even less important than what you are worried about. Anyway I can't help you with your problem other to say I "wouldn't lose any sleep over it" unless someone can recommend a way to hide it and make it look perfect as in from the factory. Otherwise it will look like a bad Toupe and I don't mean the saddle.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2007 1:03 am 
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put a sticker with your name on it.
put a sticker with your blood type and emergency info on it.
put a sticker with a for sale sign asking twice what its worth (a sucker born ever min)

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2007 9:14 am 
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rustychain wrote:
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put a sticker with a for sale sign asking twice what its worth (a sucker born ever min)

:lol: AHAHA that's a very good idea! I'll do it!


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 7:12 pm 
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frenk wrote:
... remove the clear coat, remove the logo ...

Handy tips:
Just ride the bike a lot.
Thigh contact will wear off the offending logo.
Affix sandpaper to shorts to speed the process.
or
Send it to me. I'm willing do the logo removing process for free.
I promise to ride it only on nice days.
And I'll do it "the natural way", so no unsightly sandpaper marks.
It will take only 5 to 10 years.
Actually, I'm willing to spend as many years as it takes for perfection.
Please include funds for maintenance, yearly upgrades, and return shipping at future rates.
No need to thank me. "Helping others is its own reward." :D

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Problem solved :D

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Btw, for those that are interested in namestickers: mine were made by http://taigraphx.com/ , I sent him the file by email, he printed them and sent back for a very reasonable price.
They are vinyl, waterproof, very good quality. I strongly recommend him.

I also asked a local guy, by the time he answered my email I got the stickers from Tai in the mailbox coming from the other side of the world :D


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2007 1:52 pm 
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I agree that Tai is awesome for stuff like this, plus he makes great wheel graphics too.

Herbert



frenk wrote:
Btw, for those that are interested in namestickers: mine were made by http://taigraphx.com/ , I sent him the file by email, he printed them and sent back for a very reasonable price.
They are vinyl, waterproof, very good quality. I strongly recommend him.

I also asked a local guy, by the time he answered my email I got the stickers from Tai in the mailbox coming from the other side of the world :D


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& I thought this was going to be a TREK thread :roll:


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hey herbert and frenk... Sounds like you got service with aloha. Funny, I usually buy stuff from Victory Circle GFX in CO, but you guys buy from Hawaii. hehe. I should try out TAI for my next stickers. If you don't mine me asking, what kind of price were your name stickers frenk?

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