My road bikes wheels are de-stickered (stans alpha rims).
Look much better IMO. Black rims, silver spokes, black novatech hubs. They look cheep, but in my head I know they’re ace. The frame’s an entry level CAAD4 from 2004, so the whole thing’s a a bit of a sleeper with nothing left to upgrade 🙂Posted 4 years agonjee20Subscriber
I’ve got some wheels the previous owner took all the decals off, it annoys me, so I ordered replacements. Those replacements have sat in my toolbox for 6 months, so it doesn’t annoy me that much.
I’d never take them off frankly, just not that bothered, but not a big fan of plain things.Posted 4 years agocookeaaSubscriber
I did de-sticker my commuter as the stickers looked crap and came off easily, now it’s all stealthy black with zero logos. While I liked it to start with, I’m now starting to feel the need to add something again, I might just opt for some Hi-viz type stickers / Tape as it’s a commuter and I like not being run over so much…
I don’t really go out of my way to de-sticker any of my other bikes but I’ve not added any extra stickers to a bike since the mid 90s… I’m sure stickers used to be much cooler in the late 80s – early 90s…
Actually having thought about it, I’m going to get my eldest to sticker the crap out of all my bikes now, she’ll absolutely love it and I reckon the inevitable collection of sparkly Fairies, Stars, Rainbows, Ballet dancing mice, and various random children’s TV characters should deter any would be thief…Posted 4 years agoReluctantMember
Some things do look better de-stickered. My frame was powdercoated black ten years ago and remains plain black. The stickers were removed from my Mavics because I didn’t like yellow much at the time. Kinda hard to remove labels from tyres, bars seatposts cranks etc though.Posted 4 years ago
Life’s too short to worry about bloody stickers. Too busy riding…
I use a natural selection based approach – mud sticks to some bits, not others. It’s a bike, not an art work or a personal statement.
Pithy, both. But surely bikes can be all those things? And when not riding, then thinking about and tinkering with bikes doesn’t make life too short, but more enriching if you like bikes? There are times, surely, when one isn’t riding (and posting on the internet about bikes instead)?Posted 4 years agoD0NKSubscriber
Have destickered in the past – a night shift, nothing else to do, went for it.Posted 4 years ago
Have had a few frames I didn’t bother stickering up. (1 respray, 2 came naked with stickers separate)
If I got one of the logotastic road bikes on a cheap deal I’d have to remove them, look horriblescruffMember
Marzocchi safety disclaimer stickers, even with a hairdrier these are right buggers to get off. I regularly take off stickers I dont like. Need to have a session with Mr. Razor Blade and the wifes Babyliss as both my current bikes need destickering or rehelitaping. I even have mismatched wheels (with prominent logos) on the DH bike, oh the shame…Posted 4 years agobigbadbobMember
I wouldn’t de-sticker stuff, but I wouldn’t replace them for new ones either, I don’t Helitape the bike neither. I know someone who colours in their tyre names with a black felt tip pen. Unless they pay him to ride for them. I recently got my daughter to draw a little something on my top tube, to motivate me when the going gets tough, I have thought about letting her loose on the rest of my bike too.Posted 4 years agoYakSubscriber
A few years ago, Mrs Yak pointed out that due to the shear number of decals, gaudy writing and silly coloured cables, that my bike looked like a ‘small boys trainer’. 😳
Since then I’ve made a small effort to get rid of any easily removed stickers, but that’s about it.Posted 4 years ago
I have a friend who uses permanent marker to remove the reflective strip in his Schwalbe marathons, but that’s purely for aesthetics! Nice to hear about the personalisations, I put a Charlie the Bikemonger sticker on my girlfriend’s toptube which reads ‘toughen up princess’…i enjoy reminding her of that…Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
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All Stans rims should be de-stickered.
They didn’t used to be so bad but the new ones are a) ugly, b) numerous and c) mahoosive. And also d) hard to remove. House!
Tyre logos is where it becomes obvious I have a problem. Kenda do their logos in 2 different sizes, I hate it when one tyre has a massive KENDA and the other has a little KENDA. But that’s not as bad as the accursed Continental with their logos the same on both sides, but not quite opposite, so you can’t centre them on the valves. DAMN YOU CONTINENTAL!Posted 4 years ago
No, nothing to do with marmite speedway-related incidents. I’m curious to know if anyone else habitually de-badges their bikes and components?
I can’t stand too much writing on my bike, particularly as much of it is meaningless marketing fluff and numbers. I’m a selective redactor: I’m enough of a tart that I keep logos and badges of ‘nice’ components, and I don’t remove laser-etched stuff because it looks crap if you ruin the finish. When I re-spray bikes, i’d never get replacement stickers/transfers for the brand, just the tubing make, forks and wheels are always de-stickered.
What are you? Shameless brand whore, selective redactor, or stealth-blackout?
Also, who are the worst offenders for terrible stickers/branding?
To start us off:
– The on-one inbred ‘character’, truly awful and hidden as a first priority
– Any wheel rim splattered with marketing puke like a useless gaudy life-ring (lots of contenders there…)Posted 4 years agoD0NKSubscriber
I recently got my daughter to draw a little something on my top tube
stripped a frame and have scribbled daft stuff on it occasionally. Might let the kids have a go 🙂
Continental with their logos the same on both sides, but not quite opposite, so you can’t centre them on the valves
campaign to drive OCDers out of cycling innit!Posted 4 years agofreeagentMember
I’m a bit of a corporate marketing whore, but I never put any additional stickers on the bike (I might have put a couple of subtle ones under the down-tube on my MTB for a bit of stone protection)
Stickers tend to go on tool boxes, or on the back of the man-shed door.Posted 4 years agomatther01Member
Struggle to find time to ride let alone de-brand, also would probably end up stripping paint anodising etc too knowing my cackhandedness. I do remove dealership stickers from my cars however.
Possible good way to deter thieves, unless they’re pros.
My AC all mountain wheelset is the most gaudy looking thing you’ve ever seen…but surprisingly fits in with colour scheme.Posted 4 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
£60 ‘best offer’ on Sokin hubs off ebay
The alphas i waited for CRC/wiggle to hve £10 off £75 weekends and ordered them seperately which made them about £65/£70 each.
Spokes/nipples from rose bikes in germany
Built them myself, but the LBS quoted £25/wheel but the spokes had to be from them (£1.20/spoke Vs 65p from germany)
So arround £240.
Building was a PITA, I’ve only done MTB wheels before and getting soft roadie wheels upto an even tension was a whole lot more difficult. Doable, but took 3 attempts, and even then one spoke loosened up and fell out after 150 miles!Posted 4 years agochivesMember
De-stickered my Crest rims as soon as I got them; far too gaudy. Resprayed my (07 model year, so ‘grey’) fox forks satin black when I serviced them, and didn’t redo the stickers, much neater IMO but the Soul frame was resprayed (before I had it) and the decals are under the laquer so they’re staying. I must admit, I think I prefer the old-style Cotic decal to the later ‘wrap’ style one.Posted 4 years agonedrapierSubscriber
Oh dear, it seems as though I might come across a little sad now.
Taken the stickers off the Prince Albert frame, the Stans rims, the Open Pro rims, left other resprayed HT sans decals, and put a couple of wraps of black leccy tape over the Answer bars. Once you’ve started…
Now I’m going to see how long I can resist getting the IPA out on the tyres… cheers njee! 🙄Posted 4 years agoCheezpleezSubscriber
I’m generally pretty relaxed about this.
I didn’t add the supplied decals to my C456 frame because they were gopping. I did design some of my own but in the end decided I liked it unbadged.
The only decals I’d really like to remove are the several hundred bizarre and unnecessary logos and marketing tagnuts on my Focus roadbike. I mean ‘Discover freedom’ WTF?Posted 4 years ago
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