Do others update their bike aesthetically?
if i had an older (2007/8ish) xt crank that would definitely have to go, seen a few pics with people who have nice bikes and 07 xt cranks just make the bike look truly dated, i know performance wise it makes no difference just think they generally bring the look of the bike down bigtime
as for decals etc?!??! no chance, id probably keep updating bits with the newest ones as they wear out if i was keeping the frame and wanting it still to look freshPosted 7 years agoMilitant_bikerMember
The updates I do to my frame are generally dinks, scratches, dents, cable rub, foot rub and mud.
And I like the eclectic mix of old and new parts on my bike. Parts are there because they are what have lasted.
But, I understand that for others, the building/upgrading of bikes is a hobby in itself, but upgrading the decals on an old frame purely for aesthetics seems OTT to me… 🙂Posted 7 years ago
Mainly based around inevitable upcoming boredom. Last year I built up a bike through the holidays, but I’m genuinely happy with my current bike/spec.
So I was thinking as there’s now a 2011 version of the Alpine 160, I might up-date mine to the current 2011 decals. Re-helitape etc.
Do a lot of people do things like this?Posted 7 years ago
Or is it a bit weird to update an older model bike with new decals?backhanderMember
I’m a tw@ for it. I can’t help it. Currently wrestling with my conscience over a set of point five podiums. I know that there’s loads of pedals out there which will suit me just as well at half the price but…….Posted 7 years ago
Also want white rims to go with my new white forks. I can’t help it. I just can’t.buzz-lightyearMember
Kinda. Dents and dings are OK. Paint rub and fade annoys me. I dislike mismatching things, like tyres, or finishing kit e.g. Easton bars and stem with Thomson seatpost.
My FS bike is all black ano with no decals and no highlight colour so it can only take black components – it’s like Hotblack Desiato’s stunt ship. That sort of thing.
So yes, some nod to aesthetics.Posted 7 years agobolMember
When I changed my forks from black to white recently I changed the seat and decals to match. The decals weren’t a newer version though, just the Cotic wrap-rounds. Nice to freshen things up every now and then. Not sure I would pretend it was something it isn’t though. Can’t really see the point in that.Posted 7 years agoscruzerMember
Esthetics are important in human existance did you know? How many of us think carefully about our sense of dress, decorating the home, gardening, choosing the colour of our cars, matching this & matching that etc etc. So its no surprise that many of us ‘take care’ when ‘dressing our bikes’, after all they are exremely important to us and allow us one way or another to live a more fulfilled life/existance… Just a thought folks…Posted 7 years agoMunqe-chickMember
Buzz lightyear “I dislike mismatching things, like tyres, or finishing kit e.g. Easton bars and stem with Thomson seatpost”
glad its not just me. My bike had all raceface finishing kit on it. As soon as I got an Easton bar, the RF stem and post had to go.
Probably more OCD than vanity though (tyre and wheel logos HAVE to line up…).
I refreshed my Nomad after buying it used with new frame decals and metal headbadge as part of a comprehensive winter overhaul, so it started the season (I have a winter bike) as close to a new bike as I could afford.Posted 7 years ago
Lol, some people take things wayyyyy too seriously here, i’ve actually laughed out loud at some of the comments that you can tell are being typed through hatred and gritted teeth 🙂
BontyBuns has particularly made me smile. ‘Arent there better things to do’, yes, probably. There’s probably better things to do when I watch a tv programme, proabably better things to do than order a takeaway. Unfortunately messing with bikes to me is fun 😀Posted 7 years agomamadirtMember
Yep, wouldn’t swap the stickers though unless they were totally trashed – more likely to retouch them with a fine brush 😳 as I like my stuff to be period correct. I do the brand matching thing though and must confess to having a selection of different coloured zip-ties, coloured gear outers and lock-on grips for when I fancy a colour change (or frame swap 😉 ).Posted 7 years agoHerman ShakeMember
This is a new level of tweakage. I think updating the year’s stickers/decals (stickers stick to the frame, decals under the clearcoat right?) is deceptive as it pretends your bike is the new version. It’s the breast implant of bike aesthetics.
Of course I see wanting to have an attractive bicycle, but that’s getting on to pretending. But, each to their own! Some implants look ok.Posted 7 years ago
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