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Old 10-28-20, 11:59 AM
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No logos?

For a number of years bike frames had huge bright logos, with little logos on the chainstays, seatstays and anywhere else that they could be put. Each individual component also had it's own logo. A bike was a moving advert, and often still is.
Things have changed somewhat... logos now are more muted, and there are fewer of them. I, however, have for years had the habit of removing as many of the logos from my bike as I could (and lots of other things) as I can't see the point of being 'advertised to' once I've bought the product, and often the logos are quite ugly.
Does anyone else remove logos?
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Old 10-28-20, 12:02 PM
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Nah. Can't see them while I'm riding.
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Old 10-28-20, 12:09 PM
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Every time I read one of these threads, I remember a New Yorker short story where one character educates another in the delicate art of removing the alligator applique from Izod shirts.

Visit the Classic and Vintage pages here; you'll see lots of threads posted by people pleading for help identifying their anonymized/deidentified bikes and for sources of authentic-looking decals. Have pity on the bike's future owners and leave the decals intact.

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Old 10-28-20, 12:10 PM
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Originally Posted by kirbyx View Post
Things have changed somewhat... logos now are more muted, and there are fewer of them.
Does anyone else remove logos?
I wish this was true for clothing as well. Lots of quality garments out there that I`ve passed on because of the logos.
To answer your question....yes I remove All stickers possible and any unnecessary add-ons when I get my bike(s) home.
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Old 10-28-20, 12:11 PM
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Mine was a Trek Project One, so I was able to order it with minimal logos.

It does say TREK on the down tube, but you have to be really close to see it.


A bit more subtle than my previous Trek.
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Old 10-28-20, 12:14 PM
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Being concerned enough to take the time and effort to remove logos would mean they have gained more power over me than I'm willing to grant. That said, I've removed the remains of a logo from my Ti bike after it deteriorated.
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Old 10-28-20, 12:19 PM
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I remove as much as possible:



Edit: Never added the branding stickers for the frame.
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Old 10-28-20, 12:46 PM
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I leave the logos on.... I can't see them when I'm riding, and I don't like the blank space that would be left if I did happen to look down there and a logo had been taken off. Plus, there is the small added benefit of annoying the people who like to point out to everyone else that they should take the logos off. "Are they paying you to advertise?" No, but maybe I just don't care.
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Old 10-28-20, 12:55 PM
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Originally Posted by kirbyx View Post
For a number of years bike frames had huge bright logos, with little logos on the chainstays, seatstays and anywhere else that they could be put. Each individual component also had it's own logo. A bike was a moving advert, and often still is.
Things have changed somewhat... logos now are more muted, and there are fewer of them. I, however, have for years had the habit of removing as many of the logos from my bike as I could (and lots of other things) as I can't see the point of being 'advertised to' once I've bought the product, and often the logos are quite ugly.
Does anyone else remove logos?
I leave them on. As far as the free advertising aspect, Iím okay with that. I canít see someone running out to buy something simply because they saw a logo on a bike!
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Old 10-28-20, 12:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Reflector Guy View Post
I leave the logos on.... I can't see them when I'm riding, and I don't like the blank space that would be left if I did happen to look down there and a logo had been taken off. Plus, there is the small added benefit of annoying the people who like to point out to everyone else that they should take the logos off. "Are they paying you to advertise?" No, but maybe I just don't care.
Hehe, I like that "I get satisfaction from annoying people who care". I know, you didn't say it with those words, but I like it!
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Old 10-28-20, 01:35 PM
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If you get a custom built frame you can dictate where, what color and how many logos there are.
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Old 10-28-20, 01:36 PM
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Yes sir, I love the "clean" look so not only do I remove all emblems and stickers on my bikes but I also do so on my cars lol.
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Old 10-28-20, 01:45 PM
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Highly unlikely but if I ever own a Ferrari, the logos will stay.
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Old 10-28-20, 01:48 PM
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Old 10-28-20, 01:56 PM
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Highly unlikely but if I ever own a Ferrari, the logos will stay.
I doubt anyone would confuse a Ferrari with a Prius.
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Old 10-28-20, 02:30 PM
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Cannondale, 5 years ago:







Cannondale now:

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Old 10-28-20, 02:33 PM
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Wow, that's quite the difference!
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Old 10-28-20, 02:40 PM
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I own one of those previous generation C'dales with 20 logos on it. My bike is silver with black logos so it's a bit more subtle, but the logos are all painted and/or embedded into the clear coat finish, so not easily removable.

I definitely appreciate the more subtle and muted style of the newer bikes, but when I was younger I thought the loud logos splashed all over looked pretty awesome, and very "pro". I guess tastes change, and so do trends.
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Old 10-28-20, 02:45 PM
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Cannondale, 5 years ago:




OUCH
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When I get around to getting a Waterford, Iíll be happy to let them logo it on the headtube and downtube as well as throw a good ole Stars & Bars tag on the top of the downtube.

My antique 531 bikes? I get them cheap and destroy them in under 1.5 years. Iím not putting effort into aesthetizing them after Iíve already added fenders and swapped the wheels, saddle, bars, stem, front caliper, bb, and headset.

My fancy Pacific Labor Colony built bikes? I also bought them to destroy them. If they happen to look cool from 10í away- sweet.

The logos on all of them slowly get removed along with the rest of the paint by tree branches and flying rocks.

I do like the look of logoless things and would totally de-logo any Ferrari or Mercedes I might come into possession of and leave it de-logoíd after giving it/them a very not-stock paint job.
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OUCH
FWIW, that Orange/Silver paint job is one of the best of that generation. I think it still looks great, but yeah... a LOT of logos.

Your wheels also remind me of how quickly Zipp has moved in a more subtle logo direction.
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The first thing I did when I bought my Packard was rip off the flying goddess hood ornament.
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Not a big fan of logos here, either.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
The first thing I did when I bought my Packard was rip off the flying goddess hood ornament.
Yes, but you kept the make and model name on the back and the sides, right?
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Old 10-28-20, 03:07 PM
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Originally Posted by msu2001la View Post
Your wheels also remind me of how quickly Zipp has moved in a more subtle logo direction.
Look at post #5 , my Zipp 303s have black logos.... stealthy.
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