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Removing decals by stimpy
Started on: 07-02-2000 05:46 PM
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Last post by: Standard on 07-04-2000 05:15 AM
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Report this Post07-02-2000 05:46 PM Click Here to See the Profile for stimpyClick Here to Email stimpySend a Private Message to stimpyDirect Link to This Post
I just picked up a mountain bike at the local pawn shop and its a beauty. All aluminum with Shimano stx-rc componants. Here's the "but" -it's a Liahona. "A what?" This is a bike that is made for morman elders to use on their missions, not available at all in bike stores. Being that I don't want to get jumped by mormans everytime I ride due to suspicion that it is stolen, what is the best way to remove the decals without destroying the paint finish?
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Report this Post07-02-2000 07:19 PM Click Here to See the Profile for fropuffClick Here to Email fropuffSend a Private Message to fropuffDirect Link to This Post
I've found the best way to remove decals is to heat it up first. Use a hair dryer. Hold it about an inch away from one edge of the decal. Let it get pretty hot, then peel away at a corner. When you get a corner up, start pulling the decal off while heating it up. When you pull it, don't pull it at a 90 degree angle. Pull it at almost a 180 angle. That's like you're dragging the removed part over the part still attached. Work slowly, heat it up good, then it should come off pretty well. To remove the outline of the decal, use a little WD-40. It will remove the sticky goop crap that was left behind too. Won't even know it was there.
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Report this Post07-03-2000 12:15 AM Click Here to See the Profile for bHooperClick Here to Email bHooperSend a Private Message to bHooperDirect Link to This Post
stimpy... dont even think of getting on your bike and coming to talk to me

jk

lighter fluid works best... on glass... but it might be ok on aluminum.

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Report this Post07-03-2000 01:43 AM Click Here to See the Profile for StandardClick Here to visit Standard's HomePageClick Here to Email StandardSend a Private Message to StandardDirect Link to This Post
Citrus degreaser works good to get the sticky stuff off, plus it has that nice pleasent odor.. hehe.

I work at a bike shop, and I've never heard of Liahona... What's the frame quality like? Good welds, etc? And what would a mormon need an aluminum frame bike equipped with stx-rc for? heh

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Report this Post07-03-2000 06:31 AM Click Here to See the Profile for stimpyClick Here to Email stimpySend a Private Message to stimpyDirect Link to This Post
Well, as far as I can tell, everything on it is high quality including the frame. I found a little article on the web, but no full-on website (I guess marketing energies go in a different direction for these folks). Frame is made in Taiwan, so it is probably a Giant. Has all the mounts- rack, pump, bottle cage etc.
All for $240. So did I get a good deal?

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Report this Post07-03-2000 06:59 AM Click Here to See the Profile for fiero56Send a Private Message to fiero56Direct Link to This Post
Sounds like a fair deal to me. I work two different jobs(both part time, one makes the money, one is for fun). The fun job is working at the bike shop.

For an aluminum frame bike, we start at $370. $370 aluminum bike is good quality, but not as rigid as a more expensive double-butted mountain frame($550+).

Little fact: stx-rc is no longer in production. Was last in production several years ago. Some models still come equipped with it, since companies have so much backstock. Many shops still have stx(and rc) parts in back(we have a few left), but are disapearing. If parts break(most people catch a log on the rear der) you will either have to go higher up in Shimano's line-up(LX, XT, XTR)or lower(Alivio, SIS, etc).

Good call on the Giant frame. For those not in the know, Giant frames are used by many companies. Some companies use their own(Specialized, Cannondale, to name a couple), but many use Giant frames.

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Report this Post07-04-2000 05:15 AM Click Here to See the Profile for StandardClick Here to visit Standard's HomePageClick Here to Email StandardSend a Private Message to StandardDirect Link to This Post
Yep, sounds like a good deal stimpy! I just got a better one, tho... bought me a Kona U` Hu for 200 bucks! The bike shop I worked at closed it's doors today, so there's been alot of deal-making going on... and I needed a play bike so I could stop riding my Indedpedent Fabrication around.. and the Kona fit me perfect.. couldn't beat the price, either!
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