RE: [CR]No Decals NOW Hand Painted

(Example: Events:Cirque du Cyclisme:2004)

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Date: Wed, 8 Dec 2004 03:26:29 -0800
From: "Jan Heine" <>
Subject: RE: [CR]No Decals NOW Hand Painted

It was common among small builders in France to hand-paint names - the pinstriper usually could do that quite nicely. Decals cost money, and if you make 10-20 frames a year, it may not be worth it. I have seen Ducheron, Balleuil and others with hand-painted graphics.

The same applies to headbadges, which were found (in France) only on bikes by makers who also had lower price-point bikes made in large quantities (usually not in-house), such as Jo Routens, Follis and others. When you think about it, to make headbadges for a very small-scale production isn't cost-effective. Plus they add weight, which at the time of the technical trials, really did matter (in the public's imagination, not on the road). -- Jan Heine, Seattle Editor/Publisher Vintage Bicycle Quarterly c/o Il Vecchio Bicycles 140 Lakeside Ave, Ste. C Seattle WA 98122
> However, some others besides Herse and
>Legnano were hand painting the name prior to '83. I'm guessing this
>Colin Laing to be from the early 70's:
>Not only is the name painted on the down tube (no stenciling used here
>either), but the apparent client's name and Colin's signature are also
>hand painted (see other pix).
>Special thanks to Morgan Fletcher for allowing me to post these pix to
>his great site.
>Wayne Bingham
>Lovettsville VA