Artwork for the replica decals apropos the rebuild on my 1975 Crescent Pepita Professional De Luxe 320 has finally been completed to my satisfaction. Which brings me to the point where it is now appropriate to solicit input from other Crescent owners and enthusiasts here on the CR List in order to bring this chapter of my latest project to a successful conclusion for all parties who might stand to benefit.
As vintage cycling aficionados may already be aware, Crescent / MCB used the same basic decal scheme for a considerable period of time on their 300 series offerings. Specifically, all but the seat tube decals were essentially unchanged from at least 1967 or 1968 until the year 1979, and even after that point in time, a few select models would appear to have continued use of these very same decals or a small subset thereof until 1985. With respect to those 300 series bicycles produced from the late 1960's through 1979, the ONLY difference in the decal scheme itself, excepting subtle changes in the primary seat tube decals, was the use of an additional stylized "CRESCENT" decal in the center of each side of the top tube through model year 1973. Inasmuch as my project bike happens to post-date that timeframe, it is absent this particular graphic. But I reason that as long as I have put this much time and effort into painstakingly replicating the decals requisite for my own needs, I might as well go the ever so small extra mile so as to create that otherwise "missing" decal for the benefit of those who might have need for same. Since the actual artwork itself is common to the larger stylized "CRESCENT" decal which appears on the down tube, all I really need to find out from someone else having a pre 1974 Crescent 300 series bicycle ready at hand would be the proper size / dimensions of that smaller version to be found on the top tube of their bike.
So here is the deal..
The first person to post publicly to the CR List the exact dimensions in millimeters of that small stylized "CRESCENT" top tube decal in accordance with the specific methodologies described below is entitled to receive FREE OF CHARGE one brand new set of high quality, ultra-thin, color fast, die-cut, vinyl based Crescent reproduction decals once I have received the entire batch from the print shop (...figure one to two weeks time - tops). This offer covers provision of the decal transfers themselves as well as careful packaging and postage required for same to deliver the entire ensemble anywhere in the world having regular mail delivery. Please note that the decal grouping being reproduced WILL NOT include any seat or head tube decals - only those which would normally appear on the top and down tubes. For a pictorial representation of the various decals in question, please refer to the following photographs as posted to WoolJersey:
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Referring to the third picture in sequence, you will find a representation of the stylized "CRESCENT" decal which normally appears on the down tube along with its measurements provided in millimeters. What I need are the actual dimensions of the similar but smaller "CRESCENT" top tube decal as determined by measuring it using the very same vertical and horizontal points detailed in that picture. The easiest and most accurate way to perform this task is to take a flexible fabric tape measure which has metric increments and stretch it taught along side the decal in question at the designated points being careful so as to follow the actual curvature of the top tube.
For anyone else who may be interested in procuring their very own set of reproduction Crescent decals as described in the photographs posted to the aforementioned WoolJersey album, this is your chance. To plagiarize that which I posted to the CR List back in January, this will be a ONE TIME printing, the size of which will be based upon those who contact me "OFF LIST" and express an interest in purchasing a set for themselves (.pricing will be subject to some extent upon how many sets will need to be printed - but I will stipulate that amount in advance of requesting payment or having those decals actually made on behalf of others). The objective will be to have no "spare" sets left over after all interested parties have paid. If there are a few such extras (...which means that someone who said they wanted one failed to "pay up"), they will quickly be offered on eBay for competitive bid starting at the quoted sales price (...i.e. I have no intention of holding any "stock" of these - so perish the thought that anyone might have about procrastination possibly serving them well in this matter). And just so that everyone knows, I still intend send a spare set off to Greg Softley in Coffs Harbor, Australia such that he might be able to get a jump start on replicating these very same decals should he chose to do so at some future point in time (.and it will be entirely up to Greg to determine when and if that will ever occur).
Robert "decorative declaratives" Broderick
..the "Frozen Flatlands" of South Dakota
Sioux Falls, USA