Re: [CR] Tubing decals - Originally marketing... now useful?

Example: Framebuilders:Alex Singer

Date: Tue, 04 Jan 2011 12:05:42 +0000
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Subject: Re: [CR] Tubing decals - Originally marketing... now useful?

On 1/4/2011 10:39 AM, wrote:
> Jim Merz wrote: "Tubing stickers are just branding, pure and simple...."
> I agree, one should trust a builder's choices. But, this got me
> thinking...
> Personally, I feel no need to advertise any tube makers wares on my bikes,
> nor do I feel a need to even subtly proclaim to the cognoscenti just how
> much
> money I may have spent on a newly purchased older steel bike or frameset.
> However... if a frame tube is ever damaged and in need of replacement,
> is it truly an easy matter for a frame builder approaching such a repair
> to
> determine a correct (or most suitable) replacement tube? I would think
> that
> especially with the increasingly diverse tubing types available these days,
> it may be a useful aid for future repairs to clearly identify the original
> tubing
> type used on a bike.

If you cut a tube out you'll have a pretty good idea of the hardness ie quality level. Measuring a tube (gauges, lenght of the butts) isn't rocketscience either.

Should be dufficient to find a good match, and more reliable than judging by a tubing sticker (which are often 'wrongly' applied)

-- mvg

Marten (deda CS, 525 SS, 725 ST, 853 TT & DT, Columbus HT, Truetemper steerer, 531 forkblades, decal anyone? - Gerritsen
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