Bike Stickers - What to call them?
In the United Kingdom these always used to be called Bicycle Transfers. And there are still plenty of people who still use this term. It is becoming more common now to call them Bicycle Decals or Bike Decals - possibly a North American influence where I think the word "decal" is in more general use, but it is becoming more common in the United Kingdom too. Remember that our website is bicycledecals.net!
Bike Sticker is becoming more commonly used too, and is very descriptive in that many of our decals are self-adhesive polymer. We used to think it slightly derogatory as conjuring up visions of the stickers that kids put on their bikes. But be assured that ours are very accurate reproductions of the original graphics and perfect for renovating your cherished bicycle frame to its former glory. We think that this term became more common with MTB Stickers, because very many MTB frames in fact came with adhesive vinyl graphics in the first place.
So whatever you want, be they bike stickers, mtb stickers, road bike stickers, or decals or transfers, please check out our range and ask if you don't see what you want.
When we started in business over 10 years ago, we mostly produced Road Bike Frame Decals because customers were mostly restoring road bikes. Then people started to recognize the merit of classic MTBs and we started to satisfy that demand with MTB Stickers and note we have an ever increasing range of MTB Frame Stickers and would be delighted to create more if you have any requests.
Our Road Bike Frame Decals cover all the common makes and a few relatively obscure brands too, including Bicycle Transfers for some rare British makes. We probably have the best range of Colnago Decals too. And plenty of Peugeot Bike Decals and Pinarello Decals too.
Our MTB Stickers cover many popular brands - Bianchi, Cannondale, Focus, Raleigh and more.
Types of decals and Stickers
The majority of our decals are printed on thin self-adhesive polymers, either on white material die cut round the edges, or on clear material with a narrow clear border if the graphics are too intricate to cut round directly. We can also print very successfully on to "chrome effect" and "mirror gold" self adhesive foil.
In general the print will be slightly matte as many people like to apply them before clear-coat to give extra protection. However, by special request and at small additional cost, they can be varnish coated to give a glossy protected finish. These would have to be made to order which might take an extra few days. However Eddy Merckx Set 998 comes with gloss coat as standard and can be applied to a completely finished frame.
We are also starting to manufacture Water-Slide Transfers, which are thinner than decals printed on a polymer substrate. Let us know if you need these for your restoration. They would be special order at this time.