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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 5:28 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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gil_m wrote:
Been a fan of the early fishers for some time, so the artworks were drawn up a while ago...

You should have just asked ;)
Would also you have the stickers for Shimano Deore DX 7 speed thumbshifters, by any chance?


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2020 9:54 am 
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Ok, I like your post and found it very useful. So its now 2020 and I have been given a 1988 Gary Fisher MONTARE 19 that is in need of some TLC. Are you still in a situation to get decals?


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2020 12:58 pm 
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I finished that project a few years ago, didn't bother with the shifter graphics.
I ended up recreating my frame graphics myself in Adobe Illustrator based on a collection of reference images I found and getting them printed in vinyl.
It's complicated, the Fisher logo varies a lot depending on the model and year. I didn't restore my bike to it's original condition because I bought it with all the paint removed so have no idea what colour it was, so I just painted it red and printed the graphics in silver, I'm quite pleased with the result -
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2020 6:59 pm 
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The bike I have been given is red and red it shall be! It will not be up to the standard that your restoration is however, yours looks great.. Regards to decals I have seen some Fisher decals that aren't for this bike but its the easy option (and cheapest). I don't want to throw cash at the project but its a bit of history that I would like to preserve. Thanks for the reply:-)


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2020 8:10 pm 
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Your decals are a different style to the ones I recreated, I don't think you can find them for sale anywhere either.

Having said that, I have another vintage bike, a Dutch Benotto sub brand called Alimo. I had resprayed it in the 80s, that paintjob is looking a bit tired so I wanted to restore it's original white colour. There were some reproduction stickers available in Spain, but they looked wrong. Every few months or so, I'd do some internet searching, in a vintage bike group on Facebook, I found an original set of stickers that were exactly the same as was the bike when it was new, I couldn't believe it, I tried to buy them but they had just been sold, so I contacted the person who bought them and thankfully he sold them to me.

So keep a look out, sometimes old bike shops empty their drawers and you might find what you're looking for. Gary Fisher stickers aren't lacquered over so, the ones you can buy now can always be removed if you get lucky.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2020 11:06 am 
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I will have to keep my eye out for some stickers. Thanks.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2020 7:18 pm 
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There's one
https://www.ebay.com/i/131511622696?chn=ps


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2020 7:34 pm 
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Momorris wrote:
I will have to keep my eye out for some stickers. Thanks.
Those stickers look mostly intact.
Before you remove them and strip the paint, it might be a good idea to tape some tracing paper over the graphics and trace them as neatly as you can.
Once you have accurate outlines, they can be scanned and along with photos of the graphics (maybe taken from side on and several other angles to take into account tube distortion). Any sticker specialist will be able to reproduce them accurately in Adobe Illustrator and print/cut them out in self adhesive vinyl with the information you provide.

The most challenging part of reproducing stickers is to get the dimensions accurate - what I ended up with is pretty accurate, the downtube sticker is slightly off though.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2020 5:21 pm 
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Super Sid, you diamond! Thanks very much for the US ebay link. I tried tracing the decals but I must admit I am not an artist and they looked awful! Thanks again.


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