thanks for the quick and surely informative reply. However, I'm not up to speed with the common vocabulary that is used to denote all the specifities that have to do with fixing up a bike.
I don't have pictures for the moment, but I do intend on posting them later on. I take it that it's standard procedure. Mind you, it's not as stunning as yours is, I'm not a collector (I presume you are?). I hasn't got all the original parts, and I use it all the time. Just a few days ago, I participated in the Belgian Blossom Classic and took it for a 150km trip. It was really awesome to see all those high-tech bikes, but mine stood out the most as it was the only one with gear shifts on the frame (I was possibly the youngest participant with the oldest bike).
To get back on the subject, I will get to posting pictures, but I'm a bit ashamed as it's not, as I've said, in prime condition. I got it second-hand for my birthday a few years back and I've been using it ever since. While I take good care of it, it's getting rusty where the cables make contact with the frame and I really should take care of this before it's too late. Its first owner had been the local bicycle repair guy, and he's taken "good care" of it, but it shows... Wear and tear, scrappy adhesives, replaced wheels etc...
It's got a nick name as well. As I'm called "Matthias" in real life, I've renamed the bike "Kogel Matiya". It goes to show that I'm really fond of this bike, and I want to keep using it until I've saved enough to buy a new one and allow this ancient relic's it's retirement.
But that's still some years off, and I need to get my Kogel back into shape. I'd prefer a total make over... If I could just know the "RAL" (whatchamacallit) of the frame... I've contacted a store that repaints cars, and they told me I could turn in my bike and they'd try to scan the colour for me. However, they'd probably need a larger surface in order to pin down the exact RAL. I could try it, but I thought I'd first check specialised sites. Could you refer me to someone who might know of these RALs?
Are you saying that "reetegoed" can produce the adhesives? Or what do you refer to when saying "decals"?
I'm sorry for the long reply, but I thought you'd be interested and I wanted to make up for not having any pictures to share at the moment