Before there were t-shirts
bright & shinnies
With every bike event these days you get a colorful creation that announces the vision, mission, and goals as well as the myriad corporate sponsors. Even bike clubs aren't immune from the cotton pest. I mean, what the hell do you do with all those t-shirts anyway? The ones that aren't taking up space in the lower drawer of my dresser are now serving time as oil rags on the back porch bike shop.
Before t-shirts became the commonly accepted currency for expressing your commitment to alternative forms of transportation gentleman bikers sported badges, or pins as our American cousins would call them.
And who can't see the advantages in sporting badges. Unlike the cotton vest, a badge doesn't fade. Being much smaller, it's more flexible in terms of display. You can sport more than one at the same time, unless you're into that Seattle grunge, multi-layered thang. So here's my tribute the the badges of bikers past.