By the dawn of the s, the bicycle market was choking on its own success. At that time, there were hundreds—some say thousands—of bike companies in the U. While the cycling phenomenon was a relatively new worldwide craze, the intense competition between bicycle retailersmanufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors in the American market meant the bar for products was constantly rising—and that brands were becoming ever more valuable.
Bike geek and avid collector of headbadges, Jeffrey Conner has one of the biggest collection of vintage headbadge, showcasing retro branding from famous brands such as Raleigh and Schwinn but also a lot more independent brands. Made of steel, brass, copper, aluminum and silver, and using elaborate techniques such as die-pressing and acid etching, manufacturers transformed these badges into works of art. The headbadge has been affixed to finer bicycles for over a century.
A series of films, exploring how we make our bikes. See the partners we work with, the process involved, and people behind it all. It all starts here as we only use Reynolds tubing, which then gets fabricated into frames by our manufacturing partner.
But that was before reader Stephen Walker taught me that a head badge is that logo plate thingie on the front tube of a bike. He went on:. Nowadays the head badge is usually identical to the company logo and is either painted on the frame or incorporated into the frame in some way.
Years late to this one, but I've seriously been stumped on getting a riveted headbadge of an '81 Raleigh I'm working on, thank you for leaving this information up after all this time!!! Hey man, been a reader of your blog for a little while. I've been looking for one of these Peugeot headbadges for ages to go on my bike.
It hit the newsstand back in March and arrived in the mail even before. If you read closely, you might also have seen a couple of small pieces by me on pages 8 and My roots with the magazine run deep.
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