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sm2501

CABE owner
Staff member
System Administrator
May 21, 2006
3,297
Dalworthington Gardens, TX
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Here is my favorite badge. Hans Johnsen Company was founded in 1903 and located here in Dallas Texas. They celebrated their 100th anniversary in 2003 and are still going strong. (They are one of my vendors at the bike shop).

The Longhorn badge is from the teens. It is a Maltese cross like the Racycle badge. Interesting thing is Hans Johnsen was a Miami/Racycle distributor, so I suspect that Miami helped them design this badge.

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I recently found a teens era Miami built bike with the same badge on it.

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danny7147

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 16, 2009
196
Boscombe, Dorset
www.bikestothefuture.com
It's a shame you're not interested in chainrings because in England we've had some great ones... very distinctive...

Here's the Rudge sitting to the left of me in the living room :)

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Everyone seems to know the 'herons head' by Raleigh, but that's what makes our bikes more distinctive than the head badge. Back in the 20's-50's when every bike looked identical, and every bike was black, it was the chainring that manufacturers here concentrated on so that, as with the one above, if you saw the 'hand' symbol you knew it was a Rudge ;)
 
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catfish

Riding an Alexander Rocket Bike
Sep 25, 2006
23,938
Boston, Massachusetts
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That is a cool badge!

Here is my favorite badge. Hans Johnsen Company was founded in 1903 and located here in Dallas Texas. They celebrated their 100th anniversary in 2003 and are still going strong. (They are one of my vendors at the bike shop).

The Longhorn badge is from the teens. It is a Maltese cross like the Racycle badge. Interesting thing is Hans Johnsen was a Miami/Racycle distributor, so I suspect that Miami helped them design this badge.

356T5-1.jpg


I recently found a teens era Miami built bike with the same badge on it.

P2SQL-1.jpg


hjc26-1.jpg
 

barracuda

I live for the CABE
Oct 27, 2009
1,781
Niles, California
I don't know if it's really the coolest I have, but I love the Tribune badge because it's the marque ridden by Mile-A-Minute Murphy when he set his famous speed record in 1899. At least, I'm pretty sure it is.

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What I wouldn't give for the shirt he's wearing in this shot:

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sam

I live for the CABE
May 24, 2006
1,483
San Antonio, United States
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Maybe the rarest badge on a bike today.
It's a paper badge from about 1974--75 BMX era.
Reported to be an early prototype Murphy&Littlejohn---before Littlejohn/Murphy
4 known frames--this is the only one that is original.

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kngtmat

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jul 31, 2011
869
Auburndale, FL
I like the one on my 59 Mercury eventhough it doesn't have those cool edges or not all still there.

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sam

I live for the CABE
May 24, 2006
1,483
San Antonio, United States
Hay Catfish,you started this thread---you augh to have some really cool ones!---we're waiting----sam
 

kngtmat

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jul 31, 2011
869
Auburndale, FL
Cool badges.







Hey it's Constable Benton Fraser from Due South lol.
 
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