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Old 12-04-11, 09:42 PM
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African Bike Badges

In 2009, I traveled a leg of the Tour d'Afrique with some colleagues from Lonely Planet. We raised money for their worthy foundation - which promotes biking and sustainable transportation for students, health care workers and educators in Africa and it was an amazing adventure. During the trip, I took many pictures of the bike badges we encountered - many of them heavy-as-hell steel frames manufactured in India and China. The bikes were true work horses, helping carry enormous loads, welded together to be workable and a vital part of rural life in Zambia which would make our idea of "bombproof" seem a bit comic by comparison. I thought the badges on these bikes were themselves lovely and wanted to share some of them. As I search for my perfect ride, I think about these bikes a lot, and it helps keep things in perspective. I hope you enjoy!






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Cool, thanks for sharing.
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Neat shots - do you have any of any carrying cargo? When I was in Malawi I saw them carrying goats, sacks of corn...
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Very Cool! Yeah, loaded shots would be fun, too.
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words fail me.
surely the humber wasn't made by humber motorcars long ago?
like the others, i wish i could see the whole bikes.
a canadian road king?
for a badge, atlas=cadillac.
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