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Rides: T shirts

March 6, 2010

Here are some of the T shirts that have found their way into my dresser.  Most of them came in somewhat recently, say the last 5 years or so, as the older ones became shop rags, but a few are long term staples of my wardrobe.


The first group are shirts that I have made for the 49 Mile Ride.  This is an event that Kim and I have been organizing for 10 years, with the Yerba Buena chapter of the AMCA now handling many of the duties. 

Mike at LoFi Customs does the printing.  I typically find an image from an old poster, add a bit of text and a local SF landmark or two.   Then Mike’s team turns it into something that can be screen printed.  We try to keep it interesting, with 4 color printing and bright shirts.  If you scan through my older articles about posters, you’ll see the source materials for many of these.

Shirts are for sale at the beginning of each 49 Mile Ride, last Sunday in October.  Typically $15 for each shirt.  They sell out by around 9am, get there early.


The first shirt was based on the SF 49 Mile Drive signs that mark the route around the city.  The TransAmerica tower was featured in the skyline, a recurring motif throughout the years.


This one is from a Swiss Motosacoche advert from 1929. 


This one is based on an Italian Frera advert that my friend Pasquale gave me


New Map, circa 1929.  This one has always been one of my favorites.


From a flyer for a dirt track race in the MidWest USA:


This one is based on a poster for the 1939 World’s Fair, based on Treasure Island.  The bike is added from a period Harley Davidson advert.


  This one is from a French Magnat Debon advert, circa 1909ish


This year’s shirt was a new venture, based on sketches from George and Mike at LoFi.


Max Bubeck’s Death Valley Run.   And the Rudge club’s mascot, Johnny Rudge


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Velocette KTT Mark 8, and a BSA three speed rear hub.

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Not from a ride, but Dean Moon’s logo.  I’ve had this shirt for 21 years, and still wear it often.



A great AMCA rally in Yosemite, and the AMCA 5 Chapter Ride from 2006.  I based the 5 Chapter Ride shirt on an AJS ad.

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The Velocette naked lady.     And an Alec Bennett commemorative shirt given to me by Adrian Rhodes.

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VOCNA club shirt circa 2005.    PdO laid out this rally shirt last year.


I did this one in ‘06, a direct ripoff of the famous poster the Veloce used circa 1938.


This one is probably my favorite in the bunch:  Tim Kenney put it together for his ride down in Ojai, CA.  It is based on the artwork from Dave Master’s book:  Velocette an Illustrated Profile of Models 1905 to 1971


Two gift shirts from PdO.  Southsiders and Brooklands anniversary.  One from France and one from England, in euro sizes;  hence they both fit tightly around my beer gut.


You know Bud Ekins.  What’s the quote?  “everybody wanted to be Steve McQueen, and Steve wanted to be Bud Ekins”


Front and backside of a Lou Branch T shirt.   I reproduced these with LoFi based on photos of an original shirt that was older than me.

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Front and backside of an Indian shirt.  Bought at the Dixon swap meet, probably in 1998.  I like the graphics and the colors.

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Excelsior shirt, bought from that same vendor in Dixon, probably in 2000.  Love the image of the Big Valve X!

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Lanora permalink
    March 7, 2010 11:22 am

    You make it sound easy to design and produce an amazing t-shirt. However yours are some of my favorites.

  2. Pete Young permalink*
    March 7, 2010 7:56 pm

    Thanks Lanora. But isn’t everything easy once it is completed? 😉

  3. March 8, 2010 9:19 am

    Hey Pete

    Will send you the good special Beeeer sized !

    we make a new one soon

  4. September 30, 2010 12:35 am

    Hi Pete, I just found your Blog. Its great along with all you other cool stuff you do. Congrats on finishing the Canonball.
    I still have all my T-shirts from all of the 49mile rides. Always exciting to see the T each year.
    I have finished my 1971 Norton “InterbacK” Ill be riding it at this years event. Oct 31, I hear is the day.

    • Pete Young permalink*
      September 30, 2010 7:54 am

      thanks Tyler. Yep, Halloween is the date for this year’s 49 Mile Ride. Get your costume ready!

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