RIH Headbadge
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Photo Credit: VeloBase User tjan
Name: RIH Headbadge
Brand: RIH
Badge Type: Metal Attached
Frame Types: Vintage Lightweights
Utility / Internal Geared
Country: Netherlands
Years: 1970's
Added By: tjan on 02/26/08
Updated By: JFischer on 02/26/08
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Headbadge Information
RIH started as a small frame builder and bike shop in Amsterdam in 1921.  RIH remains in business building mostly touring bicycles in the European style. 
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 Founded March 21, 1921 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, by the brothers Joop and Willem Bustraan (the letters GB on the headbadges stand for Gebroeder Bustraan) as Gebr. Bustraan RIH SPORT Rijwielen. They named their bicycles after the black Arabian stallion Rih (=Arabian for wind) featured in the adventure novels written by Karl May (it is not the abbreviation for "Rijwiel Industrie Holland!). RIH was well known from the beginning for their racing bicycles, especially track bicycles. After Joop and Willem passed the business down to Willem's son, also named Willem, they were purchased by manufacturer Cové in 1972. Cové still uses the brand for commuter bicycles whereas the rights for the sport and racing section went over to the business partner Wim van der Kaaij. Under the name RIH - Sport - Amsterdam are still steel frames built today. But pay attention: RIH is also the brand of the austrian bicycle shop Sporthaus Rih Franz Hamedl in Vienna and stands für Radsport International Hamedl!
Source: http://www.rih.nl/site/historie/1921/index.php

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