Not very much, I guess. Here’s a couple of head badges from two different Raleigh bicycles. For those who don’t know, Raleigh of Nottingham, England was once one of the largest bicycle makers in the world, and like many mega-companies, were responsible for a vast array of different bicycle models, from droves of three-speed roadster bicycles and some very high quality racing bicycles and everything in between. The badge on the left comes from a 1960’s Raleigh Record, a low-end road bike. Despite the unexceptional pedigree of the bike this badge comes from, it’s stamped from brass and the color has survived over 40 years of exposure to the elements.
The badge on the right is from a mountain bike dating to the mid 2000’s. It’s stamped from thin aluminium and whatever color the badge once possessed has disappeared completely.
A classic case of “they don’t make ’em like they used to”? yep. A severe case of “find something worthwhile to complain about”? You bet!
Interesting comparison, though.