>> Monday, April 16, 2007
In the 2007 edition of Aerostich's "Rider Wearhouse Catalog", there is a feature on "Vegan Gloves".
These are gloves manufactured without any animal skins or animal products so that they're "vegan friendly".
I guess what caught my attention is that this is the first time I've seen a motorcycle product advertised as being "Vegan". After searching Google for more vegan motorcycle gear, I realize now the concept of veggie bikers has been around for awhile. I guess me and my meat-eating lifestyle has caused me to be ingnorant of this faction of "motorcycle enthusiasts".
The gloves themselves are nothing out of the ordinary. They're the same gloves you find in a lot of places. They're made with Kevlar, and I imagine other materials produced in a laboratory or grown from a bush. The only difference is the marketing approach.
If you wanna see something funny, Aerostich will sell you a bottle of leather smell to apply to you vegan riding gear. This way vegans can at least smell like they've caused the death of some cows.
There's even a web forum of vegan riders. I haven't found a vegan motorcycle club, though I imagine there's gotta be one around. I wonder if their patch shows a carrot riding a motorcycle?
So, will this mean my favorite biker bars will soon be adding tofu cheese and raspberry smoothies to their menus? Well if it's going to happen somewhere, it'll happen here in Southern California first. My bet is on the Rock Store. I'll keep my eyes open.