Thursday, July 27, 2006
Back when bicycles first became popular, bike riders were known as bicycle jockeys. They rode their bicycles on the rough cobblestone streets of the 19th century, where the bumps on the metal, poorly padded bicycles could cause tremendous damage to a man's, umm, motivation. Thus, some ingenious individuals took to inventing a device that could protect a man's unmentionables, and an outfit with which they could keep everything in place. The protective device became known as the cup, and the protective device, which consisted of a few straps of fabric, came to be known as a bicycle jockey strap, which was, over time, shortened to jockstrap.