Inspired by Gear Nights in Berlin, on July 3, 2010, a group of 12 men gathered at Austin Texas;s only leather bar, Chain Drive. Wearing only wrestling singlets, they did it to celebrate Gear. It was such a great party that they decided to do it one a regular basis. From that genesis, Gear Night and the Austin Gears was born.
The Austin Gears By-Laws and Charter was established in August of 2012
We are the first and oldest, regular Gear Night gear night in the in the United States. We have held our nights at Chain Drive, Badlands, and now Iron Bear. As bars have closed, we have successfully made the transition to others. We started a Mr Leather/Gear contest in 2013 and have sent 4 of the winners to IML (International Mr Leather).