Aside from my Montgomery Ward catalogs, my principal portal to shopping from the past is the internet archive’s Wayback Machine. Lately, I’ve been browsing the web pages of Momovelo, a favorite, early oughts mail order bike company out of SF. Momovelo was known for their sleek, custom city bikes. Most of the Momo bikes were designed with front racks, swept back bars and leather Brooks saddles. Most of the bikes show a heavy debt to Rivendell Bicycle Works. While I never bought a bike from Momo, I did catch and release a number of curated accessories including Swedish snow goggles, a 100 % wool Royal Mail sweater and a Dutch vinyl game bags. Here is a time capsule view of what you forgot to buy in June 2004.
Over the years we’ve been posting on our favorite kerchief projects. We originally declared our admiration for discharge printed kerchiefs sourced via ebay, thrifts and Japanese web shops. Two years ago, I discovered Cornell University’s collection of political american kerchiefs. Our current kerchief favorite is the wave kerchief made by our Archival friends and stockist, General Quarters. Stay tuned for a new Archival kerchief launch coming soon. Here is an evidential visual of Tom transporting the new Archival Kerchiefs by way of packboard and his custom Coho city bike.
I dream of a sports channel that broadcasts sporting events from the past. While I’m aloof to the running of the 100th edition of the Tour de France, I’d love to watch 50 year old coverage of the race. While I cannot provide you with live footage of the 1963 tour, here is some print ephemera and vintage figurines (via the Spoke Sniffer archives) for restaging your own race. If you prefer moving images, I recommend you watch the greatest cycling film ever made: Louis Mallee’s short documentary, Vive Le Tour (1962).
Thanks to Bill Lane at Wall Bike for reprinting this pictographic feature on front handlebar bags from the Japanese magazine Cyclo Tourist. Apart from Guu-Watanabe, Ostrich and Berthoud, many of the brands are new to me.
While I don’t need another bicycle I’ve been air shopping for Alex Singers and Rene Herse randonnee frames via ebay. Here’s a beautiful 1975 randonneuring bike from the Rene Herse workshop. If you’re a pure road cyclist and you’ve never seen a Rene Herse, check out all the bike’s unique, rando specific features: custom front rack, integrated lighting system, polished mafac racer brakes, full metal fenders, maxicar hubs, etc. In the event of a zombie apocalypse, a Rene Herse randonnee would make the perfect getaway rig.