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Shopping from 1926 – Catalogue Messner

Students returning to college in the Fall might consider shopping from the 1926 Louis Messner catalogue for the perfect campus cruiser. Louis Messner sells a broad range of fenders, racks, bars, bells, grips, pedals, lights, pumps, saddles and frames. Ditch that impractical fixed gear and build yourself up a fully fendered Luxe Dame or Garconnet …

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Shopping from ebay – Jack Taylor Tourist

I’ve admired handbuilt, all steel, Jack Taylor bicycles for years. Fellow Oregon Randonneur Joel Metz rides a stunning yellow JT and friend Jack Fortune owns the prettiest bicycle in my flickr photostream. If you live in the UK, here’s a chance to bid on your own Jack Taylor – a handsome, fully outfitted touring machine …

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Archival Tour de France

Once again I’m mining riders from the Nationaal Archief’s flickr photostream to stage my own Tour de France. Despite the passing of decades, the rider’s wool jerseys and steel bicycles make them look like a unified team. For 2012, I present my Archival tour: Jaap Kersten in Gramont (1961) Alphonse Schepers (1933) Jules Buysse (1926) …

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From the archives – Nancy Neiman

Thanks to flickr contact Paris-Roubaix for posting these photos of Nancy Neiman, the U.S. National Cycling Champion in 1953, 1954, 1956 and 1957. Neiman was the first American woman to ride a stage race in Europe. I don’t follow contemporary cycling because the athletic garb and bikes are so alien to me. I much prefer …

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Archival Field Trip – Alex Singer (Paris)

Gabe and Sara outside the Alex Singer shop Last August, post Paris-Brest-Paris, we had the pleasure of visiting the Alex Singer shop on 53, Rue de Victor Hugo, in northwest Paris. The historic Singer shop has a reputation for producing some of the most stunning, steel cyclo-tourist and racing bikes in the world. Visiting the …

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Saint James for Velo Moto

I first spotted these snappy racing sweaters in Men’s File Magazine. They were made exclusively for Velo Moto by our favorite French knitwear company, Saint James. The sweater is built on the chassis of the Saint James Matelot, a model designed to fit snugly to the body. According to Velo Moto, the racing sweater was …

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Oregon Cycling Garb: J & G Cyclewear

Jackson & Gibbens got going in Archival’s hometown – Eugene, Oregon – in the 1970s when Mark Jackson couldn’t find a good bicycling jacket for a good price. They’re still going strong, and everything is still made in Oregon. We’re thinking about carrying the J&G cyclist’s rain cape, which, as long as you have fenders …

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Archival Jackets: Brooks Criterion

John Boultbee Criterion jacket (via Brooks of England blog) I’m excited to hear about Brooks of England’s project to create tailored cycling clothing under the John Boultbee label. As a daily commuter, I’m always looking for ways to merge my cycling and work clothing. Here’s a short video introduction to the new Boultbee Criterion jacket. …

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