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New Cycling knickers from Grand Bois

September 17th, 2019

I have a thing for cycling breeches and plus fours (aka knickers). When UK outdoor custom clothier Hebden Cord closed shop, I bought up ten pairs of breeks in assorted fabrics (cord, tweed, ventile) on eBay.

True confession: I admire these garments more than I like to wear them. In practice, on my bike, I prefer the more tech-fabric-y versions sold by Rene Herse. These work brilliantly as a light, wind-blocking layer over my (less scenic) cycling shorts during winter months (and during bike check at Paris-Brest-Paris).

I just spotted these CCP knickers on the Grand Bois site. I want these but I’m not sure if these will fall into the category of loved-but-not-worn or super functional, more trad looking versions of the Herse knickers. Thoughts?

Archival Field Trip: Cycles Grand Bois

February 25th, 2018

It’s always fun to match a fave brand to its foreign, brick and mortar store. During my recent trip to Japan, I visited Cycles Grand Bois, a venerable bicycle company known for its elegant handlebars, polished bike parts, custom frames, and 650b¬†tires. Thanks to a rando pal who knows how to navigate Google maps in Japanese, we found GB in a suburb of Kyoto. Trading shoes for slippers, we explored the main shop area and talked to the manager. The showroom space is cramped, with bikes packed in tight bunches on the main floor and auxiliary frames stacked in window display pyramids or hung from the rafters. I’m including a few snaps from my visit. Follow¬†Grand Bois on Instagram for a more immersive view of the shop.

Kyoto storefront

Rene Herse beauty

Vintage basket bike updated with a motor

Shop bikes stashed outside

Custom bike bell