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Archival Field Trip – San Francisco

                Box Dog Bikes Karikter           AB Fits Lomography Store Rancourt mocs at Taylor Stitch       Random encounters with Rivendell           Aggregate Supply  Unionmade Sound level monitoring  Mister Self Edge  Harris tweed castoff Sushi Boat

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Archival Guest Appearance

I love it when Archival customers emerge from the ether to visit our headquarter in Eugene, Oregon. This weekend, Patrick H., a longtime AC reader, dropped by on his way back from a Victoria, BC, to San Francisco bike tour. Patrick first reached out to Archival asking for SF shop recommendations (we have many!). It …

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Archival Footwear – Sidi Touring Shoes

AC friend and Rivendell General Manager, John Bennett, sent me photos of his unworn Sidi touring shoes. Unlike modern “carbon” models w/velcro strap adjustments, John’s Sidis come with an old fashioned lacing system and walkable soles. Though these Sidis come from the past, several of my randonneuring friends wore them during this year’s edition of …

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Shopping from the Future: Vanilla Custom Bicycle

In April, I’ll be pre-registering for Paris-Brest-Paris. Although the Pencil was an early front runner, I’ll be riding my custom Vanilla lugged randonnee on the August 2011 ride. Acquiring the Vanilla was a bit like mail ordering from the future. I submitted a deposit in 2006 and took delivery in September 2010. The bike is …

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Archival Bicycles: Brevet Bikes

Chromed Canadian custom by rider/builder Nigel Press On Friday, I head up to The Dalles, Oregon, to participate in the Oregon Randonneur’s Oregon Blue Mountains 1000k brevet. If all goes well, this will be my last brevet on The Pencil, my trusty Rivendell road bike. In September–or so–I’ll be taking delivery of a custom randonnee …

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Shopping from the past: Rivendell Musettes

1996/97 Rivendell Catalog Rivendell Acme and Plain Musettes 1994 Bridgestone B.O.B Gazette B.O.B Basic and Imperial Musettes (my Imperial is 15+ yrs old) Handling instructions (plus early organic cotton promo) Rivendell Waxed Cotton “Acme” Musette And a missed opportunity to mail order a Bridgestone X0-1 or RB-1 from the past:

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Archival Review: Cycling Musettes

From my Rivendell musette collection I’ve been using cycling musettes on and off the bike for over decade. Musettes were originally designed as feed bags for cyclists during road races. If you search for musettes online, you’ll also find references to WWII canvas, military fieldbags (“musette bags”) and other types of pocket-sized canvas shoulder bags. …

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Archival Review: Cycling Musettes

Classic Rivendell Musettes I’ve been using cycling musettes on and off the bike for over decade. Musettes were originally designed as feed bags for cyclists during road races. If you search for musettes online, you’ll also find references to WWII canvas, military fieldbags (“musette bags”) and other types of canvas shoulder bags. Foremost, I love …

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Archival Knitwear: Rivendell Cycling Sweaters

Button-up neck (for on-bike temperature regulation) Rear carrying pocket Long sleeved version (photographed during mixte test ride at RBW) Rivendell Bicycle Works used to sell a wonderful derby tweed sweater which they referred to as a long sleeved cycling jersey. The knit sweaters/jerseys were made by the British knitwear firm Outdoor Knitwear/Woolyback. They came in …

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