Bicycling

Wishful Shopping – Rene Herse Randonneuse

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 …

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ARCHIVAL BUGS OUT!

As Hurricane Irene nears my apartment in New York, I’m once again longing to be back home in temperate Oregon, where the only natural disasters we fear are the rare earthquakes and volcanos. That said, we’ve always believed here at Archival that the apocalypse is an excellent opportunity to hone your packing skills. The contents …

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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: Hunting World Trousers

It’s not often that you get follow through on shopping from the past. Hunting World NYC closed its doors in 2008, and currently seems to sell only in duty-free airport shops in East Asia. However, if, like us, you’re still shopping from Hunting World and need a safari tuxedo, eBay seller cowboywest currently has a …

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Archival Knitwear: Devold of Norway

Steamer Crew A Fisherman at home Devold Blue Marine sweater w/zip Devold Blue Marine sweater w/crew neck Devold Nansen sweater w/high neck Devold Islender Sweater I love the look of SNS Herning knitwear, but if you need economical Scandinavian woolens for your ice-cap expedition, try Devold of Norway. I’ve been using Devold Aquaduct baselayers for …

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Archival Bicycles: Peg’s Pereria

Friend Peg W., PBP finisher and ten year randonneuring veteran, just took delivery of a beautiful Tony Pereria handbuilt bicycle. I got a chance to check out Peg’s Pereria during the first official brevet of the Oregon Randonneuring season, the 200k Birkie Brevet. Given how well Peg’s bike handled the rough roads and wretched weather …

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Shopping for the Apocalypse: Bicycles

Winter Bicycles Chicago Flyer (photo by R. Gersbach) Kogswell rando-porteur w/protective wool gauntlets Post-apocalyptic cruiser Portage for survival supplies Now that I’m almost done finalizing my wardrobe for the apocalypse, I’m evaluating my preferred mode of bicycle transportation. Ever since Jan Heine published The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles, a pictorial history of French bicycles …

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Packing for the Apocalypse : Ibex and Opinels

Ibex Thin Woolies Crew (for Women) Ibex Striped Zip-Neck (for women) Opinel Traditional Folding Knife Customized Opinel (uploaded from this flickr set) Post-apocalyptic picnic During the winter months, I console myself by watching some of my favorite post-apocalyptic films. Stanley Kramer’s On The Beach (with the amazing cast of Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Anthony Perkins …

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Apocalyptic Layering

Mid-October. Official reintroduction of winter weight wool. When the cold comes my dress code is dictated by the idea that whatever I wear must be versatile enough to work as my permanent post-apocalyptic/nuclear winter outfit (think Fred Astaire’s safari suits and gentlemanly neckwear in On The Beach). I’m working out the details but the basic …

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Not made out of wool…

Find of the Summer: Originally uploaded by agfachrome25. …but worthy of notice as an archival clothing artifact. If one were shopping on my movie set for items to drag down into the bunker before the apocalypse–this would be the album playing on the portable turntable.

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