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Musettes – but not from Archival

Archival originated as a company in search of the perfect musette. Like many businesses, we started making bags because we couldn’t find the ones that we wanted to buy. But now, musettes are everywhere. Here’s a tidy little example from the company that made my custom bicycle, Vanilla. I spotted these a month ago on …

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Archival Report: Paris Brest Paris 2011

PBP spectators in Villaines, France I just got back from the 17th edition of Paris Brest Paris, an ultra distance cycling event held every four years in France. I always say that I record and erase my memory of rides longer than 600k. I can confirm via official records that I successfully covered the 1200k …

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Archival Departure: Paris-Brest-Paris

Tomorrow, I (Lesli) leave for France for Paris-Brest-Paris,”the most famous long-distance randonnĂ©e.” During the ride (which covers 12oo kilometers in 90 hours), I will be off the grid and out of communication with Archival readers. In lieu of a live broadcast, I’m providing some placeholder photographs documenting my experience. Arrival at Brest On the train …

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Archival Night Ride

As prep for the night start of Paris-Brest-Paris, a small group of Oregon Randonneurs decided to do an all-night 200k on Friday. Friends Susan, Theo, Marcello, Bill and I headed out from Hillsboro, Oregon at 9 p.m. for a sub 24 hour brevet. Our route would take us out to Dallas, Oregon (about 65 miles …

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Archival out and back

It has been a happy, hectic spring. Archival operations continue to expand. We’re now shipping out sizeable orders to domestic and international retailers. New bag styles and colorways are in the works. We’re looking for commercial space and planning to bring on a production manager this summer. In the midst of the “blooming, buzzing confusion,” …

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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 Bicyclists (8/7/09 Edition)

Jumbo Wells Jackie Clark Norm in the 50s wearing ventile jacket (RDF 1249) Duncan 1959 Beryl Burton Helen Dutrieu, Belgian Cyclist and Flyer England, 1949 Madonna, 1987 Support the stockists: Addendum (of possible interest to AC readers): Vanilla randonee for sale via Serotta Froum (not mine)

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Archival Insulation

Paula Deer hat for Winter Bicycles Felted cashmere hat by Mike Elias for Vanilla Bicycles Plaid wool cap by Walz Cap [Originally written in my new “Anablog,” a Pantone universe orange notebook.] Household dependence on a baseboard heater w/insufficient wattage has made it necessary for me to wear a third sweater layer and wool hat …

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