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Re-Cycling: Peddling 2-Wheeler Miscellany

Posted: 03/07/2012 5:52 pm

Split the difference. Somewhere betwixt 19th century penny-farthing bicycles ("high wheelers," slowed by spoon brakes) and murdered-out hipster fixies (equipped with no brakes) lies cycling ephemera at its finest. Simple pieces, built around austere engineering principles. Light-touch design. Little or no rhetorical flourishes -- the way it ought to be. That's the focus of this week's spread: merchandise cut, hammered or hewn from wool, leather, tweed and steel; built to stand the test of time, or to survive an encounter with the frictional coefficient of asphalt.

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Charles Tyrwhitt Tweed Brogues

SUITABLE FOR: Cold, dry days in the (relatively) North Atlantic
NOT SUITABLE FOR: Hot, wet days in the Tropics

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1895 Wood Rim Bicycle

SUITABLE FOR: Commanding attention in transit
NOT SUITABLE FOR: Conveying yourself from point A to B in any degree of comfort

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Vintage Military Rolex Watch

SUITABLE FOR: The classy messenger
NOT SUITABLE FOR: The classy messenger in the wrong neighborhood

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Pair of Vintage Brooks Saddles

SUITABLE FOR: Coordinating your shoes
NOT SUITABLE FOR: Conserving your prostate

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Clay Pipe from Pickwick Bicycle Club

SUITABLE FOR: A post-ride pick(wick)-me-up
NOT SUITABLE FOR: Aerobic fitness

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Leather Mesh Cycling Gloves

SUITABLE FOR: Hot days
NOT SUITABLE FOR: Mesh shirts

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Vintage Suntour "Bear Trap" Pedals

SUITABLE FOR: Generating force
NOT SUITABLE FOR: The aftermath of a horrible accident

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Vintage Bertin Milremo Team Knit Cycling Jacket

SUITABLE FOR: Mountain days during the Giro D'Italia
NOT SUITABLE FOR: Those who value "wicking" in their sportswear

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Vintage Water Bottle

SUITABLE FOR: Holding your hydration
NOT SUITABLE FOR: Holding your urine

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Kraftwerk "Tour de France" LP

SUITABLE FOR: Cycling non-stop
NOT SUITABLE FOR: Fun on the Autobahn


 
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