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Cycling Icon: Jacques Anquetil

  • N.B.


This year’s Tour de France already had us waxing nostalgic on the golden age of cycling—and the wealth of achingly cool vintage photos of cycling great Jacques Anquetil have only served to strengthen our lament for that bygone era.

The guy was larger than life: his latest biography was entitled Sex, Lies and Handlebar Tape, he was the first cyclist to win the Tour de France five times, and his exploits espoused the era of jetset ’60s playboy. And, most impressively, he actually managed to make wearing one of those funny little ball caps look cool.

We celebrate one of cycling’s most stylish and flamboyant riders in five iconic photos.»

Seven Essential Cycling Upgrades

  • Caitlin Ganswindt


News flash: it’s hot out there. By “there,” we mean everywhere. The sun is oppressive, and the humidity pervasive.

Of course, there are the traditional remedies: Slip ’N Slides, ice baths, water-balloon fights and the like. But sometimes, there’s no better way to shake the thick summer heat than hopping on your bike and getting a bit of wind in your hair. And as always, we think you should look good doing it.

So we searched high and low for the sartorial upgrades your summer cycling requires.

Check out all seven after the jump.»

Sheridyn Fisher Is Staring into the Sun

  • Kempt Staff

More Bond News: Another leak from the Skyfall empire: this time Vulture has gotten a hold of the theme—voiced by Adele. [Vulture]

Peddling Smut: Some handsome Italian bicyclery, courtesy of Cinelli’s glossy new book. [Cool Hunting]

Water Gun: You’ve always wanted to see what it would actually look like if someone fired a handgun underwater? We thought so. [Notcot]

Fall for It: Esquire claims to have found every last shirt and tie you might need this fall. (We’ll see about that.) [Esquire]

A Gentleman’s Guide to Bike Style


Around this time of year, a two-wheeled jaunt through the city starts to look pretty good—provided you can do it without looking like a bike messenger. To help you face down the considerable challenge of looking good on a bike, we sat down with Aldan Shank of Seattle’s Hub and Bespoke—a combination bike shop and boutique—for a primer on sophisticated bike style.

Wool shirts, slim jeans and the secrets of bike style…»

Check Your Head


Our enthusiasm for biking has been dampened by one simple, easily overlooked fact: Bike helmets tend to be incredibly ugly. Luckily, a few newer models have started taking a pointers from the flatter skateboard helmets and—in this case—worked in some actual fabric.

This Lacoste helmet manages the difficult trick of being both eco-friendly and sartorially accomplished. The first count comes from subbing in soft cork for the usual styrafoam. The second comes courtesy of our old friend the flat cap, which they wisely adopted as a style guide. Naturally, this one’s a bit beefier. It’s got a job to do.

Getting Warmer


Something to Ad: Suddenly, the advertising business doesn’t seem all that complicated. [The World’s Best Ever]

Sounds of Summer: Ex-punker Richard Hell’s favorite summer love involves drug use and S&M. [NYMag]

For the Planet: Because it’s made of the cheapest, most plentiful wood on Earth, the bamboo bicycle retails for $3000. [PSFK]

Being Frank: $15 million (and another five in repairs) could buy you one of the most iconic Frank Lloyd Wright houses in the world. Any takers? [Luxist]

On the Side


If you were looking for a new bike, you’ve probably already found it by now. But we’re guessing it could use a few accessories…

These saddlebags from Brooks come via the UK, where bike culture has been in bloom for a bit longer, so they’ve got a few tricks you might not expect. For one, they can fold into inconspicuous rolls when you’re not using them, only to unfurl the minute you’ve got groceries to haul.

And of course, it’s always good to have a bit more waxed cotton around.

A Penny Farthing for your Thoughts


These days trendspotting is as easy as finding the right flickr set. Of course, it helps if you’ve got some Victorian nostalgia handy…

Re-introducing the Penny Farthing bicycle, already available from various boutique manufacturers. Truth be told, we’ve already seen a couple on the bike-friendly streets of Bushwick, but we’re not sure how much farther the trend can go. It’s hard to cross over when you’re stuck with a tag like “bone shaker.”

Trans-Europe Bike Lane


If you don’t feel much of a yen for nostalgia bikes, there’s always the futuristic option.

Of course, there’s all manner of moped out there, but this Ultra Motor Bike is the first one we’ve seen put its lithium battery on proud display. The white metal replaces the usual old world charm with a more technological aesthetic, and you'll have to adjust your biking gear accordingly. We'd say a little less corduroy and a few more synthetics. At the very least, they'll keep you dry.

Is it too late to land Kraftwerk for a sponsorship deal?

Going Dutch


With bikes are well on their way to becoming status symbols, it might be time to consider upgrading to something a bit more European…

This Opa from Dutch Workcycles sports a sprung leather saddle and powder-coated frame for an old world look, but the touch that sets it apart from the Schwinns of the world is the covering on the back half, including the encased chain, that lets you hang saddlebags over the back—or an adventurous companion, if you’ve got company.

Just watch out for thieves.