Last Chance for These ProductsJan Heine
We don’t change our program for the sake of planned obsolescence, but once in a while, products simply run out, and we won’t make more. In the case of the Limited Edition of our Rene Herse book (above), it’s simple: It was always limited to 150 copies, so once they are gone, there will be no more. The Limited Edition is the ultimate version of the ultimate bike book. Based on a decade of research, this 454-page book tells the story of our company – written before it became our company – through the stories told by René Herse’s daughter Lyli, his employees and his riders, as well as hundreds of photos from the Herse family archives. It’s fascinating story, not just of beautiful bikes, but of a time when cycling was a way of life. It’s a story that has inspired us as we take Rene Herse Cycles into the future.
The Limited Edition adds a beautifully crafted slip cover and ready-to-frame art prints of four unpublished photos. Each is numbered and signed. We’ve got 9 left, and once they are gone…
Another book that is reaching the end of a long run is ‘The Competition Bicycle.’ It’s the companion to our classic ‘The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles.’ It’s really two stories: The actual bicycles ridden by great champions are fascinating in their own right. My favorite is probably Fausto Coppi’s Bianchi that won the 1949 Tour de France – which shows sublime craftsmanship – but I also really enjoyed Andy Hampsten’s bike that he rode to victory in the Giro d’Italia, especially since I actually got to ride it. (Coppi’s bike is my size, too, but the museum at the Madonna del Ghisallo wouldn’t let me ride it!)
More than that, the book tells the story of how bikes developed from high-wheelers to Tony Rominger’s wonderful Colnago hour-record bike with carbon disc wheels. The first pneumatic tires. Crazy frames like the ultra-rare racing Pedersen (above) – how I would love to ride that bike! The development of gear shifters. Modern frame geometries. Not only racing bikes are featured: There’s the tandem that came first in the 1956 Paris-Brest-Paris, a porteur for the races of the Paris newspaper couriers, a bike from the first Race Across America, and – another favorite – Jacquie Phelan’s Cunningham mountain bike that won the first three NORBA national championships.
You don’t need to be interested in racing or road bikes to enjoy this book. When we announced that we had 50 copies of ‘The Golden Age’ left, they sold within hours. Now used copies go for hundreds of dollars! We’ve got about 100 copies of ‘The Competition Bicycle’ left. You’ve been warned!
A number of Bicycle Quarterly past editions are running low, too. Our 15th anniversary editions have been very popular, and two are already sold out. We’ve got a few left of BQ 63 with Lyli Herse’s story and BQ 64 with the Passhunters of Tokyo’s Yama Saiken (Mountain Cycling Club). And one of the first editions is also down to less than a handful of copies: BQ 6 tells the definite story of how Tullio Campagnolo developed his Gran Sport derailleur, the ancestor of all modern derailleurs. Get your copy while you can!
To say that our Rene Herse x Miyoshi waterbottles have been popular would be an understatement. Miyoshi’s iconic illustrations from our new book ‘The All-Road Bike Revolution’ are whimsical and fun. Each design is limited to 200 bottles. The one on the right, showing a camping trip in the old-growth forest of the Cascade Mountains is already sold out. We’ve got a few of the bottle on the left, with technical illustrations from the book.
The book itself is starting to run low, too. We’re working on a second printing, but with the current situation in the world, we don’t know when we’ll get more.
I’ve been wearing my Rene Herse Merino Sweater all the time, so I bought myself a second one, because I also like to use it on the bike on really cold days. That means there’s one fewer left – and we made only a small number in the first place.
We’re also almost out of our Bicycle Quarterly jerseys (left). They’ve been a staple of the BQ Team. The ultra-soft Merino wool is cool on a warm day and warm on a cold day. Plus it insulates equally well when wet. With these, there’s rarely a need to add or remove layers. We only have very few left, mostly in smaller sizes.
The MKS US-L pedals are some of the nicest LOOK-compatible clipless pedals, but most of our customers prefer to ride in walkable shoes… So we’re closing out the last ones we have for just $ 39. If you ride in road shoes, either on the road or on a trainer at home, you’ll love the silky-smooth bearings and the split release mechanism that makes it super-easy to unclip, while holding your shoe securely even during the hardest efforts. Here’s how it works: There are two springs holding your foot, but thanks to the split mechanism, you need to open only one spring to release your foot. At last count, we had four of these left.
Our 1 1/8″ threadless stems are made by Nitto. They are fillet-brazed from steel tubing, and they work with our Rene Herse decaleurs. They make it easy to get your bars high without needing huge stacks of spacers. They’re a little heavier than we’d like, but you won’t find a more beautiful stem. We only have a few sizes left…
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