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Note the spare tire laced around the cyclist’s upper torso and the double waterbottle holster on the handlebars in this official 1965 poster for La Vuelta a España stage race. The bulls add a nice Spanish touch. German cyclist Rolf Wolfshohl won the race that year.

The 66th edition of the race begins today in Benidorm, Spain.

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Good food for thought for a Monday morning!

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I’ve been fascinated by bicycle gear ratio charts since back in the days when racing bikes had only 10 speeds. I enjoy comparing the difference even a single tooth can make in the size of a gear.

The Chromatic Guide To Gear Ratios poster combines my passions for color, good design and gear ratios. Its design abandons the standard grid format and places the chart inside a chainring with spokes radiating from the center. It’s a pleasure to look at – even if you’re not interested in knowing what size gear you’re pushing.

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I just spent a few days at the Winter Outdoor Retailer trade show last week. The state-of-the-art backcountry and telemark ski gear that will be available next fall makes my head spin!

It’s nice to think back on a time when ski boots were simpler, resembled hiking boots and skied like slippers. However, I won’t be trading my buckles for laces anytime soon!

Bally Boot

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This poster was created by Allan Peters for ARTCRANK Minneapolis – a poster show for people who love biking. When Allan got this project, he and his wife had just found out that they were going to have a baby. He wanted to do something that mixed that joy with his joy of biking.

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I heard about The London Transport Museum’s exhibit of bicycle posters on the Bikejuju blog a few weeks ago. I apologize for being a little “off the back” in sharing the news with you, but if you get a chance to pedal down to Covent Garden in the next few days to see the show I should think it would be worth it!

The museum asked illustrators to draw the links between cycling in London, environmental issues, health and fun. Fifty of the 1,000-plus entries are now on display at the museum until August 22. Here’s a sampling of the posters…

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Spokes and Leaves Full by Mia Nilsson

Spokes and Leaves by Mia Nilsson

Cycle Revolution by Frances Castle

Cycle Revolution by Frances Castle

Good for You, Green For London by Rachel Lillie

Good for You, Green For London by Rachel Lillie

Bicycle Belle by David Hughes

Bicycle Belle by David Hughes

Life Cycles by Kevin Ward

Life Cycles by Kevin Ward

London Cloud Ride by Julien Decaudin

London Cloud Ride by Julien Decaudin

Go Green by Galia Bernstein

Go Green by Galia Bernstein

Super-Super Highways by Maddalena Cauraro

Super-Super Highways by Maddalena Cauraro

See a larger selection of posters on the Guardian site here. If you like this post, you might also like this.

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As a lover of bicycles and an entrepreneur, this impactful screen-printed poster resonates with me. It would look great in my new, soon-to-be-completed, studio!

It’s available from Aesthetic Apparatus for $25.

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It’s the time of year I’ve been waiting for – Spring Skiing! This photograph taken by Fernand Fonssagrives captures the exuberant spirit of the season; the warm sun, melting snow, shed clothes, and the effort it sometimes takes to keep your skis in contact with the snow.
Aptly titled “Savoir Faire” and shot in 1935, I can’t find out anything about the photograph or where it was taken. Fonssagrives (1910-2003) was born near Paris and became one of the most well known fashion photographers in the 1940’s and ‘50’s. His work appeared in Town & Country and Harper’s Bazaar.
His first wife Lisa, a Swedish model and dancer, was instrumental in his photographic career, as it was she who gave him his first Rolleiflex camera.
I can only surmise from these bits of information that the athletic women in this photo was his wife and that they were enjoying a bluebird day on a glacier.
I had the opportunity to purchase this print about twelve years ago, but passed it up; what a shame! If anyone knows more about Fonssagrives’ ski photographs or this one in particular, I’d love to know more.

It’s the time of year I’ve been waiting for – Spring Skiing! This photograph taken by Fernand Fonssagrives captures the exuberant spirit of the season; the warm sun, melting snow, shed clothes, and the effort it sometimes takes to keep your skis in contact with the snow.

Aptly titled “Savoir Faire” and shot in 1935, I can’t find out anything about the photograph or where it was taken. Fonssagrives (1910-2003) was born near Paris and became one of the most well known fashion photographers in the 1940’s and ‘50’s. His work appeared in Town & Country and Harper’s Bazaar.

His first wife Lisa, a Swedish model and dancer, was instrumental in his photographic career, as it was she who gave him his first Rolleiflex camera.

I can only surmise from these bits of information that the athletic women in this photo was his wife and that they were enjoying a bluebird day on a glacier.

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I can’t believe this but I won the poster contest for the 4th Annual Vermont Antique Nordic Ski Race on January 10th sponsored by the Vermont Ski Museum. Designing a ski poster was a fun challenge for me as I collect vintage ski posters and postcards. Looking for inspiration I pulled my first pair of cross country skis out of the barn; a pair of wooden Åsnes skis with Troll 3-pin bindings that I bought in 1973. Cross country skiing really first caught on in the U.S. in the 1970’s so I chose to loosely emulate that decade.

I boldly highlighted the classic 3-pin binding, as it is what defines “antique” Nordic skiing. I entered two color stories. For the first I chose a rainbow scheme that was popular on skis, skiwear and sporting goods in the ‘70’s. The round funky letters adds to the overall “retro” feel. This was my favorite version but it didn’t win.

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My second choice was the one the jury selected. It’s a less colorful version that is more representational of the actual color of wooden skis and metal bindings.

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The race is a 2.5 km classic cross country ski race in which participants must compete using wooden skis with three pin bindings and appropriate boots; vintage clothing is optional. Former Nordic Olympians Bob Gray, Larry Damon and Marc Gilbertson will be racing. The race is at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT.

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I’ll try to get some fun photos of the event and post them as I’m sure the Nordic community will be digging around in the back of their closets and barns for appropriate clothing and gear!

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