12/23/11

"The Commuter" by The Southsiders

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For most of us, our first experience of two wheels is cycling. For me, this is where it all started.

There is an important road cycling culture in France and every summer during the 1970s we'd watch the Tour de France on TV with passion. I was fascinated by the aesthetics and technology of these machines and the bravery and skill of the riders. Then one day I discovered motorbikes, and from then on I thought bicycles would hold no more interest for me, feeling very proud sat astride a throbbing machine.

After becoming a city dweller I considered using a bicycle again as a quick and economical mode of transport. In recent years and under various influences, our sons for example, we have seen the rise of the BMX and fixie phenomenon.

We really liked this mix of urban culture.

With my friend Benoit, we finished the "CP project" in late 2009, when the challenge to build our own bicycle began. For this, our friend Med, thanks to his experience, was the ideal partner. Owner of the Focale 44 brand in Andorra, he supplied a frame modified according to our needs. A beautiful road frame, lightweight and singlespeed ready.

For simplicity and aesthetic reasons we wanted a pure and radical design, free of any superfluous parts.

We opted for a brakeless front hub and a rear coaster brake hub, keeping the handlebar clear of any components in order to keep the lines clean. We also developed an integrated lighting concept, with lights designed into the seatstays and handlebar.As we did not like the style of modern stems, we developed our own. Similarly, we also developed our own cranks, chain guides and wheelnuts.


All these parts have been manufactured and painted by our wizard friend Momo, whose skills need no introduction. As a final touch the seat has been finished in leather by our saddler, Claude Carrière.
We have created this bicycle as if it were a Christmas present to ourselves. However, a limited edition is in production and is available to buy. Prices vary depending on selected options.
Please contact us for more informations:Southsiders.mc@gmail.com












La première expérience à deux roues est en général le vélo, c'est par là que personnellement tout a commencé.
En France, nous avons une tradition du vélo de course, tous les étés, dans les années 70, nous regardions avec passion le Tour de France à la télévision. J'étais fasciné par l'aspect esthétique et technique de ces machines et l'héroïsme des coureurs.Un jour, la moto est entrée dans ma vie, j'ai alors longtemps pensé que le vélo n'avait plus d'intérêt, me sentant très fier sur une machine vrombissante.
C'est en venant habiter dans une grande ville que j'ai à nouveau songé à utiliser la bicyclette comme moyen de déplacement rapide et économique. Ces dernières années, sous diverses influences, celles de nos fils par exemple, nous avons vu éclore le phénomène BMX puis fixed gear.
Ce mix de culture urbaine était fait pour nous plaire...

Avec mon ami Benoit, nous venions de terminer le "CP project" fin 2009, lorsque le pari de construire notre propre vélo fût lancé. Pour cela, nôtre ami "Med" grâce à son expérience, était le partenaire tout désigné. Propriétaire de la marque "Focale 44" en Andorre, il nous a fourni le cadre de leur conception, modifié selon nos besoins, un beau cadre street léger et singlespeed.




Nous avons souhaité, pour des raisons de simplicité et d'esthétique, un vélo aux lignes pures et radicales dénué en apparence de tout superflu.
Nous avons opté pour un moyeu avant sans frein et un moyeu arrière à rétropédalage, dégageant le guidon de tout accessoire afin de préserver la ligne.Nous avons développé un concept d'éclairage "intégré" dans les haubans du cadre et dans le guidon. L' estéthique des systèmes de potence actuels ne nous plaisant pas... nous avons aussi développé la nôtre ainsi que le pédalier, le guide-chaine et les papillons de roues.Nous avons confié la réalisation de ces éléments ainsi que le travail de peinture à nôtre sorcier et ami Momo, dont les talents ne sont plus à démontrer...Et pour finir la selle a été recouverte de cuir par notre sellier Claude Carrière.

Nous avons crée ce vélo, un peu comme notre cadeau de Noël. Cependant, nous avons d'ores et déjà mis en fabrication une série limitée si vous souhaitez en faire l'acquisition.Les prix varient en fonctions des options choisies.
Pour plus d'informations: Southsiders.mc@gmail.com









Photos by Benoit Guerry for Guerrypratimages.com







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12/20/11

Olivier Mosset... Motorcycle Lover

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Two years ago , we published with the help of my friend Emmanuel Brunet a first post about Olivier Mosset. A few months ago, Emmanuel sent me what we could qualify as an "Essay" talking about the same Guy - Olivier Mosset - but not only... Emmanuel was talking about his vision of art in general... I found this text very intense and so clear, I wanted to post this one too...

thank you Emmanuel


In 1977 our friend Emmanuel Brunet was an 18 year old Fine Arts Student, in Bordeaux, when he became fascinated by the discovery of a bold & irreverent text, published by an artistic movement, known as the BMPT, in 1967.

Emmanuel says:
The BMPT, was a bunch of guys formed by Daniel Buren, Olivier Mosset, Michel Parmentier & Neil Toroni. These guys were creating murals, painting black circles over white backgrounds or black vertical stripes over white surfaces. They liked to consider themselves : the "Ground Zero of Painting"



The text red: "As painting is a game, as paint is tuning or detuning colors. As paint is applying (consciously or not) rules for composition. As painting is enhancing the gesture. As painting is representing the outside (or interpreting it, or appropriating it, or showing it!). As painting is offering a springboard for imagination. As painting is illustrating the interiority. Because painting is a justification. As paint is useful. As painting is done according to the rules of aesthetics, flowers, women, eroticism, the everyday environment, art, dada, psychoanalysis, war in Vietnam... WE ARE NOT PAINTERS. "

The BMTP, wanted to get loose on form convictions, or any other artistic structure aimed to limit the path or space for any painted expression to be classified as art. They refused to be considered painters. They just wanted to be seen as a group of people that exhibited their work in galleries.

Emmanuel says:
For me this bunch were just another reflection of the nihilist punk reasoning that was exploding across world culture In 1977. Punk bands were growing like shrooms, and the band members were not musicians! They were just groups of guys that played loud music. Their tempos were fast and slang. Their messages were rude and scarce.
Like the BMPT bunch they yelled... WE ARE NOT MUSICIANS!



The spark that ignited this essay, was the casual find of Harley Davidson Chopper picture, belonging to a certain Olivier Mosset. The bike showed a tank paint in a rugged Jackson Pollock style. Some research after I had already found a portrait of Olivier, while living in the USA(Tucson AZ.), with the bike & himself styling a neat perfect biker look. The finding provoked my surprise, as I found interesting how our "No Painter" from the 70's, had evolved from the most minimal of minimalisms to an over the top custom chopper habitude.






This incongruence, (only so if we applied a simplistic eye), in O.Mosset's endeavor, gave me a second thought. The history of Harley Davidson has rocketed through time since its early 1900s birth, and has meant and served as many symbols, icons or ideals to different generations. In a way I realized that a Harley Chopper was not just a motorcycle, as the BMPT were not painters or the punksters were not musicians!

At the time, the B.M.P.T.'s aim, was to demonstrate how derisory in the arts, is the cult of personality. They loved to play hide and seek, sometimes, showing off how their paintings were dominated by the style of another member of the group.It is just the same with a Harley modifying culture, There is an author, a spark, in all currents, but his "work is all over the place" and the status of its creator fades away.





Like Olivier Mosset - talking of himself as an"artist before being a painter" - based on the principles of neutrality, deletion and radicalism, I always questioned the logics & limits of painting. The same logic is applied when my path crosses that of a biker. I always have this strange feeling: "That's the kind of a biker who's not just a biker..!".

I guess you might feel the same.

"A BIKER IS NOT JUST A BIKER."





Olivier Mosset is born in 1944 in Berne, He lives and works inTucson (Arizona). Member of BMTP group in 1966 with Daniel Buren, Niele Toroni and Michel Parmentier,first installed in NYC in 1977. Bibliography : Olivier Mosset : Travaux 1966-2003/Arbeiten 1966-2003/Works 1966-2003, Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne - Kunstverein St Gallen, 2003.

Emmanuel Brunet lives in Paris, is creative Director at Baurepaire Agency and fashion Magazine Technikart Mademoiselle

Thanks a lot to El Solitario for the heroic translation





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12/19/11

Men's File Issue #6 (preview)

The next issue of Men's File will be on sale in January. Here is a preview brought to us by my small spy mouse...









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12/16/11

Hook Motors

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We are proud to welcome our new sponsors Hook Motors from Bologne in Italy, a region full of life where the world of motorcycles is equally active. Run by Laura Tassi and Cedric Biseuil, In addition to selling cool motorcycles, Hook Motors offers just about everything the passionate motorcyclist might wish for!

"Our Goal at Hook Motors is to offer a cool and refined lifestyle for the motorcycle lover.
A Lifestyle that speak of vintage motorcycle , cafe racers, speed, passion, elegance, and the appreciation of originality. Reconquering the essence of a time when metal sheets were hand shaped to create exclusive motorbike parts and when beauty was found in the crafting of simple, elegant details. We endeavour to create a haven for the motorcycle enthusiast in which to find stylish daywear garments, luxury accessories, fine art, specialized books, but above all, hip motorbikes that reflect our philosophy of life and become one of a kind.

Laura and Cedric







Hook Motors Workshop Bologna: Via Don Minzoni 4/2a, 40121 Bologna Italy






Nous sommes fier d'accueillir aujourd'hui un nouveau sponsor : Hook Motors de Bologne en Italie une région ou la vie de la moto est très active. Dirigé par Cedric Biseuil et Laura Tassi, Hook Motors a pour vocation de nous offrir tout ce que nous recherchons aujourd'hui: un lifestyle raffiné et cool pour le passionné de moto.

Un Lifestyle centré autour d'un style de motos vintage et Café-Racers, ou la vitesse, la passion et l'élégance sont un moyen de penser différement. Revenir à des valeurs simples ou les motos et leurs pièces étaient crées à la main, presque uniques. Créer un espace privilégié pour l'amateur de moto ou l'on peut trouver des vêtements et accessoires raffinés mais aussi une libraire spécialisée des créations artistiques, et par dessus tout de belles motos qui reflêtent une philosophie de vie unique en son genre

Voila la vocation de Hook Motors !






Hook Motors is the exclusive reseller of Wrenchmonkees motorcycles and parts for Italy.
for any queries email Cedric at : Info@hookmotors.com



Visit Hook Motors Website
Visit Hook Motors EShop




Hook represents:
Vitesse Moto, Focale 44
, Ateliers Ruby,Daphne, Stewart old Glory, Schott, Monoway, Aviator google, Spektre, Kryptonite, Greasy Culture, Sideburn, Acerbis, Barbour, Brooks, Care Label, Converse, Davida, Deus, DmD, Filson, Halcyon, Hook Motors, Johnson's Motors, Natual Selection, Replay, Scott, Superdry, Taschen, Werk, Wrenchmonkees
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12/13/11

The Curator

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The Curator at Southsiders Motorcycle Culture

After collecting rare archival photographs and original clothing since 1977, Nick Clements decided to turn his interest in vintage apparel and classic motorcycles into a business and started both Men's File magazine and The Curator clothing line. The idea of The Curator is to take items of clothing from archival photographs from the 1940s, 50 and 60, in the areas of motorcycling and cycle style and copy them in original fabrics and with very high quality make. The Curator carefully selects items that are impossible to find even on Ebay (or at least sell there at very high prices) and makes them in limited editions.
Most of the clothing on The Curator site are made by world famous manufacturers who respect the approach of The Curator and wish to associate themselves with a brand that is 'doing something different'.
You won't find the clothing on this site made by anyone else and each item (cap, cycle jersey, club shirt etc.) will even surprise when it arrives at your home and you feel the quality.




Velo-Moto by Saint James
Motorcycling / Cycling
Racing Sweater


Motorcycle Club Shirts
(4 colour styles)

1950s Style Motorcycle Rider’s Club Cap

Velo-Moto by
Saint James
Racing Sweater

Motorcycle Club
sweater cream

Velo-Tweed Cycling
Musette By
Chapman Bags

Velo Moto
Helmet Bag




Ever wonder why clothing made from selvage edged fabrics is so expensive? Simple – the machines making it are old and take extra time to weave the edges, then, more importantly, they weave a traditional cloth width of 40 to 45 inches (compared to 72 inches on modern looms) making selvage edged cloth twice as expensive. Also, felt? Ever wondered why some felt products are very cheap and some very expensive? Again, simple, all the original patches form the 1940s and 50s were made out of 100% wool felt. Today most felt is polyester and looks terrible. We only use 100% wool felt like the old days, but the cost is high. Believe it or not the 100% wool felt we use for our lettering and patches is actually ‘rare’.

What we use:
Selvage Japanese denim (various weights and shades).
Selvage Japanese chambray (various types and shades including rare cotton / wool mixes).
Selvage canvas (various types).
100% wool felts.
100% merino wool.
100% pure wool.




Custom Letters and Numbers

We can now provide 100% wool felt letter and numbers and even logos at a reasonable price, but they are still not cheap.

We can't quote on this page without knowing what it is you want but you should think of an initial cost of about £35 to set up the cutter then £5 each to get them cut-out and sewn on, however this really depends on what it is exactly that you need. We have in stock the figures: 1953, 1964, VELO and PISTA.



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