Even though Canada’s French connection is a distant one, Calgary locals Jason Wall and Evan Hu are intent on cultivating an appreciation for the constructeur style of bikes in the tradition of René Herse and Alex Singer. Their new enterprise, Cycles Toussaint, aims to supply elegant tourers and commuters designed to enjoy a slower pace of cycling.
Toussaint is French for All-Saints Day, a fitting solemnity to brand Jason and Evan’s bikes. In a typical French style, Herse and Singer developed a reputation for elaborate frames that were able to integrate a full suite of panniers, luggage racks, lamps and other accessories. If you’ve been looking for their modern reincarnation, you’ve found them.
Two models are available so far. Both designed specifically for 650B wheels, they accommodate fenders, handlebar bag rack, panniers and a rear rack. There’s a commuter, the Citie, and the Velo Routier—a light tourer / randonneur. This is Evan’s personal Routier, dressed impeccably with French Huret and Stronglight components and guarded by cycling’s patron saint, the Madonna del Ghisallo.