Cycles Toussaint

Cycles Toussaint

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.

Find out more about Cycles Toussaint via their website and Facebook page.

Cycles Toussaint
Cycles Toussaint
Cycles Toussaint
Cycles Toussaint
Cycles Toussaint
Cycles Toussaint

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  • yikesbikes

    Gorgeous bike…

    Any explanation about why the bottle cage is upside down?

    • itsmefool

      Maybe he uses a radical IV-type arrangement to suck the water out of the bottle via a long tube that runs up his back and over his shoulder. With all those cables flying around the bars, why not a nice red tube winding its way around the back?

      • KOFguy

        It is a Dia Compe ENE cage .. the bottle goes in the normal way. Boy you guys must be kids … have you never seen non-brifter cable runs?

        • itsmefool

          Sorry, K, couldn’t resist…and no, I’m not a kid (although my wife would beg to differ); I just don’t miss all that exposed cable. Not everything retro was great! Hidden cable runs just tidy up the bike, that’s all.

          • KOFguy

            Even though I am a KOF bike enthusiast, I would agree itsme that aero runs are cleaner too, hey what ever floats your boat. And on second look, I too think cage is upside down.

            I googled the Hampsten logos … kinda, sort of similar but maybe not. Both are French inspired, Toussaint has a halo or letter “c” and Tournesol has a big sunflower.

          • Virgil Q Staphbeard

            Cage is most certainly upside down.

    • http://spinynorman.tumblr.com Spiny Norman

      That’s hilarious. The bar-end shifter housing is not going to be a lot of fun with a bag actually mounted on that front support, either.

      • Virgil Q Staphbeard

        This is usually the case. The bag generally pushes the housing down.

        • http://spinynorman.tumblr.com Spiny Norman

          Gear shift and brake cables often show the difference between a hastily assembled bike and one which has been assembled by a mechanic who cared what he or she was doing. — Sheldon Brown

          That housing is comically long.

          • Virgil Q Staphbeard

            I’m not sure how that Sheldon quote applies in the slightest regard to this situation. At the very least length would apply but I still fail to see the relevance in this installation. The routing and length of the bar end shifter housing pretty much adheres to industry standard in every regard.

  • b.brom

    Why is the gear lever in that position in top gear ?

  • Kyle

    Maybe they just have the same inspiration, but it is interesting to me that Cycles Toussaint’s log looks almost identical to Tournesol’s (Hampsten off-shoot) logo.