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The Retseck Collection

Earlier this year we hired illustrator George Retseck to render a Macho Disc for the cover of our Annual. We fell in love with the results for a myriad of reasons. For one, the dude's always been a legend to us because of his work on the iconic early 90's Bridgestone catalogs. For two, his line work is totally sweet. For three, it's a piece of damn fine art. The kind we like, the kind that looks right in our workshops.  Four, classic illustrations are nerdy as all get out.

We first became aware of his work through the aforementioned Bridgestone catalogs, which if you can lay hands on, you definitely need to add to your collection. The written content of the catalogs are amazing, but what ties them together and perfectly accompanies the tech articles are the illustrations.

the 1992 Bridgestone  Bicycle Catalog

XO-1 illustration by George Retseck

An interesting sidenote: in discussing the work in the catalogs he mentioned that he thought he overdid it a bit on the ground shading, and would like to back it off a bit for ours

The Annual cover was great and all, but because we were so enamored with the design, we knew we had to make additional use of it.

Here then are the pieces in our little Retseck collection, which we are proud to make available to you through your local bike shop. If your shop doesn't have them, and chances are these won't be stocking items, just take the part numbers provided and ask them to order what you need through our distributor, Quality Bicycle Products.

This is a limited edition of 300, two-color screenprint poster on archival paper, printed in Minneapolis MN by Steady Print Shop. The layout of the illustration was done by our own art director - Saisha Harris.

Part Number: MA4701
MSRP: $15




We also decided to do a t-shirt that revs the stoke meter particularly high.

The reason I like it so much is because it's really our first shirt that isn't pretty much just a "logo." I mean I like our logo shirts very much and the Dropout shirt was not exactly a logo, but you know what I'm talking about. The point isn't the All-City brand, the point is that it's a rad illustration that happens to be of an All-City bike. 

I also really like this new olive drab color from American Apparel (and in case you haven't tried on one of their shirts in a while, they changed the cut so that they're roomier and longer. they fit most people much better now) and we're returning our t-shirt printing to Minneapolis' Coldside printing.

We went away from American Apparel and to a printer in California because it saved money and we were able to offer the shirts at a lower price, but honestly we just haven't found a t-shirt that feels or looks as good as the American Apparel and we weren't selling more shirts because of the lower price, and if I'm going to actually buy a t-shirt I want it to be amazing. So American Apparel is back in the mix, and we're using a local printer because it makes us feel warm and fuzzy to do so. 

I do have to apologize to the ladies for not doing a women's cut in this shirt, the reason is that we mocked it up, and the ladies on the AC team thought that the wheels "were weird on the boobs." So yeah, it was weird on the boobs so we didn't make one. We'll get you next time, or you can rock the men's cut, maybe cutoff the sleeves and style it up all sweet.

Part Numbers: CL9920-CL9924 Small-XXL
MSRP: $24



And because beverage containment is always on our top of mind, we decided to make a pint glass as well.
I have no idea where these 16oz Libby pints were printed, but it's somewhere in the U.S..  It's good sturdy glassware with a cool drawing on it, what more do you need?

Part Number: MA4717
MSRP: $9


All of these goodies are in stock now, and are obviously perfect holiday gifts for yourself or someone bikey in your life.

(I should also mention, because I know that he will, doing an illustration was pretty much Kyle Kelley's (Tracko) idea. So thanks Kyle for the tip)


Ed Bell

November 8, 2013

Your comments regarding the quality of Retseck’s illustrations are right on target. While working at Scientific American magazine as Art Director, I had the opportunity to collaborate with George on hundreds of illustration assignments. His work is a rare combination of accuracy and beauty. His line work is elegant and pure. His compositions breath excitement into even the simplest of subjects. The piece he did for you is no exception. These products bearing his work will be well worth the cost.

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