RSF - The Off Road Cycling Club

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Rough Stuff Fellowship Archives
Rough Stuff Fellowship Archives
Rough Stuff Fellowship Archives
Rough Stuff Fellowship Archives

Rough Stuff Fellowship Archives


A must for the coffee table or bookshelf, no off road cyclist should be without a copy

Isola Press
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The Book and the Archive

The Rough-Stuff Fellowship was established in a pub near the Welsh/English border in 1955, making it the oldest off-road cycling club in the world. The club welcomed men and women, young and old, their adventures across the UK and the world were documented by many talented photographers. Recently, the club appointed an archivist, and the photos, hand-drawn maps and memories poured in – an unexpected treasure trove of incredible value and beauty. The photos are full of the joy of riding your bike, and evocative of a bygone style – of a time when you might set off on a club ride wearing a shirt and tie, a deerstalker or a bobble hat, and no ride was complete without a stop to brew up some tea and smoke a pipe. Not only is the archive full of beautiful pictures, it is also of historical significance. Among many foreign trips, RSF members completed the first known traverse by bicycle of Iceland’s mountainous interior, in 1958.

In their own quiet, very British way, these men and women were pioneers, pedalling and carrying their bikes and pitching their tents where angels feared to tread. Mountain bikes, gravel bikes, bikepacking – everything followed in the tyre tracks of the RSF. This book celebrates their style and their spirit. 


From the advert placed in The Bicycle magazine in 1954 calling for founding members, to the Iceland overland report, to trips to Switzerland and Italy in the 1960s, to slogs through the snow in the Lake District, the Cairngorms or Brecon, to beautifully designed old Journals – it’ll all be in there. Naturally the intention is to give the photos centre stage. However, they will be complemented by excerpts from old RSF Journals, ride reports, graphical material and other ephemera from the archive. Where needed ,the artefacts will be professionally photographed. 

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  • Softcover / 270 x 210mm (portrait)

  • 208 pages – 192 in colour and a 16-page inset document section on coloured stock

  • Vintage photos, hand-drawn maps and ephemera from the RSF archive from 1955 to the 1990s

  • Introduction by Mark Hudson, RSF Archivist

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