So I'm crossing under the Bay on BART a couple of weeks ago and the guy next to me is holding onto a bike the likes of which I've never seen before. Herewith, from the Flikr page of LX Rudis:
LX Speaks: "...this is a Hetchins Magnum Bonum which was restored by CycleArt in the late 70s, partially set up, then never ridden until i acquired it in 2003 and finished the setup. mostly campagnolo, the bike showcases rare first generation phil wood parts, and has been fitted with 'french style' racks, a very unique setup. the bike looks too delicate to ride on the road, but it delivers a _very_ stable ride with excellent acceleration. like most touring bikes it steers a bit like a truck, but when you're packing 10k of luggage, that's not such a bad thing."
For more on such gorgeous creatures, see the new link to the "Bicycle Restoration" group (ride side of page), courtesty of LX.