The updated 2018 Rapha Brevet line includes some great new products like their active t shirt, bibs with pockets, and performance lightweight materials. All allow you to travel further and lighter, (#packlightravelfar I think is their hashtag )by making products designed for heat, exploration and overnight drying materials which helps when on the road multiple... Continue Reading →
The Rapha Brevet line received a few key upgrades in 2018, one product I talk about is the lightweight Brevet Jersey in prior posts. Then there is technical T Shirt inspired by performance roadwear, made with technical fabrics to support activities on and off the bike. Technical T-Shirt Materials and Fit Constructed from various grades of... Continue Reading →
A rag tag crew of cyclists for 133miles and 15,000ft of climbing on some of the most beautiful and challenging roads around Mt.Hood Oregon. RaphaRising 2017
Christmas is a time for family, giving unto others, eating lots of comforting foods, chilly days spent by the fire and, in my household, the Rapha Festive 500. As if Christmas and the New Year holidays aren't stressful enough with family and friends, making sure all of the last minute shopping is complete and coordinating... Continue Reading →
Epic, amazing or telling the world a "hard man" cycling story is not my take on Festive 500, for me it's about perseverance and conquering while finding the reward in both mental and cycling fitness.
As a designer, Alex Valdman (head of design at Rapha) makes the link between working hard, hitting mental walls, struggling in the process to get to a successful design. A little like the pain and suffering encountered on the bike, the final metres of the climb, suffering to the end to achieve. An inside look... Continue Reading →
OK! Summer has been in full swing, but let's think ahead to Autumn (or Fall as they like to say in America). Over several years of cycling in the Pacific North West I have learned a few things about this Autumn game. Carry a rain jacket, this can be a very small and light addition,... Continue Reading →
Two wicked places, Sisters and Smith Rock, Oregon. Fortunately, there is an amazing road cycling route that connects both. Summary Miles of horse pastures, tremendous views of the Sisters mountains, pungent roasted pine aroma and rich clay infused roads. As if this were not enough, you also get to pass an Alpaca farm and visit... Continue Reading →
Freezer sleeves, Arm Screens and Arm Skins all new summer products with similar names, but - what's the difference? and do they work?
A brevet? In the days of old, back before carbon fibre, people used to ride bikes long distances. These rides were unsupported, exploring their own routes, riders fending for themselves, carrying their own gear and occasionally checking in at set points. This long distance grueling and rewarding activity was called randonneuring and people took parts in events called... Continue Reading →
I have to admit, the first time I grabbed these I was skeptical. The material is thin, they don't particularly feel as if they are very water resistant, and all I could think about was my hands being cold. Yes, I run on the cold side in the hands and feet department, maybe a smidge colder... Continue Reading →
The Tickle Creek ride heads East towards Boring, Oregon then turns South toward Oregon City to make a nice East side loop. Tickle Creek is one of those rides that gives all the whole ride and starts off flat for a nice warm up to get you and your group in the mood. The ride starts pretty... Continue Reading →