Unboxing Rapha

Rapha unboxing 1

Packing slip inside a card like a wedding invitation

This box and the package Rapha sent probably best explains who they are, how they’ve come into their own, and best understand their market. As the quote says

Cycling to me is not just about the numbers, it’s about the style. – Peter Kennaugh, Team Sky

The last time I unboxed a product packaged this, it was a MacBook Air and after that, an iPad. It’s about the details, back story, and being engrossed and living that style – paying for it too. I’ve not see equally technical and high-quality product or kit from another brand ship like that.

Rapha box 2

Bidons inside corrugated wrapping like they were fine glassware

pull strip

Tear strip with a motivational phrase, indicating Rapha’s prepared.

The kit in the box is from their Pro Team Lightweight line, in the Data Print. Read the details on their site. When it warms up a bit more here in Seattle, I’ll wear it on a ride, appreciating the art and science.

And style.

For Spring/Summer 2015 the Pro Team collection features the Data Print, a unique collaboration that creates a little art from science. Taking ride data from an individual racer’s entire grand tour, a dynamic graphic was generated and applied as a repeat pattern. This data-driven pattern charts performance levels for each stage of one rider’s grand tour, with the resulting chevrons mapping distance, elevation gain and TSS levels.

Rapha Racewear Innovation: Pro Team Data Window Installation from RAPHA on Vimeo.

Read more about Rapha in Issue 00 of our Magazine, From Lance to Rapha, Cycling Moves to the People.

Scwhinn Varsity

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$60.00 Scwhinn Varsity from the 70s, couple hundred on saddle, and grips. Optional rubber duck. Priceless.

How Lance Armstrong Ruined Everything


Impossibly fast up far-away French hills and there’s not enough miracle believing!

Humor from Phlaimeaux

A Weekender: Trek 920

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Last month, shared a story about the nostalgic, adventure trend gripping the bike industry. And with the Trek 920 in to demo, here’s a 7 second review.


All you need to know really and succinctly. Impressed and intrigued by the 920, back burnered all work decisions for what am I gonna hang off those racks?

Let’s see…

  • Panniers filled with snacks
  • A change of clothes and backup batteries
  • Camera and map
  • My road kit and the road scene
  • A baguette!

Getting your groove back on the bike, experiencing that momentum once again, and immersing yourself in the ride is the theme for issue 23. That’s what we’re doing on bikes like the 920.

UCI Approves Disc Brakes

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This week the UCI approved the use of disc brakes in trials this summer, more testing in 2016, and if the experience is satisfactory, they’ll get officially introduced during the 2017 UCI World Tour. Between the Mark and me, it’s an ongoing debate on their value and he discussed brakes at length in his Issue 23 Paris-Roubaix article. Well he’s anti-disc brake for the Pro peloton and I disagree, we both advocate large volume tires for road bakes.

The greatest benefit that disc brake bikes might bring to the race is to give the pro riders access to production frames and forks which can accommodate tires larger than 27-28mm since that is about all the clearance that can be had on a production frameset built around the ubiquitous short-reach brake caliper.

Expect to see more disc-brake marketing from the industry this summer and see our reviews of disc bikes in past issues.

Also see the disc tag on our blog.

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