The Q36.5 L1 Gillet In Black And Camo 07/27/2014


gilletSometimes a piece of kit comes along that is just so perfect that you know it might be the last time you need to buy that particular item again – in this case I think I have my last Gillet. Chad at Above Category introduced me to Q36.5 performance wear from Italy. Living where Luigi Bergamo the founder does, at the bottom of the Dolomite,s he tends to be in close proximity with some of the best technical fabric makers in the world. Here he is able to have them develop fabric that is only used in the Q36.5 Collection. Luigi’s general design philosophy is keep his pieces as close to one piece as possible, with minimal use of panels, keeping a snug and aerodynamic fit. One thing you will notice about Q36.5 products is the surprise you get when you pick them up. They are incredibly light. I mean really noticeably light. This is mostly due to the fabrics they have commissioned that offer good protection and comfort but still let them construct a beautiful super light product. The best example of this is in their socks – they weigh about half the weight of a normal pair of performance socks – I am telling you this not as a weight saving that is going to make you go faster – it is just pretty incredible. It does help a lot in making you feel comfortable. The name Q36.5 comes from the optimal body temperature of a healthy body (Quaerere 36.5˚). A very cool new brand that I can only imagine are going to keep on improving and developing some of the best performance kit out there.

Available in the US through Above Category.

Categories: Design / Kit

Fireflies West 2014 – Asking For Support


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On the 19th of September this year I will ride the Fire Flies West again from San Francisco to Los Angeles (600 miles in 6 days). I am doing it again not because it is an excuse to spend 6 days in the saddle on one of the most beautiful roads in the world. I am doing it because I have never met a group of people so dedicated in their fight to beat Cancer. Last year I lost my father to it and this group of riders through the ride showed me the way back, and a way to help fight.

The charity we ride for is called City Of Hope in Los Angeles, they are pioneers in the fight, and an incredible organization. Last year we raised $250k (sounds better when you say a quarter of a million dollars), our goal this year is to beat that, and beat it well. $350K is our goal. I know we have a lot of organizations that want what we can give, understanding that I am going to ask for your support anyway. I can assure you that every single dollar you give to City Of Hope is put to good use. Anything you can give helps get us to our goal and makes soaking up the miles that little bit easier.

The link below enables you to donate and will be open from now all the way through until we reach Los Angels on September 24rd. Anything you can give is much appreciated.

Donate here: http://bit.ly/1sL6sea

If you are interested in reading about last years ride and hearing about some of this great group here is a link to a post I did last year.
http://elcyclista.com/2013/10/04/the-fire-flies-west-ride-2013/

Thank you in advance for any support you can give. For those who suffer(ed) we ride.

Conor.

Categories: Routes / The Other Stuff

The Sportful Water Carrier 07/13/2014


water_carrierCan’t figure out why it took so long for this piece of kit to come along. Sometimes the ideas are right there in front of you – although somewhat of a limited market. I cringe every time I see riders stuffing bottles down the back of their jerseys riding a few inches from the team car. I might find the images that produces funny, but at the same time there had to be a better way. Sportful and Team Tinkoff seam to have figured that out for the Tour this year. Apparently the idea came from Michael Rodgers, probably because he was tired of looking like the Michelin man on global TV coverage.

Categories: Design / Kit

Training Is Basically An Act Of Faith 07/27/2014


training_t-shirtWe have a new t-shirt at the printers in honor of legendary coach Franz Stampfl. The coach behind Roger Bannister and his four minute mile, he was probably one of the first legendary coaches. Renowned for strict training methods and an eccentric personality. Once spotted washing his car trackside during an athletics meet wearing only Speedos, he was the first of a breed. The coach who introduced the concept of “Interval Training” that we all suffer by week-in-week out. As someone who originally trained as an art student it is not surprising that he once said “ ”I sometimes think that my ideal athlete would have the mind of a poet. He would be a man with rich imagination, capable of intensely feeling physical, mental and spiritual emotions.” He had an incredible ability to get into the heads of his athletes and make them feel like the had the ability to beat anyone in the world. We should have the t-shirt in a few weeks.

Categories: Design / Kit

The Clybourn Shirt By Upright


Upright_ClybournUpright make clothing that looks great off the bike and is designed to work beautifully on the bike. Their latest piece is the Clybourn shirt, made using a cotton, nylon and spandex fabric with a raised embroidered Chambray pattern. Also a nice little touch in the back where the Upright brand mark becomes a reflective label.

Available here

Categories: Design / Kit

Topo X John Fellows Water Bottle


topo_designsA beautiful bottle by Colorado based TOPO designs who commissioned Denver artist John Fellows for a map inspired mountain illustration. Made out of recycled materials by Liberty Bottleworks.

Categories: Design / Kit

Bicycle Bridge In Bruges 07/06/2014


Bicycle_bridgeSome countries just take riding their bikes way more seriously than us. To the point where they will adopt proper infrastructure purely dedicated to the safety and pleasure of riding your bike – separate from cars and trucks.

Categories: Design / Rides / Routes

The Orion Jacket By Mission Workshop 07/04/2014


Orion_JackteIf you are looking for an extreme weather riding shell The Orion jacket by Mission Workshop should hold up to anything the weather can throw at you. They have done a limited run in this brilliant Hi-Vis orange made with 96 g/m2 Polartec® NeoShell® , one of the best technical fabrics around. It is packed with features that make it a great on and off bike product. Underarm pit zips for ventilation when riding. An external front access pocket on the chest. An internal ported media pocket for your iPhone, and a rear stow pocket. And maybe my favorite feature the lined hand warmer pockets. Mission Workshop products are incredibly well made which is reflected in the price of $439, but my experience is that whatever you buy from them will last you a very long time.

The Orion Jacket is available here.

Categories: Design / Kit