Vittoria Lorica 1976 Shoe 11/22/2014


Vittoria_LoricaLeather and laces are well and truly back. My first ever pair of racing shoes (granted in black) are back on the market. The original shoe launched in 1976 by Celestino Vercelli is handmade in Biella, Italy and sports the original punched holes for ventilation.

Available at Always Riding

Categories: Classic / Design / Kit

New Cycling Line From Ashmei 11/08/2014


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Running brand Ashmei who I have been following for a while just made their first steps into the cycling world with a small but beautifully constructed range. Runners who use their kit always talk of the quality and fit of their products, and the construction using high end Merino. Their stand-out cycling piece for launch is a softshell jacket in two colors red and black. The jacket mixes a Merino around the back for breathability, and a fabric they developed themselves over the shoulders and front that is waterproof and windproof. It is not cheap at about $330, which firmly puts them in the Assos and Rapha category, so the construction has a lot to live up to. The detailing is really nice, with a key pocket and small pump pocket as some of the stand-out features. The brand practices a performance first philosophy over looks, so the designs are very minimal and unfussy. I expect they are going to feel really nice on when they go on sale in the Spring, definitely worth watching out for.

Ashmei.com

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Categories: Design / Kit

Isaora Quilted Combo Hoody 10/12/2014


isaora_hoodieSome beautiful new kit from NYC brand Isaora. Made with micro-quilted, water-resistant nylon for the unique front panels and a tight knit wool/nylon for the sleeves and back. The fabrics are from Japan and Italy and the piece is designed and made in New York. Great jacket for traveling.

www.isaora.com

Categories: Design / Kit

Machines For Freedom 09/07/2014


MachinesForFreedomSome beautiful new pieces from Machines For Freedom up on their site. Love the finish on their new Dot Print jersey and the oversized middle pocket for larger items. Our friend Tracy Chandler put some of their kit to the test this summer on the Alpine Fire Flies ride, you can read about it here.

Machines For Freedom

Categories: Design / Kit

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

The Lakeshore Jacket 11/15/2014


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Upright Cyclist just keep bringing really nice looking and practical pieces for getting around town. Their latest piece is the Lakeshore Jacket, made from a Cordura Cotton shell by Artistic Milliners, the style sits somewhere between a classic Moto jacket and a workwear jacket. As with all of their products it is designed for riding, with nice touches like the classic “Coaches Collar” and Nylon inserts over the shoulders to make the fit comfortable on the bike.

The Lakeshore Jacket

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Categories: Design / Kit

Paul Smith “531″ Cycling Line 10/31/2014


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Well it was only a matter of time considering how much of a cycling nut he is. The new Paul Smith “531″ cycling line looks pretty nice. I am going to be in London next week so I will be making sure to stop by the shop on Floral Street to have a look in person. I expect the construction will be flawless as on all that Mr Smith makes and considering they are built using Swiss-made Schoeller fabrics I expect they are going to be both very practical and durable. More to come…

Paul Smith “531″

Categories: Design / Kit

The Nutter Cycling Tool 08/30/2014


Nutter_Cycling_ToolA fresh take on the under saddle multi-tool by Kiwi designer Mark Windsor. The design sits across the back of the saddle (works beautifully with Brooks saddles) and can also act as a wrap for a pump and tube. The tool itself contains: a nylon tyre lever, a 15mm box head spanner, a spoke key, 5 hex tool bits, a Philips head screw driver, a flat head screw driver, a T25 torx bit, a magnetic tool bit extender and a bottle opener. The bits all attach to the central tool allowing you to use it as a lever for extra power. Weighing in at a light 110g and wrapped in a beautiful leather pouch this could be a tool for life.

The Nutter Cycle Tool

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