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

The Ass Saver Extended Team Edition 06/05/2014


ass_saversI managed to get my hands on a very nice and very professional new Ass Saver, the Team Rapha Condor edition. They just released an extended version for the road and did this nice brand partnership with the team. I have wanted to try one of these out since seeing some of the Pro’s using them at the GIRO in Belfast. Thanks to the lovely Claire Beaumont @Condor for letting me get my hands on one. Hopefully I won’t need it for a while.

 

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CVNDSH S-Works Shoe 04/27/2014


cavendish_shoesThe new CVNDSH S-Works shoe might be my favorite S-Works show yet, and I am on a third pair. Prefer the simpler graphics on this shoe than the standard S-Works graphic. Looking forward to seeing them in the flesh.

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Elcyclista Tote Bags 03/17/2014


elcyclista_totesComing for the Spring and time spent off the bike we are making some Elcyclista Tote bags. Perfect for beer, chips and ipads, or for your day bag in the back of the car. Made from heavy weight canvas with a strap big enough to sling over your shoulder, messages screen printed in a single color. Are you a “Ride every day when you can” type of rider? Or “Need a few days off to keep the engine feeling fresh” type of rider? Drop us an email at thisiselcyclista@gmail.com if you are interested.

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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.

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Anatomy Of A Jersey – Bardiani-CSF 05/25/2014


Bardiani_JerseyEvery year when the Grand Tour wildcard teams get announced there is the customary rumbles of national “favoritism“. How some of those wildcards don’t deserve their spot – “its just because they are Italian“. How they don’t have the riders that warrant them getting a ride ahead of the bigger names. Bardiani-CSF is one of those teams. Italian through and through, a team built of up and coming young talent. A team that in Belfast were preparing in camper vans dwarfed by the bigger buses and trucks of the big budgets. Yet here we are more than half way through this years GIRO and they have two stage wins, and have been in the action practically every day since Belfast. Not just interested in getting “TV time” for their sponsors they have been chasing stage wins from the start. That is two stage wins more than a lot of the super teams like Sky, with what seems like an endless budget and an abundance of GC contenders. So who actually benefited from the money shot? As their stage winners crossed the line, arms aloft in victory, who were the sponsors that have gotten behind this young team and brought us two exciting victories, and maybe some of the next generation of Italian racing talent. A kit that can’t afford to be cool and minimal, every inch is covered with fractions of what it takes to scrape together the budget to compete at this level. Names we have barely heard of, sponsors making products that mostly sell things that we will never buy. So why are they sponsoring this team – probably because they love the sport and get more for their media money off these two wins that buying straight up advertising.

Categories: Design / Kit / Riders

The Gufo Jacket By Pedaled 03/23/2014


gufo_jacketThere is a world of wind jackets to choose from out there, for both urban riding and racing. Making sense of the one that is right for you is no small task. I usually look for the details, the thought that has gone into the design to make it work just that little bit better. That is exactly what you will find with the Gufo Jacket above from Japanese brand Pedaled. They have introduced a nice double zip system, that when on zip one is a snugger fit for on the bike, keeping the jacket from flapping in the wind. In zip two position it opens the jacket up a little and gives it a more casual look for when you are off the bike (or carrying a little extra timber after an under-trained winter). Kind of perfect really.

P E D A L E D

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Giro Apparel 02/17/2014


giro_kitThe new kit from GIRO looks pretty amazing. Nice tailored fits and good use of materials, but man can I get my hands on any? Nope. All the good pieces out of stock, pretty much everywhere. It is a shame because the stuff looks really good and as spring approaches we are all back in the market for a few pieces. Seems like a massive missed opportunity especially when you have made something so nice.

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