The Rapha Continental began in 2007, driven by the idea to discover, or perhaps rediscover, the lost art of cycling. Through words, photos, maps and films they have been sharing our tales of adventure and discovering some of the more beautiful routes and rides in North America. We recently covered their Amgen Tour of California. This video is a full-on film which captured the team’s journey.
If you are unfamiliar with Rapha the premise is simple: if James Bond rode a bike he would wear Rapha. They make wonderfully tailored gear for the cycling crowd making, “I bike to work” not an excuse for sloppy attire. The tradition continues with the Tailored Jacket for Spring 2011. In addition to looking sharp, it features details specific to the biking crowd: pleats in the rear shoulders, fastening storm-collar, and a zippered key pocket on the left arm to name a few. This marriage between form and function puts Rapha’s gear in a league of its own.
A few weeks back, Slate Olson and Jeremy Dunn of the Rapha team took a trip to California to go ride a few stages of the upcoming Tour of California with Tim Johnson. Good times were had and luckily somebody was there to catch it all on camera.
Rapha’s ongoing collaboration with Paul Smith has proven to be extremely successful for the iconic cycling brand. Their preview video for S/S ’11 highlighted some great pieces from the collection, these trousers being one of them. “Smart, high-performance trousers with a contemporary cut and designed for summer city riding.”
Rapha turns us to a special video which highlights their collaboration with Paul Smith and its offerings for Spring 2011. On display is just about everything from the lineup including the versatile windproof shirts and we’re pretty a long sleeve henley was spotted as well.
Some of the Rapha x Paul Smith offerings are available now at Rapha but look for more pieces to become available in the coming weeks.
It seems there’s much to expect from Rapha in the coming months as they’ve given us a preview of their Spring 2011 collections. For the city rider, look for the highly anticipated Rapha Jeans, as well as the fully-fashioned merino City Jersey, a new Rapha Trousers colourway and updated Rapha Shirts. The brand’s collaboration with Paul Smith continues to evolve as they’ve added over ten new products with enhancements such as the utilization of merino wool, windproofing and reflectivity.
The other day, we were greeted with the latest issue of Rouleur Magazine at our doorsteps and through all the holiday festivities, we finally got a chance to check it out. For anyone not familiar, Rouleur is the ultimate publication for anyone interested in the sport of cycling. Road racing is a beautiful thing and so is this magazine as it focuses on amazing photography and writing.
Issue 21 digs deep and sheds light on people that make the sport move forward in a positive manner, like Juan Antonio Flecha of Team Sky and Brian Robinson, the winner of the 1961 Dauphiné Libéré. All-in-all, the mag’s a must-read for any biking enthusiast as it really well curated, something we don’t often see these days.
Issue 21 of Rouleur Magazine and other past issues are in stock now at Rapha.
From Rapha comes the return of the Tailored Jacket. Made in collaboration with British tailor Timothy Everest, we hope to actually grab one of these this time around. For all the corporate blokes that wear a suit to work on the daily and cycle to the office — imagine actually being able to wear your jacket rather than tying it to the front. The Tailored Jacket from Rapha looks to solve this with the use of a technical fabric that is 100% wool and repels water and dirt. Other technical details include an action back, a storm collar and front hems that can be buttoned away from the legs when riding.