Fashion

Nelson Vails + Rapha = Retro Fresh Kit

by editors on April 22, 2019

Rapha, is inviting you to join them at Rapha LA on April 27, 2019 at 4pm for the launch of the limited edition Nelson Vails collection (inspired by his first team – Toga Tempo Thunder Bolt), with a special twist.

Nelson Vails himself will join us to share stories of a memorable career, from New York City bike messenger to Olympian. Nicknamed The Cheetah, the Harlem raised rider was the first African-American cyclist to win an Olympic medal, and was inducted into the US Bicycle Hall of Fame in 2009.

We recommend hanging out with Nelly on any cycling occasion, but this limited edition kit launch looks like an even better reason. Rapha will have drinks, food and the full collection on display for purchase. To RSVP, please click the link.

[Link: Rapha LA]

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Tasco’s New Recon Ultralite Gloves

by editors on April 11, 2019

The news from Sea Otter 2019 has been storming in for hours, but here’s something we’ve been waiting for. Tasco today announced the release of their new Recon Ultralite gloves. Here’s what they’re saying about it.

Welcome to your new favorite Ultra minimalist performance love with all the features you need for your day in the saddle. When you want to wear a glove, yet fell like you aren’t — the Recon Ultralite glove is what you’ll reach for. These gloves are engineered to be the lightest glove on the market today without sacrificing the quality and fit that you have come to expect from Tasco.

The Recons feature durable nylon top of hand, conductive threads on index finger and thumb for working your phone without shedding your gloves, silicone grip on palm and fingers, a microfiber thumb patch, a seamless single layer “Tacti-cool” palm, and fitted “o-prene” cuff enclosure. All this for $38 a pair. Sounds just like our next pair of gloves. For all the official details on the Recon, please click the link.

[Link: TASCO]

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The Shadow Conspiracy + The Hundreds

by editors on March 27, 2019

Everyone needs a bike to roll around on when they’re not on a group ride, racing off road, or training for the Olympics, and The Shadow Conspiracy and LA streetwear kings The Hundreds have created just the right 26 inch BMX bike for doing that.

The one-of-a-kind bike comes with an old-school drop nose seat adorned by a sublimated custom graphic and retro-inspired pad set. This bike isn’t just a looker, built with the guts and glory of The Shadow Conspiracy proprietary custom parts, including their signature Shadow Chain. 

The bike, along withmatching jersey, tees, pullover, and hat, to go along with it, will be released tomorrow, March 28, 2019. If you want to check it out, roll by The Hundreds on Fairfax in Los Angeles at 5:30 PM for an “LA Mash” to Lock & Key on Vermont. For all the details, follow the jump.

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Look: More Boring Kits From Rapha

by editors on March 15, 2019

Rapha is proud to announce a range of all-new all dark jerseys that will help you fade into the background of any road, race, or photo.

Inspired by a Milanese espresso machine maker that supported one of the sport’s greatest teams, the Chevron Jersey is an ode to a bygone era of classic kit design. Available now, get yours in time to watch Milan San Remo next weekend.

Yes, they may be inspired by a coffee machine and inanely dull, but they still feature the two things all fans of the brand appreciate — the Rapha logo, and a high price tag. Side note: these kits go perfectly with facial hair, an S-works and the new SRAM’s Red eTap AXS group set (see below). For all the details, please click the link.

[Link: Rapha]

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Last Minute Cycling Gifts For Laggers

by editors on December 13, 2018

Waited until the last minute and didn’t grab your favorite cyclist a gift? Check these out. We lagged so hard we didn’t even make this list. It appeared fully formed in our inbox. Either way Amazon will have them to you well before Santa even fires up the sleigh.

ABUS Bordo uGrip Lite | $59.99 | Amazon Prime Link
Lightweight but sturdy, the uGrip Bordo is a folding lock made of hinged steel bars and a simple snap closure design. The lock is easy-to-use, compact, and tucks into your bag or pocket—so you can always have one with you for quick errands.

Showers Pass IMBA Jacket (Women’s) | $199.95 | Amazon Prime Link
From hitting the trails to running errands in the city, this 2.5-layer hardshell breathes and vents just enough to keep your sweat from sticking around. Support a non-profit with the ideal winter layering jacket, as a portion of the proceeds benefit the International Mountain Biking Association.

DZR Shift | $69 | Amazon Link
Good boys and girls might need two stockings to hold a fresh pair of kicks, but these DZRs will light up some eyes with their subtle good looks and comfort, enhanced by stealthy cycling performance thanks to a stiffened midsole for better riding efficiency without sacrificing walkability or style.

Mission Workshop Sanction | $205 | | Amazon Link
Compact and weather-proof, the Sanction is a sleek solution to protecting all the daily essentials on a cycling commute to work or school. Built to last a lifetime with military spec construction and waterproof compartments, it’s bound to be a holiday gift turned year-round favorite.

Silca Ypsilon Travel Kit | $80 | Amazon Prime Link
The mechanic’s favorite y-wrench gets an upgrade in precision and functionality. A variety wrenches for the most common use cases in cycling are now readily available in one tool, so you can ensure the bike mechanic in your life is prepared for anything this holiday season.

UAG Plasma Feather-Light iPhone XR Case | $39.95 | Amazon Prime Link
Did your favorite rider pick up the new iPhone, only to leave it unprotected? Give the gift of phone security with a lightweight and tough case from UAG.

State Bicycle Co Core-Line Singlespeed Bike | from $299 | Amazon Link
Anyone’s eyes would light up at the sight of a bike in their holiday gift pile. Any model from State’s Core Line of affordable and stylish single speed bicycles would make a memorable gift sure to make a star of the giver.

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Eroica California Registration Now Open

by editors on November 25, 2017

On the weekend of April 14-15, 2018 cyclists, vintage bike enthusiasts, and fans of classic, steel bikes will roll in to Paso Robles, California for the 2018 Eroica California. Don’t know what it is? It’s a retro cycling festival that goes a little like this:

Eroica participants are required to ride “historical bikes” or bikes preferably built in 1987 or earlier, but to take the vintage theme even further, many riders choose to wear authentic, vintage garb including wool jerseys, retro cycling goggles and lace-up shoes. Festivities on both days, including the Tuscan dinner, are open to the public and spectators are invited to watch the ride and welcome the riders at the finish line.

There are rides, shows, presentations, talks, discussions, and more. You know, those classic bike fetishist always know how to throw a crazy party, so this year should be fun. For the official details, please follow the jump or click here for the Eroica California website.

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Velocio Drops A Wallet

by editors on November 6, 2017

There’s nothing better than a nice wallet to keep valuables together in a back pocket. Velocio has done exactly that with their Recon Wallet. Here’s how they describe it:

Fashioned from remnant fabric of our RECON Hardshell Jacket, the RECON wallet is a waterproof essentials case for your daily commute or on any outdoor adventure. The waterproof NeoShell layer will keep your cell phone protected from the elements, your cash and cards and any other valuables dry and stowed within reach.

The recon features a water resistant zipper, and internal divider to keep cards, case, and technology organized. And yes, it will fit a iPhone 8. For more info click the link.

[Link: Velocio]

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My, What Spooky Socks You Have

by editors on October 6, 2017

Yes, it happens every year and every year we say it’s the last year, and every year Sockguy comes through with another slew of rad Halloween socks that creep us out in just the right ways. Load up. These are the perfect socks for Spookycross.

[Link: SockGuy]

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Nixon Puts A Santa Cruz On Your Wrist

by editors on October 5, 2017

Fans of The Syndicate can get a little Santa Cruz love on their wrist with a new limited edition collection of watches from Santa Cruz Skateboards and Nixon watches.

Nixon’s classic Time Teller is reimagined through the Santa Cruz lens, culminating in designs that are true to each brand. The iconic graphics featured within the collection include: the ‘Screaming Hand,’ the Rob Roskopp Arm, Jason Jessee Lady of Guadalupe and the Santa Cruz logo.

Sure, Santa Cruz bicycles are no longer owned by the people who own the skateboard company, but the logo will still look great with your new V10. (Sidenote: is Mr. Roskopp wearing his watch as we type? Anyone know?)

[Link: Nixon]

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Best Young Riders, Worst TOC Jerseys

by editors on April 27, 2017

TAG Heuer rolled out their jerseys for the Amgen Tour of California’s best young riders and they have to be the ugliest jerseys we’ve ever seen for a world tour event. Designed by “art provocateur Alec Monopoly” the jerseys feature a chaotic spattering of spray can squirts and TAG logos that looks like, well high viz scribbling. Here’s how TAG explains it:

Though cycling and art are seemingly dissimilar, these pursuits have universal appeal as movement and creation are both fundamental instincts, regardless of country, background or age. TAG Heuer specializes in uniting divergent worlds, creating disruptive moments that highlight the avant-garde nature of the brand.

We can say one thing: it’s no real surprise that the jersey’s designer wears a mask. For the official word from the Tour of California, please follow the jump.

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