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Old 12-20-11, 19:35
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Oh, and the article was never pulled from the site. It simply dropped off the front page banner articles. It's been filed in plain sight since it was published.
Yes it did go bye bye for a while. Yesterday the link went to an article-not-found page. Today it is back. I didn't discover this. Someone over at VSalon did. I checked the link again and, sure enough, it was gone.

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Now to the actual article - it's self-serving marketing guff apparently serving some paranoia from the Rapha sourcing team. It was totally unnecessary and
painful to read as though we're somehow not aware of how the bike industry operates. Fail.
Obviously they are feeling vulnerable. There are a number of wool cycling clothing makers that make their stuff in first world countries. Also Rapha's marketing plays up old world craftsmanship. They have associated themselves with the likes of Pegoretti by producing videos glorifying handmade frames. Their whole marketing schtick consists of imagery of old school cycling (or recreations of it) that Rapha wants to tie itself to. Making stuff in China then selling it for ludicrously high prices makes all their marketing look cynically phony. They published an article that boils down to "those lazy first world people are not capable of making high quality goods." I'm sure this was news to those people in developed countries that still make some of Rapha's stuff. Rapha is feeling the heat or they would not have published that risible article.

They then took the article away when it produced derision on the Internet. Evidently they they had second thoughts and decided that removing the article showed how defensive they are, so they brought it back.
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Rapha is just not hipster enough for me. I mean the stuff they make world never go wit a lip ring or a neck tat. And they front geared bikes wtf
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Maybe someone can help. Which version better strikes the balance between comfort and being ethically sound - the rapha leather gloves or the crochet version which is a bit more retro? I did have some assos gloves but they just fell apart (albeit after a long life).
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Can anyone give me the lowdown on the Rapha Imperial Works collection? Someone sent me a link to a jersey but I can't access the site as it is "by invitation only."
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Can anyone give me the lowdown on the Rapha Imperial Works collection? Someone sent me a link to a jersey but I can't access the site as it is "by invitation only."
Reminds me of product marketing in a William Gibson novel. Yech.
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Can anyone give me the lowdown on the Rapha Imperial Works collection? Someone sent me a link to a jersey but I can't access the site as it is "by invitation only."
AFAIK you'll have to shell out in the region of 1k+ through the site in a single fiscal year to be invited.
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AFAIK you'll have to shell out in the region of 1k+ through the site in a single fiscal year to be invited.
Either that or have your bros follow you around taking black and white photos of you looking like a smug a-hole while not wearing a helmet.
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Either that or have your bros follow you around taking black and white photos of you looking like a smug a-hole while not wearing a helmet.
I believe that IS the other way to gain access....
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AFAIK you'll have to shell out in the region of 1k+ through the site in a single fiscal year to be invited.
Or buy a knock off on E-Bay
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