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Which tyres for Paris-Roubaix? Whose time trial bike is fastest? Suspension mountain bikes or singlespeeders? Talk equipment here.

29 Jan 2015 18:02

Cycling is an exclusive sport, let's make it more like polo but horse polo, not bike polo.
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29 Jul 2015 18:11

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31 Jul 2015 04:29

Benotti69 wrote:sky's latest signing...


https://instagram.com/p/5oMTHEn0Rs/

:D


I want that sticker
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01 Aug 2015 00:54

We're sniffing the same Instagrams Benotti. Was going to share that, I'd love it on a jersey.
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01 Aug 2015 00:55

By the way, I also hate Rapha. Because It reminds me I can't afford any of their stuff and because their kits are not that especially good looking at all, imo.
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01 Aug 2015 05:02

never bought or wore anything rapha

the price alone is quite off putting for us antipodeans down here

thought that of assos for quite some time
until i tried a pair of their bibs

I now have 4 pairs

i don't mind paying for quality and durability in a product
fit great well made and still going strong

the whole schtick of rapha irks me a bit

happy to take a pass
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01 Aug 2015 21:45

BigMac wrote:We're sniffing the same Instagrams Benotti. Was going to share that, I'd love it on a jersey.


Great minds....or is it fools seldom............... :D
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31 Dec 2015 20:02

If I'm not wearing skinny jeans... I'm riding in Rapha!
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05 Jan 2016 09:51

Well... I got a Rapha long sleeve and winter cap for Christmas. The cap is fantastic but I have nothing to compare it to. The Jersey is also fantastic, very well thought out, very nicely fitting and I like the understated design/colours. I wouldn't pay full price for it, but at sale/black friday prices it's a good deal. I'd say the overall feel is a bit nicer than my Torm and Vulpine short sleeves and as nice as my Cima Coppi short sleeve.
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05 Jan 2016 12:59

King Boonen wrote:Well... I got a Rapha long sleeve and winter cap for Christmas. The cap is fantastic but I have nothing to compare it to. The Jersey is also fantastic, very well thought out, very nicely fitting and I like the understated design/colours. I wouldn't pay full price for it, but at sale/black friday prices it's a good deal. I'd say the overall feel is a bit nicer than my Torm and Vulpine short sleeves and as nice as my Cima Coppi short sleeve.


I'm a big fan for quality at the places where you 'touch' the bike. Shoes, gloves, butt. My Rapha bibs are the best I have ever had, period and after riding for 30 years I have tried them all. Yup, expensive but like tools, buying the nice ones in the 'end'(get it?), saves money. I also have 3 jerseys(bought pre-owned) and a neck gaitor..fine quality stuff. I kinda have a 'thing' about NOT buying used bibs, altho used Rapha kit is out there.
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05 Jan 2016 13:15

Bustedknuckle wrote:
King Boonen wrote:Well... I got a Rapha long sleeve and winter cap for Christmas. The cap is fantastic but I have nothing to compare it to. The Jersey is also fantastic, very well thought out, very nicely fitting and I like the understated design/colours. I wouldn't pay full price for it, but at sale/black friday prices it's a good deal. I'd say the overall feel is a bit nicer than my Torm and Vulpine short sleeves and as nice as my Cima Coppi short sleeve.


I'm a big fan for quality at the places where you 'touch' the bike. Shoes, gloves, butt. My Rapha bibs are the best I have ever had, period and after riding for 30 years I have tried them all. Yup, expensive but like tools, buying the nice ones in the 'end'(get it?), saves money. I also have 3 jerseys(bought pre-owned) and a neck gaitor..fine quality stuff. I kinda have a 'thing' about NOT buying used bibs, altho used Rapha kit is out there.


I only buy Pactimo bibs. No where near as much experience as you but I've found them to be the most comfortable compared to others I've worn, I prefer the longer leg cut and the price is very reasonable. I'll try Rapha if I can get some at a good price (I wouldn't buy used bibs, very unlikely to buy used jerseys too unless it's a specific, old team one or something) but I think they use the same brand of chamois (Cytech or Elastic Interface) which seems to be the biggest factor.

I honestly can't knock the jersey, it's fantastic and I'd say worth the money that was paid for it. It's this one:

Image and on black Friday it was £77 which is a fair price, I'd say £85 is too although then I'd be tempted by Cima Coppi as they can do you a custom cut.

I also really, really like the look of this:

Image but it's just too expensive.

However, I'm currently a medium so when they sell out of all the XXXL etc. first as usual ( ;) ), I might get it a bit cheaper.

Also worth mentioning Rapha do a free repair after a crash or failure which is very good. They'll also do you 50% off a jersey if you go down in size, but you do have to return the old one.
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05 Jan 2016 19:28

eek! :D Not for me

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05 Jan 2016 19:36

hmmmm. Be seen be safe?

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05 Jan 2016 20:37

I have a POC AVIP jacket... I'm saying nothing... :D
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06 Jan 2016 03:52

Bustedknuckle wrote:
King Boonen wrote:Well... I got a Rapha long sleeve and winter cap for Christmas. The cap is fantastic but I have nothing to compare it to. The Jersey is also fantastic, very well thought out, very nicely fitting and I like the understated design/colours. I wouldn't pay full price for it, but at sale/black friday prices it's a good deal. I'd say the overall feel is a bit nicer than my Torm and Vulpine short sleeves and as nice as my Cima Coppi short sleeve.


I'm a big fan for quality at the places where you 'touch' the bike. Shoes, gloves, butt. My Rapha bibs are the best I have ever had, period and after riding for 30 years I have tried them all. Yup, expensive but like tools, buying the nice ones in the 'end'(get it?), saves money. I also have 3 jerseys(bought pre-owned) and a neck gaitor..fine quality stuff. I kinda have a 'thing' about NOT buying used bibs, altho used Rapha kit is out there.


I was lucky enough to receive two pairs of their classic bibs for Xmas. Very, very nice indeed. My Rapha jerseys are now 10 years old and still going strong. Best value-for-money kit out there (along with Assos - 10 year-old bibs still as good as new). Even at full price.
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