Rapha SS14


As a lover of rapha – this hits the spot

cork grips

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As always I’m interested to see what Rapha‘s doing each new season and this collection does not disappoint. New styles of old favorite pieces, and new additional pieces that expand the brand’s offerings for the sartorially discerned cyclist. I’ll just touch on what caught my eye but the whole lookbook can be viewed here.

The Trade Jersey (pictured above) was introduced last year but they’ve taken the concept of the jersey further with the addition of embroidered text and graphics inspired by the heroes.

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Touring Bike Build #5: Handlebar bag and a rack bag (just in case)


I was pretty desperate for a rando type leather bag for the new touring build but I wasn’t convinced on the need for a front rack on the bike.

Thus began the search for just a Plane Jane handlebar bag but not one that was saggy like the one i had on my Yuba Mundo (name and shame it was an Altura Orkney) with a wire connection that scraped away at the the bar …. then i found this info on www.pathlesspedalled.com

What led me to the Arkel handlebar bag was primarily its aluminum quick release system. I despise the current “smash a wire” technology employed by every other handlebar bag maker. They are essentially single use and a pain to move from bike to bike. Arkel’s system seems more elegant (and weighs less than a mini front rack) but I could never find a good video of how they actually worked. So I made one.

 won’t go into too much detail (that’s what the vid is for!), but here’s the executive summary.

Pros:

Great mounting system
Roomy for a small bag

Cons:

Straight out of the 70s styling
No rain cover for $120
High position on the handlebar takes getting use to after rack bags

Their words not mine – it is v expensive in the UK – £100 but hey ho feeling flash baby.

and also bought a rack bag – an Ortlieb in yellow. So luggage is all sorted now ……

What is Bicycle Travel? – PathLessPedaled.com (GREAT VIDEO)


How great is this film – never thought about the Brompton as a tourer ….. wow

Our ode to bicycle travel. Some people think that it is all about the bike, but we all know that it isn’t. When we go on tour, the most indelible memories we bring back are about the people we’ve met.

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Bike WHY?? Here is just one reason


If you travel by bike you can’t help but smile – and people can’t help but smile back

Our ode to bicycle travel. Some people think that it is all about the bike, but we all know that it isn’t. When we go on tour, the most indelible memories we bring back are about the people we’ve met.

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Entering the harbour when the waves are huge …. Sailing nightmares


Years ago i went sailing with my ex father in law who wanted to test his Moody 47 in heavier seas.

Moody 47 on a much nicer day 15knots peachy
Moody 47 on a much nicer day 15knots peachy

I had already been kitesurfing in the morning but my father in law was not a great sailor (the sort that tacked with a cruising chute up and wondered why it wrapped in the rigging). Although the wind was hitting 25knots the boat was of such a design as to be able to handle it …..

We went out and the waves had already got a lot bigger. We sailed with a reefed (furled main and a staysail for a few hours) Having gotten the boat well out the water beating upwind over a decent 20 foot set of waves. The problems came up when we headed back and I saw the entrance to the harbour had waves breaking before the entrance. This was a combination of bigger waves and a dropping tide.

I suggested we go up the coast to a larger commercial harbour which had better deepwater marina facilities but as he was going the next morning overseas to work for 4 weeks he was adamant he wanted it back in its own dock. He also wanted me to take it in … well it was directly downwind into the harbour mouth .

‘Do you have a drogue (sea anchor)’ i asked

‘What is that?’

my plan was to half deploy and motor in with it keeping us stern on in the breaking waves
my plan was to half deploy and motor in with it keeping us stern on in the breaking waves

Do you even have a steel bucket or any bucket? NADA

So that is how i came to be motoring in (with its great 75hp motor) into the harbour. I tried to time the run between sets but as we were screaming towards the harbour I heard the roar of a wave to see the white water at eye level just about to hit us from behind. I slipped into neutral then full into reverse ….  but as soon as the prop hit white water it just spun. The boat broached hard to Starboard (R) and when it came up I gunned the engine went hard to Port (L) and missed the sea wall by 20 foot. My testicles were so far up that i could have sworn my tonsils had regrown …..  Afterwards I remarked

‘bloody hell that was CLOSE’

My father in Law replied ‘It isn’t so nerve-wracking when you are not steering’

Well it was his £125k boat …. and it was insured.

So when i saw this video I though Woahh that was nearly me.

watch from 2:26

Danny with the boys bash barcelona


Taking a team of riders to a city overflowing with unique spots to ride is usually a safe bet to produce a new video – however, things are never that easy!

With Ali Clarkson and Sean Watson both on the injured list and Danny MacAskill and Duncan Shaw needing to leave the trip early, the pressure was on. Fortunately, between showers, slams and sangria all of the riders managed to make their mark on the streets of Barcelona and this video is the result.

For more information on the Arcade, Fourplay and Skye Team bikes featured, check out InspiredBicycles.com.

Music:
13 Cent Killer – Christian Bland & The Revelators
Mexican Dogs – Cold War Kids
Keep Me – The Black Keys