Tonight at the Rapha Cycle Club SF, Steven Nereo, aka the Single Ape is having an art opening and party. Don’t miss this show. There will be great artwork, great people and some great products for sale, including Paper Friends Purist bottles and Ramblin Rolls!
Paper Friends at the Rapha Cycle Club SF
Saturday February 16th, 7pm
2198 Filbert St
Thanks for the heads up Tracko!
Photo by George Marshall
One of my favorite dudes in Austin, BMX legend / Fairdale mastermind, Taj Mihelich was interviewed by the Albion‘s George Marshall for the Rapha Wayfaring blog. How’s that for a link-heavy opener? Make sure you check this one out!
Remember these? Well this time I’m the one doing the auctioning and I’m donating 100% of the proceeds to a cycling-related charity. I started bidding last night at $.99 and it’s already over $300. If you missed them before, now’s your chance to pick up one of these ultra limited shades. Bid here.
Photos by Emily Maye
On Friday, Rapha launched their Team Sky 2013 collection online, shot by photographer Emily Maye. As someone who will always credit his inspiration, I have to say that these are some of the best Rapha product photos to date. See the full photoset here.
Listen up as SIR Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky introduces the new Team Sky and Rapha union. More to come…
I can just hear the word now: leeeverrrs. Rapha Japan’s Facebook page is filled with a ton of great riding photos but the new Rapha-branded tire levers are quite popular at the moment. I wonder when these will go into circulation?
There are few things more beautiful in this world than fine leatherwork and a brand new bottle of straight Kentucky bourbon. When it comes to the latter, Old Rip Van Winkle is the most coveted and as for the leather, you can’t go wrong with the Rapha Leather Town Gloves. Both are coveted and will provide years of use if treated properly. This isn’t the first time I’ve highlighted cycling products with bourbon and it’s only the finest products that inspired the comparison.
The Rapha Leather Town gloves are exquisitely crafted from the finest Africa hair sheep. Now, I’ve never seen a hair sheep before but they apparently live in an hot and arid place, making their skin extremely tough but thin, perfect for gloves. As with all leather, you’ll want to care for them. When they get dirty or wet, clean them off and let them dry. Then, a simple wipe down with leather conditioner helps keep the leather supple.
Warmth is key in the winter months and no matter how nice gloves look, they have to keep you warm. I’ve found them to be perfect for 40 degrees and up, as is. For sub 40 degree weather, the Ibex merino wool liners keeps your extremities warm. Since it doesn’t get that cold too often in Texas, I’ve only had to wear the liners a couple of times.
And even for the coldest rides, coming home to a glass of Van Winkle 10 year is a sure way to warm you up. The aroma of a fine bourbon such as this will compliment the leather. Simple open the bottle to be greeted with a warm scent of caramel and charred oak wood. At 107 proof, it should be sipped neat, with no ice. If you prefer your bourbon cold, drink it outdoors. The Rapha Leather Town Gloves will keep your hands warm enough!
Just like last week, this morning, at 6am PST, Rapha has opened up an auction for the new Team Rapha Focus Oakley Frogskins sunglasses. All the proceeds aid in financing the Team Rapha Focus men and women. These sunglasses come with a Rapha-Focus branded carrying bag. You might even get a set of Rapha-Focus trading cards.
Click here for the auction and here for more details. Make sure you follow @Rapha_N_America on Twitter or the Rapha Facebook page to monitor the bids each day. Next week, limited edition Rapha-Focus Frogskins go on the auction block.
These are very sharp shades. See for yourself in the gallery!
The Australian Custom Bicycle Show is this weekend in Australia and this bike is only one of the prime examples of Australian craftsmanship that will be on display. As part of the Rapha Continental Australia, Darren Baum worked closely with Rapha to design one of the wildest Baum Corretto paint jobs I’ve ever seen. Integrating the Rapha Gazzet Paper seamlessly into the wet coat creates a one-of-the-kind aesthetic.
The build? Pretty straight forward with full SRAM Red, ENVE clinchers, Fizik saddle and custom Busyman Bicycles bar tape to top it off. Check out more high-res photos of this beauty in the Gallery and if you’re in Australia, get your ass to the ACBS this weekend.