September 5, 2012

Rapha Rides YEG

It’s not unknown, that I’m a big Rapha fan. I eat up the site, the blog posts and the films – I also spend a healthy amount on the gear. What can I say, it’s nice. For a rider like me, who is in to ‘nice’ stuff, not to mention, photography and film, what could be better than Rapha… So, when I found out they were coming to my home town of Edmonton, I of course, left town to ride in Kananaskis. Yes, that’s right, I went riding elsewhere… See, the way it all went down, I didn’t know about the Rapha YEG ride, when I committed to my carefully laid plans to get away to Calgary and go riding with my pal, Ken, in Kananaskis – there was no changing plans, given a multitude of schedules, family obligations and so forth. So, I went off on our own Bikeridr ride, and our pal, Jason Redfern tossed his chapeau in the ring to go on the Rapha ride. In talking with Ferno after, the thing I remember him saying most was, ‘there sure was a lot of merino wool…’ Here’s the scoop from our ‘inside man’:

The Rapha Continental crew came to Alberta at the bequest of Alex Steida, the first North American to hold the yellow jersey in the Tour de France.

An invite to the group ride was forwarded to me by the purveyor of this fine website. Driven by curiosity I found myself at Da Capo with about thirty Rapha fans ready to uneasily stampede through the Edmonton River Valley like a Running Room ‘Learn to Run’ clinic.  “They can’t actually be serious leading a group road ride through trails?” was murmured more than once. I didn’t know what to expect.

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August 17, 2011

Espresso vs. the French Press

As many of you know, I’m a coffee fan. Sure, sometimes I tire of coffee, and stray to other caffeine deliver mechanisms, like tea, but I always seem to come back. Most often I admit, when at any proper coffee bar, I’ll order an Americano, (Canadese for all you Canuckleheads out there). I enjoy the taste of properly brewed espresso – its powerful flavor, its natural sweetness and earthiness is delicious. Of course like many of my friends, (Kenny-poo included), I’ve looked into getting a quality home machine. To date though, I’ve just never quite taken the plunge, leaving my espresso indulgences to the coffee shop. So, I was excited to see that Rapha has come out with an espresso machine worthy of its endorsement! Behold! The limited edition Rapha Giotto Rocket Espresso Machine, ready to brew the perfect shot in the comfort of your own home, or local club bike shop. – Read More –

May 24, 2011

Tour of California: Rapha Films

Always one to enjoy a good bike film, I wanted to highlight the series of short web-films from Rapha about their own 2011 Tour of California experience. Of course, Rapha, already being known for their unique style, these short films don’t disappoint, offering an effective blend of both an amateur-esque, behind-the-scenes quality, which makes them affably resonant to riders like you and me, as well as a level of polish that we’d expect. Tasteful product shots, Rapha Continental Team member (incl. Tim Johnson) interviews and candid moments, plus sweeping panoramic shots all come together into a celebration of cycling, and one very entertaining series of short films.

The films not only make me want to go ride, but ride with them, and in California!  I immediately find myself wondering how I can turn a trip like that into reality – maybe next year, Ken?! I hope the State of California gave Droptree Productions and Rapha a kickback of some kind for making these films, because they’re not just bike ads – they are also great tourism ads. – Read More –

January 12, 2011

Rapha Bicycle Collection

Rapha, a beloved cycling-wear brand of mine, has come out with its own bicycle collection!

I really have nothing but good things to say about Rapha – actually, it’s hard for me not to just completely rave about them. I pretty much love everything about this company, from their Euro-style products, to their classic/modern branding. They always blend form and function so well. Even their e-blast newsletters are stylish in a way that I like.

Currently, I have 2 Rapha riding jersies (the pocket t-shirt and long-sleeve jersey), plus one of their regular t-shirts, and of course, the classic Rapha white stripe cap, in black. All ordered on-line. All arrived on time, and all exceptional quality. I also love Rapha’s encouragement of cycling culture, through things like the ultra-cool snippets of cycling history printed on the inside of the jersey pockets (if you’ve never looked inside your Rapha jersey pockets, take a peek), to their books and prints (Ken was kind enough to gift me the 2009 Photographic Annual of ‘Rouler’). To me, the words ‘Rapha’ and ‘Quality’ and ‘Style’, all go well hand-in-hand, so I’d expect no less from their new bicycle collection. – Read More –

October 27, 2010

4 Innovative iPhone Cycling Apps

With an onslaught of great apps for the iPhone (some of which we’ve highlighted before), it’s tough to stay on top of all the latest technological innovation for your ride… I mean come on, it’s tough enough sorting out all the latest component grouppos ;-)

With that said, over the past few months there have been a few innovative releases that have caught my eye, so I thought I’d pull them together and show you a glimpse of what’s out there.

One thing all these apps have in common is that they’re bringing in aspects beyond the application itself – Be it friends, community or hardware. – Read More –

April 29, 2010

2009 Rapha Continental in Retrospect

Over the last three years the riders of the Rapha Continental have explored some of the most beautiful regions and roads in North America. With the help of customers and friends, the chronicle of our ongoing journey has now grown to fifty rides and our journal is complete with stories, cue sheets, photography and films. – Read More –