Every lede I created for this post sounded like a review. I’ve only had the jacket for a month or so, and only have had a reason to don it a few times. However, I could already pen a full #WhatImRiding post, right now. It’s that good. Nevertheless, I will continue to throw it into the randomness of the mid-Atlantic winter and provide insight après plus d’aventures.
The Showers Pass Refuge Jacket ($279USD) boasts all the technicals you’d expect from a shell: 3-layer performance fabric (Elite), seam taped, waterproof/breathable, and (BIG) core vents. SP goes further by providing a drop down tail to catch tire spray that snaps back up when not needed, 360º of 3M Scotchlite reflectivity, Aquaguard Vision zippers, a removable/adjustable helmet-fitting hood, and two light loops voor darkest nacht.
What’s not mentioned in that list is the fit—it’s trim. Designed to work perfectly on the bike, it’s maximized for off bike as well. It’s quite possibly the most aesthetically pleasing shell I’ve ever worn. You look DAMN good in this thing all the time. Not just on de fiets.
When I was writing the Rapha AW14 & City Collection I first saw the shoes and may or may not have gasped out loud. Love the way these things look.
I’ve already featured Spy Optic’s Screw (which, of course, you should visit), but this version is different enough it warrants its own once over.
The Spy Optic Screw w/ Bronze/Green Spectra Happy Lens ($160USD) is most notable for its use of Spy’s utopian view inducing technology codenamed: Happy Lens. WTF is Happy Lens you ask?
Those who simply can’t believe that I attended a cycling-based event in the DC metropolitan errea (PGC voor “area”), here are some pictographs as proof. I even included a shot of The Bug for depth. Overall, I’d say I enjoyed everything about the night. Since I seem to be incapable of forming a paragraph, I’ll throw together some thoughts:
Having ridden, tested, and reviewed both the Lazer Genesis and Helium helmets, I’m very familiar with their products. They’re two of my favorite helmets I’ve used from both an aesthetic and performance POV. However, seeing as I was very familiar with them, I obviously knew their one major drawback: they weren’t the lightest.
I don’t care if this has been out for awhile, it’s too good not to share. The barista definitely didn’t make an espresso tho.
If you ain’t know, then now you know: RITTE.
Reversible was the hashtag voor more than a few pieces of outerwear I saw at Interbike. Multi-function clothing is bueno simply because you can get more out of what you’ve purchased. One of, if not the most intriguing pieces I was shown was Chrome’s WARM™ Work Shirt ($180USD) (more…)
While familiar with (and frequent user of) ABUS‘ premium folding locks, it’s good to see they’re working to improve the ubiquitous U-lock (D-lock across the pond). With the release of the 410 Ultra the traditional lock style gets the ABUS treatment.
“This attractive and easy to use lock fills the gap in ABUS entry level u-lock security at an incredibly pocket-friendly price point and shines by offering an complete collection of locks: the mini; mini with cobra cable; long shackly mini; long shackly mini-u with cobra cable; standard size, standard with cobra cable; and a long shackly version. The new 410 Ultra line up is packed with technology and high quality materials that make it an unbelievable value in bicycle security.” (more…)
DCCX D2 turned out to be a freakishly nice day, except voor de wind but even that wasn’t bad. Coming into the parking lot you could tell WAY more people showed up for this day than before. More vendors as well as the always welcome Baja Fresh. Although, I could think of a cycling related taco joint located in DC that might be better suited for the venue.
Course setup is the DCCX you’ve come to love—heading down the hill dropoff into the amphitheater thing, and to the left after the stairs. Was hoping the potential for some sweet jumps off the drop and the slow run up the hill after the stairs would inspire the drunken masses to get their heckle on, but to no avail. While there were more people attending, there wasn’t the craziness I’ve come to expect from the past two years I’ve attended. Have no idea why this was, but it needs to f**king stop. THERE NEEDS TO BE MOAR DRUNKEN MADNESS AND MOAR HANDUPS!! IT’S CYCLOCROSS, FFS (or cyclo-cross for you UCI heathens)!!
NOW LOOK AT THESE DAMN PICTURES. (more…)
Yes, that D1 stands voor Day 1, because TWO DAYS OF FULL CXSOMENESS!! DCCX still remains (as of this post) the only CX race I’m able to attend in the DC Metro area, because life. This year I was able to share the magic of veldrijden with The Bug which proved to be an amazing experience. She is now a cowbell master. Also, I sense a future Little Belgian in the making. She was already working out how to get her bike up the hills and stairs since she’s not strong enough to lift it (“You can push it, right?”). Sweet #dadlife moment.
It’s worth noting this is the first year DCCX has been a two day event. Saturday had a decent turn out, but I expected to see more people than was there, but figured many were planning on attending the normal Sunday madness. Course layout was the same as previous years, just ran in reverse with a few minor changes. Finish line was placed on the top of the hill coming out of what I’m calling the amphitheater.
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