This may just be the massive, never-ending Vortexxx hangover talking, but I love spring/summer cycling gear. It’s simple. It takes no time to put on. There’s (almost) no proper order to layer. You just decide to ride, put a few pieces on, then fly down the road. This isn’t specific to Rapha, but it’s my current sentiment and I’m sticking with it. Time to look at what Rapha’s offering for SS14. [Note: Long post, much product, not all of it.]

Rapha SS14 Lookbook

Club Jersey

One of my earliest purchases was the Club Jersey. The cut and 1/4 zip lend to its casual nature. Pick: Black & Navy (‘cuz why not both).

Released: Rapha SS14 Lookbook

 

Wind Jacket

Never was a wind jacket kinda rider. Until I was offered one that doesn’t look like complete shit. This was on heavy rotation this fall/winter. Pick: Grey/Pink.

Released: Rapha SS14 Lookbook

 

Classic Jersey

You know the jersey. Let’s just get to the… Pick: ‘DAT PINK.

Released: Rapha SS14 Lookbook

 

Trade Team Jersey

I’m not a huge fan of the vertical blocks. Makes me look fat. Or, at least, it reveals that I’m fat.  Although it looks as though they pulled it in significantly on the sides so that might help—some. Pick: Orange/Navy

Released: Rapha SS14 Lookbook

 

Brevet Jersey

The Blue/Pink colorway is still my favorite, but this nieuw steez is also steezy. Pick: Both?

Released: Rapha SS14 Lookbook

 

Super Lightweight Jersey

I’ve been riding an early version of this piece. It’s been fantastic for #BikeDC’s heat and humidity, but had its opportunities. Interesting to see if “refined version” addresses the sagging rear pockets. Pick: Chartreuse/Dark Grey.

Released: Rapha SS14 Lookbook

 

Lightweight Bib Shorts

Riding these as well. They are indeed lightweight. Perfect voor when it’s blazing. Pick: Black/Chartreuse.

Released: Rapha SS14 Lookbook

 

Women’s Lightweight Jersey

These two colorways are so atypically non-feminine it’s a shock. I’d ride both of them. Ironically, the one color you’d expect for ladies cycling clothing from the one company that’s known for that particular color (pink) is a choice. Pick: Yellow.

 Released: Rapha SS14 Lookbook

 

Women’s Souplesse Jersey

Again, absolutely striking colors—not only for women but for cycling garments in general. I’d wear every one of these without question. Pick: All three.

 Released: Rapha SS14 Lookbook

 

Women’s Gilet

Broken record time. Again with the colors. Pick: Both.

Released: Rapha SS14 Lookbook