Layering up kit is great for changeable conditions whether you’re preparing for the worst, out all day or climbing in the mountains you may find that one item of clothing is just not enough. With the weather being so nice in the UK whilst we tested these offerings from Rapha it was lucky that I had a trip to Mt Ventoux to look forward to giving them the conditions that may challenge them enough. The Rapha Classic Flyweight jersey and Classic gilet 2 are nice light weight ite
I make no effort to hide that I like Rapha clothing. Over the years I have spent the hard earned money on kit I needed and sometimes just stuff I wanted! I like the style they have and materials they use but have thought in the past couple of years they may have over complicated their collection with many items that seem to overlap. But hell, they still have some old favourites. Well that's what I thought... one of the first items that I bought was a pink Rapha logo T-shirt.
It may seem a bit excessive to spend time thinking about and reviewing a mere winter hat but as ever at RRR we were on the quest to fill a gap in the kit wardrobe (is there such thing as enough kit or a complete wardrobe?). We're big fans of the simple but effective cotton cycling cap or 'la casquette' to give it its proper name. They're perfect for keeping the chill off in spring and autumn but also useful for absorbing sweat in the height of summer as well as offering some
Bar tape is one of those things we at Road Rider Review believe can make or break the look of a bike, old dirty tape has no place on a bike and neither has snagged tape. The rules to a good-looking bike should read like this, “collars and cuffs should match, meaning saddle and bar tape should be the same colour, and should work in harmony with the overall build to compliment the frame. If your tape is not black it should be cleaned to ensure you stay looking classy”. Now we'
To cut things short for the reader who has already spent the time reading our review on Rapha’s winter core tights, I measured up, looked at the size chart and ordered. What we wanted to test is the idea that Rapha’s no thrills clothing will live up to the quality and comfort of Rapha’s more expensive offerings. Again just to fill you in the kit turned up in the tell-tale black packet, each item inside is in its own bag and you also get your receipt in a nice card envelope,
As a long-time user of Rapha, I have seen prices go up over the last few years maybe in part due to their sponsorship of Team Sky, as well as other worldwide factors, so as I pondered placing an order for some of Rapha’s core range it made me think of something, is this Rapha’s gateway drug? Are they planning on hooking you on the core products hoping you will spend your money on something a bit harder next time? Or is the core range good enough anyway? When the big black pla