Posts Tagged ‘continental’

Rapha Continental. Prologue.

August 4, 2011

Here we go again is the phrase that ran through my mind as we drove south through Oregon and into the state of Idaho. After riding some of the toughest stages of theTour of California earlier in the year, another stage race reconnaissance was in the offing. Darkness covered our way as we entered Wyoming and, lucky for us, it was still there when the sun came up. Here we go again. Bouncing along the straights of Highway 80 through Wyoming, a road that seems to run the 1,200 miles directly from Portland to the Denver International Airport, we finally took a quick right hand turn in Cheyenne (stopping at the illustrious diner The Egg and I) and entered the great state of Colorado….

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Rapha Continental inspires.

May 31, 2011

Man, this is truly awesome. Not this movie per se, but the idea of what’s in it. Priceless.

The Rapha continental.

Rapha. Amgen ToC 2011.

May 9, 2011

We consider ourselves to be gloriously average cyclists. We appreciate the hard rides and the easy ones. Sometimes, we stop for coffee or beer and most of those times we linger a bit longer than you might expect. That is not to say that we do not relish the hard efforts that come with being a cyclist. The long pulls into a headwind or the climbs that dangle in front of you for what seem to be days. We have even found, a few of us, that we enjoy a trip or two over the pavé, or that we feel at home with gravel bouncing off our shins and shoes. Sometimes this makes us a little heady and we get caught up in the beauty and suffering of riding our bicycles, so we tend to think of ourselves as good riders. But that does not mean that for a minute, or second, do any of us think we can hold a candle to the professional peloton, to what it takes to be a professional cyclist. Read on…


Rapha Bicycle Collection.

January 11, 2011

Beginning January 2011 and for the next two years, Rapha has partnered with four masters of framebuilding to offer four distinct, hand-made bicycles. Each partner has been selected because of the mastery of their craft and passion for road cycling. With each partner we have created a model constructed uniquely for a particular style or purpose of riding.

I’ll take this, the ‘Continental’ please, sans guards.

In all seriousness, I love this bike. It’s pretty much my ideal whip, actually.

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The 1910 challenge.

July 20, 2010

What a movie! I have watched this a few times over the weekend and it’s just mystifying how it was possible to do back in 1910. The human really is capable of more than we expect of it.

Well done guys. Truly an epic journey.

Watch the movie here.

Black Steel.

June 1, 2010

Our approach to building bicycles for the Rapha Continental Riders is a reflection of our environment both in terms of riding and in terms of the people, builders and brands local to the Pacific Northwest; Portland in particular. Inspired by the style of riding we’ve come to affectionately, if not with tongue-in-cheek, refer to as Gentlemen’s Racing or Epic’ing. It calls for steel and timeless classics to be lovingly, and with great deliberation, paired with lightweight nano-technology – on these bikes leather and carbon play well, ride heroically and look stunning together.

So good. More here.

Rapha x Yonretto Pt.2

May 7, 2010

Photos. Rapha x Battenkill.

April 19, 2010

Great shots, as always.

Rapha Yonretto.

March 10, 2010

Rapha Japan has it’s office in Nobeyama, on the mild eastern slope of Yatsugatake mountain: A farmer’s village of only 3500 population, the summers here create the best batch of wine grapes. Harsh conditions of 1400m elevation, with huge temperature differences from day to night makes highland vegetables unusually sweet. Cabbage, lettuce, and nappa cabbage from this area are considered to be the best and traded at high price for those who live in the metropolis. We eat for free, of course, as neighboring farmers leave them at the door every cool summer morning.

Read more on the trip and see more great photographs right here.

Rapha Yonretto.

January 15, 2010

Rapha’s Japanese friend and agent, Daisuke Yano, was in London Town over the weekend for business and some impromptu ice riding. He also dropped this video, a snippet from the forthcoming Rapha Yonretto ride program, which will be an unprecedented documentation of Japanese riding – with a similar manifesto to that of the Rapha Continental.

Via Rapha.

Rapha Continental – The Builders.

April 23, 2009

Rapha did it again… They are always on point with their clothing, their writing and their photography and this piece on a bunch of selected Continental bike builders does not dissapoint either.

“While cycling and bicycle manufacturing is overfast and obsessed with efficiency these builders and their process are not. In fact it’s their individual experiences and character, and their attitudes and preferences, that shape and inform their product.”

Go peep.


A vending machine for your rubbers

January 7, 2009

Innertube vending machine.

Now this is what I call looking out for the cyclist.
Seen at David Hembow’s blogspot.


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