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Bicycle auction for Davis Phinney Foundation

This is for those with deep pockets and big hearts.

Not familiar with Parkinson’s disease? Parkinson’s is a chronic and progressive disease of the nervous system marked by tremor, muscular rigidity, and slow, imprecise movement, chiefly affecting middle-aged and elderly people. It worsens with time and currently we know neither the cause, nor the cure. It is associated with degeneration of the basal ganglia of the brain and a deficiency of the neurotransmitter dopamine.

The Davis Phinney Foundation was founded in 2004 by Olympic medalist and cycling great, Davis Phinney, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2000 at the age of 40. Today, Davis is both a role model in the cycling community and an inspiration to the estimated 1.5 million Americans and estimated 10 million worldwide who are currently living with the disease.

Seven Cycles, Mavic and Rapha have come together for one hell of an auction to raise money for the Davis Phinney Foundation, and you have the chance to not only help the cause, but to ride away with a beautiful bike as well as some bonus accessories. As of this time, the auction will end in 9 days  (on 12/21 at 4pm.) The Ebay auction link can be found HERE.

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Bicycle, Events, Rides, Seattle

Rapha comes to Seattle. For the gentlemen (and ladies)

To celebrate the 5th anniversary of Cascade Bicycle Studio, Rapha will be coming to Seattle on July 15th and 16th.

The details are as follows:
The Gentlemen’s* Ride will start and finish at Cascade Bicycle Studio, venturing through sections of roads through Magnolia, West Seattle, and South Seattle. Unknown by some, un-ridden by most. The ride will be around 40 miles with 2,500 ft of climbing.

The Friday evening before the ride, we will be showing ‘D’Acciaio‘, Ben Ingham’s intimate view of Dario Pegoretti in his workshop, followed by Rapha Continental, The Movie. An account of our most beautiful rides in North America from 2010.

Friday, July 15th: MOVIE NIGHT
7:00pm ice cream truck – 8:00pm movie starts
Cascade Bicycle Studio
115 North 36th Street, Suite A
Seattle, WA 98103

Saturday, July 16th: GENTLEMEN’S RIDE
7:00am Coffee and showing the Tour de France Stage 14 – 9:00am departure
Cascade Bicycle Studio
115 North 36th Street, Suite A
Seattle, WA 98103

Please RSVP to:

The link to the event is here.

* Riders of all levels and genders welcome. We use the term ‘Gentlemen’ to imply a respect for the rules of the road. A cue-sheet for the route will be provided. You know us; there will be gravel. So please bring a spare tube and the appropriate supplies.

Clothing, Gear

Merino is the new polar fleece.

Over the past few years there has been an increase in companies offering cycling inspired clothing- clothes that work well for riding as well as being comfortable and casual enough to run errands or work in.  One of the materials that has seen the most attention is Merino wool.  Wool isn’t new by any means- it has been the “performance material” of choice for generations.  In more recent times, many outdoor clothing companies veered away from natural fibers such as wool- seeking out new synthetic materials to take there place- with with varying amounts of success.  Smaller couture brands have picked it up again, and are putting a new face on wool- stylish as well as functional.

Now I won’t try and convince you as to why you should wear merino wool.  It IS an animal product which- along with the leather saddle, is a no go for the vegans.  It does cost more.  How much more depends on who’s label is on the product- but if you want a cheap jacket- merino probably isn’t for you.  The decision is up to you.
If however, you are a fan of wool- read on.

If you are looking for a women’s specific merino hoodie/sweater, the Chrome Pasha may be just for you.  Personally I love the new Bosun jacket from Mission Workshop.  Mission Workshop has been coming out with one great product after another, from their bags to their shoes to their rain jacket-all of which have being met with rave reviews.  The same goes for Outlier– who has been soaking in the world of cycling couture for a while now.  They’ve even got a peacoat– which I wouldn’t call a riding jacket- but hey, whatever makes you happy.

Mission Workshop Bosun Merino Wool jacket

  • $235
  • Made in Canada
  • zippered “touring style” rear pocket
  • slighty longer tail
  • reinforced shoulders and elbows

Chrome Pasha women’s hoodie

  • $160
  • Made in China(?)
  • offset zipper
  • rear cargo pocket
  • women’s specific

Chrome Cobra men’s hoodie

  • $160
  • Made in China(?)
  • handwarmer pockets
  • thumb holes
  • pass-through zippered rear pocket

The Outlier Clothing Classic Merino Hoodie

  • $225
  • Made in New York City
  • large hood designed to fit over helmet
  • two way zipper

Rapha Track Top

  • $275
  • made somewhere
  • one button rear pocket
  • full length zipper
  • it has pink on it
  • slim fit
  • did I say it was Rapha pink?

Swrve full-zip Merino sweater

  • $200
  • Made in the USA
  • stand up collar (no hood)
  • two way zipper
  • men’s cut (no women’s cut available)
  • reflective details
  • high hem at front, low hem at tail

There are others offering wool jackets, and still more companies offering wool jerseys, pull overs, sweaters and the like.  These are just a taste.  What do you like?


Rapha Constructor’s Race recap

This looks like it was a lot of fun. Congrats to Rapha Continental Rider and builder, Tony Pereira, for winning the Oregon Manifest Design Challenge.  Thirty two of the top handmade bicycle builders in the US were there to show that their bike was the best of the best.  Seattle’s own Taylor Sizemore had a bike in the show as well, being ridden by Tyler Johnson.

The last few years seem to have brought a breath of fresh air when it comes to bicycle design in the US.  Bikes built for practical, every day riding are gaining popularity with builders large and small, mass produced and hand made.  Let us hope that this trend continues, and we see bicycles become more of a viable form of transportation for a broader audience.

You can read Rapha’s recap at their site HERE