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Put it on, take it off. Wear it on the bike, or off. This is where the clothes go.

Bicycle, Clothing, Gear

Chrome 415 Workboot

More footwear to come out of the minds at Chrome, this model sporting a couple options.  The 415 Workboot is designed to give you the “stability and protection of a work boot, and the mobility and comfort of a sneaker.”  It’s available in canvas (the same 1000 denier Cordura used in their bags) or the Storm 415 Workboot comes in a water resistant, breathable/oiled leather combination.  They are not SPD compatible, instead sporting a sole resembling a…  wait for it… workboot.

The regular Workboot retails for $120 and the Storm Workboot retails for $150.

Bicycle, Clothing, Gear

Vespertine

Sarah at Vespertine is making good things happen for ladies that like to make a statement and be seen.  She’s out of New York, and is blending high fashion with quality fabrics- traditional and modern alike.

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Check out her shop HERE

Clothing, Vintage

Vintage Castelli Jacket

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I am loving the design of this vintage Castelli Jacket (seen on eBay HERE). I wonder if there is a full matching kit out there? I have a Castelli hat with the same pattern. Most likely early 90s vintage. Might be worth reproducing…

Bicycle, Clothing, Gear

Sombrio

More and more I’m finding myself wearing clothing designed for, or at the very least inspired by- cycling.  It doesn’t matter if I’m running errands all day by bike- if I hop on my bike and ride just one place while still wearing Levis 501 jeans or a Carhartt jacket- the fit and cut just don’t feel right.  That said, I can wear cycling inspired clothes all day long- whether camping, road tripping in a car, taking the bus to meet up with friends or running errands all day by bike.

Always on the look out for new cycling brands- sometimes you find a company that has been doing a good thing for many years and they just haven’t been on your radar.

Sombrio is one of those brands.

Dave Watson launched Sombrio in 1998.  It began, and still has roots in, the freeride and mountain bike culture found on Vancouver’s North Shore. (that’s Canada for all you folks that are bad at geography.)  If you don’t know who Dave Watson is, you should watch this video:

And you can also read THIS about the stunt.

Whether you huck yourself off of 6’ drops in the woods on the daily, hit the trails on your way home from work or ride to meet your friends at the bar, Sombrio has got some nice looking designs blending form and function.  Like more than a few Canadian companies, it’s sometimes difficult to find a place to purchase locally.  They have an online STORE as well.

Things I’m digging:

Check them out.  And then go for a ride.

Bicycle, Clothing, Gear

A Storm is brewing. The Chrome Storm Cobra.

Billy Souphorse contacted me about testing out some of the fly new gear (that’s how the kids these days say it) coming out of the minds and machines employed by Chrome, the quite large bag and apparel company- now with multiple shops around the country.  I was pretty impressed with the apparel I saw at the Chrome booth at Interbike- and I’m very much looking forward to testing out the Chrome Storm Cobra.  Really I think Souphorse is just concerned that I’ll pass out in a park in the rain and catch a cold.  Hmph.  Maybe that’s why I’m sick? Sometimes it’s good to be a dirtbag I guess.

The Storm Cobra is fully seam taped, with pit zips and longer arms (crucial to cycling jackets.)  It also has a feature that I think that I’ll really like- the full pass through back pocket.  A good place to store keys, phone, hat, or a couple road beers.

As I get over my cold you can prepare for a full ride report.  It may add a twist to my approaching completion of the Cleverhood raincape review.

If you are ready to take the plunge right now without a review- the Storm Cobra can be had for $200 at your local bike shop.  If your LBS doesn’t carry Chrome, head to the Chrome online store HERE.

And stay tuned for CLEVERHOOD RAINCAPE VS. STORM COBRA JACKET: The battle of the century!

Bicycle, Clothing, Gear, Seattle

Iva Jean

Iva Jean is based in Seattle and we love to hear about bike-based businesses in Seattle. Starting with the fall 2011 release of the Rain Cape, founder Ann DeOtte has been hard at work coming up with new fashionable, functional designs for female cyclists that want apparel to go from the bike to the boardroom, cafe, bar or dinner.  She has a Kickstarter campaign that this new line of apparel can be purchased from in order for Iva Jean to take the next step and grow into a larger project.

Bikes aren’t just for racing.  You don’t need to be built like a track racer to ride to the store.  What I love about Iva Jean’s designs is that they are for the everyday gal that doesn’t want to get all decked out in spandex or day-glow yellow.  They are classy pieces that bring together form and function.

Props to Ann for thinking ahead and best of luck in this endeavor.

Check out Iva Jean HERE.  And support the Kickstarter campaign HERE.

 

 

Bicycle, Clothing, Gear

Cleverhood and the bicycle rain cape.

The rain has once again settled into the Northwest and now comes the time where blue skies and sunshine are the exception, not the rule.  With fall comes preparation for damp days and dark nights. For years I have threatened to get a rain cape, but I just can’t seem to bring myself to do it.  With full fendered bikes being the norm for my daily errands anymore, I still sit on the edge;  wondering if something like the Cleverhood rain cape, from Providence, RI will be the hot ticket for me this year.

A rain cape seems to be best designed for people that ride fully fendered bikes- to act as a shell from the rain falling from above.  The bottom is open, allowing airflow and reducing the plastic bag sweatsuit feel that many rain suits can give.  In Seattle I have found the weather to be wet, but not very cold- so I end up sweating out nearly as much as the rain permeates lesser rain jackets.  My thought is that a heavier, more waterproof fabric can be used for a rain cape, meaning a more durable product all around.

I tested a rain cape last year from Hub & Bespoke, but wasn’t too keen on how it felt with a bag underneath the cape- so I waited.  It was also a rubbery and plain looking piece, that I can’t remember who made for the life of me.  They were more affordable than other models I’d seen, custom and otherwise, coming in under $100.  The black one wasn’t too bad, but the bright yellow was too much.  I’m a fan of more subdued cycling fashion preferring to be seen through lighting or reflectors not Seattle’s favorite, the ever present “yellow jacket.”

My most often ridden bike seems to be the Raleigh Port Townsend lately. With a porteur rack and large front bag- the need to carry a bag on my person is not there.  This makes a rain cape seem much more conceivable.

Why focus on Cleverhood?  Well, I just found them in my searches of today- and though it’s a little silly, they have a video.  No, the video doesn’t really show how amazing they are for riding- but there are boats, a water ballon fight and a puppy.

Cleverhood – the rain cape from Providence from Cleverhood on Vimeo.

Other options I’ve seen are:

So whether you subscribe to the church of the bicycle rain cape or not- there is some food for thought- and a video.  Hopefully soon I’ll be able to get you some first hand experience from underneath one.  Ride safe this fall and keep the rubber side down.

Bicycle, Clothing, Gear

Mission Workshop Torre and Trigger

Though Mission Workshop didn’t have a booth this year, they did have a presence at Interbike.  All I have to say is that poolside is the new tradeshow floor.  This October you’ll be adding this to your Christmas list- or at least I will.  More amazing stuff in addition to their stellar bags and already impressive clothing line.

Clothing, Gear

New Helmets for the Brits

In the coming Summer Olympics, the British cycling team will be wearing some sweet new helmets.  Each helmet is made specifically for an individual rider.  The design is inspired by both the more typical aerodynamic helmets we’re used to and a suppository, reminding the competition to watch out behind them.  Crux Product Design, who designed the helmets, surprisingly only used half of their budget and used rapid prototyping to save on wasted effort and material.

New slick helmets for the Brits.

More on this over at Design Week.