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Our picks from the Rapha Spring Summer

Ok, the Rapha Spring/Summer collection is out. The photos and films are inspiring, everything is looking good but i know you’re thinking…wonder what those smart looking chaps at Headset Press would wear? You’re not? Oh well, we didn’t really think you were but here it is anyway. What’s hot!

Pro Team Bib Shorts – £170
Available in a long (good if you’re tall like me) or regular fit they use the same Cytech pad as the Classic Rapha Bibs and are made from coldblack fabric technology which sounds like it’s from the space program. The technology-treated fabric helps it to be 9ºC cooler than non-treated black fabrics. Impressive. These also have race radio pockets either side of your spine. The block capital logo looks great in the bright colours. Rapha reccomend these for Criteriums, One-day races, Stage races and High-tempo training.

Pro Team Jersey – £140
This is a lightweight, high-performance race jersey but i’m sure i can wear it to a coffee shop during a sunday ride too. It’s slim fit and as i’m looking for a jersey that can cope well when i over do it and get too hot this has to be a pick. The side and rear panels are made of mesh and it also uses the coldblack technology. Theres a sun protection factor of 50+ too.

We are fans of cycling caps and have too many. Oddly we always find room for more. The Trade Team Cap and sweat wicking Lightweight Cap may end up in our collection. Available for £20 and £25.

The cotton trade caps are based on the colours of the uniforms worn by Planckaert, Poulidor and Anquetil during the 1962 Tour de France when trade teams were allowed back into the tour.

These £15 technical team socks are available in long and short sizes so you can pull them up like Brad. Steve wants to make sock puppets out of them. No-one knows why.

These are our picks of the Spring Summer collection. There’s loads of good stuff which you can browse here. We’re off to find some more clothing to spend our pennies on.

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  • Ben

    Is this site just a big ad for Rapha now?

    • Dan

      Not at all but we do like to see what they are producing at the higher cost end of the market. I’ve added the read more buttons so it doesn’t take up all the homepage. At least we didn’t tell you about every piece of kit they do like a certain road based website!

  • Aaron

    I am also a rather tall rider (6’4″) and I have a hard time finding jerseys and bibs because most bike shops don’t really carry a huge variety of sizes (damn all you “normal” sized riders…). You have any recommendations on brands that are cut for us tall folks (on a budget)?

    Also no matter how Rapha Rapha gets I will probably still dig their aesthetics…

    • Dan

      Hi Aaron, I’ll keep you updated as i’m doing some research into longer length bibs at the moment.

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