Originally Posted by MS007
oboy, can you recommend their backpack?
Yes. It's my daily pack--I commute to work by bike. There are bigger ones out there so if you need hauling power consider that. But I can fit shoes/laptop/notebook(s)/couple layers well. I dig it. Reflective material is a bonus for after-dark rides home & the rain cover is pretty sweet.
This was not free.
Originally Posted by zissou
So you don't actually pay for your Rapha gear?
Seriously, though, I trust your judgement on it. Considering the amount of miles you likely put on a bike, any little improvement on gear can have a big impact. With cycling, though, I have always been of the opinion that I could be a much better rider before I should ever think of buying a $5000 bike or $200 jersey.
It's true I've received a fair bit of kit for free. But I've also bought plenty. And I will happily call BS on anything I don't like about the line--and there are a few things. eg: some of the jersey fits are wonky, and earlier sizing and QC was inconsistent. Both seem much better in recent seasons.
But overall I stick to my OP. I've logged shit tons of miles in the gear & it's solid & looks better than most everything else out there. And I really like the City stuff.
Originally Posted by dieworkwear
I recently heard Grant Petersen talk about this. His new book
seems like it's worth the read.
He's pretty rad. He's like the anti-Rapha in many ways. I totally agree w/ a lot of his POV, but on the other hand I also LOVE my stupid light/expensive carbon road bike and I'm a roadie racer dork and will never give that up. I also like über practical commuter bikes that don't require special shoes and can haul groceries. I love bikes. All of them.
Except tall bikes. Those guys can get fucked.