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.
Our fifth auction for the Annual Holiday Drive, this year for the Ronald McDonald House Charities will be for a $500 gift certificate good on any men’s outerwear, courtesy of Need Supply. I remember that when Need Supply started on the forum, the Virginia based retailer had a much smaller webstore. They have become a real go to resource for men’s casual clothing and footwear. I’m consistently impressed by their ability to buy attractive goods across a range of pricepoints. And they carry some of my favorite brands, including S.N.S. Herning and Wings+Horns - we featured three S.N.S. Herning knits from them in our holiday gift guide.
B]Oh, right, I forgot, they are having a sale over the weekend, 21% extra off outerwear (code END21), so hey, that $500 will go so much further. Oh, snap.[/B]
Our bidding starts at $200. That’s $200 for a retail value of $500+. Someone come up with $150. Please post your bids here, in increments of $10 or more, or PM me to place an anonymous bid for you. Bidding will end at 11:59 p.m. EST, tonight, so whoever wins will be able to get their grubby little hands on the gift card (oh yeah, I have it all ready for you!) and get their hands on some Needed Supplies before someone else does.