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Fausto Ptang
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Anyone actually bought anything from these people?

It's superb stuff but sooooo expensive. I like the look of Rouleur magazine but at 9 a shot it's hellish expensive. There are some good writers in there.

There are also some superb downloads on here.

I'd recommend the Tour and Giro specials plus the Mark Ellen interview and the interview with Johnny Green. He was the road manager for the Clash and he wrote an excellent and unorthodox book about cycling being the new rock'n'roll (he'd know). He also has a thoroughly healthy fascination with Mario Cipollini.

I might have to sell one of my children to buy one of those Rapha tops. Mind you the shorts and gloves are great, but at that price they bloody well should be.

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and look at this beauty

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I know I'm speaking to a select market of about three members of the OTF peloton. They'll understand. I'm off to play some Kraftwerk. Btw there's a good Kraftwerk feature on Kraftwerk and their relationship with cycling on the Bikeshow blog.
Chapeau indeed.

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Peerless quality stuff (I was admiring someone's Italian jersey on the W200), but way the hell out of my grad-student budget. You get what you pay for, though; it'll fit perfectly, last forever, and look stunning.

Far nicer looking than the similarly-priced Assos gear, I reckon.

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I'm looking for a fluo vest that looks good and will be seen - Frau Kannon unleashes a barrage each time I head out without my yellow vest that makes me look like I'm a roadworker on a stolen bike. It's ok if I'm commuting but otherwise there must be something more attractive...
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I slobbered over that Rapha stuff for a couple of days before deciding to treat myself only to find that almost all their L sized jerseys were out of stock

Meanwhile I've been riding a Bianchi Caurus that I picked up second hand for a bargain price (EUR 60, couldn't go wrong)- looks cool but is actually a bit of a cart horse, quite heavy for a racer. Have been looking at local second hand ads and the range of prices and quality on offer is impressive. Saw a Koga Miyata, 8 years old, Campy gears, excellent condition, light, EUR 200. It had originally cost EUR 1,500 but the owner wanted to clear out space in his garage.
53 size frame was just a bit too small for me though...

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The new Rapha stuff should be available end of this month apparently.

It's cool, Christmas presents sorted for all four brothers in one go. If only the rest were so easy.

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Fausto Ptang
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I like the look of 'Roleur' magazine and I've tried to buy issue one, but they haven't replied yet.
Has anyone every listened to Jack Thurston on the Bike Show. It's a London based bike show on Resonance FM and it's just fab (some of it is a bit obscure, but it's so mellow).

You can download archive shows here

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www.assos.com has some nice stuff - their six day series...
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Fausto Ptang
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I've got a bit of Assos gear. Their shorts are the best I've ever bought and their overshoes are superb.
I've got the Kazakh top as well which is a great piece of kit.
That Rapha softshell jecket looks great and has had superb reviews, but 210 - what the?
Look at the rider's journal and the shaving kit. How on earth?

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I'm looking for a fluo vest that looks good and will be seen

Polaris do this fluorescent jacket, LC:

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It's arguable whether it looks good, but it's better than a bib and will certainly be seen. You can find it on the Parker International site.

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Since it's obsession time and my obsession is with retro shirts... there are other ways to wear Rapha, obviously.

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I've just discovered Cycles Marcarini, a French online cycle shop which claims to have been the first to produce retro gear, and has a range of shirts I'd not seen anywhere else, including...

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Sadly for Ursus, they don't have this:

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But they do have this:
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Many of them come in a long-sleeved version, and you can often get matching shorts.

They even have this...

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Lots more on the Cycles Marcarini site.

[ 06.11.2007, 07:21: Message edited by: kuhsek ]

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Ah Kuhsek.
I love you.

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I asked my cycling-buff brother about this and he said that actually the word is that (the rainjacket excepted) Rapha stuff is not worth the money. It's got some rubbish reviews for fit and functionality. And then of course the whole lifestyle thing is a bit bollocks and just appeals to armchair types.

And he should know. He rides a Cannondale Synapse.

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I do too (love Kuhsek, I mean, not ride a Cannondale, obviously, as the vowel is silent). Can't say Rapha stuff really gets my juices going, tho.

I was about to ask, after seeing these at work earlier: 'how do you get those pics to work?'
but they're not working now.

If i get advice on how to upload pics from commercial sites, I'll show you MY NEW BIKE, which certainly falls into the category of expensive cycling porn, although the cycle scheme makes it almost-halfprice-cycling-porn. I'll give you a clue, one of the colours on the frame is 'celeste.'

[ 05.11.2007, 21:58: Message edited by: Felicity, I guess so ]

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Suddenly I feel so loved.

You were able to go for a Bianchi rather than the Kona Jake, then, Felicity? I thought that wasn't an option in the shop you had to buy from. You must be dead chuffed.

To upload photos of your new bike (come ON, come ON, let's see it...) direct from another site, you just need to ... er, do what Ptang says below.

If you want to put your own photos up rather than use a site's, you need to upload them onto a site so that they have a URL. Imageshack is free - www.imageshack.us Once you've uploaded a photo on there, choose the URL in "Direct link to image" (the last one on the page) and stick that in image tags on here.

That's what I've done with those pics, now, so that they work. I saved them onto my hard drive, posted them on imageshack and have re-linked to them.

[Edit: chopped out loads of garbage since Fausto said it more concisely]

[ 06.11.2007, 07:26: Message edited by: kuhsek ]

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Fausto Ptang
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Find the image, right click. Go to properties. Copy the url. Come back to OTF and on the full reply bit, click image and paste the url in.
Boomshanka.
The thing about the Rapha stuff being for armchair types - I don't know. It looks great, but off a bike you'd look a bit of a clot (I was reading an old Dandy annual last night).Why would you want to wear arm-warmers off a bike? Or tights? The jerseys only great on a bike.
Rapha definitely target the metropolitan 30 something with more cash than miles in their leg, but if you ever see anyone out riding in some Rapha clobber, what a great incentive to catch them and drop them. Of course, you have to give them the look as you go past.

It hasn't happened yet, by one day.

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