I began bike commuting over a year ago. In addition to all of the new things I needed for my bike—rack, bags, etc.—I also needed to think more carefully about what I was wearing. Most of the people I saw on my morning commute were in full spandex, with reflector vests and I knew at the very least that I didn’t want to dress like that on my ride to and from work. Not that I have anything against spandex, but it always seems like a hassle to change in and out of work clothes, which creates another barrier to what would otherwise be an easy ride to and from work.
DVS, while usually regarded as a skateboard shoe company, has of late been pumping out really cool bicycle-influenced kicks. Being someone who tends to wear through shoes rather quickly, I was excited when I read about the Rico CT collaboration with Cadence on the DVS Shoes website: “Products that wear into themselves opposed to wearing out is at the core of the new DVS by Cadence Facade Collection. With CTC-Technology, these monochromatic shoes are made with screen printed canvas that will reveal a story through wear and use, becoming more interesting and unique with age, challenging the idea of new is good and old is bad.”
Shoes that wear in instead of out??? Sign me up. Continue reading
One of the last things that I did before leaving Seattle was swing by Hub and Bespoke. After snapping some pics for the HABS article and chatting with Juliette a bit, I saw that they had the Odyssey Hellbent Glove in stock, so of course I had to buy a pair.
Odyssey is a BMX company with roots that good deep. They’ve been around for a long time and put out exceptional products. After using a pair of leather Rapha gloves for the past six months, I needed a similar glove that was more suited to warm weather. I’d been keeping my eye out for the Hellbent glove to come in to stock at various distributors while I was working at Bike Works, but it never did. So, it would only make sense that after I decide to leave the job and move home, the glove becomes available.
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Wait, what? A book review on a bicycle blog?!? Did you read that title right?
Yeah . . . a book review.
It’s okay, though, because this book is actually about bicycling.
Well, if you continue reading below, you may find out . . .
Although this is a review in anticipation of the fall, the summer here in Seattle was chilly enough that I actually needed this gloves on a few mornings for my usual ride in to work. What are they? Rapha Leather Town Gloves. Made from African hair sheep . . . whatever those are. Why wear them? Well, they’re just about the best fall/spring riding glove that I’ve found yet and at $85 they’re actually cheap by Rapha standards.
Outlier . . . geeze, where to start?
I feel like Outlier is a company that doesn’t need much of an introduction . . . but that in itself may be an indicator that I should introduce them.
Let’s see . . . Outlier is like the Rapha of urban cycling apparel.
Hmm . . . does that mean that I should introduce Rapha, too?
Zlog Blog is another example of someone doing it right. They’re based in Seattle and originated in 2008, with a focus on bringing you “news, products, and trends within the fast growing fixed-gear culture.”
I remembering stumbling upon Zlog shortly after moving to Seattle and thinking “woah, what a cool blog . . . I’ll have to come back here”, but unfortunately with so many good sites and blogs out there I forgot for awhile. A friend of mine used to work with Daniel (Double D) at Zeitgeist Coffee downtown and I saw him at the West Side Invitational rocking a Zlog tee of some sort and was reminded.