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New additions and colours for Rapha's city riding clothing range

Hot on the news of the launch of their Pro Team clothing range, Rapha have just revealed details of their new and improved City range. Rapha pioneered the concept of urban cycle clothing and the London brand’s City range has been popular with cyclists, who want all the functionality of cycle clothing but with less of a cycling look, so you could wear it in the office, cafe, pub or wherever you spend your day on and off the bike. Here’s a look at the highlights of the 2013 City collection.

The Randonnee jersey (£150) combines a breathable and lightweight fabric with some classic old skool touches, including a pair of chest pockets with button down top. There’s a single pocket around the back, with fold out hi-vis pink tab and reflective detail, for good visibility in the evening light. The tail is dropped with gripper tape lining the hem, there’s a chin guard for the zipper and signature contrast armband.

The Short Sleeve Merino Jersey (£120) is now available in er… fetching olive green and purple colours, that luckily look a lot better than the the words 'olive green' and 'purple' suggest they should. This top takes the styling of their more race-oriented jerseys but it’s a little more understated, so you could comfortably wear it on the commute and then wear it all day in the office without turning heads. Well just those of Rapha fans (or haters) anyway. It’s made from merino so it’s breathable and quick drying, both ideal properties for commuting and it shouldn't pong - an even more ideal property in a commuting top.

It's available for women too, in - some might argue - cooler colours.

The Hooded Top (£150) is a mid-weight top designed to be worn as an outer layer and has windproof fabric on the front, sides, shoulders and hoods. So you get the casual looks of a hoody but with the functionality of a proper cycling top. Aside from the Rapha branded rear pocket, you wouldn’t know it’s a cycling-specific top really. That’ll fool your colleagues as you dash off down the road on your fixie. Details include two zipped front pockets, one rear pocket and removable hi-vis panel, full-length zipper and ribbed cuffs.

An extremely lightweight windproof fabric with DWR treatment makes the City Wind Jacket (£140) a good option for weather like we have at the moment, wet and wild. It’s 100% windproof and described as breathable, but how breathable exactly remains to be seen. There are underarm and back vents just in case it gets stuffy. Logos are reflective.

Take a regular smart long-sleeve shirt and make it from a windproof, waterproof and breathable fabric and you arrive at the Windproof Shirt (£140). Ideal for the summer months, dashing from the office to coffee house (Not everyone in the city drinks coffee and rides a fixie - ed… some of them drink chai lattes), it saves getting changed, and means you remain looking smart the entire time. There’s a concealed full-length zip, rear pocket and chest pocket, reflective tab and chain link print in the collar.

The Long Sleeve Shirt (£90) is similar to the shirt above but uses a lighter cotton fabric that is fast-drying and breathable, making it a good choice for hot summer days. If we get any of those this year. The shoulder seams have been moved so a backpack or courier bag strap doesn’t rub. Collar buttons are concealed, the front buttons are covered and there’s a buttoned rear pocket.

The Short Sleeve Merino Polo (£90) is now available in black, grey and navy. Made from 100% New Zealand merino, a slim fit, rear pocket and offset shoulder seams.

For even smarter occasions, the Lapelled Jacket (£300) is jacket made from a lightweight and fast-drying fabric with a DWR treatment and a windproof lining on the front facing panels. There’s a degree of stretch in the fabric for freedom of movement on the bike. A zipped pocket, breast pocket and two button front closure complete the details.

For wet weather, the City Rain Jacket (£220) is a very good looking top in fact if it's anything like the previous incarnation of the City Rain Jacket we tested it's very good full stop. The 2.5 ply 100% nylon micro-twill fabric has a breathable membrane so it keeps the rain out and doesn’t boil you in a bag. The seams are all fully taped as well, and there’s neoprene cuffs to stop cold air and rain sneaking up the arms. A large drop tail flap provides extra bum protection from rear wheel spray. It folds up small and is provided in a small bag. Available in fetching orange or dark navy.

With a revised cut the Short Sleeve Shirt (£75) has been updated. Just perfect for bombing down to the beer garden after a ride or long day at the office, it uses a stretchy breathable fabric with a Gingham check pattern. Side panels improve the fit on the bike, there’s a covered front panel, concealed collar buttons, internal pink trim and a fold-out fluoro pink flap.

For below the waist, there’s the Rapha Trousers (£150), made with a slim-cut and a stretchy material so you can cycle in them. There’s a reinforced Cordura seat panel, and the inside seams are carefully placed to avoid chafing, we've reviewed a previous version of these and very impressed wer were too.

The Rapha Jeans (£150) use a denim cotton Cordura fabric mix that is fast-drying and with enough stretch to not hinder pedalling. There’s reflective details on the right leg when you roll them up, high-vis pink binding and a higher back to avoid overexposure. The pocket has been reinforced for strapping a D-Lock to.

The ¾ Shorts (£120) are ideal to be worn over bib shorts if you have an appointment and need to look smartish. A ‘plus-four’-style cut with a water and stain resistant fabric, they’re stretchy and apparently breathable too. The fit is tailored, so quite slim, with button adjustment at the cuffs.

New colours for the City Riding Socks (£15), you can choose from grey, green, black and purple. Available in two lengths, they’re made from a warm winter merino fabric with reinforced heel and toe areas.

www.rapha.cc

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.

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webby [4 posts] 3 years ago
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Looks a lot smarter and better made than the cheap tut you'd get at lidl or aldi.

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notfastenough [3706 posts] 3 years ago
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Loving the hoodie, although I'll have to keep an eye out for a discount.

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Al__S [1050 posts] 3 years ago
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Doesn't matter who makes them, I'm a firm believer that anyone wearing 3/4 lengths* should be shot on sight...

*applies only to trouser-type ones- I don't mean bib-knickers, sailing hikers, running tights etc

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notfastenough [3706 posts] 3 years ago
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Not sure I can argue with that, really! Reminds me, I've got a new pair of Rapha Cross 3/4 bibs that I need to get on the classifieds...

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BBB [416 posts] 3 years ago
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So what's wrong with 3/4 length again?

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Dr_Lex [324 posts] 3 years ago
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I like my 3/4 Rapha shorts - more "socially acceptable" off the bike than lycra shorts, although I'd describe them as plus 2s rather than 3/4s. The Brick Lane Bikes for H & M range earlier this month has been a value alternative in the 'urban gear' category.

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Simon_MacMichael [2457 posts] 3 years ago
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There are at least two (and I suspect more) members of the road.cc team who pretty much live in Rapha 3/4s come the nicer weather  3

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dave atkinson [6246 posts] 3 years ago
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i've got a pair of falke 3/4s, swear by them. great for about 8 months of the year

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notfastenough [3706 posts] 3 years ago
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I'm sorry, but this simply is not acceptable for a road.cc Rapha article - none of the comments are hating on Rapha or the people who buy it!  13 17

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Colin Peyresourde [1748 posts] 3 years ago
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notfastenough wrote:

I'm sorry, but this simply is not acceptable for a road.cc Rapha article - none of the comments are hating on Rapha or the people who buy it!  13 17

Perhaps they are all off skiing at the moment and are too busy sipping Gluewine and eating fondue.

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Some Fella [890 posts] 3 years ago
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The photographs on the Facebook page are hilarious. Every single one of the models has got their mouth open (in what can increasingly be described as 'The Rapha Look') - as though to say 'Although i am just standing in a studio looking into the middle distance really im a bit of a bad arse and work it to the maxxxx in my fine clobber and am always pretty much on the limit and ive just cycled 100k at full gas but i still look the beez kneez"
Almost beyond parody really.

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Some Fella [890 posts] 3 years ago
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Nice clothes though.

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pjay [251 posts] 3 years ago
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"Dr_Lex" wrote:

The Brick Lane Bikes for H & M range earlier this month has been a value alternative in the 'urban gear' category.

The H&M stuff is dreadful, badly designed and badly made.

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Dr_Lex [324 posts] 3 years ago
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pjay wrote:
"Dr_Lex" wrote:

The Brick Lane Bikes for H & M range earlier this month has been a value alternative in the 'urban gear' category.

The H&M stuff is dreadful, badly designed and badly made.

The chinos are certainly nowhere near Rapha's quality, and are cheaply made. However, they fit me well and were under £19 with a discount code, so less than a Trade Team Cap. Yes, I'd prefer them to be gusseted for greater comfort, but then few of the Rapha trouserings are.

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[...] sipping Gluewine [...]

sounds tacky...

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Karbon Kev [688 posts] 3 years ago
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the jeans look absolutely hideous for that kind of money, madness!

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pjay [251 posts] 3 years ago
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"Karbon Kev" wrote:

the jeans look absolutely hideous for that kind of money, madness!

The jeans are superb. I got my pair for £75 but would pay full price for another pair when these wear out. Might be a few years though as they are so well made.

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ubercurmudgeon [169 posts] 3 years ago
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Simon_MacMichael wrote:

There are at least two (and I suspect more) members of the road.cc team who pretty much live in Rapha 3/4s come the nicer weather

…for which they paid full price, to maintain their journalistic objectivity?

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dave atkinson [6246 posts] 3 years ago
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ubercurmudgeon wrote:

…for which they paid full price, to maintain their journalistic objectivity?

tony bought his in the sale a couple of years back. simon has three pairs, one of which he paid full price for and the other two he got from the sample sale.

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notfastenough [3706 posts] 3 years ago
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Ah, better late than never, eh?!

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Simon_MacMichael [2457 posts] 3 years ago
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I own a fair bit of Rapha, mostly bought at full price, and funnily enough, mostly bought before I started writing about cycling for a living, starting with the classic jersey in around 2006.

A few things I might not have forked out for myself I got as presents from my wife. She paid full price too.

Most recent thing was the Primavera t-shirt they did for Milan-San Remo, I liked it and paid £30, same as everyone else.

I like a lot (but by no means all) of their stuff, and I'm happy to pay for it, as I am for some other things I own - if I told you how much I paid for my (non-Rapha) wallet, you'd probably wince. God knows, I do just thinking about it  3 but I love it.

My money, my choice. What's the problem?

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notfastenough [3706 posts] 3 years ago
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My point exactly.

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ubercurmudgeon [169 posts] 3 years ago
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Dave Atkinson wrote:

tony bought his in the sale a couple of years back. simon has three pairs, one of which he paid full price for and the other two he got from the sample sale.

Fair enough.

Simon_MacMichael wrote:

My money, my choice. What's the problem?

No problem. I was just wondering why the management of this web site seems so irritated by people expressing perfectly-valid negative opinions on Rapha.

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Ghedebrav [1100 posts] 3 years ago
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Some lovely kit here. I don't have this kind of money to spend on cycling clothing, sadly, but if I did I'd probably treat myself to a couple of pairs of jeans, the pinky shirt and definitely the (actually quite reasonably priced) jacket.

I wouldn't knock anyone for spending their dosh on this lovely stuff. Team kits, on the other hand..

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David Arthur @d... [698 posts] 3 years ago
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ubercurmudgeon wrote:

No problem. I was just wondering why the management of this web site seems so irritated by people expressing perfectly-valid negative opinions on Rapha.

Where are you negative opinions on many of the other expensive brands and products we feature on road.cc ubercurmudgeon? You only aim your tirade of negativity at any article with Rapha in the heading

And perhaps because we're plain bored of the same old Rapha bashing. Everyone knows it expensive, still doesn't stop people buying it though. Just because you refuse to fork out for it, doesn't mean you have to let everybody know. You are allowed to keep your negative comments to yourself you know. Just a thought

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hozza666 [6 posts] 3 years ago
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I would be interested to know what clothing the rapha bashers wear.
As far as I can see their prices for jerseys, bibs, jackets are no dearer than assos ,castelli etc.
I personally think their jerseys are the best on the market, the bibs are on a par with assos,
And the soft shell and rain jacket are as good as castelli radiation and assos air block , all of which I own.
IMO best value kit is DHB
I have to agree , rapha s marketing is rather pretentious, but the quality can not be denied.
The other thing I like about raphas kit is the style , plain not gaudy .
Ps gloves and mitts brilliant too.

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dave atkinson [6246 posts] 3 years ago
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ubercurmudgeon wrote:

I was just wondering why the management of this web site seems so irritated by people expressing perfectly-valid negative opinions on Rapha.

because it's really dull, and repetitive. and generally seems to be some manner of reverse snobbery rather than a position that's informed by actual use of the products. Lots of people basically saying "i haven't tried it but it's rubbish value". most of the comments from people who have tried it are positive. you've decided that it's some kind of emperor's-new-clothes knee-jerk reaction to people questioning a decision to purchase something expensive. there's another possibility. it might be that the stuff is good. did you consider that?

ubercurmudgeon wrote:

but they also come with by far with the highest markup

you don't know that. that's just something you think.

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So, what are you saying, that the only people who should be allowed to have an opinion on the value-for-money of a company's products are people who know precisely what their markup is?

nope, but i would say that you can't base an argument for the brand being a rip off on things you've decided you know, even though you don't know them. you don't know the markup, and you don't know what the clothes are like, because you haven't tried them. so any value judgement you make on their value is made from a pretty weak position.

ubercurmudgeon wrote:

Rather than just coming out with nonsensical stuff like "the more expensive something is relative to the other products available, the less value is a factor in your decision to buy it"

you think the decision to buy a ferrari is motivated as much by value as the decision to buy a kia? that the decision to buy a rapha/assos/castelli jersey is motivated as much by value as the decision to buy a lidl/aldi one? really?

incremental gains, innit. you don't expect an £2,000 bike to be measurably twice as good as a £1,000 one. unless you're an idiot. it won't be twice as fast, or half the weight. it's up to you to decide whether the gains are worth the outlay.

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and waiting for the next consignment of luxury samples to arrive to be reviewed, or the next press release to regurgitate

your points here would seem to be that 1) we're biased because we just want expensive free stuff and 2) we're not very good journalists.

so why are you here? there must be other sites that will better engage you? why waste your time moaning at us lackeys?

we could go all hatey on rapha. what are they going to do? pull their advertising?

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dave atkinson [6246 posts] 3 years ago
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incidentally, you know what gets almost *exactly* the same spread of review marks on road.cc as rapha gear?

dhb gear.

funny old world  39

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Chameleon78 [20 posts] 3 years ago
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Well said Dave.

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Martbo23 [10 posts] 3 years ago
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I'd like to make a comment on this if I may *shakes nervously*. I own a fair bit of Rapha gear ( I own other stuff) and I am pretty much covered for most eventualities through a range of full price, sale, sample sale and identified gift items. I buy it because I like it, I like the styling of it, I like their innovation, I like the materials they use and I like the amount of effort they put into promoting the amateur sport, but most of all after years of cycling I have had much to complain about my personal fitness failings but never has their gear let me down. My definition of value.

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Martbo23 [10 posts] 3 years ago
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Oh and I've also got some 3/4 commuters and they rock.

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