The Ride Milano Evo 2 jersey, not the smoothest of names admittedly but it is a neat little jersey and one of several similarly priced tops in Ride's line-up. The jersey is priced at £40 so what do you get for your money? Quite a lot as it turns out.
This is a call for help, or more simply, a plug for a good cause!
I am a 3rd year photography student at the Cambridge School of Art (Anglia Ruskin) and as a collective my class is currently fundraising for our London Degree Show later in the year.
Three of us, including myself will be cycling from Cambridge to Paris and then all the way back to help raise funds for the show which we have to organise as a student project, no input from higher powers! Money in the arts is sparse, for us mere students anyway(!) so we are relying on good ol' generosity.
The Protector Jacket is Ride's take on the race cape, an ideal garment for stuffing in your jersey pocket just in case of a shower or two.
Handmade from 100% polyester the construction and material is good quality. You get elasticated cuffs and waistband keeping the draughts out and a neat opening in the back to allow access to your jersey pockets underneath. A full zip makes getting it on an off a breeze and it easily scrunches down to jersey pocket size.
The Ride Aquazero Skull Cap is different from most in that it has a water-repellent band around the forehead to provide extra protection from the elements. That band is also wind-resistant.
The rest of the skull cap – the red stuff – is a Super Roubaix fabric so it provides loads of warmth. The black fabric is AcquaZero (there's a 'c' in there, although Ride don't use it), a material that used to be exclusive to Santini but no longer is.
Ride are a new brand to these eyes, but going by these bib-tights they do darn good kit at a very reasonable price.