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#oneoftheseplease: week four
Freshening up your city riding is a great way to make commuting for you and yours a bit more pleasant, comfortable and stylish. The often overlooked city bike is a daily ride for many cyclists and surprisingly one of the spots that people tend to neglect the most. Here are a few ideas for those in your life that ride their bicycles to and fro every day.
We can pretty much guarantee that no cyclist would be disappointed with a tune-up at their favourite bike shop, possibly with fresh bar tape, for their daily ride. It's a luxury, yet there is little that can account for the feeling of new cables and even a cleaning of the frame itself. As a high school coach of mine used to say, "If you look good, you feel good, if you feel good you play good, and if you play good, you win". He was talking about basketball, but the sentiment is applicable anywhere, especially when on your bicycle pedaling through the city.
There are now mechanic classes, such as Gracie's Wrench here in Portland that offer introductory to high level mechanics classes.
Learn how to do some of the basics yourself. The Bike Owner's Handbook by Peter Drinkell is a good start and a neat size for the back of a jersey or as a stocking filler.
There are many ways to go with lighting and each have their own merits. The Knog lights tend to be on the more affordable side as a blinking hazard to let other cyclists and motorists know that you are out there. They also happen to be USB rechargeable which makes them great for daily use to and from the office/ studio. If you can remember to plug them in. Knog also make an interesting rubber coated U-lock that comes in a variety of colors including this celeste-ish green seen here.
Exposure Lights come in at a higher price range but offer some of the brightest outputs available on consumer lights. These are the lights you want when you are riding trails at night or commuting out of the city and away from the usual light pollution that exists in those areas.
This little beauty has taken off like a rocket for the Autumn/ Winter Season. It turns out that people not only like to be seen when they ride their bicycles to and fro, they also like to look good doing it. The nice thing about this one is that there are men's and women's versions available. The gilet works because it can be worn as part of a riding kit on the road or over the top of a jacket through town.
There really is only one way to go in the rainy Portland winter and that is full fenders. Our very own Portland Design Works have been testing these for a few seasons now, with Ira Ryan himself testing them on the hills and dales of the Pacific Northwest. As an added bonus PDW makes a light, the FenderBot that attaches neatly to the fender.
Whether you want to face the facts, or not, at some point you will get a flat tire while riding through the city. If your commute is less than two blocks, disregard the rest of what is written here. If it is more, than two blocks learn how to repair your own flat tires. The seat pack is a handy way of avoiding the extra weight in your bag or backpack. An extra tube, a CO2 inflator and a mini-tool can handle most problems, and a patch kit never hurt anyone either.
Now this is the tip top, the cream of the crop. If you're looking to step-up your city riding game, this is where you do it. Generator front light? Check. Custom painted front rack? Got that too. Comes in a variety of shapes and colors from our very own Rapha Continental rider Tony Pereira from Pereira Cycles
For the most interesting, unique and highly desirable gift requests:
Kui Kanthatham (@kui360) would like a pair of these beautiful wooden fenders from Fast Boy Cycles.
Barry McWilliams (@barrymcw) would like a Deering Eagle II 5-string Banjo.
Paul Ostryzniuk (@_DesignCycle) would like a Formlabs Form 1 3D Printer. We would also like #oneoftheseplease.
James Greig (@jameogreig) would like a Swiss Caran d’Ache Steel Pencil Sharpener.
Gary Smith (@garysmithphoto) would like a stunning HG One Hand Coffee Grinder.
For gifts made by Rapha, creatively requested:
MaLora Ann (@MaLora_Ann) would like a Rapha Hi-Vis Gilet for her husband. It was nice to see #oneoftheseplease intended for a loved one, so we'd like to help her out there.
Jack Dawkins (@jdawkins001) seems to really fancy a Team Rapha–FOCUS Umbrella, so one is heading his way.
Dustin McMillan's (@Stealingaway) Rapha Cycle Club mug looks well-loved. We hope he doesn't mind receiving one of our new Rapha Mugs to add to his collection.
Gustav Aagesen (@tormel) would like a pair of our Grand Tour Shoes. Ours however, are not edible.
Allan O Castro (@aldepal) would like a new Sandqvist Blue Gudmund Tote bag and a General Knot & Co Fine Italian Indigo Twill & 1950s Block Check Necktie. Very nice.
Dan Mather (@danielmather) would like a new Exposure Flare rear light. We liked his exploded disassembly.
Tom Adams (@tompdams) would like someone to take his exams. Good luck Tom.
Dustin Adderley (@d_adderley) would like a replacement for his dog-chewed Garmin Edge 500.
We'll be sending each of these guys a pair of Rapha City Riding Socks for their worthy contributions.
How to enter #oneoftheseplease
If you're not familiar with the concept of #oneoftheseplease, visit our blog for more information which includes details on how to enter our competition.
We'll also be announcing our Grand Prize bundle shortly, so stay tuned.
- We've just added 13 new rides since the weekend to our Rapha #womens100 Find a Ride list. → http://t.co/ux8c1JCuQc
- The team also racing the Ras in Ireland this week. Currently Aaron Buggle is the team's top placed rider in 15th overall.
- Tour Series resumes tonight in Stoke on Trent. RCJ line up is House, Clancy, McCallum, English and Mellor.
- Arboretum → http://t.co/cJXOyDWnK0 #raphasurvey #sanfrancisco #sf #cycling
- There are still a few of these sweet Rapha + Raeburn jackets at the SF @raphacycleclub. http://t.co/C2d98yCRL0
- The hills above. #raphasurvey http://t.co/jlIkXowxyT
- U23 winner in 2012 what's in store for @RichHandley90 in the @anpostras http://t.co/xyZWX3NbtG
- Sunday morning race day, church car park scene. @anpostras #ras2013 http://t.co/2E1UlfAxhe
- Will all these numbers be able to wear the coveted t-shirt in one weeks time? #menoftheras #ras2013 http://t.co/ai1oqnDIyh
- Team about to start the @anpostras probably the Worlds friendliest race.