Model: Portland Roller Races T-Shirt
Made in: USA
Date purchased: 2/9/2008
Comment: Rapha (for all of you non-cyclists) is the king of bike clothing. Their magazine Rouleur is full of lust worthy photos of epic races, epic rides, and the stories that accompany them. They capture the beauty of cycling so well that they send riders into a state of reverie and can make a non-rider think about visiting their local bike shop. Everyone I know who rides, longs for that one jacket, jersey, or hat, but few can silence their conscience long enough to spend the money on any of them. This weekend I went to Portland, Oregon for the fourth annual North American Handmade Bike Show and Rapha was there sponsoring a series of events throughout the weekend. On Saturday night, in a studio displaying an exhibition of Rouleur's photography, Rapha held a party featuring gold sprints and tons of fun for everyone who was lucky enough to get in. They were also selling these t-shirts to commemorate the night. Although it's just a printed American Apparel shirt, it's a step towards my first real Rapha purchase.