Founded in 2016, Albion Cycling has dramatically expanded its apparel offerings in the past decade. And while the product line has grown, the UK-based company has stayed true to its fast-paced iterative roots and is now working closely with the technical fabric company, Pertex, in designing remarkably lightweight and packable products, for on and off the bike. Petor Georgallou pays a visit to Albion’s design HQ for a closer look…
Cosmic Dirt: MTB Apparel for All Bodies – XS-4X
Cosmic Dirt is a new apparel company that just launched a Kickstarter Campaign to raise liquidity to fund its ambitious apparel project: design and manufacture MTB and outdoor clothing in sizes from XS – 4x. If you have friends who are bigger-bodied, then you know their struggle to find apparel that fits them properly. Grading in clothing can be expensive and time-consuming, so your support can help Cosmic Dirt do it right! See more at the Kickstarter…
Bicycle Nightmares: the Unrelated
Bicycle Nightmares is a streetwear brand inspired by mountain biking and they just launched their first collection, entitled the Unrelated. See the full drop at Bicycle Nightmares.
Graeme Obree’s #BannedByTheUCI
We’ve heard of substances being banned by the UCI but apparel? Endura’s Surface Silicone Topography technology got the kibosh by the UCI at the Vuelta a España in 2015. Who better to explain how all this happens than Graeme Obree, a man who was practically banned by the UCI himself!
Taylor Stitch Launches Civic Clothing Line
Meant for commuters on the go, Taylor Stitch’s Civic line is sparked by the busy life of city living and uses fabrics that are naturally wicking and maintain their form. Made in San Francisco from merino and other active fabrics, for men and women, the Civic line is currently in a crowd-sourcing stage, where you can save lots of money by funding each of these garments. Check out the full lineup at Taylor Stitch.
SWRVE: Waterproof Anorak Teaser
Swrve has teased a few images of this so far and while I didn’t get to see it at Interbike, I will say this looks like it’s going to be a great piece of apparel. Expect more information in the coming weeks… For now, direct all questions at SWRVE on Instagram!
Patagonia’s Better Than New Project
Com’on, admit it. You’ve got a few pieces of Patagonia in your wardrobe. My favorite is their down sweater. I never leave for a trip without it. That thing has saved me on more than one occasion over the years. Chances are, your clothing has hit a few snags after heavy use. Rather than tossing it in the trash, you choose to send it in for repair.
Patagonia’s repair facilities are in Reno, NV but now, there’s a new mobile repair truck. The Worn Wear truck is currently crossing the US to make on the spot repairs, sell used clothes and even teach you how to repair your own apparel.
Check out the full schedule below…
Levi’s Commuter Women’s Line Video
After years of demand, Levi’s has finally listened and delivered a women’s line. Here’s a short video showcasing some of the product features. Personally, I think it looks great and from what I’ve been told, many more pieces are on the way. Check out the full line at Levi’s.
… also, that’s a nice All-City Space Horse at the end!
Rouleur x Vélobici Combativity Merino Pullover
I wonder, does Santa ride bikes? Because if he does… These new Rouleur x Vélobici Combativity Merino sweaters look to be doing it right. Made in the UK, limited edition (but still in stock) and a great, classic color – sorry, colour – palette. The USD conversion gets a bit steep but if you’re in the UK and are looking for a new pullover, head over to Rouleur to see more.
The Levi’s Commuter Workspace in Los Angeles
The idea of “free” these days usually comes with a catch, yet when the Levi’s Commuter Workshops popped up in Brooklyn, LA and London, free really does mean free. A free desk to work at, free bike repair / wash areas, free coffee, free wifi and yes, free tailoring. So what’s the catch? No, really, there isn’t one.
Café du Cycliste: French Riviera
Cafe du Cycliste‘s tailored approach to city riding is at home in the French Riviera as much as it is in your streets.
ICNY and Without Walls
Here’s the latest from reflective clothing company, ICNY.
Model Citizen Made in the USA Merino Cycling Apparel
Here’s a new company trying to bust into the made in the USA merino apparel scene. It’s a Kickstarter but if this brand makes it, I’ll be buying some gear. Now just make a crew neck!
Rapha: SS13 Lookbook
Photos by Ben Ingham
Check out the newest offerings from Rapha’s SS13 line. I’m pumped to see some more women’s offerings and as always, the full line looks great. See more from the Spring Summer 2013 Lookbook for Training & Racing here and the women’s bib shorts here.
Hey Cindy and Mal!
SWRVE: Gore-Tex Belgian Cap
It’s funny how a ten-degree drop in temperature here in Austin has me scrambling to find my winter caps again. Little reminders, brought on my cold fronts, always alert me to the fact that the rest of the US is still very much in winter. While I’d only be able to wear the SWRVE Gore-Tex Belgian Cap once and a while here in Texas, I’m sure the rest of you would love to have one of these around your ears in the morning. Made in the USA and in an array of colors, pick one up here at SWRVE.
Outlier Fall 2012: Layers, Movement and Light
Photos by Emiliano Granado
Outlier’s Fall 2012 line is looking amazing and each piece is highlighted in layers, movement and light, via the photography of Emiliano Granado.
“Featuring the Doublefine Merino Cardigan, Liberated Wool Peacoat, Soft Core Wool Vest, 60/30 Chino, Blazed Cotton Pivot Shirt, Six Foot Scarf and both Long and Short Watch Cap.”
See more below!
Day 02 of the Giro New Road Photo Shoot
We started our day at a reasonable hour and after breakfast, the team got an intro to Giro‘s new cycling apparel line, the New Road. I can’t say a whole lot about it but what I will say is this is far from “commuter wear” and a completely different approach to your typical road wear. The most appealing aspect of the line is that it’s all made in the USA.
Our day began leaving the ranch where we’re staying, down a gravel road and out, along the 128 to the 1. At mile 45, we stopped for lunch and to my surprise, had only climbed around 1,000’. Then, jokingly Mark said “oh, there’s a climb”, a Cat 2 trek awaited us off the 1 and it hurt but the 1,000′ descent in 3 miles was exhilarating. At mile 70, we tacked in around 5,000′. Once back at the ranch, we soaked in the waining sunlight, drank some beer and sat in the hot tub, ready to tackle another day on the bike…
Expect a little more riding photos tomorrow, as well as some more teaser shots of the New Road line.
The last time I visited the Los Angeles-based cycling apparel brand SWRVE‘s shop, they had just relocated and had big plans to expand their floorplan to include a storefront. Last week, before skipping town, I headed over to check out their newly-opened retail space. For a brand like SWRVE, most of their sales are online, so a retail space wasn’t of the highest priority. But they wanted the city of Los Angeles to have a place where customers could come try on the clothing and actually touch the product before committing to buy.
I don’t need to explain any further the merits of buying from a store, versus buying online, so I’ll let the photos do the talking…
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