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oldpotatoe
03-17-2016, 06:33 AM
I'm a pretty big fan of Rapha but the first guy, with the 'thousand yard stare', is pretty funny/weird/strange. 'Urban clothes'..also kinda weird, IMHO.

http://pages.rapha.cc/stories/city-collection?utm_campaign=20160317_City&utm_content=7076615454&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Smartfocus

CPP
03-17-2016, 06:41 AM
Urban Dr. Spock

AngryScientist
03-17-2016, 06:55 AM
Rapha is really exploding their line-up. I would vastly prefer a company like them stick to their core market of good, premium cycling goods, but now they are really expanding. I recently bought their core kit, and, as far as the jersey is concerned - I'm pretty underwhelmed.

other than the fact that it says Rapha and there is some brand recognition among cyclists, i dont see why anyone is going to buy an oxford dress shirt for $140 from rapha, when so many other options exist in that price range, for example.

they have a smart marketing and development department though, i'm sure they've done their homework.

OtayBW
03-17-2016, 07:09 AM
Looks like a cross between PeeWee Herman and Dr. Evil..........

roguedog
03-17-2016, 07:14 AM
Yeah. I opened up this morning and saw that too.

Agree. It was sorta weird and me pause. Weird. Maybe euro flavour?

Dunno. Glanced and moved on.

danielpack22@ma
03-17-2016, 09:01 AM
https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1583/25858636195_a99e6f38ae_o.jpg

Cicli
03-17-2016, 09:04 AM
https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1583/25858636195_a99e6f38ae_o.jpg

Needs a Rapha beard. :cool:

CPP
03-17-2016, 09:11 AM
Caption;
What, you don't wear a warm/hot weather base layer??

danielpack22@ma
03-17-2016, 09:20 AM
The beard would make him the "evil" Rapha Spock.

fiamme red
03-17-2016, 09:39 AM
I say, jolly good show!

chiasticon
03-17-2016, 09:52 AM
other than the fact that it says Rapha and there is some brand recognition among cyclists, i dont see why anyone is going to buy an oxford dress shirt for $140 from rapha, when so many other options exist in that price range, for example.not many people. that's why it's pretty easy to find such things for great prices, in most sizes, during their sales. I recommend checking them out at that time though, they're really nice and make great work shirts for office rats like me.

wooly
03-17-2016, 09:57 AM
Agreed. I'm a fan of their city collection. Buy when on sale and they're decent deals. Fit is great.

CampyorBust
03-17-2016, 10:06 AM
the Spok is very good

Gsinill
03-17-2016, 10:23 AM
Pretty clear what they'll tackle next.

http://s18.postimg.org/6jg4oz93t/rapha_BB.png

Veloo
03-17-2016, 10:24 AM
Funny how a number of us went to Star Trek right away. Even tho I'm not a Trekky by any stretch.

cdn_bacon
03-17-2016, 10:25 AM
my version.

madsciencenow
03-17-2016, 10:27 AM
I have similar feelings regarding the number of market segments they appear to be trying to cover.

Also appreciate the feedback on the core jersey!


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CPP
03-17-2016, 11:03 AM
This guy is on the way to being more famous than the dentist from the Assos ads!

Cicli
03-17-2016, 11:14 AM
This guy is on the way to being more famous than the dentist from the Assos ads!

Those girls are dentists?:banana:

d_man16
03-17-2016, 11:31 AM
Is that a really bad attempt at a Eddy Merckx impression?

~D

ANAO
03-17-2016, 11:52 AM
Those girls are dentists?:banana:

this.

pdmtong
03-17-2016, 11:53 AM
not many people. that's why it's pretty easy to find such things for great prices, in most sizes, during their sales. I recommend checking them out at that time though, they're really nice and make great work shirts for office rats like me.

most of the city collection is for people shaped like froome. which would not be me. that said, the two SS shirts I have (on sale) are excellent. very nice cut and cotton. I would probably buy a few other pieces if I could fit them (5'10", 171#s). My a $$ is evidently too big for the jeans.

while i also dont' like the dilutive ventures across so many lines, I do have to say I like the idea of some nicer looking clothes that are not as casual as Gap/Banana, not as business as Nordstrom, and not as outdoorsy as Patagonia.

I have found the pack jacket and the transfer jacket to be nice travel pieces. the no longer offered fixed jacket is a pretty nice piece too, pretty technical schoeller fabric that just beads water off in a light rain.

what i found somewhat hilarious but should have expected was the way the folks lining up for the SF archive sale looked - many head to toe in rapha city.

a friend of mine has the sunglasses and swears by the optics. I tried them in the store and they even fit my small nose bridge. seemed nice, but my rudy's work fine.

madsciencenow
03-17-2016, 02:04 PM
I have a hard time imagining the sunglasses optics are good enough to justify the price tag but I said the same thing about nearly every other rapha product I own (I've lost count). The only one I wasn't happy with was their shoes. This I attribute more to my foot than a problem with the actual shoes.


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CPP
03-17-2016, 02:56 PM
Those girls are dentists?:banana:

No, I'm talking about the Dude. He is a dentist in real life.

pdmtong
03-17-2016, 03:48 PM
I have a hard time imagining the sunglasses optics are good enough to justify the price tag but I said the same thing about nearly every other rapha product I own (I've lost count). The only one I wasn't happy with was their shoes. This I attribute more to my foot than a problem with the actual shoes. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

put another way, what constitutes bad optics assuming one is spending say > $150 on glasses?

the rapha were nice, and nice looking. but I wasn't compelled to say bye to my Rudy's and spend $300

livingminimal
03-17-2016, 03:56 PM
As much as I have fallen for Rapha on the bike, I am not a huge fan off the bike. Mostly because off the bike I still, at nearly age 40, resemble my 17 year old self of punk rock tee shirts, worn out jeans, and vans.

tuscanyswe
03-17-2016, 04:20 PM
most of the city collection is for people shaped like froome.

Kinda true as the city collection fits me pretty good. I like the city collection, i guess its my favorite from rapha. Have quite a few items from it and use at least one of them on a daily basis more or less. Its nice to be able to ride comfortably but look casual once you get to your destination esp if you use your bike as a transport and not only as a tool for training.

azrider
03-17-2016, 04:55 PM
RAPHA eyebrow wax

velofinds
03-17-2016, 09:49 PM
Their City Collection has been around for awhile IIRC.. this is not a new strategy or line of business for them, although I find this season's ad campaign fairly underwhelming and (even more) ripe for mockery (as this thread so gleefully demonstrates).

InspectorGadget
03-18-2016, 06:31 PM
I don't own a single piece of Rapha apparel.

/blasphemy

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Red Tornado
03-19-2016, 09:42 AM
Rapha is really exploding their line-up. I would vastly prefer a company like them stick to their core market of good, premium cycling goods, but now they are really expanding. I recently bought their core kit, and, as far as the jersey is concerned - I'm pretty underwhelmed.

other than the fact that it says Rapha and there is some brand recognition among cyclists, i dont see why anyone is going to buy an oxford dress shirt for $140 from rapha, when so many other options exist in that price range, for example.

they have a smart marketing and development department though, i'm sure they've done their homework.

Reading through this thread for the 1st time. They're asking $140 for an oxford shirt? Never paid that much for a shirt, probably never will & I don't think I could justify (to myself) paying that much for a shirt. Then again, I'm probably in a lower tax bracket than a lot of the people buying stuff priced like this so it's probably all relative.

fuzzalow
04-08-2016, 04:38 PM
Bought a pair of City Collection cotton chinos. (http://www.rapha.cc/us/en_US/shop/cotton-trousers---slim/product/CTT01) Used a 15% off discount code so, as pants go, it wasn't too badly expensive. Like all Rapha goods, it is a well made article of clothing.

Beware of the cut of the cloth on these pants - they are svelte and trim fitting. Rapha describes the cut as "Offering a slim fit with a gradually tapered lower leg" but they are cut actually getting dangerously close to hipster fashionista pretensions. I got 'em in size 32-Med which fits perfect but IMO anybody's gotta be in shape to wear 'em. Zippered pockets are a good feature for riding but displaying the pink tab is too loud for me.

Nicely done Rapha. For some, gripe all ya want but if you've ever owned some of their stuff, it would be hard to say that Rapha doesn't do it right.

pdmtong
04-08-2016, 10:24 PM
Reading through this thread for the 1st time. They're asking $140 for an oxford shirt? Never paid that much for a shirt, probably never will & I don't think I could justify (to myself) paying that much for a shirt. Then again, I'm probably in a lower tax bracket than a lot of the people buying stuff priced like this so it's probably all relative.

I am sure that, no matter what kind of bike you own, there are people who will look at your bike and say the same thing.

weisan
04-08-2016, 10:39 PM
Hey Fuzz pal, I always wondered what you look like.....now I know. :D

makoti
04-08-2016, 10:53 PM
Hey Fuzz pal, I always wondered what you look like.....now I know. :D

That guy looks so happy, too. A bit too trim fitted?

velofinds
04-08-2016, 11:14 PM
http://forums.thepaceline.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=1697918205&stc=1&d=1460173194

http://cfile7.uf.tistory.com/image/25597B3E56F7283E2E00E1

fuzzalow
04-09-2016, 08:11 AM
Hey Fuzz pal, I always wondered what you look like.....now I know. :D

HaHa! Even this Rapha guy is prettier than me. I'm closer to that horror picture creature. Hmmm, that creature looks like he's wearing a jacket from the Japanese maker Kapital.

Rapha's got the imagery schtick for their marketing down cold: bearded Belgian hard men for their cycle clothes and smug looking urbanites for the apt titled City Collection - the kinda guys that look like they all work jobs in the City rigging LIBOR rates. (j/k; it's kinda a cheap shot to disparage finance industry workers but they do have the look of urban sophisticates.)

Sure, it is easy to poke fun at Rapha but they do the smart thing by creating this marketing and NOT disappointing the customer with a lousy product afterwards. If they did that then of course Rapha could be accused of ripping off their customers and, as a business, shooting themselves in the foot in the process. But they didn't and they don't. Rapha made, and I bought, a pair of nice pants.

54ny77
04-09-2016, 08:49 AM
that is hilarious.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1583/25858636195_a99e6f38ae_o.jpg

54ny77
04-09-2016, 08:54 AM
They either forgot the basketball prop, or the dude's about to faint from starving himself to fit Rapha city clothing.

:D

https://puncheur.rapha.cc/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/2016_01_25_RAPHA_MONDIAL_08_0011-2-1.jpg

dgauthier
04-09-2016, 10:02 AM
The little Rapha weirdo just got a job as your son's gym teacher...

I just don't get Rapha. So much image, image, image, and so little else.

BumbleBeeDave
04-09-2016, 04:23 PM
OMG.

This looks like photos I've seen of the early 60's folk music scene in NYC, or the fraternity pledge party in the opening scene of Animal House. Some of the geekiest looking stuff I've ever seen.

Expensive FUGLY. But I bet they will sell a ton of it.

BBD

fiamme red
04-09-2016, 09:22 PM
http://blog.gessato.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/rapha-jeans-cycling-denim-gessato-gblog-1.jpg

CunegoFan
04-09-2016, 10:40 PM
http://blog.gessato.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/rapha-jeans-cycling-denim-gessato-gblog-1.jpg

Dieter!

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