For one day only, this coming Monday the 28th February, Rapha are holding a special flash sale for all their women’s clothing range. With a massive 50% off the range, they will also be announcing two new female contributors to their fabulous blog, as well as giving a little peek to the forthcoming S/S11 range and also running a competition. The ladies range is amongst the finest cycling gear iv had the pleasure to test out, read up on the range here and here and be sure to set a reminder to visit rapha.cc on this special ‘Ladies Day’. Il be swinging by to add to the wardrobe for sure!
I recently purchased the Ragley Rude Pump as a jersey-storable mini pump for those infrequent yet highly irritating mishaps on the road (ie translation : “I got burned t’other day on an early morning training ride far from home with only one CO2 canister and now i have learnt my lesson”). With its rude name and erm, more than passing similarity to a toy of an adult nature, the rude pump is a mini pump with quite striking styling. More importantly coming in at a shade over a tenner its as pleasing on the wallet as it is in the hand.
The pump has a pleasant feeling soft rubber handle, making for easy grip when pumping. The handle retracts out to reveal another telescopic chamber ideal for high pressure. The website claims to be able to pump up to 180 psi, and whilst im not sure that’s an exact figure that could be easily reached, I managed to take a road tyre to over 100psi without trying too hard.
The pump can handle both presta & schraeder valves, and although fiddly, simply requires flipping the adapter around in the valve. But once flipped you can keep it as it (il be on strictly presta).
The ‘Rude Pump’ will fit snugly into a jersey pocket and doesn’t weigh much at all. A highly recommended ride essential at a price that really wont break the bank.
Prendas have produced a top notch retro 2011 calendar with iconic photographs of yesterdays cycling gladiators, from Mercx to Moser to Indurain and even very own british hero Malc Elliot! Its a great calendar to hang on the wall and jot down all your upcoming ride and race dates…. a wonderful stocking filler this Christmastime. Available here
A bargain at £35 for a mere 125g…. a snip for those budget-concious weight weenies. Scoop @ Sonic