For our first entry into the shorts realm, we’ve opted for a high-performance bib. The Bolsward and Breda are a high-peforming bibs that is made for century rides and more.
Bibs come down to a few things – the pad and the material. We’ve got both covered.
We call the pad – Goldilocks. It’s not too big to make you feel like you’re wearing a diaper but not too small to make you feel like you’re wearing a band aid. It’s made in Italy and features Open Cell technology which means you’ll have less compression during the course of long rides.
The material is a high-compression lycra that ends with a moderately loose band that won’t make you look like you have sausage legs.
The upper part of the bibs is made of micro mesh. Versus other fabrics, micro mesh adds a drastically thinner layer between your skin and the air. You stay cooler and stronger.
Style wise, a mix of black and charcoal grey spices up the lower part of your body. You need that down there!
Like all Road Holland jerseys, our Bibs are made in the USA. No sweatshop labor except for your own when you wear them.
We’ve written before about the simple and powerful expression that is the written thank you note.
But let’s face it, not all of us are fancy stationery kind of guys or gals in this modern time. Your name in curlycue font at the top of a blank card may seem downright prehistoric when you are a prolific tweeter. However, everyone, and we repeat everyone, needs some type of communicative paper at some point.
Fortunately, Terrapin Stationers & Engraving Company is still around. In fact, they’ve been around since 1913 cranking out the kind of card stock you keep when you get it. They’re not printers – they’re engravers. And they’re taking engraving to a new level by offering items bearing the kinds of expressions we really use (or wish we could use!) today.
Let’s face it…we’ve all been there. Maybe it was that shop team kit that you bought when you got your first real bike. Or perhaps it was that on-clearance jersey with the cereal box characters. We understand that you’ve made some pretty horrendous choices in the past when it comes to your cycling gear. We have too. After all, it takes the dark to be able to see the light.
But we want to help and celebrate how you can move on to better rides ahead.
For the past two weeks, We asked readers to email us a photo of their worst cycling garb ever. It could be a terribly mismatched kit, some poor fitting gear, a ridiculously loud jersey, or anything similar.
For our amusement and yours, we are posting what we consider among the TOP FOUR entries! Now it is your turn to help us choose who will win a Free Makeover from Road Holland?
Vote below for your favorite and ask your friends to do the same! Winner will be announced on March 19, 2013.
If there is one area of apparel that seems more competitive than cycling gear (and wouldn’t the people who brought you Road Holland know!), it’s the “lifestyle prep corner of the casual clothes market.” What is the lifestyle prep corner of the casual clothes market? It’s not easy to explain so let’s start with a brief history lesson.
Things likely got going in the late 1970s with Ralph Lauren, the first non-sporting company to place a logo on the traditional “polo” or tennis shirt. Up until that time, polos were decidedly racquet-centric (think Lacoste and Fred Perry and one of our favorites, Boast). However, Ralph Lauren gave the polo a whole new meaning. His brand represented a lifestyle ideal of which the polo shirt was just one part of the wardrobe, albeit the most ubiquitous one.
Another casualty of the 80s, the polo shirt degenerated into an immensely popular corporate promotional item. We see the remnants of such madness today every time we walk into a big box store. But polos in fine fabrics, interesting colors, good cuts, and steep price tags have remained and flourished as core parts of the prep wardrobe. Lacoste came back from the abyss with a vengeance and is now an international powerhouse with retail stores. Ralph Lauren keeps climbing the rungs of the luxury ladder but polo shirts remain its footings with brash new collections each year.
Although it started with ties, Vineyard Vines offers a good deal of polos with its signature whale and can now outfit you head to toe. The brand kicked off the trend of talking about geographic roots first (in its case Martha’s Vineyard) and product second. A host of other brands have followed including Southern Tide – popular among the Southeast college set – and Coast Apparel. The models in their pictures look like they actually dress this way – and they do. I grew up with these kids and they’re the real deal.
Collared Greens is a similar brand but with a twist. While it definitely plays upon its heritage with a clever spelling of the classic Southern dish, the company is wearing its green aspirations on its sleeves as well. It makes its products in the USA from sustainably sourced fabrics. Even its packaging is Earth friendly. A portion of all profits goes back to conservation causes. Ties are the only products that seem to be available at the moment but a video on its site announces the coming of polo shirts.
One more brand has caught my eye – The Frat Collection. I’m not wild about the signature “patch” approach but I like the originality and quest to develop the ultimate “party shirt.”