The Domestique Critique: Performance Ultra Jersey & Bib Shorts

Photo Rhea Aldridge http://www.rheaaldridge.com/

 

If you have a preconceived notion of what “bike shop kit” is, then this review is for you. If you are looking for a reasonable kit from an accessible shop, then this review is for you. If you turn your nose down at anything from a major retailer, then this review is for you. Continue reading

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Yellow Gear is Here! (Guest Post)

Yellow Gear

We’re excited to announce our new label Yellow Gear!

After several months of hard work, we’re delighted (and relieved!) to announce the launch of our cycling apparel brand Yellow Gear. We couldn’t be more excited for this adventure!

How it all started


Women’s road cycling is growing. More and more women make the transition from other sports to the road. When we started to get serious about cycling a couple of years ago, we became increasingly frustrated by how difficult it was to find great clothes. Finally, we decided to take matters into our own hands. Our passion for cycling gave us the inspiration for Yellow Gear and the dedication we’ve put into every one of our desings. Continue reading

Buy Now, Ship Later. Are Pre-Orders a Scam or Smart Business?

pre·or·der
priˈôrdər/
verb
  1. order (an item of merchandise) before it is available, with the understanding that it will be shipped later.
noun
  1. an order for an item that has not yet been made commercially available.

 

It seems like a good chunk of the kit I post is available only by pre-order. It can feel like a sales tactic to create the presumption of ‘limited edition’, giving you that BUY NOW rush to your mobile or computer. But for small start-ups or creative cyclists with a knack for graphic design, it can be the easiest way to share great kit design without breaking their personal bank. I ask several players of the pre-order game to explain how and why it works.

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Prism.Bike is a one-man operation on a mission to make dynamic kit that expresses personality. Kit is available through pre-order only, creating an exclusive feel to those that purchase before the window closes. Often that window is only 24 hours before selling out. Oliver of Prism.Bike shared his view on using pre-ordering:

A pre-order usually means I am paying upfront for a kit that I am attracted to but really unsure about how it fits and unable to see it on other cyclists similar to myself because it’s not an available product. How do you address this concern for consumers?

I think this is tough for buying any clothing on the interwebs. Especially anything lycra.  I took the approach of just paying a great photographer (@beardmcbeardy), to take some photos of people wearing the prototype of the kits.  I got tired of seeing people standing in front of a wall wearing a kit [in ads] and wanted to know what kits look like on the bike when you are sweating bullets after having a bit of a crack.  So for the photos we got the models to smash it up a hill for 15 minutes then took some snaps.

Also, my designs are pretty unique, so people either immediately love them or they don’t. If people love them and know there isn’t anything similar, they are pretty cool to take a punt.  If anyone emails me or has questions about quality I put them in touch with other customers on social media.  I am really passionate that the stuff I make has to be comfortable on long rides and really good quality… otherwise, what is the point?

 

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The Domestique Critique: Angeles Creative Jersey

Photo: Omnium.cc

Photo: Omnium.cc

That jersey, though. Angeles Creative is a small company from Southern California but they are making waves in a big way. The internet has fallen in love with their Spektrum collection and I have too. They are fresh off a new release of a womens-specific Cyan Shimmer jersey and the color bomb is truly epic. Continue reading

The Domestique Critique: Velocio Light Long Sleeve Jersey & Signature Fly Bib Knickers

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Click. Refresh. Click. Refresh. The weather report didn’t change from 60°F and partly cloudy with 15mph wind. I hate wind. No matter how many times I refreshed the page I couldn’t will it to be 80 and sunny so I could wear the last of the summer kit. I wasn’t ready to let go of the shorts, or ready to add layers. Know the feeling?

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Reviews on the Way

Do you ever notice how reviews on kit are always positive? Maybe they pick at a point here or there but the reviewer always magically ends up saying it’s their favorite kit in the last paragraph. I never did understand that. Really? Every kit you receive is your favorite? Makes me think they have to appease advertisers or sponsors.

Every kit I review I purchase with my own money. I give my honest opinion. I’m a real cyclist with a real body. Where was the honest opinion when I was wearing underwear with my chamois pad?! See, that’s why I do what I do. You need a friend to keep you in the know, on the low.

In the next few weeks I’ll be reviewing a new Velocio jersey, the Rapha Core jersey, a new DHB kit, socks, caps, and the new Giro women’s shoe.

I’m hoping to save my pennies and get my hands on the new Ella Ambassador kit from MAAP, the new Lela Rose kit from Velocio, a Cedar Cycling jersey and the new summer kit from Endo Custom Clothing via whatever company makes a women’s kit collab with them.

Always, ALWAYS open to new companies and kit so send them my way!