Seven Favorite Things: Summer Cycle Gear from Rapha
It's going to be a great, long summer -- ride safely and in style with gear from Rapha SF.
The cycle club's Marina District outpost offers a full range of performance gear, a cafe stocked with Four Barrel coffee and snacks from Starter Bakery, a Saturday bike club, and same-day bike courier services for your must-have goods. And it all honors and celebrates the art, the sport, and the love that is road cycling.
Okay, now back to the gear. From leather gloves to padded bike shorts, Rapha's collection blends premium materials with modern designs to enhance every ride. Oh, and they look pretty great on, too.
Best of all, you can buy with confidence. Say you buy a jersey, then happen to slim down after your mad summer rides around the Bay (and beyond). Rapha has a jersey downsize offer for that -- in addition to their complimentary clothing repair service for damage done during (God forbid) any accidents or crashes.
Rapha SF (2198 Filbert St. at Fillmore), open Mon.-Fri. 7am-7pm, Sat.-Sun. 7am-6pm.
1. Rapha Trade Team Jersey, $175
2. Rapha Lightweight Biretta Cap, $40
3. Rapha & Raeburn Wind Jacket, $450
4. Rapha Grand Tour Gloves, $160
5. Rapha Tote Bag, $70
6. Rapha Summer Embrocation, $30
7. Rapha Lightweight Bib Shorts, $210
Lily Ko (lily7x7 @gmail.com) studied fashion design and merchandising at Central Saint Martins and the Academy of Art University. In addition to writing for 7x7, Lily is on the creative team at Pottery Barn, and works as a freelance stylist, writer, and designer.