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    by the slow bike movement or in their words the simple elegant way the bike is affecting broad change in our cities Continue Reading Cleverhood and the bicycle rain cape Written by Ryan on October 23 2012 Posted in Bicycle Clothing Gear 2 Comments The rain has once again settled into the Northwest and now comes the time where blue skies and sunshine are the exception not the rule With fall comes preparation for damp days and dark nights For years I have threatened to get a rain cape but I just can t seem to bring myself to do it With full fendered bikes being the norm for my daily errands anymore I still sit on the edge wondering if something like the Cleverhood rain cape from Providence RI will be the hot ticket for me this year A rain cape seems to be best designed for people that ride fully fendered bikes to act as a shell from the rain falling from above The bottom is open allowing airflow and reducing the plastic bag sweatsuit feel that many rain suits can give In Seattle I have found the weather to be wet but not very cold so I end up sweating out nearly as much as the rain permeates lesser rain jackets My thought is that a heavier more waterproof fabric can be used for a rain cape meaning a more durable product all around I tested a rain cape last year from Hub Bespoke but wasn t too keen on how it felt with a bag underneath the cape so I waited It was also a rubbery and plain looking piece that I can t remember who made for the life of me They were more affordable than other models I d seen custom and otherwise coming in under 100 The black one wasn t too bad but the bright yellow was too much I m a fan of more subdued cycling fashion preferring to be seen through lighting or reflectors not Seattle s favorite the ever present yellow jacket My most often ridden bike seems to be the Raleigh Port Townsend lately With a porteur rack and large front bag the need to carry a bag on my person is not there This makes a rain cape seem much more conceivable Why focus on Cleverhood Well I just found them in my searches of today and though it s a little silly they have a video No the video doesn t really show how amazing they are for riding but there are boats a water ballon fight and a puppy Cleverhood the rain cape from Providence from Cleverhood on Vimeo Other options I ve seen are Iva Jean made in Seattle and a very nice option for women I ve seen these in person and they re well constructed The Grunden s Bike Poncho available from Rivendell Brooks England The English have been using these for a long time They should know what s up right

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  • Go Means Go! rain cape | GO MEANS GO
    bar or dinner She has a Kickstarter campaign that this new line of apparel can be purchased from in order for Iva Jean to take the next step and grow into a larger project Bikes aren t just for racing You don t need to be built like a track racer to ride to the store What I love about Iva Jean s designs is that they are for the everyday gal that doesn t want to get all decked out in spandex or day glow yellow They are classy pieces that bring together form and function Props to Ann for thinking ahead and best of luck in this endeavor Check out Iva Jean HERE And support the Kickstarter campaign HERE Continue Reading Cleverhood and the bicycle rain cape Written by Ryan on October 23 2012 Posted in Bicycle Clothing Gear 2 Comments The rain has once again settled into the Northwest and now comes the time where blue skies and sunshine are the exception not the rule With fall comes preparation for damp days and dark nights For years I have threatened to get a rain cape but I just can t seem to bring myself to do it With full fendered bikes being the norm for my daily errands anymore I still sit on the edge wondering if something like the Cleverhood rain cape from Providence RI will be the hot ticket for me this year A rain cape seems to be best designed for people that ride fully fendered bikes to act as a shell from the rain falling from above The bottom is open allowing airflow and reducing the plastic bag sweatsuit feel that many rain suits can give In Seattle I have found the weather to be wet but not very cold so I end up sweating out nearly as much as the rain permeates lesser rain jackets My thought is that a heavier more waterproof fabric can be used for a rain cape meaning a more durable product all around I tested a rain cape last year from Hub Bespoke but wasn t too keen on how it felt with a bag underneath the cape so I waited It was also a rubbery and plain looking piece that I can t remember who made for the life of me They were more affordable than other models I d seen custom and otherwise coming in under 100 The black one wasn t too bad but the bright yellow was too much I m a fan of more subdued cycling fashion preferring to be seen through lighting or reflectors not Seattle s favorite the ever present yellow jacket My most often ridden bike seems to be the Raleigh Port Townsend lately With a porteur rack and large front bag the need to carry a bag on my person is not there This makes a rain cape seem much more conceivable Why focus on Cleverhood Well I just found them in my searches of today and though

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  • Go Means Go! rain gear | GO MEANS GO
    rain the wax being something of a sacrificial element So now that we ve established that I m a cheap bastard frugal we ll get on with it Cleverhood was born in and still based in Providence Rhode Island They are made in the United States and inspired by the slow bike movement or in their words the simple elegant way the bike is affecting broad change in our cities Continue Reading A Storm is brewing The Chrome Storm Cobra Written by Ryan on January 7 2013 Posted in Bicycle Clothing Gear 2 Comments Billy Souphorse contacted me about testing out some of the fly new gear that s how the kids these days say it coming out of the minds and machines employed by Chrome the quite large bag and apparel company now with multiple shops around the country I was pretty impressed with the apparel I saw at the Chrome booth at Interbike and I m very much looking forward to testing out the Chrome Storm Cobra Really I think Souphorse is just concerned that I ll pass out in a park in the rain and catch a cold Hmph Maybe that s why I m sick Sometimes it s good to be a dirtbag I guess The Storm Cobra is fully seam taped with pit zips and longer arms crucial to cycling jackets It also has a feature that I think that I ll really like the full pass through back pocket A good place to store keys phone hat or a couple road beers As I get over my cold you can prepare for a full ride report It may add a twist to my approaching completion of the Cleverhood raincape review If you are ready to take the plunge right now without a review the

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  • Go Means Go! raincape | GO MEANS GO
    a waterproof shell I often get to my destination soaked from sweat not rain the thought of not needing a waterproof jacket and pants when the clouds open up was like a breath of fresh air You may wonder why I haven t put one through the paces already if it s been in my mind for so long In one word cost Quality rain gear is expensive and rain capes are no exception I d seen Carradice and Brooks rain capes over the years but they were difficult to source being from across the pond and over 250 a pop That and they were made of waxed cotton which though aesthetically pleasing is fairly bulky dries slowly once saturated and they take maintenance more maintenance is needed the more it is used in the rain the wax being something of a sacrificial element So now that we ve established that I m a cheap bastard frugal we ll get on with it Cleverhood was born in and still based in Providence Rhode Island They are made in the United States and inspired by the slow bike movement or in their words the simple elegant way the bike is affecting broad change in our cities Continue Reading Our Sponsors Find Us On Facebook GoMeansGo on Twitter Tall Bryan on Instagram Ryan on Instagram Flickr Group Recent Comments Example 1 The Humpday Hustler Benny Blanco June 18 2015 Hi Bryan appreciate the review I m doing the same mod to the lock I just picked up the body does feel bulky and plasticy Just one question where did you get the sweet Abus stick Thanks Holger Ketterle June 12 2015 Ryan I m right there with you on this bike all I can think of is for 5k i could build

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  • Go Means Go! Review: Cleverhood Raincape | GO MEANS GO
    of fabric below the thumb loops kept flying up exposing my hands Rain was falling hard and pooled up in the loose fabric between the neck and thumbholes Occasionally a gust of wind would come underneath and pop the water up right into my face With the bigger gusts the arm holes would be blown open the single magnet not enough to keep them closed Even with all this it seemed to keep me fairly dry underneath My lower legs got a little wet from the spray coming from my fenders but it wasn t bad especially with waterproof shoes I got down to the Myrtle Edwards trail and made the corner the wind now coming from my side This proposed a bit of a problem The wind had it s way with the rain cape from the side and I got a bit wet on my upper leg and even my shirt It felt like the wind might want to rip it off of me Riding with the rain cape for my first time in these extreme conditions was exciting Now I should say this this was not a good day for riding These conditions kept many people inside for the day and it was only my eagerness that sent me out and about on such a craptastic afternoon I have been called young dumb and full of uhh rum before Day two Day two of testing took place about a week later The weather turned and we didn t have rain for quite a while When it returned it was much milder A gentle rain that came straight down No wind Stand outside and you ll get wet but at least it wasn t falling up I rode 10 miles in my same outfit Cleverhood rain cape on top of a tee shirt and wool flannel Swrve WWR pants and Bogs This was the ticket 10 miles later I got to my destination unzipped the neck and pulled the whole thing over my head I felt like a magician I was dry Still a little moisture around the cuff of the pants from spray but the WWR pants dry very quickly It was love at second ride The days that followed I ve been using the Cleverhood rain cape for 2 months now I ve ridden with it mostly while on my porteur bike but it also works just fine when I m on my road bike I haven t ridden with it while riding fixed because I don t like the idea of the thumb loops being attached to me I grab it if it s raining on for my ride to the store bar or coffee shop It fits easy in my bag when I get there The recap If riding for long distances the cape has a tendency to collect water it saturates and drips through at points where my hands touch the fabric much like condensation on a tent I don t think this

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  • Go Means Go! Torre_Hoodie_01 | GO MEANS GO
    all I can think of is for 5k i could build a carbon race bike an aluminum crit bike and a vintage steel framed commuter All of which could stand out in a group ride which is what people by custom bikes for to stand out I just think if your going the custom route it better be for a purpose like racing or touring not pub crawling or grocery

    Original URL path: http://gomeansgo.org/2013/04/25/mission-workshop-the-torre-merino-wool-hoodie/torre_hoodie_01/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Go Means Go! Hooded Zip up Sweater | GO MEANS GO
    right arm pit The zippers feel solid and aren t visible when closed The Torre has a very sleek and clean look to it After two months of wear it still looks as good as it did when I first put it on The fabric is proving to be very durable There are no signs of piling or wear in the usual places The merino wool breathes extremely well which I found allowed me to wear it at a variety of temperatures It was warm enough when leaving on a brisk morning ride and I didn t overheat a couple hours later when the temperature had risen It dries quickly and stays relatively warm even when wet My other favorite part about the Torre is that the fabric doesn t absorb odors You can sweat it in cook in it sit around a bonfire and the next day you d never know Specifically in regards to riding a bike in the Torre The slim fit is great for riding as there is not extra fabric flapping around in the wind The hood is also on the smaller side and stays put pretty well both up or down The hidden pockets are useful for keeping things in place while riding and the under arm pocket worked well for stashing an ipod phone if you like to listen to music while you ride The only real critique I have about the Torre is the sleeve length proved to be a little on the short side for me while on the bike I am 6 4 and have long arms so this most likely will not be a problem for most people however I would have liked a couple more inches in sleeve length to cover my wrists when stretched out on the

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  • Go Means Go! Merino Wool | GO MEANS GO
    in white hair Here is what Mission Workshop has to say about it The Torre is a classic fitted zip up sweater made with a unique 380 Gram 18 9 Micron New Zealand Merino wool reinforced with core filament stretch nylon This hybrid fabric was developed exclusively for Mission Workshop Merino Wool is naturally antibacterial an excellent temperature regulator and it draws moisture away from the skin With nylon woven into the fabric it has added stretch and durability making this a garment that will be a staple for years to come Here is what I have to say about it The Torre is an incredibly versatile piece of clothing that feels and wears casual but functions like a technical garment The first time I donned the hoodie I was impressed with the quality of the fabric and the fit It is soft against the skin and instantly comfortable The body is constructed out of five panels the fit is slim and long and it naturally stretches with your body movements There are two hidden zippered pockets one inside the left hand pocket and a second under the right arm pit The zippers feel solid and aren t visible when closed The Torre has a very sleek and clean look to it After two months of wear it still looks as good as it did when I first put it on The fabric is proving to be very durable There are no signs of piling or wear in the usual places The merino wool breathes extremely well which I found allowed me to wear it at a variety of temperatures It was warm enough when leaving on a brisk morning ride and I didn t overheat a couple hours later when the temperature had risen It dries quickly and stays relatively warm even when wet My other favorite part about the Torre is that the fabric doesn t absorb odors You can sweat it in cook in it sit around a bonfire and the next day you d never know Specifically in regards to riding a bike in the Torre The slim fit is great for riding as there is not extra fabric flapping around in the wind The hood is also on the smaller side and stays put pretty well both up or down The hidden pockets are useful for keeping things in place while riding and the under arm pocket worked well for stashing an ipod phone if you like to listen to music while you ride The only real critique I have about the Torre is the sleeve length proved to be a little on the short side for me while on the bike I am 6 4 and have long arms so this most likely will not be a problem for most people however I would have liked a couple more inches in sleeve length to cover my wrists when stretched out on the bike At 235 retail the Torre is a few bucks more expensive

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