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Rapha + Paul Smith Special Edition Giro-inspired Jersey

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With the Giro d’Italia right around the corner, Rapha and designer Paul Smith whipped up a jersey overflowing with Italian influence.

Rapha elected its City Riding Jersey to be Paul Smith’s canvas. Featuring merino-hybrid technical fabric, the jersey comes in a subtle pink color with traces of Paul Smith throughout it, such as the Paul Smith rabbit sported on the left sleeve, and translucent language on the front of the garment.

The bike jersey carries all the traditional elements it should, too. It features a slim fit, reflective detailing and rear pockets. The fabric technology used by Rapha allows for a breathable, sweat-wicking experience.

Sizes range from X-Small to XX-Large. Get them while you can. MSRP $160.00

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Rapha Knock for Knock Trailer

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Here is the trailer for the new Rapha Knock for Knock film directed by Anthony Crook.

Knock for Knock is a partnership between Rapha and RSA Films, written by James Bowthorpe and was shot in Tokyo. The film is about a journey one cyclists takes while battling his own demons.

Rapha’s Knock for Knock will debut April 5th in Hoxton London, but if you can’t make the showing, the film will be live online.

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James Straffon x Rapha Grand Tour Shoe

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Artist James Straffon’s work can be viewed on these Rapha Grand Tour shoes. This piece of his was inspired by rare cycling memorabilia.

A detailed look at the shoes reveal imagery of the first ‘Grand Départ’, dating back over 100 years ago. Maurice Garin makes an appearance on the shoes, too, among other unforgettable cycling times.

The shoes themselves, a Rapha x Giro collab is Rapha’s first venture into the cycling footwear market. Comes in black or white and retails at $450.

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Rapha x Giro Grand Tour Shoes

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Rapha and Giro collab to deliver their Grand Touring Shoes, a cycling shoe with superb qualities.

Only the best went into making these shoes. With uppers made of Yak leather, Easton EC90 carbon soles and a machined aluminum buckle with a Rapah logo etching to name a few, the Rapha x Giro Grand Tour Shoes aim to wow. Light in weight, breathability and comfort that increases with ever use are qualities the shoe lives by.

Available April 10, 2012, in a choice of black or white, the cycling shoes will retail for $450.

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2011 Rapha Winter Long Sleeve Jersey

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With combined technology and aesthetics, Rapha offers an outstanding winter long sleeve this 2011. In terms of warmth, extra comfort against the chill is provided by the Super Roubaix fabric. Combining thickness, warmth, and stretchiness, this garment is perfect for cycling against the chill.

With a 25% merino wool, 61% polyester and 14% elastane mix, this Rapha long sleeve jersey is definitely thick and lushly lined. Its windproof lining provides maximum protection to the front of the rider’s torso during cold weather.

Along the sides of the rider’s chest, the 2011 Rapha Winter Long Sleeve Jersey has two zippered slash vents. These give more comfort to the riders when they choose to prevent most of the frontal blast and allow some cool air creep around the sides towards the back.

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2011 Rapha Riding Trousers

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What makes the 2011 Rapha Riding Trousers ideal pants for comfortable riding is its fabric. These pants’ fabric are lightweight, breathable stretch-cotton based. Slim-fitting pants by Rapha, they are designed both for function and for fashion.

When it comes to function, Rapha Riding Trousers are crafted to be cooperative with the saddle, making for a comfortable ride. With its slender cut, these trousers don’t flop so there’s little risk of them getting caught in the sprocket or on the saddle nose.

Also making the Rapha Riding Trousers cooperative with the saddle are the microfiber seat and inner thighs. Bothersome chafing can be avoided thanks to the strategic positioning of the inside leg seams.

To make sure the riding trousers will not slip off when riding, the inside of the waistband is finished with soft gripper tape. An extended hook and eye closure integrated in the waistband keep the front of the…

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Rapha Bicycle Collection

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The new Rapha Bicyle Collection includes four bikes. These are the ‘Every Day’ from Beloved, the ‘Continental’ from Ira Ryan and Tony Pereira, the Independent Fabrication ‘XS’, and the the Cinelli ‘XCR’. Its partnership with these four masters of frame building begins in January, 2011 and for the next two years.

First is the ‘Every Day’ from Beloved, which is conceived by Cycle Works Oregon and hand-built by Chris King in Portland, OR. The features include a Sturmey-Archer 5-speed internal rear hub with a downtime shifter, Chris King Headset and front hub, Nitto ‘Priest’ Bar, aluminum stem and post, Limited Edition Rapha Speedster San Marco Regal saddle, Walnut hand-sewn leather grips, carrying handle and toe clip covers, Honjo fenders by Spectrum and MKS Sylvan road pedal with deep leather toe clip.

Second is the ‘Continental’ from Ira Ryan and Tony Pereira. This year-round racing and training bike is…

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