I'm not a fashionable person. My wardrobe consists almost entirely of well-worn jeans and t-shirts, and none of them have designer labels on them. When it comes to mountain biking, my clothing tastes are similar – I gravitate towards simple and effective designs, ideally in some shade of black.
Part of my job does
entail testing the latest mountain bike apparel, which means that multiple times per year I'll find myself laughing out loud at the outfit I've put on, whether that's due to the garish color scheme, exorbitant price, or a combination of both.
Which brings me to the latest limited-edition apparel line from Rapha and Brain Dead
. For riders that want to pay even more money for Rapha clothing, the collaboration includes jerseys, a wind jacket, a hip pack, and two pairs of pants – one pair for riding, and the other for trail building, although they look a lot more like what you'd see at a rave circa 1999.
Going back to the whole 'I'm not fashionable' thing, I wasn't aware of Brain Dead's existence until recently. For those who have been living under a rock like me, the LA brand was launched in 2014 by Ed Davis and Kyle Ng, and bills itself as “A creative collective of artists and designers from around the world... Brain Dead is not one person, nor is it one idea. It sits in the space between people.” Cringey copy aside, according to Vogue Business sales were expected to exceed $10 million in 2021, so this isn't exactly a little mom and pop operation.
Were there mountain bikers clamoring for this Rapha x Brain Dead collab? Honestly, I don't know. For the hypebeasts out there, this could be the highlight of the week. For me, it's more amusing and a little confusing than anything else.
I basically just buy whatever color mountain bike stuff is on closeout, but I never really liked the earth tone trend any more than the previous loud colors trend.
A $500 vs. $5000 bike is an absolutely totally different experience. A $15 sport shirt vs. a $150 short sleeve jersey is...maybe noticeable?
Urban Sombrero: "It combines the spirit of old Mexico with a little big city panache."
I'm sold. Take my money!!
Somebody got those damn AIs to make up their whole product line
*Affliction has entered the chat*
Stop caring so much about what complete strangers think of you, and begin to careless and be yourself (without buying that junk above)
Constable: "Sir, the victim was wearing the new Rapha / Brain Dead collab kit."
Bystander: ...... *steals victim's shoes, helmet, and pack*
And also people should look up the term "de-gloved", it'll make you not want to wear rings in general while working.
skinned finger aside, he was ok. the keys turned up a while later in his car.
For so long it’s not true
Wanted some $40 shorts never bargained for you.
Lotsa people talkin
none of them know
Stockholders of Rapha only care bout that dough
They look like circus act "apparel". If I turned up to ride in this my mates would disown me until I changed.
How many cones were consumed in the development planning process and meetings for these products?
Finally clothing which has something in common with my dog.
If you got it, rock it. Someone’s stoked on this kit and why not be happy for them? Bet the trail pants are comfy.
Y’all just uncomfortable, get over it.
i've long since stopped thinking bikers are stylish or cool and have long been aware that bikers will forever remain a conservative bunch with ugly tld, fox and flannel shirts.
i'm quite pleased when i tell people i love riding bikes and most things i do (work and leisure) has something to do with bikes and i get a "o really? you don't look like a biker at all" as an answer.
(DO NOT get my fit dirty)
(I am NOT touching dirt)
Never would have bought this myself, but I didn't complain when I got it as a christmas gift last year.
I really like those Braindead designs and can't wait to see them at a yardsale or flea market in about 10years.
...and we all hate it. It's in the same line as Gucci snowboard-gear. It misses the mark by a Scandinavian Mile!
Some of the other places that it appears online www.highsnobiety.com/p/rapha-brain-dead-collab and hypebeast.com/2023/2/rapha-brain-dead-mountain-bike-collab-release-info
You won't find this announcement on Vital, NSMB, MTBR, enduro-mtb, radavist.
Food for thought.
Yeah bud, they got some unique stuff on here, that's largely why I come here ha.
No one could say that Rapha design is bad
Listen, there's a whole world out there (outside of the woods) where people care about sneakers, other colors than Fox/TLD camo, japanese trends, niche brands that push contemporary art (like Brain Dead does), underground music influences and so on... so don't be a sheep and stop buying the same old Mx gear.
To me it sounds like your world of mtb taste is Nickelback and this is Nirvana. Disruptive now but let's talk in a few years when you'll get it .
Trail pants looks kids pants on 6 + tall model - literally, they could wait 2 month till April 1
Coming to a 70% off Rapha Sale very soon.
(may not mean anything unless you read MBUK in the 90s)
Hmm, as long as there isn't a cockroach between them.
Shredding in these...
Sure, it smells like ammonia/cat piss no matter how many times I wash it, but I'm just going to make it smell like cat piss again 15 minutes into a ride so who f*cking cares.
I'll get a tiny bit picky about my baggies so I'll allow that...but for f*ck's sake people.
Dehydration can also make the sweat smell like ammonia. This is because the body needs water to get rid of ammonia through sweat.
If there is not enough water to dilute the ammonia as it is released by the body, the smell of ammonia may be stronger."
Some research suggests exercise affects ammonia levels in sweat. A 2007 study found that ammonia levels in sweat increased as a person exercised more intensely.
A 2005 study found that while ammonia levels in sweat increased significantly during exercise, ammonia levels in sweat reduced over the 24 hour period after exercise and remained low after 72 hours.
This suggests a person may find their sweat smells most strongly of ammonia during or just after exercise.
It doesn't help that I start off most rides burning off a weekend hangover.
1. Put your bib in a freezer bag and seal it up
2. Put the bag in a dumpster
3. Drive to a local bike shop or web site and buy whatever is on sale
4. Don’t tell anyone about this conversation your cat piss bib or what your pinkbike handle is
Given the prevalence of TBIs in our sport, this feels like a big miss.
take your time, heal up. You can't rush recovery brother! our prayers are with you.