The Rapha Cycle Club Opening


I love the quote they chose for the wall.

Rapha opened their pop-up, the Rapha Cycling Club last night.

I walked down there after work which was interesting in and of itself. Since we’re talking style, let me say this. Woman of New York: Should you decide to wear a clingy knit dress, or a tight shirt, etc. and clearly some of you do, consider the effect of the clothes you wear beneath the outer garment. The seemingly intended effect is ruined by bunched, loose, ill fitting, poorly coordinated under garments. To be fair I saw some equally egregious lack of coordinated efforts from men, but who cares? Just another slob.


Anyway. I got down there quite a bit early, and killed some time checking out the neighborhood. As it got closer to the right time I just barged in. I was quickly welcomed by Slate Olson and later Derrick Lewis. We chit chatted, and I learned that Rapha doesn’t know what they’re doing with their currently engineless broom wagon when the 3 months are up. Might you have a suggestion?

There was a lovely spread and some great cycling artifacts on display. Some of the Paul Smith items they collborations were on display including the lovely courier bag.

the spread

Not long after fondling that very bag I heard a small crash behind me, and someone had had the misfortune of placing the bag back on the shelf and having the shelf collapse to the floor. In the whirlwind that followed I met Michael from A Continuous Lean. I had met him once before at some other event that has faded into the dusty cobwebs of my mind, but it was nice to chat with him. A regular read from the design and manufacturing side of life.

The place really filled up as things got started officially, Stella’s were being served, coffee was brewed, and the food consumed. (I had a walnut the size of my fist…) It would be nice to catch a ride with some of these folks, especially if they plan to come up to Rockland (a classic New York ride).

Congrats to all the folks who worked hard to get the place going for the summer. There’ll be daily airings of the Tour etc. 352 Bowery, New York, NY 10012, (Down by Cooper Union) Phone: 212.228.1529, *Opening 3rd July, 2010.* The bar is run by ThirdRailCoffee who are planning some cuppings and coffee related things. There’s interior bike parking as well.

The Broom Wagon