Nalini Combi Jacket Nails It

I think I found my dream jacket.  And, it has short sleeves.  Yes, you read that right, the Nalini Combi jacket has short sleeves, and it’s the best winter jacket I’ve ever worn.  Let me tell you why you’re going to love a short sleeve jacket for your winter riding needs.  First, it’s water resistant.  And that’s not just lip service.  This jacket does an incredible job at

Water rolls right off the Nalini Nanodry fabric

Water rolls right off the Nalini Nanodry fabric

repelling water away from the body.  It literally pours right off.  Second, it’s winter weight and windproof, so there’s no getting cold along the way.  Third, and most importantly, it’s versatile.  The concept of a short sleeve winter jacket doesn’t make any sense until you consider using it with the right arm warmers.  When you pair the two, you can be ready for anything.  Cold?  Layer up the warmers.  Starting to heat up?  Shed a layer without sacrificing warmth on the torso.  The versatility of the Nalini Combi is evident on so many fronts, you really won’t believe you’ve ever wasted so much money on a long sleeved jacket.  Oh, and fourth, Nalini throws in their Nanodry arm warmers to truly make this jacket a dream come true.  And the best part?  Right now, you can get the Nalini Combi jacket for just $149.  That’s a $178 savings.  Did we mention they nailed it?

Pack Smarter with the Castelli Race Rain Bag

Let’s be real, everyone knows how to pack a bag.  Unzip the top, toss in some bibs, jersey, helmet, shoes, maybe some socks, a base layer.  And, let’s be honest, that has always worked well, and still does.  But as simple as the packing part goes, the unpacking is a totally different story.  You dig around blindly to put your hands on what you need.  You find your cleat digging a hole in your jersey.  And the socks?  Good luck with finding those in the abyss of that bag.

That’s where the all-new Castelli Race Rain bag comes in.  Specifically designed for pro’s, it’s focus is on the packing AND the unpacking.   Full of separated and individually zippered pouches, you’ll find a place for every piece of gear you’ll need on a ride.  The flip-open top pockets provide easy access to their contents while allowing full view of the compartments below.  The vented shoe compartment can be removed entirely or attached to the bottom of this ultra-compact bag.

We highly recommend giving this bag a shot.  We’re pretty sure once you do, that other bag will be a thing of your race-day past.

What It Means To Be A Le Col Brand Ambassador

We’re looking for twenty five Brand Ambassadors to help us spread the word about how great the Le Col brand really is.  It’s an Italian-made brand whose technical styling will blow riders away, but they don’t know that yet.  So that’s where you come in.  For a limited time and for a limited number of people, we’re offering both the Le Col Pro Collection and the Le Col HC Collection at 70% off their retail price.  That means you can get a full Italian-made kit with tons of cutting edge technology that would usually cost $540 for just $162!

Le Col brings high quality Italian-made styling that exceeds expectations.

Le Col brings high quality Italian-made styling that exceeds expectations.

Pretty sweet deal, so you might be thinking what’s the catch?  There’s no catch, really.  All we want to do it get some people into these high-quality but little known kits to see what they think.  In fact, we’d love it if you’d spread the word about how awesome they are (and yes, we feel 100% confident they’ll quickly become your favorites).  And, if you do, we’ll give you a $25 Classic Cycling gift card for every five posts you share about the Le Col brand on our social media outlets (we’re on Facebook and Instagram), as well as Le Col’s.  So, you get the Le Col kit at a smoking deal, and you can continue to earn up to $75 in gift cards you can use on any future purchase.

So how do you get in on this deal?  Easy.  Just be one of the first twenty five people to buy a complete Le Col kit from either the Pro or HC Collections.  When you put one pair of Le Col bibs and one Le Col jersey from either of these collections, just use the coupons below at checkout, and you’ll see the the prices come down 70%.   After that, just like us on Facebook and Instagram, get out there and ride the kit, and share with us what you think.  It’s that simple.

LECOLPROAM – Coupon code to use when selecting from the Le Col Pro Collection.  You can click here to see it.

LECOLHCAM – Coupon code to use when selecting from the Le Col HC Collection.  You can click here to see it.

A deal this good has to have fine print.  So, here it is:

1.  Classic Cycling gift cards are limited to 3 per customer.  They cannot be combined.  You can only get one gift card per month.  The last month to qualify for gift cards is August.  To qualify for a gift card you must post 5 posts with Le Col products and tag Classic Cycling and Le Col on our Facebook or Instagram accounts, Classic Cycling, Le Col.  Once you have made 5 post please send us the posts for us to verify and we will issue the gift card.  The gift card must be used on Le Col tops or bottoms.  It will not work on socks or accessories and can not be used on non-Le Col merchandise.  Minimum purchase to use the gift card is $50.00.  Gift card balances do not carry forward.  When you want to use the card it is best to use it all at one time.  Terms and conditions are subject to change at any time and are at the sole discretion of Classic Cycling.

The Best Bibs We’ve Got Under $100

There’s a secret lurking around on our website.  It’s a brand that it’s pretty safe to assume you don’t know that much about.   It’s Biemme, and they’ve got some of the best shorts we’ve ever worn. – the Specialine Bibshorts.   Here’s why.

Specialine Chamois

The Biemme X09 chamois offers superior comfort with less bulk.

First, the chamois.  The X09 pad pays careful attention to technical design.  Its anatomical shape cuts the bulk, and the central grooves reduce pressure in the saddle for maximum comfort and fit.  It’s also breathable, which seriously cuts down the friction by keeping you dry.

 

Cover stitching keeps seams nearly flat against the skin.

Cover stitching keeps seams nearly flat against the skin.

Second, the construction.  The bib has 10-panel construction, allowing for smooth movement and overall comfort.   There’s compression where you need it, and the use of cover stitching keeps the garment comfortable against the skin.  With wide straps that don’t roll and jacquard elastic leg grippers that are lined with silicon “studs” to keep everything comfortably in place, the overall construction of these Italian-made bibs are truly impressive.

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Silicon “studs” along the grippers keep the bibshort comfortably in place on both skin or warmers.

Third, the price.   Regularly priced, they’re under $100.  And that’s cool enough, but what’s even better is that these bibs have the same technical details and high-quality construction that some of the $300+ bibs on the market have.

Fourth, they’re on sale.   Right now, you can get Biemme’s Specialine Bibshorts for 20% off when you use coupon code “Biemme2016” at checkout.  Oh yeah, and the coupon works for all the other equally awesome 2016 Biemme lineup.  Time to start shopping.

What’s Under Your Jersey?

If your answer is “nothing”, then you’re doing it all wrong.  When it comes to beating the heat, a base layer can be one of a riders greatest assets on the bike.  Designed with various fabrics and technologies from almost every manufacturer, a base layer is one of the most important garments that a cyclist can own.  At their core, they provide a second skin between your own and the fabric of the jersey.  Sounds like that may increase the heat, but instead it creates a layer that works to wick the sweat away from the skin and up onto the jersey where it can evaporate quickly.

If a good base layer isn’t in your lineup, we would highly suggest giving one a shot.  And we think the Giordana Seamless Short Sleeve Base Layer is an excellent place to start.  With a one size fits all sizing, the base layer is designed to stretch to fit the wearer so that the fit is truly second-skin perfect.  Light elastic at the cuffs and waist ensure that the base layer stays in place so that it’s wicking properties can do what they are designed to do.  When it comes out of the box, it may look a bit small, but trust us – the garment has a tremendous amount of stretch and the feel of the garment on is sure to please.   The Giordana Seamless Short Sleeve Base Layer is a great piece to add to your warm-weather riding gear, and right now, you can get it at 20% off retail price.  There’s no better time to try one out.

 

 

The Benefits Of Compression Cycling Gear

Thinking about getting into some compression cycling clothing?   It’s a good thing to be considering since the benefits are well worth the investment.  Fashioned after garments designed for diabetics with blood flow problems, compression cycling gear puts pressure on muscles to accelerate blood flow to the heart during hard efforts.  Many cyclists report less muscle fatigue and improved physical performance while using compression garments, and the quality of these garments is noticeably higher than their non-compression counterparts.   We’ll warn you, though, compression garments by design are very tight, so if that’s not your thing, you may want to consider other options.  But, if you can handle a second-skin feel, we think you’ll be impressed with the benefits compression cycling clothing has to offer.

Proprietary materials give the NX-G bibshorts Giordana's signature progressive gradual compression elements.

Proprietary materials give the NX-G bibshorts Giordana’s signature progressive gradual compression elements.

At Classic Cycling, we carry many brands that offer compression cycling clothing –Giordana’s new NX-G and EXO lines or Nalini’s Aeprolight line to name a few – and many at reduced prices.  So once you’ve decided to go for compression, come check us out at www.classiccycling.com today.

Le Col Cycling Apparel & Why We Love It

Lately, we’ve been seriously pushing Le Col. And we’d be willing to bet you’ve never heard of them.  So you might be wondering why we’ve been putting them in front of our customers so much?  The answer to that is pretty simple.  Because it’s awesome stuff.

First off, it’s made in Italy.  Second, it’s designed by pros.  That’s a pretty powerful one-two punch, and you can sense it when you take it out of the package.  Every detail of Le Col’s pieces seem a little more advanced than other brands.  The subtle sophistication of clean design, technology where it needs to be, advanced fabrics, and attention to detail – it all plays together to give riders a product that outperforms other cycling gear.  But don’t take our word for it.  Here’s what Yanto Barker, Le Col’s founder, has to say about his brand:

“At the top level of any sport, you have access to the best equipment and technical data to ensure that every dedicated drop of energy and time is rewarded with performance.  Outside the bubble of a pro team however, I found that kits lacked the specification to meet the ambitions of truly committed performance cyclists.  That’s why I created Le Col.  To convert my expertise and obsession with technical detail into beautiful performance kits that rewards any rider who shares my love and dedication to the sport.  After all, sharing knowledge and giving up for others is what drives all great riders, teams, and the entire sport forward.”

Le Col offers three collections  to choose from.  The Sport Collection offers a less racy cut and fit, and is designed to offer quality, function and style at an affordable price.  The Pro Collection, the longest running line in the brand, offers the culmination of hours of optimization for comfort, function and style.  Made from high end fabrics, the Pro Collection offers superior heat and moisture management, and the design will leave you completely satisfied with this fusion of function, price and quality.  And the HC Collection, the highest end offering from the brand, offers the ultimate combination of function, performance, and style.

We truly feel that Le Col is a brand that you don’t want to miss out on.  We’ve got all three collections  for you to try, and right now, select colors of the Le Col Pro Collection are 40% off.  We think it’s time that you find out for yourself what all the Le Col fuss is about here at Classic Cycling.

 

2016 Giordana Sport – Where The Past Meets The Present

There was a certain style that came with the iconic garments that were there at the beginning of cycling.  The look was super cool.  The technology, not so much.  But with the  2016 Giordana Sport Collection, that problem is completely solved.  With attention to supreme comfort and cutting-edge technology, the Sport Collection gives that nod to the retro look we all love so much, resulting in the ultimate combination of style and function.

Retro styling that shows that you know what a cobblestone means to cycling.

Retro styling that shows that you know what a cobblestone means to cycling.

The 2016 Giordana Sport Jersey is purposely designed for a relaxed fit and is made from an exclusive double-faced ceramic material that provides both UV and bacterial protection.  The bibshorts are made from HC50, a material that offers the properties and material structure of Lycra but has a look and feel that has a “barely there” feel against the skin.  The bibs also have the new u-shaped waist design and the modern straps that we talked about in our earlier Silverline post (read that here).

If you’re looking for subtle throwback styling and a retro look without sacrificing modern-day technology, we think the 2016 Giordana Sport Line is a perfect fit.  And you can shop the entire line at www.classiccycling.com.

Giordana NX-G The Next Generation Of Cycling Gear Is Here

Looking for something totally different?  Look no further than the completely new Giordana 2016 NX-G system.  Made with all new fabrics in all new facilities with all new focus on technology, Giordana calls the NX-G “the best kit we’ve ever made”.  And that’s huge.

Made from Thermal Bonding Technology, the construction gives the rider a lightweight second-skin fit, improved

The textured design of this jersey breaks the airflow and protects against UV rays.

The textured design of this jersey breaks the airflow and protects against UV rays.

aerodynamic performance, fabric that stays cool and dry and gives all over stretch, all while keeping the jersey in place without the need for elastic.  It’s like nothing you’ve every experienced before, and Giordana planned it that way.

The bibs are made from a proprietary compression material that reduces the number of seams on the leg.  The construction of the NX-G bibshort creates what Giordana calls “progressive gradual compression”, which gives each section of the leg and glutes an ergonomic and comfortable fit.

Proprietary materials give the NX-G bibshorts Giordana's signature progressive gradual compression elements.

Proprietary materials give the NX-G bibshorts Giordana’s signature progressive gradual compression elements.

The new NX-G is truly the next generation of cycling gear. We think you’ll find that these completely new garments to be well worth the investment.