TGIF is the day for a tribute to my Pfaff 96 sewing machine affectionately dubbed, 'the Panzer.'
We're currently producing a small batch of Piccolo inner tube pouches for a special order for a UK bike shop, and enjoying it with the help from the Panzer. I use it especially for rubber. I have much praise for this all mechanical machine. My Panzer can handle almost anything - effortlessly sewing through the tough rubber. It's super strong. After a session I take care to clean and lubricate it ... ready for more inner tubes.
Today, we received a wonderful email from Casey Robertson, co-founder of Caps Not Hats movement...
Great to see you guys supporting the CnH movement. I am the fellow who co-developed the project with Bill, and we had a great time with it during the summer Grand Tours. It's one of my favorite graphic projects to date, and what a great cause! Style must prevail!
Your cycling caps are fantastic. Let me know if there's anything I can help you with.
Casey has partnered up with Bicycle Magazine's Bill Strickland to take the traditional cycling cap and help push it front row center on the podium. Carolle and I are extremely happy for the acknowledgement and endeavour to continue on, if not persistently, creating fine, unique and classic cycling caps for everyone.
In the words of Casey Robertson, "Keep our sartorial heritage alive and well. Please join us in this movement... #capsnothats."
Yesterday, I decided to see our cycling caps, now available at the new Raiment Cycling Clothing (247 W. Broadway, Vancouver).
I walked into the new location about 4-times the size of the old shop formerly at Musette Caffe, and saw our well displayed cycling caps.
Our summer/fall/winter caps...
Raiment is on busy W. Broadway and I believe it has the right cycling exposure front and center next to their headquarters, La Bicicletta Pro Shop.
I had a nice chat with the friendly clerk and I'm proud to hear that our caps are both admired for their design and the importance they are locally produced. The same words echoed to me by owner, Kevin.
Next door to La Bicicletta Pro Shop...
I invite you to go visit Raiment Cycling Clothing and try on one of our Summer/Fall/Winter cycling caps - you'll want to add a few to your cycling kit.
A footnote: After my visit to Raiment I immediately posted on our Facebook page and shortly afterwards Chris posted, 'Just came in and picked up a winter cap. Cozy!'
Carolle and I have a certain 'Italian pride' for our limited edition Falling Leaves Cycling Cap.
We designed it based on Il Lombardia, 'la classica delle foglie morte' - the classic of the dead (falling) leaves. Made from black cotton/denim/spandex and a bold Italian tricolor under brim - we love the understated beauty.
Today is the 94th birthday of the 'Champion of Champions' Fausto Coppi. For us, Coppi is synonymous with dashing Italian cycling winning Lombardia a record 5-times (1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1954).
Here's to our Falling Leaves Cycling Cap and to the legendary Fausto Coppi!
This is our fourth year at the Make It Show. We're busy producing cycling caps for stock and having enough for the upcoming show in November. We will be at the new PNE venue and it promises to be a big locale. Just look at the photo of Jenna in the cavernous space.
As our Fall rush is upon us, today, we have a few custom orders for cycling caps.
Folks have asked us for 'special sizing' on our regular stocked caps - and it's not unusual. We can make caps over the 24" size, in fact, two customers requested over 24" that's X/L in our books. Contrary, we can make a cap smaller than S/M. In fact, we are currently making a SKA-licious cap size 19".
We normally supply our cycling caps in two general sizes: S/M (21-22.05") and M/L (22.5-24"). If you have a smaller or larger head, we are happy to make our caps to fit you!
For all custom orders... all you have to do is go here and click on...
For folks living in the lower mainland, you may notice that Raiment Cycling Clothing has moved out of Mussette Caffè to a new location at 247 W. Broadway, Vancouver.
We are very please to offer our uniquely handmade cycling caps to Raiment Cycling Clothing.
Also, Thomas of Musette Caffè is about to open his second cafe in Chinatown (October 21). And, we are happy to announce that Red Dots Cycling will be offering our cycling caps and re-cycled inner tube goodies at Vancouver's top bike friendly cafe!
Thank you to Christian Meier (Orica-GreenEdge) for this...
We are very proud and excited our cycling caps are now available from Hors Catégorie in Montréal!
Co-owner of the Montréal cycle shop, Fred Landry, posted this wonderful photo our new crop of Summer and Winter cycling caps.
After I tweeted with him, I'm happy to discover that our winter caps will also do double duty as X-country ski caps! Now, why didn't we think of that? So, with that in mind let's go further...
Carolle lived in Montréal, years ago, and she wished she had a winter cap on to walk her dog, Amy, in wintry Parc Lafontaine. I can attest to that, having lived in Montréal and endured their rather cold winters. I remember laboriously shoveling my stranded car out from 6 ft high snow bank. I must admit I never encountered that much snow growing up in Edmonton. A winter cap like ours, would've worked very well indeed.
If you live in or around Montréal, or plan on visiting that beautiful city, then go and say hi to the friendly staff of Hors Catégorie and buy one of our cycling caps that can be use for X-country skiing, walking your dog or just hanging out in!
Thank you to Italian Cycling Journal for a fantastic review on our Viva la Corsa Rosa and L'Enfer du Nord cap. Angelo writes passionately of Italian cycling and we have a soft spot of all things Italian too.
We made our Viva la Corsa Rosa to celebrate the Giro with a flourish of pink and the Italian tricolor finishing it off with Italian dots!