Rapha fans - how does this make you feel?

I am the god of hell fire
edited May 2011 in Road buying advice
https://www.rapha.cc/shop/imperial-work ... -img1-_-iw

I can confirm that a jersey in the sale does not make you eligible :)

I like Rapha, and I genuinely approve of what they put back into the sport

However I do have a curiosity about how much you have to spend to be one of their special friends and what exactly you are offered that the regular plebs who they dont love as much but are still happy to sell expensive kit to can get :)

Anyone?
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  • Chip \'oyler
    Chip \'oyler Posts: 2,323
    It's classic Marketing. You are intrigued by these products, you want to be part of something exclusive, you don't want to feel left out. So you buy more product to become part of this exclusive club.
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  • flasher
    flasher Posts: 1,734
    Doubt I'm eligible, with the 3 pairs of socks I've bought!

    We all know it's over priced, but if that's how someone wants to spend their money, go for it!
  • mroli
    mroli Posts: 3,622
    Doesn't bother me - not being given access to their stuff means that I can't buy it and therefore save money. Besides, there is enough stuff on their website that I lust after anyway.
  • pearcey
    pearcey Posts: 10
    Does anyone know how much you have to spend to be invited?
  • ShutUpLegs
    ShutUpLegs Posts: 3,522
    Alot
  • orbeaorca
    orbeaorca Posts: 246
    pearcey wrote:
    Does anyone know how much you have to spend to be invited?

    Well I have spent about £500 since xmas and no invite for me so I dread to think how much an invite costs.
  • cornerblock
    cornerblock Posts: 3,228
    Story of my life! No trainers, not tonight mate, were full, private function, you do know it's a gay club :shock: . So now those of us that wear 'ordinary' Rapha' have a group to shake our heads at and say " HOW MUCH? You must be mad!" I like it. :)
  • ShutUpLegs
    ShutUpLegs Posts: 3,522
    orbeaorca wrote:
    pearcey wrote:
    Does anyone know how much you have to spend to be invited?

    Well I have spent about £500 since xmas and no invite for me so I dread to think how much an invite costs.

    How do you find the beanie hat?
  • orbeaorca
    orbeaorca Posts: 246
    ShutUpLegs wrote:
    orbeaorca wrote:
    pearcey wrote:
    Does anyone know how much you have to spend to be invited?

    Well I have spent about £500 since xmas and no invite for me so I dread to think how much an invite costs.

    How do you find the beanie hat?

    :lol:
  • Pseudonym
    Pseudonym Posts: 1,032
    it's Rapha's way of separating the 'wannabes' from the 'genuine tossers'.....
  • bendertherobot
    bendertherobot Posts: 11,684
    Pseudonym wrote:
    it's Rapha's way of separating the 'wannabes' from the 'genuine tossers'.....

    Which one of those has to spend the most? :lol:
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  • Crankbrother
    Crankbrother Posts: 1,695
    Even i'm apalled by how they have presented that ... At least they're honest about being so kunty ...
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    Tbh, I've had a look at the range and it's ok.

    There's a jersey made from sportwool but the lamb from which it comes has been genetically bred to produce a perfect 60%/40% ratio of wool/polyester. They are also mainly black with a White band on one leg and a little pink nose.

    There is a mahogany presentation box of Rapha energy gels, two different flavours, 'beluga' and foie gras.

    The new bibshorts have a tweed chamois so you too can enjoy the nostalgic suffering, evocative of the third week of a grand tour in the days before chamois cream.
  • bendertherobot
    bendertherobot Posts: 11,684
    The "tour" jersey is going to be a big seller I reckon. Proper heavyweight wool but with an old tyre sewed over the shoulders for that "early tour" look.
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  • thegreatdivide
    thegreatdivide Posts: 5,803
    Pseudonym wrote:
    the 'genuine tossers'.....

    = 12 min 18 sec in (if you can be arsed) http://www.rapha.cc/rapha-continental-the-movie



    i must give them credit though - it's a lovely looking film and the tracks they chose are excellent. but the shite they're talking...
  • Zoomer37
    Zoomer37 Posts: 725
    edited May 2011
    Nice vid. They really love the gravel
  • rc856
    rc856 Posts: 1,144
    NapoleonD wrote:
    Tbh, I've had a look at the range and it's ok.

    There's a jersey made from sportwool but the lamb from which it comes has been genetically bred to produce a perfect 60%/40% ratio of wool/polyester. They are also mainly black with a White band on one leg and a little pink nose.

    There is a mahogany presentation box of Rapha energy gels, two different flavours, 'beluga' and foie gras.

    The new bibshorts have a tweed chamois so you too can enjoy the nostalgic suffering, evocative of the third week of a grand tour in the days before chamois cream.
    :lol:
  • MattJPaul
    MattJPaul Posts: 95
    That video was actually incredibly inspiring, though the fact that it was essentially a long ad for Rapha clothing kinda took the shine off it.

    My girlfriend and I travelled NZ from top to bottom in a van and I saw countless numbers of cyclists clearly stocked to be travelling a similar distance. I was more jealous of them.
  • 2Phat4Rapha
    2Phat4Rapha Posts: 238
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    I may be a minority of one but that doesn't prevent me from being right.
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  • benjboy
    benjboy Posts: 258
    Rapha just shite.... Move on nothing to see here..... :twisted: .
    Keep the chain tight all the way.
  • cornerblock
    cornerblock Posts: 3,228
    benjboy wrote:
    Rapha just shite.... Move on nothing to see here..... :twisted: .

    What is the worst item you have ever bought from Rapha? Really curious.
  • benjboy
    benjboy Posts: 258
    Over priced really over priced it's cycling clothes over priced simple..
    Keep the chain tight all the way.
  • ShutUpLegs
    ShutUpLegs Posts: 3,522
    benjboy wrote:
    Over priced really over priced it's cycling clothes over priced simple..

    Compared to what, assos, castelli :?:
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    If it's overpriced then no one will buy it and they'll go out of business.
  • cornerblock
    cornerblock Posts: 3,228
    benjboy wrote:
    Over priced really over priced it's cycling clothes over priced simple..

    It is expensive, no doubt about that.Over. Shite it is not. Over. If you cannot afford it or would never spend that kind of money on cycling clothes, well that's one thing, but to call it shite is.....well shite. Roger Over and Out.
  • benjboy
    benjboy Posts: 258
    No because some one /people will find it nice and will pay what they are are asking.(ie i like it i want it i will buy it).I think it is not worth it ..
    Keep the chain tight all the way.
  • benjboy
    benjboy Posts: 258
    What do you have to spend to become a SPECIAL MEMBER......
    Keep the chain tight all the way.
  • warrior4life
    warrior4life Posts: 925
    I know a guy who buys loads of assos and rapha.
    He's stroppy like a 12 yr old girl, treats sportives as races and says he doesn't race because hes to competitive. (It makes no sense to me)
    He says rapha is all about passion, i say if your passionate about cycling it doesnt matter what you wear.

    I do like some rapha stuff but Rapha wearers seem to be a little elitist.
  • cornerblock
    cornerblock Posts: 3,228
    benjboy wrote:
    No because some one /people will find it nice and will pay what they are are asking.(ie i like it i want it i will buy it).I think it is not worth it ..

    So which item are you most dissapointed with? The items I have bought made me think that I was mad to pay that price initially, but the quality of the thing has made me realise it will last for years and so is money well spent. So come on, which item has made you decide that "I think it is not worth it" . Really curious.
  • 2Phat4Rapha
    2Phat4Rapha Posts: 238
    <pedantry>
    Over and Out.

    "Over" = I'm waiting for your reply.

    "Out" = I've finished speaking altogether and I'm off.

    You can't do both. :wink:

    </pedantry>
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