Posts Tagged ‘Italian cool


Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Cycling Caps

chicago capI don’t know if cycling caps are currently cool or not (all I know is that hot pink is apparently the new black), but with my particularly ambivalent brand of “whatever works” style and a few dollars burning a hole in my pocket, I’ve decided it’s time to add a few pieces to the wardrobe.

But general fashion concerns aside, there’s the question of what to get in the first place. I feel like I should say something here like, “picking the right cap says a lot about a person,” but that would insinuate that I actually know. Personally, I’ve always loved the racing style of pro team caps, but would feel like a poseur pulling up at the local club ride and pretending that my fat ass just got back from Milram training camp.

[Note: looking cool and being a poseur are two related but theoretically distinct concerns in the fashion world.]

That said, my sources do tell me that retro/vintage team caps are now acceptable, thanks to the latest innovations in ironic fashion. I’m leaning towards a classic Team BiC cap to pay tribute to Luis Ocaña, or the retro Reynolds model to channel Big Mig, but there are a wide variety of classic, extinct team caps to choose from that should keep you out of the poseur police’s crosshairs.

If you’d prefer to sidestep the delicate business of declaring your loyalties with your head, Cognition Caps out of Madison, Wisconsin is producing a solid line of handmade cycling caps, including the smooth Chitown tribute shown above; coming in at $24, they won’t break the bank either.

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Sleep Tight, Little Ivan Basso

Ivan Basso's senior photo

Ivan Basso's senior photo

Tomorrow’s a big day, little Ivan, a real big one. You’ll be flying the Liquigas flag in this year’s running of the Liège-Bastogne-Liège, a 117-year old institution that cycling writers are still tripping all over themselves to call the Grand Maid or Dame or Whatever. It’s a long day in the saddle — 261 km — and you need your rest to notch a big win that could give you a lot of momentum heading into summer (nothing personal, Giro del Trentino).

Thanks for hitting the hay early, buddy, and letting us know via Twitter:

ivanbasso Im in liegi.. I go to sleep tomorrow LBL.

If only you were Belgian, you might actually have a shot at winning this thing.

[NOTE: since cycling is still a second-class sport in America, we’re limited to a half-hour recap of the race on Versus. 3:30 EST]

[Liège wraps up classics season – VeloNews]


Bike Dreams: Bianchi Vigorelli

2009 Bianchi Vigorelli

2009 Bianchi Vigorelli

Don’t misundertand me — the newest crop of carbon racing bikes are drool-worthy machines that showcase just what bike builders are capable of doing these days. I would love to fly down the road on a featherlight carbon frame and look back at all the suckers behind me, trying to keep up. But to be honest, I still have this secret love inside my soul for steel-framed bikes.

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