Holiday Gift Guide – Rapha Pro Team Thermal Bib Shorts

I’ll never forget my first pair of thermal shorts—I still have them, in fact. Traditionally a pro-only garment, fleece lined bibs are slowly gaining a foothold in many companies’ product lines. A new addition to their own autumn/winter line, Rapha’s Pro Team Thermal Bib Shorts offer a high-end option for those looking to take the thermal plunge. I’ve been pairing them with the new Merino Knee Warmers (and a little bit of an embro) on days when I previously would have worn tights. (Folks who ride in winters more “cool” than “cold” should grab a pair.) If my wallet makes it through the holiday relatively unscathed, I might even pick-up an extra set for myself, as I have a feeling I’ll wear these out by April.

And best of all, they come with a tiny tub of Rapha’s Chamois Cream—a nice little sample of a quality product (and a perfect TSA-approved travelling companion).

Pros: As you’re likely to wear them in foul weather, there’s nothing more appropriate than black.

Peeves: Me, for posting this after the passing of Rapha’s pre-Holiday shipping deadline—but order anyway; you’ll be glad have them when the New Year rolls around.

About Whit

My experiences might easily fit many cycling fans' definitions of “living the dream.” Since getting hooked on the sport watching Lance Armstrong win the 1993 U.S. Pro Championship, I've raced as an amateur on Belgian cobbles, traveled Europe to help build a European pro team, and piloted that team from Malaysia to Mont Ventoux. As a former assistant director sportif with Mercury-Viatel, I've also seen the less dreamy side of the sport – the side rife with broken contracts, infighting, and positive dope tests. These days, I live with my lovely wife in Pennsylvania and share my experiences and views on the sport at Bicycling Magazine, the Embrocation Cycling Journal, and at my own site, Pavé.
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