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Old 06-05-18, 10:53 AM
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Rapha Crit Series - Number Placement

I was looking at Rapha's "Crit Collection" and found their approach to bib # placement interesting.

https://www.rapha.cc/us/en_US/shop/c...roduct/PCR01XX

There is no pinning but as the placement is low and only on the back (Pro Peloton) I doubt it would fly at the local crit/officials review.

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Looks pimp, I want one
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I'm not cool enough to wear any Rapha stuff. Maybe if I grew a handlebar mustache....
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Those numbers look really hard to see. Is the covering iridescent as well?
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Those numbers look really hard to see. Is the covering iridescent as well?
That was my thought as well.
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Originally Posted by rubiksoval View Post
Those numbers look really hard to see. Is the covering iridescent as well?
It does appear that way.

Iridescent film/mesh aside, I think the placement (back and low) is even more of deterrent for this to fly in a local crit.

I like the concept but not sure it works in practice.


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Originally Posted by furiousferret View Post
I'm not cool enough to wear any Rapha stuff. Maybe if I grew a handlebar mustache....
LOL - while mostly true, I do find some of their items very functional.
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Don't know why they wouldn't just use a clear plastic cover like the nopinz guys do.

I can't imagine there are any officials that would be okay with that setup.
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There's no way that would fly in NCNCA.
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Saw this on bikerumor today.. First point, I've never done a race where they want numbers like that. (I know that's how pro races do it.. but lets be honest pro racers have no say over their kit) Two, you can't see **** through those mesh "windows." Not gonna fly for any race that has a camera.

I love the designs and the concept, but it's like they've never talked to a race official or promoter...
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Pretty sure this is intended to be worn in a knife fight, so normal rules probably don't apply.
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Hell, I"m only a 3 and I don't have say over my kit, if I want race reimbursement and a free one for next year
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Pretty sure this is intended to be worn in a knife fight, so normal rules probably don't apply.

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I'm not cool enough to wear any Rapha stuff. Maybe if I grew a handlebar mustache....
Is that like body hair caught in the bar tape? Seems gross.
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Pretty sure this is intended to be worn in a knife fight, so normal rules probably don't apply.
as I get older and crankier my race rides are all knife fights now.
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Dave Towle threw out "knife fight" last night in announcing the Tulsa Tough race...I think the 3s race? It didn't make any sense in the context he used it in, based off what the real meaning seems to be, which also makes pretty much zero sense either.
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If it were mounted more to the side, this might actually be better than the No Pinz clear plastic. A major reason why the officials hate it when we crumple the numbers is that it creates a bunch of reflective surfaces that produce glare for the cameras. If the mesh reduces glare, it might actually make the numbers easier to read.
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Originally Posted by tobukog View Post
If it were mounted more to the side, this might actually be better than the No Pinz clear plastic. A major reason why the officials hate it when we crumple the numbers is that it creates a bunch of reflective surfaces that produce glare for the cameras. If the mesh reduces glare, it might actually make the numbers easier to read.
Funny because I've had officals and promoters tell me the exact opposite. Crumpled numbers have less glare, but if crumpled wrong can be harder to see on camera.
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