Rapha announces casual Mechanic Collection

Raphas Mechanic Collection is for the wrench turning and grease loving

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The Rapha Mechanic Collection.

If you race or ride regularly chances are you get your hands covered in grease on the regular. Whether that’s from cleaning cassettes or tearing apart a fork, you’re working on making the ride better. Rapha’s new Mechanics Collection is devoted to the wrench turning garage tech in all of us.

The Rapha Mechanics collection is created to cope with the sort of abuse faced in precisely this environment, that would leave other clothing in tatters. Informed by bike builders and mechanics from the EF Education First Pro Cycling, Focus, Genesis and Feather Cycles, Rapha has researched pocket angles, reinforced stitching points, and most useful tool loops for clothing that is fit for purpose. Most importantly, together, Rapha has determined which fabrics offer the most durability to create a collection that looks incredible and more than meets the demands of everyday use in the workshop.


MECHANICS TROUSERS RELAXED FIT

Heavy-duty loose-cut trousers with workshop-friendly features. Our Mechanics Trousers are designed to withstand daily abuse faced by the grit and grime of the workshop. Made with a robust twill fabric with a natural mechanical and a relaxed cut, allowing for unrestricted freedom of movement. The front pockets are angled for easy access to tools while enamel-coated Rivets reinforce the corners for durability. Rapha also lined the front pockets with ripstop cotton for added strength. The two rear pockets are reinforced along the bottom and the top edge with the same ripstop fabric. Back pockets also feature a 3D embroidered Pro Team logo on the left and a tool divider on the right. Price: $150


MECHANICS TROUSERS SLIM FIT

Heavy-duty trousers with workshop-friendly features. Our Mechanics Trousers are designed to withstand daily abuse faced by the grit and grime of the workshop. Made with a robust twill fabric that features a natural mechanical stretch and a slim cut similar to our Randonnée Trousers. The front pockets are angled for easy access to tools while enamel-coated rivets reinforce the corners for durability. The front pockets are lined with ripstop cotton for added durability. The two rear pockets are reinforced along the bottom and the top edge with the same ripstop fabric. Back pockets also feature a 3D embroidered Pro Team logo on the left and a tool divider on the right. Price: $USD 110


MECHANICS T-SHIRT

A loose-fitting T-shirt with added weft for touch days on the tools. Made from a heavy 260gsm cotton to better cope with daily wear and abrasion, the Mechanics T-shirt is cut with the same relaxed fit as the Logo range for unrestricted freedom of movement. Rapha’s incorporated a chunky hem and cuffs, while contrast is added with a herringbone neck tape. Price: $55


MECHANICS SHIRT


A mechanic’s day can be long and grimy, placing heavy demands on the clothing he wears. The Mechanics Shirt is designed to stand up to the daily filth and abrasion of the workshop environment. A ripstop cotton construction to prevent tears from spreading and a relaxed fit to allow you freedom of movement. Snap cuffs allow the sleeves to be rolled up when it’s time to get your hands dirty. A chest pocket is perfectly proportioned for a smartphone and features a convenient tool divider and reinforced top edge to prevent damage. Rubberized buttons allow for removal with the oiliest hands, and a hanging loop allows for storage. Price: $55


MECHANICS LONG-SLEEVED T-SHIRT

Made from a heavy 260gsm cotton to better cope with daily wear and abrasion, the Mechanics T-shirt is cut with the same relaxed fit as the Logo range for unrestricted freedom of movement. We’ve incorporated a chunky hem and cuffs, while contrast is added with a herringbone neck tape. The 3D embroidered Pro Team bars nod to our on-bike racewear. Price: $65


MECHANICS DENIM


Sturdy denim jeans optimized for life in the workshop. Denim was created for the toughest jobs, and that’s why it has long been a mechanic’s favorite. Rapha’s Mechanics jeans are optimized for workshop duties, with a tight 12.75oz denim produced by the long-established American mill, Cone. The jeans have been given a rinse treatment for a softer worn-in feel, and a loose fit allows for freedom of movement. Through input from professional bike builders and mechanics, we have created angled front pockets which give easy access to tools and are lined with ripstop cotton to prevent damage. A reinforced woven waistband features jacquard logos on the inside and a rubberized patch on the outside. One of the back pockets obscures a hidden Pro Team logo embroidered onto the inside, which will gradually imprint on the outside of the pocket with wear. Price: $110


MECHANICS JACKET


A tough jacket created with input from career mechanics. For the toughest jobs in the workshop, Rapha created the Mechanics Jacket. Made in the spirit of traditional workwear, the jacket is constructed from heavyweight cotton twill with a little extra stretch to allow freedom of movement. Rapha took input from lifelong mechanics to incorporate several workshop-specific features including three spacious pockets for tools lined with ripstop cotton to guard against damage. Each pouch is reinforced with enamel-coated rivets while the chest pocket including a tool divider is proportioned for a smartphone. Quick-release poppers at the cuffs allow you to roll sleeves up away from oily components. An oversized zip pull and an integrated hanger loop allow for easy removal, no matter how dirty the job has been. Price: $115


You can view the full collection here along with the Rapha Fall Collection.
About the author: Jordan Villella

Jordan comes from the steep streets of Pittsburgh PA, where he learned to dodge cars and rip single track. He has been involved in nearly every aspect of the cycling industry: from turning wrenches, store design, clothing production and bike park creation. Jordan spends his free time racing cross country and cyclocross around North America, though he has been know to enduro every now and then. His love of cycling is only second to his love of his family and punk rock.


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