Customer Appreciation Night at Liberty Bicycles

Liberty Bicycles in Asheville, NC sure do know how to take care of their customers. Last night they held a customer appreciate party for their cycling community. They did it right with tasty food, local beer and product giveaways. We had a blast.

Edge eVent Jacket Put To The Test

Hincapie Sportswear's Chief Product Tester revels in finding extreme conditions for our apparel. While few of us will endure what George demanded of clothing at Northern Europe's Spring Classics, we mortals still want top performing cycling apparel when conditions take a turn for the worse.

Chief Product Tester George Hincapie at work

Last weekend's Gold Country Fondo was such as circumstance. Dry and mild at the start, it soon began to rain and the temperature dropped, making for a long day in the saddle. Hincapie Ambassador Kevin Metcalfe was on hand and had the opportunity to put our Edge eVent Jacket to his own test. Here's what he had to say:

I've had a number of different cycling rain jackets over the course of my 30 years of cycling. Everything from nylon wind shells to clear plastic rain capes to several different versions of the breathable rain proof jacket. The most recent of them is my new Hincapie Edge eVent Jacket.

Two of our best rain garments: Elemental on left, Edge on right

Plastic rain capes were good at keeping the rain off, at least until they broke and cracked from age. Of course since they didn't breathe at all, you got almost as wet on the inside from the build-up of your sweat. GoreTex jackets were a big improvement being breathable, durable and waterproof. But they still eventually leaked water. My new Hincapie jacket has performed amazingly well. Here in California we've had a pretty mild winter and I've only needed to use it twice. The second time was last Saturday at the Gold Country Gran Fondo where the last four hours of our ride was in the rain, riding in a pace line getting sprayed by the riders in front of me and even the occasional splash from a passing car driving through a puddle.

Kevin Metcalfe and George Hincapie give the Edge eVent a thorough rain test

When I got back to my car at the end of the Gran Fondo and took my Hincapie jacket off, the inside was DRY. After a quick shake all the water beaded up on the outside was gone and it was practically ready to pack away for next time. By the end I was one of the few guys who was still comfortably warm. Many of the other guys were in various stages of hypothermia.

This jacket is my new favorite piece of kit. I am quite happy to leave it in my closet and enjoy the nice California weather, but when it's nasty out this is the first piece of clothing that goes into my ride bag. I love this jacket.

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We love customer feedback but this one takes it up a notch

Nothing makes our Monday morning better than hearing positive customer feedback. And when a member of Super Squadra says "The shorts make me feel like angels are caressing me," well, that takes it to a whole other level.

The 2014 Spring Series Road Courses

Edge eVent Jacket

Most local racers know the Greenville Spring Training Series road race courses like the backs of their hands. The SCTAC course is the location of Greenville’s Tuesday Night World Championship, so some old timers have probably ridden the 7.2 mile loop close to a thousand times. However, there are always racers new to the series who want to do their homework beforehand. Nobody wants to show up to race and be surprised by a two mile 10% grade climb five miles into it. (We promise there isn’t one of those in any of our races.) To help first timers out, we’ve compiled Strava segments for each of the road race courses featured in this year’s series. So, take a few minutes to review the climbs and turns and pick the strategic spot to make your attack.

We’re also going to offer a challenge this year. If at the end of the series there is a new KOM on the SCTAC (Donaldson) or River Falls segment that was earned during one of the races, we’ll give the new King of the Mountain a Hincapie Edge eVent Jacket valued at $270. Good luck!


Hincapie Sportswear's Spring 2014 Collection Caters to All Types of Riders and Triathletes

We're pleased to present our 2014 Spring Collection with clothing to please every type of rider, from the weekend racer to Gran Fondo riders to cyclists and triathletes who want to maximize performance. New across much of the Spring 2014 line are ProGrip arm and leg bands for added comfort and performance, plus other items designed especially for high performance and hot conditions.

Updated Signature Jersey and New Signature Bibshort — This high performance kit was created for spirited cycling enthusiasts seeking the finest materials and construction. The lightweight, top-of-the-line Signature Jersey is designed for speed with aerodynamic Tour Tek™ Lite fabric, which also wicks moisture and provides cooling properties along with TurboMesh™ and Scholler coldblack® panels. A zippered, waterproof pocket protects valuables.

The climate-regulated Signature Bibshort is made to withstand wind, heat, and the elements. The durable, super-opaque AT1 Superstruct™ Lycra® Power and MachSpeed™ panels provide a supple, supportive fit. The ultra aero Deflector™ fabric on the side panels provides optimal wind resistance and the comfortable power stretch IllusionMesh™ upper wicks moisture away from the body.

Both the jersey and the bibshorts are made from strategically placed Resistex® Carbon panels to help lower temperature, heart rate and lactic acid concentration in muscles. They also utilize new ProGrip arm and leg bands and reflective treatment for enhanced visibility.

Vantage Jersey, Bib Short, Arm and Knee Warmers — The new Vantage Jersey is durable and race-inspired but designed for everyday comfort. The aerodynamic pattern and elastic TourTek™ fabric hugs the body to reduce drag and maximize performance while wicking moisture away from the skin. The Accelerator™ stretch mesh provides flexible ventilation and quick drying performance. The updated ProGrip™ arm bands, another innovative feature, provide enhanced comfort.

The Vantage Bibshort is made from durable, 225 gsm AT2 Tour™ Lycra® Power, which provides compressive support to stabilize muscles and reduce fatigue. The Lightweight TourTek™ Compressor moves and conforms to the body for the perfect fit while the soft, aerating power stretch Diamond™ Mesh upper dries quickly to help regulate temperature.

Completing the Vantage kit are warmers, gloves, and caps, made from the most innovative technology to keep moisture away from the body.

Revamped Edge Jersey and Bibshort—Designed for the weekend racer, the super lightweight and aerodynamic Edge Jersey has a race-inspired fit and is the ideal choice for hotter days. Soft, TourTek™ Lite fabric wicks moisture away from the skin and also hugs the body to reduce drag and maximize performance.

Like the Edge Jersey, the Edge Bibshort keeps the rider cool and comfortable while riding in the hottest conditions. It combines style, performance, and comfort with the ultimate in technology. The moisture-wicking AT2 Force™ Lycra® Power with coldblack® construction hugs and moves with the body for the perfect fit. The soft, aerating power stretch Diamond™ Mesh upper dries quickly to help regulate temperature while the sleek ProGrip™ comfort leg bands prevent legs from riding up.

Most of Hincapie's apparel has an SPF of 30+ to 50+, providing superior protection against UVA and UVB rays. Proprietary Schoeller® coldblack® finish technology, which reflects heat away from the body to regulate temperature, is used in many of Hincapie's apparel items. Apparel also is designed for high visibility and many of the items in the line have three rear back pockets including a zippered waterproof security pocket that protects valuables from moisture.

Women's Apparel—For 2014 Hincapie is introducing the Chantilly Jersey, an elegant and stylish jersey that works hard wicking moisture, blocking UV rays, and enhancing comfort. Made with an aerodynamic pattern, the Chantilly Jersey is crafted from a super-fine, elastic TourTek™ fabric that hugs the body to reduce drag while it wicks moisture away from the skin. One of the jersey's most innovative features is the addition of a third back pocket thanks to a “stacked” construction where the third pocket is stitched inside the two exteriors.

The Chantilly Short, a responsive, compressive short that enhances performance and conforms comfortably to the body with supple support, is an ideal pairing to the jersey. It features durable, 225 gram AT2 Tour™ Lycra™ Power to stabilize muscles and reduce fatigue. Matching arm and knee warmers also are available.

Triathlon Apparel—The Fluid Plus Tri Top now offers new lighter fabric and features ergonomic paneling while the Fluid Plus Tri Skinsuit features Hincapie Gel-grip leg openings and two gel pockets for men and one for women.

Hincapie also has updated the Flow Triathlon series thanks to input from the pro triathletes that Hincapie supports. The Flow Tri Top and Flow Tri Suits (both men's and women's) are now a lighter weight version using RaceFlow Lite with Acqua Zero Technology with 170 gsm instead of 240 gsm for increased comfort and to help triathletes feel as cool as possible. The Flow Tri Shorts and Flow Tri Suits also now have inner panels made from a dyed black fabric with increased abrasion resistance to improve the life of the garment.

Other new features include the Tri Sports Bra to keep women athletes comfortable and dry, no matter how grueling the race or how variable the weather.  The Flow Sun Sleeve, also a new addition, helps female riders stay dry and comfortable and protects against harmful UV rays. The ergonomic pattern with articulated elbows fits the body in ride position.

Hincapie Sportswear apparel is available in leading cycling and triathlon stores and online at www.Hincapie.com. Visit www.Facebook.com/HincapieSportswear, and Twitter.com/HincapieSports for more the latest news and information.

Vantage Jerseys and Bib Shorts
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