Formed in June 09, Here Come the Belgians is a non-elite anti-team celebrating all things cross, cobbled and Belgian.
Seeking a different experience to the traditional cycling club, its aim is to harness the energy of a vibrant internet cycling community with grass roots racing and riding based around Cyclocross and Spring Classics. There is no race programme in the style of a racing team, more a collection of individual experiences through rides and racing, in whatever location a member may be, that all can share in and contribute toward.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

SUITable or not?

With our Belgians getting more and more succesful, it seems a time might come, where I may switch into a management position. (Basically this means too old, too slow and too much chocolade to ride).
Managment means wearing a suit - but how to carry a suit in style, while riding a race bike? Slicks claims to offer the solution with the Suit 25.

The suit is placed on a hanger in a bag like the normal suit bags, but folded twice to fit. Apart from the suit shoes are needed, also a tea set for afternoon tea und some small change.

And one can also fit in a laptop, between suit and back. So for a test I placed in all my goods and went out on a bike.

First thing: This back pack is heavy. 2.6 kg, 1.8 kg without the removable suit bag.
Second thing: The placement of the laptop is PITB, pain in the back. First thing in the train station I did was positioning the laptop inside on top of the suit.

After that change things were much more comfortable.

Final thoughts: So is this my back pack of choice?

Maybe for a short burst from the City to Canary Wharf and back, about the distance of my test ride, but for longer distances I do not think so. Well, it does carry your outfit in style, including a suit, which is the stand alone feature and it has lots of functionality, but is just not a racers back pack. It does have some potential but needs some major rework, like weight and positioning of laptop.

The Slicks did cost me close to 120 GBP, including a 15 GBP discount and 15 GBP postage. This time it was a pretty close decision of returning the item to get back the money or not.

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