Rohan Clothes

Discussion in 'UK and Europe' started by Not Responding, Oct 8, 2005.

  1. In search of semi-formal clothes that can be cycled in, I'm looking in
    the direction of Rohan. Anyone have any knowledge of the practicality of
    their clobber?
     
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  2. vernon

    vernon Guest

    > In search of semi-formal clothes that can be cycled in, I'm looking in
    > the direction of Rohan. Anyone have any knowledge of the practicality of
    > their clobber?


    Expensive and resilient
     
  3. Not Responding <not@nowhere.dev.nul> writes:

    > In search of semi-formal clothes that can be cycled in, I'm looking
    > in the direction of Rohan. Anyone have any knowledge of the
    > practicality of their clobber?


    I've got a couple of pairs of upland trekkers. They're pretty
    comfortable and they dry really quickly. The pockets aren't exactly
    suited to keeping things in them when you're on a cycling position.
    Bags would be better.

    Chris
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    MARS Flight Crew http://www.mars.org.uk/
    UKRA #1108 Level 2 UYB
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  4. Mike Causer

    Mike Causer Guest

    On Sat, 08 Oct 2005 16:09:06 +0100, Not Responding wrote:

    > In search of semi-formal clothes that can be cycled in, I'm looking in the
    > direction of Rohan. Anyone have any knowledge of the practicality of their
    > clobber?


    I have several pairs of their trousers, shorts, and a light jacket. They
    are expensive, but hardwearing, windproof and dry very quickly after a
    wetting.


    Mike
     
  5. Nigel Cliffe

    Nigel Cliffe Guest

    Not Responding wrote:
    > In search of semi-formal clothes that can be cycled in, I'm looking in
    > the direction of Rohan. Anyone have any knowledge of the practicality
    > of their clobber?


    From the one item I repeat purchase from them (bags), does what the makers
    claim for it:
    light weight, easy care, easy wash, dries fast, fairly smart after being
    lugged around in a rucksac on a backpacking trip.

    As cycling garb, never tried, but don't see why you couldn't cycle in it.
    Would need bike-clips to avoid catching "bags" in the chain.



    - Nigel


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    Webmaster at http://www.2mm.org.uk/
     
  6. Tim Hall

    Tim Hall Guest

    On Sat, 8 Oct 2005 16:34:53 +0100, "Nigel Cliffe" <me@privacy.net>
    wrote:

    >Not Responding wrote:
    >> In search of semi-formal clothes that can be cycled in, I'm looking in
    >> the direction of Rohan. Anyone have any knowledge of the practicality
    >> of their clobber?

    >
    >From the one item I repeat purchase from them (bags), does what the makers
    >claim for it:
    >light weight, easy care, easy wash, dries fast, fairly smart after being
    >lugged around in a rucksac on a backpacking trip.
    >



    I've got a pair of britches wot I go bimbling in the mountains in.
    Lasted (fx: fingers and toes) blimey, at least 15 years so far.

    Worth every penny.

    No experience of any of their cycling stuff.



    Tim
     
  7. Peter Clinch

    Peter Clinch Guest

    Not Responding wrote:
    > In search of semi-formal clothes that can be cycled in, I'm looking in
    > the direction of Rohan. Anyone have any knowledge of the practicality of
    > their clobber?


    If you're suitably selective, pretty good. By "selective" I mean
    that not everything they do is really cut out for a bike, or at
    least not every bike. For example, their smart town mac wouldn't
    be too good on a road bike, but on a Brompton it should be fine,
    for exactly the same reason as any other mac (long coats and high
    crossbars don't mix very well).

    As long as the garment doesn't physically get in the way of the
    bike in the way a long mac will then you'll probably find the stuff
    as good as anything else, or better. The fabrics are tough, light,
    easy-care and are built to be packed, unpacked and lived in.

    Go and try some stuff on, and ask in the store how it will do.
    They have a pretty quibble-free guarantee if it turns out they're
    wrong and recommend something that Sucks Big Time: "All Rohan
    clothing and equipment is guaranteed.
    If you are not satisfied with the performance of one of our
    products, return it to Rohan head office or your nearest store for
    a repair, replacement or refund."

    Cheap they ain't, but they do have useful discounts every sale
    time. If you can wait until just after Christmas you might save a
    useful amount, but they only ever discount certain items and you
    can't guarantee what you're after will be included.

    Pete.
    --
    Peter Clinch Medical Physics IT Officer
    Tel 44 1382 660111 ext. 33637 Univ. of Dundee, Ninewells Hospital
    Fax 44 1382 640177 Dundee DD1 9SY Scotland UK
    net p.j.clinch@dundee.ac.uk http://www.dundee.ac.uk/~pjclinch/
     
  8. Peter Clinch wrote:

    >
    > Go and try some stuff on, and ask in the store how it will do. They have
    > a pretty quibble-free guarantee if it turns out they're wrong and
    > recommend something that Sucks Big Time: "All Rohan clothing and
    > equipment is guaranteed.
    > If you are not satisfied with the performance of one of our products,
    > return it to Rohan head office or your nearest store for a repair,
    > replacement or refund."
    >
    > Cheap they ain't, but they do have useful discounts every sale time. If
    > you can wait until just after Christmas you might save a useful amount,
    > but they only ever discount certain items and you can't guarantee what
    > you're after will be included.
    >


    Patience is not one of my virtues, I'm afraid. Having
    remembered/discovered that there is a Rohan shop in Chichester, only a
    20 minute rail journey from here, I'll pop in next week.
     
  9. Simon Brooke

    Simon Brooke Guest

    in message <4347da38$0$142$7b0f0fd3@reader.news.newnet.co.uk>, Not
    Responding ('not@nowhere.dev.nul') wrote:

    > In search of semi-formal clothes that can be cycled in, I'm looking in
    > the direction of Rohan. Anyone have any knowledge of the practicality
    > of their clobber?


    Yes.

    I used to be on the periphery of a group which used Rohan almost as a
    uniform (academics and technologists with climbing as a hobby).
    Personally I wear Rohan trousers and shorts, but not their tops, which I
    find on the whole too formal. The classic 'bags' trousers are brilliant
    - durable, pack very small, wash easily, dry very easily indeed, look
    smart at all times. The shorts are OK, but rather on the long side for
    my taste. Their classic shirts and smock-type tops also have the
    durability, packability and smartness benefits. The design and quality
    are very good.

    In summary, if you want something which is smart, easy to look after,
    durable, and can be worn into a business suit environment without
    appearing a complete standard issue droid clone, there's a lot to be
    said for it. Of course, you become a clone of another kind, but it's a
    somewhat more exclusive kind and, unlike a business suit, it doesn't
    carry the semiotic overload of dishonesty and deceit.

    --
    simon@jasmine.org.uk (Simon Brooke) http://www.jasmine.org.uk/~simon/

    ;; All in all you're just another nick in the ball
    -- Think Droid
     
  10. I bought some stuff at their 'factory shop' in the MacArthur Glen
    shopping centre at Street a year or two ago.
    TerryJ
     
  11. Peter Clinch

    Peter Clinch Guest

    jonestl@breathe.com wrote:
    > I bought some stuff at their 'factory shop' in the MacArthur Glen
    > shopping centre at Street a year or two ago.


    IIRC the Street store only deals in old lines rather than the
    current range. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing, Rohan have
    buggered up a few things I've really liked over the years by
    "improving" them...

    Pete.
    --
    Peter Clinch Medical Physics IT Officer
    Tel 44 1382 660111 ext. 33637 Univ. of Dundee, Ninewells Hospital
    Fax 44 1382 640177 Dundee DD1 9SY Scotland UK
    net p.j.clinch@dundee.ac.uk http://www.dundee.ac.uk/~pjclinch/
     
  12. Mike Sales

    Mike Sales Guest

    I gave up the idea of buying Rohan after reading their catalogue; I don't
    like people who boast about driving fast, especially in such a public place.
    This was some years ago.

    Mike Sales
     
  13. Andrew

    Andrew Guest

    "Simon Brooke" <simon@jasmine.org.uk> wrote in message
    news:0jml13-peq.ln1@gododdin.internal.jasmine.org.uk...

    > Of course, you become a clone of another kind, but it's a
    > somewhat more exclusive kind and, unlike a business suit, it doesn't
    > carry the semiotic overload of dishonesty and deceit.



    Huh! I wear a suit and tie everyday Simon (other than those days when I'm
    clad in Stewartry wheelers kit)
     
  14. Mike Sales

    Mike Sales Guest

    "Mike Sales" wrote in message >

    I gave up the idea of buying Rohan after reading their catalogue; I don't
    > like people who boast about driving fast, especially in such a public

    place.
    > This was some years ago.


    The public place I meant is the catalogue, it is implicit that the driving
    was on a public road. Sorry for lack of clarity.

    Mike Sales
     
  15. Peter Clinch

    Peter Clinch Guest

    Andrew wrote:
    > "Simon Brooke" <simon@jasmine.org.uk> wrote in message
    > news:0jml13-peq.ln1@gododdin.internal.jasmine.org.uk...
    >
    >
    >>Of course, you become a clone of another kind, but it's a
    >>somewhat more exclusive kind and, unlike a business suit, it doesn't
    >>carry the semiotic overload of dishonesty and deceit.


    > Huh! I wear a suit and tie everyday Simon (other than those days when I'm
    > clad in Stewartry wheelers kit)


    Rohan make suits, and at one point they even provided silk ties to go
    with them... So you can decide what sort of clone you are when wearing
    one of those! ;-)

    Pete.
    --
    Peter Clinch Medical Physics IT Officer
    Tel 44 1382 660111 ext. 33637 Univ. of Dundee, Ninewells Hospital
    Fax 44 1382 640177 Dundee DD1 9SY Scotland UK
    net p.j.clinch@dundee.ac.uk http://www.dundee.ac.uk/~pjclinch/
     
  16. Peter Clinch

    Peter Clinch Guest

    Mike Sales wrote:
    > "Mike Sales" wrote in message >
    >
    >> I gave up the idea of buying Rohan after reading their catalogue; I don't
    >> like people who boast about driving fast, especially in such a public
    >> place.

    >
    >>This was some years ago.


    > The public place I meant is the catalogue, it is implicit that the driving
    > was on a public road. Sorry for lack of clarity.


    How many "some years"? They've changed owners (at least) twice from the
    founding of the company, original founder (and rally driver IIRC) Paul
    Howcroft selling on to Clarks (the shoe people) during the great fashion
    for acquiring diverse business interests, and in the great fashion of
    selling them off to "concentrate on core business" it went to the
    current owners in the more recent past.

    So are the people you're moaning about the same people as the ones you
    won't do business with now?

    Pete.
    --
    Peter Clinch Medical Physics IT Officer
    Tel 44 1382 660111 ext. 33637 Univ. of Dundee, Ninewells Hospital
    Fax 44 1382 640177 Dundee DD1 9SY Scotland UK
    net p.j.clinch@dundee.ac.uk http://www.dundee.ac.uk/~pjclinch/
     
  17. Simon Brooke

    Simon Brooke Guest

    in message <1128892600.25010.0@damia.uk.clara.net>, Andrew
    ('NOSPAMPLEASEacrooks@freeuk.com') wrote:

    > "Simon Brooke" <simon@jasmine.org.uk> wrote in message
    > news:0jml13-peq.ln1@gododdin.internal.jasmine.org.uk...
    >
    >> Of course, you become a clone of another kind, but it's a
    >> somewhat more exclusive kind and, unlike a business suit, it doesn't
    >> carry the semiotic overload of dishonesty and deceit.

    >
    > Huh! I wear a suit and tie everyday Simon (other than those days when
    > I'm clad in Stewartry wheelers kit)


    Yeah, well, what does that tell us... :p

    But, seriously, so do politicians, financial products salesmen, and
    others of that ilk.

    --
    simon@jasmine.org.uk (Simon Brooke) http://www.jasmine.org.uk/~simon/

    Due to financial constraints, the light at the end of the tunnel
    has been switched off.
     
  18. Mike Sales

    Mike Sales Guest

    "Peter Clinch" wrote in message
    > > "Mike Sales" wrote in message >
    > >
    > >> I gave up the idea of buying Rohan after reading their catalogue; I

    don't
    > >> like people who boast about driving fast, especially in such a public
    > >> place.

    > >
    > >>This was some years ago.

    >
    > > The public place I meant is the catalogue, it is implicit that the

    driving
    > > was on a public road. Sorry for lack of clarity.

    >
    > How many "some years"? They've changed owners (at least) twice from the
    > founding of the company, original founder (and rally driver IIRC) Paul
    > Howcroft selling on to Clarks (the shoe people) during the great fashion
    > for acquiring diverse business interests, and in the great fashion of
    > selling them off to "concentrate on core business" it went to the
    > current owners in the more recent past.
    >
    > So are the people you're moaning about the same people as the ones you
    > won't do business with now?
    >
    > Pete.
    > --


    It does seem I'm out of date. Why do you moan about that?

    Mike Sales
     
  19. Mike Causer

    Mike Causer Guest

    On Mon, 10 Oct 2005 08:47:20 +0100, Peter Clinch wrote:


    > How many "some years"? They've changed owners (at least) twice from the
    > founding of the company, original founder (and rally driver IIRC) Paul
    > Howcroft


    Died in a road accident in his Lotus Elan historic rally car IIARC.



    Mike
     
  20. JBB

    JBB Guest

    "Mike Causer" <mikec@firstnamelastname.com.invalid> wrote in message
    news:pan.2005.10.10.18.27.23.983449@firstnamelastname.com.invalid...
    > On Mon, 10 Oct 2005 08:47:20 +0100, Peter Clinch wrote:
    >
    >
    >> How many "some years"? They've changed owners (at least) twice from the
    >> founding of the company, original founder (and rally driver IIRC) Paul
    >> Howcroft

    >
    > Died in a road accident in his Lotus Elan historic rally car IIARC.
    >
    >
    >
    > Mike
    >


    I thought it was a Lamcia Fulvio. He had already lost some control of the
    company by then following his divorce. All a bit sad really. I still have my
    original pair of Bags although I no longer fit them! The quality of the
    material is superb - better than the later models which I still use.

    Julia
     
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