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New prices released

RG logoIf you haven’t seen already, we’ve been working hard on our new prices this weekend. We’ve also identified a few product lines that we will be discontinuing and you can see these specials on our home page. Our aim has been to simplify some of our pricing and ensure that it is consistent. A big change that we are very proud of is that there will no longer be a surcharge for the larger sizes! We just want to offer you our range of excellent products at a more competitive price. The clothing will continue to be proudly made in North America with the same high standards you’ve come to expect from Reverse Gear. We will still offer the high levels of customer service you have always received. Absolutely nothing changes but the affordability of our products.

You can look forward to future changes designed purely to make your active life even easier.

As we like to say, same quality but better. Enjoy!

Gaynor & Jon

Same quality but better

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We know the quality of Reverse Gear apparel is first class, we have no concerns there. We have a new batch of shorts on the way and a classic jersey is being revised for 2015 – they should be in very soon. We’re eagerly awaiting the first new product under our management and will be very pleased to release it just as soon as we can. We’re planning further products already and changes to our site to make it clearer, easier to use and more helpful.

However… this coming weekend, we will be revising our regular pricing – we’ve been listening and we can see some room for improvement that will help convince you to try our gear and see for yourselves why it’s the best clothing for reclined, recumbent and other leisure activities. This is new regular pricing, not temporary sales and we will be keeping things as simple as possible.

Be sure to check out our store this weekend. Share the good news…

Jon & Gaynor

Calvin Challenged me again

Well, Calvin’s Challenge 2015 has come and gone. The weather was just about perfect – only a little wind, sunny, ideal. This was prior to the start, around 6.30am on May 2:
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I was pleased on the whole, as I managed 179.5 miles in the 12hrs. Not quite my best (by 7 miles) but I knew my training was down for a number of reasons this year so I surprised myself with what I accomplished. That’s what Calvin’s is all about in the end, challenging yourself and seeing how far you can go in the time available.

Recumbents had a very good year this year, taking both the top male and female distances – congratulations Maria Parker (257 miles) and Larry Oslund (264 miles), who both received a white Championship jersey from the UMCA. As well they should – those are both monster distances.

Now the funny part. I’ve mentioned before how I’ve ‘owned the podium’ in the past, as I was the only trike in my age category. There are very few trikes taking part typically so that’s not surprising. This year, however, I was on a Bacchetta Corsa – and by some quirk of fate, I was the only male recumbent in my age range… so another year of owning the podium!

Calvin's - own the podiumI swear it’s accidental, I don’t study the categories and pick the one with no competition!

So many events, so little time

We’ve been adding some more events to the RG Calendar to keep you even busier this year.

Team Canada Wheelchair Rugby is playing an exhibition game in Victoria, British Columbia in May. In June, there is the mighty

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In Iowa in July, there is

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Also in July and August, the Pan Am & Parapan Am Games are in Toronto, Ontario

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In Ohio in September, there’s the

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In Chicago in October, there’s

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If you don’t recognize these events and logos, go explore the RG Calendar and find something new to enjoy this year. If you do go, let us know – we’d love to hear about it. If we go, we’ll let you know.

If you have a relevant event that you’d like to see included on our calendar, please get in touch.

Special offer for Calvin’s Challenge participants!

We are very pleased to offer free shipping to Calvin’s Challenge participants for any orders placed between now and April 30. Your orders will be available for collection during registration on Friday May 1 from me, Jon Deeks, since I will be there taking part in the 12h challenge again.

Browse our website for custom recumbent and adaptive sports apparel and avoid the cost of shipping to the event. Riding in our clothing will add at least an extra 7 mile loop to your distance on the day, for sure…

almost certainly…

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you’ll look fabulous…

Just use the coupon code ‘CALVINS2015′ at checkout and contact us directly if you have any questions. Good luck to everyone taking part!

Under new management

My wife and I are proud and pleased to be taking over Reverse Gear Inc. from Judi and Len. They created some excellent products that really address the needs of those participating in sports in the reclined position, established very high product quality standards and equally high customer service standards.

We will be focusing on continuing those strengths, developing new products in the Reverse Gear catalog, continuing to engage with the enthusiastic communities online and in person, and look forward to becoming part of the industry ourselves as Judi and Len have done. We are already working on a new version of a classic RG jersey which will be available later this Spring – we’ll share more about that nearer the time.

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We really look forward to hearing from you as we move forwards in Reverse Gear…

Thanks to the Reverse Gear Community

Reverse Gear is pleased to announce that it is under the new ownership of Jon and Gaynor Deeks.

Judi & Len REVERSE GEAR  In 2008, Len Ashby and I started REVERSE GEAR to fill a gap in the market. We were inspired to create new clothing designs for recumbent cycling gear because we couldn’t find any that suited the needs of recumbent riders.

Over the last 7 years, besides introducing 26 unique items – we had the pleasure to be part of a growing industry. To share the REVERSE GEAR experience, we travelled across Canada and the United States from coast-to-coast.

We want to THANK all of the people that we met during the journey: cyclists, retailers, manufacturers and others who support the recumbent cycling industry.

We are grateful that what we started will carry on. We wish Jon and Gaynor Deeks all the best in continuing the REVERSE GEAR experience and we hope that all of you associated with this industry will give them your full support.

While we will no longer be active in REVERSE GEAR INC. we will still be riding recumbent cycles and wearing REVERSE GEAR while we do. We can also still be reached at www.ashbybachmann.com

Judi Bachmann and Len Ashby

Taking the challenge once more

(Guest post)

Thank you for the earlier article, Judi, mind over matter indeed! I’m taking part in Calvin’s Challenge again this year and will be considering and dealing with that same mental struggle, attitude, time management and other considerations that you mention. Yes, there is a strong and satisfying sense of euphoria when you complete a long-distance event like Calvin’s and it is, unfortunately, addictive! This will be my fifth Calvin’s and yes, I’m hoping for better weather than last year (for those that were there – the horror! the horror!).

Calvin’s is a very rewarding event to attempt, especially as a recumbent rider – it’s very well organized, it’s all in daylight on a ‘relatively’ flat course and there are many different categories for just about every type of bike (uprights, ‘bents, trikes, single speeds, high wheelers to name a few) so recumbents are very welcome. All of my previous attempts have been on a Catrike Speed and on several occasions I did ‘own the podium’ in my category with very few trikes taking part. Own The Podium – a fun phrase for Canadians since 2010!

This year, however, I will be riding a Bacchetta Corsa and will instead be riding in the same category as some very strong riders – no podium ownership this year, I suspect! The current record for my category and age range was set in 2007 by Jim Verheul at 267 miles in the 12 hours, which is a huge number – rest assured, Jim, I won’t be challenging the record this year!

I find Calvin’s to be a nice balance between being an extreme event (as in, “seriously, who rides a bike for 12 hours straight?”) but not so extreme that it significantly impacts family life either before or afterwards (although my wife might say different). Sure, there needs to be training and preparation leading up to a 12 hour event but it’s not the same as, say, a 24 hour event – that’s on a whole different level and would require significantly more time invested than I can spare. I also find that the impact on ‘normal life’ afterwards is limited and manageable. It’s about as extreme as I can accommodate around all the other things that life entails currently.

So here we go again; it’s only five weeks away, I’m excited and Spring’s almost here in Ontario. I’m a little behind in training from where I’d ideally like to be but not so much that it’s going to be a disaster…

At least, as long as the weather cooperates this year!

Take the challenge

Can you imagine riding for 12 or 24 hours? Or can you do 100 km or 100 miles?

If you can imagine it, you can do it. It’s a question of mind over matter.

As much as I love touring on my tricycle, and in a former life my bicycle (yes, I rode one of those diamond-frames that hurt your butt after a few hours on it) – I still cannot see myself on it for those periods of time or distances.  On the other hand, I fully understand the people who do, as I myself compete in half-marathons walking (which requires similar commitment-to-completion goals):

  1. It starts with the “I can do it” attitude! That’s the visioning part – see yourself participating and completing the challenge before you even start.
  2. Then it requires more “I can do that” commitment. My athletic  friends and colleagues call this training. If you like /love the activity, be it cycling, running, walking, weightlifting  or kayaking (etcetera), you will be able to dedicate the hours required to get you to your goal.
  3. Next comes the “I can make it happen” management. No matter what the goal it will require time, effort, and dealing with weather, moods, and motivation. I am a fair-weather athlete who doesn’t like to take time away from my priorities like family, eating, reading trashy novels, and watching crime shows on TV. So finding a minimum of 3 and possibly a maximum of 12 hours of week to prepare for this challenge is itself a challenge. However to reach the level of elite athlete requires mental and physical preparation.
  4. Then comes the “I will do it” pledge. It is the time where you register for the event, book your airfare and tell your family that no matter how much coercing they do to change your mind and take them to the beach instead – this is going to happen. This is where “the pig becomes bacon”.  This is the obligation phase where you tell yourself and your family that you cannot back out. It generally includes a financial expenditure too, which helps.
  5. And lastly, we reach the “I did it” euphoria. Thank you Nike for those encouraging words “Just do it!”. Where were they when I sacrificed all those hours of torture, nursed my Achilles tendon injury. and decreased my wine consumption – all for the sake of the goal. Good thing that I had my family and friends offering empathy and encouragement of course. However, I did do it and this is the “pat yourself on the back” reward time that you were looking forward to when you started your goal.

Crossing the finish line gives you a euphoric sense of accomplishment. No matter how many supporters, coaches and Nike ads there are shouting in your head – and we thank them all – the accomplishment and the glory truly belongs to you.  You pulled your own body weight through all of these phases and made it to the end.

I was recently adding a number of events to the REVERSE GEAR calendar and realized that there are many events out there to get us started down the path of challenging ourselves. Whether it is a neighborhood race or the Tour de France, set your own realistic goals in 2015 and “just do it”. You will be happier for it.

Pic_0657aIf you doubt me, just look at the joy on the face of Jon Deeks (resplendent in REVERSE GEAR) when he owned the podium in the tricycle category at Calvin’s HPV event in 2014. It was an exceptionally windy year so he only managed 143 miles in the 12 hours, a big drop from his own personal best of 186.5 miles from two years before. The amazing thing about attending events like this is meeting the other people who do it, and the ones who come back and do it again and again. In 2014, Jon met someone who was doing his 24th Calvin’s and who made him feel good about facing a wind had never been that bad, ever  before. Jon isn’t going to let the wind discourage him from trying again in 2015.

Are you in your first year or 24th? What challenge will you take on this year? Share your experiences and photos.

 

 

VELO VISION reviews REVERSE GEAR

“Does it ride as well as it looks?” Peter Eland asks and answers that question about Reverse Gear in Issue 47 of VELO VISION magazine.   Click here to read the full article.

We sent Peter the Ironbark shorts and Phoenix Long-Sleeve jersey that he sports in the photos and writes about.

This is what he had to say about the shorts: “the ‘recumbent-specific’ aspect is that they’re not encumbered with a bulky, awkward pad like most cycle shorts. Instead they just fit snugly around you as shorts should, with a nice quality fabric and feel.”

And he thought the long-sleeve Phoenix jersey was “rather lovely” too, saying that: “The full-length zip makes it easy to get on and off, and it”s made from a very open, lightweight material which feels cool against the skin. Zips are neatly sewn in, the back is completely seam-free where you sit on it.” [Editor’s note: the front is also seam-free where the pockets are attached, so there is no chafing from seams.]

He continues to say: “There are two zip pockets at the front for keys, some cash and a card perhaps, and it wasn’t uncomfortable with the weight of a mobile phone in there too. This is the key recumbent feature: almost any other jersey you buy will have the pockets on the back where you’ll be sitting on the seams uncomfortably.

But the pockets aren’t my favourite thing about this top. That goes to the yellow band across the shoulders and down the sleeves. It’s brilliant for visibility as you indictae a turn.” The photos in the article clearly show this feature.

Peter concluded hs review with: “Overall I was pleasantly impressed with this Reverse Gear outfit. If you’re finding conventional cycle gear just too compromised while riding laid back, give it a try!”

Thanks Peter. We hope this is encouragement for new riders to try – and to get the benefits from – recumbent-specific gear. At Reverse Gear our designs are engineered for the ‘laid back’ experience of recumbents with lower necklines and straight hemlines, in addition to front or side pockets which are zipped to prevent your valuables from falling out.