Ben Wild (Melbourne, Australia)
Words by Ben Wild. Customer since 2018.
I’m not normally seduced by Facebook advertising, however your adverts kept on coming up on my feed, so I decide to give them a go; however I’m not normally a roadie. My riding career is fairly varied from a short lived BMX race (yes, singular), to social mountain biking in Canberra, Australia which is where I fell into the ‘right’ crowd of social roadie commuters. Coffee and breakie spots every Tuesdays followed by ice creams on the way home; however at this point, I was a Bellwether bib rider, as they had nice plush chamsios.
Though it all changed when I followed the first Indian Pacific Wheel Race (IPWR) as a dot watcher and was enthralled by watching the dots every moment I could; however when Mike passed away during the right, it really affected me. I ended up seeing a psychiatrist (for other reasons as well) that helped me realign what is important to me and what I want to achieve in the future. As I liked riding, he recommended that I look into long distance bike riding and with his threat to call me two days after our session to ensure I signed up to a race, I soon entered my first Audax (which was a 300km) and my first multi day event, the Transatlantic Way (TAW).
I must have been phone surfing to find the right gear and I came across Red White, and I’ve never looked back. 7 pairs later, they are the best bibs I have ever had, just the right amount of cushioning for a heavy guy like me. They are extremely hardy that when a pair that I was airing on my rear saddlebag, accidentally fell and lodged in the cassette and disk brake during the TAW, it took a good 20mins of hacking and stabbing to get them free (so they’re made well).
Since then, I’ve gone a few gravel rides but struggling with the motivation to get out for another multiday ride, however, I no longer worry about where my gear is coming from. Nearly every ride I do now is on Zwift and the turbo, and they're just as good there as they are anywhere.
Thanks for making such great kit (sorry I don’t have any outdoor pics but I'll try in a few weeks when the weather is slightly below the scorching 45degrees with bush fires all around).