Winter Bicycle Jackets and Gloves
by Byron on Nov 19, 2014 at 12:00 PM
One of the reasons we’d don’t publish gear shootouts on our blog is kit made within the past few years is all so good – really. Find the jacket that fits, a style you like, appealing brand, budget, and your epic ride and/or commute to work is covered. We’ve gone from on-fire hot Gore to their much more all-condition ActiveShell. A once clammy eVent jacket that fit like a garbage bag is now tailored like the Elite Pro from ShowerPass and being used by a Tour team (free cover story in Issue 18).
I made the Vine above last night having some fun, asking our follows if it was cuff over or under? Also to bring up a function of the jacket gear makers can iterate and offer as a unique feature. The interaction of the cuff and glove seems little studied or designed. Depending on the jacket, glove, and cuff I’m either over or under; wind chill, wicking, and temperature changes also affect cuff over or under decisions. I may even change it mid-ride too.
I asked Steve Gluckman from Novara (their also great Veritas jacket is reviewed here) about this topic and he said
Waiting for Assos to develop glove-base-layer-outer-shell system and charge $1,500.00. Cause when you’re out in the elements things like a gap or wrinkle can bug the shit outta yah.
For sure and what you’re seeing in the video, is the new Gore Windstopper, soft shell gloves have a Primaloft liner in them with a pull and a pull on the glove. A bit clunky to get on, but worked very well in the 25-32 degrees temps I’ve ridden in so far because of the warm fleece and the wicking liner. However, that wicking resulted in damp wrists and when we turned into the wind, chilled wrists. So mid ride I’m switching to cuff under, because that wicked moisture from my apparently sweaty palms is pooling on my wrists.
As Steve said, you know exactly and instantly where there are gaps in the microclimate your body and gear are making; especially, when moisture pools and the wind hits it…
So, let’s see a company like Gore, ShowersPass, and others work on the glove/jacket cuff integration. It’s an area in outdoor gear left undeveloped and under designed.
Commenting on a poll we took, Dave Bartel said
Well, I layer a lot, but the outer shell for me almost 100% of the time I need gloves is my largely windproof (some venting) thin Castelli shell. Great elastic in the cuffs, so jacket almost always over gloves for me, unless I’m using full-on mitts. Gotta be about -15C for me to break those out.
Castelli hasn’t developed a system either for their excellent Gaba. Until then, it’s glove over OR under. On our ride together last weekend, Steve is wearing a Novara Headwind with cuff over and riding their new Novara Strada 50D.
Steve with his Headwind Jacket and Novara bike
BMX World Champs
by Byron on Nov 18, 2014 at 1:01 PM
While we’re focused on CX, there’s other bike racing going on, like the BMX World Champs and this edit from the UCI. The speed is remarkable.
Ice Bike Racing
by Byron on Nov 17, 2014 at 4:09 PM
In the 1930s, what are a couple of cyclists supposed to do but attach a skate to the fork of their safety bicycle? These days we’re riding fat bikes in the ice and snow, like we did earlier this year in Park City. Also read about the new rides we did in the new year and snow in Issue 8 our magazine.
Urban Cyclocross Racing - Red Bull Velodux
by Byron on Nov 16, 2014 at 8:26 AM
Red Bull Velodux took CX racing to the next level, putting top notch racers against a technical off-road course, with an “all-things-go” attitude towards doing whatever it takes to inch past your opponent.
AND! A Lemans start. As we posted last month, it didn’t have the Red Bull sponsorship, but they were racing urban CX in 1943.
Another Weekend of Cross
by Byron on Nov 14, 2014 at 6:04 PM
Before racers pin their numbers on and line up, here’s a gallery of photos from Woodland, our fav race of the year in the Pacific Northwest. DBC Photography and Woodinville bike shop shared these with us, including Mark V and me racing single speeds. See the rest of the photos on G+ and Flickr.
This set up worked well. A 40T 130mm bcd ring swapped out for the 44T. 10sp rear wheels with SS spacer kits, and modified Salsa “Tuggnut” axle tug.
Why is Woodland so good? I asked Matt from Crosssports…
It’s pretty simple. Location, atmosphere, course design, and occasionality are the essential elements for a special cross race, and WP scores pretty close to a 10 on all.
Huggacast Shorts: Issue 18 Puddles Are Gathering
by Byron on Nov 12, 2014 at 10:28 AM
An edit for Issue 18 of Bike Hugger Magazine. Puddles are Gathering Available dropped this week on iTunes and the Web. Annual subscriptions are $16; individual issues are $4. Your money directly supports the authors, photographers, and editors who contribute to Bike Hugger. Like Patrick Brady, Zanne Blair, and Matt Haughey.
Audio samples: DJ Schmolli - Just The Way You Set Fire To The Rain (2012)
Veterans Day Bicycles
by Byron on Nov 11, 2014 at 10:33 AM
Expecting a war bicycle on Veterans Day? Of course and this photo is from the 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps.
Read their story on the Army History Journal and remember, CX was invented during War time too…
In the late 1890s, the bicycle craze was sweeping [Europe and North America, not just within the civilian population, but also within military circles. Many countries in Europe had established the bicycle as a means to move formations of troops onto the battlefield economically and swiftly. American military observers at maneuvers across Europe reported back to their superiors in Washington on the success of the military bicycle.
25th Infantry Bicycle Corps story was also a PBS special and now on YouTube
Issue 18 Puddles Are Gathering
by Byron on Nov 10, 2014 at 11:09 AM
Katusha in Showers Pass jackets
An issue about how heavy rain weighs on our minds drops on iTunes and the web today with these articles from me, Patrick Brady, Zanne Blair, Kyle Ranson, and Matt Haughey.
The story by Kyle I first heard at Interbike during a Showers Pass media meeting and asked them to share it in our magazine. It’s the free cover story and about a small Portland company supplying a Tour de France team.
One otherwise average February day in Portland, Oregon, Showers Pass got a call from Team Katusha’s promoters. The spring classics were just around the corner, and the racers were in desperate need of some decent rain jackets.
The “rain” cover for was designed by Pfaltzgraphics. Subscriptions to our ad-free magazine are $16; individual issues are $4 and subscribers directly support our authors, photographers, and editors.
Berlin Wall by Bike
by Byron on Nov 09, 2014 at 8:47 AM
This one time we rode along the Berlin Wall, checked in at Checkpoint Charlie, and rode a free Freitag fix.
Visited a famous shop and also noticed the fashion. Berlin is truly a great bike city and today they’re celebrating the fall of the wall, 25 years ago.
Keirin Cycle Culture Cafe
Read more about Berlin in our archives and on Flickr or G+
Issue 18 Cover
by Byron on Nov 08, 2014 at 12:44 PM
The “rain” cover for issue 18 that drops Monday on in iTunes and the Web. Ad-free subscriptions are $16; individual issues are $4 and subscribers directly support our authors, photographers, and editors.
In the issue are stories about how heavy rain weighs on our minds.
The gear and bikes we ride too.
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