Today On A Bike

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The background for toady’s ride was pretty spectacular.  There was a fluffy five or so inches of fresh snow from last night.  The best part was the falling snow during the ride, that always feels a bit special.

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More Blue Lug Awesomeness

I’ve followed Blue Lug’s work for a while now, and I am a big fan.  If you don’t know they are a Japanese bicycle shop that sell and showcase some really interesting bikes as well as bags and other accessories.  Their bikes and photography are great.  It’s nice to see style that breaks the norm.  I pulled a few examples of their work to show here.  All images are from Blue Lug’s Flickr.

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Today On A Bike

2015-01-04 09.49.41Today I joined some friends on the Illinois River for some Quad City inspired fat bike stomping.  My face still hurts from smiling so much.  This is my favorite type of riding in the winter.  It was very similar to the riding I’ve fallen in love with in past trips on the Mississippi.

The flood plains along the river banks provide a lot of variety and options for everyone to enjoy.  My favorite cycling trips are the ones that offer something for everyone.  The mixture of riding over makeshift obstacles and riding the river bank is a blast.  A big thanks to the people who organized the ride today.  I can’t wait to go back!

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First Impressions: 45NRTH Sturmfist 4

MJ5L2704These gloves are amazing…  The 45NRTH Sturmfist 4’s are four finger gloves intended for use below 15º F.  I have been using my Sturmfist 5’s this winter so far as the temperatures haven’t demanded anything warmer.  Tonight I joined some friends for a night ride on my fatbike.  I brought the Sturmfist 4’s to try.  The temperature was in the upper 20º’s F.

The gloves were great, but they want to be used in colder temps.  I removed the included merino wool liner 15 minutes or so into the ride as they were simply too warm.  Even without the liners the gloves were shockingly warm, in a good way.  I’m happy to report that these gloves are as advertised good for below 15º F.

The gloves are full but never limited dexterity of my braking or shifting.  The joined ring and pinky finger were not restricting.  The leather on the palms is very nice and provides lots of grip, and toughness.  The cuffs are long enough to keep the cold out and short enough to be comfortable.  Both the liner material and the primary gloves internal material are soft and warm.  The material is kind to the cuticle of fingers, something I appreciate.

MJ5L2710 MJ5L2713I’ll provide more info as I continue to use both the Sturmfist 4’s and Sturmfist 5’s.  For now, I’m thrilled with both.  They are on par with the 45NRTH Wolvhammer boots that I love, a tall task to accomplish!

Thanks again to Tobie at North Central Cyclerly for getting me these gloves when they were in high demand!

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