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 Strumfist 4’s are four finger gloves intended for use below 15º F.  I have been using my Strumfist 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 Strumfist 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 Strumfist 4’s and Strumfist 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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Today On A Bike

2014-12-28 13.27.16 2014-12-28 11.49.04 2014-12-28 13.12.47 2014-12-28 13.06.55 2014-12-28 13.31.28It doesn’t look like winter in these without the snow of years past.  Today was the third ride this week after taking time off of a bike.  I can’t believe how much I’ve lost in terms of fitness.  It’s humbling.  Lots of work to do…

The 45NRTH Strurmfist 5’s were perfect today in the 30º F temps.  I really like them so far.

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First Impressions: 45NRTH Sturmfist 5

MJ5L2611I’ve been looking for gloves for a while that fit my needs and when 45NRTH announced the Sturmfist 4 and 5 I was intrigued instantly.  If the gloves are half as good as the Wolvhammer boots they make, I’ll be happy!

My local bike shop was unable to get a set of gloves for me from the first shipment.  An unfortunate situation as I love supporting my local bike shop Bloomington Cycle & Fitness!  QBP/ 45NRTH, you make cool stuff, please make more of the cool stuff so it’s easier to get…  Still wanting to support local bike shops and not some internet store, I reached out to the great folks at North Central Cyclery and the owner was able to get me a set of 5’s and a set of 4’s should be coming soon also.  Big thanks to Tobie from North Central Cyclery!

I’ve not spent enough time riding with these gloves to give a full review yet, but so far I can tell you I like them.
MJ5L2612The pads of the gloves have leather.  This with the aerogel should keep the cold from the handlebars separated from your hand.  They are 100% Merino wool inside and are soft and smooth.  My hands get dry in the winter and I’ve had a lot of gloves that love to snag and rip my cuticles on my fingernails.  These don’t seem to do that at all.

The detail and craftsmanship are great!
MJ5L2614I like the cuffs in terms of length and closure.
MJ5L2623 MJ5L2624I’ll post detailed thoughts after more use.  I’m looking forward to using them this weekend on the Mississippi river banks with the FORC folks at the 2014 Global Fat Bike Day celebration!

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