Shift Strike GlovesColors
$19 USD (MSRP)
S, M, L, XL, XXL
The palm of the Strike glove is re-enforced but still really thin for good grip feel. The pre-curved fingers give a great fit and there are no irritating seems on the inside to rub your fingers in the wrong way. Silicone printing on the wrist tab and on the first and second fingers give extra grip when putting the gloves on and better lever feel when braking. The knuckle area has light weight injected rubber for a little added protection. The wrist closure is a Velcro set up that is un-obtrusive when all cinched down.
I picked these up in Edson Alberta while home on holidays for Christmas and I needed some thin gloves. The local Honda dealership there has a great selection of motocross gear and these gloves fit great and fit the bill for what I needed. The snot wipe on the thumb is a bonus in the cold too.
Check out www.shiftracing.com
to learn more.
Lizard Skins Charger GripsColors
$8 USD (MSRP)
I'm a huge fan of lock on grips, but I was at Jack's Cycle in Chilliwack looking for a new seat back in November and saw these sweet looking grips. At $12 you can't really go wrong and according to Lizard Skins their new "Elastomer" compound will last a lot longer than conventional "Crayton" rubber grips. I'm waiting for the 5 months of rains to stop out here before I mount then to any of my bikes, but I think that their thin profile and soft feel will be great come dryer spring days.
Check out www.lizardskins.com
to learn more.
North Face JacketColors
$259 CDN (MSRP)Sizing
Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large
Riding jackets that allow you to enjoy riding in adverse weather conditions are a must. Everything from a Glad garbage bag to a winter parka can make adverse conditions more enjoyable in the right circumstances. Finding a jacket that is best suited to your riding area and conditions should be a part of your regular kit.
I was in Jasper Alberta at the start of the fall and went for a light XC ride and was faced with wind and some rain. It was fine and bearable, but I know that had I had a light wind breaker that ride would have been more fun. A quick stop in Jasper at the Wild Mountain North Face store to see my old buddy Dave and the next thing I know he's got me trying on coats and telling me about various features. In the end I settled for the one that was going to be the most useful out on the coast.
With water proof zippers and pockets my layers would stay dry in the rain. Velcro wrist closures keep the debris and moisture out, but can be opened for ventilation along with the pit zips. This coat has seen a deluge of rain during the fall building season and I look forward to the spring time riding too.
Check out www.thenorthface.com
to learn more.
Sombrio Forensic GlovesColors
$45 CDN (MSRP)Sizing
Youth, XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
While on a trip up to Williams Lake back in the fall I found myself with wet hands and only one set of gloves. Yes I know that a lot of folks only have one set of gloves at a time, but I am different, I like to have a few sets on trips in case you are riding in the rain or a buddy forgets theirs (Dolla Bill?)-it's about being prepared. Needless to say Red Shreds Bike and Board Shed in Williams Lake is pretty much the coolest shop I've ever been in and I've been stopping by for over 15 years now-Great Shop Mark! With great shops comes cool clothes and in this case gloves. Since reading Shrew's thoughts
on the Sombrio Forensic glove, I've been keen to try a pair of them. Rasta was my first color choice, but I was happy to settle for a nice medium pair of Electric Blue gloves.
Sombrio Cartel has been manufacturing high end biking gear since '98, and they didn't change a thing this year. A lot of people cringe there teeth at the thought of a cuff-less glove, due to its loose feeling on your hand. Sombrio has come up with a unique, cuff-less, but tapered wrist design. This taper allows the glove to fit tighter to your wrist, making it so the glove doesn't feel loose. Also, they are applying a double reinforced palm overlay for increased durability, with vented mesh fingers for a snug finger fit, with maximum breath ability. Engineered palm side ventilation holes allow your palm to vent, saving yourself from smelly gloves, and hands once done riding (I thought I'd poked a hole or two in the fingers the first time I felt the air go through the little holes, but alas they are there for a purpose).
So far the Forensics are stylie and the I'm having no trouble with the cuff-less wrists either. Nice work Sombrio!
Check out www.sombriocartel.com
to see the whole line up of clothes.
Chromag Seat Post Quick ReleaseColors
Black with Aluminum Lever
Black with Brass LeverPrice
$44-Aluminum Lever and $48-Brass Lever CDN (MSRP)Sizing
Specific to your bike.
Some parts tend to get over looked until you either break them or get so frustrated at the current market offerings that you wonder why there isn't something better out there. The seat post quick release is one of these parts. You need it to be strong so that your post isn't rotating or slipping while you ride, but it needs to be able to be opened and adjusted when you do choose to lower or raise your saddle height. Ian at Chromag saw these same issues with the current offerings-not enough lever leverage, weak metals that bend/break under the slightest amount of force or simply wear out prematurely due to regular use.
My buddy Chris Armstrong was the first one to show me pics of the new seat post Q/R offering and I knew that I had to have one. I headed to Pedal Sport here in Chilliwack and had one ordered up for my bike. I chose to go with the brass one for looks and its self lubricating properties. I expect that this little ditty will last me for a long, long time.
Check out www.chromagbikes.com
to learn more about all their parts and frames.
Goodyear Wrangler MTR TiresColors
Black with White Lettering (optional)Price
Varies by size and dealershipsSizing
30 to 40 inches in diameter and everything in between to fit your off-roading and shuttle vehicle needs.
Ok so we all need parts for our bikes and gear to wear in order to be safer when riding, but what about your faithful shuttle rig? Since our primary riding area is shuttle access, we're able to drive up before unloading and ripping down. The downside to our shuttle area is the access road. This is no beauty paved shuttle road like you see in some cities, its dirt, drainage ditches, rocks, mud and in the winter time we get slushy snow to impede your forward motion. A good shuttle rig needs proper tires in order to get through all these different conditions. I've grown to love my Goodyear MTR tires that were on my old faithful 4Runner for years, so when I purchased a truck it only made sense to equip it with the set up for tires. They dig and claw their way to the top and are still quiet on the highway, so I can't say I've been happier with a set of tires. Thanks to Ken's Wheel and Tire in Chilliwack for ordering them in for me even if you don't carry them.
Check out www.goodyear.ca
to see if they make a set of tires to fit your shuttle rig.
Dakine Cross X GlovesColors
$29.99 USD (MSRP)
XS, S, M, L, XL
While I was still working for Calgary Cycle a few years back I bought my first pair of Dakine Cross X gloves and haven't turned back yet. Each year I buy a new pair and they are the gloves that see the most use on a riding basis. This fall I was in Vegas and managed to get a hold of a pair that would do me well going into hunting season. Now I myself am not a hunter, but I do share the woods with a few of them and if I can reduce the chances of an errand bullet heading my way then these are the gloves to do it!
The Cross-X glove utilizes a breathable Nylon mesh back panel, Terrycloth thumb panels, and Airprene wristcuff and knuckle panels. Like a lot of gloves, the Cross-X uses a "sticky finger" grip system to give you better lever feel and grip. The Cross-X uses a Clarino synthetic leather palm, for added comfort, and molded knuckle and finger protection to keep the paws safe. All in all the Cross-X is a sick glove, not only on the outside, but on the inside and it has a hood scoop! (editors note
: The hood scoop is not functional).
Check out www.dakine.com
to learn more.
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