The 2013 Red Hook Crit season is underway, with the Navy Yards this weekend and future events worldwide later in the summer. If you can’t make it out to a race, head over to the Gage + DeSoto store to pick up some of the Red Hook Crit merchandise.
Cadence is once again having a sale on Huckberry, the discount site that’s always stacked with great deals. You have to sign up to see the items, but it’s free and painless. Head on over to see what’s discounted.
Vintage aesthetics at an affordable rate? Unheard of these days. Or if you can find it, it’s usually shit. Gantoli Cycling Gloves harken back to the era where all pros needed were friction downtube shifting, a cigarette and a bottle of wine. Ok, and a lot of drugs.
Check out their full glove line here.
Giro’s First Friday 50 is a new promotion where both new and classic designs return in a limited run. Each product is in stock, via the Giro Facebook page and with only 50 pieces available, they’re sure to sell out fast!
This month’s First Friday 50 is their “Sherwood Camouﬂage” LX LF Glove.
“We decided to bring a timeless “Sherwood Camouﬂage” pattern to the LX LF™ by using a process that enables a design to be permanently applied to leathers. Sherwood Camouﬂage is a subtle variation of Woodland Camo, which was designed at the end of World War II by the US Army Engineer Research and Development Lab.”
Scoop these up after “liking” their Facebook here. Hurry though, I waited to post this after I made sure I could buy a pair myself…
Mash just loaded up their storefront with the long-awaited DND Glove collaboration with Giro. Pick up a set at Mash in high viz and black.
There are few things more beautiful in this world than fine leatherwork and a brand new bottle of straight Kentucky bourbon. When it comes to the latter, Old Rip Van Winkle is the most coveted and as for the leather, you can’t go wrong with the Rapha Leather Town Gloves. Both are coveted and will provide years of use if treated properly. This isn’t the first time I’ve highlighted cycling products with bourbon and it’s only the finest products that inspired the comparison.
The Rapha Leather Town gloves are exquisitely crafted from the finest Africa hair sheep. Now, I’ve never seen a hair sheep before but they apparently live in an hot and arid place, making their skin extremely tough but thin, perfect for gloves. As with all leather, you’ll want to care for them. When they get dirty or wet, clean them off and let them dry. Then, a simple wipe down with leather conditioner helps keep the leather supple.
Warmth is key in the winter months and no matter how nice gloves look, they have to keep you warm. I’ve found them to be perfect for 40 degrees and up, as is. For sub 40 degree weather, the Ibex merino wool liners keeps your extremities warm. Since it doesn’t get that cold too often in Texas, I’ve only had to wear the liners a couple of times.
And even for the coldest rides, coming home to a glass of Van Winkle 10 year is a sure way to warm you up. The aroma of a fine bourbon such as this will compliment the leather. Simple open the bottle to be greeted with a warm scent of caramel and charred oak wood. At 107 proof, it should be sipped neat, with no ice. If you prefer your bourbon cold, drink it outdoors. The Rapha Leather Town Gloves will keep your hands warm enough!
Every time I post a photo of these on Instagram, people always ask what they are, thinking they’re some expensive luxury cycling item. The truth is, the Specialized 74 gloves are some of the best gloves I’ve owned and they don’t even scratch the bank account. They’ve held up to daily use, haven’t stretched or loosened up at all and look damn classy. Check out more below.