BSMC Gear Guide #39
By Gareth Roberts - 20 Dec 14
It's the last Gear Guide before Christmas, and we featured some tasty gifts for you to treat yourself to, or alternatively you should be leaving big unsubtle hints for. We've also found a couple of very useful and inexpensive stocking fillers, and of course, what would Christmas be without socks?
Now there are some skeptics out there casting doubt on the protective qualities of Kevlar lined denim. Dave recently sent me these images of a pair of 1941 Maples worn by his customer Tim who had a nasty off at 60mph. Tim walked away well shaken but unscathed, and his jeans held up just fine. He sent them back to Dave, and received a free replacement pair. As the images show, Tim's Maples did the job they were meant to do.
Maple have successfully fused protection with style at a reasonable price point. My 1976 Black on Blacks are terrific. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1862103466/british-made-high-end-jeans-half-the-price-of-reta?ref=nav_search movie clip on their site that demonstrates how versatile this bag is and how cool the straps are, so pop over and take a look. I highly recommend this bag and expect to it be one of those life long items, after all; it’s nearly Christmas again and I still love it and use it most days. http://www.brooksengland.com/catalogue-and-shop/bags/cycle+bags+&+accoutrements/ISLINGTON+Rucksack/ www.sportsbikeshop.co.uk/motorcycle_parts/content_prod/27324
The worse thing about riding a bike is carrying all the stuff you need with you once you get off it. Your heavy armoured (or not) jacket slung over your shoulder, your helmet looped around your elbow, your gloves shoved in your pocket, and the bag you've packed too much into digging into your collarbone. This sweet little gadget means you don't have to carry it all around with you. You can tie most of it together and then lock it all to your bike. http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/lock-straps-jacket-helmet-lock The outer shell is 96% abrasion resistant nylon, with 3% elastane, and 1% elastics. They are Interlined with a Porelle waterproof breathable membrane. The inner sock is 90% acrylic, 10% nylon. "DexShell is committed to developing and manufacturing the performance accessories for outdoor activities. DexShell products are developed to have the waterproof and breathable functions whilst keeping the wear comfort by using the patent pending technology and superb quality materials." These are superb socks that will keep your pinkies snug in the most horrendous conditions. www.dexshell.com