BSMC Gear Guide #36
By Gareth Roberts - 29 Nov 14
As the temperature plummets and the heavens open, this week's Gear Guide features plenty of stuff to keep you warm, dry, and protected on your bike, with all your lovely stuff nice and safe. Oh, and a great sweatshirt to wind up your R1 riding leather onesy sporting mates. http://redcloudscollective.com
The Kelvin is unlined, which is perfect. You can stash you tools in there without fear of tearing a delicate fabric lining. Because the wax canvas is so tough, you need not fear for damp penetrating your laptop or other electric bits. The easily adjustable straps are thick and padded, so you can carry some weight on your back without severing your arms. http://www.allycapellino.co.uk/kelvin-waxed-canvas-rucksack-in-grey
Dave Fairbairn of Maple Jeans has been making premium quality Kevlar lined selvedge jeans for a few years now, and I can personally vouch for them both in terms of quality of build and choice of denim. As a denim geek and someone who values the skin on my legs I have no problem spending proper money on decent protective jeans. My Maple jeans are over a year old and bedding in just nicely and just get better with wear.
However, for some riders a pair of Maples are that bit too pricey, and that’s fair enough. In response Dave has found a way, primarily by producing in the UK and selling directly to the customer at wholesale prices, to introduce a range of denim that’s at a lower price point. He has designed four new styles of Kevlar lined jeans for £178 (instead of £300) and four styles of unlined jeans for £98 (instead of £200), without compromising on build quality and safety. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1862103466/british-made-high-end-jeans-half-the-price-of-reta?ref=nav_search www.traumatease.com gentlemens-factory.com