Posts Tagged ‘gloves’

Flickr Grips.

June 7, 2011

This guy added me as a contact on Flickr this morning and as soon as I spotted those gloves I had to take a peek. Dude has three NOS DX aero posts… nuff said.

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Rapha x Burfields & Co.

June 4, 2010

Established in 1944, Burfields & Co. is one of only two surviving glove manufacturers in an area that once boasted 38. The hand-painted sign welcoming visitors is a relic of that bygone age. It reads: “This is where gloves of quality and superlative design are manufactured by Burfields and the Martock Glove Co.” In a rabbit warren of buildings at the end of a small lane, the main factory sits beside the old fire station which now acts as the Burfields warehouse.

Richard unwraps a piece of black goatskin from inside a wet cloth; the leather is dampened for a few hours, making it easier to work and stretch. This piece is destined to become a pair of black Rapha Grand Tour Gloves. He moves the skin one way and then the next, with the urgency and agility of a pizza chef stretching dough. The degree of stretch within the leather is very important. It is the cutter’s job to ensure every piece of a glove has, within the leather’s grain, the same stretch. To allow the glove to bend around the hand, the leather must have something extra, a quality Richard refers to as “hidden stretch”, something not necessarily apparent when the leather is relaxed. A size large glove, for example, may have as much as 2 ¼ inches of this ‘hidden leather’, which is needed to transform a flat, 2D pattern, into a working 3D glove.

Great post and great gloves too.
Read the entire article here.
Praises be to tracko for pointing it out.

Like a Glove.

May 24, 2010

Over Birmingham the sun shines hotter than Hawaii and it’s time once again to do away with the full finger and for the first time this year, don the mitts.

Some folks prefer not to wear anything on their hands, they like to go bare back. For me, I must cover up. Should I fall off my bike I want to keep at least my knuckles and palms intact if nothing else, so mitts are in my top five necessary items you need come summertime, plus with the right pair you really are on your way to looking like your cycling hero, if only from the elbow down in my case. Heck I’m still winter training!

Anyway, here are my ultimate mitts, there are none better and they can never be replaced.

Rapha Grand Tour gloves. Look at them, ruined. Bewteen these mitts and I we have many great memories shared. In fact they still have the dried sweat contained from what I like to call my ‘worst hour’ but we won’t go into that.

The Crochet mitt. An out and out classic. Again, many memories shared between me and these but with the condition they are in I should really consider some replacements but I can’t bring myself to do it.

NOS Santini suede mitts. Bought as a birthday present for me by my great pal Jon. These are so luxurious I am not sure if I can even put them on because I know the first sign of sweat will reduce these beauties to a pile of leathery mush.

Dromarti Leather Goodness.

March 16, 2010

Come summer time you won’t find me in any other glove than a lovely pair of leather palmed crochet mitts. They age beautifully over time and in my experience tend to last longer than any other glove out there. Plus they make me feel like Felice Gimondi riding a tour, thus giving me a sort of ‘go faster stripe’.

At £99 these Dromarti’s are a touch out of my price league when compared to my £9.99 ebay mitts but nevertheless these are totally luxurious and if they make you ‘go faster’ then who am I to grumble at the price.

The Dromarti La Grande Mitt is supremely comfortable and the epitome of good taste and style. Each glove is individually handmade from soft Nappa leather, with a reinforced slim padded palm, featuring a hand crochet back, piped in leather with an adjustable closing strap displaying the Dromarti marque. To complete the picture La Grande Mitt comes complete with a handmade leather storage pouch.

Dromarti.

Glove Goodness.

November 18, 2009

Blue lug always get it right.

Spotted at Pedal Consumption.

I forgot about these

January 15, 2009

post-mechanix1

Perusing the interweb lastnight brought back my memory of these.

The Mechanix Original

The original bad boy glove that you had to have when I was a young boy racing downhill.
I however owned a pair of Fox gloves that I saved up for and had managed to grip from my nearest motocross store which was like 15 miles away in Brownhills. This of course was a long time before I had even been on the internet never mind Internet shopping, so I had to make do with what I could get… the Fox’s.

These Mechanix gloves originally released in the 90s for motocross mechanics to wear whilst tinkering with engines and brake fluid look as good now as they did over 10 years ago on the hands of my favourite riders.

Available in a rainbow of colours for approx £20.
Get them here amongst others.

As they have been around for a while and I love a bit of history I am gripping a set for the summer for sure.

At last, my gripping aparatus will be satisfied that finally they will get to feel the goodness that is a set of Mechanix originals!


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