WHY Q 36.5 IS ESSENTIAL

When we buy a maillot or a cycling jersey, the first thing we check to see is its use: mountain bike, road, you name it. In this video, I cover the most essential features, namely, the first steps or basic fundamentals of a cycling jersey. Okay, let’s begin… first of all, the sleeves need to be pre-shaped, that is, cut as if we were in a cyclist posture; secondly, the jersey’s zipper should have a retentive locking mechanism. By this I mean that the zippers on most ABC brand cycling jerseys tend to be flimsy so they break or unhinge easily and, we all know, that’s no good. Thirdly, the back pockets on many low-end model jerseys sag or look oversized.  If you’re looking for a cycling jersey that’s well-made, carefully manufactured, this is the video for you. Come see it at our shop at bU51PRO – Av de la libertad n1, 20004 in San Sebastian  (Spain) or on our website: www.mikelkolino.com

 

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OUT FOR A BIKE RIDE IN MY ASSOS WEAR

I’m ready to go out cycling one February morning in the Mar Menor region of Murcia, Spain. As always, just before choosing what to wear, I check the thermometer. It reads 6 degrees Celsius. The skies are clear but I notice that the streets are wet, probably due to last night’s rainfall. I think about the route I’ll take, most of which will be mere meters from the coastline. I know what I’m going to wear: as a first layer, it’ll be my Fall Interactive long-sleeve shirt, which has a thermal range of 8–16 degrees. Over this, an ij.haBu5 jacket, ideal for a temperature range hovering between 6 and 12 degrees. The choice of cycling shorts is the ll.607_S5, also designed for temperatures between 6 and 12 degrees. For socks, it’s my fuguShocks_S7, which have a range of 0 to 8 degrees.

I eye the thermometer again, look out the window and notice the trees swaying to and fro with moderate frequency, which makes me think of the fallen rain and wind and lead me to conclude that the thermal sensation must be lower than my initial temperature reading. I debate whether to don my iJ.Bonka.6, perhaps more suitable for the cold I am likely to face, keeping in mind that it’s indicated range is 0 to 8 degrees. On the other hand, I say to myself: there isn’t a cloud in the sky and as we get deeper into the day, it will no doubt get warmer, thereby obviating the need for excessive thermal protection during ascents and the pedaling I’ve mapped out for myself along the route, especially if one considers the favorable climes normally found in this southeastern part of Spain.

I make a decision: I’ll wear the iJ.haBu5 and wear a third layer, an Assos shell, the Climajet, which Assos no longer has in stock by the way, but has replaced with the sJ.climaschutz or the sJ.blitzfeder, both perfect for combating early morning humidity and which offer protection against water splashing on me from the ground. As a complementary accessory, I choose the rainBootie_S7 for water and air protection of my feet and my footwear which happen to be Sidi Ergo 2’s. For my hands, there’s the earlyWinterGlove_S7 and under my helmet, a green-colored Stinger Cap to give my entire outfit a new, distinctive hue. For eye wear, there’s a pair of Oakley Radars, with VR28 Black Iridium Polarized lenses.

Once underway, and having completed my first 10 kilometers – always the coldest part of a ride because the body begins heating up to a “working” temperature – I begin to feel more comfortable. The Climajet shell performs its function as a “wind-stopper” superbly, as do the rainBootie over-boots. In addition to featuring a smart look, they keep one’s footwear and feet dry at all times, especially during descents, with its airtight design. As the kilometers pass and the road

becomes steeper, I elect to remove my Climajet, rolling it up and tuck it away in the rear pouch-pocket of my iJ.haBu5. Once I finish my climb, I put it on anew for the descent, removing it again once the descent has been completed and wear the iJ.haBu5 for the rest of the route as my thermal protection.

 

I’ve recounted the above to call attention to the need to observe weather conditions before choosing which clothes to wear and the importance of contemplating the various options available to us. In winter, we are especially inclined to overdress, a decision which we then regret kilometers later, due to the amount of sweating most of us produce. Thus, it is wiser to travel “light” and choose clothes that we can put on, remove easily and which can be comfortably disposed of in a jersey or rucksack, if we mountain bike. As a final word of advice, the first layer is fundamental, because it is the one closest to the skin, and the one which determines body temperature. So, remember: choose your first layer according to the prevailing conditions and circumstances in order to maximize breathability and protection.

 

 

 

ARC’TERYX — WINTER 2012 COLLECTION

Last December 5th we went to see and buy the Arc’teryx Winter 2012 Collection. The truth is the very notion of an entire collection being ready a year before it appears in the shops fills one with a certain sense of vertigo; more so when you observe that the weather seems to be behaving decidedly “out of season”.  When we entered the Arc’teryx exposition, we were blown away by the apparel in store for the 2012 season, starting with the latest from Gore Tex Pro Shell (as many of you know, Arc’teryx  buys Gore Tex but the thermo-sealing of its Pro Shell along with its color and technology is its own creation, thus ensuring unbeatable resistance, durability and breathability.

For women, the nuclear white color, with purple and a black that borders on ebony and new color nomenclature such as hosta, hibiscus, blue curacao make everything exceedingly more colorful. The color collection is gleaned from natural settings such as mountains, sunrises, plants, you name it. Men are not forgotten either – the colors are reds, chocolate browns, greens and, here we go: blue moon, tobiko, cypress, shall we go on?

As far as the material used for the new backpacks is concerned, the silo model has disappeared and has been replaced by the kata quintic model, equipped with new back supports and improved fanny packs. The Atom is still around for the most rugged and radical mountaineers in LT and SV, while there’s a new jacket made of hollow fiber with an urban kick, the handsome Aphix model.

The new ski jackets are filled with very few grams of hollow fiber, modon in Arc’teryx. The hollow fiber is Coreloft, a contrast with Primaloft in which long threads alternate with short ones.  Remember: less volume equals thermo-regulation and plenty of heat. Stay tuned.