Friday, October 28, 2011

Crotchet and leather goodness...

Been a while since I wrote a "Things I Like" post. It's not because there haven't been things I like that I've wanted to write about. Early on when I started this blog, I started writing about "Things I Lke," "Things I Want To Like," and "Things I Dislike." Then, in the mean time, this thing called Facebook showed up. You might have heard about it. On Facebook, you can "Like" all kinds of things. Some things you may "Like" but don't actually have a connection to it. Some things you may "Like" because it's the fashion of the day. I like to "Like" things I have a personal connection to and therefore, there's not many things I "Like." Black Mountain Cycles does have a Facebook page and I think it's cool that folks "Like" it and it's cool if folks don't "Like" it. Just because you don't "Like" it doesn't mean you don't like it.

Now how in the hell did I get from "crotchet and leather" to going on about "Likes" on Facebook? Oh yeah, I like classic crotchet and leather gloves. And specifically, I really like the Euro-Asia Imports classic version with tan leather and a natural crotchet back. Besides the gloves, I also like Euro-Asia. They've been a bike parts distributor for as long as I can remember. And for as long as I can remember, every invoice is hand written. For clarification, "as long as I can remember" goes back to 1988.

These classic gloves are so anti-new technology that they suit me just fine. I've got a pair of high-end, name brand (okay, Pearl Izumi), gel filled gloves that I wanted to like, but the location of the gel pads is not right. The gaps in the gel are right where I hold onto the corner of the bar. And the gel globules really give me a disassociative connection to the bar and hence the bike. But not these leather and knit gloves, oh no. There is minimal padding and I can feel the bar and that gives me a proper feeling of what's going on with the bike. Someone commented that there is no baby soft snot spot on the glove for nose wiping. To this, I simply referred them to Rule 5.

So there you have it. I've got these gloves in stock in sizes Medium, Large, and Extra-Large. They aren't cheap, but they aren't Rapha expensive. You get your own set for $39.95 (plus applicable tax and shipping if you aren't physically shopping in the store.

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(What's playing: The Stanley Brothers The White Dove)

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have a pair of the EA gloves as well. Love 'em - especially after about a half dozen rides when they break-in.

Jake Hess said...

Mike,

Thanks for the great gloves! The smell of the leather will always remind me as to why I ride my bike - to feel like a 12 year old kid on his first 700c bike.

jake

Anonymous said...

not only does the crochet scratch my sensitive nose, it causes me discomfort when I wipe my expansive forehead.

Alas, I still reach for the euro-asia gloves before I do my spenco or my rivendell models unless they stink real bad.

David OSullivan said...

You ca always take the "gel" out of normal gloves, I have done it on my last 3 pairs. just un-sew a side of the cover of the pad, use some pliers or tweezers to pull out the foam "gel" and sew up if you feel like it. You get better grip and still can take advantage of the snot wiper!

ol'grumpy said...

Best gloves, and best distro ever....