Let’s talk winter-ready adventure gear, folks. We’ve got it! If you’ve been following along, we’ve already given you our first impressions of the Bontrager Old Man Winter (OMW) cycling boot on our blog. Those are some mighty fine boots! They’ll keep your feet nice and toasty.
As we inch closer and closer to colder winter temperatures, you have to keep those fingers, toes, and that core of yours warm while out riding in the elements. You also need places to store the extra gear and layers. Take a look at what we’re stocking this winter season for ideas.
The Revelate Designs frame bag is a heavy duty, expedition-worthy soft bag that fits in the middle of the frame. These are an excellent solution for carrying an extra tube, multi-tool, frame pump, extra layers, food, water bottles, etc.
The Mountain feed bag from Revelate Designs should appeal not only to the adventure-minded, but the average cyclist. The bag connects to the handlebar, stem, and steer tube on the bike for easy access to snacks, gloves, cell phone, a water bottle, etc. See below for examples.
Pogies may be one of the best inventions. If you’re not familiar with ’em, pogies mount to each side of the handlebar and are intended to keep your digits warm. They do wonders in below freezing conditions. You’ll find that you won’t need as many layers with these puppies in use.
For those less inclined to use pogies, or just want an all around awesomely fitting warm glove, the Bontrager lobster-style glove is great. I bought an XL and add a liner glove underneath on occasion.
Check out our in-depth first impressions on the OMW here.
Cycling specific jackets offer great protection against the elements while providing additional intangibles that regular old outer layers just can’t boast. Cut to fit while riding, additional rear pockets for snacks/tools/tubes, zippered vents, and bright colors to keep you visible in the fading light are just some of the additional benefits these jackets offer.
We stock a full range of cycling tights to keep your legs from freezing up in those frigid winds. From light weight Solstice tights, great for a mild fall day, to the Velocis softshell tights that offer heavyweight thermal insulation as well as a mixture of waterproof, yet breathable material to keep you warm AND dry, we’ve got the tights for you.
Along with a full array of caps, hats, balaclavas, and gators, we carry Lazer winter helmets as well. Cold weather helmets offer addition insulation and ear coverage. This generally allows you to wear one less layer, reducing bulk and adding comfort!
The PDW Mud Shovel fenders were made for fat bikes and are extremely easy to install. After a few seasons of use, I have no complaints. While they look flimsy, they’re light in weight and very durable.
We get a lot of folks asking what sort of tire pressure they should put in their fat bike. Well, that’s a personal preference and applicable to what sort of riding you’re doing. Let this gauge help you find what PSI range works best for you. For example, 12-15 PSI works well in most conditions. While 5-8 PSI, might work better in snow. It’s all dependent on where you’re riding.
As many of you know, we primarily carry Trek and Bontrager products. Bontrager’s newest fat bike tire selection is full of fun names and awesome tread patterns. The Hodag is a good all around tire. The Rougarou is great if you find yourself riding on hard-packed snow or dirt. The Gnarwhal and Barbegazi are fairly close in tread pattern. Both are designed to handle just about anything as you crawl over large rocks and plow through deep snow.
Rim strips are a necessity all year round. They’re a way to jazz up your fat bike and differentiate it from everyone else’s. Strictly for those who like to add a little color to their ride.
The Salsa Anything Cage is a bottle cage on steroids. Generally speaking, sky’s the limit with these things. If your fat bike has bottle cage mounts on the fork, slap ’em on there or wherever you can fit a bottle cage. The Anything Cage comes with two straps to securely hold a 64 oz. water bottle, Nalgene bottle, soft bags, and well, a beer growler will fit in it just fine.
Out In The Wild
We don’t just sell these products, we use them and push them to their limits. Check out the photos below for a great display of many of these items out in the wild!
Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to stop in and check all these goodies out in person!
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