Heated Glove Liners

December 13, 2010

As it’s chuffin cold (kinda obvious really when you consider it’s winter ;)) and, according to the weather ‘experts’, going to get worse again 😦 I thought I’d do a few posts highlighting heated bike gear.. So armed with Google I set about searching for a few bits and pieces and came across heated glove liners.

These on the face of it seem to be  a damn good idea!  They’re heated liners (obviously) which go inside your existing gloves and according to the bumf will keep your pinkys lovely and warm, while the world around you freezes it’s bits off.

Here’s a bit more info from Heated Motorcycle Clothing, a site which appears to be dedicated to keeping freezing riders warm 🙂

Heats 4 fingers directly. Ambient heat surrounds the Gloveliner, warms the thumb, fills the glove.

Main Features:

* Wear your own SKI, BIKE, RIDING etc. gloves on top*.
* Washable – because heat-element is separate from fabric.
* 3.7V Rechargeable Lithium Ion batteries – choice of two types: with and without on/off switch.
* Flexible heat-element slides in and out of finger-pockets.
* Super-elasticated fabric – three sizes available (M,L,XL).
* Batteries last 3 to 4 hours used continuously.
* Safe to use.
* Modular design so you can replace all the bits separately (see further below).
* One colour: black.
* Initial charging time around 4-8 hrs, then 5 hours.

So far so good, you can wear them inside your existing gloves, you can recharge them overnight and they should last 3-4 hours when used continually.  Perfect for most commutes in to work for most people 🙂

Here’s a bit more information about whats included in the price..

Your Order will include:

* 1 pair of black Gloveliners.
* 2 rechargeable batteries.
* One pair of windproof, waterproof General Purpose Gloves.
* 2 flexible heat elements, cable, jacks.
* 1 battery charger with 2 jacks.

This next bit is kinda important, unless you don’t mind having smelly hands 😉

Wash Easily – It is important to be able to wash fabric properly without fear of damaging electrical circuitry – let’s face it – textiles get smelly next to the skin and most gloveliners we’ve seen (and previously sold) have elements contained within the fabric. Not now. Ours are completely separate. (cool wash by hand recommended and leave to dry).

And some extra information about accessories you can also buy to go with them.

At time of purchase you can add accessories as back-up. For example you may wish to buy extra batteries to charge up and carry with you on a long journey. Or a couple of spare heating elements in case the dog chews one. How about 2 extra pairs of liners so you always have a clean pair available? Or simply return to the site later and buy any bit separately (see next products).

And they post all over the place 🙂

Delivery to: UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark. France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.

and the price for these….. £98.99!

Not that bad really, not when you consider how much a pair of heated gloves costs or how cold your hands and fingers can get without any way to warm your hands over the winter.  There’s nothing worse than hands so cold that they feel like they’re burning, and hands so cold that you’re incapable of doing anything for almost half an hour when you get to work while you ‘defrost’ them.  Been there, got the t-shirt and don’t want to do it again 😦

 

 

 

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Hein Gericke, Oxford – Update

December 11, 2010

As promised in this post, here is a update on the new Hein Gericke store opening near Oxford on the A40 at the Eynsham roundabout.. It’s open 😀

Here are their contact details,

 

Hein Gericke Oxford, Eynsham Roundabout, Eynsham, Oxford. OX29 4EN

TEL. 01865 883307

E.mail oxford@hg-shop.com

 

Being located where it is, it has brilliant access and apparently has excellent parking facilities.  I shall have to pop down there sometime soon and have a nose round 😀

Here’s an online copy of their latest catalogue, just in case you fancy a nose.. (well, Christmas is just round the corner!!!)

Oh and talking of Christmas, they even do a Christmas Wish List you can print off and give to those closest to you 😀


Hein Gericke To Open New Store Near Oxford :-)

November 30, 2010

I got this info in my email update today Smile

Apparently they have just signed the lease on new premises on the Eynsham roundabout on the A40 here.  The postcode for the new shop is OX29 4EN.

Map

According to the email they are looking at opening in early December sometime and more details are to follow.

If you want to sign up for the email updates click here


Carrying Your Kids As Pillions!!!

May 23, 2009

I decided a few weeks ago that it was about time I tried my kids, aged 10 and 11, on the back of the bike.  We don’t own a car, so being able to take the kids places on the bikes would make life sooo much easier, and give us so many more opportunities to do things together.

So I sold off some spare bike parts to finance the kit.  Apart from the crash helmet which had to be brand new for safety reasons, I trawled Ebay for some good second hand kit for the following reasons

1) No job means finances are limited

2) I didn’t know if they were going to like it

3) They are growing like weeds and it probably won’t fit in 6 months!

So armed with a reasonable-ish amount of cash I managed to pick up an armoured leather jacket for just under £20, a pair of proper kids bike leather trousers for the same amount of money and boots too.  The crash helmet was bought brand new.  As for gloves I have a pair of x/s Joe Rocket gloves which, while too small for me, are perfect for the kids.

Wednesday afternoon, after school was D-Day (YIKES!!), after checking I was covered for carrying pillions on my insurance.  I took both kids out (separately of course) on the bike for the first time.  I laid down the rules before we went out, told the kids what they can and can’t do and off we went round the streets near my house.

Both kids did brilliantly 🙂

I only had to remind them once each about not fidgeting on the back, or switching which side of my head they are going to look past.  Other than that they were really good 🙂

I will admit I was more than slightly apprehensive about the whole thing for two reasons

1) I have never taken a pillion before

2) It was my kids on the back!

I took it nice and slow, getting used to the extra weight on the bike and remembering from my lessons about how carrying a pillion affects braking, etc., but after we had ridden round for a bit I was feeling a lot happier about the whole thing.  I stopped a few times on the way round to make sure my kids were ok and that they weren’t frightened at all, but both of them were fine.

This morning I decided to take my daughter into town with me as I had a few errands to run which meant going on busier roads with her.  We both remembered our riding on Wednesday and took our time to ride into town while not slowing down any other traffic.  It was a good ride and both of us enjoyed ourselves immensely 🙂

I now see what other riders mean when they say about carrying a pillion.  Your attitude to your riding does change, you are a damn sight more careful as you are no longer responsible for your own life, but that of your pillion as well.

So far I have really enjoyed my excursion into carrying a passenger and hope to have many more years of pleasure, being able to share my love of bikes with my kids.

My daughter is already asking when she can have one of her own!


Joe Rocket Gear In The UK

May 22, 2009

I’ve had quite a few queries about where to find Joe Rocket jackets and gear here in the UK, so I had a bit of a hunt round and come up with these at www.FL1.Co.UK.

FL1 have a great promotion running.  If you register with them, making sure to sign in when you go shopping, you will be given an automatic 5% discount off your order value 🙂

Click on the images below to be taken to the correct page of their website for more details

Joe Rocket GPX 2 Piece Suit

Joe Rocket GPX Suit

Joe Rocket GPX Suit Black

Performance
• 1.4mm cowhide construction
• 360 Jacket/Pant zip connection
• Sure Fit Adjustable Waist Band
• Nubuck leather cuff with 2 stage
adjuster
• low profile Nubuck leather collar
• full flex stretch panels in crotch and back of legs
• curved sleeves & legs
Safety
• CE approved shoulder, elbow & knee armour
• bevelled knee sliders
• reflective Safety stripes on back
• spine & hip cushions
Ventilation
• Variable Flow ventilation system
• R.A.I.S moulded shoulder vents

Warranty
• 1 Year

Joe Rocket GPX 1 Piece Suit

A one piece suit which is proving to be a best seller. A high quality and good fitting suit at a great price.

Joe Rocket 1 Piece Red

Joe Rocket 1 piece Grey

Performance
• 1.4mm cowhide construction
• low profile Nubuck leather collar
• Nubuck leather cuff with 2stage adjuster
• full Flex stretch panels in crotch,
sleeves and back of legs
• curved sleeves & legs
• Road Approved Race Suit
Safety
• CE approved shoulder. Elbow & knee armour
• dual density spine pad
• bevelled knee sliders

Ventilation
• Variable Flow ventilation system
• R.A.I.S moulded shoulder vents

Apart from these suites they also do the Joe Rocket Meteor 5.0 Jacket, the Joe Rocket Mercury Jacket, the Joe Rocket Mercury Trousers, the Joe Rocket Alter Ego Jacket and trousers, as well as a couple of pairs of gloves.


Save £££’s on HJC Helmets

April 8, 2009

There are currently some good deals around if you are looking at buying yourself a new crash helmet.  I’ve come across these for some of the HJC range.  If you are just starting out on a bike and are looking to buy your first set of gear then you can’t go far wrong with these.  They are also suitable as a second standby helmet and are all being sold at affordable prices.

The helmet size conversion chart is at the bottom of this entry and you may also want to take a look at this entry Choosing The Correct Size Motorcycle Helmet to make sure you choose the right size for your head 🙂

Firstly the HJC IS-16 Range available

These helmets got a 2* Sharp Helmet safety rating.. The helmets are priced at £132.99 and are available in the following designs.

HJC IS-16 Type O Available in Black or White

There is something to be said about a black crash helmet, I tend to buy plain black ones every time.  This has a very subtle design on it and I quite like this one 🙂

HJC IS-16 ScratchAvailable in Gunmetal/Black, Blue/Black and Red/Black

HJC IS-16 Arkanium Available in Pink

Helmet Specifications

  • Advanced Polycarbonate Composite Shell: Lightweight, superior fit and comfort using advanced CAD technology.
  • One-touch Integrated SunShield: Smoke-tinted 3-stage adjustable SunShield deploys quickly and easily (patent pending).
  • AccuSight™ Anti-fog Faceshield: Optically superior 3D design provides 95% UV protection and an anti-scratch coating.
  • RapidFire™ Shield Replacement System: Quick, secure, tool-less removal and installation.
  • "ACS" Advanced Channeling Ventilation System: Full front to back airflow flushes heat and humidity up and out
  • SilverCool™ Interior: Moisture-wicking and odour-free interior with advanced silver anti-bacterial fabric. Comfortable, removable and washable.
  • DOT Approved
  • SIZES: XS-XXL
  • Next is the HJC FS-15 Prism helmet

    Priced at £170.99 these got a score of 4* in the Sharp Helmet safety rating tests.

    HJC FS-15 Prism

    Helmet Specifications

    • Advanced Fibreglass Composite Shell: Lightweight, superior fit and comfort using advanced CAD technology.
    • Optically-superior Pinlock®-prepared Faceshield: New 3D design provides 95% UV protection, anti-scratch coating and is prepared for the ultimate anti-fog Pinlock insert.
    • RapidFire™ Shield Replacement System: Quick, secure, tool-less removal and installation.
    • “ACS” Advanced Channeling Ventilation System: Full front to back airflow flushes heat and humidity up and out.
    • SilverCool™ Interior: Removable moisture-wicking and odour-free interior with advanced silver anti-bacterial fabric.
    • SNELL/DOT Approved
    • SIZES: XS-XXL

    Next up is the HJC CS-12N Cyclone Helmet

    This is priced at just £75.99 and scored 3* in the Sharp helmet tests. The price is pretty damn good for a 3* helmet and the designs not too bad either 🙂

    This is available in the following colours – Red/Silver, Pink/Silver, Blue/Silver and Black Silver.

    HJC CS-12N

    Helmet Specifications

  • Standard: Meets or exceeds DOT standard .
  • Shell: Ultra lightweight thermoplastic alloy shell.
  • Ventilation: Maximum chin-bar ventilation ensures minimum fogging while maximum air intake is achieved with 2 large adjustable venturi side vents and a traditional centre chin vent, drawing excess humidity away from the shield.
  • Interior: Plush Nylex interior and cheek pads for maximum absorption.
  • Others: Breathbox and anti-fog coated shields available for cold and/or wet conditions.
  • Size: XS to XL.
  • The next offering is the HJC CL-SP Throttle.

    Available in blue/black, red/black and gunmetal/black it scored 3* in the Sharp helmet tests and is available for £113.99

    HJC CL-ST Throttle

    Helmet specifications

    • Advanced Polycarbonate Composite Shell: Lightweight, superior fit and comfort using advanced CAD technology.
    • AccuSight™Anti-fog Faceshield: Optically superior 3D design provides 95% UV protection and an anti-scratch coating.
    • RapidFire™ Shield Replacement System: Quick, secure, tool-less removal and installation.
    • 2-stage Shield Closure Mechanism: Compresses shield into the eye port gasket providing an extremely secure seal.
    • “ACS” Advanced Channeling Ventilation System: Full front to back airflow flushes heat and humidity up and out.
    • Bioceramic Nylex® Moisture-wicking Interior: Anti-bacterial, removable and washable.
    • SNELL/DOT Approved
    • SIZES: XS-XL

    Lastly in this little selection are the HJC CS-R1 Samurai and Fang helmets.

    These got a 1* rating in the Sharp Helmet safety tests and are priced a priced at £104.99

      HJC CS-R1 Samuri The Samurai design above is one I personally quite like 🙂

      HJC CS-R1 Fang

    • Advanced Polycarbonate Composite Shell: Lightweight, superior fit and comfort using advanced CAD technology.
    • RapidFire™ Shield Replacement System: Quick, secure, tool-less removal and installation.
    • Optically Superior Faceshield: 95% UV protection.
    • Advanced Ventilation System: Adjustable forehead and chin vents, and two rear exhaust vents.
    • Plush, Nylex® Interior: Removable and washable cheek pads.
    • DOT Approved
    • SIZES: XS-XL

    Here is HJC’s helmet size conversion chart, just to try and be as helpful as possible 🙂

      Helmet Size Centimetres Hat Size Inches
      XXS 51-52 6 3/8 – 6 1/2 20- 20 1/2
      XS 53-54 6 5/8 – 6 3/4 20 7/8 – 21 1/4
      S 55-56 6 7/8 – 7 21 5/8 – 22
      M 57-58 7 1/8 – 7 1/4 22 1/2 – 22 7/8
      L 59-60 7 3/8 – 7 1/2 23 1/4 – 23 5/8
      XL 61-62 7 5/8 – 7 3/4 24 – 24 3/8
      XXL 63-64 7 7/8 – 8 24 3/4 – 25 1/4
      XXXL 65-66 8 1/8 – 8 1/4 25 5/8 – 26

    Save £££’s On Helmets At Hein Gericke

    February 22, 2009

    As of 20th February and until the 1st March 2009 you can save up to £80 on the price of the new range of 2008/2009 helmets if you shop at Hein Gericke.  And not only are these discounts available instore you can also get them if you buy via mail order or from their online catalogue!

    So have a look at the helmets they stock and you can save the following amounts on their listed prices

    £100 – £200 = £20 DISCOUNT!

    £200 – £400 = £40 DISCOUNT!

    £400+ = £80 DISCOUNT!

    The discounts are not available on previously discounted items, non stock items nor are they valid with any other offer but never the less they represent a big saving on the price of a new helmet.

    So if you are in the market for a new helmet, maybe for the fast approaching riding season, it is definately worth looking either in one of their stores or at their online store