(sigh) MORE Snow!

December 16, 2010

Yep, the little white fluffy things are falling out of the sky as I type! 😦

Hopefully it’s too wet out there for them to settle at the moment but, and it’s a big BUT, we are supposed to be having below zero temperatures tonight which means not only will we have icy conditions to deal with first thing, the snow shower which is forecast for 6am will probably settle on top of ice 😦

We’ve been VERY lucky here in Oxfordshire as far as snow goes up until now, but things look like they could be taking a definate turn for the worse on Saturday!  This could make the Christmas shopping I’ve got planned a bit interesting 😉

No doubt people will all be affected by the snow again, work days will be lost, roads will be blocked, cars will be abandoned, and we will once again descend into chaos.  People will start to complain about roads not being cleared and will point fingers at those who’s job it is, the councils and the Government, just like they did a few weeks ago.. Which I’ll readily admit, makes me laugh 🙂

I probably shouldn’t say this (but it’s my blog and I can say what I want!!) but how dumb are some of the people who complain?  I get the part about how councils should try to keep the roads clear but for goodness sake, the snow ploughs and gritters are driven by people!!! They’re not automated machines!! What the hell are the councils supposed to do if the gritter and snow plough drivers themselves can’t get to work?  Magic some out of thin air? It’s not like you can just get ‘anyone’ to drive one of the lorries, they need an HGV licence which the majority people don’t have.  Also it’s been so cold in parts of Scotland that the road salt isn’t melting the ice as the temperature is too low, and the snow plough blades are being broken by the ice.  I’d love to know how people think this should be dealt with, maybe the complainers should get their thinking caps on and come up with a solution for the benefit of us all instead of sitting there whinging.

My other gripe with people and the snow is that, inspite of the severe weather warnings saying “Don’t drive unless it’s an emergency”, people will still try and then complain like hell that it takes them 6 hours to get anywhere.  The dumbest example of this in the recent snow were the drivers, in some parts of the country, who tried to drive even though they had been told THE ROADS WERE CLOSED!!! Come on, how dumb can you be?  Talk about asking for trouble!

No doubt we will see more of this over the coming days on the news reports and I, for one, will sit and wonder about the intelligence of some people!


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 😦

 

 

 


Frozen Hands – How About Heated Gloves?

January 9, 2010

When it started getting a tad chilly outside my other half bought me some heated grips for my bike to keep my hands warmer over the winter.. I’m now officially in love with whoever invented them 😉

I totally love my heated grips 🙂

Apart from heated grips though you can also get heated gloves, as well as a full range of heated clothing.. I had a timely email from M&P Direct the other day telling me about it all 🙂

First off, heated gloves, here are a few details about them.  Just click on the photos to be taken to M&P Directs website for further information.

Gerbing Hybrid Gloves

Gerbing Hybrid Gloves

NEW! The new line of 12 V Hybrid Products utilize Gerbings Hybrid Heating System™. This system allows you the option of powering from your vehicles 12 V electrical system, or from Gerbings 12 volt lithium-ion battery pack with its built-in microprocessor temp controller.
  • Made with premium, supple, drum-dyed leather
  • Soft tricot fleece lining with 100g of Thinsulate® lining
  • Incorporates Gerbings Microwire® heating technology that uses micro-sized heating fibers to surround the hand with warmth
  • Internal Aquatex waterproof/breathable membrane
  • Includes vehicle battery harness and Y-harness
  • They retail at about the £150 mark, but when you consider you could pay that amount for a decent pair of bike gloves anyway, it’s not too bad and you get the added bonus of warm hands 🙂

    They also do these,

    Gerbing T5 Gloves

    Gerbing T5 Heated Gloves

    The T5 gloves from Gerbing’s were first introduced last year in Europe but now are available in the USA. Designed for the rider who rides out of necessity and not just for recreation. The T5 gloves were made for the type of rider who demands performance in a wide variety of riding conditions. Whether it is long distance riding where comfort and warmth are essential or intercity high traffic commuting where safety is a must, the T5 gloves from Gerbing’s deliver exceptional performance.
  • Gerbings heated gloves are made with high quality full-analine leather for an exceptionally light, strong and flexible glove
  • The glove heats the entire length of each finger including the thumb as well as the back of your hand
  • Gauntlet style glove
  • Adjustable wrist fastener
  • Hypora® waterproof, breathable membrane
  • Thinsulate® insulation for great warmth and dexterity
  • Brushed tricot liner for added warmth and durability
  • Incorporates Gerbings Microwire® heating technology that uses micro-sized heating fibers to surround the hand with warmth
  • Lifetime warranty on the Microwire™ heating elements
  • Other heated kit M&P Direct sells includes

    Heated Inner Soles for your boots – I do hate getting cold feet!!

    Heated Jacket Liners – For a toasty body

    Heated Trouser Liners – For warm legs

    What I need now is for someone to invent some kind of device which projects a bubble of warmth round me and my bike, which will also melt the ice and snow, so that I can go out and ride!!


    Brrrr.. It’s Getting Colder Out There!

    November 12, 2009

    It’s definately getting colder out there now and some mornings my poor fingers are so cold after the 20 mile run into work that they ache.

    So my sweetie of a boyfriend bought me a set of the Oxford Sport Heated Grips for my bike, and they arrived in the post yesterday.

    Woohoo! I can’t wait for the weekend so I can get them fitted.

    Oxford Hot Grips - Sport

    I’ll let you know how I get on with both fitting and using them.


    No Going Out On My Motorbike Today!

    February 5, 2009

     After all the weather warnings of the last few days, and England shutting down all because of a butterfly farting somewhere and causing an inch of snow here.

    It all cleared enough yesterday for me to be able to go out on my bike. WOOHOO 🙂

    There weren’t any real weather warnings last night but I reckon the butterfly must have had beans for dinner last night, as we woke up to this little lot this morning 😦

    I Don't Think I Will Be Taking The Bike Out Today!

    I Don't Think I Will Be Taking The Bike Out Today!

    We had more snow overnight that the last few days put together, so my motorbike will be staying tucked up in the garage!

    Be careful out there if you do have to go out.