Here in the Midwest, having the right gear for winter cycling is the difference between truly enjoying rides and simply suffering through them. And while some cyclists simply hide indoors when the temps take a dive, I enjoy the fresh face snow and ice add to my familiar routes. As such, I’m always on the lookout for gear that makes my winter cycling adventures more enjoyable.
I would suggest this as a very good but not terribly exceptional outer shell…. I would have expected a much nicer pad in the bibs, and a structure that didn’t put a seam in an area where the body articulates during pedaling.
The Northwave extreme GTX 2 XCM shoes were some of the best of its class that I have tried, perhaps the best. The good far outweighed the concerning points and I can see no problems using these through several seasons of “transitional” or even mild winter use.
Northwave Extreme XCM 2 GTX Shoes: Checkpoint- by Guitar Ted It has now been several weeks since I introduced the Northwave Extreme XCM 2 GTX shoes. They have seen wet weather, mud, dust, and- of course- gravel roads. Just in case you missed what these boots are all about, you can catch up by hitting […]
We have two garments from Gore Wear that we have been pressing into use over this Fall-Winter, including some riding in the high mountains south of LA.
Chrome Cycling Gloves: Quick Review- by Grannygear I have said before that it seems a good glove might be the hardest thing to make in cycling clothing. Seemingly simple, but seldom done well, most gloves pinch or bind or squeeze or over do. Enter the simple glove. Chrome even has a simple name for them: […]
Kali Alchemy Helmet: Quick Review – by Grannygear I have to admit to a bit of snobbery when it comes to bike gear. Part of that is the amount of very fine gear that tends to come my way as a product reviewer, most of it on the higher end of things. My road helmet […]
Editor’s Note: Winter is upon us but that doesn’t mean we have to stop cycling. Our Riding Gravel contributors, Grannygear and MG will be giving us the lowdown on some gear we have been sent that will allow you to stay warm and meet your Winter gravel riding needs. First up in our Winter Wear […]
Northwave Extreme XCM 2 GTX Shoes: Getting Rolling – by Guitar Ted Several years ago a “winter oriented company” based in Minneapolis, Minnesota sent out a pair of cycling shoes for me to test which were very unusual at that time. They were kind of a mash-up of a cycling shoe and a bootie, or […]
Riding Gravel Gift Guide 2018: This is the season for gift giving, and we at Riding Gravel have had some nice items come through here which we recommend as gifts you could give to your favorite gravel grinding friends, relatives, or significant others. Or…….you could just gift these to yourself. Whatever moves you, these are […]