Tuesday, April 27, 2010

M.J. would be proud of me

I think I've resolved my issue with what to do about the new color scheme on the Karate Monkey. A week or so ago in a post I was talking about the addition of some new white components. I felt like the Monkey needed a face lift but after adding a new white stem & seat there was just something else I felt like it needed but I wasn't sure what that was.

I didn't have the dough to throw down on a new white fork or a set of I-9's with white rims which would have been pretty sweet. I needed something small, something inexpensive and something that wasn't too "in your face". I think I may have found just that.

Ladies & Gentlemen may I present to you the Dakine Step-up Gloves in white.
Back in April Melinda bought me a new pair of riding gloves. Something I really needed. Normally I go with just plain black because there is not much else out there to choose from. I'm pretty picky about the fit of my gloves and my last pair while they did fit good and still do the velcro wrist strap gave up the ghost within 2-3 months. I was really disappointed in the lack of stickiness. I'll try not to complain too much about the gloves since they're were completely free courtesy of the Endura Rep. I met on a ferry ride in the Outer Banks last summer. The gloves themselves are still in great cond. and I'll keep them on hand for days when the weather turns sour and I don't want to get my new pretty white gloves dirty.
I'm sure I'll take some ribbing over the white gloves but I think they look pretty cool, they fit great and best of all there is no velcro wrist strap to worry about. I do have one small little complaint about the Dakine gloves, they're hard to get. None of my local shops carry them and none of my usual online stores do either. I will assure you that I did look locally before I purchased them online but I've been disappointed in the selection of gloves here in the Tri-Cities.

Enough about color matching & gloves, the Night Owl, is just around the corner and my riding has suffered lately so as usual I will probably be trying to cram too much riding in a short amount of time in an effort to be in the best racing shape ever. Why does it never work the way I plan it in my head. I have no kids, my work schedule allows me to ride more than most but yet I still have a hard time getting in all the miles I would like to.
I did grab Melinda and I a camp spot at Hungry Mother but I have yet to register for the race. I'm going to hold off until Friday in order to give myself the most time possible to decide on which class to race. Expert or Sport, I definitely won't feel like a sandbagger racing sport but the course for expert is more appealing and the fact that Alan is racing expert makes me feel as if I should. If I race expert there is a good chance I'm going to get my ass handed to me, if I race sport there is a possibility of getting close to the podium if the turnout is low and I'm on my A-game. I've got 3 more days to study the course try and figure out who's racing what and make my decision.


Andy said...

I registered for sport with the thought that if I feel I should go for expert, they will most likely let me upgrade at the event.

Anonymous said...

For being white, those gloves look pretty beefy.

Riding with dogs said...

they are a bit beefy so I expect them to hold up well, especially if I get into a fist fight


I would never knock your white gloves since you NEVER dis'd my "red" grips..... ;-P

khswes said...

I'm with you on the white gloves, those look good. Don't let anybody knock your style on the bike, if they do they're just jealous.

khswes said...

PS. Alan, who DOESNT like awesome red grips??

Riding with dogs said...

Alan I never dissed your red grips, you asked if they were too much and I said yes. They're growing on me though.