Friday, 21 January 2011

Bike Porn Friday: the five-fingered shuffle


We replace the planned BPF post (on the cartography of London Blue Bikes), partly out of irritation with the non-functioning of the stand on Royal College Street, but also out of celebration of the return of chilly weather.

When the last cold front descended, Dr Matt headed straight to an internet purveyor of sweets and cycling apparel and obtained a fine pair of Shimano Pro 'Team Gel' gloves. He then forgot to get on his bike, got a cold, left the country, and returned to milder conditions, which suited his Martock-fashioned, Embrocation + Striped Menswear gloves (on this, please await tales of Kentish Town Pastoral, which should be ready for posting in a day or two, depending on how things go with Perren Street.)

Today, however, his Jobs communication device announced a nippy 4 degrees. Potentially liverish for the fingertips. The Team Gels were unleashed! They were on the snug side, but with a well-judged amount of padding combined with a smooth palm, and comforting snot-removing terry cloth. For a while, Dr Matt was convinced that the white stripe and reflective material made him visible to vehicular traffic: Addison Lee soon disabused him of that silly notion. Arriving safe nonetheless at the bibliotheque, he realised that his fingers were perfectly toasty, and announced the gloves a success. The Swede would approve. Then, he frose the finger tips after removing them to go through the locking routine.

Trois V!

Flotsnoo!

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