Hello everyone and welcome to the tenth Boure newsletter. Winter hasn't left yet and it looks like Durango is finally recovering from several years of substandard moisture. This is a typically slow period for bicycle clothing sales at Boure as winter captures North America. We find it interesting to see where sales come from this time of year and while Arizona, Texas, Florida and California are forever in summer, we are sometimes taken by surprise when a big winter storm forces people indoors and near a computer to fill in the holes in their wardrobe rather than actually riding. Then a week or two later several good days expose wardrobe shortcomings as people in a region suddenly get back on their bikes.
As we promised several newsletters ago, we have begun to launch our Frequently Asked Questions page. We are also organizing the launch of a new section called Wade's World. This section will make available to all of you the same great deals found by Durango locals on our "Sale Rack". These are items that have been returned after a ride or two (don't worry, we wash them!) and can't be sold as new, or brand new items custom made for people where the fit wasn't quite right. Keep an eye peeled for additions and changes, Drew is very creative and his hermit like qualities sometimes send him into the Web site for extended periods at which time changes always occur.
As always we encourage one and all to write with suggestions or comments regarding this newsletter.
1. Some clothing suggestions excerpted from the Frequently Asked Questions page,
2. Late winter specials and a pre-order special on the 2005 Boure Team jerseys,
3. Announcing a fun new contest,
4. Wade's filler...
1. What's the conventional wisdom regarding advantages/disadvantages of going with leg warmers verses over-the-short tights?
I don't know if it can be called "wisdom" but we have thought through the hierarchy for leg warmth a bit. Starting with the understanding that each person has a different tolerance for cold and must therefore determine at what temperature or application each stage will come, the gradient of our leg oriented clothing is as follows:
Warmest situation to coldest/least thermal to most thermal clothing
Just shorts (Classic, Pro or Elite),
Lightweight knickers (Pro or Elite),
Shorts with knee warmers
Shorts with lightweight (Pro) tights
Shorts with leg warmers
Elite Thermo knickers
Shorts with Elite Thermo tights or Elite Thermo bib tights with a chamois
Now, with that said. Basically the material that is used for leg/knee warmers is warmer than the short and lightweight knicker/tight material. The Elite Thermo material is the warmest material.
To go with the described levels of warmth for your lower body, here are a couple scenarios for me (Wade) in Durango as a road rider. That means almost always dry, mostly sunny, at an "average" pace of 15 mph for a slow day to 22 mph for a fast day (read: wind) with lots of up and down hills (read: slower up hill=hotter, then faster downhill=cooler than the day's average). I tend to be average compared to other riders, not the hottest and not the coolest. I say all this because we recommend that you dress for the expected average on your ride. If you are dressed correctly, we expect that sometimes you will get a tad cool (going downhill for instance), then a tad hot (going up hill).
Summer = 80+ degrees: bib shorts, cotton t-shirt, short sleeve summer jersey, short finger gloves.
Spring = 60ish degrees: bib shorts, knee warmers, wool sleeveless base layer, summer-weight jersey, arm warmers (an alternative would be a light thermal long sleeve jersey instead of the short sleeve summer jersey), short finger gloves.
Fall = 45ish degrees: Elite Thermo bib tights with chamois, long sleeve wool base layer, long sleeve wool jersey, wind vest (might take on and off during ride), light long-finger gloves, thin head cover of some type, now I might have 2 pair of light socks and toe covers.
Winter = 30ish degrees: Elite Thermo bib tights with chamois, long sleeve wool base layer, Elite Thermo jersey with Pro wind or thermal vest (or Pro thermal cycling jacket), wool skull cap or balaklava, two pair lightweight wool socks and shoe covers, heavier/wind proof gloves.
In each case, I carry the Pro rain/wind jacket in my pocket as my bailout layer in case the weather changes, but dress not to need it.
Another consideration is flexibility required for the day. Let's say it is winter and not going above 50 degrees all day. For me, I would need Elite Thermo tights all day. During a fall or spring day it can be 40-50 degrees in the morning but warm up to 70+ later in the day with lots of solar gain as the morning progresses. In this situation, I want to end up in just shorts, so I would choose knee/leg warmers or the lightweight tights, all of which can be stowed in a rear pocket as the day warms up.
Layering is the concept of wearing multiple layers of clothing to allow you to shed or add one or more layers during changing conditions. This concept works very well in cycling. Our clothing lines are designed to incorporate this concept. As such, our rain/wind jacket, wind vest, leg warmers, arm warmers, etc. are designed to be small enough to store after their use in your jersey pocket, to be available when the conditions change back.
In summary, which item you wear for a given temperature range is a personal preference that must be determined with experience. Which clothing set up you use is dependent on the application circumstances.
For more Q&A, go to our Frequently Asked Questions page.
2. We are now running specials on our Elite Thermo cycling gear where you get to decide what you want to save money on. For a limited time (whenever we turn it off on the web site!), you can save $10-15 on our Elite Thermo items: jersey, knickers or tights!
And while hopefully, that will fulfill your remaining winter needs, we also want to get you excited for the inevitable return of warm weather and our 2005 Boure TEAM jersey designs. For the first time we are going to produce two different version of our long sleeve TEAM jersey in 2005. This spring we will offer a light-weight sunscreen long sleeve jersey made from Voler's "SQ Pro with Mynx UV". Bonded chemically with the yarns, this treatment greatly increases the UV-reflective properties of the fabric. The UV rating is 50+ SPF." In late summer, we will bring out the thermal version of the long sleeve jersey for fall riding. From now until March 15th, you can save $10.00 on the short sleeve and sunscreen versions with delivery expected around March 20th. See them now on our Web Specials page.
3. On occasion, we have had extended e-mail conversations with many customers over clothing, seats, rides, crotches, happiness, misery and all the other wonderful things that make up life. On occasion, we are amazed and amused by the writings of our clients. To that end we would like to request your musings and stories for our first ever cycling story telling contest. You don't need to be a professional writer or cyclist to participate, just take a few minutes to describe something that you saw or participated in. If it is true then all the better. We will collect them and post them to the web site for everyone to enjoy. (We will maintain a minimum amount of editorial control to try and protect the meek among you), as an example, I have excerpted here a section of a wonderful e-mail sent by a customer a while back who as you can see has a knack for spinning a yarn, if not steering a bike...
"I've wanted to make a trip to Winter Park in the off season to experience the downhill MTB. As you may have noted, mountains and me don't really get along. I also slid halfway down the side Table Mountain in Golden, until a firmly planted cactus that imbedded itself in by crotch halted my downward progress. It was really hard to believe people could actually fall over laughing instead of assisting me in extracting my ripped, bloody and torn body from the Colorado flora. Once we manage to descend without further incident, we drove up to Winter Park, thank goodness there was still snow on the ground. I found a nice high drift sat in it and let the "boys" enjoy a little quite time. The worst part is that it was all captured on film and made to rounds at the office when we got back home."
4. Just a few ramblings to catch you all up on the latest gossip around the office. Our long time Seamstress, Laverne, had a healthy baby boy a few days before Christmas and both mother and son are doing well. We gladly welcomed Laverne back to work just last week. Wade completed the El Tour de Tucson 66-mile event (9th place 3:07), the Case Grande Century (motor-pacing behind the famous Zoll brothers' tandem for 85 miles in just over 4 hours) and added another 1/2 mile to his 15 minute roller race pace at the annual Snowdown race. Jacque had a great trip to California over the holidays and brought back the first in a series of big winter storms to Colorado, for which we thank her. Drew has been practicing his winter cycling techniques including front and rear tire slides on ice while researching a full range of our thermal gear for his daily commute. Forget those silly and often crazy postmen, Drew really does ride rain, snow, hail and all other weather conditions. Ned has been focused on continued calory intake and skiing this winter, racing in several local events. Ned won the 30k Langlauf race at Purgatory and the guy is almost 50! Those of you who don't cross train, maybe you ought to think about it... Lastly, we have been seeing continued price increases fro our European suppliers followed closely by our domestic suppliers. We will continue to try and keep our prices as competitive as possible but, be forewarned, prices must eventually creep up. So wise men and women, buy soon and save.
Again, all of us here at Boure wish you the very best now and in the future and thank you for your support and continued referrals to your friends. Please let us know how we can help make your cycling more fun and comfortable,
Ned, Drew, Wade, Laverne and Jacque