Test riding Velotoze shoe covers and their new wind/waterproof gloves, which are like scuba gloves. Review forthcoming on PEZ.
I might not go YJA, but I’m getting a pretty obnoxious green and white POC helmet soon.
Picked up a Bellwether top last year that has quite a bit of pink to go with the base black. It’s pretty nifty looking. And pretty hi-viz without going full YJA.
When conditions/circumstances dictate, I proudly wear my YJA! I also have a YVA — a little more subtle but still bold and in your face.
I wear a YJA every day in autumn and winter for commuting, so I can arrive at work in my office clothes dry. I also keep a YGA (Yellow Gilet of Authority) in my pocked or bag at all times – when you need to put it on, you usually also appreciate the high-vis of it. And the warmth just a superlight gilet can add is astounding.
Yeah I like a Gilet for those in between Spring/Autumn days. Though I stick to bright red. It did bug me a bit when I bought a red Castelli Perfetto Gilet only to find the back is black.
YVA = YGA. Mine is actually a Gore thermal vest/gilet for winter weather. I have several different “regular” vests/gilets for when the temps are cool/cold but not freezing or very windy days.
Velotoze are a PITA. They just end up shredded. I bought them as waterproof, and it kind of works, but you end up really clammy underneath. Then I used them for aero shoe covers (pfft) but if I TT this year I’ve decided to ride them as Eddy intended, i.e. on a normal road bike, no aero bars, no pointy helmet; and NO shoe covers.
I had initial concerns about tearing the Velotoze shoe covers putting them on and taking them off, but having now done it several times, I think they’re reasonably “robust” enough. That said, I also think they’re basically disposable items. I’d expect them to last maybe a season or two if I used them all the time. But I’ve got a few different options for shoe covers and use what I think is best given the conditions. The Velotoze seem best designed for what I call Belgian spring conditions. Cold (maybe down to 40F-ish) and windy (they are very windproof). They… Read more »
To be fair the most shredded ones are probably quite old. I just didn’t have the patience to put them on and off carefully. I now use some basic neoprene zip-ups in any rubbish weather, and I probably replace those every 2 years.
Putting them on is “involved” but “easy.” Taking them off is a PITA. Especially now with BOA closures, you have to make sure the don’t catch on anything. But I think as long as you’re careful and don’t rush, you can avoid shredding them.
I tried the Velotoze shoe covers some years ago. Put a finger through them on second wearing! Then found I was far from alone in discovering their fragility. Have they made them any more robust?
For the Glove they look a bit like a pair of Marigolds – are they the same construction as the shoe covers?
(And you can get the Marigolds on OTR Teal……..)
PS – I moved this over to Chaicchierio
PPS – What front light are you using there that seems to mount under the GPS mount?
See my reply to Rob Sandy about the shoe covers.
The gloves are 2.5mm thick neoprene. So essentially scuba gloves. The shoe covers are latex (so I think more like what you call Marigolds and what look like to me to be dishwashing gloves).
I have a BarFly out front mount for my Garmin. An accessory they used to make (I don’t know if they still do) is an integrated universal light mount. https://www.amazon.com/Bar-Fly-bundle-Garmin-formerly/dp/B00YETLY76
The light itself is an older Bontrager/Trek ION 700 R. https://www.bikelightdatabase.com/bontrager/ion700/
Ta, I’ve got a bit of a cludge to mount a light central under my GPS. I have integrated bar/stem so mount options are a bit limited. The fabric light mounting under the gps was great – till it broke! Might be changing over to a Wahoo gps which is (I think) lighter than the garmin 800 so might give the fabric light another go when I do.
I do like my cockpit to be uncluttered and symmetrical.
If you’re looking for an integrated cycle computer/light out front mount, this product is on eBay (from a lot of different sellers, mostly in China but I’ve seen a few in the US) and shows up a lot on my FB feed. Attaches via stem faceplate bolts. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Bike-Bicycle-Stem-Extension-Computer-Mount-Holder-Base-For-GARMIN-Edge-GPS-GoPro/372598005347
I have an integrated Stem/Bar so use one of these