Mountain Bike

It’s a great time of year to get on your bike (and get your eGloves on!)

This time of the year is brilliant for biking. With the roads a little quieter, the clocks still giving us plenty of daylight and the awesome autumn colours blazing, it’s the perfect time to dust of that bike and hit the leafy road (or off-road). 

Whether you’re a rather wobbly beginner or a super advanced cyclist there are loads of organisations and organised events which can help get you out there, enjoying the open road and improving your fitness and performance all at the same time. As a great start point, check out cyclingweekly.com which is full of useful event guides as well as super cool cycles to coo over and inspirational sporting stories. We also like the cycling.org website which has some great route guides and some really handy guides to year round bike maintenance.

Autumn is a great time to try out some of the fantastic Cycling Sportives that are taking place across the country too. Different from races, these organised cycle tours give you an opportunity to ride alongside other like minded cyclists, enjoy some of the best of the British countryside and challenge yourself to make it around whatever distance and climb suits your cycle-ability.

Getting kitted out is important because although we’re still seeing plenty of sunshine, there’s a definite nip in the air in the morning and evening. Carrying an extra layer such as a lightweight, waterproof jacket or some funky leg or arm warmers is a good idea. Early morning mist or dusk falling a little earlier than you expect means that having clean, effective lights on your bike is important and if it gets a bit drizzly, better get those mudguards out. If you like the thrill of after-dark cycling (there’s a great guide here) https://www.cyclinguk.org/news/night-riding-skills-tips-and-tricks-for-mtb-riders-and-leaders then high vis cycling gear is a must.

When it’s cold or rainy a good pair of gloves can make the all difference between a grim bike ride and a great bike ride. Ideally, the best cycling gloves give your hands room to move and let your skin breathe. They’ll keep your hands warm and dry, be windproof, be comfy and have grips in all the right places. At the same time they need to be lightweight enough for you to control your bike and feel what you’re doing. That’s a pretty long list.

At eGlove, we’re pretty pleased with our Cycling glove range. With 2 styles to choose from : our robust Mountain Biking Gloves and our weatherproof Winter Cycling Gloves, whether you’re a road rider or off-roader you can be sure of high performance and supreme comfort whilst you’re out on your bike. 

The ‘Bike Pro’ eGloves come in two vibrant colourways and feature tough finger protection, padded palm protection and short, comfort cuffs with adjustable velcro fastening. Like all our eGloves they also have touchscreen friendly fingertips so you don’t have to take them off if you want to take a photo or need to take a call.

The eBike Gel Pro eGloves have been tested through brutal head winds, the steepest climbs and the speediest descents to deliver a fantastic all-round performance. Windproof, water resistant and breathable as well as being machine washable. These warm cycling gloves would be ideal whether you’re on a wild autumn countryside cycle ride or you’re biking from the train station after a busy day at the office.

If you’re out and about on your bike this Autumn, we’d love to see you in action. Why not send us a selfie of you (and your eGloves) in action?

Sometimes people are AMAZING!

We've known Lucja Leonard (@runningdutchie) and her hubby Dion (@findinggobi) for a few years now - you'll often spot a picture of Lucja in her pink eGlove Sport being shared or posted by us on Twitter or Instagram! They have always been really supporting of eGlove, and as a small business we are always grateful for that...

We've loved seeing their running journey together as the trials seem to get tougher and tougher, and yep, we've shed a few tears over the Finding Gobi story and book... We actually would steal Gobi given half a chance if truth be told!! If you haven't heard the story - go grab the book at www.findinggobi.com

So when a message popped up from them asking for support for Dion's latest challenge the answer was "Yes, Yes, Yes" before we'd actually read the details!!

Now, having read them, we are gobsmacked. 

Dion is running the Triple Crown of 3 x 200 mile non stop races in the USA! Yep, you read that right - not one, but THREE 200 mile races!!!! The first race is the Bigfoot 200 mile race in the Cascade Mountains in August. The second is the Lake Tahoe 200 mile race in September and the third is the Moab 240 mile race in October.

Dion has never run this distance in one go, so there are a lot of unknowns -  Can he run 640 miles in less than 10 weeks with little recovery time? Can his body and mind cope with a distance?

Wait, why I am I trying to describe it? Hear from Dion himself...

As you will see, he's doing it to raise money for the Little Adoption Shop Shelter in Beijing and the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home which he and Gobi are both proud to be associated with and support. Please support if you can, just click the picture below! We want to help too - so for the duration of the challenge, if you use the code DION10 when you checkout, you get 10% discount, and we'll donate £1.00 - everyone's a winner... just head to www.eglove.co.uk

 Click on the image to see Dion's Crowdfunding page!

Click on the image to see Dion's Crowdfunding page!

So, in his kit he'll have his eGlove Run gloves and eGlove Ultra Run Gloves. We're thrilled.

Good luck Dion! Look after him Lucja! Oh, and if you need anyone to look after Gobi.... ;-) 

Bio: Dion Leonard is a Australian/British Ultra Runner who started running in 2013 and has already achieved numerous top 10 finishes in ultra races around the world, in the most extreme conditions. Dion has not only competed in but completed some of the world’s toughest ultra running races across the most inhospitable landscapes, including two times at the “Toughest Footrace on Earth” the brutal 250km Marathon Des Sables across the Sahara desert. Dion has also run South Africa’s 250km Kalahari Extreme Desert Race 3 times (winning it in 2017), MDS Peru 250km in the Ica Desert, Hawaii’s infamous HURT 100 and Cambodia 220km.

In 2016 Dion was running a 250km race across the Chinese Gobi Desert when a stray dog started running with him. The lovable pup, who would later earn the name Gobi, proved that what she lacked in size, she more than made up for in heart, as she went step for step with Dion over the Tian Shan Mountains, across massive sand dunes, through yurt villages and the black sands of the Gobi Desert, keeping pace with him for 125km. The unlikely pair formed an unbreakable bond and Dion made Gobi a promise to bring her home, but their journey would become an emotional rollercoaster ride as Gobi would go missing in a city in Northwestern China. Their unbelievable true story became a worldwide sensation and international bestselling book with a movie now in the works.

Equestrian

Horses, hands and hot weather - The eGlove guide to heatwave horse-riding.

AT eGlove, we’re LOVING this beautiful weather! We’ve been busy being outdoors A LOT...

We've been walking in the early mornings, heading to the seaside for a paddle, feeling the breeze in our hair as we zip out on our bikes and pottering in the garden (with a Pimms in hand). Nikki’s been making the most of the shadier running routes and we’ve not worn our eGloves for a good while. This said, we were chatting to a horse-mad friend (over lunch in a pub garden) the other day and the subject of gloves came up (as it often does). We discussed the pros and cons of horse-riding in a heatwave and we’ve saved up some of her handy tips and ideas for you here.

Dressing yourself (and your horse) for the weather

When out and about in the saddle, wearing light coloured riding clothes and plenty of sun lotion is a no-brainer.  Whilst you can’t really wear shorts to ride if you want to avoid chafing and bruises, light coloured jodhpurs can make a really big difference. You could also opt for a lighter coloured hat cover and a light saddle pad for your horse. 

Don’t forget the sunscreen

Your shoulders, and elbows are likely candidates for sunburn  but did you know that horses can suffer from sunburn too? Pink noses, scars and hairless patches might need a coating of sunblock before heading outside on a hot sunny day. It’s good to clip your horse in hot weather, but not too closely as it can mean less protection from the sun for your horse. A fly sheet can help protect white or grey horses from sunburn too.

Get eGloved up

Many people would think that wearing riding gloves in this weather is madness - but in fact, gloves specially for riding can be just as useful in the summer months as they are in the depths of winter, especially if you’re jumping. Leather riding gloves will stop sweaty palms sliding about on the reins and mean you can protect your hands from blisters which are more likely to occur when hands are hot and puffy.

Well fitting leather riding gloves (like eGlove Equest Leather Grip Pro) should fit like a second skin and still give you good grip and feel on the reins. Leather riding gloves are best because they’re breathable and stretchy and eGlove* equestrian gloves incorporate a pad of technical fabric which makes grip on the reins even more secure (not to mention the fact that you can use your mobile phone whilst wearing them to call ahead and line up a bucket of water for your horse and and a cool drink for yourself once you get back to the stables).

Wearing leather gloves for leading your horse in the heat is sensible too as it will reduce the likelihood of the lead rope slipping and pulling through your hand if the horse pulls away. Rope burns can be really sore - especially in hot, sweaty weather.

Consider the amount of activity you're doing

To keep horses cool in a heatwave, reducing the length and intensity of rides is an obvious start - but also choosing woodland or shady rides makes sense. Horses can be turned out overnight or in the early morning and evening instead of the middle of the day too.

Make your horse’s home as heat proof as possible

Fans are a popular barn addition during a heatwave - as long as your horse can’t nibble the cords or wiring and some stables are lucky enough to have built-in water misters which the horses love.

We all need water

Like us, horses need plenty of fresh, cold water to drink every day - and even more so in a hot spell. When it’s sweaty weather - we can lose a lot of essential salts if we’re running or exercising and it’s the same for horses. Providing a salt lick or electrolyte laced water bucket  for your horse can ensure optimum balance is maintained. It’s a good idea to take a refillable cold water flask when you’re out riding so you don’t get thirsty too.

After a ride, horses should be hosed or sponged off and sweat scraped to cool them down and then walk or grazed until dry. Most horses love a cool bath to refresh them after exercise (just like we do!)

So for seasoned riders, fair-weather equestrian enthusiasts or anyone off to the Polo, gymkhana or eventing this summer, there are a few thoughts on warm weather riding. And whether you’re planning on spending the heatwave on a horse or not, we say stay hydrated, stay sunblocked and make the most of it whilst it lasts!

*eGlove Equest leather grip pro horse riding gloves have the added benefit of strong leather between the rein fingers, a secure velcro fastening on the wrist and a range of great colours (navy, tan, black and dark brown). Equest are also smart enough for competitive riding wear. See the complete collection here.

Equestrian, Guest Blogger

Gem's guest Blog - eQUEST Leather Grip Pro Review

EQUEST Leather Grip Pro
By eGlove
https://www.eglove.co.uk/

Hi guys I am Gem Gilbert also known as @gemeventing https://www.instagram.com/gemeventing/
Im excited to be writing this blog/ product review for eGlove. 

The eQuest Leather Grip Pro is a brilliant leather glove which you can find here:  https://www.eglove.co.uk/horse-riding-gloves/  is not only is a fab riding glove but also allows you to venture on your phone or smart watch, anything electrical that you would usually poke thousands of times , until you give up and take off your gloves to use it. Well there will be no more of that! No cold hand faffing with these bad boys.

The Leather Grip Pro is available in 4 common equestrian colours-  black, navy blue, tan and chocolate brown. I have the navy and chocolate brown. Both stunning colours perfect for any type of equestrian discipline, I use mine for jumping, hacking, Dressage and day to day riding, the possibility’s are endless. However they are the perfect kind of glove for out hacking, I have found as when you see that perfect photo between your horses ears (if your horse is anything like mine you have to be quick to get the ears forward) you can take a photo really quickly and easy! 

So the glove itself you ask? You know they are electronic friendly. Now about it’s performance so the leather glove keeps your hands warm as long as the temperature is about 3 degrees. The elastic breathable structure in between the fingers and across the knuckle allows for your hand not to be suffocated and allow the glove to mould round you, also perfect for those competition sweaty palm nerves. The extra grip strip on the edge of the glove is my favourite bit as we all know that one horse that pulls! These gloves are perfect for that, as the grip allows you to get a firm hold of the reins without them slipping out especially on a typical British summers day when the heavens open. I can officially say my hands stayed dry for 30 minutes but the weather was horrendous but it didn’t affect my grip on my reins! 

My other favourite feature is how soft the leather is, it is so comfortable and breathable its amazing. The velcro strap allows you to have the gloves done up as tight or loose as you want! And they aren’t just all for adults they do a range for kids also! 

How to clean them? Everyone knows how grubby gloves can get and you wouldn’t go out competing with a dirty saddle so why would you go out with gloves. To clean and care for your gloves use a good quality saddle soap and rub it into the leather with a soft cloth in a circular moment that will get your gloves shining!  

I can’t recommend eglove enough! The Friendly and helpful service which is second to none, what more could you want? 

Be sure to check out there twitter and Instagram account and give eGlove a cheeky follow! 
Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/egloveuk
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Thank you! Hope you have enjoyed my product review! Be sure to have a little look and a follow of my Instagram to see me Riding in my wonderful eglove https://www.instagram.com/gemeventing/ and twitter head to https://mobile.twitter.com/gemeventing to follow our progress in our eGloves! 

Gem Gilbert 💜

EDITORS NOTE - We met Gem at the West Country Equine Fair - where she purchased a pair of the leather gloves. She subsequently purchased another pair from the website. We then offered her a pair of the prototype Winter Elite's in blue for next season in return for a blog piece. We simply asked for an honest review. Hopefully you'll enjoy it!  Thanks Gem x

eGlove News - National Run Show

We've been involved in the running industry for 8 or so years now, but next weekend represents something of a first!!

I don't think there has ever been a National Running Show - but there is in 2018, and we are exhibiting at it! Held over 20th & 21st January at the NEC in Birmingham there is a great opportunity for us to meet our customers, and hopefully get a few more!! :-)

We'll have some great show bargains:

  • Run Gloves from £10
  • Ultra Run from £10
  • Hydration Packs £15
  • Bike Gloves from £8
  • ...plus plenty of others - we may even roll out the popular bargain bin!!

The stand will be manned by myself (James) and Nikki, and we can't wait to meet new people and see some old friends.

Details of the show can be found here and tickets are still available! There are some great guest speakers lined up for the Show, from Olympic Gold Medal winners to globe-trotting adventurers!

If you fancy a spend up, there are some great retail opportunities - not least of all ourselves!!

So, come on over, and say hello!!

Equestrian, Guest Blogger

Olivia's Guest Dressage Blog - 2017 comes to a close...

It’s great to be back blogging for eGlove as I start reflecting on my busy dressage season that is drawing to a close coming up to Christmas.

This year has been incredible. Mine and Worldly Wises partnership has developed more than I could have wished for. Every competition I have attended has been another opportunity to learn something new about my Will. For instance, looking back at the difference from Keysoe CDI to Hickstead CDI (four months apart) shows me how without the constant arena experience it wouldn’t have been possible to develop and move from getting average scores to ones that made me a contender at an international.

Other than junior internationals this season, we have been working towards our Young rider debut next year (PSG level). With the help of my amazing trainer David Trott, our hard work in training resulted in us winning the Petplan festival at PSG level. We are now waiting to hear if I will receive a wildcard for the finals next April, however this has all been valuable experience to kick start my Young rider qualification in January at Addington Manor.

Another focus in the last couple of months has been Dressage to Music at Advanced medium level. After my first try during Keysoe CDI, it made me realise another side to dressage that I wish I had done a long time ago! My music consisted of Pirates of the Caribbean and The Great Gatsby coupled with a challenging floor plan that in two outings qualified me for the regionals with two 68% scores. Recently, I have been working on a new floor plan for PSG level ready for internationals next season.

Other than a busy dressage season, in July I finished my A levels and got my grades for my first-choice university at The London Institute of Banking and Finance to start September 2018. This means I have a whole year of focusing on my horses, continuing my teaching and reaching my dream of attending the European Championships for Italy as well as a bit of traveling now I have the time.

However, all of my achievements wouldn’t be possible without the support of my sponsors, family and friends. I cannot thank you all enough for being right behind me with everything I’m lucky enough to be doing. I finished the 8th best Italian Junior rider and moved up 127 spaces in the world FEI rankings. My next big competition will be at Addington Premier League in January where I hope to achieve my two scores to attend Keysoe CDI 2018.

Until next time…

Olivia x

www.oliviamorianodressage.com