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Deerskin vs. Cowhide

August 15, 2011

Deerskin Gloves

Deerskin Gloves

We have a great selection of American made deerskin gloves and other motorcycle gloves.

Deerskin is one of the most difficult leathers to work with, both in it’s tanning process, and in the making of leather goods. This, and limited availability, prevents it from being a leather that can be stamped out and sewn into products by the millions using inexperienced labor and many common mass production methods. When done properly however, it produces one of the strongest, softest, most durable, and comfortable gloves you can wear.

A properly cut deerskin glove has stretch width-wise and very little stretch length-wise. This means a snug fitting glove that will expand with your hand when you make a fist or grip something,but the fingers won’t stretch or become floppy.

The physical structure of deerskin leather is different than other types of skins. It’s elongated interwoven fibers give it an extremely high shear strength and abrasion resistance. The spaces between the fibers make the leather soft and comfortable over a wider range of temperatures than others. In other words: cooler in the warm weather and warmer in the cold weather.

The combination of a naturally superior leather,tanned, cut and sewn by Experienced crafts people using age old processes, results in a product that truly “fits like a glove”.

Unlike man-made materials that appear flawless, any skin has surface scratches and scars, etc., and contain Subtle variations in color and texture resulting in natural markings which add to the uniqueness of each item. These variations in no way affect the durability or performance of the glove. Normal use will enhance the character of this leather.

Paul Trachy

Chippy’s First Motorcycle Ride

August 2, 2011

Chippy's First Ride

Chippy's First Ride

What bike do you ride? Are you a driver or a rider? Which motorcycle jacket do you wear when you ride? Those are questions I’m often asked. Sadly, I have to admit that I have never even been on a motorcycle. I’ve been in the motorcycle leather business for almost 10 years and I love to hear people talk about how riding makes them feel free and I love to see two bikers pass each other on the road and give the “biker wave”.

It’s not that I was scared, mind you. I grew up riding ATVs and horses but the only thing with two wheels I encountered was my trusty ole Huffy Bicycle. And OH how I used to keep the dirt roads hot with it, too! But, that’s a different story. Anyway, I never dated a biker or had biker friends and none of my close family had a motorcycle. I’ve been offered rides by customers in the store (even an all expense paid trip to California!) but for some reason I just kept putting it off. I guess I wanted my first time to be special.

Ever since I met my husband (who loves anything with gears, gaskets or grease), he talked about having his dirt bike when he was younger and all the fun that he had. He wanted one. Bad. His dad, Darrell, has been re-modeling his 1981 Honda XL 500 and recently got it ready to ride. Chris came home one evening super excited because he rode it and he said, “That bikes sounds awesome!”. Uh-oh. Now he’s going to want one even more. Geez.

So one day we were sitting at his parent’s house and the Honda started calling Chris’s name. I gave in and said, “Ok, take me for a ride.” I wasn’t nervous but I wasn’t expecting to feel what I felt. I liked, no loved the breeze. The feeling of oh no, there’s no seat belt kinda freaked me out a bit but I liked it. The first time he took me around a curve I remember thinking WHOA that was crazy. Don’t look down! I truly enjoyed it. I was kinda sad when he pulled back into the driveway.

He said, “So, did you like it?

“Yea.”

“Is that something you think you’d like to do again or are you just saying that because I like it?”

“No, I really liked it!”

“So can we go buy one?”

“NO.”

But I knew I was hooked. And I knew it wouldn’t be long before I gave in, either.

Chris and Phantom at Hales Lake


A month later, Chris and I went to buy his new bike. He chose a Suzuki DR 650 and it’s a beaut. He calls it “Phantom”. We’re on it all the time.

Chippy in her Summer Riding Jacket

OH and the first time we did the biker wave, I felt euphoric! Yay… I’m in the club, now! He wears the Vented Reflector Jacket and I wear the Women’s Summer Riding Jacket and the Modular Flip Face Helmet.

He is just a little proud.

So if you pass the “Phantom” on the road. It’s Chris and Chippy. Keep the Rubber Side Down and Your Knees In the Breeze!


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