Impact Abrasion Resistance Testing with Arduino

You can read our interview on the Arduino blog here: Testing Riders’ Clothing with Arduino

Scott and I built an abrasion resistance testing machine a few months back, using a belt sander and an Arduino Uno for the logic and data display. It allows our company to perform tests on different materials like knit fabrics, woven fabrics, and leather, to see how long it takes before the material is sanded completely through. This is a good thing to find out before you’re skidding down the road on your ass at 50mph. Continue reading Impact Abrasion Resistance Testing with Arduino

Coming Apart At The Seams

There’s a lot of motorcycle clothing out there these days. Some garments claim they’ll protect you in a crash, but how do you know for sure? How can you separate the real gear from the fashion wear? The right materials are important, and impact protection is a no-brainer, but what about seams? In this article, we’ll take a closer look at seams as a way to determine if you’re investing in quality riding gear. We’ll concentrate on seams for textile garments, especially those used in making jeans, since that’s what we’ve been obsessing over lately. Continue reading Coming Apart At The Seams

Diana Reviews Things; or, Five Bikes I Want to Have Sex with in 2016

Photo: Giedrius Jakulevičius

Oh, EICMA – you have ruined my productivity for the week. I can’t stop watching your Twitter feed and I’m already counting my ducats (yes, ducats, not Ducatis) trying to determine how to best allocate my meager resources for next riding season. Continue reading Diana Reviews Things; or, Five Bikes I Want to Have Sex with in 2016