Heavy Leather, Part II

I wrote in my most recent blog post that I ordered “the ultimate” in premium leather gear from Langlitz Leathers of Portland, Oregon. The gear was delivered last Friday. The box as stated in the shipping information weighed 20lbs (9kg). The goods were a pair of competition leather breeches and a padded pocket Columbia jacket.

The majority of the package’s weight was the jacket. Man, it is really heavy! The scale tipped 15lbs (6.8kg) just for the jacket itself! But it is terrific. Warm, exceptionally well-constructed, and…
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Post 2520, Holiday Break

I usually note milestones for this blog by celebrating each new 100 posts that I have made. I am a bit tardy in my recognition of the 2,500 milestone, reached with this post about the best jeans for boots on 4 November. Soon after that, this blog took a turn when I violated my own rule about not posting about politics. I still remain fearful of what will happen to my country in which I once had faith, but there is nothing I can do about it except join the good fight against what’s to come. But that is for other blogs written by friends in the political world that I will re-engage to prevent disaster (as best we can.)

Interestingly, when I went looking for my 2,400th blog post, that post was written …
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Denim Jeans for Bikers

rideelsonMost bikers I ride with wear regular denim jeans. Levis still tend to be the #1 choice, even though Wranglers are better for motorcyclists because the rolled leg seam on Wranglers is on the outside while the rolled seam of Levis are on the inside, making the jeans a bit more uncomfortable to wear while mounted on an iron horse.

However, being an affirmed ATGATT (All The Gear, All The Time) advocate, I know that regular denim jeans can tear in a crash, providing little protection from horrible and debilitating road rash.

However, I have found the solution for bikers who want to wear jeans and also want protection. The solution is…
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Leather in Different Colors

bluenbshirt01I received an email from someone in Greece who asks,

I adore so much your BLUF multiple colorful fetish uniforms gear, but the BLUF site doesn’t have a leather color chart. Even your website does not mention anything about choosing colors. So if someone wants to order a full leather uniform or a combination of different colors how are you informed?

I assume a little was lost in translation, but I think he is asking for guidance on choosing colors of leather in the leather fetish community, and if there are “community rules” for leather colors.

I can understand why he is asking because…
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Leather Curious?

Leatherdude1I received an email the other day after a young man found my Guide to Leather Gear on my website. He said:

Hi just wanted to say thanks for your plain speaking straight up advice on leather gear and the leatherman community. As a newbie who has admired from the side but wasn’t sure what was important and what not your advice was real helpful.

Thanks, man. Glad my experience and straightfoward approach was helpful to you.

As the summer heat dissipates and leather weather returns, I am revisiting my advice on “leather for the newly curious”. Read on.
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Pavement is a Cheese Grater

One of my well-intentioned but non-motorcycle-riding friends continues to send me articles that she finds on the web to try to discourage me from riding my Harley again. I know she cares, but I really wish she would lay off. I understand the risks and work hard to minimize them. I know that I cannot completely eliminate all risk, and I understand that riding a motorcycle — especially on congested suburban roads where I live — is dangerous.

I learned many lessons from my experience when I crashed while riding my Harley to work on May 31. One of the most important lessons was…
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Still Not a Fan of H-D Footwear and Gear

rp_Meride.jpgReaders of this blog know by its title and numerous posts that I ride a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. My bike is well-made, runs well, and is a joy to ride.

But I am not among those who have drunk the “brand koolaid” and wear everything with the well-known Harley-Davidson brand image (what they call the “bar and shield”*) on it, especially the boots. Why?
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Leather Pants or Jeans

RelaxedSince my collection of various leather jeans and pants are shown on my website, and I have blogged frequently about wearing leather, sometimes I get questions from curious men about wearing leather, and how to fit leather jeans.

Context: I am an average middle-aged married man who works in a professional office in a major city (suburbs, actually) on the East Coast of the United States. I’m no young rock star or California hipster. Why leather and why me?
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Keeping Leather Clean

Langlitz29I very much appreciate suggestions for blog posts that I receive from regular visitors. Today I give a special word of thanks to “Xapollo” who asked me to write about “How to keep leather shirts and pants clean without paying a fortune to the cleaners.”

Yep, as regular readers of this blog know, I have a lot of motorcycle leather gear and “other” leather gear that I wear for more private fun with my spouse, and used to wear when my spouse and I went out to leather events or bars back in the day.

Leather is an investment. Good gear is not cheap. Here are my suggestions about keeping leather garments clean.
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