Outdoor Discoveries

What originally was a news section for the rest of the website soon became a place for me to write about human-powered wanderings in the countryside. Photography inspires me to get out there, mostly on foot these days, though cycling got me started. Musings on the wider context of outdoor activity complete the picture, so I hope that there is something of interest in all that you find here. Thank you for coming!

New laces for my TNF Hedgehogs

14th January 2011

Am I the only person whose trail shoes outlast their laces? Well, it's happened me with a few of them and my North Face Hedgehogs were the latest to gain disintegrating laces and these are very thin too. Being long and narrow has meant their getting wet and getting caught in the chainset of my bike so the wear and tear can be explained easily with the other sheath coming off to show the white layer underneath. A call to a shop didn't seem to yield success so I went having a poke around the web to discover that a Leicestershire company called Fabmania appeared to have what I needed and I gave them a go. After all, the cost was around £3.30 plus postage and that can't break the bank with PayPal handling payment processing duties. Delivery was via Royal Mail so they dropped through my letter box without further ado a few days later. Changing from old to new was without any stress or strain too. Whatever concerns I had about the laces fitting through the eyelets on the shoes proved groundless and an old pair of trail shoes show look a little less tatty than they did.

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