The Bike World News Holiday Gift Guide returns just in time for Cyber Monday. Featuring nearly 90 items, the guide has something for everyone on your shopping list – from bike tools to full carbon cyclocross bikes. The guide is organized by Accessories, Apparel, Bicycles, Books, Cold Weather Gear, Eyewear, Gifts & Stocking Stuffers, Health & Body Care, Nutrition and Training.
The Tern Tool ($40) is a new, unique multi-tool featuring a high-leverage 15 mm wrench for axle nuts and pedals, in addition to 19 other tools for all the parts found on a tern bicycles. It weighs 11 oz., and fits into a pants pocket or ride jersey (dimensions are 3.5″x2.1″x1.1″). The tool also includes a tire lever, chain tool, and, naturally, a bottle opener. ($40)
As a first step towards the Roadbike scene, POC has developed the Tempor Time Trial helmet together with Gustav Larsson – Olympic Time Trial Silver Medalist, the POC Lab and aerodynamic specialists at Semcon. With POC´s mission of “doing the best we can to possibly save lives and to reduce the consequences of accidents for gravity sports athletes” the challenge was clear, to develop a helmet that provides the highest possible performance in protection. The result is amazing with superior performance, both when it comes to safety and speed. ($560)
If you ride a bike, you’ve likely dropped a chain. To protect your paint (or your carbon), a chain catcher is an invaluable accessory. The Ratio Chain Catcher is a very light 5 grams and well worth the cost.
Deuter’s Compact bike range is an illustrious assortment of all-rounders. They now come with a relaxed, urban style and cool colours. On longer rides they offer top quality functionality. The mesh pocket or helmet flap offers extra storage and the side compression straps can be used to store protective pads. When it comes to an extended day trip, then abracadabra, you can expand it and get more into the main compartment. The stylish design and functional material are just the ticket.
CamelBak’s Podium Chill water bottle is the essential accessory for any cyclist. The double-wall construction keeps water cold twice as long, while the self-sealing Jet Valve eliminates the need to open and close the bottle with your teeth every time you go to take a sip. The Podium Chill is easy to grip, flexible and easily fits in water bottle cages. ($12)
Rideout Tech’s Storm Quest offers a beefier suspension platform, an all weather Kevlar REInforced cover, no groin discomfort, a deeper cutout for prostate protection, all for less than 400 grams. ($85)
The Integra stem is now also available as TEAM version for at-a-glance info of Garmin GPS devices, at an incomparable quality/price ratio. ($195)
Includes all the functionality of the Vagabond to get your bikes and gear on the road with ease, and we dare you to find a better-looking roof basket on the market. A bit showier than the original, the Vagabond X™ features locking mounts, an integrated cable lock for your gear or bikes, and real copper decals on front and side. ($489)
3T’s LTD Bottle cage is a lightweight, all-carbon-fiber open cage for standard-sized water bottles. bidons. Finished in UD Gloss Black, with the 3T logo and an Italian tricolore center-stripe detail. 30 grams. ($60)
Kryptonite’s Evolution Series chains are the most compact chains to ever receive the highest level of security certification. The Evolution Mini easily stuffs in a bag, yet includes a mini U-lock and chain links made from Kryptonite’s highest performing 3t manganese steel. It’s perfect for moderate to high crime areas and comes with a $2,250 Anti-Theft Protection Offer. ($67)
Ultralite Sports recently came to market with the world’s lightest road cycling pedal system. Based in Carbondale, CO, Ultralite offers two products: the Cirrus Ti and Nimbus St pedal systems, weighing in at 112g and 146g respectively. The Cirrus Ti pedal system is less than half of the weight of the market’s next lightest option. Ultralite pedals will offer customization through varying degrees of float cleats as well as different pedal spring tensions to adjust the ease of entry to and egress from pedals ($295 to $395)
As a cyclist, you likely know Easton for bike components, but that’s not all they’re about. They have tents as well. The Rimrock 1P has shorter poles, making it ideal for cyclotourists, as it can easily be stowed away in a pannier.
The Saris Freedom fits 2 bikes of any size and design: road, cross, cruisers kids’, woman’s or tri-bikes. Made in the USA, the Freedom has a lifetime warranty, is easy to use, and is easy on the pocket book. ($230)
CycleOps Virtual Training software is now included with the PowerBeam Pro trainer, IC400 Indoor Cycle, and also works with any ANT+ power meter. Choose from existing courses or easily create your own and ride virtually anywhere in the world. It’s easy to use, fun, and offers a fantastic indoor riding experience. ($1300)
Kuat took their best-selling NV and streamlined it to the essentials: striking design, easy loading and unloading, durability, and optimized for larger bikes. Lock cables can be added as an upgrade. ($439)
Boa Technology, makers of the Boa Closure System, are offering Pink Dials that can be easily swapped out for the black dials on your Boa-powered cycling shoes. The dials sell for a minimum $10 donation, which goes to Boarding4Breast cancer, a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation dedicated to promoting early breast cancer detection and a healthy, active lifestyle as the best means of breast cancer prevention. ($10)
Deuter presents their popular all-rounders also in a maximum back ventilation version: the Aircomfort FlexLite System features an elastic spring steel frame and an effective, three sided ventilation system – high carrying comfort, low weight! The Compact AIR unites all advantages of our classic, such as the expansion feature, internal tool pocket and the separate compartment for the drinking bladder, with fantastic breathability. Plus it looks fantastic in its textile design. ($129)
The SciCon AeroComfort TSA 2.0 is the perfect solution for cyclists wishing to protect their precious load when travelling by plane but don’t want to use a hard case, which can be difficult to fit inside small cars.
The AeroComfort TSA 2.0 offers the flexibility and lightness of soft bags, combined with the stability and safety of a hard case. It comes with the ABF (Antishock Bike Frame) which protects all critical parts from impacts and vibrations and it has the ISS (Inside Stabilizer System) Straps to keep the bike steady to the ABF. You don’t even need to remove the handlebars. Just store the wheels in the individual padded wheel compartments with external lateral shields cups. ($560)
Featuring a PowerTap G3 hub and Reynolds-manufactured rims, these full-carbon clinchers are well suited to both racing and training. Lightweight and incredibly strong, they include skewers and Cryo-Blue brake pads. ($2499)
The Aerocomfort MTB is the only bike bag with metal structure for increased safety and ultimate comfort that fits every MTB size from 26″ to even the popular 29″. Being outdoors you are constantly looking for the next adventure with your bike and the AeroComfort MTB it is the perfect companion to secure your bike on trips with plane, train and car getting you safe to your destination. Offering the flexibility and lightness of a soft bag, combined with the stability and the security of a hard case, the AeroComfort MTB is the perfect solution for MTB riders that need to travel more than a mile or two with their bike. The integrated MTB Antishock Bike Frame specially designed to brace the bike, protecting all critical parts from impact and vibrations. ($560)
San Diego based Triathlete Kristin Mayer has introduced a line of uniquely styled cycling kits for both men and women. Her designs also grace a line of helmets along with select Kestrel bikes. (Prices vary)
The focus of this jersey is to be super lightweight and aerodynamic. The body is constructed of Mondo fabric known for its lighweight properties and next-to-skin fit. The jersey is constructed using a minimal number of seams and preshaped shoulders that not only improve aerodynamics but also to enhance comfort in the cycling position. The fabric at the shoulders and sleeves strategically is Speedtech, the most aerodynamic fabric on the market. All fabrics used are treated with coldblack® for improved heat management through reflecting of the sun’s rays. ($200)
The shebeest S-Cut jersey collection gives you fit, performance, and style that are second to none. Ergonomically fitted specifically for women cyclists, you’ll swear this jersey was custom made just for you! (available in both short sleeve and sleeveless versions) Their Triple S Short is the piece that so many women cyclists have said they can’t live without! With performance-boosting DriStyle™ fabric and the supremely comfortable SheLastic™ chamois, you’ll reach for these shorts every ride. Super flattering fit. ($150)
With so much focus on aerodynamics, often mere utility is overlooked and compromised. The Course Speedzone Vest (patent pending) offers a new approach to outerwear layering that focuses on the rider’s usability and protection. Developped in cooperation with Team Europcar, the goal of this development was to answer 2 pro teams needs: 1) easy access to jersey pockets and race numbers visibility so it can be worn during any races. ($100)
Sugoi RS Zero L/S Jersey and Women’s RS Zero Tights
Sugoi’s RS Zero Long Sleeve Jersey ($130) offers elite thermal performance, with pro level form fit and 4 way stretch comfort. It features a full separating zip with guard, 3 elastic back pockets, a traditional collar, and signature gripper elastic along back to keep jersey from slipping. Men’s and Women’s styles available (men shown below). Sizes from Small to 2XL. Colors: White/Concrete, Black/Concrete, Matador/Black
The conditions are always changing. To keep your feet protected from the elements, TrekSta has added a waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex membrane to their much loved Edict. From the cold heart of winter to soggy spring runs, the Edict GTX will keep your feet dry and limit your excuses for not hitting the trail. ($135)
You can now order clothing custom made to match your Cyfac frame! Order from Cyfac’s template and customize for a color that matches your very own bike. You can add your name or initials for a great additional touch. (Starting at $120)
Diamondback’s flagship Podium 7 race bike is the result of proprietary Advanced Monocoque Molding Process (AMMP) technology using the highest-grade carbon, constructed in the most precise manner, to produce a world-class racing machine. With a frame weighing in at only 900 grams, the Podium 7 features compliant seat stays which create a supple ride, while the oversize BB shell, larger down tube and chain stays enhance rigidity and sprinting capabilities, and optimize efficiency. Diamondback’s newly designed Continuous Fiber Technology utilizes full-length carbon strands from the top of the steer tube to the bottom of the fork dropouts and a lower integrated crown race, making it one of the stiffest and lightest front ends available. Finishing with Diamondback’s closed circuit, internal cable routing, you are left with a light, responsive and sleek-looking bike, which will leave the peloton in the dust and bring envy to the hearts of onlookers. (SRAM Red MSRP $7,200. Campagnolo Super Record MSRP $8,500).
The Swoop Duo ($900) is an all new low-step frame platform with a clean design, minimal cabling, and automatic 2-speed shifting. Winner of the 2012 Eurobike Award in the urban bike category, it weighs in at 29.5 pounds and folds down in 10 seconds. Prices range from $900-$1,000, depending on options.
The Novara Gotham is the first urban bike to pair the continuously variable NuVinci N360 transmission with the Gates Carbon Drive CenterTrack™ Belt Drive system. The smooth riding Gotham features a double-butted chromoly frame with an easy-mount, semi step-through design. The Gotham also features — mechaNICAl disc brakes for all weather stopping powe, a Basta headlight powered by a front hub generator, a battery-powered taillight that is motion- and photo-sensitive with battery indicator, a cargo ready rear rack, puncture-resistant Vittoria Randonneur tires, a comfortable Selle Royal saddle, mustache-style handlebars, ergonomic cork grips and polished fenders. ($1300)
Raleigh’s Revenio Carbon 4.0 sits at the top of the line, offering up a full Ultegra Di2 drivetrain and more. Available in sizes from 49cm to 59cm. ($4300)
The 2013 Jamis Commuter 4 is the ideal commuter bike, featuring the continuously variable NuVinci N360 transmission. The Commuter 4 is ready for the city with plenty of style — featuring a lightweight aluminum frame in seven sizes, big 700c Vittoria Adventure tires with solid shielding puncture protection and reflective sideway, SLIDEPAD single lever braking system, full-length chainguard, full coverage fenders with adjustable stays, upgraded mud flaps, color-matched rear carrier, the Jamis Metro Sport seat with memory foam and synthetic leather cover, and large comfortable pedals with TPE non-slip inserts. ($1050)
Embrace your urban style with the Mongoose Detain 700cc Men’s Street Bike. This sleek, simple bicycle is perfect for commuting or just cruising the streets: it’s got a road bike’s features with a city bike’s sensibility. Single-speed gearing means this bicycle is less prone to need maintenance, and will always be in working order for your commute or trip down the road. A new spoke pattern on the front wheel and high-profile rims give the Mongoose Detain 700cc Men’s Street Bike cool, clean lines reminiscent of fixed-gear road and racing bikes. The flat handlebar and colored rims, stem, and chain add to the cycle’s stylish look. ($200)
The Dahon Mu N360 folding bike features Fallbrookʼs continuously variable NuVinci N360 transmission, is available at Dahon dealers throughout North America. The Dahon Mu N360 standard features include the Dahon DoubleStand which allows easy folding without lifting the bike; the Dahon FreeDrive Joule Dynamo hub, which generates energy for lighting as you ride (no batteries required); and the Dahon PostPump, a high capacity pump integrated into the seat post. The Mu N360 weighs just 28.8 lbs. (13.1kg) and folds to 11.7”x 30.8” x 25.7” (30 x 79 x 66 cm). ($1600)
Raleigh has made a big move into cyclocross ove the past couple of years and their RXC Pro Disc CX sits at the pinnacle of their deep line. The RXC Pro Disc CX sports a full Ultegra Di2 drivetrain, Cole carbon clinchers and Avid Road Disc brakes. ($6000)
Schwinn’s Corvette Deluxe has a raw steel finish that oxidizes and looks awesome once it’s rusted a bit. It’s a classic cruiser style frame and fork for style and comfort. An easy 42 x 22t singlespeed drivetrain eases the ride. Also includes a Schwinn® cruiser saddle for comfort and fender set for extra style. ($380)
Full carbon frame and fork with the same geometry as the Capri from 2011. A mix of Shimano Ultegra and 105 but mostly all Ultegra besides the 105 shifters and brakes. Available in 49, 52, 54, 56cm. ($2750)
The original Volagi, but still one of the very best, the Liscio was one of the first high performance carbon Endurance road bikes to incorporate the use of disc brakes. However, the Liscio isn’t just about the brakes. Thanks to its innovative and patented LongBow Flex Stay seat stay configuration, the Liscio is race bike fast while staying comfort bike smooth. The Liscio 1 is available in 3 builds – Rival, Ultegra (pictured), and Dura Ace for $2,000, $2,500, and $3,100 respectively.
The ETIKA monocoque frame features a main triangle that is a continuous stream of lines, designed with the intention to lighten the structure, while at the same time strenghening the whole frame. The frameset weighs 1005 grams, is available in four sizes from small to extra large, and is offered with a range of build kits from Shimano, SRAM, or Campagnolo, and wheels from Mavic or Fulcrum. (Prices vary)
This is the bike for adults who rode BMX bikes when they were younger allowing them to REIgnite and relive their youth. There is a matching kids’ bike, and dads can ride with their kids. Moms can ride too! The fit is like a beach cruiser, but has the style and attitude of a 20” BMX bike. ($440)
Revealing a dazzling trove of recently discovered photographs not yet seen outside of Europe, Merckx 525 is an all-encompassing celebration of the unmatchable career of the Cannibal, Eddy Merckx, the greatest cyclist of all time and the most dominant athlete of the 20th century.
This spectacular coffee table book is now available in bookstores, bike shops, and online. ($60)
If you haven’t read it already, pick up Tyler Hamilton’s “The Secret Race”. The book that really started the s*** rolling down hill. Hamilton was a longtime teammate of Lance Armstrong and former world No. 1 ranked rider, and seven-time Tour rider, who spent ten years at the center of it all–going from amateur racer to hero to key witness in one of the biggest doping cases in sports history. ($28)
The Feed Zone Cookbook offers 150 athlete-friendly recipes that are simple, delicious, and easy to prepare. When Dr. Allen Lim left the lab to work with pro cyclists, he found a peloton weary of food. Lim set out to make eating delicious and practical. His journey began with his mom, took him inside the kitchens of the Tour de France, and delivered him to a dinner party where he met celebrated chef Biju Thomas. Chef Biju and Dr. Lim vetted countless meals with the world’s best Endurance athletes in the most demanding test kitchens. Now, in The Feed Zone Cookbook: Fast and Flavorful Food for Athletes, Thomas and Lim share their energy-packed, wholesome recipes to make meals easy to prepare, delicious to eat, and better for performance. ($25)
This book profiles all kinds of exceptional bikes. More than just ecofriendly transport, the racing bicycle represents athletic achievement. There are the trendy mountain bikes and the lightweight racers and tourers made of carbon and other space-age materials. Let’s not forget the bike as lifestyle accessory—this book showcases stunning models from unique concepts to luxury brands. ($60)
Cold Weather Gear
Headsweats has taken the popular Midcap Beanie and combined its proprietary fabric Eventure™ Spandex with an Eventure™ Knit and Eventure™ Terry sweatband to Create the Toaster Beanie. It offers the same great features of the popular Super Duty moisture management system in a lightweight beanie. Perfect on its own, this beanie is also streamlined enough to fit comfortably under a helmet when cycling or bombing down the slopes. ($22)
What greater gift can you give to an enthusiast cyclist than keeping him or her dry and well protected against the elements? Conquer the rain with the Endura Photon Jacket! One of the challenges of making a waterproof cycling jacket is to combine high waterproof properties with low bulk and low weight. With the new Photon Jacket, Endura has mastered this challenge in style. This member in Endura’s exclusive family of cycling jackets is extremely lightweight and ultra packable for a fully waterproof, completely seam-sealed jacket. The Photon Jacket keeps you perfectly dry on wet days, yet it fits into a jersey pocket, so it’s also ideal for taking it along when the weather conditions are changeable and unpredictable. ($110)
For cyclists keeping warm in icy climates, the P.R.O. Softshell WxB 3×1 Glove is the ideal choice. Featuring a liner glove with P.R.O. Thermal Lite fabric and strategically placed Clarino synthetic leather in high wear areas, as well as a shell glove with P.R.O. Barrier WxB with Outdry and Primaloft insulation, this glove will keep your hands warm and dry. Anatomic fit maximizes dexterity for shifting and braking and the Pittards WR100X Natural Carbon Leather palm provides superior softness and durability. A must have for legitimate wet, snowy and cold rides. ($130)
TILLEY Devonshire Cap – Great for ‘her’ and guaranteed for life. This 6-panel cap with self-covered buttons, hatband trim, along with discreet ear warmers is right on trend. Made in a grey/black classic herringbone fabric this cap is made with c_change™ lightweight wool from Shoeller® with a windproof membrane which independently reacts to changing temperatures. Comes with a quilted Hydrofil® lining and a unique size adjustment device. ($79)
Made from superfine 18.5 micron New Zealand Merino Wool, our jersey fabric is as fine as it gets, with great temperature and moisture management, shape retention and comfort. Midweight. Used in our cycling and aerobic garments to perform well in quickly changing conditions. Soft, warm and machine washable. Available in four colors: comet blue, anvil grey, hey ya! green and black. S, M, L, XL, XXL. ($155)
Made from a breathable merino-blend, the Rapha Cross Winter Hat has a soft lining that wicks away perspiration and is stitched in the candystripe colours of the Rapha-FOCUS pro team. The hat features a seven-panel design for excellent fit, a ribbed earband that can be worn up or down, a blue Rapha logo on the peak and candystripe stitching. ($60)
Edgy, shiny, and sleek, the new silver version of the tried and tested Endura Road Overshoe is truly one of its kind with regards to style. On the techNICAl side, the Road Overshoe also stands out as an iconic, innovative Endura piece. Most importantly, these overshoes will keep your feet warm and dry thanks to their smooth waterproof Neoprene® construction and welded centre seam. The Neoprene® meets and butts behind the rear zip to improve water tightness; a Velcro® heel tab ensures snug fit. The reflective logo and zip panels at the rear aid visibility. Last but not least, the hard wearing Kevlar® faced bace and Kevlar® stitching guarantee a longlasting life span of these tight fitting Road Overshoes. ($40)
A perfect lightweight wind and water resistant jacket to have stashed in your jersey or pack. P.R.O. Barrier Lite fabric provides lightweight wind and water protection, while the full-length zipper offers plenty of venting. Reflective elements give riders low-light visibility, while elasticized hem and cuffs keep jacket secure on body. Weighing only 73 grams, this jacket is light as a feather! ($85)
TILLEY Aviator: Simply the best in style and function. The outer wool fabric is matched with real shearling in a natural color, black satin quilted lining and leather tabs to hold the earflaps in place, either on top of the crown on under your chin. The Aviator can handle the most challenging weather with ease, keeping you toasty warm and right on trend. The Tilley Aviator has it all – warmth, luxury and good looks – a real statement piece. ($139)
Rapha’s Hi-Vis Gilet is designed for all-day training rides and is also perfect for city riding in low light. Key features include durable hi-vis fabric, two-tone reflective stripes for exceptional visibility, reflective Rapha logos, windproof and water repellent fabric, breathable stretch mesh on the rear shoulders and a zipped valuables compartment. Available in both mens and womens sizes. ($160)
When training sessions turn cold, athletes will be happy to have Headsweats’ new Fleece Cycling Cap. Using Mid-weight Eventure™ Fleece with an extended ear and neck guard, the Fleece Cycling Cap will help keep athletes warm no matter what winter throws at them. The Fleece Cycling Cap can fit comfortably under a helmet or can be worn alone. ($24)
Whether you’re climbing up the side of a mountain or taking the road on your bike, the Eigerjoch glove from Mammut is a great choice for keeping your digits protected. The warm and tactile 3-finger glove is made of Gore-Tex® and uses ExtraFit technology to to bond the membrane to the lining. Filled with 450 fill goose down as well as Primaloft® insulation in high wear areas, this glove is ideal for ice climbing or icy road climbing. ($200)
The Smartwool HyFi Training Beanie features a terry Back and jersey knit construction for strategic warmth with bulk fee fit. The three-panel crown design offers ultimate fit and the contoured drop-ear headband provides comfort and warmth. For the ladies, there’s a ponytail exit. (45% Nylon/39%Merino,16% Elastane) ($32)
Filled with Mammut’s legendary Ajungilak synthetic insulation, the Rime Pro jacket is a wide cut bely style jacket that offers excellent heat management properties. Ideal for stop and go activities, it has a REInforced helmet-friendly hood, a 2-way front zipper and is highly compressible. ($219)
Loden wool is named after the Austrian village of Loderers, where it originated in the 16th century. Ibex Loden, still made in Austria, is a densely-knit fabric modernized by an exclusive cold water process. This process protects the natural lanolin in the fiber, making it more weather- and stain- resistant as well as environmentally friendly. Available in five colors: Juliet violet, field heather, oxford blue, rock salt and black. ($45)
Thanks to increased wind and abrasion resistance of the HyFi fabric, you’ll stay comfortable and warm, and have maximum freedom of movement. A silicone logo gripper at the wrist and bicep openings will keep these warmers in place. ($40)
Eddie Bauer’s MicroTherm Down Vest is an incredibly thin and lightweight vest with all the insulating warmth of 800 fill Premium European Goose Down in a streamlined, non-puffy silhouette. It features a water-repellent windproof shell, 800 fill European goose down, integrated stretch panels and is lightweight and packable. ($100)
Slip on the Tifosi Dea and you’ll enjoy the same outstanding eye protection of Tifosi’s sport glasses with awesome style to boot. They boast impact-resistant, decentered polycarbonate lenses for superb optics and to prevent eye fatigue. Vents increase air flow to prevent fogging, while the adjustable rubber temples and nosepieces grip better when wet for a perfect fit that stays put. ($100)
The new Julbo Dust is ideal for biking as it has a rimless bottom frame for optimal vision, super lightweight, grip tech at the temples and nose to ensure no slipping and offered in the photochromic Zebra lens ( transition depending on lighting conditions in less than 30 seconds) and interchangeable lens ( Clear, polarized and Spectron 3 lens) ($90 to $160)
Native just released their Odyssey Series. Available in a number of colors, the Eastrim and Lynx offer interchangeable, impact resistant lenses with blue light and IR reduction. They’re also super light – about an ounce a piece. Also, Cushinol (a rubbery grip) is co-injection molded into the side of the arms for a great no-slip fit while you ride. ($TBD)
Ideal for mountain biking, this light, durable and incredibly aerodynamic sunglass satisfies all needs at high speed. Developed in concert with pro mountain bikers. It fits comfortably under any helmet and has wide lenses and curved frames for maximum visibility. Its shock absorbent temples and nose pads that can handle the techNICAlities of any trail. ($90 to $160)
Tifosi’s Dolomite 2.0 Fototec glasses sport goggle-like, wrap-around frames and well-vented lenses for fog-free vision. These sturdy, lightweight shades boast Tifosi’s exceptionally tough Grilamid frames and their Fototec lenses that automatically adjust to changing lighting conditions so you can always see clearly. Equipped with large, impact-resistant, polycarbonate lenses for a wide field of vision, they also offer hydrophilic rubber temples and nose pads that grip better when wet for a comfortable fit that stays put. ($60)
Zegho, pronounced “Zay-go”, is a different animal than your typical sports eyewear. You know just by glancing at it; the design cues look to come from the runway shows they create for debuting Assos garments. The look not only stands out, but turns heads. The Zegho is futuristic while being contemporary, fashionable while being practical. These attributes are typical of Assos, evidence that its design is as smart and thorough as their paradigm-changing jackets and shorts. ($400)
RockTape is a special kind of tape known as kinesiology tape. First used by acupuncturists and chiropractors in Japan, today kinesiology tape is used by practitioners throughout the world to treat injuries and improve sports performance. While the use of kinesiology is often associated with athletes such as Serena Williams and Kerri Walsh, the reality is that RockTape is effective for the treatment of a wide variety of problems, not just sports injuries. (Prices vary)
In addition to being an ideal solution and preventative measure for wind burn/chapped faces for winter cycling, SkinFare is a great ALL-IN-ONE FIRST AID item that relieves an array of common skin issues such as, dryness, chafing, scrapes, burns, bug bites (or put it on first as a bug repellent!), rashes, bee stings (or anything that buzzes and smarts), blisters, irritation, and bruises. A great way to cut down the weight/size of any first aid kit or travel toiletry bag. ($10)
Rapha Performance Skincare products are an essential addition to a rider’s kit and are designed to protect your skin against the elements and repair the wear and tear of riding. The products are handmade in the UK and are based on the aromatic plants and herbs that grow on the slopes of Mont Ventoux. ($9 to $27)
Dreadnought Shave Cream and Post Shave Balm not only contains the finest ingredients you would normally find in a premium shaving cream but also features a miracle ingredient called Decelerine – a scientifically proven marvel that within a few months use actually reduces the appearance of hair which in turn makes your shave closer and more comfortable. ($19)
Hydrapak’s trail-ready TAMARACK (450 cu. in.)– constructed with lightweight Cross Soft Nylon and Baby Rip-Stop– offers quick accessibility to layering and other necessities on the trail. This full-featured design includes an external helmet holder and Hydrapak’s acclaimed 3-Liter Reversible Elite Reservoir with Shape-Shift Technology for reliable slosh-control and easy cleaning. ($110)
CamelBak® introduces the all new M.U.L.E. NV®, with a completely new NV back panel unlike anything you have ever ridden. The new M.U.L.E. NV® is a premium narrow-gauge mountain bike hydration pack perfect for all day rides in any weather. Equipped with the brand new NV™ back panel, the M.U.L.E. NV® allows air to freely flow between the pack and the rider, in all directions. The NV™ back panel utilizes individual articulating pods that flex in all riding positions. No matter how much you are carrying, the MULE NV stays comfortably off your back for maximum ventilation. ($135)
Peppermint Stick GU is perfect for the holidays as it provides a dose of 100 calories to deliver high-quality, easily-digested and long-lasting energy for athletes in every sport and at all levels. The complex and simple carbs, electrolytes and GU’s unique Amino Acid Blend inside each packet is engineered to do one simple thing: provide your body with the essential nutrition it needs to keep going for miles and miles and hours and hours. It goes down easy, and it goes to work fast so you don’t have to slow down. ($35 for 24)
CLIF Bar just launched Chocolate Cherry SHOT BLOKS. CLIF SHOT BLOKS are the latest nutrition option for Endurance athletes. They come in chewable, 33 calorie cubes, that are ideal for cycling rides and races when you need that extra push. ($36 for 18 packs)
Developed by Allen Lim, it’s a hydration mix made from real food. It was developed and tested in the field with athletes competing in races like the Tour de France. For years, athletes would secretly dump their sponsors’ drinks to replace it with ours, earning the name SDM from the pros who used it. Those athletes will tell you that they felt better, performed better, and didn’t experience the bloating and stomach issues that they did with other sports or electrolyte drinks. The secret was that our drink just worked better. And now that the secret is out, everyone can use this exercise drink mix to optimize hydration – whether cycling, running, skiing, clubbing, or heck, whenever you’re sweating. ($2 to $20)
Nuun and Nuun All Day Hydration (www.nuun.com) portable, delicious cost-effective and healthy hydration for your next workout and the office with no added sugar.
Kate’s Real Food introduces the Tiki Bar just in time for the holidays. The perfect stocking stuffer, this all-natural energy bar is hand-mixed with wholesome dairy free, soy free, gluten free and peanut free* ingredients for those mindful of their diet. The light blend of mango, cashew, coconut, almond butter and honey, belies the heavy nutritional value, with 5 g proteins, 32 g carbs and 19 g of good fats. ($3)
The Road Machine is Kinetic’s most popular trainer with its 100% leak-proof design provided by a sealed fluid chamber driven by a magnetically coupled driveshaft and flywheel. Resistance automatically adjusts as riding speeds change and the flywheel helps provide realistic feedback during pedaling and coast-down.
The Wahoo Fitness Blue HT heart rate strap transforms your smartphone into an all-in-one training partner. It wirelessly relays heart rate (hr) information via Bluetooth Smart technology to your iPhone 4S and iPhone 5, as well as other Bluetooth Smart Ready devices, no additional hardware or key needed. It generates heart