What's Cool In Road Cycling


Yo Santa! Keep those great gifts coming! What..? You still need ideas…? Fear not dear PEZ-Readers – we’ve got stocking stuffers-a-plenty for even the toughest to buy for riders… just email this to your own secret Santa and hope for the best on Christmas Day…

What true cycling fan isn’t interested in seeing a wide-open Tour de France for 2006? We can’t wait for July and if you want to see the action up close nothing will help you more than Velotainment.com’s Self-guided Tour de France 2006. 65 info-packed pages written by veteran TdF Guide Ted Arnold, the guide gives up all the skinny on just how to create your own adventure – complete with advice on the how, when, and where written specifically for the 2006 race route. From camping next the road, to the best 5-Star Hotels, Ted has been there and done that. With his guide and maybe you can too.
• Price $19.95
• Available at: www.CafePress.com/Velotainment
• Read the PEZ-Review of 2005 Guide
2005 Guide

WHITE XLITE by Barbieri
Pretty much a must have for dark-day winter riding – these super bright mini lights by Italian maker Barbieri weigh almost nothing, attach easily to handlebars, seatposts, even your hemlet, and shine enough light to make you visible from afar. The lights are waterproof, have replaceable batteries, and feature 3 settings – slow flash, fast flash, and steady light. Retail is around $17.95. Go to www.euromediagroup.us

Spin the spool and rule the fools in cool wool baby! Dig the Capoforma Retro Wool Jersey, it’s a classic Italian-made ‘maglia’ in 50% Merino Wool and 50% Acrylic, so you “scratch-a no itch”.
• Club Style Cut – 20cm Zipper – 3 Rear Button Pockets
• Sizes: S-XXXL
• MSRP: $149.99
• Go to

The boys from the NorthWest have filled in their line of cranksets by adding a Compact version (50/34) to the K-Force series. Sleek design and a full 60 grams lighter than their
SLK model we tested, it’s offered in 170, 172.5, and 175mm lengths, comes with the integrated MegaExo bottom bracket.
• MSRP $529.00
• Go to FullSpeedAhead.com

Ritchey Logic has been making sense of bike parts for years – from the early days of mtbs, right through today and their new 3D Net Forged 2014Aluminum Alloy WCS 4Axis Stem. Look sleek and fast, and weighing only 111g (110mm/31.8mm), you likely will be.
• 90mm through 130mm
• 31.8mm 4Axis barclamp only
• MSRP $99.95
• Find ‘em at

Nothing will make you more happy than happy feet (butts are a close second depending…) D2 make custom fit shoes that conform to your dogs, top bottom and sides. They make leisure shoes too for off the bike, but who cares…! Find ‘em at D2CustomFootwear.com. You might wanna do the gift certificate thing though, as they’re made after you go through a fitting process that might not fit on Santa’s schedule.

At last! Energy gel that’s chewy… sort of… The smarty-pants-es over at Clif introduce their new Clif Shot Bloks of energy boosting goodness. They’re reportedly “3 chews per blok”, won’t stick in the pack, and are “delicious”.
Each energy gel packet contains 100 calories, 24 grams of simple and complex carbohydrates derived from organic brown rice syrup for fast energy, 70 milligrams of sodium to maintain hydration and proper muscle function, and 20 milligrams of potassium to relieve muscle cramping. Expect to pay around $1.99 per pack.
• Find ‘em at ClifBar.com.

VDO MC 1.0 Altimeter
Need the data to confirm why your legs are killing you? The MC1.0 altimeter is the answer – max %/feet (or meters) and a host of other features from the same company that supplies the German auto industry with precision instrumentation. Features new larger graphics that are easier to read with blurred, sweat-smudged eyeballs.
• MC1.0 Wired $99.95 / MC1.0+ Wireless $149.95
• Buy it online at WISECYCLEBUYS.com
• Read the PEZ-Review VDO MC1.0+ Wireless Cyclometer

If you’ve been to Switzerland, you know they love rules, and what better way to enforce ‘em than a great brake pad to quickly put a stop to any monkey business? Special rubber compounds offer superior stopping power in wet and dry conditions, low pad wear rates, very linear brake response and smooth, quiet performance – how more Swiss can you get?
• MSRP Race2000 GHP (Campy/green compound) is CAD$38.80 for a set of 4/ Yellow King (carbon) is CAD$61.60.
• MSRP Flash GHP (Shimano/green compound) is CAD$29.60 for a set of 4/ FLASH Yellow King (Shimano/yellow compound for carbon) is CAD$48.40 (set of 4).

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