What's Cool In Road Cycling

2013 Cycling Gift Guide #1

It’s December 2nd – that can only mean, well, one of a hundred things – but for many, the Holidays are on the horizon! And that’s a great excuse to look at some cool gift ideas for friends/family/loved ones, or the kind of thing you leave open on your computer to make sure that a certain somebody knows what makes your heart sing. Let’s jump in!

American Classic’s Hurricane Tubeless Wheelset
Sturdy enough to pull Santa’s sleigh are the Hurricane tubeless wheelset from American Classic, a high performance clincher wheel for the large and powerful rider. A perfect choice for racing, training or cyclocross.


Hurricane wheels create a balance between strength, weight, responsiveness and durability. The rims are tough enough to handle mud, rough roads, and cobblestone. Bill Shook used his design skills and geometry to make the Hurricane semi-aero rims strong and light with a rim profile of 22mm wide × 24mm deep. These wide profile rims translates into crisp accelerations, faster rolling on the flats and decisive cornering. Disc brake model also available. – MSRP $799

More info on the Hurricanes and American Classic’s full range of clincher, tubular and tubeless wheels at https://amclassic.com

Castelli Duo WS Sock
A really cool item and a great idea – keep your feet warmer by blocking the wind from inside your shoe – consider it your last line of defense against cold feet. This one is ultra-thin – and you know that’s become synonymous with more comfort – best worn over your normal cycling sock to keep yer toes toasty on cool days. The Windstopper® x-lite on the front and top of foot uses a membrane to block out wind, and effectively keeps in warmth, while the Poly/lycra® bottom of the foot stretches better for more comfort, and also lets the hot air out so you don’t overheat.


My testers required a tad more patience to get em on as the ankle opening didn’t want to stretch over my tall arch, but once on they were unnoticeable – in fact I forgot I had them on and wore them for a whole day. You can control the warmth on your foot with whatever base sock you choose – from thin cotton to heavier wool. The panels are stitched with flat seams to the shape of the foot, so there’s no bunching or binding either. MSRP $49.99
• Get more info at castelli-cycling.com

Zipp Speed for Your Bottle
New ZIPP SLSpeed and Alumina bottle cages distinctive, efficient. The SLSpeed carbon bottle cage features an all-new ultra-light (18g) design engineered for flexibility and strength. Optimized for both side and direct bottle entry the SLSpeed cage provides easy access to hydration, especially on smaller frames and those with tight angles.


Thin-but-strong arms flex for easy bottle insertion and removal, at any angle. Worry free hydration when speed matters. The new Alumina aluminum cage (27g) shares the same innovative sleek design as the carbon SLSpeed cage and challenges any titanium cage costing twice as much. Zipp SLSpeed Carbon Bottle Cage MSRP $75, €68
, Zipp Alumina Bottle Cage MSRP $35, €32

Northwave Torpedo Plus
Designed to keep the specifications of the high end shoes but at an affordable price, the aggressive styled Northwave Torpedo Plus offers top performance in just 260gr.


A masterpiece centered around three key elements: the high power transfer and Speedplay compatible Carbon Light sole; the BioMap unibody upper with minimized stitching and overlapping material to get rid of unnecessary weight and ensure enhanced comfort; the top precision granted by the new S.L.W.2 micrometric closing mechanism which provides fast and accurate adjustability and step by step release even when riding. Size: from 39 to 48 (half size from 39,5 to 45,5) Colors: Black, Blue/Yellow Fluo and White MSRP US$219,99. www.northwave.com

Ritchey Vector Evo Streem Saddle with a WCS Carbon LINK FlexLogic Post
Tom Ritchey has been riding 10,000 miles a year for 40 years – literally. That’s almost half a million miles in the saddle; probably more miles than Santa’s sleigh! His new, patented Vector Evo system brings unparalleled comfort and compliance to a lightweight saddle design.


The carbon reinforced thermoplastic Vector Evo rail acts as a carefully-tuned suspension system by managing stress through the rail itself and into the Vector Wing. The design is very strong and prevents the sag that most other lightweight saddles suffer. Combine the Vector Wing saddle with the WCS Carbon LINK FlexLogic seatpost for the ultimate ride comfort and performance. Vector Evo Streem or Contrail (black or white): MSRP $149.95 WCS Carbon LINK FlexLogic Seatpost: $229.95 MSRP https://ritcheylogic.com/

Finish Line No Drip Luber
Lubricating a chain is an essential, but often dreaded task. Thanks to the No Drip Chain Luber, every link can now be properly lubricated in seconds, without wasting a drop.


Simply fill the No Drip Chain luber with the lubricant of your choice. While back-pedaling, place the applicator head on the chain and squeeze the bottle. A wicking pad in the applicator head will ensure that every link is evenly coated, without lube dripping or flying all over the place. Saves money; uses 50% less lube each time you lubricate your chain. MSRP: US$8.99

Sports Optical
Sports Optical has been handcrafting the best prescription cycling glasses in the world for more than 20 years. Whether you need Transition lenses for early morning rides or progressive bifocals to better see your Garmin, Sports Optical will make custom lenses for the frame you have or help you get a brand new prescription eyewear set-up that meets your specific needs and style. Owned and staffed by cyclists, they’re the coolest optical shop, anywhere.


Prescription lens prices begin at $195, and sport frames from companies like Oakley, Rudy Project and Numa Optics are $109 and up. More info at https://www.sportsoptical.com/

Fix It Sticks
A minimalist, lightweight bicycle multitool with various combinations of four commonly used bits for quick repairs. Two-piece “Sticks” design forms a T-shape wrench that provides the leverage and torque of a three-way but breaks down for easy stowing a jersey pocket.


Launched with a successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year, Fix It Sticks are available now in aluminum and launching later this year in steel. Includes a recycled tube carrying pouch. MSRP: $29.99 www.fixitsticks.com

AnaNichoola AW13 Collection
It’s here in the nick of time; comfort, warmth and style…AnaNichoola have the lady cyclist of the household well covered whilst on their bike through the grotty months.


AnaNichoola has thought long and hard about what you need to keep riding with a smile on your face; those extra bits of cosy-ness that make the cold seem more bearable and flattering styles that make you just want to show off on your bike! There are so many cheeky features in these styles that you will wonder how you ever rode your bike without them. Check out the full collection and prices at www.ananichoola.co.uk

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