What's Cool In Road Cycling

PEZ 2012 Holiday Gift Guide #1

It’s December 3rd – that can only mean, well, one of a hundred things – but for many, it means the Holidays are on the horizon! We love the Holidays and never want to pass up a chance to look at some cool items that could make great gifts 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!

SRAM Carry-On Roller Bag
Travel with one of your favorite cycling brands with SRAM’s all-new Carry-on Roller Bag. Stylish and durable, SRAM’s lightweight luggage is perfect for long weekend trips when you don’t want to check your bag – and is completely compliant with most major airline’s carry-on regulations.

The SRAM Carry-on Roller bag includes a deep main compartment, multiple inner and outer pockets, a padded shell, soft neoprene handle, durable edge piping, smooth roller wheels and outer duffle bag handles.

Material: 420 Denier Nylon with foam inserts for improved structural support.
Color: Black with distinctive SRAM red piping
Dimensions: 21“L x 13“W x 9“H / 53cmL x 33cmW x 23cmH / 40 Liters
MSRP: Ђ134 / $150
Item number: 00.7918.019.000
Availability: December 2012, more info at sram.com

The Handmade Cyclist Mugs And Posters
The Handmade Cyclist designs are dedicated to cycling’s beauty, history suffering and occasional skulduggery.

Their Cycling Quotes series celebrates great soundbites, great jerseys and some of the sports greatest riders. With design cues from their most famous jerseys, The Handmade Cyclist have presented words of wisdom from some of the most iconic riders of all-time – Greg LeMond, Bernard Hinault, Fausto Coppi and Hennie Kuiper – on posters and their new range of mugs.

Hang them on your wall to inspire you or contemplate them over a coffee. Posters are giclee printed on a beautiful gallery-grad pear, and sized A3 and A2. Prices start at Ј19/ approx $30.

For a BIG pic of the Greg Lemond mug – click on this article’s ‘Wish List’ thumbnail.

New for Christmas 2012, the Handmade Cyclist’s mugs make a great gift for partners, spouses or fellow riders – buy them individually or collect the set. Prices are Ј10 / $16 each or Ј30 / $48 for the set of four.

All products, plus the full range of posters, are available here

BURRO U-lock Holster
BURRO is here to solve all of your U-lock holster issues. Introducing, an adjustable holster handmade from 2 inch seatbelt wrapped in 1000D Cordura Brand Fabric®.

This heavy duty U-lock holster holds all widths of popular U-locks and the 2 inch x 6 inch trifold belt loop sleeve allows removal of your BURRO U-lock holster without the
hassle of removing belt from loops. Available in Black, Gray, Red and Camo. Shop branding and light loops also available with purchase of case (20 pcs). Retail $25

More info at: burrobags.com

Sufferfest Clothing
Although famous for their videos, The Sufferfest also makes a fine clothing range.

Their Darkside design is limited to only one person per town – so you’ll always be unique. Yep, if somebody else from your town has one – you’re not getting one! The top of the line jersey and bib shorts comes with a free flag and Sufferfest decals.

More info on designs, other gear and prices at: TheSufferfest.com/gear

Powertap G3 Wheelset
Featuring a PowerTap G3 hub and Reynolds-manufactured rims, these wheels offer versatility and affordability.

Well suited to both racing and training, these full carbon clinchers gives you a lightweight wheel which is strong enough to handle just about anything you can throw at them. Includes skewers and Cryo-Blue brake pads.

The PowerTap G3 Wheelset has a rrp of $2,499.99 and more info on them and the full range of CycleOps gear is available at cycleops.com

CyclePassion Calendar
This is the 8th cyclepassion calendar. It was produced by Anke Wilken (founder), Daniel Geiger (photography) and Markus Neuert (cyclefilm). The 2013 edition of cyclepassion’s calendar again displays some of the top female athletes from all over the world. Including the London Olympic gold medalist (team track) Kristina Vogel.

Miss October, German MTB’er Nadine Rieder getting up close and personal with a tyre.

After great positive feedback about double-printing last year, we kept this concept for cyclepassion 2013. Side one features mostly full-color, sexy (yet tasteful) photographs of each athlete, while the side two explores the ladies’ professional life with black and white race photographs. We also added a small story about each athlete. Revealing more information about the athlete as a person with a regular life and motivation beyond racing and winning.

The double-sided print means there are twice as many photos. These professionally produced and printed twelve month calendars are provided in a large 68 x 40 cm (27 x 16″) format.

Order your Cyclepassion Calendar from the following links:
For Europe: https://cyclepassion.com
For United Kingdom: here
For USA/Canada: here
For World Wide: here

Vйlo Book By Paul Fournel
Bike books always make a great gift for the cycling fan at Christmas time and the new book, ‘Vйlo’ by Paul Fournel is one that I wouldn’t mind having in my stocking this year,

“Vйlo is a unique look at the bike. Through a series of short essays, Paul Fournel beautifully evokes the experience and spirit of all aspects of cycling – from the glorious moment of first learning to stay upright on two wheels to the joy of riding with friends; from the delight of on days to the hell of off days; from the Tour de France to tours of landscapes discovered while out riding. Accompanied by illustrations from Jo Burt, these pieces are the story of a love affair not just with the bike, but with everything it represents.”

Available from rouleur.cc.

48 And Counting – A Story Of Money, Love And Bicycling
For a different take on the cycling book theme, former Wall Street Journal columnist Jonathon Clements has written a work of fiction based on a cyclist as Jonathon explains;

My latest book and first novel, 48 and Counting, is now available as a paperback and e-book through Amazon.co.uk, as well as Amazon sites in other countries. As the subtitle suggests, the book is A Story of Money, Love and Bicycling. It traces amateur cyclist Max Whitfield through three eventful seasons as his marriage collapses and he loses control of his business. Unemployed and unsure what to do next, he throws himself into training for a 40-mile bicycle race.

“Clare saw Max rise out of the seat. He was her 48-year-old father and yet, at that moment, he was somebody else entirely. The muscles in his arms were taut. His face and legs glistened with perspiration. As the bike leapt forward and gathered speed, he sat down, shifted into an easier gear and spun the pedals with a controlled fury. For a few brief seconds, the beauty was unmistakable. Max’s bike hurtled past the other two riders. A yawning gap immediately opened up. Max had his chance. He had broken free of the other two, who were now belatedly trying to respond, their suddenly feverish motion signaling how surprised they were. Max was 80 excruciating seconds from the finish line.”

The book talks a little about managing money, which I know a fair amount about from my many years as a financial writer, but it’s mostly about cycling and what the world looks like from middle-age. While this is my first work of fiction, I’ve written four earlier books—all on personal finance—and I spent 18 years at The Wall Street Journal, where I was paper’s the personal-finance columnist.

SBG-32™ Grease
SBG-32™ is a Full-Synthetic, Premium Supreme Performance, Antiwear and Antifriction Lubricating Grease specifically formulated to extend the life of all threaded parts, cables and bearings. SBG-32™ can be used on all nuts, bolts, screws, cables, and especially hubs & bearings. It is non-sticky, has a buttery-soft texture and has excellent resistance to corrosion and rust even under extreme conditions.

SBG-32™ is ABSOLUTELY the BEST grease for both conventional and ceramic bearings. So, if you want a GO-FAST product, this is truly the ONLY grease you will ever need for maintaining your bikes – both motorcycles and bicycles. Two sizes are available; a 2 oz. container for consumers to purchase through your shop, and a 10 oz. container for your mechanics to use on all mechanical needs.

Detailed Product Description:
SBG-32™ uses a polyalphaolefin (PAO) synthetic base fluid with those of an organo-clay, non-soap thickener. Because the PAO base oil has low traction properties (compared to mineral oil), SBG-32™ offers energy savings through reduced friction and lower torque, and reduced temperatures in the load zone of rolling element bearings. SBG-32™ is an NLGI 1.5 grade with ISO VG 32 base oil.

Available from The Parts Shoppe.

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