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PEZ Holiday Gift Guide ’14 – Day 1

It’s December 1st – the Holidays are on the horizon so PEZ is here to help with some great gift ideas for friends/family/loved ones/ yourself. Let’s jump in with some cool gear from Castelli, Velobody, CompuTrainer, Saris, Ale BikeWear, Cinelli, Silca, Power2Max, Osmo, Easton, Bogs, & Ride HiFi.

Still got some cash left after Black Friday? We can help with that… right here with our annual ‘Gift-O-Ganza’ Holiday shopping guide – and this year will be bigger than ever as we’ll run more Gift Guides right up until Chrustmas Day – with enough great ideas to set you up right for next year. Let’s get started – !

CASTELLI Gabba 2 Convertible Jersey – $229
ONE JACKET, EVERY CONDITION – Take a short-sleeved Gabba and add removable sleeves, and you end up with quite possibly the only jacket you need. Severe cold? Put a thermal jersey underneath and go. Cool conditions? Just use a Flanders base layer and go. Rain? Just put it on and go. Moderate conditions? Zip off the sleeves, throw on some Nano Flex arm warmers and go.

We’ve improved it for winter 2014 with the updates from the short-sleeved Gabba plus an improved closure around the removable sleeves.
• Fully aero, fully breathable and fully protected
• Windstopper® X-Lite Plus fabric for lightweight total wind protection with water-repellent finish
• Nano Flex fabric insert under arms
• Storm-flap construction at back protects from wheel spray
• Silicone gripper on waistband to limit ride-up
• Full-length YKK® Vislon zipper with wind flap
• 3 rear pockets with drain mesh
• Rear reflective trim on pockets and flap for high visibility
• Convertible: Black, Drive Blue; LS/SS: Black, Drive Blue, Yellow Fluo

VELOBODY ALL NATURAL Antifriction Chamois Cream – $17.95 for 8 oz.
Hands up if you agree nothing beats a frictionless chamois, and Seattle-based VeloBody have joined the skin protection fray with a small but growing line of products worth a look. As a mid-pack cat 3 racer, Steve Berard ran out of his favorite chamois cream, and was inspired to try formulating his own.


Natural ingredients are favored in the Antifriction Chamois Cream, and reflect Steve’s desire to be able to pronounce each and every ingredient in his products – in fact one of his early slogans (which sadly landed on the cutting room floor) was “no crap under the cap”. Things like lavender, rosemary & tea tree oil are used for their anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties that help fight infections and minor irritations that can be caused from the rubbing & chafing associated with sitting on the saddles for long hours in a sweaty chamois.

It’s got a nice texture – heavy enough to stick and last, but light enough to spread easily, and without the sandy or oat-mealy texture other chamois creams have. And it’s slippery – another key quality in anything designed to protect yer junk from nasty chamois burn. It also has an ever so slight tingle upon application, but nothing that irritated me, and in my fairly subjective testing, my chamois stayed good & slidey through a 90 minute ride. Washes out of your bits & bibs with soap and water.

• FREE Shipping on orders over $35
• www.VeloBody.com

The perfect Christmas gift for performance minded cyclists. CompuTrainer’s unique Performance Improvement Guarantee offers a 10% increase in cycling power in 5 months— documented in CompuTrainer MultiRider studios.

Industry leader in accuracy, repeatability, and power. The ONLY true cycling-specific trainer because it incorporates the effect of rider inertia (easily demonstrated)–crucial for optimal cycling muscle recruitment.f55Commercial durability–10 to 20 year service life. Full featured software suite provides 3D racing, Power Training, SpinScan pedal stroke analysis, and Course Creation using GPS data. Compatible with ANT+ heartrate ErgVideo road training, Tour de Giro online racing, Kinomap videos and Perf Pro Studio Training Software. More info at: • https://www.racermateinc.com/computrainer
• BONUS Link: ENTER TO WIN a Computrainer on PEZ Here

The perfect all weather, totally waterproof jacket for cyclists that never give in. 100% Waterproof: The ALE’ Klimatik Rain jacket keeps you on the road year round. Lightweight waterproof stretch long sleeve shell with an ergonomic cut and welded seams for the maximum protection. Suggested for wet and cold conditions. Technical specifications: bilaminated stretch w-tech medium weight fabric, highly water repellent and high breathability.
• Alebikewear.com/klimatik-unisex-cycling-jacket-513

SILCA Holiday Gift Box – FREE SHIPPING – $125.00 – Enter Code: FREESHIP At Checkout
As a celebration of SILCA’s first year in the USA. We are offering a special holiday season gift box for the most discerning and passionate cyclists. As a thank you to all of our customers we are offering a first ever, FREE SHIPPING deal through December 15. Each of these products represents the premium offering in it’s category with a focus on sourcing from small, artisinal craftsmen and craftswomen. You can read more about each item by clicking on it in the list above, and all items can be purchased individually.

Each box contains:
– Handmade SILCA wooden display box
– EOLO III CO2 Regulator with 2 cartridges
– 2 Additional 16 gm CO2 Cartridges
– Custom color insulator kit for EOLO
– SILCA NFS-Pro Chainlube
– Hand-printed 1973 Throwback T-Shirt
– SILCA Limited Edition Coffee 7oz – Ethiopia Gelana Abaya

Total package value: $135 – Enter Code: FREESHIP At Checkout
• Silca.cc/products/silca-holiday-gift-box-free-shipping

SARIS HOTTIE Bike Rack – $260
Get your bike out of the garage and onto The Hottie. This designer bike furniture touts the practical functionality, an accessory shelf, and aesthetic details that look good in any environment.
• Saris.com/product/the-hottie

A handmade carbon version of the famous ’90s racer: The Laser, a Cinelli icon, thanks to the work of the Laser Team is now a carbon jewel. Handmade in Italy through a sophisticated wrapping technique of the carbon elements that are further processed, it is possible to build a custom frame of only 890g. All the elements identifying the Laser are maintained: the fin under the bottom bracket, the fittings of the joints and the passage of the rear wheel housed in the seat tube.
* The cable routing is fully internal for both mechanical and electronic groups.
* The rear aluminum CNC dropouts sandwich wrap the central carbon part fully integrated to the rear stays.
* A proper anodized aluminum cap positioned under the fin of the bottom bracket allows easy access for routing the shift cables.
* Head tube 1 “1/8 and BSA bottom bracket.

Approx suggested retail, as shown (Campy Super Record EPS) : $16,000
• Cinelli-usa.com/bicycles/laser

POWER2MAX TYPE S Powermeter – From $1049
A power meter for every rider: road, cyclocross, triathlon, MTB or track – the Type S covers it all. power2max Type S is the best power meter you can get: unparalleled ease of use, precision, and reliability, starting at $1,049 with a crank set. Get the power meter that’s taking the pro peloton by storm. Retail price: from $1,049 (with FSA Gossamer BB386EVO)

OSMO Nutrition For Men – $20 – $35

General Description for Men’s: Olympic medalists, Tour de France riders, and pro triathletes know hydration is critical to top performance. That’s why they’ve replaced their sponsors’ drinks with Dr. Stacy Sims’ hydration formulas for years. Osmo Nutrition brings the benefits of Stacy’s hydration science to everyone.
Price: $19.99 – $34.99

EASTON EC90 Aero 55 Tubular & Clincher Wheels – $2399
These wheels have leading aerodynamics, certified Road Tubeless™ compatibility, unrivaled braking performance, outstanding durability and competitive weight. Riding these wheels in a 40-kilometer time trial saves a whopping 14 seconds over the next fastest wheel, Enve’s 6.7 tubular. Riders concerned with finishing times and power output can’t afford not to buy these groundbreaking new wheels. These aren’t simply race-day only wheels, they’re built strong. Easton’s industry-leading carbon lay-up process provides smooth, consistent braking. The EC90 Aero 55 wheels are entirely built by hand and acoustically tuned. These wheels combine top-end materials, a methodical build and an advanced rim design.

Put a little rock in your special someone’s roll with HiFi Hit Single carbon clinchers. These versatile 50mm wheels are chart toppers in everything from road races and time trials to fast training rides. The Portland, Oregon-based HiFi Sound Cycling Components catalog boasts a full range of carbon and aluminum road, MTB, cyclocross and triathlon wheels that will make many cyclists’ wish lists. But the aptly named Hit Singles, which weigh in at just 1590g, provide one speedy go-to wheelset for any type of road session.

BOGS North Hampton Boots – $110
Introducing the North Hampton from the BOGS – a sleeker, lightweight version of the traditional BOGS Classic boot, yet still plenty rugged and capable of overcoming any outdoor challenge. 100% waterproof with BOGS trademark pull on handles, the North Hampton features a new streamlined upper design and updated look. BOGS Neo-Tech Lite insulation and BOGS Max-Wick™ to keep feet dry.
• www.bogsfootwear.ca

The Lapierre Pulsium was engineered strategically for Team FDJ.fr to race on cobbled classics such as Paris-Roubaix. A major highlight is Lapierre’s all new SAT (Shock Absorption Technology) which utilizes an elastomer ring on the frame that can absorb 27% more flex in the vertical plain between the seat tube and the top tube than Lapierre’s existing endurance models. This critical addition to the carbon layup of the frame, coupled with endurance geometry gives the Pulsium the ideal combination of ride characteristics capable of absorbing harsh terrain while simultaneously preserving the rider’s energy. Central to the lateral stiffness characteristics of the Pulsium is Lapierre’s Power Box technology which oversizes and reinforces the lower part of the frame responsible for efficient power transfer from the pedals to the tarmac.

Frame: Pulsium Carbon, Fork: Lapierre Pulsium Carbon – Carbon Steerer, Front Derailleur: Shimano 105 KFD5800FL, Rear Derailleur: Shimano 105 KRD5800GSL 11-SPEED, Bottom Bracket: Shimano KSMBB7141B Pressfit, Brakes: Shimano KBR5800, Wheels: Shimano RS010

Stay tuned for lots more gift ideas and bike tech bling coming this month.

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