What's Cool In Road Cycling

PEZ Holiday Gift Guide #3

The Holidays are fast approaching so what better time 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. Check out wheels from Ritchey, bikes from Boardman & Fondriest, shoes from Lake, Club Ride Apparel’s jersey, decals from Zipp, computer mount from Sram, sunglasses from BBB and headwear from Rapha and Smith.

Ritchey WCS Zeta II Wheelset
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WCS Zeta II Wheelset is the do-everything aluminum race wheel from Ritchey which is wider, lighter and stiffer than ever. Tom Ritchey believes in high quality aluminum road wheels – these offer incredible performance and durability that’s hard to beat at any price. The critically acclaimed Zeta is completely redesigned to be wider, lighter and laterally stiffer, yet still tough enough to endure gravel road rides and Cyclocross races that would chew lesser wheels to pieces. The new WCS Zeta II wheelset is built upon Ritchey’s new Phantom Flange Hub with a hidden J-bend design that creates a sleek, aero profile and direct-drive efficiency of straight-pull spokes but still uses stronger, more reliable J-bend spokes.

MAP: $799.95 / set – ritcheylogic.com

Boardman TTE Bike

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Three years of R&D by Chris Boardman have led us to the TTE. With the cleanest front end ever seen, the aerodynamic benefits here are enormous. With great cockpit adjustability, the BB/chainstays molded as 1 piece for increased stiffness, and a 4 position seatpost, the TTE is efficient and effective. Nothing out of place; every bit for pure performance. Boardman Bikes TTE triathlon bike, frameset $5000 with Ultegra Di2 $7500 or as pictured above with Dura Ace Di2 for $13,000. boardmanbikes.com

Lake MXZ303 Shoes – $299.99

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Lake MXZ303 – A successful early season is dependent on the quality of base fitness earned in the dark, wet, and cold months of winter. This winter, be sure the cyclist on your list is prepared for the deep freeze with the MXZ303 winter boot from Lake Cycling, the unofficial shoe of the fat bike movement. The MXZ303 has become the benchmark for top quality winter cycling footwear for its Pittards water-resistant outer, temperature regulating heal and tongue lining, Thinsulate toe box, Thermosol insulating insole, and Vibram outsole. An infinitely adjustable BOA closure system ensures proper fit for long, comfortable hours in the saddle. More at stage-race.com or lakecycling.com

Club Ride Apparel Rialto Jersey

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The Rialto jersey from Club Ride Apparel is packed with features:
/ RideXDry™ – lightweight, wicking, quick-drying fabric
/ UV Protection – UPF 20
/ Rear zippered and bottle holder storage pockets with media port
/ Front and back venting accents
/ RideLight™ reflective accents
/ Sport fit

With a retail price of $79.95, the Rialto is available in the following colors and sizes:
XS-XL / Midnight (pictured)
XS-XXL / Shadow
S-XL / Biking Red

Much more at clubrideapparel.com

Zipp Color Decals

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Customized your bike with die-cut borderless Zipp decals in four new bold colors: Matte Blue, Matte Red, Matte Pink and Matte Green. Zipp’s Classic White and Beyond Black decals also are still available.

Each decal kit has seven decals sufficient to cover one wheel and two matching valve-hole decals. Think of them as fuel for your Firecrests. Sizes available for Zipp 202, 303, 404 and 808 model wheels. Zipp discs use 808-sized decals. (Images shown of 404 Firecrest.) Available at your local bike shop or Zipp Store.
MSRP $20, €18.50 More at zipp.com

SRAM Quickview Computer Mount

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SRAM delivers an uncomplicated computer mount that’s easy to install, lightweight, and vibration and slip-free. At only 20 grams, with a single Torx T25 bolt, flexible mounting clasp, and a 1/4 twist mount, it installs quickly, simply and securely on any 31.8mm bar surface. The SRAM QuickView Computer Mount also features a center-offset design so the computer can be placed directly in front of the stem for road or flipped to position the computer before the bar for MTB or Cyclocross use. Available at your local bike shop or Zipp Store.
MSRP $20, €18.50 Zipp.com

2015 Fondriest TF Disk Road Bike

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Fondriest joins the “disk-o” movement becoming one of the first Italian boutique bike makers to embrace disc-brake technology. In addition using the popular and proven Shimano Ultegra R785 hydraulic disk system, the Fondriest TF Disk features a host of top-flight technical design features — tapered head tube, UD Carbon monocoque frame construction, mechanical and electronic gruppo compatible, internal cable routing, carbon dropouts, and BSA bottom bracket. The frame weighs in at 990 grams, the fork at 380 grams. A Shimano Ultegra equipped Fondriest TF Disk with FSA Team cockpit and Ursus carbon clincher wheels tips the scales at a lithe 7.1 kg. MSRP for frame, fork, headset and seat post is $2990.

The Fondriest TF Disk is imported and distributed in the U.S. by Albabici. www.albabici.com

BBB Adapt GiftBox

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If you are a fanatical cyclist, you know what we’re talking about. All your cycling equipment is carefully selected, built up and cared for. Not only does it function like a well-oiled machine, but it looks absolutely gorgeous too. To be fair it costs a little money to get to this point, but your equipment is a reflection of your obsessive vision of assembling the finest equipment possible.

As far as Sports Glasses go, you apply the same rigorous process: only the best of the best and adaptable to every occasion. Precisely for these discriminating cyclists we have put together the Adapt Giftbox. It consists of one of our famed Adapt upper frames and three lower frames to mix and match to your heart’s desire. The box includes four lenses to adapt to every light condition you would find when out on a ride: a clear lens for night riding or extremely low light conditions, MLC lenses in red and blue for sunnier conditions and a Smoke lens. It also comes with seven color ways of the proprietary temple tips. To match your Adapt with your bike, outfit or state of mind that day. This entire package comes boxed in its own protective travel case, ready to hit the road with you.

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Adapt GiftBox, BSG45BOX. RRP € 139,95

Rapha Deep Winter Hat

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The Rapha Deep Winter Hat has been created for the coldest training rides. The multi-panel construction offers both an exceptional fit and a highly effective combination of breathability, water resistance and windproofing. The front panel and peak are made from a durable, windproof and water-resistant fabric, while the back and side panels use a soft, breathable material to prevent overheating. The ribbed ear guard keeps ears cosy on even the coldest days, while an additional merino lining offers additional insulation. Fits easily under your helmet presuming you have a spare notch in your adjustment strap.
Price: $90 Colors: Black/Pink or Black/White More at rapha.cc

Smith Overtake Helmet

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The Overtake is the most comprehensive road bike helmet on the market through the use of AEROCORE™ construction featuring Koroyd®, a series of polymer cores that absorbs 30% more energy than traditional EPS foam. The ultra-lightweight (250g) helmet boasts superior ventilation, aerodynamics, lower weight, and overall protection against its competition. Additional features include 21 optimized vents for balanced aerodynamic performance without compromising ventilation, SMITH’s VaporFit™ dial-operated 360 adjustable fit system, and ultimate sunglass integration. Select colors available with MIPS® linings to reduce force to the brain in the case of low, high, multi and rotational impacts. MSRP $250 / $290 with MIPS Liner www.smithoptics.com

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