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PEZ Holiday Gift Guide #4!

With less than a week to go until the big day any last minute shoppers out there are cutting things a bit fine. It’s never too late to get some new gear though so with that in mind here’s the fattest edition of the PEZ Holiday Gift Guide yet!

ErgVideo Training Dvds

ErgVideo Virtual Reality Cycling is a great stocking stuffer for “that guy/that gal” who spends winter hours grinding away on a stationary trainer. The wheezing and grunting you’ll hear, over and over again from the basement, is your loved one’s way to say: “thanks honey, this was such a great gift!”. HD editions $59, Standard def $45, with discounts for 3, 6, and 9 disk orders. www.ErgVideo.com

Sidi Hydro GTW Winter Shoes

Winter commuting is hard. So is Winter training. But if you can tough it out, well, you’ll be a monster on the bike come spring. Which is why SIDI’s Hydro GTX is one of the best-kept secrets among early-season speedsters. Keep your feet warm and happy racking up miles on those lonely winter training missions, the ones that separate the hard riders from the fair weather cyclists.

Weatherproof, breathable uppers keep your feet dry in all conditions. Make wintertime your training time, and get a jump on your early season fitness. Hydro GTXInsulated, waterproof Gore-Tex upper keeps feet warm and dry. Wide neoprene cuff seals out the elements. Slightly roomier fit accommodates thicker winter socks. Four Velcro® straps & a replaceable heel pad.

Sizes 39-50 in Black $299.99 www.sidiamerica.com

Building The Perfect Bike With Wrench Science
Ever wondered what the perfect bike would be? Well Wrench Science specialize in doing just that – building perfect bikes for their customers.

There are a few key ingredients to building a perfect bike: Bike fitting like a tailored suit to your bodies proportions and the type of riding you will be doing, ease of choosing the perfect parts with industry leading technology, a bike concierge to guide you through your building, purchasing and delivery of your new perfect bike – Wrench Science has it all covered.

Click on this article’s thumbnail for a BIG view of this beautiful machine.

Here is one of Wrench Science’s most recent Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think 2 ($5,299) builds in the Black/Orange Limited Edition colorway (full size run in stock at Wrench Science) built with Campagnolo’s Super Record EPS, Lightweight Meilenstein clinchers, and SRM PowerMeter Rotor 3D+ crankset.

Build your dream bike today with Wrench Science, The World’s Smartest Bike Builder! More info on this particularly sweet build at www.wrenchscience.com/Pinarello/Dogma+65.1+think+2

LOOK Keo Flex Pedals

The KEO standard was developed with the aim of minimising the weight and volume of the cleat/pedal unit, while remaining compatible with all the shoes available on the market. Cleat engagement and removal are smooth and secure. The KEO FLEX is the first clipless, one-piece pedal combining the body and lever in one. This major innovation patented by LOOK is at the heart of the design of this easy-to-use, secure pedal. The KEO FLEX is ideal for beginners who wish to acquire their first clipless pedal system. www.lookcycle.com

Seldo says: I’ve currently got a pair of these ‘beginner’ pedals on test and the first thing I noticed about them is they’re definitely not beginner weight – just 244 grams (yes for the pair)! A full test to come soon on PEZ but for the moment first impressions are good.

Selle SMP Drakon Saddle

The Selle SMP Drakon is the ideal saddle for sports or leisure cycling. Covered in real leather for the black models and Lorica microfiber for the colored models, the Drakon suits a medium-wide pelvis. The Drakon is padded with elastomer at the supporting points (ischial tuberosities and buttocks). Key features: open central channel, dropped nose and raised rear support. The Drakon model is slotted between the Dynamic and Lite 209 models and retails for $260. Available in men’s, women’s and with carbon rails ($410). www.albabici.com

GoPro Hero3 Black Edition HD Camera
When we’re talking gifts the guys over at R&A cycles have got you covered. How to choose from so much good stuff though?

A good choice could be the Wi-Fi enabled HERO3, Black Edition the most advanced GoPro, ever. No expense was spared during its development, resulting in a GoPro that is 30% smaller, 25% lighter and 2x more powerful than previous models. Wearable and gear mountable, waterproof to 197′ (60m), capable of capturing ultra-wide 1440p 48fps, 1080p 60 fps and 720p 120 fps video and 12MP photos at a rate of 30 photos per second, the HERO3: Black Edition is the world’s most versatile camera. $399.95 at racycles.com

Capo Torino 3D Base Layer

The Capo Torino 3D Base Layer is a great gift because it’s a one-size-fits-all, all-season base layer. It’s constructed from a single-piece of Dryarn® tubular woven fabric that provides supreme stretch and lightweight insulation. Made in Italy. $90 MSRP. www.capocycling.com


First Endurance continues to lead the endurance nutrition category with the next-generation of Optygen. This revolutionary formula is the result of human clinical trials and the latest scientific research on increasing endurance and performance. New features include Beta-Alanine as well the most potent Rhodiola available. Here’s RadioShack pro, George Bennett talking about OptygenHP:

The regular price for OptygenHP is $74.95/bottle but for North American readers there is a special offer right now of buy two bottles, get one free using the promo code ‘hpme’ www.firstendurance.com

SCOTT Road Comp Shoe

Comfort and key features make this the ideal shoe for cycling enthusiasts and amateur racers. The ErgoLogic footbed provides a premium fit while the Stiffness Index 6 rated outsole transfers energy to the pedals, providing just the right balance of stiffness and foot friendly forgiveness & all with a retail price of just $104.99. scott-sports.com

K-Force Light BB386 EVO

Full Speed Ahead has pushed the crankset evolution forward with carbon crank arms, ceramic bearings and compact gearing. Now, in addition to offering MegaExo and BB30 Cranksets FSA have introduced a whole new system which carefully integrates the design needs of the frame manufacturers with the end needs of consumers and bike shop owners. Combining the best attributes of the BB30 and larger surface area for frame designers to work with along with the incredible compatibility with other systems currently being used. Finally, shop owners and riders can buy one crank to fit almost every bike. BB386 – All for One, One for All.

-Hollow crank arms with UD carbon finish
-AL7075 100% CNC chainrings
-AL7075 Torx T-30 alloy chainring bolts
-Available for 10 and 11 speed systems
-Available in 170mm, 172.5mm, 175mm
-Compact and Standard chainring options.

With a retail price of $579.99 you can find out more at www.fullspeedahead.com

XPEDO Thrust 8 Pedals

Give the gift that all weight-weenies would appreciate. With a wide cleat platform and three cartridge bearings, the XPEDO THRUST 8 with titanium spindles weigh in at a mere 170g per pair. Our tech editor Charles gave these pedals a full test here and if you’re after a high end pedal with a low end price tag of just $249 his test and/or Xpedo’s website are probably a good place to start.

Nalini Scirpus Bibshorts

Two years ago, Nalini won Bicycling’s “Best Bibshorts under $100” with the Nalini Geranio. Looking to “pad” its advantage in the category, Nalini presents the 2013 Scirpus bibshorts. The Scirpus features a 26cm leg length, 50+UV protection Lycra Sport fabric, breathable mesh braces, contrasting 4-needle stitching, silicone hem gripper, and Nalini’s comfortable PTN HF pad. S-XXXL. $100. Made 100 percent in Italy. www.albabici.com

Kinetic’s Rock And Roll Trainer
It’s that time of year for most folks, where outside riding just isn’t reasonable effective training. With that, Kurt Kinetic’s Rock and Roll Trainer sets it’s self apart from virtually everything else with the obvious benefit of allowing for frame movement to be more like road feel, but what’s less evident in the video is how good (smooth) the resistance unit is.

SRP for the Rock and Roll trainer is $569 and you can buy them
directly from Kurt Kinetic at KurtKinetic.com


CONNECT POWER CONTROL is the new technology patented by Prologo. Its focus is to encompass all the contact points between the cyclist and his weapon producing the most advanced saddles on the market.

VIBRATIION ABSORPTION = The CPC absorbing Nano Structural shock absorbers protect the muscles against stress and oscillation, reducing the effects of fatigue as well as improving recovery time.

GRIP & POSITION = Maintaining grip in the optimum cycling position enables maximum acceleration and power with confidence, direction and control . Grip in the optimal contact areas, reduces slip to improve power output and control.

AIR COOLING = allows air movement for cooling and moisture wicking without the loss of grip.

MASSAGING AND MANIPULATION = The Cpc polymer varying density uses the athlete’s kinetic energy to actively manipulate the skin surface to stimulate nerves and improve blood circulation preventing numbness.

SIZE 278X134
WEIGHT 165 gr
RAIL Nano Carbon fiber
PRICE Ђ249.00


Syncros HP 1.0 Mini Pump

The HP1.0 Pump from Syncros is a High Pressure specific model designed to inflate tires to 130 psi / 8.9 bar in short order. Machined from lightweight aluminum, the pump comes equipped with a retractable hose, has a reversible head to fit both Presta and Schrader valves, and weighs a scant 94 grams and has a retail price of $24.99 www.syncros.com

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