What's Cool In Road Cycling

PEZ Holiday Gift Guide #5

The gift ideas just keep coming in from around the cycling world and today we’ve rounded up some of the best with everything from a luxury cycling holiday with VeloClassic Tours to some Finish Line Pedal & Cleat Lubricants. We’ve also got everything in between with products from Easton, Topeak, Velox, State Bicycle Co., CycleOps, Essor USA, E-Motion, CyclePassion and Louis Garneau.

VeloClassic Liege-Bastogne-Liege Experience April 23-27, $2795

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If the Tour of Flanders is in your heart and Paris-Roubaix is in your head, then Liège-Bastogne-Liège is a race that is clearly in your legs. Conquering Liège-Bastogne-Liège requires pure strength. As the oldest Classic, it is this race that demands the most when it comes to pure strength and attrition. Indulge in the best of the Belgian Ardennes including riding the race course, luxury accommodations and the finest food and a VIP race viewing experience that will confirm no man has ever won Liège-Bastogne-Liège on luck. Check out VeloClassic’s LBL experience and all their tours at veloclassic.com

Topeak Transformer RX

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It’s a pump, it’s a workstand, it’s…both! From the innovation junkies at Topeak, this handy integrated travel pump and workstand holds the rear seat and chain stays to support the bike while making adjustments or simply pumping up the tires. Extra long telescoping hose means you can pump the front tires while the bike is in the stand. Pumps to 160psi. Travel bag included. Retail: $109.95 More at topeak.com

Velox Jantex 14 Special Carbon Tubular Glue Tape

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Ugggh, the mess and aggravation of gluing tubulars. Enjoy all the benefits of riding sew-ups without the hassle of gluing. Velox Jantex 14 glue tape will transform your nude rim and tire to a tubular masterpiece in minutes. Tested in the French Alps, the special adhesive tape is designed to withstand high temperatures developed while braking on carbon rims and is compatible with all road tire and rim widths. Pack of 2 (for a set of wheels). Retail $39.95 todson.com/velox

STATE BICYCLE CO.

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A unique idea from the guys at State Bicycle Co. now with their Rider Signature Series Jersey + Bottle Monthly Subsciption.

Enroll in the Rider Signature Series Subscription and you’ll be guaranteed a new limited-edition jersey every subsequent month. You’ll also score each of the matching Rider Signature Bottles. The subscription is $49.99 per month, find out more at statebicycle.com

CycleOps PowerSync Virtual Trainer

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Bring your ride inside with the CycleOps PowerSync trainer. The PowerSync offers programmable controlled resistance to sync perfectly with CycleOps VirtualTraining to ride anywhere, anytime. It also features integrated PowerTap technology for riders craving accuracy within +/- 1.5%. The PowerSync retails for $899.99 with more info available online at cycleops.com

ESSOR USA Carbon Water Bottle Cages

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Essor USA’s “flight-weight” carbon fiber construction and layout offer a secure grip on your bottle and easy access. Undoubtedly one of the lightest cages on the market at only 24g (3k Carbon). Available in 12 colors and priced at $34.99 More at essorusa.com

E-Motion Rollers

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E-Motion Rollers are made by Inside Ride, an Oregon USA based company. They feature “Free Motion Technology” which is acheived with a sliding frame. When your bike moves forward or back, even a small amount, the frame moves with you – your bike is not locked in place as it would be with conventional bicycle roller systems, and this creates a super smooth ride. The rear bumper bars make it virtually impossible to ride off the front of the rollers (no matter how hard you try – so go ahead, get out of the saddle and sprint!) and the front bumper wheels keep you on track in case you veer too far off track during your hardest intervals.

Bonus : they’re currently on sale! $747 for each set of rollers when consumers buy 2 or more in the same transaction. That’s a savings of more than $150! (Regular price : $900). It’s Inside Ride’s biggest sale ever, and a perfect time to pair up with a training partner, a friend, or a teammate. As always, shipping within continental USA is free. Check them out at www.insideride.com

Cyclepassion 2015 Calendar

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This is the 10th edition of the Cyclepassion (CP) Calendar. As in previous years, the 2015 edition of Cyclepassion features some of the top female athletes from around the world. As a special treat for 2015, we are featuring three young and promising downhill (DH) athletes. Manon Carpenter from the UK who won the World Championship Downhill shortly after our shooting this Summer.

The slogan for Cyclepassion 2015 is “train hard and race hard” which exemplifies the cycling spirit and especially the Downhill discipline. The Cyclepassion Calendar is double-sided with two different styles each month. One side features sexy and aesthetic photography, while the other side explores the ladies’ professional life with action photography. We also added short stories about each athlete alongside the action photography. These stories highlight the athlete’s personality and work-life balance between racing and winning and just making a living.

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. The calendar is available for $50 through fairwheelbikes.com

Louis Garneau Course Power Shield Jersey

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The Course Power Shield® Jersey is the most breathable membrane wind-breaking jersey. Designed for Louis Garneau by Polartec®, Power Shield® Pro fabric offers exceptional breathability of up to 20,000 g/m²/24h in active conditions. The membrane in the middle blocks 99% of the wind, and the remaining 1% circulates within the fabric to enhance moisture vapor transmission and breathability even at high intensity. The stretchability of the fabric and the snug fit of the jersey ensure aerodynamic properties are preserved. Team Europcar riders have adopted the Course Power Shield® for its breathability and tight fit. $159.99 louisgarneau.com

Finish Line Pedal & Cleat Lubricant

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Clipless pedals require regular maintenance for optimum performance and long component life. Finish Line Pedal & Cleat Lubricant is engineered to ensure fast engagements and smooth releases every time. Pedal & Cleat Lubricant is formulated specifically with DuPont Teflon® fluoropolymer and surface bonding resins to create an ultra-slick, protective dry film. This film reduces wear and prevents corrosion by repelling moisture. Although factory approved by Speedplay, Pedal & Cleat Lubricant improve the performance of all makes and models of both road and mountain clipless pedals and cleats. Available at bicycle shops nationwide for $8.99. finishlineusa.com

Easton EC90 SLX3 Roadbar

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The EC90 SLX3 features advanced carbon construction for Easton’s lightest and most versatile road bar. This handlebar’s shallow drop and compact reach allow instant access to a wide range of hand positions and easy reach to any type of control lever. TaperWall™ technology and Intelligent Flexibility™ team up to deliver a perfectly tuned bar that weighs just 199 grams. Shimano, SRAM or Campagnolo levers can be positioned for a smooth transition on the tops and into the bend. And variable radius bends afford numerous hand positions for comfort and control when in the drops. USD MSRP: $269.99 eastoncycling.com

Easton Microfiber Bar Tape

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The new Microfiber Tape features minimizes road buzz with adhesive gel backing, anti-shock foam and a microfiber cloth surface. It transmits road feel without harshness and doesn’t get squishy or slippery like traditional gel tape. Microfiber Tape is offered in six colors: Black, Blue, Green, Red, White, Yellow. USD MSRP$ 24.99 eastoncycling.com

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