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PEZ Holiday Gift Guide’15 #2

In our second PEZ Holiday Gift Guide for 2015 we have a real mix ideas for the coming season. All the best goodies from TruTrainer, PowerTap, Vision, Rudy Project, FSA, Louis Garneau, Polar, Sports Optical, Velo Classic, Schwalbe and a set of prints from The Handmade Cyclist.

TruTrainer Rollers
TruTrainer rollers may look like regular rollers but they don’t feel like them. In fact, they are unlike any trainer you have ever ridden. The secret, aside from their extraordinary quality, is a high speed tubular flywheel contained inside the rear roller. The flywheel duplicates the cyclic inertial resistance experienced during each pedal stroke as well as inertial resistance to continuous acceleration, while viscous drag forces between the flywheel and roller simulate wind and rolling resistance.
· Ultra-smooth ride with a natural “road” feel.
· Pedal out of the saddle in a natural manner.
· Coast for long periods (30 seconds) to stretch, adjust your shorts, or restore blood flow to critical areas.
· Mental fatigue and boredom are significantly reduced; allowing you to train longer

• See the website: www.TRUTRAINER.com
• See the PEZ TruTrainer Review here

PowerTap P1 Pedals

These aren’t ordinary pedals. The P1 pedal is a simple, intelligent and uncompromising design that provides the same proven PowerTap accuracy and reliability. The simple one-piece design easily mounts to any crank and does not require calibration nor installation angle setting, providing a true “plug-and-play” experience. The P1 also features dual band ANT+ and Bluetooth SMART for compatibility with a multitude of head units and smart devices. Plus, the independent measurement opens the possibility for a new set of pedaling metrics previously unavailable to help give you the ultimate competitive edge. $1,199.99

PowerTap info: https://powertap.com/product/powertap-p1-pedals

Vision Trimax 30 Clincher Wheelset

The Trimax 30 offers a great workhorse wheel for all around use. It has a wider rim profile to allow for a comfortable ride and is tubeless ready. The unique intespoke milling helps reduce weight to increase acceleration and easier climbing. Add in the fully adjustable P.R.A. (Preload Reduction Assembly) hub and aero bladed spokes to these hand built wheels and you have a wheel ready to take you anywhere you want to go, even straight to the front on the peloton. Weighing in at only 1580g, this wheel can’t be beat for its price. MSRP $699.99

For additional information and specs click here: https://www.visiontechusa.com/products/road/trimax-30-2/

Rudy Project Backpack Pro 31

For athletes on the move, the Backpack Pro 31 is designed for any outdoor adventure. This innovative pack features protective eyewear storage, a hidden helmet holder, and a padded laptop compartment. Ideal for longer hike days, the Backpack Pro 31 is hydration bladder compatible, and includes a high visibility rain cover. Adjustable shoulder, sternum, and hip straps coupled with a Ventilation Accelerator 3D back structure create maximum comfort in the toughest conditions. MSRP $149.99

Link: https://www.e-rudy.com/en/products/detail/AC003087

FSA Gossamer Pro Compact BB386EVO

The Gossamer is a high-end crankset for lovers of alloy and with an impressive history of wins on the brutal cobbles of the Paris-Roubaix, it needs no further explanation. Yet the details can’t be ignored and not just because of its new smoothly integrated design. The cold-forged aluminum arms are heavily scalloped for the maximum strength to weight ratio, while the versatile BB368 spindle is forged from an even stronger alloy. The 30mm spindle is compatible with English Threaded, PF-30, BB30, BB-Right, BB386EVO, PF-30A, and BB86 bottom brackets with just a few simple spacers. Boosting stiffness further is our ABS system – Asymmetric Bolt Spacing. A fifth chainring bolt hidden behind the driveside crank arm delivers extra strength just where it’s needed to resist power strokes and keep shifting ultra-crisp. MSRP $199.99

For additional information and specs click here: https://www.fullspeedahead.com/products/cranksets-road/gossamer-pro-abs-bb386evo-2-2-2-2/

Louis Garneau Signature 84 Shoes

Signature 84 Shoes: Modern day technology is disguised by a classic look, traditional leather, and a lace closure with the Signature 84 shoe. Ergo Air® Carbon Composite outsole with patented multivent system: Provides excellent rigidity and increased ventilation. Seamless construction upper prevents pressure points. MSRP: $199.99 USD

More info: https://www.louisgarneau.com/in-en/product/827745/1487254/Road_Cycling_Shoes/SIGNATURE_84_CYCLING_SHOES

Polar M450 GPS Bike Computer

Ride the way you want with the Polar M450. Competitively priced and packed with premium features, this stylish compact GPS bike computer is the perfect gift for any cyclist on your list. It offers the features they want including integrated barometer and GPS, Back-to-Start route guidance, LED safety light and Bluetooth® Smart heart rate and cycling sensor compatibility. Customize and match it their bike or gear with interchangeable color covers (sold separately). Plan, analyze, share and achieve more by viewing training highlights on the Polar Flow app and web services.
Price: Polar M450 White + Heart Rate Sensor – $199.95; Polar M450 White – $169.95
• Visit POLAR.com for more details.

Sports Optical

The Mt. Falcon frame is specially designed by the experts at Sports Optical and made of TR-90 material, keeping it lightweight, durable and safe. It features an open-bottom frame style, which reduces fogging and sheds weight, and has adjustable, rubber-coated nose and temple-pieces, ensuring a snug, comfortable fit on a variety of faces through sweat and sunscreen. Available in any color you’d like as long as it’s matte black. Ask for the “PEZ Discount”. Basic retail: $109 for the frame with non-Rx smoke lenses. Custom Rx Lenses begin at $259.

Website: https://www.sportsoptical.com/sports-optical_prescription.htm

Tour of Flanders 100th Celebration Weekend with Velo Classic, March 31-April 4
Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media
Belgium is synonymous with cycling and that typically means one thing: April and the Spring Classics. The Tour of Flanders is the most celebrated of all the Flemish festivals, and no other race creates such an atmosphere, such a popular fervor. Flemish riders say to win, you need heart. We say, If you feel Flanders in your blood, you feel the pain less in your legs and the best way to feel this is up close and personal with the roads, the Belgians, the riders and the race! $2595

More details: https://www.veloclassic.com/cycling-tours/flanders-tour-flanders-weekend.html

Schwalbe Pro ONE Tires

THE NEXT GENERATION OF TUBELESS TIRES. A truly thrilling ride. It’s fast. It’s reliable. It’s light. The patented MicroSkin construction makes this all possible. – 70 g less weight, 15% less rolling resistance and improved cut resistance all around. This is the absolute top model from Schwalbe!
MSRP: $85.00

• SchwalbeTires.com

The Hour by The Handmade Cyclist

The purest test of a rider and machine, the hardest ride of them all.

The story of The Hour is one of drama and intrigue disproportionate to the simplicity of the challenge. From the great Eddy Merckx’s shattering of the record in 1972 to Bradley Wiggins’s awesome fusion of fitness and technology in 2015, this series of prints illustrates the great and sometimes controversial record-breaking rides that defined their eras.

The Hour strips aside every outside influence on the rider. One rider, on the track. No wind, no hills, no drafting. Just the rider and the bike. The man-machine.

A set of five giclee prints, printed with archival ink on gallery-grade paper. Available from https://thehandmadecyclist.com/collections/the-hour, priced from £30 per print.

Stay tuned to PEZ for the next ‘Gift Guide’ on Friday and you can see Gift Guide #1 HERE.

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