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PEZ Holiday Gift Guide’15 #3

There’s still two weeks to find that special gift, so here’s our Guide #3 with some more great ideas from: RawSpiceBar, Abloc, BiKase, Ale Bikewear, ErgVideo, SRAM, Wheelbuilder.com, Tacx, LOOK, Capo and Stowaway.



Long sleeve winter jersey with ergonomic cut for the intermediate seasons and mild temperatures. Slightly fleece, is entirely made of an elastic printable fabric with completely original and modern designs. The ideal garment for a modern and eye-catching look.
Technical specifications:
• thermal and fleece stretch fabric
• full front zipper with garages, anatomical cuffs
• J-STABILITY SYSTEM™ in the bottom hem
• 3 rear pockets with a fourth zippered pocket with reflective zipper reflective stripes
PRICE: 185.00 $
URL: https://www.alebikewear.com/prr-bering-2016-men-long-sleeve-jersey


This one’s a little different, but when I got the intro email from RawSpiceBar I  agreed it was a good fit for PEZ-Fans and our Gift Guide.   I love tastey food, and trying new things, and they offer both.  – Pez

RawSpiceBar is a subscription box that delivers 3 freshly ground, exotic and global flavors from around the world for $6/month. Each box includes 3 kitchen-tested recipes and an origin & history of spices from that region. RawSpiceBar collaborates with chefs who have an expertise in one specific region or geography, ensuring authenticity of each of the flavors and dishes. Past spice boxes have included Istanbul, Navajo, Japanese and many others.
• Freshly ground: ­Spices are whole toasted, ground and blended just a few days before shipping directly to your door so you can have your spices the way you have your coffee (fresh!)
• Perfectly sized: ­Each spice blend is perfectly portioned to create a dish serving 8-12.  Recipes are kitchen tested and loved- and almost always will include an option for vegans, carnivores and vegetarians.
• Spice discovery:­ Blends are from old family recipes or their curated chefs – so you can explore new spice blends from experts all year long.

• RawSpiceBar.com


ABLOC Water Bottles
Sez Pez: Just when I thought I’d seen it all in the world of water bottle design, these two bottles from ABLOC arrived in the mail, along with this bold introduction:
To the undiscerning eye, it may seem like just another bidon, but it’s a completely new design with new performance benefits. Our product is truly unique, and we believe you will understand.​ ​
The ABLOC bottles (the name comes from the French expression “à bloc”) are tapered at both ends to make them way easier to slide into and out of bike cages – and they work, especially well on smaller frame sizes.  The stopper has a better than average flow through and volume is 18 oz (vs 24 for most larger sized bottles).  They offer seven different colored caps to bike matching is easy.  I know it’s a water bottle, but it’s kinda nice to know someone out there is still thinking up ways to make it better – bravo ABLOC.  US$12.00 each.


BIKASE Retro Styled Leather Waxed Duck Canvas bag – Made in Milwaukee, USA.

Comfortable full shoulder strap with large side release buckles for easy carry and removal. Interior compartments for a laptop, cellphone, and business cards. Our retro styling combines durability and minimalist design.

Made with #10 (14.7oz) Waxed Duck Canvas that is Made in the USA. Accented with strategically integrated hand glazed American made 6oz leather panels and trim for added strength, durability, and design aesthetics. All leather edges are sealed and polished. Antique Brass hardware, rivets, and rain flaps for added protection.

More info: https://shop.alt-gear.com/c/bikase



ERGVIDEO Power-Based Training Videos for Wahoo Kickr

In 2015 ErgVideo brings its own style of power-based training (enjoyed by CompuTrainer users for years) to the Wahoo Kickr platform, transforming your indoor rides into effective training sessions imagined in far-flung places, with ideal training companions. It’s real video shot in real places with real riders – because your training isn’t a game. Prices $35 (SD), $49 (HD) and $59 (1080HD), with discounts when you buy 3,6, or 9 titles. All purchases are downloadable, free training plans.
• Read the PEZ Review here


SRAM QuickView Computer Mount

The QuickView Computer Mount is a great inexpensive gift that will be welcomed by any cyclist that is currently mounting their GPS computer on their stem. The SRAM QuickView Computer Mount places the computer forward of the handlebars for easier viewing and improved aerodynamics. MSRP: $75/€78

SRAM website: https://www.sram.com/sram/road/products/quickview-computer-mount



Kickstart your holiday season with a new pair of wheels! Through Dec. 31st use HOLIDAYWB and save on any precision handcrafted wheel or wheelset. Wheelbuilder specializes in building the world’s best bicycle wheels. They combine a passion for cycling with engineering expertise to provide the highest-performing wheels customized for your needs.

Click HERE to check out a gallery featuring some of our precision handcrafted wheelsets.


TACX Neo Smart Trainer

The NEO Smart is the most powerful, intelligent and silent trainer to date. It features powerful direct drive technology in its purest form. All physical transmissions; like a roller or belt, are eliminated. It offers the truest road feel, from long flat roads to steep descents, without the complication of calibrations and maintenance. The NEO is designed with the vision to create the ideal trainer. Its working principle is a new to the world innovation, setting a new standard for indoor cycling experiences. It features a permanent motor with 32 Neodymium magnets that rotate around 30 coils. The magnets are positioned on a steel plate which is directly connected to the bike’s cassette. The higher the current through the coils, the larger the magnetic force and the higher the braking power. There is no physical transmission interfering with your power flow.

The NEO Smart communicates wirelessly over ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart and sends out the standard speed & cadence and power profiles. Therefore, you can read out your performance data (power, cadence, HR, speed) on several devices simultaneously and you can control the resistance with your smartphone, tablet or computer. It speaks the ANT+ FE-C protocol, so it can be controlled by third party software and it can also be used without connecting it to a device. In addition to these Smart specifications, the NEO features Plug in/Plug out technology so that it can be used with or without mains power. When looking at usability and freedom of choice in how to train, the NEO sets the next step in Smart training. MSRP$ 1600

More info: https://www.tacx.com/products/trainers/neo-smart


LOOK Keo 2 Max Blade

-Blade technology applied to the Keo 2 Max: new clip-in/clip-out sensations, aerodynamic profile
-Large and wide platform (400 mm² / 60 mm) for excellent pedaling stability and good power transfer
-New spindle system providing reduced platform height (14 mm)

Q-FACTOR ADJUSTMENT: The new LOOK spindle’s 14 mm thread length enables Q-Factor to be adjusted by 2 mm using a special spacer available as a spare part.
This increases from 53 to 55 mm. (Part number: DTPD/0153100).
MSRP $199.99

Keo 2 Max Blade: https://www.lookcycle.com/en/it/route/pedales/keo-2-max-blade.html


CAPO Special Edition M90 Jersey & Bib Short

Be prepared to battle the elements this winter with the unmistakable M90 Jersey.
Inspired by the Swedish military, the M90 jersey features an 11-panel, anatomic pattern in a more relaxed fit and premium Italian fabrics for long-wearing durability. Micro Quattro knit gives you rapid moisture transfer and a silky next-to-skin feel. Speed micro fiber shoulder panels enhance aerodynamics and improve fit. Mesh inserts in the underarms take care of ventilation. Three rear pockets, full-length 6mm zipper with lockable slider. Price: $150

• Micro Quattro
• Speed micro fiber
• Mesh insert panels
• Three rear pockets
• Full-length 6mm zipper with lockable slider
• Made in Italy

Be prepared to ride this winter in the long-awaited and unmistakable M90 Bib Short.
You’ll find an endurance-inspired, 8-panel anatomic pattern paired with medium-gauge Lycra® for fatigue-fighting compression and rapid moisture management. 360° mesh bib uppers hold your shorts in place without restricting freedom of movement. Power grip leg band panels provide balanced compression and a secure fit.

The new D4 Evo Elastic Interface Technology® insert offers multi-density elastic foam, a medium form factor, and ultra-soft, anti-bacterial micro fiber surface for extended protection and comfort. Price: $200

• Medium-gauge Lycra®
• 7cm power grip compression leg band
• 360° mesh bib upper
• D4 Evo EIT® insert
• Made in Italy

Designed in California, made in Italy.


STOWAWAY Bike storage unit

Stowaway allows you maximize the space in your apartment, house or garage. It stores your bike flat to your ceiling, de-cluttering your room and maximizing unused space. Stowaway bolts to your wall, similar to boxing bag brackets so there is no installation or stress to your ceiling. It is a simple, safe and secure solution to storing your bike within your home or garage. Kickstarter price -​ $107 ​RRP after Kickstarter – $149​

More info: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/yourstowaway/stowaway-the-ultimate-bike-storage-solution-for-yo


You can see Gift Guide #1 HERE and Gift Guide #2 HERE.

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