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PEZ Holiday Gift Guide’16 #4

A truly mixed bag of ideas in the fourth PEZ Holiday Gift Guide. Visit Belgium for Liege-Bastogne-Liege, jersey from Alé, Firstendurance EFS Pro drink, Polar M450 with GPS, the Bell Stratus helmet, Vision integrated handlebar, VeloBody, ANOUK frame by Scapin, Bkool smart trainer and Cycle Star Nanotech. Not long till Christmas!


Velo Classic Trip to Liege

“Any view of the Belgian Ardennes likely will bring up two things that are essential to life in Wallonia. And that is exceptionally well crafted beer and seriously challenging cycling. And while conversations will continue about which beer is the best, cycling here begins and ends with the spring classics. Liège-Bastogne-Liège is the hardest single day race and the oldest of the five monuments in cycling. And like the beer, there is always a worthy winner.”

Liege-Bastogne-Liege Weekend April 20-24 $2800 and any one mentioning they found us on Pez gets 10% off.
See more of the Liege Trip here: veloclassic.com

See Pez Rides Roubaix! with Velo Classic


ALE R-EV1 Rumbles 2017 Men Short Sleeve Jersey

The evolution of our high end line: R-EV1 was developed for the super agonist that require a professional racing fitting and high performance materials. The new R-EV1 jersey features a brand new giro sleeve and a clean look that, together with the new bio ceramic RIB 1.30 highly technical material on the back, make this jersey the best choice for the ones that makes the competition their primary instinct.

The new bio-ceramic RIB 1.30 material protects from the harmful UVA–UVB rays working as an active barrier for long lasting freshness keeping the ideal body temperature.

Alé Summer 2017

Retail Price: $155.00
ALE website for more great clothing: www.alebikewear.com

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Cutting-Edge Technology for Superior Performance

EFS PRO delivers higher levels of calories, electrolytes and other essential nutrients than other drinks without causing GI distress, even in the most extreme conditions. It’s also designed to taste like flavored water so multiple bottles can be consumed easily without the dreaded ‘sweetness fatique.’ This means EFS-PRO can be mixed at stronger concentrations than other drinks and still be absorbed quickly and easily. EFS-PRO was developed to meet the unparalleled requirements of professional athletes so they can push the limits of endurance in ultra-long races, extreme heat and other difficult conditions. Also available in single-serve sticks.

Retail: $2.10 – $49.95
Firstendurance website: www.firstendurance.com.

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ErgVideo Virtual Reality Cycling

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!”. 1080HD editions $45, HD $35, and SD $25 with discounts for 3, 6, and 9-title orders. The software is included, and all content is downloadable.

See more from ErgVideo.com
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Polar M450

The Polar M450 is perfect for cyclists who want premium features at a competitive price point. Equipped with state-of-the-art GPS technology and integrated barometer guaranteeing high GPS and altitude accuracy, the M450 offers all the information a cyclist needs quickly and easily. Get the guidance you want with the innovative Back-to-Start feature and the input you need such as training load and recovery time with the Polar-exclusive Smart Coaching features. Compatible with 3rd party services like Strava and Training Peaks, the Polar M450 opens up performance to cyclists like never before.

Retail Price: $199.95 with HR Sensor / $169.95 w/o HR Sensor
More information on the M45O at www.polar.com/m450

Polar M600 Sports Watch Powered by Android Wear™


Bell Stratus: Flat Out Fast

Built with the same core design principles as the pro-level Zephyr, the all-new Stratus road cycling helmet combines lightweight aero efficiency with cutting-edge comfort technologies. The shape was refined for all-around road performance—ventilated for long climbs but still fast for the flats—and the all-new Float Fit system offers comfort and security with a streamlined fit and an oversized dial that’s easy to adjust with one hand. The Overbrow Ventilation system pulls cool air in through the front and pushes it through an air-channel matrix to reduce overheating. And thanks to the adjustable No-Twist Tri-Glides, the straps stay flat and properly positioned no matter how hard you’re hammering. This model also includes MIPS (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System) for added protection in certain types of impacts.

STRATUS MIPS-Equipped $150, STRATUS $130.00
More information on the Stratus here: www.bellhelmets.com

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Vision Metron 5D Integrated Bar

Metron 5D integrated handlebar, the stiffest and most aero integrated handlebar and stem system. Mixing aerodynamics and ergonomics, the unique shape includes our Aero-Ergo central section. With a slight rise from the stem clamp and a 10 degree forward bend, the 5D accommodates the natural position of your arms for more comfort and easier breathing, while the wing-like shape of the bar top aids aerodynamics. Reinforced carbon fiber construction gives a great strength-to-weight ratio. The 5D features internal cable routing, with guides that accommodate wiring for electronic shifting.

MSRP: $683.99
More information on the Vision website HERE.


VELOBODY ALL NATURAL Antifriction Chamois Cream

Hands up if you agree nothing beats a frictionless chamois, and Seattle-based VeloBody have joined the skin protection fray with a small but growing line of products worth a look. As a mid-pack cat 3 racer, Steve Berard ran out of his favorite chamois cream, and was inspired to try formulating his own.

Natural ingredients are favored in the Antifriction Chamois Cream, and reflect Steve’s desire to be able to pronounce each and every ingredient in his products – in fact one of his early slogans (which sadly landed on the cutting room floor) was “no crap under the cap”. Things like lavender, rosemary & tea tree oil are used for their anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties that help fight infections and minor irritations that can be caused from the rubbing & chafing associated with sitting on the saddles for long hours in a sweaty chamois.

It’s got a nice texture – heavy enough to stick and last, but light enough to spread easily, and without the sandy or oat-mealy texture other chamois creams have. And it’s slippery – another key quality in anything designed to protect yer junk from nasty chamois burn. It also has an ever so slight tingle upon application, but nothing that irritated me, and in my fairly subjective testing, my chamois stayed good & slidey through a 90 minute ride. Washes out of your bits & bibs with soap and water.

$17.95 for 8 oz.
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Scapin ANOUK Frame

ANOUK is Scapin’s entry-level carbon model, a UD carbon frameset offering an unbeatable price with just the right blend of affordability and performance. Technical features like a PressFitBB, tapered headtube, internal cable routing, and full-carbon tapered fork offer all the high-end performance that sophisticated customers demand. Add in functional touches like a comfort-focused 27.2 mm seat-post and full-carbon dropouts for low weight, and the Anouk is sure to please, now it its lowest price ever!

ANOUK – $1799 now $1349 – includes frame/fork/headset
25% off all remaining 2016 LTD SL and ANOUK framesets.
Free delivery in the USA and Canada too. www.scapinusa.com

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Bkool “Go” Smart Trainer

Bkool Go – the most affordable smart bicycle trainer.
Fitted with a powerful 800w motor, the Bkool Go can replicate gradients of up to 8% and has the capability of reproducing the inertia generated into the next climb. The extendable legs increase stability and the whole trainer can be folded away when not in use.

Use the Bkool Go with the Bkool Simulator for a complete training experience. Ride in multiplayer sessions with users from around the world. Feel the steep climbs in your legs as the Bkool Go automatically adjusts the resistance depending on the gradient of the climb.

Retail Price: $479,99
Bkool Go Smart Trainer on: www.bkool.com

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Cycle Star Nanotech

I’d like to introduce Cycle Star Nanotech, along with our first product, a bicycle chain lubricant containing the most advanced nano and micro particle oil-additives to date. Period. We are the only manufacturer utilizing excimer lasers to produce hard nano-sized bits (carbon, graphene, sapphire, etc.), holding global patents on both the product and the processes. The ability to craft structures of this scale to such high tolerances and specificity, means that we can truly effect change on metallic surfaces at the molecular level, without a need for ultrasonic application.

Using a simple lightweight oil as a carrier (void of wax and chemical additives) our 100% non-toxic, material additive is a mixture of surface hardening, polishing, and gap-filling nano- and micro-particles, that also maintain ball-bearing and dirt repellent qualities. The end-user experience is a silent, super smooth, other-worldliness of pedaling that has been proven to last and stay clean over 1000 miles on one application. And if smoother truly does equal faster, then based on both initial impressions and aerospace-grade friction test results we should be quicker than current nanotube/wax “super treated” chains.

This gargantuan leap in performance characteristics is possible thanks to the recent US trend of public/private partnerships with large Universities. North Carolina State is one of these institutions, they also happen to be a world leader in nanotechnology research, and Cycle Star was created using the full weight of that knowledge. The inventor, Dr. Jay Narayan just recently produced the first, man-made monocrystalline diamond using similar methods, and had it not been for one particular board member (a former Jr Worlds Team rider), this product would’ve made it’s way through many other machines before landing on a bicycle. Uber-legit, top-down tech with a heck of a lot to it, but given the level of impact it’s had on people so far, I’m convinced that it can be easily be appreciated without having to include a book with each bottle.

More information on Cycle Star Lube HERE.


Cycle Star is also proud to be a chosen technical supplier to the ’17 Holowesko | Citadel pb Hincapie Race Team.

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