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PEZ Holiday Gift Guide’17 #3

Gift Guide #3: The third ‘PEZ Gift Guide’ has a varied plethora of good ideas for the coming festivities. A great book by Dr. Stephen Cheung with Dr. Mikel Zabala, shoes from fi’zi:k, pedals from Look, tyres from Pirelli, Park Tool’s corkscrew, Lazer helmet, Shimano clothing, Liv Cycling’s Langma Advanced Pro Disc bike for the ladies and the new upgraded OTTOLOCK all feature in the ‘PEZ Gift Guide’.


Cycling Science by Dr. Stephen Cheung and Dr. Mikel Zabala

The holidays are a great time to start planning for 2018, and the key to that is solid information. Our Toolbox Editor, Dr. Stephen Cheung, along with Dr. Mikel Zabala, director of performance for the Movistar Pro Team of Quintana, Valverde, and now Landa, has done the hard yards for you with their new book Cycling Science from Human Kinetics.

Authoritative, yet accessible, this guide provides the latest on science and technology from 43 of the world’s top cycling coaches and researchers. Cheung and Zabala have put together 40 chapters covering just about everything to do with cycling, including the latest information on physiology, biomechanics, bike fit, aerodynamics, nutrition on and off the bike, sports psychology, long-term athlete development, environmental extremes, training, and periodization. The book also has detailed analysis and how to succeed in multiple cycling disciplines, from BMX through mountain biking and track.

If it’s cycling knowledge that you’re seeking, Cycling Science is your comprehensive guide.

Available from Human Kinetics, Amazon, or your favourite local bookshop.


fi’zi:k Aria R3 Shoes

With excellent adaptable fit, proven comfort, great looks and highly efficient power transfer, the Aria R3 road cycling shoe delivers premium performance.

The Aria R3 will fit any road-rider’s foot thanks to the Enhanced Volume Control which uses two micro-adjustable Boa IP1-B dials running strong, light steel-coated nylon laces and lightweight plastic lace guides.

The closure system draws the pliable yet protective Microtex upper around the foot to fit snugly with no seam-rub or pressure points. Laser Perforated and 1.2mm thick, it’s ideal for the all-season blend of light weight, breathability and flexibility, strength and support. A superb range of distinctive new colorways include the unique combination of a shiny/opaque combination material.

Aria R3’s Uni Direction Full Carbon Outsole is lightweight and laterally stiff for ultimate power transfer, while the discreet toe stud and removable double heel-stud provide purchase when off the bike. It features an advanced ventilation system for rider comfort and peak performance whatever your ride, and works with the fi’zi:k Cycling Insole’s subtly cushioned structure and supportive heel-cup.

Materials: Microtex Laser Perforated
Outsole: UD Carbon Fiber
Closure system: Double Boa IP1-B Dials
Insole: fi’zi:k cycling Insole
Weight: 243g (size 42.5)
Sizes: 37-47 and 48
Product: fi’zi:k Aria R3
Price: RRP ​US $300 / £250 / €275


LOOK Keo Blade Carbon / Keo Blade Carbon Ti

Lightweight, aerodynamic, and powerful, the new KEO BLADE CARBON improves the experience associated with the use of blade technology in a clipless pedal.

With exceptional power-transfer to weight ratio, the new design of the KEO BLADE CARBON completely integrates the blade for unrivaled aerodynamics. Equipped with a carbon body and blade, the Blade Carbon is available in a Ti version (titanium spindle) that weighs 95g per pedal, or in a chromoly spindle version for a weight of 110g per pedal. It is available in three tension release levels: 12,16 and 20.

Keo Blade Carbon: $239.99 Keo Blade Carbon Ti: $399.99
More from LOOK at their website.


The Pirelli “all-seasons” PZero 4S Tyre, Ideal for This Season

The gift everybody’s looking for: PIRELLI PZero 4S tyres. The blue labelled top performance road bikes tyres are ideal during autumn and winter. They offer high puncture resistance and an outstanding wet grip guaranteeing, at the same time, rolling, comfort and mileage. As they are the all-seasons tyres, they are the perfect gift for your amateur cyclist friends: new, performing and boasting Pirelli’s F1 quality and technology.

Pirelli website.


Park Tool – Corkscrew Bottle Opener

The BO-4 is a combination corkscrew and bottle opener complete with knife / foil cutter. Made in the tradition of our premium quality fold up tools, it folds for storage and features all stainless-steel mechanisms housed in a forged aluminum case. This is a top-quality beverage tool perfect for the workbench, toolbox or wine bar.

· Corkscrew, bottle opener and foil knife
· Stainless steel mechanisms
· Forged aluminum case

More info HERE.


Lazer Bullet and Bullet MIPS

The perfect combination of aerodynamics and ventilation. Narrow front profile with minimal venting and smooth top section for maximum aerodynamic benefit! 8 vents plus adjustable Airslide ventilation on demand! Airslide can be adjusted open or closed for the riders preference in venting. Airslide pieces can also be adjusted to provide additional ventilation or to close off ventilation entirely for maximum aerodynamic benefit. (Closed front cap and additional vent cap included with helmet). 4 sizes available, 309 grams (XS).

Bullet MIPS MSRP: $289.99
Bullet MSRP: $259.99

See more at the Lazer website: lazersport.com.


Shimano Explorer Fall/Winter Apparel Collection

Shimano’s Fall/Winter Explorer collection integrates advanced materials and stylish urban colorways for cyclists who commute, tour (on and off-road), or ride for fun all year long. Designed for comfort and safety in all riding conditions, the new range includes the Transit Hardshell and Softshell Jackets, Fleece Jersey, water repellent Softshell Pants and high visibility Explorer Rain Jacket and Rain Pants.

Transit Hardshell Jacket, $159.99

The Transit Harshell jacket features a snap lock collar and fleece lining for added warmth as well as zippered side pockets and under-arm vents for extra ventilation.

· Dryshield® waterproof fabric with seam sealed construction and waterproof zipper
· Underarm zipper vents for temperature regulation
· Detachable hood with garage and snap lock collar
· Low-profile, elastic arm cuff structure
· 2 zippered side pockets
· Discreet reflective elements for low-light visibility
· Adjustable drawcord waist

· Main body: 80% Polyamide, 20% Polyester, Polyurethane breathable windproofing, Water repellency
· Cuff: 72% Chloroprene rubber, 28% Polyamide
· Collar: 100% Polyester
· Mesh part: 100% Polyester

· EUR: S-XXXL / NA: XS-XXL / LA: P-XGG / Asia: M-4XL.

Transit Fleece Jersey, $84.99

The Transit Fleece Jersey includes chest and rear pockets, glove-interfacing cuffs, and a lightweight construction with causal styling suited for the office or coffee shop.

· Water-repellent lower back fabric for strategic splash protection
· 2 hand pockets, zippered chest, and large back pocket
· Extended sleeve cuff for optimal glove interface
· Stretch fleece for heat retention and comfortable fit
· Discreet reflective elements for low-light visibility
· Premium zipper with internal draft flap

· Main body: 100% Polyester
· Back: 82% Polyester, 18% Elastane, Polyurethane breathable windproofing, Water repellency
· Cuff: 85% Polyamide, 15% Elastane

· EUR: S-XXXL / NA: XS-XXL / LA: P-XGG / Asia: M-4XL


Liv Cycling: Langma Advanced Pro Disc

Liv’s all-new lightweight and nimble Langma carbon race bike is the secret weapon of the women’s peloton. Developed with Team Sunweb professional road cyclists, the Langma was built for tackling the steepest climbs, powering across the flats and railing technical descents. It features aerodynamic tube shapes for sneaking through the wind and disc brakes for enhanced braking performance and reliability. The Langma is the premier race bike designed specifically for women.

Starting at $3,250.

Liv website.


OTTOLOCK Implements Design And Durability Upgrades To The Popular Cinch Lock

OTTO Designworks is excited to announce some strong upgrades to the popular OTTOLOCK that makes the innovative multi-purpose gear lock even better. Introducing OTTOLOCK Version 2 (V2):

The original OTTOLOCK’s patent-pending, multi-layer steel band design makes it more durable than a cable lock while it’s sleek design and space-saving size quickly made it a favorite for short stops. Always striving for perfection, OTTOLOCK turned to customers and professional athletes for input on their ground-breaking design to make OTTOLOCK V2 even better.

Based on their feedback OTTO re-engineered the band tip to better stand up to the wear and tear of active use by utilizing a new durable, streamlined insert and attached with Loctite® adhesive. Additionally, a new ceramic paint offers a tough matte finish that is chip and scratch resistant while providing an extremely durable coating making this the best OTTOLOCK to date.

The locking mechanism itself has also been updated, providing a smoother experience while maintaining the short term security that OTTO has become known for. Produced entirely in Oregon, having immediate control over supply chains allows OTTO to take real-time feedback from users and improve the product quickly and efficiently. OTTOLOCK V2 is a direct reflection of user feedback.

OTTOLOCK Features:
· New Cerakote® Paint
· New Band Tip: Far more durable
· Improved Locking Mechanism
· Available in Stealth Black, Flash Green, and OTTO Orange
· Designed and manufactured in the USA
· 18mm wide band multiple high temper steel and Kevlar Layers
· 3 resettable combination wheels/aluminum head
· Available in 3 size lengths (18”, 30”, 60”)
· MSRP: $55 (18″ Gear Lock), $65 (30″ Gear Lock), $75 (60″ Gear Lock)


You can catch-up with the ‘PEZ Gift Guides’ #1 and #2.

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