What's Cool In Road Cycling

PEZ Holiday Wish List #1

If you’re like us, the Xmas shopping rush is still 16 days away… but it’s never too early to stick that Wish List on your fridge to remind someone how to light up your tree (and allow time for shipping…) Here’s a few ideas to get you started.

Stay warm and cool at the same time in Zipp’s Black Striped Wool Sweater, and like all their gear, it’s a high quality garment, all wool made in combination with Earth, Wind & Rider. Comes in black with vertical Zipp logo and white stripe. Oval “Z” on left sleeve. Racing stripe on right sleeve. Full front zipper. Sizes M, L, XL, XXL. $140.00

In producing one of its sleekest, most affordable units to date, new lightweight Edge 500 from Garmin sets a new standard in GPS-based cycling computer technology. Designed with input from the Garmin-Slipstream team, the Edge 500 is easy to mount, simple to swap between bikes and features large buttons. It gathers all the essential ride data like speed, distance, elapsed time, calories burned, as well as climb and descent information, and the ANT+ technology allows it to pair up with a number Garmin and third party produced power meters, heart rate monitors and cadence sensors. MSRP $349.99

RealRides Training DVDs distributed by CycleOps.com. These training DVDs are essential for any serious cyclist. Veteran pro and coach Robbie Ventura takes the rider on progressive 8-week training regimens with each DVD focusing on speed, power, force, or the race day experience. By using bike-mounted cameras the rider feels like he or she is part of the action. MSRP $39.99

The Cane Creek AER Headset incorporates the Norglide (r) composite bearing technology into a super lightweight design to offer more than 50% weight savings over comparable models making it the world’s lightest headset. It’s the ultimate headset upgrade for road cyclists with an eye on weight. Available in Traditional, Integrated, ZeroStack and Tapered models. Priced from $100 to $125 USD depending on model.

The Carbon Streem Saddle features Ritchey Design’s Vector Wing, a composite flexible strut located at the back of the saddle between the saddle base and rails that dampens road vibrations for a smooth comfortable ride. The Vector Wing is a low-profile shell and saddle rails are carbon injected as one piece to reduce weight. Superlight foam and genuine leather cover the saddle shell for comfort. Available in black or white. Weight: 142g. MSRP: $179.95

The FUSION SO Pants by Gore, the only zip-off pants in the market using WINDSTOPPER® Soft Shell fabrics, are made for all off-road performance cyclists. Perfect for fast changing weather conditions in transition periods and/or winter months. Material benefits include: versatility (protection also in light rain or snow and durability. MSRP: $199.99

This is the 5th Cyclepassion Calendar! If this timekeeper is any indication, 2010 looks like a great year for fans of… well, provocatively attired & posed female pro cyclists like Sabine Spitz, Lene Byberg, Juliwe Krasniak, Nikki Harris, Monia Baccaille, Anna Sanchis, Steffi Marth and Solveig Lindgren. Kudos to Cyclepassion creator Anke Wilken for continuing the theme of “no dudes” again for next year, so we can all just sit back, relax, and admire the feminine beauty of the ladies who also know how to ride bikes really fast. A must have for any workshop.
MSRP: US$50.00

Thomson Bike Tours: Spring Training Weeks offer the opportunity to train on the pro routes on the sunny Mediterranean coast. Burn off those holiday excesses in superb Spanish countryside which includes the climb of the infamous Rat Penat (large sections over 15%). Follow in the tire tracks of the classic specialist Juan Antonio Flecha; a perfect way to prepare for your 2010 season. Prices from $570.00

Add a dash of color to your bicycle with Jagwire’s Racer cable and housing kits, which feature everything you need to upgrade the brake and derailleur housing and cables of your SRAM or Shimano equipped road bike. The Racer kit features Jagwire’s 4mm derailleur housing lined with its proprietary L3 lubricated liner technology. For the brakes, Jagwire’s legendary Kevlar® reinforced compressionless Ripcord housing with proprietary L3 liner. Available in Black, White, Hi-Tech Gray, Hot Pink, Ergon® Green, Gold, Red, Blue, Orange and Yellow. – MSRP: $45

CompuTrainer: The Electronic Bike Trainer for Indoor Power Training to perfection. Lab accuracy and repeatability to within +/- 1%, plus SpinScan pedal stroke analysis for improve biomechanical efficiency. Interactive real course videos are great for time trial training. It comes with the industry’s only money-back Performance Improvement Guarantee for a 10% increase in speed in 20 weeks. $1649.00 fob Seattle plus one free Real Course Video of your choice.

Wear a piece of cycling history with the benefit of the most modern of technology fabrics. Campagnolo Sportswear C822 Heritage Short-sleeved Sportwool Jersey: Cycling Jersey in Sportwool, available in 4 colors. Flocked logo on front and back with two back pockets, plus two zippered security pockets and reflective piping on the back.
Colors are black, fire, sun and sky and MSRP is $159.99.

LOOK Carbon Bottle Cages – They’re light, they’re secure, and most importantly they’re carbon. Great stocking stuffers for $59.99

Using a proprietary blend of natural ingredients, Friction Freedom is paraben-free, anti-microbial, prevents unwanted chafing and helps heal and manage saddle sores and infections. The unique blend of emulsifiers create a longer lasting cream among the competitors. Friction Freedom is made in the USA. $29.99 Retail per big 8oz jar.

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