What's Cool In Road Cycling

PEZ Holiday Wish List #2

The days are ticking down to that calamitous confusion concerning your chimney, but even if your preferred method of gift delivery is slightly more direct, we’ve got a bunch more ideas to keep you smiling through the season and well into next year…

ZIPP 808 Carbon Clincher

All Kinds of Fast – Optimizing the revolutionary Firecrest(TM) aero rim concept for an 81mm depth and the distinct airflow pattern of clincher tires required Zipp to evaluate a slew of minutely varied prototypes through computational fluid dynamics and in the wind tunnel. At 27mm wide, the final version is the fastest deep section carbon clincher in the world. Yet, with a weight of only 1759 grams, it more than holds its own on the climbs.
– Price: $2,950.00 USD

CAPO Heritage Merino Wool Jersey

Designed as an off the bike casual piece, but inspired by the old school bike racing style of the 50’s and 60’s, this 100% Merino wool heritage jersey is likely to become a favorite among the hip or destined to be hip. Dig the two retro front pockets, and black on black embroidered logo.
– Price: US$229.00


‘First to the Line’ is a beautifully illustrated and professionally printed card game. Each game takes about 20-30 minutes and follows the natural flow of a bike race. It can be played with two to four players and is perfect for those times you just can’t be on your bike.
– Price: US$18.00

GARMIN 800 at WiredBike.com

Feeling lost? Miss fiddling with your iPhone while you ride? Need to record copious workout data secured on a rolling, bike mounted local area network? Garmin brings their A game with the new Edge 800 and covers all these desires and more. Capturing data from your ANT+ powermeter and heart rate chest strap is nothing for this computer, as it is also communicating with GPS satellites in orbit to pinpoint your location, speed, distance, altitude and dozens of other pieces of data. All of this data is navigated through a gorgeous color touchscreen.
– Price: US$449.00

RAPHA Performance Skincare

Firmly blending function and style, the guys at Rapha have launched a line of performance skincare products designed to help you feel better before, during and after your next winter epic.
• Before: Prep your legs with their Winter Embrocation (US$27.00) – am lightly scented balm that provides a warming mild heat, made from three organic warming agents, and rich in arnica, essential oils, vitamin E and beeswax.
• During: Rapha say ‘rigorous testing’ helped formulate their Chamois Cream (US$20.00). It’s blended to soothe the skin and reduce irritation, with olive, vegetable glycerine, and shea butter, while menthyl helps cool the skin and rosemary extract keeps the unfriendly microbes at bay.
• After: The Mont Ventoux soap (US$9.00) is soothing, fragrant and rich in natural oils to clean you up ‘real good’. It’s also fully approved for cleaning Rapha leather gloves, and the Mrs. will be impressed by how good you smell.


Designed for dry/dusty conditions and /or when an ultra clean lube without buildup is wanted. It’s a unique Wax/Oil formula that penetrates into the pins and plates much better than a wax-only lube (which tends to stay on the surface and does little to lubricate the internal pins, rollers and plates which will cause accelerated wear. The MOTOREX Dry Lube lubricates the internal points much better but also has the benefits of a clean lube that is less prone to collect dirt. It’s also compatible with the MOTOREX Easy Clean Degreaser – so you can lube the chain right after degreasing. Most degreasers or general solvents need to dry completely before you lube because they will degrade the lubes. It is also biodegradable.

Used by: Team BMC, Team Merida Multivan, Team Milram, Team Trek World Racing, Team GT World Racing, Scott Bicycles (Europe), Texas Roadhouse Cycling, Kelly Benefit Strategies, Team Kenda Cycling, Norco Bicycles (Canada)
– Price: US$9.50
Available at all bicycle retailers


PivLock is the next generation in interchangeability, a system featuring a proprietary, patent pending, temple/lens interface which enables quick, intuitive lens changes giving you the perfect tint for the conditions. Ultra lightweight with zero peripheral interference from the frame, the V90 and V90 Max are the ultimate in optically precise eye protection for everyone from the aerobic athlete to the golfer.
– Price: US$119.00-$139.00


Your waterproof cycling pouch and the perfect way to store personal items like cell phones. Lots of sizes to choose from – see the website for pricing.


What could look better under your tree this year than a new set of Profile Design Canta SS Drop Bars? Designed for guys (and gals) who don’t want to over-reach to stay in control, these road bars are made from multi-directional, multi-layer carbon fiber, and shaped with semi-anatomic drops with a short reach and shallow drop.
– Clamp: 31.8mm
– Width: 40, 42, 44 cm wide (center to center)
– Drop/Reach: 125mm/70mm
– Color: Gloss carbon
– Weight: 204g (42cm)
– Price: MSRP: US$$259.99

MAVIC Avenir Shoe

New for 2011- Sporting many of the same design features and light weight of Mavic’s top end Zxellium shoes, the Avenir has a stiff, light Energy Carbon Composite outsole combined with a light mesh and synthetic upper. The Ergo Lite ratchet closure and Clima Vent tongue offer secure hold and great ventilation in this 315 gram shoe.
– Price: US$129.95

PRIMAL Sparrow Women’s Jersey

Designed for a smooth relaxed fit, the jersey features a Raglan cut without elastic at the sleeves or waist. To regulate the body’s core temperature, it uses Primal’s SpeedPro advanced fabric, which transfers moisture to the surface of the garment where it evaporates creating a cooling effect. The jersey also features a 3/4 hidden zipper, Euro-style collar, flatlock stitching and three rear pockets.
– Price: MSRP: US$66.95.

CAMPAGNOLO Women’s L118 Jersey

From Campagnolo Sportswear, something any cyclist would appreciate this holiday season for keep toasty on those crisp rides – and even into early Spring! The L118 Women’s Racing long sleeve, full zip jersey. Designed using hollow microfilament (Alaska) techno-fabric for perfect insulation. Features include two back pockets with two security pockets, with Italian flag piping and reflective piping on the security pockets, as well as reflective logo. Available in Carbon, White Carbon and Red for Men and Carbon, White or Red for Women.
– Price: US$189.99

Chris King Espresso Tamper

Coffee, coffee, coffee, coffee, coffee! Chris King’s espresso tamper is born from an appreciation of the coffee making process as much as the coffee it produces. They worked in collaboration with the Portland, Oregon based American Barista & Coffee School to develop a professional grade espresso tamper with precise dimensions, exceptional feel, and the iconic shape that every cyclist recognizes as the very best.

Offered in three flat base sizes in stainless steel, 53 mm, 56 mm, & 58 mm, with an aluminum handle in Pink, Brown, Gold and Red options.

Total stack height is 83.5 mm with a base depth of 10 mm, weighs 446 grams
Made in the USA.
– Price: $75.00
• To purchase: Call 1-800-523-6008 or [email protected]

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