What's Cool In Road Cycling

PEZ Holiday Wish List V.2: Stuff You Gotta Have!

If you’re like us, the Holiday shopping rush is still 7 days away… but it’s never too early to stick that Wish List on your fridge to remind Santa exactly how to light up your tree (and allow time for shipping…) Here’s a few more ideas…


The new look at American Classic is more than just graphics – the Carbon 58 Clincher is theIR first deep profile carbon clincher, and far from joining the carbon clincher party late, they’ve taken the time to get it right and arrive in style. Weight is 1880gr for the pair, featuring AC Bladed black spokes, and a host of upgrades like ceramic bearings, Ti QR’s, wheel bags and of course a PowerTap hub.
• US$1299.00

ERVIDEO Training Dvds

ErgVideo(TM) combines live-action video and actual power data from cycling training sessions, races, and triathlons. ErgVideo goes far beyond simple course simulation; it is a complete, modern, power-based training system for year-round training in all cycling disciplines. The ErgVideo library currently stands at 42 exciting titles, available at ErgVideo.com. $45 each, deals on 3, 6, and 9-disk orders.
Read the Pez Review here .


Mad Alchemy introduces themselves and their new line of embrocations, made of all natural products, and packaged in recyclable and reusable glass jars. The Cold Weather Embrocation spreads easily without being sloppy, comes in mellow, medium and madness heat levels, and even has a slight tint so you don’t look like a ghost this winter – even if you are covered by tights.
MadAlchemy.com US$18.95 – 4oz jar


This book will make any coffee table proud, and actually inspire you to get out for a ride – it’s super-snapper Cor Vos’ largest published volume of work to date. The beautifully printed and bound volume samples some of Cor’s best work from his expansive career shooting pro cycling in large format full color and black & white photos. Currently available only from Europe, go to Debuitenspelers.nl
• Price: EURO 90,00 + shipping


Sidi keeps the Italian style going strong with the Ergo 2 shoes. Their patented full carbon sole balances power transfer and foot health, Adjustable Heel Security System (HSS) reinforces the top of the heel cup and improves fit by closing the back of the shoe more securely around the rider’s ankle. Uppers are breathable, supple, durable Lorica Microfiber with cooling mesh inserts. The Techno II buckle system and Caliper buckle make for easy on the bike fit adjustment, and soft instep closure system and padded tongue eliminate pressure points. Available in white, black or Limited Edition Red Vernice
• Sizes 39-48 – US$559.99


The Primal P3 bib has redefined the interface between fabric, design and body. New P3 fabric provides the optimal level of compression and the crossover design isolates specific muscle groups to improve performance and recovery while creating a superior fit. The P3 bib can also be custom ordered with unlimited colors.
• See PrimalWear.com


More of Specialized’s sponsored road pros choose this shoe, and it’s no wonder with a list of features that includes a redesigned full carbon sole and supple fitting upper, and lower profile buckle. They’re just 275grams a pair (size 42) – and comfy thanks to Specialized’s line of footbeds, and sizes in 3 widths.


Designed for the performance-oriented cyclist who also likes other sports, the new Polar RS800CX Bike has much to offer. Cycling speed and distance, altitude, ascent and descent, inclinometer and heart rate functions let you plan and analyze every detail of your ride. It’s also compatible with the complete range of Polar W.I.N.D. sensors for running and multisport training. Visit polarusa.com to learn how the RS800CX Bike can enhance your performance. Price: US$449.95.


Back for its 4th year of making cycling workshops look a little nicer, the large format 2009 CyclePassion calendar by Germany’s Anke Wilken with photos by Daniel Geiger is a definite improvement over last year. Gone are the unfortunate pics of dudes, replaced by 12 images of real women racers. The stylish fashion inspired pics of Sabine Spitz, Gunn-Rita Dahle-Flesja, Irina Kalentieva, Jennifer Hohl, Hanka Kupfernagel, Steffi Marth and Willow Koerber show a much softer and way sexier side to these top level athletes that will surely touch the heart of PEZ-fans everywhere.
Size: 40 cm x 68 cm // 15,75″ x 20,72″

Get’em at:
• Canada: Cooleurostuff.com $39.99 CDN
• US: WorldCycling.com $49.95 USD
• UK: Prendas.co.uk

CTS Progressive Power DVD Series

The folks at Carmichael Training Systems are all about improving performance, and this year they found a way to make our inevitable time on the indoor trainer more productive. According to CTS, and a published study (Klika, et al., 2007), participants in their 8-week power-based indoor trainer classes see a 12% increase in sustainable power output. So CTS recorded the class and turned it into the 5-disc, 16-workout Progressive Power DVD Series. Each class is approximately an hour long, you’re provided calculations for both heart rate and power intensities, and since the workouts are designed to build on each other CTS recommends starting at the beginning and completing two classes a week. (CTS runs their classes on Tues. and Thurs. nights and participants generally ride 1-2 times on the weekends, too.)
• Price: $149 for the entire 5 disc, 16-workout series. Also available individually for $34.99 (each disc comes with a copy of the CTS Field Test workout).

Trainright.com .


SoftGrip Hudz feature a new rubber compound with the same ergonomic enhancements of Original Hudz. The material is slightly softer and more tacky. Originally conceived for cyclocross, they’re great for any bad weather riding, or for anyone who wants additional comfort to their favorite handhold. Offered in 14 colors and the price is $34.95. Get them before 2009 at GrabTheHudz.com -or through the world-wide distribution network after the New Year .

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