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PEZ-Xmas: The Holiday Shopping Lists 1& 2

If you’re like us, the Xmas shopping rush is still weeks 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…


FLORES JACKET by Santini
Santini’s exclusive Breezewall Extreme fabric is windproof, water resistant, but still light and breathable. Its elastic fabric moves with you. Features 3 rear pockets; reflective inserts on shoulders. Style it up in red or blue. Price: $199.00 Get it at Euroduds.com


• Masters of all things weighing diddly… M2 Racer have a slew of products at several price points. If you’re a weight weenie, you’ll love pretty much anything from the head sets and cages to the seat post available


• Also on the slight side of the scale are the rigs available from Scott Bicycles this year. The Team edition CR-1 is an easy photo to post, but Scott are also into the mountain side and have several bikes in both road and mountain available. It’s almost 2006, and marking just a couple of years back in the USA, Scott have to be one of the fastest growing brands on the market.


• Winter is the time when lots of folks finally settle down and swap out tires. Continental’s new GP4000 are the hot new tread on the market with their Vectran technology. Longer lasting and more durable, with plenty of grip, you’ll find more info at BikeMine.com


• For those eyesight challenged, we’re happy to suggest Sports Optical. You might notice that the Rudy glasses below don’t have an RX insert… That’s the whole point, as Sports Optical mill individual lenses to fit directly inside lots of modern sunglasses. No inserts required…


• Want a crank set 10% lighter than the next lightest crank on the market that also happens to be 50% stiffer than anything previously available? Want it for free? Get someone to gift you the new ZIPP 300 Crank set. It won’t be cheap, but it will erase “it’s not the gift, but the thought that counts” completely from the Holiday equation…


• The great guys at QBP bring you the latest lid from LAZER. The new Genesis features the best retention system we’ve seen in a long time and like all Lazer products, it features the safety that should be your first concern along with the ventilation and light weight that probably are what you’re looking for…


EASTON have long been known for their components, but they’re also a growing part of the wheel market after rolling up Velomax. Like other Easton Wheels, the Tempest II ($849) feature Twin threaded, oval spokes, nice hubs and the backing of a company like Easton.

Have fun and click away on the links. There are lots more available from all these companies, so don’t be afraid to spend as much of your loved one’s money as possible this season! And keep watching for the next installment of our longest wish-list ever…


WISH LIST #1
Deck the halls with wheels and sprockets, fa la la la la, la la la la la. Tis the season to empty pockets, fa la la la la, la la la la… What’s Holiday season for, if not the time of year to get others to buy you cool gear? Here’s a few gift ideas to show others of various budget what to get you for the Holidays…


• First stop is the land of Tanenbaum and really nice automobiles… Germany houses Schmolke Carbon who not only make some of the nicest light weight gear for your bike, but also produce some of the coolest in hot ware… How’s this for a cyclist gift that probably wasn’t expected, but will surely be loved?


• Squeeze down a country or so and Italy bring you a few upgrades that will have you seeing red (or blue, or…). Tiso and Cycling Innovations have a whole range of parts that will lighten and brighten your rig, and you can do a little or a lot, spending what you like (of other people’s money).


• Also from over that direction comes helmets from LAS. Trialtir-USA.com bring you the range of head toppers from LAS, like the Haxial shown here, in a range of colors and “hood scoop” options.


• Roll over to Bean Town and think Boston Winter and it’s no wonder why Seven Cycles brings you nice toasty 100% Merino Wool Jerseys ($140) suitable for walking around as much as cruising one of their custom bikes.


• Also from the USA, we bring you one of the more sensible products in a long time. American Classic’s new Hurricane wheels are built with bigger guys in mind and also with the thought of a winter worth of cyclocross, yet they come in at only 1590 grams. Mud bugs and folks without the problem of denial when it comes to their own weight will love em! (Stay tuned fot a full test…)


• All the Ladies in the house will like the new offerings from Veltec Sports’ new clothing line. This would include the Shebeest Wind Pro Jacket built to handle old man winter and do so in comfort.


• Something to keep your feet (and wallet) happy come in the form of DMT’s new Spirit RSX shoes. Distributed by The Upland Sports Group, here’s a set of shoes with a load of features that mirror kicks at twice the $189.00 retail price. They should be ready any day…


• Something to keep your body happy (with very little regard for your wallet) comes from the folks at Serotta bicycles. The new MeiVici is surely a “wish list” item, but at some place near $7,500 for the frame and F3 fork only, it’s more likely to find it’s way to only the very naughty boys and girls…


• Something near to most hearts this time of year is their indoor trainer and one of the best in the biz is Elite.it. Pronet Inc (Bremerton WA) bring the new, super easy and function packed Elite Crono Primo Wireless to market this year. That’s all the benefits of watts, speed, time and other functions WITHOUT the wires. A huge list of features here for a reasonable $495.

Have fun and click away on the links. There are lots more available from all these companies, so don’t be afraid to spend as much of your loved one’s money as possible this season! And keep watching for the next installment of our longest wish-list ever…

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