2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Cyclists
Raleigh Rush Hour$500 1 of 17
Made from 4130 chromoly steel, the Rush Hour from Raleigh is a bike that's built to last. The flip flop rear hub gives you the option of using this bike as a fixed gear or converting it to a single speed—making it just as ready for track riding as it is for city commuting. It's also an excellent choice for anyone looking to build strength or perfect their pedal stroke during the winter.
Pedros Mini Pit Kit$50 2 of 17
A clean, properly adjusted bike will last longer and function better. The Mini Pit Kit from Pedros provides all the essential tools you need for basic adjustments and repairs. Inside the 1.8-gallon storage bucket, you'll find a folding hex set with screwdrivers, a wheel brush, Pedro's care and cleaning guide, chain lubricant, degreaser, polish, tires levers and cleaning sponges.
Santini Interactive Aero Jersey/Bib Short$235/$275 3 of 17
Santini got creative with the design of the Interactive jersey and bib short kit. By placing a zipper that connects the bottom of the jersey to the back of the bibshort, your jersey won't annoyingly slide up your back while you're hunched over in the drops. The tight fit, breathable mesh and quality fabrics make this a race-ready, aerodynamic kit that's perfect for any serious cyclist.
Goggles & Dust, by Velopress$16.95 4 of 17
If you're looking for a gift that will impress the cycling historian in your life, Goggles & Dust is it. Filled with more than 100 vintage cycling photos from the 1920s and '30s, this book celebrates the cyclists responsible for the traditions and customs still present in today's peloton.
Scosche boomBOTTLE$129.95 5 of 17
Unlike other portable Bluetooth bike speakers, the boomBOTTLE from Scosche fits perfectly inside your water bottle cage, so there's no need to mount any hardware. It also has the best sound quality of any speaker we've tested and can be heard clearly at speeds up to 16 or 17 miles per hour. And because it's weatherproof, you can use it in the rain or on a trip the beach.
Bell Star Pro Helmet$280 6 of 17
The problem with most aero helmets is that they're hot. Less vents and narrow shapes usually translates to less airflow. While they're faster, they aren't so practical on really hot days or for long rides. What Bell has done with the new Star Pro helmet is to add an option that allows cyclists to convert a regular helmet into a more aerodynamic helmet when the need arises.
The Star Pro has two things going for it that most other aero helmets don't: a detachable sunglass shield and the option to close the air vents to make it more aerodynamic. If you'd rather ride with a more traditional helmet, simply leave the air vents open and remove the shield. If you happen to sign up for a time trial or want to squeeze in an extra advantage on a breakaway, leave the vents closed and attach the shield.
SCOTT Road Team Boa$250 7 of 17
The Road Team Boa doesn't have the carbon soles or the dual BOA lacing that the $400 dollar SCOTT Premium road shoe does, but what you will get is plenty of bang for your buck. The sole is stiff, providing excellent power transfer, and the upper BOA lacing gives you plenty of adjustability. The mesh vents and Ergowrap Fit make this shoe comfortable and perfect for long days in the saddle.
Specialized Roval Rapide CLX 40 Clincher Wheels$2,200 8 of 17
If you're looking to go all out for a gift, these wheels from Specialized are sure to wow your loved one. Our editor's pick of 2014, the Rapide CLX 40 features ceramic bearings, a 40mm carbon rim depth and DT Swiss 240 hubs—all at an astounding weight of just 1,375 grams for the pair. You won't find a better combination of performance, weight and price in any other wheel.
Levis Commuter Series ClothingJeans $88, Trucker Jacket $148 9 of 17
Wouldn't it be nice to leave your backpack at home for the morning commute? Levi's commuter series cycling apparel is designed to be worn on and off the bike—negating the need for a backpack full of extra clothing and simplifying your wardrobe at the same time.
Some of our favorite features include waterproof denim that keeps the water and grime of the road off your clothes, reflective piping on the cuff of the jeans and on the rear seams of the jacket that keeps you visible to motorists and a waterproof hood that zips into the collar. If that isn't enough, each item is just as stylish off the bike as it is on it.
Hincapie Custom Cycling KitPrices Vary 10 of 17
Do you or your cycling club want a kit that stands out from the pack? Work one-on-one with designers at Hincapie Sportswear to create your very own head-to-toe kit that has the same quality and craftsmanship as all the clothing in Hincapie's cycling apparel lineup. As a special for the holiday season, Hincapie is offering the custom Velocity jersey, bibshort, arm warmers, knee warmers and race gloves to individuals for a limited time ($500). This package is usually reserved for group orders only with a minimum purchase amount.
Honey Stinger Waffle$22 (Box of 16) 11 of 17
Every cyclist needs a go-to-snack on the bike. The Honey Stinger Waffle tastes good without being overly sweet and goes down easier than your standard energy bar. There are six flavors to choose from, and the new Vanilla Waffle has quickly become our favorite of the bunch.
Bellwether Shield Gloves$40 12 of 17
Nothing can ruin a winter ride like frozen hands. These gloves from Bellwether are thick enough to be worn alone or with a liner underneath for really chilly days. The fleece-lined cuffs keep cold air out, and the silicon palm improves grip in wet conditions.
Specialized Element 1.5 Winter Cycling Jacket$200 13 of 17
Three rear expansion pockets and a waterproof back security pocket make this jacket from Specialized great for carrying extra gear during winter cycling. The GORE windstop fabric keeps cold air out, and the fleece-lined interior will keep you warm and toasty inside. The semi-form fit and lightweight material make it easy to add layers underneath when the temperatures drop. This is versatile jacket designed for weather in the high 30s up to the low 50s.
Fi'zi:k Kurve Saddle$270 14 of 17
The new line of Fizik Kurve saddles comes in three different models: the bull, chameleon or the snake, which range in widths based upon the individual spinal flexibility and the amount of support needed at the rear of the saddle. The bull saddle is for heavier riders with larger, less-flexible hips, while the snake is made for smaller, more flexible cyclists. If you value comfort over weight savings, these saddles were made with long distances in mind.
Sugoi Evolution MidZero Tight$120 15 of 17
When leg warmers won't cut it, the MidZero tight is an excellent option to stay warm on chilly rides. The RC Pro chamois is thick with enough padding for long rides, and the flat-seam construction prevents irritation against the skin. The seven-inch ankle zippers make it easy to slip on and off, and the elastic leg grip makes sure they stay in place while pedaling. This is a nice versatile item to add to your cold-weather clothing collection.
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