Gift guide: Ten ways to make the cyclist in your life happy

Ten killer gifts for the cyclist in your life
It happens every year. December 25 rolls around, the fat man scatters presents under the tree, you wake up with visions of CoolMax and titanium filling your head and what happens? Neckties, coffee mugs, the sweater from hell ?

We at are trying our best to eliminate a cyclist's post-holiday let-down. Here's ten ways to make the lycra-wearing gear head in your life safer, warmer and happier with this selection of items from the Active Sports Mecca:

Castelli's Saniber Windstopper jersey: $129.99
When the weather gets cold (if it hasn't already) this jersey should keep you warm up-top in temperatures down to 40 degrees.

The W.L. Gore fabric is the bottom line in durable wind proofing. And the jersey features an unlined back to keep hot air from soaking you in bone-chilling sweat.
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Pearl Izumi's Tecknicker bib short: $99.99
Too cold for shorts? Too warm for tights? Leave it to the folks at Pearl Izumi (arguably the best bike short maker on the planet) to come to the rescue.

Knicker-style shorts are quickly becoming the fashion standard among the coolest of cool-weather cyclists. Add to the mix PI's comfy eight-panel Ultrasensor fabric and their even-comfier pressure-relief chamois for fashion that actually functions.
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Pearl Izumi's AmFib Lobster Glove: $49.99
Gloves too cold? Too hard to ride with mittens? Pearl Izumi's Lobster Glove is the perfect answer. The "three finger" construction keeps digits together to share warmth while enabling cyclists to grab brake levers with ease.

Originally developed for the US Army to provide a water-repellent, synthetic down, the Lobster Glove's Primaloft insulation provides superior warmth, water repellency, and is extremely lightweight which makes it ideal for glove insulation.

Due to its microfiber construction Primaloft traps heat more effectively than other types of insulation and has the thermal efficiency of down within one percent.
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Vistalite's Nightstick CAD 10: $99.99
Short days mean treacherous commutes for hard-core cyclists. For these die hards, a lighting system is a must. Powered by two, 5W halogen lamps, the Nightstick CAD 10 paves the way in light for up to two hours on one charge.

Unlike some lighting systems, the CAD 10's battery pack design frees up your water bottle cage from holding a battery pack. If you're in the market for lighting, don't forget to add one of our taillights, to keep drivers behind you aware of your presence.
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Acumen's TZ Max 100 heart rate monitor: $299.99
Do you wish you could find a way to keep track of your workouts, or even see charts and graphs with your progress? The TZ-Max 100 is your answer. The EZ target zone setting allows you to set the level of intensity for each particular workout, which will alarm if you deviate from your preset target zone.

The 2-way PC communication sends all your information to your computer, so you can have all your information at your fingertips once you are done working out. The 100-lap memory keeps track of time in target zone, max and average heart rate, calories burned as well as average and best lap times. The slim design of the chest transmitter makes it easy to slip on and adjust for total comfort.
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Camelbak's Rim Runner hands-free hydration pack: $84.99
The folks at CamelBak are the leaders in hand-free hydration. Their versatile Rim Runner not only features a 70-ounce fluid reservoir, but also 1,600 cubic inches of storage space: ideal for the thirsty commuter who has to deal with poor road conditions, ice, sleet and winter potholes.
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Oakley's A Wire polarized sunglasses: $189.99
Oakley superheated five metal compounds and cooked the formula to a sizzling strength-to-weight ratio. The molten alloy of A Wire(tm) frames is cooled into two unique casts: a featherweight skeleton and a broad-boned scaffold. Earsocks of hydrophilic Unobtainium(r) are profiled with the diamond-wing crosscut of Oakley's new M Frame(r). Patented XYZ Optics(r) provides scorching optical clarity.

What's all this mean? Beats us, but if it's from Oakley you know it's gonna look good and work great.
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Hind's RainJammer Monsoon Shell: $219.99
Attention, citizens of Seattle. The RainJammer is fit to handle the foulest of foul weather. Incorporating lightweight, 30 denier Nylon ripstop shell fabric, three layer lamination and fully-sealed seams; this is as water proff as you can get.

Front and back reflective piping and "hey motorists, don't hit me" yellow on the front and back panels ensures safety during long winter rides.
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Selle Italia's Flite Gel Saddle: $79.99
Since 1897, Selle Italia has been a leader in the bicycling industry thanks to its continued efforts to stay at the forefront of cycling technology. Hand-crafted in Italy from the highest quality materials available, the Flite Gel incorporates a thin waffle-shaped gel insert to provide more comfort in the pressure sensitive areas of the body.

This sleek titanium-railed saddle weighs in at a scant 220 grams and also features Kevlar finishing on the saddle sides to safeguard against cuts and scratches.
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Trager's International bike courier bag: $129.99
Ever wish you were Kevin Bacon in Quicksilver? Neither have we, but the International has everything a bike messenger, or businessman, or student could want in a courier bag and more.

It can carry your laptop computer and business essentials during the week and is large enough to throw in your travel gear for an adventure weekend. It has a unique "Quick Entry Hatch" zipper on the front flap to access all your essentials without undoing the front two buckles. The padded back utilizes a wicking breathing fabric and has a removable load bearing waist belt to transfer the weight from you shoulder to your hips.
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