The 2019 Holiday Gift Guide for Cyclists

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Rudy Project Spectrum Road Helmet

$249

The Rudy Project Spectrum, with its massive cooling vents, offers such excellent ventilation that it quickly became our go-to helmet for road rides when we needed excellent air flow. The retention system, straps and pads will allow you to get the perfect fit, and you'll really appreciate the aesthetics and design, which keeps wind noise to a minimum.

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Assos Equipe RS Bib Shorts S9

$249

The standard of comparison for a chamois has been redefined for us by the Assos Equipe RS Bib Shorts S9. Anchored in place only at the front and rear, the padding in these premium bibs floated in place and offered comfort we now expect of all our high-end cycling shorts. Four-hour Swiss Alpine rides—with more than 10,000 feet of elevation—were no biggie in these second-skin bib shorts.

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Viathon Road Bike

$6,998

An all-carbon frame with SRAM Red eTap AXS wireless 12speed shifting at a fraction of the price of the competition should help you stay away from your competition. The Hed Vanquish carbon clincher wheels come wrapped in our favorite tubeless-ready tires: Continental GP5000. A Zipp cockpit ensures great weight and road-dampening feel. This uncompromising road bike is available in five mid-range sizes and two colorways.

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Wahoo Elemnt ROAM

$379

The Wahoo Elemnt ROAM has become our go-to cycling "head unit." A riding vacation in the Italian Alps had us using—and relying on—the mapping feature, which is second to none among cycling computers. The configurable LEDs across the top front provide helpful directional cues while the six easy-to-press buttons make operating the Elemnt ROAM a breeze. With ANT+ and BTLE sensors paired, we had access to physiological metrics like heart rate, power output and pedal RPMs.

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12

Lezyne CNC Travel Floor Drive Pump

$99

The Lezyne CNC Travel Floor Drive pump held up under the stresses of international travel, as well as banging around hotel rooms in the early morning hours when we were just half-awake. The high-sheen, CNC aluminum body is tough, and the easy-to-read analog gauge is dead-on accurate, even after being knocked around. The hose tucks nicely into the one-piece handle, and helped us inflate an empty 23mm tube to 100lbs in just 36 strokes.

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13

Pearl Izumi AmFIB Shell

$225

Not only is the Pearl Izumi AmFIB Shell wind and waterproof, it's also designed to be breathable, which means no sogginess on the inside of this jacket after a long ride. Plenty-long sleeves and a long tail keep you covered while you're in the drops, making this is a great top for riding outdoors when temps are around freezing.

In our experience with Pearl Izumi, gear fits comfortably true to size. The shell is offered in men's and women's cuts, and each is available in red, teal or black solid-color options.

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Specialized Element 2.0 Gloves

$70

While "lobster gloves" may look a little unusual, it took just one wear and we were sold on the reality of warm fingers. The Specialized Element 2.0 Gloves allow for sure braking and shifting—even with electronic shifters—while still keeping your fingers protected from the biting cold, thanks to both wind-blocking and insulating layers. A soft brushed interior and a padded wipe on top of the thumb add to the comfort afforded by these cold weather cycling gloves.

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15

Roka Cambridge Sunglasses

$190

The Roka Cambridge retro-styling caught our eye while the modern features made us so excited to wear them! The ultra-light (22g) sunglasses hugged our face with no-slip nose pads and temples, and were oh so comfortable. The clarity provided by the polarized lenses in nearly all daylight levels was truly amazing. Plus, the smudge-proof lenses just wouldn't show any signs of dirt, or obscuring fingerprints. The Roka Cambridge is available in three different frame/lens combinations, and comes with a carry bag that doubles as a lens wipe, a hard case and a spare set of nose pads.

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About the Author

Greg Kaplan,

A lifelong endurance sports athlete, Greg raced bikes on the road as a junior prior to changing his athletic focus to rowing. Upon retiring from elite rowing competition, Greg revisited his passion for racing bikes and also added some swimming and running into the mix, competing at the ITU Age Group World Championships on multiple occasions. He and his wife Shannon—also a rower, bike-racer, and triathlete—enjoy traveling, learning about wine and keeping up with their rescue cats when they are not training or racing.
A lifelong endurance sports athlete, Greg raced bikes on the road as a junior prior to changing his athletic focus to rowing. Upon retiring from elite rowing competition, Greg revisited his passion for racing bikes and also added some swimming and running into the mix, competing at the ITU Age Group World Championships on multiple occasions. He and his wife Shannon—also a rower, bike-racer, and triathlete—enjoy traveling, learning about wine and keeping up with their rescue cats when they are not training or racing.

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