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October 12, 2010 at 9:38 pm #112686
While riding the Sea Gull Century this year, Martha and I were talking about some gift ideas for cyclists. In fact, it is just about that time to think of the Holidays and what we want… err what we should get other people I mean. So here is a list of some cool cycling items that may end up under the tree this year.
Though it isn’t your typical list, it is a fun way to spend the day internet shopping.
IDASH APP AND CASE
To say the iBike Dash ™ is just another bike computer is like saying that the iPhone is just another cell phone. The revolutionary iBike Dash makes use of the full computer functionality of your iPhone or iPod Touch to deliver a truly amazing cycling dashboard at your fingertips – a virtual co-pilot, navigator, and black box all in one. The iBike Dash will transform your iPhone or iPod Touch into the ultimate cycling computer utilizing the full computer functionality of you iPhone or iPod Touch to deliver a truly amazing cycling dashboard at your fingertips. iBike Dash unites your iPhone 3G/3GS/4 or iPod Touch with the Phone Booth ™ and iBike ® app to create a truly transformational device. Also see http://velonews.competitor.com/2010/10/bikes-tech/wrenched-ridden-the-ibike-dash-turns-an-iphone-into-a-power-reading-bike-computer_145171
For guys like me who have a bunch of bikes, or for someone that just needs a little flexibility for storage, this thing ROCKS… Loading bikes takes no effort at all. Flip down the rack and push the bike in. The weight rests on the rubber of the tires and hold is very secure. As the old adage says, ‘necessity is the mother of invention’ and for the team at Steadyrack, this statement certainly rings true. Springing from an idea born inside a family garage in 2000, the Steadyrack team have developed a unique, aesthetically pleasing and stylish bike rack that will fit perfectly into every home, office or garage.
Nothing says how passionate you are about cycling more than a vintage wooly. Since the Oscar winning movie ‘BREAKING AWAY’, Cinzano has enjoyed a cult following in cycling. That’s my favorite. Then there is the Molteni which was the famous team led by the great Eddy Merckx when he dominated road racing. Team Molteni started in the late 1950’s and had an impressive run of twenty years winning several Giro d’ Italias and Tour de Frances. In 1949 a Swiss bike producer assembled a team of two racing brothers to compete in the Tour de Suisse at the last minute. One brother, Gottfried Weilenmann, won! To wear these jerseys will say “I love cycling” and I do it “old school”.
Nutella spread, in its earliest form, was created in the 1940s by Mr. Pietro Ferrero, a pastry maker and founder of the Ferrero company. At the time, there was very little chocolate because cocoa was in short supply due to World War II rationing. So Mr. Ferrero used hazelnuts, which are plentiful in the Piedmont region of Italy (northwest), to extend the chocolate supply. Since back then, nutella has become a favorite of the Italian cyclisimo and now the world has caught on. A bottle of nutella in the stocking is a welcome sight, especially when you know about Grilled Banana Bread and Nutella Sandwiches, the perfect post-ride recovery snack. This could even be better than nutella with graham wafers. Or, during the long ride, nutella and banana wraps in soft tortilla is the best energy bar you can buy (for a tenth the price). Trust me, this is a cool gift.
Get lost easily? Want to? The Edge 800 ($ 449.99) is a GPS-enabled computer
that displays data for any enabled third-party power meters, barometric altitude and vertical profile, wireless heart rate monitor (some versions), self-calibrating wireless speed/cadence sensor (some versions), turn-by-turn directions, mapping detail, card slot, color display, or just plain everything plus the kitchen sink. On-road navigating shows off Garmin’s wealth of experience in the area with intuitive destination selection and an impressive array of points of interest such as convenience stores and gas stations – critical info if you’re close to bonking. The easy-to-follow turn-by-turn directions have also been handy when we’ve been running errands in Old Town on my bike or even when driving. But don’t do that. Just ask directions.
Ever wish you could show others what we see on the bike rides, or even why we ride? Now you can. Choosing the correct helmet cam to capture your bike adventures is very important, though, since there are so many choices on the market today. A bike helmet needs to be very light weight so it does not weigh down your helmet and reduce your range of motion. A bike helmet cam should also be very durable so it can withstand all of the vibration… And in the event that you take a spill on your bike you want your helmet cam to with stand it so you can capture your next ride without having to buy a new helmet cam. Mostly, so you can see what hit your or what you hit. Or end up on America’s funniest home videos.
Wouldn’t it be cool to have an oil painting of one of your rides, the one to Europe perhaps, or the awesome shot from Sea Gull of the long, unwinding road, hanging above the mantle? Well, grab one of your favorite shots and send it to ‘paint your life’ and BOOM, you are in the Portrait museum beside the VanGoch and the L’Ventim d’Amor Cyclis (made that last one up). Seriously, this is a cool gift for cyclists and those (ehem) other people on the list.
One of the first things I learned when I started cycling 24 years ago was that a pair of cycling shoes was way more important, in terms of efficiency, than anything I could buy. So the idea of getting a custom fit and an extremely light shoe was very enticing. Not only would I not need orthotics, but I could take nearly a pound off my total weight simply by replacing my shoes! And the fact my shoes are rotational weight, was all the better. The Shimano Road Competition series combines the three most important properties of a competitive racing shoe: Stability, Rigidity and Light Weight. With the Custom-Fit option and the Heat moldable Custom-Fit Technology, you can experience the confident feel and serious performance benefits of a perfect anatomical fit.
For any rider, having a set of training wheels is the coolest thing. Having a set of race wheels, EVEN BETTER than coolest! For me, a backup is good. A cheap backup is better. A cheap reliable backup is the best. And that is neuvation wheels. As cyclists, We like new things and even better if they are carbon and at prices that will not break the bank. If the frame is the heart of the bicycle then the wheels are the soul, nothing improves performance better than a good set of bicycle wheels. The problem is that good wheels normally cost a lot of money. Neuvation have developed wheel building in Asia for some of the world’s top brands, Neuvation wheels give you quality at lower prices because company owner, John Nugent, is a one-man company, he does modest marketing, and focus on giving the customer the key aspects of a good wheel without all of the expensive. Plus, believe me, at 300 pounds, you have to trust this wheel. And I do. Even though I broke a rim at Sea Gull. For the price of a set of Nuevations, I could only buy one front wheel of equal value with Mavic. It is worth it. And it is a good gift too.
I’m just going to use the product marketing here. If you are a runner, cyclist, triathlete or just a person who doesn’t sit on the couch all day, Road ID is for you. This awesome piece of gear not only looks good but it could save your life. In the event of an accident, if you can’t speak for yourself, your Road ID will. Available in 6 different styles. It’s not just a piece of gear – it’s peace of mind. Period, folks. As a gift or just selfish reasons. Get it.
If you have been a cyclist for some time now, then probably the brand SIDI is already quite familiar to you. But, there was a time when you couldn’t get these shoes in the US. You had to fly to Italy. And people did. Often!!! They are that good. They are comfortable over any distance. No hotspots whatsoever, great comfort. The components (carbon sole, heal pad, everything) is replaceable on the shoe if it wears out. SIDI came up with the new premier pair called SIDI Ergo 2 Carbon Cycling shoes. The usual SIDI pair would have the tough look of the three Velcro straps along with the buckles and dials. Its overall look can really be too intimidating but if you would take a closer look at its amazing features, you would that it would be perfect to fit your pair set for the road. The cost of this one might be a little too high than the ones in the market but it surely won’t just give you a good gift, but a good match of value and price.
Ready to go overboard? These are some of the best classic appeal cycling gloves I have seen in some time. When my friend turned me onto them, I immediately thought 1920’s football cleats but quickly discovered that Dromarti of London produces cycling shoes and gloves to appease the businessman who would rather look dapper on the bike than sport. To be honest, this is the biggest waste of money ever. But, it is a gift… from the (wallet) heart that counts. For those who have everything, this is the gift for them. Buy the shoes to match too. I dare ya!
Friction Freedom Chamois Cream is a cycling chamois cream that helps heal and manage existing saddle sores, while preventing chafing, and bacterial and fungal infections that cause hot spots and infections. Friction Freedom is made in the USA. $29.99 Retail per big 8oz jar.
This on I added because it was just too cool to leave off the list. Come on! Cuff links? That is serious love for cycling. SERIOUS!
For real gift shopping, check out these cycling specific online stores:
October 19, 2010 at 5:17 pm #112688
Anne-Marie C. PastorkovichParticipant
I really like RoadIDs. I’m kind of fond of the ankle model, although a friend of my joked that it looks a tad like house arrest! For races that still use the transponder kind of timing chip (they’re being phased out by most races in favor of disposable chips), you can attach that on the RoadID. The newer, fancier “executive” model is pretty cool, too.
Speaking of art, since it is on your list: the last two years, the Reston Century ride has had an artist do the backs of the t-shirts and the prints have been available at the end of the ride. Really nice trail scenes. Am a fan. Okay, I am a little inclinded towards trail art, since I volunteer for the W&OD trail patrol.
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