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It’s that time of the year again and you need to either find the perfect gift for the cyclist in your life, or you want to tell your friends and family what they can put under the tree for you. The Spokesmen are here to help with our 2015 holiday gift guide for the cyclist or bike nerd in your life! We asked each of our regular contributors to give us a sampling of the items they think everyone who rides a bicycle might like, and here are (some of) their suggestions including links to where you can find these products quickly and easily (more to come!):
Zevlin – Two brothers in Dallas, Texas who make some great products, but especially their bar tape. Just installed their 2.5mm tape and LOVE it. Other great stuff too, and genuinely good dudes.
Pioneer Power Meters – For full disclosure, they are a client of mine, but I genuinely think they make a great product. They are running a special right now for a free computer unit with purchase of a dual leg system.
NiteRider Lights – They are a former employer, and they are San Diego based. Winter means darkness!
SockGuy socks! Also local to San Diego! Also good people! Remember all of my old Sock of the Day pics? Yeah … SockGuy.
Abbey Bike Tools– the “Snap-On” of the bike industry! I love Park and Pedros, but Abbey makes THE tools of the pros. Simply the best.
Hozan JIS #2 Screwdriver – A Hozan JIS #2 screwdriver for all your derailleur screw adjusting! Amazon’s got a few to choose from, but here’s one that won’t have to be shipped from Japan.
Podium Pants – The final bit of kit the you never knew you were missing: Tour de France jersey themed underwear for the podium and other times when you’re out of your chamois. Colorful and fun underwear in polka dot, green and yellow in men’s and women’s versions from Look Mum No Hands in the UK.
Sealskinz Halo Lightweight Booties – With velcro straps under the sole for easy on off, the booties also come with a blinky red light on the heel of each foot for extra visibility beyond the reflective strips – important during this time of year when rides tend to run out of sunlight quicker. They have Kevlar built into the heels and toes for durability and are also available in a heavier duty neoprene version.
Kinetic Road Machine Smart – With power measurement built in that links to the Kinetic Fit App for smartphones and tablets, you’ll have everything you need to get stronger and stay fit this offseason. This might even be the least expensive way to get into training with power. Kinetic builds a solid trainer and it comes with a lifetime warranty.
Ten Speed Hero Apparel – Attractive alternatives to the team and event jerseys and kits we all wear but still with an athletic vibe to them. TSH is a small, design-oriented company that has fun with their brand. Their “Real World Fit Guide” is an awesome resource to help see how their pieces fit different body types before ordering. Worth a look even if you’re not in the market for new apparel.
Race Support Vehicles Art Print – This print by David Sparshott makes a great choice for giving art to the pro-cycling fan in your life. The print features beautiful illustrations of various notable support vehicles from the past few decades including Molteni, Mavic, TI-Raleigh and even the old Buick station wagon from Campagnolo North America’s race support program in the 1980’s.
Bell Limited Edition Star Wars Helmets – Not enough Star Wars in your life, yet? Bell has some awesome officially licensed Star Wars helmets to feed your passion for that galaxy far, far away. My favorites are the full-face Stormtrooper and Boba Fett helmets with MIPS protection.
Lezyne Seat Packs – Seat packs with no velcro straps around the seat post to damage your expensive shorts. You know that’s what’s been causing that hole to form on all your shorts, right?
Strava Premium membership – Give them the benefit of having the little orange badge icon next to their username on Strava. Also gives access to extra bits of data on their riding to help with training.
Gift Card or Certificate to their local bike shop – Good for service or gear, every cyclist will appreciate an extra excuse to head down to their favorite local bicycle shop with some extra money to spend while there.
All of the regular contributors to The Spokesmen will be in Las Vegas next week for Interbike, the industry’s North American trade show. As part of our coverage of the show, we have been invited to utilize the Interbike Media Center and Television Studio for a one-hour LIVE episode of The Spokesmen.
This live episode will feature not only our regular contributors, but also some of your favorite cycling bloggers. We will be recording the show in audio and video and making it available to you here and in the iTunes feed.
If you have any bloggers you’d like us to invite, topics you’d like us to cover, or questions you’d like us to ask, please add your comments to this post.
Here they are, ladies and gentlemen . . . The Kevin Bacon of the bicycle industry (a.k.a. Tim Jackson) and Carlton Reid at the 2007 Taipei International Cycle Show. Carlton is on the left and Tim is on the right.
The Spokesmen Podcast will be a regular roundtable discussion of all of the issues and events surrounding the world of cycling. It will feature some of the most well-known producers and hosts of cycling podcasts and internet sites. The first episode of The Spokesmen Podcast has now been recorded and is in the midst of being edited. You can expect to be able to listen to The Spokesmen in the next few days.