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Essentials For the Cyclist on Your Holiday List

We can almost count the time to Christmas in hours and unfortunately I missed Hanukkah for all my Jewish friends and followers.  I’ve been asked by many what to get their cycling loved ones or friends for those last minute gifts or stocking stuffers.

Top Last Minute Gift Ideas

Gift Cards - that’s an easy one.  If you aren’t local to your cycling loved one buy one from REI or Competitive Cyclist.  Also, many shops sell gift cards now – make it around service because during the upcoming year we’ll all need a good tune up, or wheel true.

Planet Bike Rear Blinky Light

Rear Blinky Light - Even mountain bikers can use these if they ride at night, and for safety reasons you can never have enough rear red blinky lights!

Old Chub Cycling Socks

Socks - Wicking, wool, tall or short.  They have decorative, fancy or plain fun.  Go crazy, even the cyclist in denial of their funny bone will wear these in hiding away from their snobby friends.

Cliff Bar

Nutrition - Those funny bars, and snacks that we like to eat on our rides or for a late breakfast.   Chances are you can find these at your local grocery store, the cheapest I find them is at REI.  Take a sampling of different types.  Maybe you’ll find your cyclist a new favorite.

Twin Six Water Bottle

Water Bottles -  There isn’t a cyclist alive that will turn down a good water bottle.  Unless,  they are ugly and cheap.  My favorite are the insulated Camelbak bottles.  Combined with the nutrition gels/bars inside, it makes a great looking stocking stuffer!

Last Minute Shopping

Most everyone has a local bike shop in town.  Even if you aren’t a cyclist I recommend you support the locals.   Most of the above ideas are available at your local bike shop.  Variation may change but the use will not!  I also know Real Cyclist and some others are guaranteeing shipping if you order by 5pm MST on December 22nd!

What Do You Want?

After asking on Twitter what was on the cyclist holiday wish list I received many different responses. Some were thoughtful, useful or even a few that money couldnt buy.

@KatyChancey is looking for a new Sweat Pea A-Line, Swrve Knickers and Women’s winter bike shoes

@LorenCaff has a high vis waterproof jacket on her list

@ElRach @thequestess @Tomas_quinones @nicknull All are looking for warmer clothes

It seems like knickers are a very popular want from @doyouwabisabi

@wjcstp @parenthood21 @g_berger @BRAINtechPLEASE @BradGrass Some form of bikes are on their list

My favorite of all the comments :

@BikeShopGirlcom what I really need is a bike maintenance elf. Rei is out of stock & bike shop boys don’t believe they exist. :(
From : @debiquity

What is on your list?

Luna Sports Donates to High School Mountain Bike Team

Across the country small pockets of youth in middle and high schools are creating their own cycling team. LUNA Sport recently donated $2,000 to the NorCal High School Cycling League at the annual Cyclefest Fundraiser. This money will go towards sending eight girls to the NorCal high school mountain bike series during their 2011 season.

The NorCal League continues to grow fast as more and more high school students discover this challenging and rewarding sport. Many more girls are starting to race as well, and LUNA Sport wants to help these young women get to all the races in the series, potentially fulfilling their dreams and changing their lives.

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Pedal Savvy Bike Fashion Show

Fritz over at Cyclelicio.us posted some great photos from the Pedal Savvy Fashion Show on November 6th, 2010. It’s good to see cycling fashionable elsewhere in the country and the whole “bike fashion show” idea taking off over the past couple years.

The biggest unfortunate of events like the above is the hipster appeal.   It is exciting to see “normal” looking people on bikes but they always seem to be young and have the American Apparel/Anthropologie feel to them.  Where’s the grandmother riding to the library?  Why does stylish in the bike industry currently mean being a hipster in tight pants?

2011 Raleigh Capri Womens Road Bikes

In August of 2011 we did a full review of Raleigh Capri 4.0, view it over yonder.

Aluminum hydroframed with carbon fork, change the spec and you have three different levels of Raleigh’s new womens road line.   There are some thoughts I walk away with after looking through the line.  First off, I don’t understand the geometry and will look more into it with Raleigh.  I wish they would bring the smaller 45cm through the whole sizes, especially since it has a 495mm top tube!  Until I have more answers, here’s the 2011 Raleigh Capri womens line up…

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Yelp’s New Office is Very Bike Friendly

Yelp has redesigned their office with the help of o+a, maybe my work will get the hint when we move into our new offices!  Do any of you guys have offices to show off?  Inspire us!

It’s got the vibe of a Mission hipster’s thrift-store living room, with loads of graphics on the wall that, in the press materials’s telling, are meant to reference an “urban alleyway.” – FastCoDesign.com

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2011 Civia Cycles Bicycles

It is the week before Interbike and everyone is putting out teasers of their new product that they will be launching.  Civia is one of these companies.  Known for throwing show stoppers, for example in 2007 when they released the brand with a $2500 commuter bike.  Since then they have branched out in all directions and budgets.

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Puma Cargo Bike | Trend Setter or a Fashion Victim?

We featured the new bikes from Puma over at Commute By Bike at the beginning of the summer and many people commented on the aesthetics of the bikes. Regardless of if you like them or hate them, they spurred enough of an opinion inside of you to comment. Due to this, their marketing and design team did their job very well.

Welcome the Puma Cargo Bike

From Puma’s Headquarters, Somwhere in Crayonland : PUMA Mopion is rock steady for the daily grind. It mixes city bike features, and cargo bike features, making it a sturdy companion. It comes with a super-size innovative front carrier for heavy duty transport of your groceries or other needs. Developed for city dwellers, Mopion features a light aluminum frame, making it a one-of-a-kind lightweight cargo bike weighing only 22 kilos. Read More

Cycling Shoes I Can Wear to Meetings

A couple weeks ago I was chatting with Rob from Mission Workshop about the lack of women’s cycling clothing that I could get off the bike and go into work or a coffee shop. He laughed a little bit and then said to wait a couple weeks.

Rob had up his sleeve the DZR shoes. Stiff, SPD compatible and a gum bottom, use them with clipless or without. Walk into your business casual meeting, or make a statement. Did I mention they have a women’s line?
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