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Essential Cycling Holiday Gift Guide

The hours are ticking down and if you are anything like me you haven’t checked off everyone on your list. Below is a list of essentials that every cyclist, or budding cyclist, needs in their arsenal. Here’s to finishing up the shopping so we can all enjoy the holidays properly!

Disclaimer: About half the links below are affiliate links, which means if you click on them and buy something I may make commission. That’s not horrible right?

Essentials for the Bike

Tubes

Every cyclist needs these, just figure out what type of bike they have (road, mountain, hybrid, etc.) and then if they have a skinny valve like below, called presta, or a standard shrader like on your car.

 

bike tubesClick to Buy

Lube

There are many great lubes out there, but T-9 is my go to recommendation for most cyclists out there.

bike lubeClick to Buy

Flat Kit

All you need to do is add a tube to this bag and it is ready to be strapped to your bike. CO2 for easy inflation, tire levers and patch kits to keep you rolling.

Flat Kit Click to Buy

Rear Blinky Light

You need a rear light, so does your loved ones.

Rear Blinky LightClick to Buy

Soft Good Essentials

 Defeet Wool Socks

It’s that time of year in Colorado that my Defeet Wool socks are being worn as often as they are clean, and sometimes even when they are dirty.

 

 

Defeet Woolie SocksClick to Buy

TwinSix Tall Socks

Favorite summer socks, ever.

 TwinSix Socks
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Super Packable Jacket

While I would prefer you bought it in a different color other than black, this super packable jacket can go in your jersey pocket or backpack very easy.

 

 

Pearl Izumi PRO Jacket

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TwinSix T-Shirts

Do your cyclists a favor, give them a gift of fashion off the bike this year with these t-shirts (and every holiday moving forward.)

TwinSix TshirtsClick to Buy

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Motivational Monday with Mary

What is your name?

Mary Gersemalina

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Bike touring, randonneuring, day rides, commuting, and tooling around town

What is your first cycling memory?

My first memory is being a little kid and learning to ride without training wheels. To master two-wheeled technique, I resorted to a combination of weaving and paddling circles on a little red bike in my parents garage, hidden from any potential onlookers (or, in my case, siblings) until I finally figured out the basics of two-wheeled transport.

Who inspires you to ride? Better yet, why?

My parents initially inspired me to ride, and I carry that with me today. They introduced me to the idea that my bike is a vehicle for exploration and instilled in me the importance of being active. In addition, my husband and my friends also keep me motivated. We use our bikes to meet up after work and go out for dinner. Simple things like that get me out the door. My husband, friends, and I also love spending the day together touring the countryside on bikes, whether it is a randonneuring event or just a fun century ride. When I initially began riding seriously as an adult I did most of my cycling on my own. Over time I’ve found that I like solo rides on occasion, but generally I like that my cycling has a social element to it. I’ve met some really great people through commuting, touring, and randonneuring, and it helps get me out the door when I know that I’m going to see my friends on any given ride.

What has been your best moment on the bike so far this year?

My husband and I rode a weeklong tandem bike tour that we planned and routed ourselves, averaging 85 miles per day over seven days. As part of that, we climbed Trail Ridge Road– the highest continuous paved road in the United States– on our first day. Trail Ridge tops out at over 12,000 feet. To me, that tour and that day riding up Trail Ridge, showed me how much I have grown in my confidence as well as my abilities as a cyclist as well as tandem rider. It really was a spectacular adventure. We were two little bike riders climbing big tall mountains and having the time of our lives. I wrote about it a fair amount on my blog, Chasing Mailboxes.

Tell us what you ride

I own primarily steel touring frames. As I mentioned, my husband and I have a custom tandem, a Co-Motion Java 29er that we use for touring and randonneuring as well as a Cannondale mountain tandem– which is aluminum– that we use for off-road riding. I own a Bike Friday Pocket Rocket, which is a packable flyer and ideal for something like paved light touring. My Surly Long Haul Trucker and Rivendell Quickbeam are perfect for bike commuting and grocery shopping. I use my Rivendell Romulus and Rawland Nordavinden for century rides and brevets/randonneuring events, if I’m not on the tandem. I also own a Bike Friday TIkit, which is a fast-fold bike designed for commuting and multi-modal transport. I really enjoy trying out different bikes and using them for various purposes.

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Motivational Monday, a Monday tradition at Bike Shop Girl, my goal to keep you motivated and to be striving on the bike even during a hard week or long hours at work. Are you a woman that bicycles? Fill out this easy form and be part of our motivational movement! 

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Handmade Cycling Gift Ideas

You have less than two weeks until Christmas and you still haven’t gotten that perfect gift for the cycling loving person in your life. Here are some unique ideas that you probably won’t find on Amazon. Tomorrow I will be posting my “must-have” gift list for all of you last minute gift buying friends. You can also checkout my Pinterest Cycling Gift Guide.

Bicycle Tube Toiletry Bag

Bike Tube Toiletry Bag

A perfect bag for makeup, art supplies or small electronics. Website

Campagnolo Toe Clip Keyring

Campagnolo Toe Clip Keyrings

If you have a cycling snob in your life, this keyring will be a treasure to them. Website

Bicycle Inner Tube Cuff

Bicycle Inner Tube Cuff Bracelet

Unique designs that I hadn’t seen before. Website

Off the Map Art

 

Off the Map Art

My girlfriend purchased a couple of these paintings for my office when we moved. They are gorgeous and a lovely touch to any room. Website

Women's Story Media Event
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The Women’s Story Media Event

Could it be… an outdoor women’s media event? Maybe we really are making change happen! Once I have more background on this event in June I will let you all know.

Interbike and Outdoor Retailer, two of the largest retail sports product trade shows in the world, today announced that they’ve joined forces to launch a new experiential media event highlighting women’s-specific products. The event will connect a limited number of cycling and outdoor product manufacturers with mainstream non-endemic journalists to test the latest in women’s-specific products in the environments in which they were intended.

Set to take place June 10-12, 2014 at the Crystal Springs Resort in Northern New Jersey, The Women’s Story will feature 20-25 brands showcasing the most innovative women’s-specific cycling and outdoor products.

Invited journalists will have an opportunity to truly understand the mechanics behind women’s-specific products by riding a mountain bike or testing running shoes on an off-road trail, experiencing stand up paddleboarding (SUP) on a nearby lake, trying the latest yoga gear and apparel, climbing and other outdoor and cycling activities on the Crystal Springs Resort grounds.

The Women’s Story will open to local outdoor and bicycle retailers after 2pm on the final day, allowing for product demonstrations and conversations with both manufacturers and media.

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Domestiques for Wolfner

In case you haven’t heard, Mike Wolfner of my Cycleton team is recovering from a serious cycling accident. Many of my teammates are putting together a fundraiser for Mike and his family, as he makes his recovery.

Please join us for a party and silent auction (with over $8,000 in merchandise and free swag!) taking place at Lowry Beer Garden on December 5. A few auction items include:
Specialized Tarmac Pro Frame – $2950 Retail Value
Mavic Cosmic Carbone 40 or Cosmic CXR60 wheel set – $2750 Retail Value
Full ENVE Carbon Cockpit (bars, stem & seat post) – $890 Retail Value
Thule T2 Hitch Rack – $469 Retail Value
FasCat Coaching for 1 Month – $350 Retail Value
Feedback Sports Spring Workstand – $235 Retail Value

More event and donation information can be found here:

https://www.igivefirst.com/raindroppartners/silent-auction-and-benefit-to-support-injured-cyclist

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Meet the Xtracycle EdgeRunner

It’s been proven that many of our trips and errands are less than 2 miles away. Now picture having a reliable, easy to ride, cargo bike to hop on in your garage. Once you get in the habit of riding a bike for those trips less than 2 miles away you’ll question why it took so long!

Meet the Xtracycle EdgeRunner

Haul kids, groceries or help a buddy move. 

Available in two sizes, three models, and four beautiful frame colors, EdgeRunner tailors to every personality. The TIG-welded chromoly frame features a low step-over height and elegant geometry for easy, responsive handling with a modest bike weight – starting at 40 lbs. Xtracycle also offers a wide variety of LT standard compatible accessories tailored to cargo cycling’s specific needs, from the versatile LongLoader for lengthy loads to the foldingSideCar for bulky boxes.

The EdgeRunner completely reinvents the cargo bike, with its low cargo platform, upright yet efficient ride-position, 100% chromoly step-through frame, and complete line of cargo and family specific accessories. Leave the car in the garage on your next family drive or grocery trip. The EdgeRunner assures a fun and wallet-friendly alternative to driving and still gets the job done.

For additional information on Xtracycle’s Edgerunner, please visit http://www.xtracycle.com

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Week End Roundup

Philly Bike Expo

This weekend, Nov 9 & 10th

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Quick Start Cyclocross Training

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Bikenomics

Bicycle infrastructure creates more jobs per million dollars spent than any other kind of transportation

A Winter of Cyclists

The story of a group of Colorado cyclists who challenged each other to commute by bike, at least 52 times, during the cold, dark, and snowy months.

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