2017 RoadBikeReview Holiday Gift Guide

From bikes to books to bottles, great gift ideas for the cyclist in your life

Holiday Gift Guide

RoadBikeReview Holiday Gift Guide

Specialized Power Pro Elaston Saddle

Specialized Power Pro Elaston Saddle

The Big Red S replaced the traditional PU padding with an Elaston foam construction that’s made up of small beads that are expanded into the foam. The result, says Specialized, is the feeling off sitting on a thousand miniature pillows rather than one piece of foam. And to keep the comfort coming, they utilize an extra-wide and elongated Body Geometry channel and short nose to provide proper sit bone support. Price: $225 | More info: www.specialized.com

Elite Fly Team Water Bottle

Elite Fly Team Water Bottle

When every shaved gram counts, reach for the Elite Fly Team bottle, which comes in at just 54g compared to around 75g for a standard bottle. The Fly Team’s standard 74mm diameter allows you to use it in all traditional bottle cages, the cap has an ergonomic design, and it features a large push-pull soft silicone valve. Get a standard design or show your support for your favorite WorldTour team, including Team Sky, BMC, Team Sunweb, Orica-Scott, Movistar, Lotto Soudal, FDJ, Bahrain-Merida, AG2R La Mondiale, or UAE Team Emirates. Price: $8 | More info: www.elite-it.com

Bontrager Aeolus Pro 3 TLR Wheels

Bontrager Aeolus Pro 3 TLR Wheels

Designed to bring Aeolus performance to a wider range of riders at lower price points, the Aeolus Pro 3 TLR comes in rim and disc brake versions and sells for $1200. Both wheelsets feature Bontrager’s TLR system for easy tubeless conversion. Previous versions of Aeolus wheels have been used everywhere from WorldTour time trials to the UCI Cyclocross World Championships. The rim brake wheels have a total actual weight of 1510 grams (850g rear/650g front), and if you want to go tubeless, the included rim strips add 120 grams a pair. The 35mm depth OCLV carbon rims (27mm outer, 19.5mm inner width) are laced with DT Aerolite spokes and Alpina locking nipples. A stacked lacing alignment provides a better spoke bracing angle for a stiffer wheel. Quick release Bontrager 3-pawl hubs have 24 points of engagement and are compatible with Shimano 10/11 speed and SRAM 10/11 freehubs.
Price: $1200 | More info: www.trekbikes.com

Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT GPS Bike Computer

Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT GPS Bike Computer

Our go-to GPS head unit this past year, Wahoo’s ELEMNT BOLT is easy to use, full of function, and aerodynamic. Equipped with Bluetooth Smart and ANT+ dual-band technology, it pairs seamlessly with all of your cycling sensors, and the free ELEMNT companion app allows you to set up your data fields, customize profiles, track performance, and easily share ride data. Price: $250 | More info: www.wahoofitness.com

F3 Cycling FormMount

F3 Cycling FormMount

This unique device mount fits virtually any stem, and has rotating arms that avail five different mounting positions. This means it can be adjusted to fit virtually any sized computer and adjust to multiple rider preferences. The modular interface also allows multiple devices to be used simultaneously, and the fore/aft adjustability puts any sized computer in an optimal viewing position. Price: $60 | More info: www.f3cycling.com

Pactimo Dispatch Backpack

Pactimo Dispatch Backpack

With three easy-to-access external pockets, internal zippered pockets, and multi-function cargo straps, the Dispatch is designed for versatility. The large main compartment has both roll-top and side zipper access, allowing you to pack it up with all you need for your next cycling adventure. Ergonomic and breathable shoulder straps, reinforced top handle, separate padded laptop sleeve, and U-lock carrying straps make it ideal for commuting. Front stash pocket with two internal compartments give you quick access to travel documents and small items. Price: $135 | More info: www.pactimo.com

Specialized S-Works Roubaix with SRAM Red eTap

Specialized S-Works Roubaix with SRAM Red eTap

We know, 10 large is a lot to spend on a Christmas gift — unless you’re shopping for yourself. If that’s the case, and you need a new road bike, why not go big. The S-Works Roubaix frame is one of the lightest Specialized has ever made, and it comes outfitted the company’s Future Shock, which is a piston in the head tube that delivers 20mm of ride smoothing travel. This plush ride is enhanced with SRAM’s superb wireless eTap electronic shifting system, and confidence enhancing disc brake technology, which allows you to run wider tires, carry more speed, and then slow down in a controlled and precise manner. Throw in a set of aero-enhancing Zipp carbon wheels and you have one truly dreamy package. But hey, isn’t this what end of year bonuses are for? Price: $10,000 | More info: www.specialized.com

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Woom 3 Pedal Bike

The woom 3 is all about offering a lower ride height in a lightweight, high-performance package for the growing rider. The low center of gravity of this comparably small triangle frame in conjunction with the high cockpit deliver a stable, good-natured geometry that helps children improve their riding skills. The bike has a front and rear V-brake and no coaster (foot) brake. Bell and kickstand are also included. Price: $369 | More info: us.woombikes.com

Gore Windstopper Jersey

Gore Windstopper Jersey

More than just a standard cool/cold weather jersey, this versatile piece of apparel is your defense against the elements. The windstopper material is wind proof, water repellant, and breathable, meaning it keeps you warm and dry, but also won’t leave you clammy if things happen to warm up. Mesh inserts under the arms further promote air movement, and enhance freedom of movement. Three standard rear pockets, plus a zipped pocket avail plenty of storage, and the longer back and flat seam cuffs block road spray and enhance comfort respectively. Price: $180 | More info: www.goreapparel.com

Chrome Reversible Merino Gaiter

Chrome Reversible Merino Gaiter

A key piece of wintertime cycling wear, the neck gaiter helps keep the cold out. The one-size-fits-all Chrome version is made of moisture wicking and super soft merino wool, and is reversible. Price: $26.25 | More info: www.chromeindustries.com

Fabric Cageless Tool Keg

Fabric Cageless Tool Keg

This watertight, rugged tool keg keeps your essentials close at hand. The unique design means the keg can attach directly to your bike frame, so tools, tubes, and snacks, are never far away. The Tool Keg can also easily be swapped for one of Fabric’s cageless water bottles. Price: $20 | More info: fabric.cc

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Saris SuperClamp EX 2 Bike Rack

With its robust construction, eye-catching style and compact design that carries two bikes on a single bar, the SuperClamp is your bike’s new BFF. Whether you’re hauling beefy mountain bikes, eBikes or an assortment of bicycles, the SuperClamp’s dual shepherd’s hooks promise all bikes a truly secure ride without touching the bike’s frame. And thanks to the SuperClamp’s tilting feature, there’s no more unloading bikes to let the dog out of the back. Simply tilt down and release the hound. It also features integrated locks, a built-in bottle opener, safety-enhancing reflectors, and it’s made in Madison, Wisconsin. Price: $470 | More info: www.saris.com

75 Classic Rides: Colorado

75 Classic Rides: Colorado

The first of three books in this Holiday Guide that was authored by a RoadBikeReview contributor, 75 Classic Rides: Colorado is the definitive road cycling guide book for the Centennial State. From easy bike path spins to arduous ascents up 14,000-foot peaks, this book by features editor Jason Sumner covers all the bases with detailed ride descriptions, turn-by-turn directions, helpful maps, and breathtaking full-color photos. Whether you’re a Colorado native seeking new roads to explore, or an out-of-state resident looking to checking out one of the country’s best cycling locales, this book belongs on your nightstand. Price: $20 | More info: www.amazon.com

Gravel Cycling Book

Gravel Cycling Book

RoadBikeReview contributor Nick Legan’s debut book shares everything cyclists need to know to enjoy riding off the beaten path. From farm roads to miners’ paths to the high passes of the Rockies and the Alps, gravel cycling and bikepacking set riders free to explore, enjoy, persevere, and discover. In this guide Legan shows how to escape the traffic and find adventure on America’s 1.4 million miles of unpaved roads. Price: $25 | More info: www.velopress.com

Complete Book of Road Cycling Skills

Complete Book of Road Cycling Skills

Another book from RoadBikeReview features editor Jason Sumner, these pages will help you take your road cycling skills to the next level with the latest techniques, equipment, and skills. This completely revised edition of the popular handbook for everyday road cyclists is a comprehensive guide to road cycling skills. Updated to include contemporary expert sources, fresh photography, and cutting-edge information on cycling technology, nutrition and supplementation, training, riding techniques, safety, and performance, this is a book no road cyclist should be without. Price: $18 | More info: www.rodalebooks.com

Ramble Ride

Ramble Rides

With a wide selection of dates and destinations on deck for 2018, Ramble Rides are a great introduction to bikepacking. Each supported three-day event is challenging and scenic, delivering around 200 miles of dirt/fire road riding, while treating participants to great food, beer, and support along the way. Price: $400 | More info: newbelgiumramble.com

Shimano S-Phyre Short Sleeve Jersey

Shimano S-Phyre Short Sleeve Jersey

When Shimano puts its mind to something, the results are predictable. From road bike drivetrains, to mountain bike brakes, to shoes and pedals, the Japanese cycling giant consistently creates highly functional and durable products. But what about apparel? It’s the same story all over again. Shimano’s S-Phyre collection ticks all the right boxes, as witnessed in this short sleeve jersey, which features seamless shoulders and a 3D construction to eliminate wind-catching wrinkles. Anatomically placed pockets provide easy access to stashed items, and a full-length zipper aids temperature regulation. Price: $200 | More info: www.shimano-lifestylegear.com

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Park Tool Home Mechanic Repair Stand and Heavy Duty Shop Apron

This repair stand and shop apron set are a great addition to any home workshop. The PCS-10 work stand is designed to quickly fold small, adjust in height, and clamp a huge variety of tubing and tubing sizes. The unique three-point leg system creates an extremely solid base capable of handling nearly any bike. The SA-3 apron is made from heavy 10oz cotton canvas with two rows of reinforced pockets for stashing pens, parts, and tools. The special cross back design removes pressure from the neck for all day comfort. Price: $220 | More info: www.parktool.com

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Küat Pivot

Love riding but also love post-ride tailgating? Now you can have both. The Pivot allows your bike rack to effortlessly swing away, providing ample clearance for tailgates, rear gates, or just increasing your hatchback access. Weight limit is 250 pounds. It fits 2″ hitches only, and has a 90-degree swing away. Price: $295 | More info: kuatracks.com

Pearl Izumi Elite Thermal Knee Warmers

Pearl Izumi Elite Thermal Knee Warmers

With thermal fleece fabric inside and water-shedding PI Dry technology outside, these winter weight knee warmers are a great additional to any bad weather cycling apparel arsenal. Anatomic construction eliminates bunching through the full range of the pedaling motion, a wide elastic band with silicone gripper keeps them securely in place, and BioViz reflective elements enhance safety in low-light riding situations. Price: $45 | More info: www.pearlizumi.com

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1upUSA Heavy Duty Double 2″ Silver Bike Rack

This easy-to-use rack fits 2” receivers, weighs just 46 pounds, and has a total carrying capacity of up to 200 pounds, or 50 pounds per bike. It comes as a fixed 2-bike system (second tray cannot be removed), and can be increased to 4 bikes with additional add-ons sold separately. It fits 16”–29” wheels up to 3.1” wide, and you can get a spacer kit for tires wider than 3.1”. The rapid tilt and folding mechanism creates a smaller overall footprint, and rack arms close to secure tires without touching the frame. Price: $529 | More info: www.1up-usa.com

Park Tool Corkscrew Bottle Open

Park Tool Corkscrew Bottle Open

This handy tool combines a corkscrew and bottle opener with a knife / foil cutter. Made in the tradition of Park’s premium quality fold-up tools, it folds for storage and features all stainless-steel mechanisms housed in a forged aluminum case. Price: $48 | More info: www.parktool.com

Bkool Smart Pro 2 Trainer

Bkool Smart Pro 2 Trainer

Make your indoor training sessions count with this powerful smart trainer that can reach up to 1200 watts and simulate slopes up to 20%. Designed with telescoping legs to ensure stability, it arrives at your door with no assembly or calibration required. The wheel adjusts to your hub. Just fold open and get spinning. Price: $590 | More info: store.bkool.com

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