Whether you’re looking for something for a rider (or riders) on your list, or you want to drop hints to someone who might want to spoil you this year, this guide has all that is new and cool.
The MEC Cascade courier bag ($58) is a traditional-looking piece for carrying modern essentials as you zip around town on your bike. The waxed-polyester twill bag can hold a 15″ laptop. There’s even a mesh waterbottle pocket inside.
Mountain bikers and cyclocrossers will appreciate the soles on the Pearl Izumi X-Project 1.0 shoes ($400). They are rigid where you need them to be for excellent power transfer to the pedals. For hike-a-bikes or run-ups, there’s flex in those soles. The Boa closures are new to the X-Project shoes. They allow you to make precise adjustments when you’re tightening or loosening the fit, which is easy to do on the fly.
No time like the present to present the historic shield of Tullio Campagnolo’s brand on your wall. The Campagnolo vintage wall clock ($140) is both whimsical and kind of wicked.
The Shimano Transit gloves ($36) of the Explorer collection protect your hands as you cruise around town. Their reflective strips will make you more visible in lowlight conditions.
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The Giordana G-Shield S/S jersey ($329) is a shortsleeve top for foul weather. It uses an environmentally friendly, water- repellent treatment called Acqua Zero to keep the rain out. Reflective dots run around the cuffs and along the back flap that offers more protection at your backside against the wet. Similar to the NX-G shorts, the Giordana G-Shield bib shorts ($275) are constructed with the 1on1 panelling system, which means there’s a single seam. The company says this pattern not only improves fit, but water-resistance, too.
Don’t fear the cold with the Castelli Puro 2 jersey FZ ($150). The fit is snug, especially at the arms, so you’ll cut through the wind nicely without any flapping. Throw this jersey on for long, adventurous rides in temperatures that keep less-hearty cyclists inside. An excellent pairing with the jersey is the Castelli Omloop thermal bib short ($230). These bibs are fleece-lined, even on the insides of the cuffs and good portion of the straps. The shorts extend to just above the knees, providing you with a little bit of extra coverage.
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Even though the Bontrager Shut Up Legs cap ($35) is a summer lid, telling your legs to shut up is always in season. You might as well start early. It’s what Jens Voigt would do. A classic look graces the Castelli Retro 2 cotton cap ($30). You’ll need this cap after hanging your helmet on your handlebars and before heading into the café for an espresso.