There are so many amazing cycling-related items that make great presents. The tricky part isn’t so much deciding what to give the cyclist(s) on your list, although that can be challenging. No, the trick is to somehow make sure you’re on the receiving end of some of this awesomeness.
The SeaSucker Bomber Rack ($790) sure does suck, which is its job. Each of its suction cups will hold on to the roof of a vehicle with 210 lb. of pull strength. The rack will transport three bikes without marking up the paint of the car.
The data-rich Pioneer SBT-PM80 power meter for Shimano Ultegra R8000 B ($1,350) captures force metrics 12 times a crank rotation, for each leg. On the new power meter, that information is not only transmitted via ANT+, but Bluetooth, too. The SBT-PM80 can now communicate with wider range of devices, including the Wahoo Elemnt and Elemnt Bolt computers, which can display Pioneer’s Pedalling Monitor System.
The Bontrager Ion Pro RT and Flare RT light set ($215) sends out 1,300 lumens from the front of the bike to light up any trail or road. The new Flare RT is 36 per cent lighter than its predecessor and puts out 40 per cent more lumens – perfect for staying visible at night and during the day.
After a flat, the Fabric Picobar ($34), which can fit easily in a jersey pocket, will get a tube up to 120 p.s.i. Small, but powerful.
The Garmin Edge 520 Plus ($380) keeps you on course for your training and your rides themselves. Not only does the computer keep track of and record numerous training metrics, especially when paired with a heart-rate monitor and a power meter, but it has powerful navigation features.
While Kryptonite is known for its U-locks, it has a folding lock, too. The Kryptonite Kryptolok 610 Fold ($150) is new, is easy to carry and is made of 5-mm hardened-steel links. The Abus Bordo Lite folding lock G ($80) is, in fact, fairly light and can fit in a jersey pocket.