Heath Cockburn of The 11 Inc. shop (online store: shop.the11inc.com ) helps many cyclists, and those shopping for cyclist, find just the right gifts. Here are some of Cockburn’s top recommendations for this season:
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The Silca floor pump with its own travel bag ($290) marks the Italian company’s 100th anniversary. It has an elegant ash handle. Like the original Silca pump, this new one uses a 3-mm-thick leather piston washer and solid brass internal valve assembly. Those components –which are replaceable – are what make the pump so durable. A complement to the pump is the Silca HX-One tool kit ($175) with its 10 fastener heads, one ¼” bolt adaptor and 10 Allen keys (2 mm–10 mm) that are a pleasure to hold. For après-velo espresso, the delicate Bianchi cups ($250) are the way to go. Another significant anniversary in 2017 was the founding of this country. Wear your Canadian pride with Victoria’s Endur Apparel Canada 150 socks ($20). For a bell that is heard and not seen, or at least visually discreet, ring the Knog Oi large bell ($25), which fits bars 23.8–31.8 mm in diameter.