While Campagnolo continues to refine its electronic gruppos, it’s still invested in the mechanical. This year the Italian company released the 11-speed Super Record RS ($3,260, campagnolo.com), its top-end, battery-free groupset. The components combine performance with a rich racing heritage.
Get away. Just you and the bike (also a few fellow riders, actually) and a stunning location. Trek Travel offers trips (starting at $3,000, trektravel.com) all over the world. Choose from the climbs of the Dolomites in Italy, the temples of Myanmar or a custom trip that you design.
The perfect ride for you, the one matched to your dimensions and your style or riding, is out there. A bespoke builder can make it for you. There’s Hugh Black at True North Cycles (truenorthcycles.com) in Guelph, Ont., Sam Whittingham of Naked Bicycles and Design (timetogetnaked.com) on B.C.’s Quadra Island and Cycles Marinoni (marinoni.qc.ca) in Terrebonne, Que. Mike Barry Sr.’s Bike Specialties (bikespecialties.com) in Toronto is up and running again building Mariposa frames (starting at $3,000).
Take the perfect frame to the next level with a custom paint job. VéloColour (velocolour.com) can add the right hues to your machine, especially if its a lugged steel-frame beauty ($625 to $2,500).
For more gift ideas, see the full 2014 holiday gift guide.