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Gift ideas that look ahead to summer

Gifts that the road cyclist in your life will appreciate come summer. Add them to your wishlist or wrap them up for someone else, they are good to give but also nice to receive.

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Oakley is new to the cycling kit game. The sunglasses maker teamed up with Bioracer, a Belgian brand that focuses on aerodynamics, to make the Oakley Jawbreaker Road jersey and Jawbreaker Road bib shorts ($150). The kit is designed to keep you cool on hot days.

The Giordana Sport short-sleeve jersey is nicely retro. The merino wool used in the jersey is cycling’s first high-performance fabric, able to wick away moisture to keep you cool, while also able to trap warm air when the temperature is brisk. Polyester bolsters the shape of the garment. The Sportful Super Total Comfort bib shorts are totally modern. The panels are woven, not knit, which means your muscles are better supported. Silicon dots make up the gripper at the end of each leg. There’s also an integrated cellphone pocket.

The Cinelli Harry’s carbon fibre bottle cage – Mike Giant special edition ($130) features tattoo icons from the U.S. artist.

Bring along your ride essentials with the Axiom Seymour Oceanweave Wedge 0.8 seat bag ($30). The Oceanweave fabric is made from recycled fishing nets, an nice eco-positive touch.

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Crickets. That’s the source of the 10 g of protein in a Näak bar ($12 for a pack of three). Flavours include coco-macadamia, choco-banana and choco-orange. This past spring, Clif Bar released the chocolate hazelnut nut-butter-filled bar ($2 per bar, $8 per pack). It is, however, a delicious flavour for the winter season. Bounce Bites (120 g or 8 pieces for $48) have no refined sugar and no genetically modified ingredients. There are dates, bananas and blueberry powder in every bite.

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