Our series of Staff Picks continues with our second gift guide of the season.
Altor 560G – $180
The body of the 560G is made up of solid grade 5 titanium links and joints with a design optimized to secure your bike’s frame and rear wheel to posts, racks and common city signage. The 560G uses an industry best, 6 disc detainer lock with a push button mechanism meaning you won’t need your key when locking your bike. Your bike is custom, your lock can be, too. Made in the USA.
Specialized Turbo – $2500
Yet another multiple Staff Pick selection, the Specialized Turbo combines speed and style through an innovative electric-assist hub motor, advanced electronics, and sleek design. Capable of a top speed of 28 mph through pedal-assist motor support, the Turbo is in daily commuter use for two River City staff members. DJ has a 14-mile commute and Stefan’s is 26; both are big fans of this bicycle. Integrated lights, wireless display, kickstand and flat-resistant, smooth rolling tires make this a great commuter option or even car replacement. “The Turbo cut my commute time from 1 hour down to 35 minutes,” says DJ, “and it’s still great exercise.” Stefan adds, “With the Turbo, I don’t worry about the strong headwind and climb home anymore.”
Giro Empire VR90 – $300
At 315 grams this is a very lightweight off-road shoe. So much so that it doubles very capably as a walkable road shoe for gravel riding, bike packing, and cyclocross. Loads of tech stand out like the breathable Evofiber™synthetic upper for superb fit and support that won’t stretch out and a full carbon outsole with molded Vibram® rubber tread for incredible grip. But it’s tried and true shoelaces that provide snug, exacting fit with minimal hardware. Jamie is a fan of the bright blue color and says of the VR90s, “they are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn.”
Clement PDX Cyclocross Tires $70
Named after our very own Cyclocross Crusade race series, the Crusade PDX is an all-around performer with a particular love for mud. Center knobs are aligned to roll smoothly on hard pack and pavement while side knobs offer superior edge control so your bike stays under you in the curves. Kyle races on the RCB Singlespeed CX team and this is his tire of choice. “It’s designed for riding here and I like that they named it after the airport. We should have a race out there someday.”
Chamois Butt’r – $16
Ryan’s chamois cream set continues into the second week with Chamois Butt’r Original. This non-greasy skin lubricant is great for use with all chamois and any riding conditions. It greatly improves riding comfort and can also act to soothe chafed or irritated skin. If you know Ryan then you’ll know that he thinks the name of this product is pretty funny.
Kitsbow Short Sleeve Geysers’ Jersey – $169
Greg from our Apparel department picks this jersey from our wide assortment of the very best brands because of it’s “great fit and a very nice wool blend fabric”. This is a traditional three-pocket jersey with an additional zip-secured water resistant stowage pocket and hi-vis piping details. Cut and sewn in North America, Greg says this is “the perfect jersey for the Pacific Northwest because of it’s versatility across so many conditions.”
Finish Line Grunge Brush – $15
Scrub all four sides of bicycle chains with the horseshoe shaped bristles at one end of The Grunge Brush. Use the long bristles on the other end of the brush to clean components like sprockets, derailleurs, cranksets, brakes and pedals. Brandon calls the Grunge Brush, “The simplest, most effective cleaning tool I have ever used for bicycle chains and cassettes.”