Our third gift guide in the series offers up staff picks that encourage exploration while keeping you warm, comfortable, and looking great.
IbexWoolies 1 Crew – $70 Short Sleeve / $85 Long Sleeve
Not too heavy, not too light 100% merino wool baselayer. Form fitting with flat seams and no tags for absolute comfort on the bike. Stuart likes Ibex baselayers for their durability and great fit. “They’re very warm, even when wet,” he adds. Available in short and long sleeves, these crew neck shirts look great worn casually as well.
Fox Racing Launch Enduro Knee Pads – $60
Lightweight, slip-on soft knee pads made from perforated neoprene. An articulated, ergonomic design provides great fit and Kevin will attest to this. “Knee guards with great protection that DON’T SLIP!”
Scott Sub Speed 10 – $850
Bicycling Magazine named the aluminum frame Sub Speed 10 one of it’s “Best City Bikes” for 2016. The internally geared Shimano Alfine 8-speed hub requires minimal maintenance and the Gates belt drive is super quiet and grease-free meaning no dirty pant legs. Powerful Shimano hydraulic disc brakes perform in any condition and paired with Continental Sport Contact puncture-resistant tires with full fenders the Sub Speed 10 ideal for commuting and urban riding. The Sub Speed 10 also looks great. Regularly priced at $1200, this is a fantastic price for a Shimano/Gates equipped bicycle capable of year-round commuting and riding.
Revelate Designs Range frame bag – $160
The Ranger is a workhorse of a frame bag and a favorite of many of our staff. Designed to make use of the full triangle, the Ranger is an off the shelf bag that fits a wide range of bike frames. Tait agrees, “No eyelets, no problem. Waterproof storage for your bits and pieces.”
DZ Nuts Pro chamois Cream – $24
Ryan’s Tour de Chamois Cream continues with a formulation created by a former grand tour rider. DZ Nuts Pro is a paraben free anti-fungal and anti-bacterial chamois cream that eliminates chaffing and its anti-inflammatory action soothes irritated skin. Ryan likes DZ Nuts because “It’s high viscosity and smells pro.”
Fizik Performance Classic 3mm handlebar tape – $35
Available in eight colors, the durable, breathable and tactile perforated Microtex material features thick padding and a classic performated design. Fantastic grip and feel across a range of conditions make this the tape of numerous professional cycling teams. Brice who recently contested the Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships using yellow Fizik 3mm tape says, “I like it for those times I ride without gloves but it’s also great for increasing comfort overall with gloves.”
Specialized Sequoia Elite – $1880
Specialized has dominated the adventure bike category in recent seasons and the all-new Sequoia is yet another all-star player in the line up. If you’ve ever felt torn between choosing either a “traditional” road bike or a touring/adventure rig, just go for the Sequoia Elite. A premium steel frame and carbon fork are matched with precise, durable Shimano components and the amazing all-new Specialized Sawtooth tires. Read a full ride review of the Sequoia from Chris here.