For many of us that live in the Northern Hemisphere the upcoming holidays are much welcomed but the cold and sometimes brutal weather not so. To help you battle through the colder months some kit from Castelli in Santa’s sack could certainly help you keep riding in tough conditions.
The Castelli Thermosuit combines a Sorpasso tight lower portion combined with a Trasparente jersey upper portion. It features Windstopper® X-Lite stretch fabric on front is windproof and splash resistant, with Thermoflex Core Due fabric on back and on tights for high breathability and Progetto X2 Air seat pad for comfort and improved airflow. MSRP $350
The Castelli Sella Rain Jacket is a 3-layer waterproof and breathable laminate fabric with fully sealed seams and a Flip-up, fleece-lined collar extension for added protection when needed. It also features waterproof zippers, Rain flap with zipper garage at front, underarm zipper vents, and elastic drawcord at hem, and adjustable velcro closure at wrist. MSRP $220 More info on the gloves, jacket and the full Castelli range at http://castelli-cycling.com/
The Handmade Cyclist’s Mugs
The Handmade Cyclist have just released their new and improved Quotes mugs – same classic design featuring the sharpest quotes from the fastest legs in the peloton, new and improved mug. The mugs feature classic quotes from Fausto Coppi, Bernard Hinault, Hennie Kuiper and Greg Lemond, with retro designs based on the jerseys they wore in their heyday.
Ed’s note – These are three of Handmade cyclist’s mug range and I just ordered the Hinault one for myself and I love it – ‘As long as I breathe I attack!’
They’ve teamed up with one of the UK’s oldest potteries (based in the heart of the UK’s ceramics industry in Stoke-On-Trent) to produce a fine bone china mug that’s the perfect size and feel for your morning brew. They are dishwasher safe and the finish is beautiful. Lots more cool products, info and pics at http://thehandmadecyclist.com/
VeloVie 500 + SRAM FORCE 22
Hands up who’d like a new bike for Christmas? Yes, why wouldn’t you! The VeloVie Vitesse 500 could well be a good choice, light, stiff, reliable, comfortable, and responsive. All this in a good looking package and an even better looking pricetag. Priced from $2,899. More info at www.velovie.com
With a durable carbon black mixture and 3/180 tpi carcass, the Conti Gatorskin is both an ultra-durable and puncture-resistant commuter and a capable adventure tire that can handle everything from bombed-out back roads to stretches of gravel and dirt.
Features puncture protection system with DuraSkin anti cut fabric and PolyXBreaker and varying widths from 23mm to 32 mm. MSRP $54.95 More info at Continental’s website.
Primal Wear Accento Helix Kit
The Accento kit incorporates clean, classic lines and bold colors to enhance the elite, professional feel of the Helix kit. Utilizing revolutionary pattern technology and the highest quality fabrics, the Helix kit is engineered to improve performance.
With Z92 compression sleeves, an SLR Ion body and AE Elite mesh paneling, the Helix jersey contours along the natural lines of the body to reduce air resistance and improve overall performance. The race specific pattern of the Helix bibs features anatomic panels designed to follow muscle movement through the full pedal stroke and increase accuracy. Price: $300 www.primalwear.com
The KICKR Power Trainer from Wahoo is the world’s first iPhone powered bike trainer. Wahoo’s KICKR allows cyclist and triathletes to set resistance, accurately measure power and complete App based workouts, all from their iPhone.
* Adjust resistance via iPhone for structured rides or simulate real world courses using top cycling Apps including TrainerRoad and Kinomap Trainer.
* Wheel off design allows direct power measurement at the hub, providing the most accurate and consistent power measurement throughout every mile
* In ride adjustments simulate across all intensities from coasting downhill to cranking up a 15% grade (600-2000 watt resistance)
* Ultra realistic road feel specifically engineered to simulate the inertia of an actual rider on the road
* Measure power (wattage), and speed all using your favorite iPhone cycling App or favorite ANT+ bike computer
* ANT+ and Bluetooth 4.0 compatible
* Quiet – tested to be one of the quietest trainers on the market
Priced at $1099 More info is available at wahoofitness.com
My Alibi Bloomers
Women around the world are looking at their wardrobe options on the bike in a whole new way, thanks to the My Alibi Bloomers. These sexy premium padded bike shorts are the ultimate in booty comfort under any outfit.
Give her a little secret motivation to dust off her bike in the New Year. Designed by a woman to inspire. Made ethically responsibly in Morocco with premium quality Italian chamois and French ultra smooth Lycra. Available in 3 colors and sizes 0-16. $70 @ www.myalibiclothing.com
D2 LEGIT Shoes
Intro Special – Snag Legit D2s, at bike shop prices! Hot off the production line and only available in silver, double dial closure, with legit D2 hand-laid carbon soles + the signature D2 carbon power grid in the uppers – for max power transfer. In standard sizing 42.0-48.5, and three legit widths (not just extra fabric in the uppers).
Price is $475, through 12/31/13. Online orders only. Allow two weeks for delivery. All sales final, exchanges for un-mounted shoes, no visible signs of wear. Check D2SHOE.com or facebook wall for latest info. Retail price: $550 Introductory Special: $475
BMC Granfondo 02 Disc Ultegra
The ultimate do-it-all adventure bike, the GF02 Disc Ultegra is ready for ‘cross racing with Continental CX Speed file tread 35mm tires, touring or commuting with rack & fenders mounts, or just general foul-weather endurance-oriented road riding with a full Ultegra spec that includes Shimano R-515 disc mechanical disc brakes and a compact crankset. Retailing for $3999.
More info at www.bmc-racing.com