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PEZ 2011 Holiday Gift Guide #1
It's December 1st - that can only mean, well, one of a hundred things - but for many, it means the Holidays are on the horizon. At PEZ, we love the Holidays and never want to pass up a chance to look at some cool items that could make great gifts for friends/family/loved ones, or the kind of thing you leave open on your computer to make sure that certain somebody knows what makes your heart sing. Let's jump in!

Jered Gruber's Limited Edition Passo Giau Print
Long-time PEZ scribbler, picture taker, and editor of many an article, Jered Gruber, spent the past year covering some of Europe's biggest and best races and places with his wife, Ashley. The results are beautiful and well worth taking a closer look at over on the duo's online storefront, Gruber Images.

The Muur van Geraardsbergen - almost exactly a year ago today.

If you're looking for a knock out image - they're offering a limited run of 100 prints of the Passo Giau, which was recently selected as THE official image for the 2012 Giro d'Italia.

Each print is numbered and signed and measures a breathtaking 15x36 inches. $100.

If you want to get an idea for what the image looks like a bit bigger - click on this article's thumbnail for a BIG version. Remember, it looks a lot better in person...three feet wide.

The pictures are going fast, so get in touch with Jered quickly, if you're interested! OR - you can use your credit card to buy one at the PEZShop here.

MOOTS Organic Olive Oil
You could be forgiven for thinking handmade titanium before anything else when the name MOOTS comes up, but this holiday season the Steamboat Springs-based company is offering their very own Organic Olive Oil. The Moots-branded, hand pressed extra virgin olive oil comes from the Roccia Viva Orchard in Napa Valley, California.

The orchard has over 500 olive trees and consists of the classic Tuscan varietals, Leccino, Frantoio, Pendolino and Maurino. The trees are farmed organically and harvested manually. This olive oil has the unique distinction of being the only Certified Organic oil from the Napa Valley region.

Tasting Notes: green/grassy, artichoke, nutty, buttery smooth with a medium peppery finish.

Enjoy for $30.00!

Vittoria renews its Diamante nylon tire range with the brand new Vittoria Diamante Pro Radial. Thanks to its unique and undefeated 85 degree ply radial casing, the Diamante Pro Radial is the most flexible nylon race tire available. High flexibility brings high speed, more grip and more comfort.

-700x22c 195g
-700x24c 210g

Diamante Pro Radial $56.99.

The perfect stocking stuffer! GranFondo Canada is offering Ride Entry Gift Cards just in time for the holidays. Buy your favourite cyclist an entry into RBC GranFondo Kelowna (July 14) or RBC GranFondo Whistler* (September 8). Cards must be purchased before December 9th to ensure delivery before Christmas.

*Early Bird Pricing ($225) ends Jan. 2nd, 2012.

The Castelli Fawesome Vest is another product coming from the requests of Garmin-Cervйlo team rider Gabriel Rasch. With his help Castelli improved their Aero Race Vest to have better stretch and breathability on the front, obsessed over the fit to the point that it’s nearly as aero as the Aero Race Jersey. Additionally, the vest features a splash guard on the back to protect your lower back when the roads are wet. In short, the Fawesome Vest is f-ing awesome. $149.00

Looking to kick up your UCI suspicion profile a few indices? A wardrobe fully stocked with Cycleboredom t-shirts will get you pulled for contrфle anti-dopage every time. High-modulus snaark [sic] creates a cycling shirt that's laterally stiff yet vertically compliant. Check out Giro Tre Vai and the rest of the lineup.

The Giro Savant helmet combines legendary Giro style and performance, with unmatched value. Killer features and weight for the price – lighter than many $200 helmets at 260g. Slim shape combines impressive ventilation thanks to 25 Wind Tunnel vents, and the comfortable convenience of the adjustable Roc Loc 5 fit and stability system. The Giro Savant is worth a closer look. $90

Neil Wyatt produces great cycling themed graphic art under the name, The Handmade Cyclist. The English artist has a number of posters available for sale, including the one above - "A Classification Of Notable Cyclists" - a true treasure trove for bike enthusiasts the world over.

Each of the posters is a unique design and a limited edition. They are available for purchase in two ways:

1. A3 size via The Handmade Cyclist's Etsy shop. $25 plus $5 shipping.
2. Soon, the larger A2-size versions will be available through a London bike shop, Velorution. Those will run for Ј30 / approx $50 including shipping.

This new Zipp wind vest by Castelli protects against wind, rain and chilly weather. It also has two zippers for easy access to jersey pockets. At just 180 grams, it’s lightweight and warm. Black with Zipp oval “Z” logo on front with “Zipp” vertically on back. Sizes X-small to XXL. $109.95.

The LeMond Fitness Revolution trainer is changing the way we look at trainers. This Christmas is the perfect time to make the switch to a better trainer.
- The only Direct Drive trainer that connects directly to your bike’s chain.
- High Inertia Technology replicates progressive resistance similar to real road riding.
- Creates a smooth, natural feel while pedaling with no lag when shifting or coasting.
- Official trainer of Team Garmin-Cervelo.
- Easy to use: simply remove your rear wheel and slip your dropouts into the spindle.
- Saves wear and tear on expensive road tires.
- No more sluggish roller riding.
- Fits all road, mountain, cross, and tri bikes.
- MSRP: $449, $549 (with SRAM/Shimano cassette).

The SCOTT Team BOA road cycling shoe will elevate your riding experience to a new level, both in performance and comfort. The ErgoLogic footbed eliminates foot numbness and hot spots, while the micro adjustable BOA lacing system, unique Wrap Fit upper, and RAM air system keep your feet secure and comfortably cool. $150

Not everything has to be for the bike. We can't forget about the apres-bike experience. For that, we look to the ingeniously designed Opena iPhone 4 and 4s Case. It's a stylish iPhone 4 Case as it's day job, but when it's time for some fun, the case doubles as the world's first iPhone 4/4S bottle opener.

You'd never guess, but the company was started by two buddies in Australia who needed a bottle opener but only had their phone with them. “The Opena” solves this common problem while providing protection for your device.

• Durable and Protective Polycarbonate Hard Case
• Integrated slide out stainless steel bottle opener
• Works with all iPhone 4 models
• Colors include Black and White
• Perfect companion for parties, BBQ’s and pretty much anytime you need a bottle opener
• 1 year Warranty
• $39.95

The new Cyfac ABSOLU V2 is 100% handcrafted in France using t800h IM carbon fibre-kevlar construction. Lug-less tube-to-tube construction allows for fully tuned ride characteristics and custom geometry without limitations.

Available in standard and custom geometry. The ABSOLU V2 is comfortable, durable, light, and beautifully paired to its rider.

1 1/8" x 1 1/2" tapered carbon fork.

Integrated derailleur cabling or Di2 electronic routing. Can be made with or without the ISP (two ISP collar lengths available) and a frame can be converted from ISP to a normal 27.2 post.

Your choice from any of the 7 Cyfac paint templates with customized colors. Full-custom paint designs also available.

MSRP: $6700 Standard geometry, $8900 Full Custom.

The Polar RCX5 Bike computer will help you ride at your best. In addition to its unique heart-rate based coaching features, it synchs with the enhanced training diary. Includes CS speed sensor W.I.N.D. and is compatible with cadence, running and GPS W.I.N.D. sensors. Click HERE to read the PEZ review. $389.95


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