2019 Holiday Gift Guide
Cyclists can be a particular bunch. We are real picky when it comes to gear and more often than not we'd just prefer gift cards around the holidays so we can go pick up that new piece of equipment we've been lusting after all year. But, gift cards are boring. Lets look at some of our favorite gear and gadgets from 2019 that would make great last minute additions under the tree.
Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM GPS Cycling Computer
Wahoo GPS cycling computers stormed onto the scene several years ago with their intuitive, easy to use and feature packed ELEMNT computers and made a major stride forward this year with the ROAM computer. Not just a larger version of the previous computers, the ROAM offers an array of advanced ride tracking features as well as a more detailed and colorful map display. We've used this computer in conjunction with Ride With GPS to create new rides and explore the unknown. It's been an absolute joy to use.
Teravail is a relatively new rubber company that focuses their attention in unpaved riding. Whether you're riding on gravel or technical mountain bike trails, Teravail has a wide variety of off-road tires and they offer each model in a durable casing or a light & supple casing. You can also find each tire with a black sidewall or the ever popular tan sidewall. We've been using these tires all year on long gravel events and even the Shenandoah Mountain 100 mountain bike race and we love their vast options and affordable prices.
Specialized Airtool Road Mini Pump
When you're out on a long bike ride, what do you most often take with you? Wallet, keys, pump. The handheld pump is a tried and true tool that hasn't changed much in years but the new Airtool Road Mini from Specialized may be one of the smallest and most affordable pumps we've seen. It takes up almost no noticeable room in your jersey pocket so their is no reason not to leave the house without it.
Road Runner Burrito Bag
If you often find yourself running out of room for snacks and supplies on long bike rides, a small handlebar bag usually does the trick. Road Runner's Burrito Bag is a perfect addition to any drop bar bike. Not too big, not too small, The Burrito Bag fits a slew of extra snacks, tools, etc. We take these on our long adventures when our jersey pockets are just stacked full of snacks. The Burrito Bag is affordable and also made out of USA made materials and hardware.
Winter in Virginia is wildly unpredictable. That means temperatures in January can drop down to single digits. Wearing thick, dense gloves can often leave your hands encumbered and prevent you from accessing important items like your computer or phone. Bar Mitts are an extremely effective option for severe winter weather. We use them here at the shop when it gets really cold and more often than not we don't even need light gloves on our hands with Bar Mitts installed. You'll find them in two sizes and two designs for mountain bike handlebars and drop bars.
Winter Riding Shoes
When shoe covers and thick socks won't do, try a pair of winter bike shoes. Skip the layering. Wear your normal cycling socks and keep the feet warm all day long. The Specialized Defroster trail shoes utilizes seam-sealed bootie construction Thinsulate® insulation, and a neoprene collar to help keep your feet warm and dry even in the worst conditions. Ride all day no matter what the conditions and save the layering headache for another time.