No need to register, if I get two of something I can always regift.
It's time for this year's edition of my Christmas List. In years past we've pretended to offer a "Gift Guide" that was essentially a thinly-veiled attempt to tell everyone what I was looking forward to, but it seems better to skip the charade and get right to it.
And remember, gift cards go a long way, too.
1. Blackburn Outpost Frame Bag. Love a snack sack, and this new design from Blackburn is a cool twist. Between the medium and large, the bag fits a wide variety of frame shapes and sizes, with weatherproof materials, nice sized zippers, and a nice sort-of-hard sided shape that makes it easier to dig in and get your stuff. Plus, the lower half zips open even further, turning it from a top tube bag into a full frame bag, offering even more storage potential. I already have a Revelate Designs Tangle bag, but this time of year, I don't like having to bounce them back and forth between bikes. Color: Camo Size: Medium
2. GORE Leg Warmers. Turn any pair of bibs into your winter bibs. GORE leg warmers tend to fit extremely well, without slipping down or bunching up. I tend to like them a bit more than full thermal bibs because once that one pair is dirty, you know, after a month straight of riding, I don't want to be out a ride because I forgot to wash them. Color: Black Size: Medium
3. GORE All-Season Base Layer. My favorite piece of clothing, and I didn't even know the magic of a base layer until Jason Whittaker convinced me to get one a few winters ago. Keeps you dry, which keep you warm, which keeps you going.
4. Schwalbe S-One Road Tires. I put almost 3,200 miles on a pair of these this summer, and I plan on doing a lot more with a fresh set come spring. These tubeless ready rubbers are 30mm wide, making it the perfect tire for what I like to do, which is, invariably, turn every bike into a cyclocross bike, take shortcuts, ride a lot of gravel, and give it the beans on Tuesday Night, too. Schwalbe designed the tire for my favorite race of the year on the WorldTour calendar, Paris-Roubaix. "The Special One", as they called it in testing, has a lot of proven miles for toughness and performance.
5. CarboRocket Rehab Vegan. Lowetz is always telling me I should use a recovery drink, and I tend to go in and out of practice with the stuff. This is my favorite, and it tastes great while also being vegan and gluten free. Shoot, I bet it's cage-fre, too. Not that I have anything against gluten, but I hate cages.
6. Mavic Ksyrium All-Road Wheelset. Yes, I know, I already have a pair. But with the new Bearclaw Bicycle Co. Sancho coming out in the spring, the game plan is to have one titanium road bike and two sets of wheels ready to go. One for road and gravel, and one to use as my mountain bike, set up with 40s or even 45s. I put in over 5,000 miles on these wheels this past summer on a total of three different bikes and on all sorts of terrain, and we haven't even had to true them yet. They set up tubeless incredibly wheel, and, hey, wow, I'm just looking in the window and we just so happen to have a set in stock!
7. KS LEV Dropper seatpost. I've wanted one for my Kona Private Jake for months, and with my full attentions turning to the BBCo. Sancho, it just makes sense to pick one up for the demands of Peak2Peak, Arcadia, and for just goofing around on my commute. The cable-actuated LEV is less work for me (i.e. Dan or Ben) to maintain and it can be externally routed, perfect for my new bike. I need a 31.6 diameter in the 100mm travel version.
8. 45NRTH Flowbeist and Dunderbeist Tires. With the snow finally here, it's time to ratchet up the traction to 11, and the 4.6" wide BEIST combination are my top pick. The width slides between 4" and 5" tires, giving just a taste of each while adding a very smart tread pattern. Especially with the trails being so nicely groomed, it's a solid choice for Traverse City riding.
9. Rapha Light Essentials Case. Ec doesn't carry this and I don't actually have any need for it, but I've always wanted one. Two of my most prized possessions are a Rapha Team Sky winter collar and a Rapha base layer. The essentials case would be a classy way to toss a CO2, levers and a tube into my pocket, which I can totally do without a $35 essential case, because it isn't that essential, but hey, where does the line between need and want really exist?
10. Kona Honzo Carbon Trail DL. I know it's a long shot, I'm just putting it out there. Color: Black Size Medium.
11. Breakaway Cafe Gift Card. About 25% of my income is spent in our charming little East Bay Plaza, and almost in equal parts on bikes and coffee. Get a card, maybe a mug, maybe a bag of grounds, and maybe a cookie for yourself on your way out the door. Nobody says no to caffeine.
12. Ec Woolie Boolies. If it's below freezing, I'm wearing a pair, and I don't just mean out on the bike. All the time. At work. At home. On my dates with Jennifer Lawrence. All the time. Color: Grey Size: Medium
13. Donation To World Bicycle Relief. Make a difference for people who need it most. By providing bikes to kids, WBR opens up so many opportunities in education, employment and enrichment for Africans and beyond.
14. WTB Riddler 45. The other end of the tire extreme, these measure out to a full 45mm width with a fast, low profile tread that's perfect for our sandy trails and loose gravel roads. WTB tires set up tubeless extremely well, and they really do hold up to big miles, even with a lot of pavement thrown in.
15. Short's Brewing Water Bottle. I lost my other one.