Monday, November 18, 2013

Holiday Gifts -For Bicycle Enthusiasts

Outdoors types would appreciate an assortment of gifts-anything that makes their experience under bright blue (or night) skies even 'better'---

With a tri bike worth at least 3x more than the vehicle that gets us to the races…it's too bad the two wheeler isn't a bit more multi-tasking. That's why a bicycle built for commuting, touring-or a burly mountain bike that can handle urban potholes-would be welcome -esp. by everyone that likes to get somewhere using pedal power.

Raleigh Bikes-offers several worthy rides-including the souped up Revenio Carbon 4.0-an endurance race  bike tricked out with electric Shimano Ultegra components (like our tri bike-so worth it),  cyclecross and urban trippers that can handle uneven terrain-to commuter touring selections that'll take riders the distance when adventurous trips beckons.
At a Verde media preview at OR-we saw a slew of bike names offering decked the halls out-to more simpler options-big range in $s of course...


Lapierre -is 67+ years old-the leader of MTB bikes in France---…makes over 90,000 bikes a year. ..road, trail, big mountain, women's specific and electric...


Lapierre Zesty 2014-Trail Bikes

Diamondback build performance bikes for "every rider...every level." Five new mountain bikes- trail proven 29ers  for the Mason FS series ($6000, $3500) and the Overdrive Carbon offered at 3 spec levels ($5,500, $3,500, $2,800).

Practical-as in public transportation-urban friendly-we love this Tern folding bike! Models available- from one speed get from point a to point b basic-to performance ready full sized 26"wheel puncture tough options… online available too-starting $550...

Inexpensive stock stuffers-Bookman lights are multi-tasking, shiners that easily attach to bikes-for visibility purposes. Every season, the Swedish company comes out with a range of colors---the latest-pictured, a collab with the Deadly Nightshades…an all girls Canadian bike 'gang'...




Seafoam, Velo Yellow, Spoked Salmon…pictured above-easily + securely attachable--- the bright LED lights flash (slow, fast) and steady. Around $21.95 online.



 We featured this in our Outdoor Retailer gadget post-…the less than 4 inches long, five tools-Swiss Army Victorinox bike tool= defines handy + portable...fitting into a small kit under most bike seats-or a pocket.