Winter is here:
Gift Guide #13
By Jason Harrod
Winter is here, along with the holidays, and there are some cool and relatively inexpensive items out there for that finicky cyclist on your shopping list. I commute by bike whenever possible and, personally, there are a couple of things I cannot do without. Now, when I say commute by bike what I mean is ride and not necessarily in my cycling clothes. And despite the fact that I sweat like a rain forest deluge and end up soaking wet no matter what, I do try not to ruin my street clothes. Sometimes the weather is foul. Sometimes I am unable or just plain too stubborn to bring a change of clothes. Sometimes, there is no place to change. Catching my drift? For this I use a simple strap on … rear fender. Shame on you. Personally, I use the Planet Bike Clip-Ons ATB. They are simple to use, snap on and off and cost less than a twenty spot. You can find them here: http://ecom1.planetbike.com/7002.html If you have a cyclist on your list and are looking for something simple, useful, and a staple in, well, my cycling quiver this could be the ticket for you. Happy holidays and ride on.
I really do not want a tie for Christmas. Seriously. That would have to be some kind of cruel joke. Sure, I do wear ties for my paying job. And I like them. But I really am not in need of a new crop every year. Sure, I spill on one or two and ruin them … about once a decade. So, when my wife or children ask me what I want for the holidays I make sure I have some simple to find, useful, and cost effective items that I toss their way. I race ‘cross. It is a winter sport. And, you know what? I hate cold feet. Socks. Wool socks. Nothing like them in the dead of winter. Sure, everyone has their preference. I have mine. I like thin socks; thin socks that are warm. I like DeFeet products and the Woolie Boolie V-2 all mountain is my go to choice for all but the most extreme conditions. You can check them out here: http://www.defeet.com/60309/i1365526/733932/Wool-Socks/Woolie-Boolie-V–2-All-Mountain.html And at sub $17 they are not expensive and something the wintertime cyclist should approve of, use, and be thankful for. That’s what the holidays are about, right?