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Holiday Gift Guide

November 23, 2016
Holiday Gift Guide

It’s that time of year again!

The holidays are looming and the stress of what to get your loved ones returns. If you’re looking to spread your passion of cycling with others or perhaps not sure what to gift that cyclists in your life, this guide is here to help. With a wide mix of products to suit the young ones, commuters and all the way through to the most dedicated mountain biker – there’s surely something within.

ByK Kids Bikes

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Hailing from Australia, Byk has long proven itself as the go-to brand for Aussie parents seeking high quality bikes that are easier to ride and far lighter than traditional children bike options. Byk’s choice of wheel size is a little unorthodox, but doing so allows the brand to use lower profile, and far lighter tires without complicating sizing.

The E-250 is such an example, it’s built on 14in wheels but is sized like a traditional 12in kids bike and so is suitable for ages three to five. Most bikes of this size feature a steel frame, but the Byk uses lightweight aluminum. The components are equally as light and a removable push handle is there until the lil’ ones get the hang of pedalling.

Mantis Kids Bikes

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Looking for a kids bike on a pocket money budget? The little bikes from Mantis pack in the expected features of a kids bike, and offer a few further tricks too. Such is seen with the Mantis Flipside 12in kids bike (MSRP: $54.99) that offers solid-core tires and lightweight plastic rims for an inflation-free experience.

Most models within the Mantis kids bike range achieve the impressively low prices by using a steel frame and coaster brake. If your child is growing at a rapid rate and you can’t justify a premium kids bike to use for a short period of time, these are well worth a look.

RoyalBaby Kids Bikes

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Another option for the little toddlers of the world, RoyalBaby offer a range of unique bikes in wheels sizes of 12, 14 and 16in to suit ages three and up. These bikes all share a similar straight beam frame design, wide inflatable tires and a hand-brake to accompany the rear coaster brake.

Pricing is kept low by the fact these bikes are sold brand-direct and that they come in a box, ready for final assembly. Tools included. Your child’s smile earned.

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A Bike Direct - Pure Cycles

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Impressive consumer-direct prices with shipping options straight to your door, Pure Cycles offers an impressive range of lifestyle bicycles. Whether you’re buying for a child or enthusiast cyclist, these lifestyle bikes are well suited to cruising in style. Below are just few options that caught our eyes.

For the little tots, Pure Cycles’ balance bikes, such as the Belle, offer classic styling in a learning bike designed for ages two to four. It feel odd saying it, but these are sophisticated toddler bikes!

It’s hard to beat a good fixie for donning a favorite pair of jeans and cutting through traffic. Built to ride like a premium option, Pure Cycles’ Jefferson is for those with champagne taste on a light beer budget. One gear, a classy 4130 cro-moly frame and fast-rolling wheels.

If one gear sounds a little limiting, the Talamanca is a Euro-inspired town bike with the choice of either a three or eight speed internal-geared hub. A rear rack and fenders make this a suitable short-distance commuter, leisurely rider and errand runner.

For the youthful and young at heart, there’s the Kumamoto cruiser. With just a single gear, rear coaster brake and dripping in California summer style, this bike is built with cruising the paths and beaches in mind. At $299 shipped to your door (boxed), it’s a strong example of the value on offer from Pure Cycles.

crankbrothers Mallet E 11 pedals

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Arriving just in time for Christmas, crankbrothers upped the ante on its enduro-focused pedal and cranked it to 11. With this, the proven clip design with surrounding platform receives the full weight-trimming make-over including dual-chamfered edges and titanium pedal wings to make what’s undoubtedly the most lust-worthy trail and enduro pedal out there. Those dual chamfer edges will also help ward off rock strikes like no-other too.

The Mallet E pedals are well-proven amongst the world’s best enduro mountain bikers. They offer incredibly durable internal bearings, unbeatable mud clearance, and class-leading traction and pedal feel customization through crankbrothers’ innovative traction pad technology which allows the pedal’s height to be adjustable to suit specific shoe treads. The 11’s are special, and the dual-anodized black and gold color will let others know too.

Price: $350

Abus Bordo Granit X-Plus lock

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Whether the cyclist in your life is a commuter, roadie or mountain biker: at some point they’re sure to use a bike lock. A bike lock only really needs to serve a single function of keeping the bike safe from thieves, and yet, so many fall short.

German lock specialists Abus have a proven track record of keeping property safe, and the new Bordo Granit X-Plus lock offers leading security in a portable package. Claiming to offer the security of a u-lock with the flexibility of a cable lock, the Bordo is made of a series of temper hardened flat steel bars that fold into place for transport.

All steel bars are given a soft-touch coating to ensure the bike’s paint is kept safe, while Abus’ key lock mechanism is as tamperproof as the bars themselves. The lock itself is 85cm long, plenty to wrap a wheel, frame and pole.

Price: $179.99

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Born Super Liquid Gel

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Looking for a little stocking-stuffer for that keen cyclist in your life? Energy gels are sure to be appreciated and not go to waste. Made in the Netherlands, Born’s energy nutrition range is well worth a look, with products such as the Super Liquid Gel.

The liquid consistency of Born’s gel is quite different to the thicker gels on the market that typically need to be washed down with water, making breathing a bit of a process when riding at the limit. Easily consumed and quickly absorbed, the Born gels offer both carbohydrate (energy) and electrolyte replacement.

Just for Christmas, use code ‘BIKEEXCHANGE’ for 20% off your first order from Born.

power2max NG Power Meter

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Power meters have fast become a popular training aid for competitive and recreational cyclists alike. As a more refined way of training that traditional heart rate training can not offer, you’ll find nearly all of the fastest riders relying on data from their power meters. Being a highly technical product, good power meters still come at a high price and so this idea may be best kept for the closest of loved ones (or yourself).

With its product sitting in the spider between the crank and chairings, German-made power2max are one of the biggest in the power meter game and offer a vast range to work with nearly any bike: whether that be road, mountain or track. One of the very newest power meters to hit the market, power2max’s NG stands for ‘next generation and packs in a number of features still missing from nearly all competitor products.

Offering dual leg force measurement, the new NG model also moves to an internal and rechargeable battery for superior water sealing and a claimed 150 hours of use between charges. The unit can be wirelessly paired with either ANT+ or Bluetooth devices, and boasts an impressive 1% accuracy. No cadence magnets to install on the frame also makes this one of the easiest units to install. And did we mention it was German made?


Buy this power2max product here!

Fuelixir Sports Nutrition Subscription

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If you’ve ever gifted or been gifted a magazine subscription, you’ll know that it’s the gift that keeps on giving, with something to unwrap on a regular basis throughout the year. Taking that approach to a whole other level, Fuelixir offer a subscription service to quality sports nutrition products (bars, gels, chews, hydration, etc) based on personal training data.

What type of plan and the frequency of delivery is up to you, but the athlete in your life is sure to never go hungry on a ride or run again. With brands such a nuun, Skratch labs and Ally’s Bar included, the quality is at a premium.

The only trick here is that the box sizes and specific contents are personally tailored, even to the point that Fuelixir can use available Strava data to suggest what’s best. This may make the gift of giving a little tougher, but your loved one can always update their own preferences following the first delivery.

Are you ready?

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