Hello America! The holidays are upon us, or so the radio has been telling me with its incessant Christmas music. And what does that mean? A season to be thankful? No! A time to gather around and enjoy the company of family and friends? No! Why would we do such a thing? So what then? It means it's that time to do what America does best - shop!
And just like that, before we can stuff our faces with a second round of Thanksgiving turkey, or enjoy a post meal game of Monopoly with loved ones, we American's will be off, rampaging through the malls like the bulls of Pamplona to shop and shop and shop.
So okay, I'll bite, I'll swim with the tide, I'll throw my hat into the ring and abide by my patriotic duties in support of consumerist America. Since the reality is 'tis the season to be buying, so here are my 17 holiday gift ideas for every cyclist.
Ornot Merino Blue Line Socks - $18
So you may have noticed (Ornot) that temperatures are dropping, which makes this wool sock the perfect go-to. Particularly during those early mornings. Not overly ornate, you can pair them with just about any kit.
Far Ride Magazine - $18
From Argentina, to Canada, South Korea to the South of France, Far Ride Magazine is documenting cycling adventures from around the world. I don't know about you, but I always find it exciting to read about where other people's cycling journey's are taking them.
Tubolito - $35
The fact of the mater is, we all get flat tires from time to time. Tubolito as revolutionized your typical spare tube making it up to 65% lighter and 2x less likely to puncture. Sure the price tag is hefty, but we cyclists have been known to spend a lot more to shave grams.
Draft Animals, By Phil Gaimon - $12
From the author of the cult favorite Pro Cycling on $10 a Day and Ask a Pro, follow ex-pro cyclist Phil Gaimon as he recounts what it was like to achieve his child hood dream and reach the top echelons of pro-cycling. Perhaps what's most appealing in the book is Phil's honesty about his experiences in the pro-peloton - which is something most of us only glimpse from the outside looking in.