Gift Giving Made Simple

Posted: December 18, 2011 in Product Reviews
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Everyone is looking for just the right gift this time of year. If you’re like us, you’ve been checking online for ideas and racking your brain trying to figure out what to get everyone on your list. Look no further. Read on to see just what our staff is hoping Santa will bring them this year.

That’s Paul there a few years ago on the rollers in front of the shop.  Needless to say, the evening traffic on Erie Boulevard certainly took notice of Santa riding his bike on a set of rollers in a snow storm.

It’s not at all unusual to see Paul on his bike outside any time of year, minus the Santa costume. All that use means Paul is ready for a new ride and he wants a Trek Project One Madone! With Trek’s custom bike program, Paul will be able to customize, personalize, even sensationalize his perfect set of wheels.

Trish wants a Patagonia Nano Puff jacket in every color! She pretty much puts one on in October and you’ll see her wearing one until at least April. The teeny, tiny Primaloft fibers warm better and compress smaller than any other synthetic fiber. So Trish stays warmer with less weight and less bulk. And that makes Trish very, very happy. Windproof, water-resistant and it weighs just 8 ounces. And it even folds into its own pocket!

Operations Manager Brian Kiggins wants a set of Mavic’s Ksyrium SL Wheels because they’re aerodynamic and light, yet tough enough for year-round training! The front wheel has 18 radially laced spokes, and the rear wheel ups that number to 20, with Mavic’s Isopulse spoking pattern to provide optimum power transfer. They’re available with either a Campagnolo-specific or Shimano/SRAM-specific freehub body.

This wheelset is also part of Mavic’s MP3 extended warranty program. The acronym stands for Mavic Product Protection Plan, and it provides you with two years of almost unlimited no-fault protection from Mavic. More details can be found on the MP3 website.

Service Manager Ari Andonopolous wants the new Nite Rider MiNewt.600 cordless bike light.  He rides his bike to the shop from Fayetteville, day or night, rain or shine. This light is everything he could ask for in a one piece, modular bike light. It features the best in class lumens per dollar ratio, tool-less quick release mounting and a retina searing 600 lumens of light output. Great for on the road or on the trail.

Store Manager Dan Button wants the RADBOT 1000 rear light for his bike! This light has one directive: to defend you and your bike from rear collisions. The company that makes it, Portland Design Works, describes it like this:
..its blazing red eye contains a 1.0 watt Japanese LED to stare down vehicles. This is the same powerful LED used in the brake lights of new cars. Also the RADBOT 1000 makes a mean cup of coffee. Actually that last part isn’t true…” You gotta to love a company with sense of humor!

Ty wants a new helmet! He likes the Giro Aeon Helmet in Titanium Silver because it’s got a killer combination of light weight, comfort and cooling performance for those July days. The new Aeon weighs only 222g in a CPSC approved size Medium. Yet it also provides cooling power equivalent to the most ventilated helmet ever made, the Giro Ionos.

Bob has his eye on a new mountain bike and he’s hoping to see a Trek Superfly 100 because it’s perfect on demanding technical trails, exceedingly efficient everywhere else. With this bike, you get full-suspension technical performance with the flat out speed and efficiency of 29 inch wheels.

Jim has his eye on a Surley Pugsley  – the bike of choice for someone who likes to spend long hours in the woods.  Even though Jim might prefer to get up and down the local trails on his own two feet, we’re pretty sure that he’ll have even more fun on a Pugsley this winter! This bike is meant to go where standard “all terrain” bikes flounder. The floatation and traction afforded by large-volume, low-pressure tires will carry Jim over and through otherwise unrideable terrain…sand, mud, wet rocks and roots, ice and many kinds of snow. Look for him on one at a trail near you very soon!

And Fran is hoping for his very own Scott Foil Aero road bike…so he can be faster and more efficient in all road conditions! And since the sky’s the limit when it comes to asking for things from Santa, he’s asking for the Scott FOIL Premium, a premium mix of Di2 components hung on the HMX FOIL frame and rolling on Zipp 404’s!

  Everyone is looking for just the right gift this time of year. If you’re like us, you’ve been checking online for ideas and racking your brain trying to figure out what to get everyone on your list. Look no further. Read on to see just what our staff is hoping Santa will bring them this year.

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