Christmas gift guide 2012
Find the perfect present for that special, bike-minded someone.
This dual-action work desk accessory keeps riders caffeinated while ensuring the entire office knows where their priorities lie. Made from eco-friendly, non-toxic and lead free materials, this handmade Lenny Mud mug is dishwasher and microwave safe for everyday use.
$18 USD plus postage
The Lezyne Port-A-Shop is a cycling specific tool kit that is small enough to take traveling, yet functional enough to use in the garage. The kit includes tools for basic maintenance and most repairs and the convenient carrying case, with labeled pockets, keeps tools protected and organised.
Treadley Helmet Hats provide personal sun protection for cyclists. Designed to meet the Australian Cancer Council’s SunSmart Guidelines, the legionnaire-style hats fit over a bike helmet to minimise sun exposure to the face, eyes, ears and back of the neck. Most styles have a UPF50+ rating, offering the wearer the highest level of sun protection. Featured here are the boys Action in lime and the adults Tourer in royal blue.
From $27.99 ($1 from each Royal Blue Tourers goes to the Australian Cancer Council)
Mission Workshop are dedicated to producing bags designed to handle a lifetime of use, abuse and the toughest weather, while maintaining a clean aesthetic appropriate for cycling, travel, and the daily routine. Customise your Arkiv R2 Field Pack with accessories ranging from phone pouches and tool pockets to laptop sleeves to suit your needs. All Arkiv bags and accessories are completely weatherproof and backed by a lifetime warranty.
Basic small model $250
Monsieur Albert enters the Grand Cycle Race, but he’s up against Francois, the champion of France. Can he possibly win? Witty text by Pete Smith and gentle, funny illustrations by Bob Graham make this story a classic, ideal for reading aloud to young and old.
Finally you can arrive at your destination without sporting the sweaty hair-plastered-to-forehead look. The Ahead Helmet Liner is designed in Sydney and made from anti-static, anti-bacterial surgical grade silicone to battle helmet hair by increasing air flow and reducing perspiration. It’s easily removable and dishwasher safe to improve helmet hygiene and the one-size-fits-all design fits all types of helmets and is available in a range of colours and patterns.
Keep it together on trips to the shops, the office or uni with this nifty and easy-to-use alternative to cargo straps.
Cycology is a new Australian brand featuring quirky tee-shirts for bike nuts with guts. The Surgically Enhanced No. 1 design above suggests how riders might streamline their toolkit, to keep the essentials – Allen keys, screwdriver, bottle opener and nose picker – in the palm of your hand.
Made from 100% Tasmanian merino wool with faultless flatlock sticking, Vulpione’s jerseys are perfect for those long, summer rides. Both stylish and practical, they are odour-resistant, sweat-wicking. Additionally they feature three rear pockets, rear reflective detail and a long, slim fit.
This gold-medal winning wine from Albany, Western Australia, is made from organic grapes to produce what Scoop’s Spring wine judges describe as “palate-stone-fruit flavours in layers of texture, succulent acidity and precise minerality” that makes for “sublime summer drinking”. Orange Tractor is currently donating 5% of Broke Spoke sales to the Albany Mountain Bike chapter to help roll out new trails in the area.
Go the distance with Assos chamois crème. Suitable for all knicks with inserts, simply rub the crème into your chamois or insert before you set off for a noticeably more comfortable and enjoyable ride.
Beat the sun this summer with these UPF50+ visors. Available in a range of colours and designs, the sporty stays securely in place, even in high winds, while offering adjustability for different riding styles and conditions.
A practical and stylish solution for keeping small valuables safe while you ride. Worn over the shoulder and across the body or around the waist like a bum bag, Cyclette Sash bags are waterproof-coated and feature reflective details, while Florence Broadhurst prints on the upper panel add a touch of sophisticated flair.
Lightweight, flexible and rugged the Carrera C-TF02s help you keep your eye on the prize. Styled for comfort, they feature adjustable arms and nose pieces coated in Megol – a mouldable covering for a more personalised fit. The Polar C Grey lenses reduce glare while retaining colour perception, are scratch and impact resistant and prepared with anti-fog treatment. The C-TF02s come in a sturdy storage case.
A zippy, affordable bike guaranteed to turn heads around town. The Harrier is the perfect vehicle for expressing your personal style, with the Quando sealed bearing flip/flop hub means you can run it as a single-speed or fixed gear, and each major component comes in a range of colours to mix and match. All Reid bikes come with a 15 year frame and forks warranty, 12 month parts warranty and 12 months brake servicing, plus a $100 accessories pack.
$410 (currently $349)
Otekah is passionate about “Melting imaginative thoughts into beautiful pieces to thoughtfully decorate the world around you”. These playful earrings and badges are designed and made from environmentally responsible material and manufacturing methods in Tasmania and add a touch of whimsy to any outfit.
The December-January Get Festive issue of Ride On, where this article appears, is out now on Australian newsstands. It also includes a holiday riding special on top of the usual host of product reviews, maintenance and skills suggestions and latest news.
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