2011 - Holiday Gift Guide Part 3

Here it is, the final edition of the 303Cycling Holiday Gift Guide. We have featured a variety of great gifts for the cyclists on your list in week one and in week two.

Week Three

Camelbak Podium Chill Bottle
I picked up one of these water bottles mid-season and I was hooked. Not only does it keep your Secret Drink Mix colder than a normal water bottle does, it also has a leak proof cap and the CamelBak JetValve as opposed to a conventional pull spout or bite valve. The JetValve is designed to prevent drips and spills and it does! Little more expensive than a normal water bottle but well worth it.

Bike Fit - Trail Master Coaching
I had my cyclocross bike fit by Ann Trombley a little over a year ago. I could feel immediate effects from what seemed to me very minor changes that she made. My ride was more comfortable and I felt that I had more power. Ann’s background in physical therapy was an added feature to the fit process. She knows the ins and outs of cyclists bodies and the common ailments and injuries that occur. This is a gift any true cyclist would love.

Rapha - Winter Collar
I have never been a fan of what we called the “neck gator.” It was probably because the early incarnations were bulky and not that soft. The Rapha Winter Collar has converted me. I started wearing it over a month ago and I really never ride without it. It is amazing how warm this small light weight piece of clothing keeps you. It’s made of a very light merino wool blend and can be easily taken off and stowed in your jersey pocket. This is my go to piece of clothing for cooler and colder riding weather.

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Camelbak Chill Bottles

While the Chill bottles are nice during the summer, I have come to like them even more in the winter. Put some warm water in there and the insulation will keep your water from getting cold during your ride. Voila! No more mid-ride brain freeze.

Also, don't use these bottles with the Bontrager plastic Race Lite cage. They rattle around a lot and make your headset feel loose.