Note: Part 2 of our ‘4 Shades of Roadie’ Holiday Gift Guide, ‘The Aficionado’ edition offers up a few spot-on suggestions for the cyclist that seemingly has it all. Be sure to check out our gift guide for the budding cyclist as well.
The Aficionado. You’ve been there and you’ve most certainly done that. Pilgrimage to the Pyrenees? Check. A burgeoning quiver of bikes that includes at least one of the ferrous variety? Of course. An encyclopedic knowledge of coffee and Belgian strong ales? Ahem, is that even really a question?. Let’s face it; it’s hard to find a gift for the cyclist that has everything, but here’s a few that will definitely spark their refined interest.
Castelli Pampeago Wool Jersey
Wool used to rule the roost when it came to material selection for performance apparel—and for good reason. Offering great moisture management and temperature control, today it offers up quite a bit of tradition as well. The Pampeago, Castelli’s modern take on the wool jersey, blends a half-and-half mixture of wool and acrylic for a surprisingly stylish, yet eminently functional, accouterment.
Kask Vertigo Helmet
Kask stormed onto the scene with their sponsorship of the Tour de France winning Team Sky. Now they’re flying of the shelves—and for good reason. The Kask Vertigo makes a strong claim for being one of the most comfortable helmets we’ve ever worn. Offering an attention to detail that is often lacking, the Vertigo is sure to please even the most discerning rider.
Clif Bar 12-Pack of Holiday Flavors
Mix up the menu for your favorite cyclist these holidays with a Clif Bar 12-Pack of Holiday Flavors. With Iced Gingerbread, Pecan Pie and Spiced Pumpkin Pie flavors on tap to help get into the holiday spirit, getting in those winter miles doesn’t have to be a cheerless undertaking.
Graham Watson: 20 Years of Cycling Photography
Relive twenty years of cycling’s greatest moments through stunning imagery with Graham Watson’s ‘20 Years of Cycling Photography.’ One of, if not perhaps the most, respected names in the biz, Watson has been shooting cycling for decades, so its safe to say that you’d be well served to grace someone’s coffee table with such a tome.
New Belgium Globe Glass
For those top-shelf brews where a pint glass just won’t do, the New Belgium Globe glass fills in quite nicely. It even has an etched bicycle on the bottom of the globe, which helps release gas, creating a steady stream of bubbles to preserve the head.
Ritchey Torque Wrench
This is not your average torque wrench. Then again ‘The Aficionado’ is not your average cyclist. With bikes getting more and more exotic in construction, proper torque specs are nothing to scoff at. That’s where the Ritchey torque wrench comes in. Applying infinitely variable amounts of torque, there’s no question of accuracy—this wrench sets the benchmark when it comes to precision.
Stocking Stuffer: Park Tool Bottle Opener
Sure, there are any number of implements that can be used to pry the cap off of a cold one. Even the spoke on a spinning wheel will do in a pinch. But, nothing says ‘I’m a cyclist’ like a bottle opener clad in the ubiquitous blue marque of Park Tool.
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