Holiday season is a good time to stock a dedicated cyclist with some new cold-weather gear. Winter’s not letting up any time soon, but those passionate about riding – especially cyclocross and mountain biking – will be ecstatic to get some new gadgets and the latest in warm clothes for their long training rides and upcoming race days. Here are a few of our favorite cooler-weather accessories for the mountain biker and cyclocross trainer on your holiday gift list.
Mountain biking is never out of season, though the weather does change the dynamics of a ride. Finding the right gear for both warmth and comfort can be tricky, so surprise the thrill rider on your holiday gift list with a P.R.O. Softshell Bib Tight from Pearl Izumi. Made of Minerale™ fabric designed to protect from wind and water, this thermal bib tight has optimal insulation.
Made for both women and men, each bib has reflective materials for safety. The adjustable straps make for an excellent and effortless range of motion. Ranging from retail $200 for women up to retail $250 for men, this bib tight is safe choice for any cyclist riding in the elements.
Enzo’s cycling products has a great line of embrocation and oils (retail: $19.95) that cyclists use to combat cold and wet weather. Experienced riders know that plummeting temperatures affect the way their muscles work. Most mountain and cyclocross bikers keep a few of these on hand so their training schedule doesn’t suffer during cold and wet months.
Enzo’s Oil Stick is for cooler temperatures ranging from 56 up to 70 degrees. The orange Embro Stick is for medium heat during 45- to 75-degree days. And the red stick is for the extreme conditions, keeping muscles hot during on days when the temperature gets down to around 30 degrees.
Another great product to consider is the Higher Gear kits. With the Chicago skyline it is a great gift of good quality priced right. Our Higher Gear Cross Kit consists of cooler-weather clothing for mountain and cyclocross riders; it comes with a long sleeve jersey and a pair of thick tights and a bib.
Stop in to Higher Gear in Wilmette or Highland for any of these items. We carry the best, most reliable brands for cyclists of all levels, and our staff will be happy to assist you in what’s the best gift idea for your budget.