Guru and Loubs

Guru and Loubs

We all know that Christmas is a big commercial racket run by a big Eastern syndicate. But when it comes to Christmas gift suggestions, at least we can look to the centuries-old approved adage of: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example.

Bah! Who cares about any of that? The cyclist needs Christmas gifts and here are recommendations:

Green Guru High Roller 36L Backpack pannier ($130): This durable, waterproof pannier is made in the U.S. of recycled bicycle inner tubes. It has a fast and simple rack mounting system that securely attaches the pannier to the rack. It comes with a stashable backpack harness that is fast and easy to use. Full review here:


A Green Guru’fied ride

Green Guru Upshift Frame bag ($40):  The Upshift Frame bag adds a cool pop of whimsical color to any bike and holds tubes and tools in the frame where it doesn’t interfere with pedaling either. The quality of construction is utterly outstanding, a result of someone taking his or her time putting it together. It wasn’t just thrown together in 3 minute
s on an assembly line in China. All Green Guru products are hand-made in Colorado. A fantastic gift for the fatbike rider in your life.

To properly Green Guru’fy a bike: Combine Tubular Insulated Can Slings (on forks) and the Upshift Frame Bag (front). Add the Gripster Triangle Frame Bag (back), the Hauler Bike Pack and the Clincher Mini Triangle Frame Bag (top). Mix in the Hipster Hip/Handlebar Pack (handle bars) and the Controller Top Tube Pack (headset). You will turn heads and go long distances.

Effortlessly access apps, navigation, music and more by mounting a smartphone to standard bicycle handlebars.

Thule Pack ‘n Pedal Smartphone holder

Thule Pack ‘n Pedal Smartphone Attachment ($19.99): This handy handlebar accessory can mount just about any smartphone to your handlebars. It can rotate 360 degrees for optimal landscape viewing, it is slip-resistant and there is really no reason why the cyclist in your life (or even yourself) shouldn’t have this.

FITS Performance Trail quarter sock ($18.99): This medium-weight hiking sock has a double welt around the ankle to keep out scree and other trail debris from wedging itself inside a hiking boot. It’s also a good cold-weather sock for winter cycling because it is super warm without being bulky. It also stays in place so it reduces the chances of blisters forming. Made in the USA, too!

xprojectPearl Izumi X-Project cycling shoes ($180): This is a great shoe because it really does hit that sweet spot of ultimate versatility. Its carbon sole is nicely stiff for pedaling, but get this – when you are off your bike and walking, it flexes almost like a normal shoe. No clip clopping around like an overshod pony. I hear there are bike races that start out with a running sprint to the bikes (I hear about them, but I hope it’s not true because oh, my god what a horrible thing to do in a bike race) and I’d guess these shoes would be great for that, though I haven’t run in them and have no intention of doing so. For a normal person who just wants to occasionally get off her bike and walk around, I can confirm that these shoes are killer for that. They don’t feel like cycling shoes when you are walking in them, and the fact that “doesn’t feel like cycling shoes” is a plus for cycling shoes says a lot about cycling shoes. Full review here:

IMG_20160530_115143614Timbuk2 Sunset Rack Trunk ($110): What a joy bike picnic’ing is with this little guy!  All the stresses of life, the endless supply of inept douche canoe’s that the Universe has strewn along the Gear Gals Highway of Life, suddenly seem far away and harmless. The world becomes tranquil and welcoming and good. Quality material, solid construction.  Thoughtful organization. Cooler that carries cargo for picnics or errand-running. Carries the basic necessities for long urban rides. Insulated Stays securely in place as long as the Velcro tabs are attached to the right rack bar. You, or the lucky one on your gift list won’t be disappointed. Full review here:


Falke Maximum Support Bra

Falke Maximum Support Bra: The reason I love this bra for cycling (and running!) is because I don’t need the jaws of life to put it on or take it off and it doesn’t crush my ribs when wearing it. Nor is it the least bit uncomfortable. Get one!

Brilliant Reflective Safety strips ($9.99): The thing with fall cycling is that so much of it during the weekday is likely to occur in the dark. These are an important piece of illumination gear because they are available in iron-on for your clothing. For the cost-conscious cyclist, this is a very inexpensive way to make any jacket or jersey more reflective to motorists.

pi-eliteescapetherma_lhoodyPearl Izumi ELITE Escape thermal hoody: I love how high the zipper zips up my neck sealing out any morning chill or afternoon wind and it has a ton of lovely reflective elements. A little pocket in the back conveniently holds my iPod and house key. It’s nothing short of perfect for cycling. The go-to jacket for any cyclist who rides in temperatures above 40 degrees.

Chamois Butt’r GoStik: Because chafing is real and persistent and when it gets bad, it gets really bad. What I love about the GoStik is its size. It’s small enough to stash in the smaller pockets a hydration pack (or in a Green Guru frame bag).

rider310Bryton Rider 310 ($100): This reasonably-priced bike computer tracks speed, cadence, heart rate, power and altitude, offers 5 different data screens and up to 8 data points on each that allow the cyclist to track up to 70 different metrics. If you don’t think you need all this technology on your handlebars, relax. It also just tracks simple distance and time. Easily attaches to bike with a mount and durable elastic bands, holds up to 300 hours of riding history and has a rechargeable battery with a relatively long life, is water-resistant, has a barometric altimeter and is Strava-compatible. Full review here:


  • Green Guru Gear
    When it comes to roll-top bags, there's no shortage of options out there. But Green Guru does it differently, in that its bags are built in the USA using recycled materials, and every model incorporates features essential for those on the move. The Transcend follows this mindset, as this spacious pack was made with a host of large compartments, lash points, and reflective elements throughout. The Transcend was built out of upcycled bike tubes and straps, 100% PETE fabrics, as well as nylon and metal hardware. This makeup means the bag resists the elements, keeping your gear safe and dry within. The roll-top closure makes accessing your goods quick and easy, and the stout buckle ensures a solid closure. Padded mesh shoulder straps keep your shoulders fresh, which are complemented by the sternum strap up front. Additionally, lash points pull double duty, serving to secure odd-shaped items on the exterior and working as compression straps when the bag is empty. Green Guru rounded out its Transcend with its 3D external pockets and reflective accents throughout. The Green Guru Gear Transcend is available in one size and the color Black.
    $152.95  from Backcountry
  • Pearl Izumi
    Pearl Izumi's X-Project 3.0 Shoes are the ideal shoe for high performance mountain bikers on a budget with the patent-pending carbon plate that efficiently transfers power to the pedals, but also delivers comfort and flex for optimal hiking or running performance. It's got co-molded rubber tips on hollow TPU lugs to provide additional off-bike traction, while the unique ratchet system is easy to adjust on the fly and keeps your feet comfortable and secure. A running shoe-like EVA foam heel absorbs impact for off-the-bike comfort. Pearl Izumi X-Project 3.0 Shoes Specifications: Pedal compatability: SPDFull-length tapered carbon fiber plate (patent-pending) gives on-the bike power transfer and off-the-bike hike-ability1:1 anatomic buckle closure features a 25-degree angled strap design that follows the anatomic curve of the footIdeal for high performance on a budgetWeight: 330 grams (depending on size) SIZE CHART (EU)
    $180.00  from Jenson USA
  • Timbuk2
    A Friday night free concert in the park with your friends is exactly how you want to spend your evening, and you'll be the hero of the night if you show up with Timbuk2's Sunset Bicycle Rack Trunk. Of course, the bag is impressive, but it's what inside that will really bring out the high-fives: a pack of frosty beers ready for enjoyment. San Francisco-based Timbuk2's designers have clearly experienced their fair share of summer evenings at the park done right, evidenced by their decision to make the bag to specifically fit a 12-pack of bottles or cans. An included shoulder strap easily turns the bag from pannier to messenger bag once you rack your bike, while a thoughtfully integrated a TPU lining ensures the occasional spills or sweaty can doesn't soak through the washed cotton canvas on the outside of the bag. And as a finishing touch, two zippered pockets on the front of the bag give you space to store you wallet, keys, and a bottle opener.
    $119.00  from Competitive Cyclist
  • Timbuk2
    Make sure your weekend adventures are totally radical by staying prepared for whatever the day throws at you with this awesome bag. ; Treated polyester construction features with faux-leather accents and an adjustable crossbody strap. ; Exterior includes a zippered pocket, one flap-closure pocket, and two slip pockets on the sides. ; Main compartment flap closure with dual snaps secures interior items. ; Open-concept interior offers plenty of room for all your essentials. ; Flat bottom. ; Imported. Measurements: ; Bottom Width: 11 in ; Middle Width: 12 in ; Top Width: 12 in ; Depth: 6 in ; Height: 7 in ; Strap Length: 46 in ; Strap Drop: 22 in ; Weight: 1 lb 8 oz ; This product may have a manufacturer's warranty. Please visit the manufacturer's website or contact us at for full manufacturer warranty details.
    $70.99  from
    Lightweight, durable, and waterproof, Thule's Adventure Touring Pannier is ideal for rear mounting with an attachment system that makes it easy to carry on and off the bike. Designed to perfectly fit Thules Tour Rackuniversal fit on either side of the bike. Fits on virtually any rack. Easy to mount with Thules patent-pending vanishing hardware attachment system including magnetic connection. Easy to carry off the bikeno attachments sticking into you thanks to Thules patent-pending vanishing hardware. Smart bike light pockets lets you keep your blinky with you at all times in the bag without need for extra attachments on the bike. Weatherproof and breathable main material. Roll-top design. Custom compression buckles allow adjustment for variety of load sizes. Comfortable handle for carrying. Shoulder strap included. Built-in reflective fabric increases visibility when night riding. Sold as singles to fit your exact needs. Dimensions (height/width/depth) : 15.7 x 11.8 x 7.1 in. Volume: 1587 cu. in.
    $119.95  from Eastern Mountain Sports