Nothing says love during the holidays better than some sweet upgrades for the cyclist in your life. These simple and fun (and sure to be appreciated) stocking stuffers from TIME, Wolf Tooth, Effetto Mariposa, Spur Cycle, HIPLOK, Gore and Pearl Izumi are essentials for anyone that rides on two wheels (and will ensure your Christmas doesn’t suck one big massive Yule log):
TIME ATAC XC8 Carbon pedals ($225): For the cyclist who rides in all types of inclement weather and trail conditions, consider the TIME ATAC XC8 Carbon pedals. The ATAC system makes it simple to engage and disengage and its self-cleaning design and wide platform means cyclists who ride in snow and mud will quickly and easily slough off. Also, if clipless pedals have given your cyclist hip or knee pain, the lateral float design (versus the standard fixed toe position) allows the side-to-side movement that takes stress off the joints.
Gore Universal GWS Thermo Overshoes ($79): If you’re budget doesn’t allow you to spring for a pair of winter cycling boots in the $200 – $400 range, the Gore Universal GWS Thermo Overshoes are our choice. They are water and windproof and, when paired with wool socks, work really well in temperatures down in the high twenties. Sizing is spot on for length but if your cycling shoe is on the bulkier side, consider ordering the next size up.
Pearl Izumi ELITE Thermal Arm, Knee and Leg Warmers ($35 – $55): PI DRY™ is a high performance hydrophobic fabric technology that transforms knit fabrics so they completely repel chilly precipitation and road spray. When added to the already-warm cozy thermal fleece of the Pearl Izumi ELITE Thermal Arm, Knee and Leg Warmers, cyclists can take on wet conditions (as well as colder) and remain more comfortable.
Spurcycle Multi Pouch ($29): Cyclists will appreciate the new Spurcycle multi-pouch because it keeps essentials organized regardless of where they’re carried—jersey pocket, backpack or pannier. It’s made of durable Cuben fiber, measures a scant 11.5 cm x 19 cm and weighs in at only fourteen grams. The multi-pouch folds and snaps to best fit essentials and keeps them within easy reach, wherever it is stowed. The pouch can also be snapped two different ways to compress it either horizontally or vertical or snapped back to back with a second pouch for more cargo capacity or simply to separate items. Bonus points that it’s Made in the USA. My favorite item to carry in my Spurcycle pouch? The Spurcycle Ti Tool.
Spurcycle Ti Tool ($69): This minimalist tool will be your new cycling BFF. Machined from Grade 5 titanium, it has a compact body with sliding handle that allows for quick T-form or L-form leverage depending on adjustment. Fits seamlessly into the back pocket of a jersey. Chrome-coated S2 steel bits are quick to swap and allow easy replacement if damaged. Included sizes span 2mm hex, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, T10 Torx, T25, and Phillips #2. Both the Ti tool and its fancy carry case are Made in the USA.
Wolf Tooth PowerTrac Elliptical chainring ($45 – $100): If you haven’t noticed, there is a huge boom in 1x setups on MTB, CX, and gravel bikes and a Wolf Tooth PowerTrac Elliptical chainring will produce a more fluid pedal stroke for your cyclist. The key is Wolf Tooth’s Drop-Stop™ tooth profile, which is essentially two differently-designed rings that come together as one. The right side of the tooth is the power side and it transmits force to the chain. The left side provides clearance for mud and debris. Working together, the Elliptical rings provide smoother, more consistent power resulting in less spin-out and stalling for better traction.
Effetto Mariposa Caffe Latex Tubeless Conversion Strip ($40): Is your cyclist still running tubes? Shave weight by converting to tubeless with Effetto Mariposa Caffe Latex Tubeless Conversion Strips—and never, ever change another flat tire again. The unique rim strips replace the adhesive tape used by most tubeless brands and the can be used on tubeless-ready rims, or to convert from non-tubeless, and they don’t need a layer of tape to support them.
HIPLOK Z LOK ($12 each or $20 for a pack of 2): Zip ties on steroids! This is basically an armored reusable zip-like tie. At 16 inches long, it has a reinforced steel core with durable nylon outer and double-sided ratchet system that allows the tie to automatically lock when looped in to place. It can only be unlocked with the release key. Featherly-light and compact it’s some added protection from the opportunist thief in a variety of situations including on car racks, for cycle accessories and to protect other outdoor equipment such as skis and snowboards.