By Neil Shirley
The third and final installment of the RBA Holiday Gift Guide comes to you just a few days out from “the big day,” so hopefully you’re not leaning on us too much for your gift giving ideas. Then again, if you’re anything like us, Christmas shopping doesn’t begin until just before Santa shoves out from the North Pole. Here are five gift-worthy ideas to give yourself, or another cycling aficionado. And be sure to check out the rest of our Holiday Gift Guide: Part 1 and Part 2.
Yeah, we know, $125 for a box with some hex wrenches in it seems outright ludicrous. Of course, the Silca HX-One kit isn’t just a box with some hex wrenches in it. Silca’s HX-One uses S-2 Tool Steel, which is said to be the best tool steel available after being refined by Swiss and German toolmakers. Each key is then coated with thin-dense Chrome, a coating process that provides the hardest finish possible on each hex key, allowing for a lifetime of use. Each HX-One kit comes in a fully CNC machined box made from Beech Wood that is hand sanded and finished. Silca also offers a number of gift-worthy pumps that can be found here.
Cycling Climbs By Nigel Peake And Claire Beaumont
Cycling Climbs is an inspiring look at 20 climbs from the US and Europe. They’re not necessarily the biggest or hardest climbs to be found, but each one is highlighted in a fun to read synopsis. It’s a coffee table book that features iconic climbs such as the Passo dello Stelvio, and Alpe d’Huez, all the way to the Koppenberg from the Tour of Flanders. Mount Evans and Mount Lemon in the US also make the list. It’s an intriguing mix of cycling and art that has found a permanent place at my house. It’s available here for $24.95.
Feedback Sports Pro-Elite Work Stand
It’s hard to imagine a better gift than a work stand for the do-it-yourself mechanic, and the $284.99 Feedback Pro-Elite stand is quite possibly the best option out there. The folding stand uses aluminum construction, making it light enough (12.6 pounds) for easy transport in the included travel bag. One of the best features of the stand is the quick release jaws that easily accommodate large, aero-shaped seatposts. The tripod leg design is able to handle up to 85 pounds, although we seriously hope you’re not riding a bike even close to such weights. More info can be found here.
Blackburn Wayside Multi-Tool
Who doesn’t need a multi-tool with a serrated blade? Think of how many bad situations you could get out of with that bad boy in hand. And then there’s the chain tool that no one seems to think they need, until of course, they need it. Flip the tool over and you’ll find individual L bend hex keys in 2, 2.5, 3, 4 & 5mm sizes. Since making any adjustments with a multi-tool is an exercise in patience, the individual L bend hex keys are going to go a long ways in relieving stress during roadside adjustments. The Wayside has a total of 19 tools and sells for $34.99.
Untapped Packets And Maple Waffles
As Ted King was winding down his final year on Garmin-Cannondale, he started rolling out his next venture for life after racing. Coming from the Northeast, Ted has grown up knowing that maple syrup can do more than just make your pancakes taste wonderful. Untapped takes the natural, minimally-processed maple syrup and serves it up in single serving packets, in addition to a maple syrup infused stroopwafel. Visit Untapped for pricing and ordering info.