RBA’s Holiday Gift Guide, Part 1

Looking for a last-minute gift for the cyclist in your life? Or maybe you’re looking to get yourself a little something this holiday season? Here’s some of our favorite products that we recommend giving to the cyclists on your ‘nice list’ this year:

Twin Six makes some of the most stylish cycling kits on the market. But the Minnesota-based brand also offers a large line of accessories, including its T6 Knit gloves. Available in Coolmax ($20) and wool ($24) versions, the simple and highly functional gloves are made in the USA by DeFeet and can help take the chill out of a winter ride. Twin Six also sells plenty of casual apparel, including its Team Hat ($25), which is available in two sizes.

electrolyte drink tablets come in four flavors: Lemon-Lime, Berry, Orange and Grape. Drop a tablet into your water bottle and ZYM provides electrolyte replenishment for long training rides or short, hard workouts. Each portable container comes with ten tablets, and you can purchase a combo pack that includes one container of each of the four flavors for $40.

has been undergoing a slight branding modification throughout the past year, which has been ensuring that all of its products are simple and highly-functional, making them all ideal for casual- and enthusiast-minded cyclists alike. We’re big fans of Blackburn’s Slick Racing bottle cages ($14.99). Available in five colors, they feature a polycarbonate construction that yields a scant 23-gram weight per cage.

There are plenty of bike saddles out there, and we always recommend trying out as many as you can in order to find the best one to fit your anatomy. We’ve had good luck with the Kontact saddle ($120), which was developed by a physical therapist who also holds a Master’s degree in biomechanics with the intent of ensuring maximum blood flow to the lower extremities. Also available in white.

For those times when you’re not out riding your bike and looking for a good read, check out Rob Lilwall’s account of his 30,000-mile cycling adventure that took him across the world. ‘Cycling Home From Siberia’ is a great read for both avid cyclists and non-cyclists, alike. Suggested retail price is $15.99, but we’ve found cheaper copies available on Amazon.com and at other retail book stores.

Here’s your chance to win a Bianchi Bicycles cycling kit! A great gift or just something to pick up for yourself, this size Medium (US) jersey and bib short combination is manufactured by Squadra and can be yours! Simply send us an email at [email protected] and tell us what you enjoy most about riding your bike!

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