Holiday Gift Ideas: Tyler’s Wish List

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Image from H+I Adventures’ Scotland Coast to Coast tour

Building on Zach’s Holiday Wish List is my own, and I’ve even added the category of “Other Bikes” because, like so many of us, I’m fairly well stocked on road and mountain bikes. Of course I have room for more, but more of the same doesn’t bring the same increase in happiness or utility that should be derived from something so wonderful as the bicycle.

And like Zach’s list, much of this represents a “Best Of” list of things I’ve ridden or, at a minimum, seen in person and used or covered. Kind of like an Editor’s Choice listing, but less pretentious.

Experience

Once I aged out of expecting anything from my parents or Santa under the tree, the things I really want have morphed from actual things to experiences. And since I spend most of my days thinking hard about running this little (*cough* world’s largest) cycling tech blog business, managing (some great!) people and trying to start a couple other businesses with friends (I really should know better by now), the last thing I want to do on vacation is think, plan and manage. But I still want to ride. So my experiential choice would be to hop on one of H+I Adventures’ mountain bike tours. They have rides across the globe and for all skill levels, and the prices are on the right side of affordable considering the food and lodging that’s included. All you’ve got to do is get yourself there. There are tons of other (more expensive) options worth checking out if road or a mixed activities suit you better, and here’s a few links (A, B, C, D).

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Building on Zach’s Holiday Wish List is my own, and I’ve even added the category of “Other Bikes” because, like so many of us, I’m fairly well stocked on road and mountain bikes. Of course I have room for more, but more of the same doesn’t bring the same increase in happiness or utility that […]

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A week in review: Tons of gift worthy items, more bike porn from Philly, a bolt on power meter, plus lots more!

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Check out more super cool items from the 2015 Philly Bike Show, one of the more intimate events we get to cover, plus lots of gift ideas for your fellow cyclist…. (or that said cyclists can point to their friends and family). Plus, the new Watteam Powerbeat bolt-on power meter, sub 900g wheels from Spada, Speedplay’s less costly SYZR pedals and Brett Favre’s sick new Project One.

Grab that last piece of pumpkin pie before anybody else notices and delve in to last week’s coverage…..

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    Check out more super cool items from the 2015 Philly Bike Show, one of the more intimate events we get to cover, plus lots of gift ideas for your fellow cyclist…. (or that said cyclists can point to their friends and family). Plus, the new Watteam Powerbeat bolt-on power meter, sub 900g wheels from Spada, Speedplay’s […]

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Infinit Nutrition drags pumpkin spice & peppermint mocha seasonal flavors into their MUD pre-workout shake

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Infinit Nutrition has taken their mocha coffee MUD protein energy drink mix and given it two holiday flavors, pumpkin spice and peppermint mocha.

Designed as a pre-race or general morning booster (or even a recovery drink if you don’t mind the caffeine), MUD blends whey protein with carbs, chocolate and ground flaxseed and coffee. It delivers 19g carbs (16g sugar), 1g fat and 11g protein. A 22 serving pouch retails for $34.99, and the seasonal flavors are only around for a limited time.



Infinit Nutrition has taken their mocha coffee MUD protein energy drink mix and given it two holiday flavors, pumpkin spice and peppermint mocha. Designed as a pre-race or general morning booster (or even a recovery drink if you don’t mind the caffeine), MUD blends whey protein with carbs, chocolate and ground flaxseed and coffee. It […]

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Week In Review: Euro/Interbike Coverage, Biggest Crash/Balls at Rampage, Lots From Poc & Lupine, and The Bike You Never Wanted

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To wrap up another exciting week, we’re bringing you a easy to scan round up of last week’s massive amount of coverage. Included are some crazy cool stuff coming from POC, Lupine takes us up another step or two with more tech & lumens, Redbull Rampage’s biggest fall/finish, and see this week’s most viewed and commented on train wreck of a….. err, bike.

Skip back in the past to see what you missed……

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To wrap up another exciting week, we’re bringing you a easy to scan round up of last week’s massive amount of coverage. Included are some crazy cool stuff coming from POC, Lupine takes us up another step or two with more tech & lumens, Redbull Rampage’s biggest fall/finish, and see this week’s most viewed and commented on train […]

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Clif Bar holiday flavors are here, new Hot Chocolate flavor gets you into gear

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‘Tis the season for Clif Bar’s annual holiday flavors to start hitting store shelves. This year, they’re bringing back Iced Gingerbread and Spiced Pumpkin Pie alongside newcomer Hot Chocolate!

Each bar retails for $1.39 and hit stores at the end of October. Clif Bar will donate 1% of net sales to Protect Our Winters, a not-for-profit organization fighting against climate change. The bars are 70% organic, have no high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, artificial flavors or partially hydrogenated oils. Happy holidays, indeed!



‘Tis the season for Clif Bar’s annual holiday flavors to start hitting store shelves. This year, they’re bringing back Iced Gingerbread and Spiced Pumpkin Pie alongside newcomer Hot Chocolate! Each bar retails for $1.39 and hit stores at the end of October. Clif Bar will donate 1% of net sales to Protect Our Winters, a not-for-profit […]

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Interbike Coverage Week 3 & Wrapping up with Week 6 of Eurobike Coverage

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We’re nearing the end of our massive coverage of Eurobike 2015 and still deep in all that is Interbike. Catlike has you covered head to toe with new helmets and shoes, Dean Titanium Expands line, and all kinds of new light options from Blackburn and Nightrider.

It’s Fall, so reach in the back of the fridge and take out that six-pack of smooth craft pumpkin ale with a hint of nutmeg spice, burn it with fire, and skip over to a worthy dark smoky stout to enjoy our in-depth coverage.

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We’re nearing the end of our massive coverage of Eurobike 2015 and still deep in all that is Interbike. Catlike has you covered head to toe with new helmets and shoes, Dean Titanium Expands line, and all kinds of new light options from Blackburn and Nightrider. It’s Fall, so reach in the back of the […]

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Obstacle Races, Cycling Legends, & Live Music – At CLIF Bar’s Cykle-Scramble Anything can Happen… & Probably Will

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Pirates, Prisoners, and Furries were in abundance at CLIF Bar’s 2015 Cykle-Scramble (prounced: see-kul skrambul) at the Marin County Fairgrounds in San Rafael, California. This wasn’t just a race with normal participants…. I’m pretty sure, “normal” participants weren’t even allowed. Even the cycling celebrities “participating” were about as far from normal as one could get. To add to this spectator-heavy event, there were food trucks galore, great beer, and live music being head lined by none other than Cold War Kids.

Ramble on past the table jumps, wall rides, pump tracks and blood stained dirt, (there was a “yard sale” award after-all), to see all that is Cykle-Scramble….

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Pirates, Prisoners, and Furries were in abundance at CLIF Bar’s 2015 Cykle-Scramble (prounced: see-kul skrambul) at the Marin County Fairgrounds in San Rafael, California. This wasn’t just a race with normal participants…. I’m pretty sure, “normal” participants weren’t even allowed. Even the cycling celebrities “participating” were about as far from normal as one could get. To add to this spectator-heavy event, […]

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IB15: Nutrition Roundup – Powerbar drops gluten & sugar, plus new treats from Osmo, Kul, Rip van Wafel, Wcup, XRCel, Gatorade & more!

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PowerBar is an interesting company in that their offerings overseas are so much broader, covering all the normal sports nutrition bases we know them for in the States, plus having a complete supplement line of specialty amino acids, vitamins, energy boosters, liquid sports pouch drinks, etc.

While we aren’t seeing any of that over here yet, we are at least seeing them step up their game nutritionally on some of their more popular items. The Harvest bars are now gluten free, opening them up to a much broader base of athletes looking to remove as many irritants as possible in the quest for optimum performance. Some of their other products are now lower in sugar, too, and they’ve got some real fruit gels!

Ready to get your snack on? Bite into the rest of the roundup below…

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PowerBar is an interesting company in that their offerings overseas are so much broader, covering all the normal sports nutrition bases we know them for in the States, plus having a complete supplement line of specialty amino acids, vitamins, energy boosters, liquid sports pouch drinks, etc. While we aren’t seeing any of that over here […]

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IB15: Nutrition Roundup – Tasty treats from Endurox, Pickle Power, Honey Stinger, Compete, Six Nutrition & more!

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Recently, I’d be wondering what had happened to Endurox and it’s family. For a while there, it was all anybody used and became the 4:1 benchmark against which all other recovery drinks were suddenly fashioned after. And then, at least ’round these parts, they all but disappeared.

Well, they didn’t. They’ve been plugging along for the past 10 or so years since the heyday, and now they’ve got a new new flavors and a new gel that’s loaded to hilt with energy to blast you through the next big ride. And there’s an all-natural sports drink they didn’t even show at Interbike!

Above, Green Apple is the latest in their Accelerade line, which is a less concentrated version of Endurox R4 that’s intended for use during activity. It joins an already expansive menu including orange, lemon lime, mountain berry, lemonade and fruit punch. The formula has been updated to include both whey and soy protein, the latter adding higher amounts of glutamine, arginine and valine, amino acids that boost protein utilization for energy and overall recovery.

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Recently, I’d be wondering what had happened to Endurox and it’s family. For a while there, it was all anybody used and became the 4:1 benchmark against which all other recovery drinks were suddenly fashioned after. And then, at least ’round these parts, they all but disappeared. Well, they didn’t. They’ve been plugging along for […]

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