Bikerumor Holiday Gift Ideas: Tyler’s Wish List

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Yep, it’s that time of year once again. While we debated about doing a more categorical gift guide this year, offering ideas for mountain bikers, roadies, commuters, etc., truth be told, we started that discussion a little late. So, we’re sticking with our usual format of individual wish lists where each of us picks our favorite things from the past year. Things we think would make great gifts, but also sort of an unofficial Editor’s Choice. Most of the stuff you’ll see in our lists over the next couple weeks are things we’ve actually tested and used and can recommend in good faith. But, inevitably, there’ll be a few that we simply lust after. And while the focus of Bikerumor is the products and gear, we were very fortunate to have been included on several events this year that focused more on the experience than the parts, and its no surprise that those are the ones we remember most fondly. So, once again, we’ll start with an experience before diving into the products…

EXPERIENCE

Riding in Iceland. If Bergur’s video wasn’t enough to make you want to go, maybe the pic above will, too. And I’ve got a feature coming up highlighting my trip there with the Lauf guys to test their GRIT gravel fork. The riding is awesome, but the team at Lauf is what made the past two trips there incredible. It’s like a guy’s weekend that includes great riding, a little adventure, amazing scenery and lots of beer. Good Lord, so much beer. I’m fortunate in that all of the planning was done for me, but there are companies like Made In Mountains and Ice Bike Adventures (both recommended by locals) that’ll help you plan something incredible. So grab some friends, drop the excuses and just go make memories.

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Yep, it’s that time of year once again. While we debated about doing a more categorical gift guide this year, offering ideas for mountain bikers, roadies, commuters, etc., truth be told, we started that discussion a little late. So, we’re sticking with our usual format of individual wish lists where each of us picks our […]

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Eating to win: Training, Race, and Recovery Nutrition with Team Sky’s Dr. Morton and SIS Nutrition

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Ian Boswell fueling up at the top of the climb.

Are you eating for your best performance? That seems like a fairly simple question, but based on the latest science, the answer might surprise you. As cyclists, for years we’ve been told that carbs are king. Want to perform your best for your race tomorrow? Eat pasta the night before the race. But as it turns out, the balance between carbs, fat, and protein might be a bit different than you’ve been  taught. Not only the balance, but the timing for each group to obtain your peak performance.

All of this was the subject of a recent even put on by Science in Sport. As the chief nutrition sponsor of Team Sky, SIS plays a critical role in the performance of their star athletes like Chris Froome, but there’s a lot more to the story than gels and protein powder. Real food is just as important as prepackaged performance nutrition, but it’s also not as simple as eating healthy and bumping up the carbs for race day.

To ensure that their team performs at their peak, Team Sky brought in renowned sports nutrition expert, Dr. James Morton. A researcher at Liverpool John Moores University, Dr. Morton also lends his services to other sports including boxing, Premier League football teams, and MMA. While each of those sports have unique nutritional needs for athletes to perform their best, Dr. Morton says nutrition presents a uniquely important role in cycling, and in a way that is still evolving…

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Are you eating for your best performance? That seems like a fairly simple question, but based on the latest science, the answer might surprise you. As cyclists, for years we’ve been told that carbs are king. Want to perform your best for your race tomorrow? Eat pasta the night before the race. But as it […]

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GU adds double-serving sleeves of energy Chews

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Until now, GU’s Energy Chews came in small pouches of four chews for about 80-90 calories of amino acid enhanced carbohydrates and electrolytes. Now, they’re added sleeves that provide twice as many chews for about 50% more coin. They’re available in Blueberry Pomegranate, Orange, Strawberry and Watermelon flavors and retail for about $2 a pop (18 per $36 case, on sale for $28.80 as of this post going live). GU says the new sleeves are easier to open than the pouches, making consumption a little quicker and safer on the bike.



Until now, GU’s Energy Chews came in small pouches of four chews for about 80-90 calories of amino acid enhanced carbohydrates and electrolytes. Now, they’re added sleeves that provide twice as many chews for about 50% more coin. They’re available in Blueberry Pomegranate, Orange, Strawberry and Watermelon flavors and retail for about $2 a pop […]

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Fresh goods roundup: Wicked Girl, Aero Tech Designs, Weevil Outdoor, Honey Stinger & B-Line Energy

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Aero Tech Designs hails from Pennsylvania, where they design and make most of their goods. They have five U.S. factories and put an emphasis on using domestically sourced materials as much as possible, too. They do custom, but their stock designs caught our eye, particularly this camo-inspired cycling print. An urban camo color scheme is also available (shown below) along with myriad other designs. And you really need to check out their website to see the Zombie kit with matching cycling cap…

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Aero Tech Designs hails from Pennsylvania, where they design and make most of their goods. They have five U.S. factories and put an emphasis on using domestically sourced materials as much as possible, too. They do custom, but their stock designs caught our eye, particularly this camo-inspired cycling print. An urban camo color scheme is also […]

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Lucho Dillitos: all natural guava fuel of the Colombian greats

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If you haven’t heard of Colombian bocadillo, you’ve been missing out on one of the best tasting, most all-natural ways to stay fueled on the bike – pretty much just guava + sugar. But at the same time, maybe it’s best to not know about something when they’ve been relatively hard to come by if you don’t either a) live in a Colombia, or b) live somewhere in Spain where Colombian cyclists call home base for their European road campaigns. Well, that is starting to change with a new company called Lucho Dillitos, who are looking to bring the sweet-tasting guava paste blocks to cyclists around the world as a natural energy source, cheaper than most gels, and in a totally biodegradable packaging. The first bocadillos came to market in Hong Kong, then the UK, with more markets coming very soon…

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If you haven’t heard of Colombian bocadillo, you’ve been missing out on one of the best tasting, most all-natural ways to stay fueled on the bike – pretty much just guava + sugar. But at the same time, maybe it’s best to not know about something when they’ve been relatively hard to come by if you […]

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IB16: Nutrition Roundup 2 – Skratch Labs, Powerbar, Justin’s PB, Oberto & more!

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If you read any fitness or general interest bicycle publication, you’ve likely seen the ads for chocolate milk as a recovery product. Well, now you can buy that chocolate milk in powder form. Skratch Labs’ first recovery product is literally just that: Powdered milk with sugars and flavors added, plus one with powdered coffee. Pick from Vanilla, Chocolate and Coffee flavors, then read on to see why you’re not just adding Nesquik to your morning joe…

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If you read any fitness or general interest bicycle publication, you’ve likely seen the ads for chocolate milk as a recovery product. Well, now you can buy that chocolate milk in powder form. Skratch Labs’ first recovery product is literally just that: Powdered milk with sugars and flavors added, plus one with powdered coffee. Pick […]

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IB16: Nutrition Roundup – Bonk Breaker, Clif, Guayaki, Bounce, Glukos & more!

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Bonk Breaker has added Mint Chocolate Chip to their lineup, which is all gluten free and densely packed with energy. While not my personal favorite flavor combo in general, these were pretty darn tasty and worked well to fuel our ride-heavy, sleep-deprived #EscapeFromInterbike road trip from Vegas to North Carolina.

Check out more tasty little treats below…

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Bonk Breaker has added Mint Chocolate Chip to their lineup, which is all gluten free and densely packed with energy. While not my personal favorite flavor combo in general, these were pretty darn tasty and worked well to fuel our ride-heavy, sleep-deprived #EscapeFromInterbike road trip from Vegas to North Carolina. Check out more tasty little […]

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Week In Review: fancy paint, clever hacks, crazy concepts and more!

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This week we saw impressively painted bikes from Scott for the Rio Olympics, Marin reintroducing their classic color fade in honor of their 30th anniversary, and looking toward the future Cyclotron’s hub-less bike fulfilling their crowdfunding goals. There was also a hands-free communication device from Japan to keep you and your riding buddies in touch whether you are riding locally or around the world, a hack to make your reverb work with any lever, and lots more. Skim through all the headlines below so you don’t fall off the back… Continue reading “Week In Review: fancy paint, clever hacks, crazy concepts and more!”



This week we saw impressively painted bikes from Scott for the Rio Olympics, Marin reintroducing their classic color fade in honor of their 30th anniversary, and looking toward the future Cyclotron’s hub-less bike fulfilling their crowdfunding goals. There was also a hands-free communication device from Japan to keep you and your riding buddies in touch whether […]

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Fuel up and nab free Podium Bottle, Skratch Lab Singles w/ The Feed TDF bonus box

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Offering athletes a wide selection of exercise nutrition and healthy snacks, The Feed uses their expertise to scout the best and provide advice on a huge selection of products – 90 brands in all!  Assembling those selections into a Feed Box, customers have the opportunity to try different snack bars and energy foods they might not normally try, without investing in a whole box.

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Offering athletes a wide selection of exercise nutrition and healthy snacks, The Feed uses their expertise to scout the best and provide advice on a huge selection of products – 90 brands in all!  Assembling those selections into a Feed Box, customers have the opportunity to try different snack bars and energy foods they might […]

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