November 6, 2017 - Maxton Caplanides is Adventure Cycling's Sales and Shipping Specialist.
With Thanksgiving just around the corner and the winter holidays in tow, it’s not a bad idea to put some extra miles in the saddle before endless amounts of leftovers and decadent desserts with the family. Plus, the extra pedaling will help you burn off those pounds of Halloween candy, undoubtedly still lingering around the house.
It’s also a great time to start thinking about gift ideas for the cyclists in your life — or maybe you’ve been waiting to treat yourself! Swing by Adventure Cycling’s Cyclosource online store to peak at all the gear that will help you get the most out of those brisk autumn rides. Here are a few ideas to get you started ...
Bikepacking gear and panniers: When it comes to carrying your gear, we only offer the best. Ortlieb, Revelate Designs, and Arkel are the go-to choices for their top-notch craftsmanship, durability, and reliability. We suggest treating yourself to a new set of bags, so you can make those holiday grocery runs by bike this year. Chances are you could fit a whole turkey in one of your rear panniers and still have room for all those delicious sweet potatoes and cranberries in the other.
Rain gear: Investing in quality rain gear is an excellent way to show your loved ones you care. Showers Pass sets a high standard in the outerwear they produce, tailored specifically with a cyclist’s needs in mind.
Saddles: Nothing says, “I love you,” like buying a new saddle as a gift. Timeless classics like the Brooks B17 and Flyer are the favorite of touring cyclists the world over. They truly are the gift that keeps on giving, as many riders have been riding the same one for decades.
Or perhaps you want to set yourself apart from the pack with a Selle Anatomica X1. With no break in period, many cyclists say this is a top contender for the friendliest of saddles right out of the box.
Here’s to fun times gathered around the table and the many miles to come as you celebrate whatever suits your fancy this holiday season.
–The Cyclosource Team
Photos by Maxton Caplanides
CYCLO NOTES is brought to you by Adventure Cycling’s Cyclosource team—Teri, Max, and Maxton.
Our Cyclosource store brings you some of the finest bicycling maps and gear available, and all proceeds from Cyclosource support Adventure Cycling’s mission to “inspire and empower people to travel by bicycle.”