Here we are again for part 2 of the UKXCNews 2014 festive gift guide, and if you're out to impress the XC racer in your life, then you best get a crack on... not many more posting days left to grab that perfect gift before Christmas is upon us!
Lets start with a great bit of British design excellence. The Od Design OdPod is a wonderful bit of kit that is guaranteed to make any MTB enthusiast smile. The OdPod retails at £34.95 inc. p&p, and it's ideal for bike cleaning, fettling and minor maintenance. Available in four standard colour styles, red, pink, matt black and red, white and blue, to ensure the complete colour matched 'Pro Pit' look!
[caption id="attachment_1833" align="aligncenter" width="470"] Od this mate![/caption]
... And while you're spending at www.od-designs.co.uk, why not add one of these Time to Ride clocks to your basket! Time to Ride clocks are made from recycled bike components giving you a unique and individual gift, available from £16.00 inc. p&p.
[caption id="attachment_1834" align="aligncenter" width="470"] What time is it? Yep, Time To Ride![/caption]
Last time around we looked at socks, so in keeping with the festive theme, lets look at the other Yule Tide classic... Pants! Ok, so not pants but bibshorts (same, but different).
First up are a classic set of bib's in the tried and tested form of the Endura Thermolite® Winter Bibshort (rrp £69.99). With High Performance Repel TEFLON fabric protector for ultimate weather control and durable water repellency, these 3 season bibshorts come with the Endura 600 series computer cut, CVP (continuously variable profile) stretch pad with gel inserts and antibacterial finish, ensuring things are kept comfy and cosey.
[caption id="attachment_1835" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Endura Thermolite® Winter Bibshort £69.99[/caption]
If you think that a longer style may light the festive sparkle, then why not try the offerings from a new UK brand, D2D. These thermal Bib tights come with a highly comfortable 3D Pro Stretch chamois, ergonomic multi-panel construction and flat locked seams... and all for just £39.99!
[caption id="attachment_1836" align="aligncenter" width="470"] D2D Thermal Bib Tights - £39.99[/caption]
Looking to make the racer in your life a little bit quicker? How about these little beauties from the masters of lighter and faster, Mt Zoom. Coming in at just £12.99, these Ultralight Mt Zoom Tubeless valves weigh in at a gravity defying 4 grams each and come in either black or red. Endurance maestro, Jason Miles recently gave them a try, along with some Squirt tubeless sealant and seemed very impressed (review here).
[caption id="attachment_1837" align="aligncenter" width="470"] Lighter is faster!!![/caption]
The final gift idea is quiet possibly one of the most important items found in any cyclists arsenal!
For those long, cold and damp winter rides it's important to stay as happy and comfy as possible, so if you start having bum / saddle interface issues then that 100 mile base ride can quickly become a torturous struggle. Be kind to a XC racer this christmas and treat them to a little pot of goodness... give the gift of chamois cream!
Check out this soothing offering from 'Bristol BUTT'R' (£14.50). Developed by ex-elite XCO racer John Whittington (who knows a thing or 2 about this XC mtb lark) in pursuit of the perfect chamois cream. The result is a hand crafted, no expense spared chamois butter; thick and long-lasting with high levels of active ingredient. Whilst chasing the cyclist dream himself, John decided others could benefit from the butter too, going into production and handmaking it between training rides!
[caption id="attachment_1840" align="aligncenter" width="470"] Give the gift of Butt'r - £14.50[/caption]
Be quick though... postage deadlines for pre-Christmas deliveries are fast approaching!