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New products for that next outdoor adventure

As tree buds appear along the forested trails, finally shedding their winter coat, here is a list of new products we thought you might find interesting for that next outdoor adventure.

New products for lovers of bikes

Over my 25 years in the cycling industry, I have found that the excitement of a new bike only increases as you get older. Here are a few bikes to check out at your favorite bike shop.

Marin B-17

Marin has packed a ton of value into these bicycles. Their aluminum frame comprises highly manipulated tubing and buttery smooth sealed bearing pivots. Altogether, it’s hard to find a better value.  As a 120mm travel trail bike, it is at home on almost any trail. The 27.5” x 3” tires offer unparalleled confidence even when the trails get rough. With models starting at $2100 that sport fully tunable suspension, a 1×11 speed drivetrain, and hydraulic Shimano disc brakes, there’s very little competition.

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Tern GSD

“Set Stuff Done” is right! The Tern GSD leaves almost nothing to be desired from a utility bike. It can be easily stored upright and out of the way when not in use, loaded to the gills with cargo, or equipped to carry a passenger. In fact, thanks to the Bosch motor and the ability to run two batteries, the possibilities for this bike are nearly endless. Hop over to the Tern site and see what there is to offer.

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Focus Bold2

Simply put, this is the best-looking E-bike I have seen. It uses a smart component selection that compliments the Shimano XT Motor, making the Bold 2 a dream machine. Ample power will lift you up the hills and the bike’s great geometry, Rockshox suspension, and hydraulic disc brakes will allow you to attack the descents with confidence. Buzz over to Focus and read up on this spectacular machine.

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Bike Accessories

Lupine SL-A7

For the Commuter, there is no better or safer gift than the Lupine SL-A7. It’s amazing light output and surgically accurate beam pattern are unparalleled in realm of cycling lights. For more info, take a look at our Out of the box article.

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Magicshine Genie in Our Gift Guide

Helmets typically do one thing and one thing only – keep your head safe. MagicShine has infused its expertise in lighting into the helmet to create the very best in safety and visibility. The Genie helmet has a surprisingly bright 350-lumen headlamp, a rear blinker, and remote-controlled blinkers. Click here for more info.

Ass Savers fender

I received one of these fenders as a giveaway and never thought about it. That is until one day when I was getting ready to leave for work on my cross bike and it began to rain. Without time to install a complete fender set, I grabbed the “giveaway”, and clipped it to my saddle. While I never thought much about the Ass Saver, the designers sure did. This fender that weighs almost nothing can be installed in seconds and packed away easily was an absolute epiphany. As advertised it kept my rear dry and never moved from its place. Buy one for all your friends, they’re that good.

Manitou suspension

Quietly and persistently, Manitou has been making a name for itself as a sturdy, efficient, tune-able, and high-quality suspension brand. Many don’t consider adjusting their suspension an important feature, and that is because the most suspension is not very tune-able. This is not the case with Manitou. In fact, they offer more range of tuning adjustments than most brands as well as aftermarket kits to make your suspension fit your needs perfectly. They do this while maintaining one of the most precise steering chassis around.

Lintaman shoes

A lifelong cycling and industry veteran, Chris Lintaman, started the shoe company bearing his name in his new home of Taichung, Taiwan. I remember him starting out the brand as a guy with a bag of shoes at Eurobike. Fast forward to today, where you can see his shoes under professional cyclists around the world. The reason so many professional riders buy  Lintaman shoes is that they are wildly adjustable for fit, and massively efficient. If you are looking for the most comfortable shoes in the world, look no further than Lintaman.

Sealskinz Socks and gloves

Minnesota is a tough place to bike, to say the least. Happily, Sealskinz has made it easier for me. Starting with their waterproof socks, saving my toes in the fall, and moving into the Halo glove’s remarkable warmth into the Icy low teens, Sealskinz has kept me warm time and time again. Check out a few of our reviews for more info, or click to their site to see the whole line.

Vittoria Bomboloni tires

Over the last 25 years, I’ve repeatedly been impressed with Vittoria tires. That same feeling carries into my most recent test of the Vittoria Bomboloni 27+ tires. For your mountain biking pleasure, these tires are awesome!

Tailwind Nutrition

Anyone on your holiday list that rides needs electrolyte replacement at some point. The supplement I would recommend above all else is Tailwind Nutrition. The light flavor and lack of an aftertaste are reasons enough to use Tailwind. Now when you couple those reasons with the fact that Tailwind will never leave your belly sour like so many other sports drinks, the choice is easy.

Athlos clothing

Athlos is new to the custom clothing game and making serious waves. Custom used to mean you needed to buy huge quantities and settle for low quality. With Athlos, you can buy one jersey, and the quality is on par with the best cycling brands which charge three times the cost. Additionally, Athlos has a team of designers waiting to convert your thoughts and concepts into real-world design.

Rocky mounts Carlito lock

For students, commuters, or riders who just love to have their bicycles well secured, RockMounts locks are a great gift. Over the past few years, RockyMounts invested heavily into their lock designs and developed some really cool products. I love their Carlito lock most of all because it is light, tough, and easy to use.

Darn Tough socks

Why not stuff stocking with stockings? Darn tough is a sock company out of Vermont with a lifetime sock warranty. Yes, you read that correctly. Forget an everlasting gobstopper, you can buy someone socks that will last forever! When I met with the sales group at Darn Tough and pressed them about their warranty, they couldn’t have been any clearer – Lifetime Warranty! “what if I have a pair of 15-year-old socks?” I asked, “Lifetime warranty” they replied. “What if I wear only one pair of socks through a six-month Appalachian Trail hike,” they replied, Sure! After a few months of wearing the Darn Tough Socks, I must say they are super comfortable and as tough as the namesake.

AutoRack Tail light

We all need to get our bikes from point A to point B. What nobody thinks about is the inherent danger of traveling with your bike on the back of your car. Bikes can obscure the tail lights from other drivers and make it difficult to see when you are stopping. Enter AutoRack to the rescue. This light setup weighs almost nothing and mounts to the last bike on your rack by way of a few straps. This gift is perfect for any rider!

The Auto Rack is a tail light extension system that offers motorist behind a clear view of the operators intentions.

On this bike pic Wednesday, as Santa departs for another year, we hope you received the gift you were looking for to make this Holiday season the best.

The top holiday gift ideas for that active person in your life

Find the perfect holiday gift for that active outdoor person in your life with our growing list of ideas. Each Friday, up through November 26, 2021, we will be adding more gift-giving ideas that will go into the holiday issue of our Bike/Hike Guide.

Holiday Gift Ideas

Pannier Backpack a convertible office

The Two Wheel Gear 2.0 Pannier/Backpack

Two Wheel Gear’s the Pannier Backpack Convertible 2.0 PLUS was voted “Best bike pannier to hold a mobile office” and is perfect for commuting, touring, and bike packing. And its plus-sized makes it easy to hold even more gear, with its organizational pockets, including a 15” padded laptop protection slot, With another pocket on the side to hold a water bottle and a clasp on the back to attach a helmet.  $179.00 See more details and order options here

HANDLE STASH – A shock-absorbing bike cup holder

HandleStash bicycle cup holder

The HandleStash cup holder is so good it is woven from the yarn of magical outspace silkworms. It looks like a million bucks, and the heavier fabric does an even better job absorbing vibrations and resisting unwanted movement. Same design as the other cup holders in the line, see video. Holds your drink with diamond hands.  $38.00 See more details and order options here

Bubi a Water Bottle: Re-Imagined

Bubi Bottle -collapse

The Bubi Bottle is an environmentally friendly water bottle made from medical-grade silicone. This reusable, collapsible, BPA-Free squeegee water bottle is also heat resistant, microwave, and dishwasher safe. This eco-friendly water bottle rolls up to fit into tiny spaces, so you can take it with you wherever you go. $24.99 See more details and order options here

Darian -Insect Shield Mossy Oak® Camouflage Shirt (Men’s)

Darian -Insect Shield Mossy Oak® Camouflage Shirt

This Long Sleeve Tech Hunting Shirt is made from a lightweight, 4-way stretch material powered by Hydroplex™ cooling technology with 50+ UPF sun protection. The shirt features activated sweat and moisture reduction, along with tested and proven EPA-registered Insect Shield®, bug repellent technologies to protect against diseases like West Nile Viruses the mosquito carries, and Lyme Disease from ticks. A comfortable shirt for that next outdoor adventure also works great as a layering piece in cooler weather for added warmth. $36.99 See more details and order options here 

Faran Insect Shield Sports Shirt (Unisex)

Faran Insect Shield Sports Shirt

Sporting a smooth texture in a crew neck style, the Faran semi-fitted, short-sleeve comes in citrine orange, cinebar red, seolfor gray, or frost white. Made of lightweight, highly breathable fabric, the shirt features Insect Shield® Technology to repel mosquitoes, ticks, and other dangerous insects. Our extreme moisture-wicking fabric is snag-resistant and quickly moves sweat away from your skin to help keep you cool and dry. Great for exploring on foot new cultures and landscapes. $29.99 See more details and order options here 

Wind-Blox Focus for bike helmet ear protection

Wind Blox | Wind-Blox Focus

Not like the bulky earmuffs of your grandparent day, the new Wind-Blox Focus biking ear covers are engineered out of soft-shell sports fabric and designed to hold in-ear warmth. Plus, the Focus still relies on the Wind-Blox patented technology to block wind noise. It stays on the helmet and helps cyclists stay tuned into their surroundings for audible riding and comfort. $21.00 See more details and order options here

Also, see their new Wind-Blox patented rim-to-clip design in three sizes for less than $20.00

 Kilo Endurance Sport Sunglasses

The new Tiposi line of Kilo Endurance Sport Sunglasses.

Tifosi Optics’ most unique cycling sunglasses, the Kilo, are designed to enhance your ride and are available in three models. Perfect for an unrestricted view of the road or trail, offering maximum coverage and ergonomic face-fit protection from the elements. All Tifosi glasses here are tested and tortured to enhance your sports activity. Regardless, if you’re running a 5k’er, riding your first century, or playing 18 holes of golf. Tifosi helps define its customers with enthusiasm to guarantee they have fun. 79.95 See more details and order options here 

Allett the hybrid wallet

Allett Wallet Card

This Hybrid Card Wallet is sleek and tidy, with space for a stack of folded bills. The wallet’s intuitive design has two internal card pockets, a clear ID pocket, and a tiny pocket built to hold the micro pen. The exterior side has one card pocket, just the right number of pockets for the person on the go.   $44.00  See more details and order options here.

The DaHÄNGER a bicycle wall hanger

DaBigRing pedal hook

The DaBigRing pedal hook is a horizontal bicycle storage system that holds the bicycle by the pedals with adjustable legs with three settings. The 18, 25, or 30-degree angle setting will allow dad to put his bike in the best position no matter the application. This pedal hook unit holds up to 65 lbs. and includes everything needed for installation. $64.00 Shop now  See more details and order options here

Spurcycle a compact bike bell

The perfect brass bell housing holds a ring longer, starting with a very hard “ping.”

A sleek and attractive bicycle bell built to standards using fewer parts and a singletrack focus. Lighter and more compact, it’s the perfect bell for your mountain bike or a flat-bar commuter. The new compact form fits (half the mount width), the bell easily fits between other components on the handlebar. This compact bell is plenty loud for off-road riding and suburban commuting, but its true advantage is how long the ring lasts (or “sustains”), ending at the same frequency. $39.00 See more details and order options here hop now 



A perfect layer under the helmet, this winter cycling cap with a visor to keep the low winter sun out of your eyes also has ear flaps to keep the chill off longer when you’re riding. The caps material is windproof and extremely breathable to block the wind and allows vapor to escape. This combination of protection and breathability will reduce the risk of overheating when you are active. $55.00  See more details and order options here



This face-warmer is lightweight, windproof, and breathable for cyclists riding in winter weather and looking for protection from the extreme cold. Along with the material’s ability to reduce the build-up of condensation or sweat. The mask also has an opening for the nose with additional holes for the mouth to allow vapors to escape. You will also find a velcro strap in the back of the mask to make easy adjustments. $35.00 See more details and order options here 



When cycling in cold weather, the windproof material of the Gore-Tex Overshoe helps protect your feet from the wind, with some insulation factors for added comfort. The design of this boot cover is easy to slip on with elastic cuffs around the ankle and a velcro opening in the back for maximum comfort and fit. Plus, the tailored design allows for clear pedal movement. $70.00 See more details here hop now

Would you please check back periodically over the next couple of weeks for more gift-giving ideas? We will have more great gift ideas coming your way. Thanks for viewing!