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Mountain Bike Gift Guide: 2012 Edition


Tired of getting the same old presents year after year? Put something your really want on your list this year! Read on for some inspiration.

1. Showers Pass Rogue Hoodie

Showers Pass is based in Portland, OR, and creates weather-resistant clothes for all seasons. Their Rogue Hoodie features a sweatshirt with hidden perks, three layer waterproof soft shell, fleece-lined interior and reflective trim. Additional features include wrist gaiters with thumb loops, an audio port in the right hand pocket and a hood that fits under or over most helmets. Available in bark brown or black.

2. Retro Image Apparel The Grinch Jersey

Retro Image Apparel creates and produces high-design, fun pop culture and art-inspired cycling jerseys and T-shirts for all bicycle enthusiasts—from novice to professional. What better way to show off your Holiday spirit than to sport a The Grinch jersey from Retro Image Apparel while biking around town this Holiday season? Jersey Details: made of 'Fast Dry Ultra,' a micro fiber that effectively transports humidity and repels odor, hidden front full-length zips, three rear pockets and four-way stretch mesh side panels. Not interested in holiday-themed bike apparel, other designs include Star Trek, Gumby, Chiquita Banana, Dr. Seuss, Rosie the Riveter and Chat Noir among others. MSRP: $79.90

3. Hydrapak TAMARACK

The trail-ready TAMARACK from Hydrapak boasts 450 cu. in. of space and is constructed with lightweight Cross Soft Nylon and Baby Rip-Stop-- offers quick accessibility to tools, spare tubes and layering. This full-featured design includes an external helmet holder and Hydrapak's premier three Liter Shape-Shift Reservoir for reliable slosh-control and easy cleaning. MSRP: $109.99

4. Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Softshell WxB Shoe Cover

Offering incredible waterproof, breathable protection, this shove cover is a necessary item in any cyclist's collection. Primaloft insulation makes for plenty of warmth minus any bulk. A two stage hook and loop closure provides a sleek fit and easy on and off. These covers will fit like a glove due to anatomic paneling for a performance fit while Kevlar road bottom spreads open for easy on and off while providing superior durability. MSRP: $100

5. Timbuk2 x Woolrich Bags

Timbuk2, one of the oldest San Francisco-based manufacturers is collaborating with Woolrich to launch a limited-edition “Made in America” collection of classic, durable messenger bags and packs. The line will feature Woolrich fabrics and all three styles will be handmade in Timbuk2’s manufacturing facility in San Francisco. Timbuk2’s Classic Messenger will be available as a classic three panel look in two color ways using Woolrich red plaid with grey tweed wool and a new school multi-color stripe with grey waxed canvas. MSRP: $165. Timbuk2’s Swig Pack – An urban laptop backpack that fits both guys and girls will also be available as a classic three panel look in two color ways using Woolrich red plaid with grey tweed wool and a new school multi-color stripe with grey waxed canvas. MSRP: $180

6. Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Barrier Lite Jacket

A perfect lightweight wind and water resistant jacket to have stashed in your jersey or pack. P.R.O. Barrier Lite fabric provides lightweight wind and water protection, while the full-length zipper offers plenty of venting. Reflective elements give riders low-light visibility, while elasticized hem and cuffs keep jacket secure on body. Weighing only 73 grams, this jacket is light as a feather! MSRP: $85

7. GT Avalanche 2.0

GT’s Avalanche 2.0 features independent drive train. What does that mean? It means the suspension operates independently of the drivetrain, which lets the suspension focus solely on giving you a smoother, faster ride, without compromising pedaling efficiency. The simple design also makes it easy to set up, ride and maintain. The Triple Triangle frame not only extends frame life and stiffens the rear triangle, it creates a more responsive ride. Featuring a Rock Shox XC28 TK Mg w/100mm Travel fork and Shimano Alivio FC-M430, 44/32/22T crank. MSRP: $890

8. Raleigh XXIX

The single speed XXIX features 29-inch wheels that dominate serious ruts, roots and rocks on the trail (trust me) and a Gates Carbon Drive. Both of these features ensures riders a clean, durable, maintenance free ride. Every time. New for 2013, the XXIX’s wheelbase has been lengthened, and a Fox F29 front suspension fork has been added. MSRP: $1650
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