Pinkbike Editors' Christmas 2023 Wish Lists

Dec 24, 2023
by Sarah Moore  
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The ground is frost-covered and icy, Mariah Carey has been playing on speakers at every retail location in town for past month, and inflatable Rudolphs are poking their heads out around every corner. That means Santa is definitely on his way from the North Pole (you can even track him right here) and it's time for another list of wishes from the editors.

What's on your mountain bike wish list this Christmas?





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Photo of Jerome Clementz and his son by Ale Di Lullo for "A Family Ride in the Dolomites" Yes please.


Sarah Moore
Kids Mountain Bike Seat

You bet we bought William his first bike before he was even born! However, it turns out that you need to be able to achieve certain milestones like holding your own head up, rolling over, crawling, walking, and taking simple direction before you can actually ride on two wheels. Since it doesn't look like he's going to be shredding Half Nelson on his own for a couple of years, as super advanced as I may think he is, I really want either a Kids Ride Shotgun or a Mac Ride so that we can go riding together.

I see tons of parents out with Kids Ride Shotgun and Mac Ride seats and I've been looking at them enviously. Both the kids and the parents always look like they're having a great time. My partner and I used to ride together all the time, but there's definitely a lot more "I ride, you ride" going on these days and I'm excited for us all to be able to get out together again. We did do some rides together with William riding in the bike trailer, but as fun as that was, it's definitely not the same as being out on the trails.

I also think that I might need an eMTB since I'm not sure how enjoyable pedalling an extra 30 pounds uphill holding onto my handlebars will be otherwise. We probably need some of those cool little Kids Ride Shotgun bar mittens while we're at it because you bet we're going to go out in the rain and cold!






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Dario DiGiulio
Dumb Janky Trails, Better Prescription Riding Glasses, More Silver Components

Dear Krampus, my preferred holiday deity:

Please send out your finest elves to concoct some weird and fun trails in the woods, preferably with tricky lines, awkward moves, and some hard climbs thrown in for good measure. I love smooth jump trails, good turns, and perfect loamers as much as the next guy, but sometimes you just want to struggle your way down something. I've found plenty of these gems in my neck of the woods, but I think the mountain bike world would be a better place with a few more thrown in for good measure.

The second wish from this humble beggar comes in the form of prescription riding glasses that aren't totally awful to wear. My tried and true grandpa glasses do the trick, but the lenses are well past scratched, and they aren't particularly well suited to fog prevention, protection, or style (taste depending). Consider this a plea for the other blind folks out there, it sure would be nice to see some well-integrated Rx trail specs.

Lastly, I beg of you for the gleam of shiny silver. I am a simple man, and find great satisfaction in the the radiant glow of a bike littered with tastefully curated metal objects. Like many good gifts, I've mostly already gotten this one for myself, though there's an argument that silver coming straight from the manufacturer is better than my oven-cleaner-stripped method.




Time to scrape off the mud from qualifying and get things prepped for the real battle that starts Saturday afternoon here in Val di Sole.

Jessie-May Morgan
A Hose That Never Freezes

Even when temperatures are sufficiently low enough to leave the garden hose frozen solid, it's still possible to find trail slop of peanut butter-like consistency that will attach itself to one's bicycle frame like a leech on the cusp of starvation. Having no option but to store my bikes inside my flat, winter brings with it a spare room that is simultaneously an office, a workshop, a bike store, and a loam dumping ground. While this impacts the quality of my living conditions, others will be familiar with the suboptimal efficiency of a crunchy drivetrain. The latter is simply unacceptable, especially when present on my precious idler-adorned enduro bike.

Thus, I'd like Santa to ship me a heated hose, preferably one that is entirely self-sufficient in terms of the energy it requires to keep itself heated. I want to say it could be solar-powered, but I doubt the viability of such a solution in the midst of a long, dark Scottish winter. Perhaps it could generate electricity from the flow of the water that runs through it? I don't care. It's not my problem, it's Santa's.

Failing that, at least deliver me a hose that, when it does freeze, it doesn't rupture in several places, diminishing the flow rate to that of pathetic trickle.





Thule Velospace


Seb Stott
Tow ball and tow ball rack

I'm not going to buy a van for the odd occasion when I need to transport multiple bikes to the trails. I'm lucky enough to ride from my door most of the time, and if I need to take one bike with me, it's easy enough to take the front wheel off, fold the back seats and sling it in the boot of the car. But now I'm a father of two and my kids selfishly take up the whole of back seat when we're travelling together, so I need another solution for our bikes.

I've been testing a pair of SeaSucker Talon bike carriers, which attach to the car roof with suction cups. They're easy to take on and off when not in use, but they offer no theft protection and the idea of sticking bikes to the roof of my car is unnerving. Then there are roof bars, which I do use more regularly, but they're noisy, they significantly reduce fuel efficiency, and they advertise my bike obsession to thieves as I drive home or park outside my house, so I tend to take them off when I'm not using them (which is most of the time) and it's a faff to install them again. It's also pretty awkward to mount bikes on the roof of the car, especially if you're carrying more than two.

The best solution is a tow hitch-mounted rack. They're easy to take on and off (at least compared to roof bars and multiple bike carriers), and the bikes add much less extra drag and noise when driving at high speeds. It's also easier to load multiple bikes onto a rear rack than onto the roof, and it leaves the roof free for carrying canoes, camping equipment or more bikes. The problem is, my car doesn't have a tow hitch and getting one installed is pretty expensive, so given my tendency to leave the Tweed Valley just a few times a year I've been debating for some time as to whether it's worth it. But since Santa has an unlimited budget for satisfying the whims of an already spoiled middle-class man-child like me, I wouldn't say no to the ultimate bike-carrying setup.





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Mike Kazimer
Fiat Panda

I don't actually need or want anything this year - I've got a roof over my head, plenty of food, a bike that works, and great trails to ride on, so all of my needs are more than met. Still, if some imaginary being is granting wishes, well, I wouldn't complain if a Fiat Panda appeared in my driveway. I know I said that I don't like driving, and I still don't, but there's just something about this cute little 4x4 rig that's captured my attention. I've always enjoyed taking small cars where they don't belong. Years ago I bought a 1988 Toyota Corolla for $500 that I took on all sorts of ill-advised off-road adventures, a car that I followed up with an '88 Subaru GL-10 that also went places it probably wasn't really meant to.

The Panda is small and practical, likely the reason they're nearly impossible to find in the US, even though they seem to be all over the place in Italy. In any case, it's earned a spot on my list of things that would be cool have but I don't really need.



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I haven't learned to skate along the flats so my ski-days involve a lot of walking.

Henry Quinney
A Single Day Skiing Green Runs with My Snow-Idol

Just because I'm irritating and I take the fun out of everything, while also insisting everyone see things from my shallow perspective, Mike doesn't want to spend the whole day skiing greens and light blues with me. Ever since, three weeks ago, when I found out Mike is the only nearly-pro (at least at some point) I'm ever likely to meet, I've gravitated towards him like a wasp to a jam tart but to no avail. I'm star-struck - and I don't know what to do. Kaz has said he'll give me half a day of on-piste-pointers, collect me on the way through, and buy me coffee and bagels, but I know my worth and am holding out for the full day. Hopefully, Father Christmas can take it from here.




Cannondale Compact Neo
The Cannondale Compact Neo looks fun as hell.


Brian Park
Machines, movies, mobility, and massive social upheaval

I have everything I need. My little family lives in an amazing place, I get to think about bikes all day, and life is pretty great. But I’d be lying if I didn’t want a bunch of things. So in the spirit of the assignment, here’s the stuff that would give me temporary happiness while I chase the next capitalism-induced dopamine hit.

Tons of M5 brass heat set inserts. I’m always running out. And Voile Nano Straps. You can never have enough, I use the 6” ones for pump holders and bags, and the 9” one for spare tubes.


A full length mountain bike movie. No story, no narrative, just let me live vicariously through cool people doing cool shit in cool places with good music. Is that too much to ask? Fingers crossed for Deathgrip II.

Gimme.
If anyone out there wants to do me a teeny tiny favour.

A Penta Machine Solo. I bought a Pocket NC 5-axis desktop CNC machine a few years ago and don’t have time to use it nearly as much as I’d like. But that doesn’t stop me from wanting its fancy new big brother. With an automatic toolchanger, built in probing (not that kind Levy), and a 6” cubed work volume it looks like it’d be amazing for making stems, lugs, and all kinds of bike stuff. It’s also a casual $75K USD and there’s no more room in my garage, so I should probably ask for Vancouver house prices to implode instead.

A Cannondale Compact Neo because they’re just so silly. Seriously thought—compact, accessible e-bikes are exactly what we need more of, and this one looks fun.

Please can I have
Is this too much to ask?

A functional right shoulder and the resurgence of domestic bike manufacturing; and, if those are too hard I’ll settle for world peace. Oh, and the most impossible thing of all: time to actually use all this stuff.





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Old and new.


Alicia Leggett
An ultralight paraglider, my ability to mountain bike back, a travel mug that lasts forever

The most definite thing I want, something I've been researching and scheming about lately, is an ultralight single-surface paraglider, one made to prioritize light weight over just about everything else. It'll use less material than a standard wing, weigh almost nothing, and pack down tiny. Sure, the flight performance on those wings isn't great, but that's not the point - they let you take off, fly, and land somewhere else. I've been daydreaming lately about possible future adventures, many involving hiking or scrambling or climbing up something then flying back down to where I started or to somewhere else entirely. A single-surface wing designed for exactly that would be sweet.

Moving into something heavier for a minute, I'd love to get my ability to mountain bike back. (We're writing a letter to Santa - this is already magical, so I can include the big ask, right?) I'm recovering from a bad head injury from 2022, and while I'm sort of back on the bike nowadays, it's not the same. I'll carry on with my "easy" rides and I still really love so much about the sport, but man, it would be pretty great to one day get a glimpse again of how mountain biking used to feel. I'm working always to move back toward that, believe me.

Finally, I'd really like it if my thermos could last forever. Not as in keeping things hot forever, but as in never breaking. I got an insulated coffee travel mug a while back that I absolutely loved. It didn’t leak at all, no matter what, so I could fill it with coffee or tea and throw it in my backpack to retrieve later on all kinds of days. Then, finally, I dropped it on its head enough times that it started leaking slightly. It was still mostly reliable, still something I used all the time, but I couldn’t count on it the same way I'd used to. I bought a new one very recently. The new one is great. It doesn't leak. My ask for Santa (we're still doing magic here, yeah?) is to make this last forever. Please and thank you. The peace of mind is so nice.

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  • 109 1
 In line with Brian's functional shoulder upgrade, I'd like to see a little more progression in the springs and dampers in my lumbar spine. The small bump sensitivity is fine but I seem to be blowing through the travel much more frequently than I'd like.
  • 89 0
 I just don't understand why they cheaped out on materials with my build.
  • 6 0
 @brianpark: my build is a bit flexy and loose in that area
  • 23 0
 @brianpark: Manufacturer says user error, warranty claim denied
  • 3 0
 Send it in for service.
  • 3 2
 Diet will help you with that.
  • 2 0
 @bok-CZ: Probably just needs a few more shimz?
  • 2 0
 I’m with you after having just collapsed my L5
  • 4 0
 @brianpark: they didn't, you just were lax on maintanence.....
  • 3 0
 @brianpark: sounds like you got the Rhythm version. Hopefully you can soon upgrade to the Performance Elite rotator cuff
  • 1 0
 @brianpark:
Hey Brian,
I have this kind of shoulder (ok,an inverted version of your photo). This works very well for biking since 2 years.
  • 1 0
 @nilswalk: Not approved for shuttling.
  • 1 1
 @brianpark: did you do all the rehab you were given, be honest now….
Go see a certified, experienced athletic therapist
  • 1 0
 @onawalk: I have a mild hypermobility syndrome and basically had both my shoulder sockets broken off when I was a child, then tore my right labrum up badly in ~2014. I believe I was the first in Canada to have a specific type of reverse bankart repair in 2017, which involved an 8+ hour open surgery to bolt in some cadaver bone and do a bunch of stuff with the labrum, 3 months of being braced out and sleeping in a chair, and then 12+ months of physio. And then I had to do a lot of it all over again in 2019 when I broke my humerus.

I'm on a first-name basis with most of Vancouver's best shoulder surgeons and physiotherapists, and they've done a really good job overall—but it still absolutely sucks that I can't do what I want to do, and it's frustrating to now be regressing towards constant pain again. Shoulders are incredibly stupid joints, and my build is with some poor quality materials. Frown
  • 1 0
 @brianpark: I hear ya, we’ve all had our ups, downs and set backs through the years.
Life’s tough, that’s what makes it great, it’s a challenge every day, and who doesn’t love a friggin challenge?!

We all work with the bodies we got, and sometimes they dont cooperate, and there’s nothing more frustrating than realizing you might have passed your peak.

My wife works with one of the best private surgeons in the country, who specializes in shoulders.

If you ever want some contact info, or an AT that’ll push you harder in recovery than a PT ever will, shoot me a message.
It’s not cheap, but you usually only get 2 shoulders.
  • 73 2
 I’d like to see PB put the up/down vote buttons a little further apart.
  • 46 1
 *carefully upvoted...
  • 4 0
 @canadaka can we please make this happen?
  • 2 0
 @brianpark: Yay! Add it to the backlog!!
  • 69 2
 I really would like Mike Levy back!
  • 5 2
 He's better off PB! Trust me!
  • 32 1
 Same tbh.
  • 10 0
 @Hamburgi: He is alergic to peanut butter?
  • 9 1
 @Caliwcm: Someone should tell him about almond butter, it's like discovering peanut butter all over again.
  • 3 3
 I've yet to listen to that last podcast article. Is it actually discussed with candor and sincerity why he's gone?
  • 28 0
 For Christmas

I want the " comment of the year " back.


Please!?
  • 12 1
 And the advent calendar!
  • 25 0
 For Christmas I would like headset cable routing and a new idler with heated grips
  • 7 0
 Don't forget heated pedals and seat
  • 21 2
 Nice to see a little window into long/difficult injury recovery in these wish lists.

Injury recovery is so isolating, and a constant mental mantra forcing a positive outlook to focus on the progress. So many of us are in the same boat but just don't talk about it (1 year into 3 year expected recovery from shattered tib/fib here). It's nice to hear others just voice that deep wish we all have, to be back again.
  • 2 0
 It took me about three years to come back from a similar injury to you and I probably ride better than before the accident. All the hard work in physiotherapy was worth it, but god was it a hard journey. You're welcome to PM if you want to speak to someone who's been there.
  • 1 0
 Yep, I find the almost sole focus on positive stories infuriating. I have injuries I physioed meticulously for years, which turned chronic anyway. Sometimes, your stuck with something and what's needed is acceptance, not false hope.
  • 19 1
 Make more 27.5" bikes!

For some people, they make trails more engaging and more fun. Sometimes a 29" just feels too much like a steamroller, even thought it's "better"
  • 11 2
 That is exactly why I still ride 26" :-)

Don't need to go dangerously fast or wild to have loads of fun, because the less capable bike makes everything fun.
  • 5 0
 I want more playful 120-140 mm travel 27.5" bikes. Not mullet. Not many options for that category...
  • 5 4
 The "pro" of 29ers is undoubtedly rollover, but the "con" is literally everything else. I was on the 29er bandwagon back in the early twenty-teens, but there were too many adverse downsides to stick with them.

I had a Transition Patrol, went to a Transition Scout, but my next bike will be a.... ?? I guess Im sticking with my Scout for a while.
  • 3 2
 Your wish is.... Not granted.

You're getting mullets instead. You're welcome?
  • 6 2
 @thustlewhumber: These trends tend to come and go in circles a bit... I hope they bring some shorter-travel, small-wheeled bikes back. Start.advertising bikes that pop and corner fast. The big wheels are faster but 90% of riders don't race.

Banshee Spitfire looks pretty tempting. But that will probs get mullet-ed at some point.
  • 5 0
 Airdrop bikes entered the chat…
  • 1 0
 @TopherJones93: after owning a gen 1 5010 the 3 subsequent long and low 29" trail bikes were a HUGE disappointment. I then rode a Specialized Epic Evo and found that fun bike again. Surprisingly capable on everything but the biggest stuff.
  • 13 0
 Totally agree with Dario. Prescription riding glasses would be amazing, but it's one riding related thing I haven't been able to justify the cost of (or really been able to find a great option). My main pair of glasses I wear are "sport" frames meaning they are bendable and all, but the lenses are scratched to shit after riding in them for one year even with all the add-on lens technology. I never wipe with my shirt or anything either.
  • 1 0
 I have a strong prescription and astigmatism. Found riding in glasses not nearly as good as using contacts. Any reason you haven’t gone to contacts?
  • 5 0
 @artistformlyknowasdan: my eyes can’t handle contacts anymore. My 100% rx glasses were over $350 and don’t even look cool. They get the job done and have paid for themselves at this point but it would be nice to have a better option
  • 2 0
 I was fortunately financially stable enough to finally get PRK Lasik surgery earlier this year and I can thoroughly recommend it to anyone. I had three days off work, two weeks off the bike, and I luckily haven't had any problems with it. I only had to get my right eye done, and it's not 100%, but it's a whole lot better than it was.
  • 15 0
 @the-other-skier: Lasik sounds amazing except for the part where the laser beams slice your eyeballs
  • 2 0
 @VtVolk: I’m glad I did back when I was 25 (so 16 years ago, good god). But I probably won’t do it again when age catches up and I need correction again. I was terrified the whole time and the tiny little Valium they gave me did nothing to help
  • 2 0
 Prescription riding glasses are so expensive. I tried contacts but I find they dry up and fall out unless I'm wearing goggles or blink every second or so. Riding uphill with goggles is rubbish, as is excessive blinking - especially when I can feel the contacts in my eyes with each blink. Expensive glasses for me then....
  • 1 0
 Julbo does some really nice prescription glasses in their fancy lens options. Expensive as, but extremely nice.
  • 1 0
 @Processtuna: I have the 100% rx speedcoupe. I think they’re decent. Biggest lens that I could find. Also a larger frame for my big pumpkin head. No frame on the bottom of the lens, which helps a little for peripheral vision.
Sometimes SportRx has a sale that takes a little sting out of the price. Lens has held up well.
  • 2 0
 @shapethings:
Oakley has a sale right now, 40%. Some good options.
  • 1 0
 @VtVolk: I had laser surgery to repair a torn retina, think about lasek except 10 times longer, fun.
  • 2 0
 I've been riding moto and mtb with prescription glasses for years. Scott OTG goggles are the way to go. My most recent pair of prescription glasses are Oakley and that combo has been perfect. If you haven't looked into the OTG's, I couldn't recommend them more.
  • 1 0
 Dario’s glasses exist - sportsoptical.com. Not cheap but they work.
  • 1 0
 @Trevorjones109:I actually do have a pair but they don't really fit over my (only) pair of glasses.

To the above comment about contacts, I've thought about it but tbh I just don't see it as something that would work well for me. Im particular and i think contacts would really bug me.
  • 1 0
 not a terribly sustainable option but...
eyebuydirect.com has inexpensive plastic frames and you can get them in tint. You can get multiple pairs but under $100.
  • 1 0
 Have any of y’all looked into stoggles? They’re aren’t riding goggles, but they’re stylish safety goggles/glasses that are quite comfortable. I’ve never tried the rx version though
  • 14 1
 I see what Kazimer is doing.
Setting his sights extremely low for 2024 , so that he won’t be disappointed at the end of the year.
  • 7 0
 I had a panda 4x4 as my first car back in 1990, that poor thing would go anywhere!
  • 1 0
 The Panda is the best thing I saw on here. There are 3 1st Gen Pandas currently living in a 3 mile radius of my hovel
  • 1 0
 @dotman: Same, it was our first car too, super practical hard working little beast but had zero safety features, and was incredibly slow, though it was unbelievably economic when I wasn't ragging it trying to get to sixty. Never forget driving in a torrential downpour with broken wipers and my head out the window though... wipers always go on them!
  • 14 0
 I’d just like more time to ride in nice weather. It’s been pretty crap this year so I need to get out more in 2024.
  • 10 0
 For Christmas I wish to not end up in any Friday Fails (again)
  • 6 0
 I too, am a Panda obsessive. I rode the Sicily Divide on the gravel bike, I knew i'd see a lot of Pandas and I made it my goal to photograph every single one I saw. I made it one hour before giving up. They're more or less every other car down there since there's no weather to rust them out. It was heaven.
  • 7 0
 I’m with Dario. Give me all the jank. Make me feel proud when I clean it. Throw some rain on it and I’ll laugh the whole way down.
  • 3 0
 Even more fun when underbiked and bunny hopping over stuff is the only option.
  • 10 2
 “A hose that never freezes.” I know what you mean. There are pills for that.
  • 4 0
 @Dario Transition XtraActive Stylemirror lens (on any frame from Lensabl.com). Clear to perfect tint as conditions dictate. Red is the best clear. Stylemirror makes the mid-tint look not-awful. Don’t use pre-moistened wipes as they remove the oil-phobic coating. I prefer Oakleys Base6 frames to the traditional sports frames ; great coverage but doesn’t look stupid. This lens cloth is the business www.amazon.com/TORAY-MULTI-PURPOSE-WASHABLE-MICRO-FIBLE-TORAYSEE/dp/B004NYK0NQ/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?crid=BIU3C74SQTLH&keywords=lens+toray&qid=1703458907&sprefix=lens+toray%2Caps%2C70&sr=8-2
  • 7 0
 I don’t understand a world you just said
  • 1 0
 Do they make these for anything with decent coverage and a bit of wrap? Like a base 6?
  • 7 0
 etrailer.com
Under $200 to put a hitch receiver on that VW Golf. Pretty simple DIY project.
  • 1 0
 Was gonna say. I'm terrible at this stuff and it was like 2 bolts on my previous sedan. Problem I found was the load capacity of some cars is easily overwhelmed with the leverage of bikes hanging back there. 1 on a light rack was realistically the max for my car. I have a truck now, and I can't even feel 6 bikes on a heavy steel rack back there.
  • 2 1
 @donaarblitzen: buy stiffer springs for your car.
  • 1 0
 Was going to say the same. Even with electrics a towball was a pretty easy task to install. For my car it even worked with the shit jack it came supplied with. I don't need it regularly, as I got a VW Caddy, but when I do it's great. It's also nice for parking in thight spaces.
  • 3 0
 I see hitch mounts on Honda Fits and even Miyata's. I installed one on my HRV. Not easy but not hard either.
  • 1 0
 2nd. All our cars have curt hitches from etrailer.com. They're cheap to buy, well designed, and (relatively) simple to install.
  • 2 0
 "Drop me off on your way to X ,I'll ride home"
"Pick me up please at X and give me a ride back to my truck "
"Why not take a couple of bikes to your folks house this Christmas?"
"Loan me your car please for some strategic Backcountry shuttling logistics?"
I agree with Seb, putting a hitch+Thule combo on the family/wife car was a game changer.
  • 2 0
 Just adding to the fix here. U Haul will do this for cheap if you leave off electrical. Just peel off the U Haul sticker when you get home. Cheap, easy, reliable
  • 8 0
 Merry Christmas everyone!
  • 6 0
 A million times yes for better prescription sunglasses/ performance glasses that don't cost an arm, a leg or a loan.
  • 1 0
 They'll settle for a kidney on Black Friday
  • 6 0
 Huge Fiat Panda 4x4 fan. They're amazing little things.
  • 2 0
 A couple years ago I got just what Jessie-May Morgan asked for. Installed a hose bib inside our garage with both hot and cold water supply. When the temperatures drop we bring our hose reel into the garage and the hose stays unfrozen and has the ability to spray steaming hot water (which is so nice on the hands after a freezing cold ride, and the warmed hose reels back up so nice and easy. Game changer.
  • 1 0
 To add on to the frozen garden hose that eventually is useless from cracking or losing its original form, buy a stainless steel garden hose, they are the best, they are un-kinkable and seems like it could be the last garden hose you would have to buy. You can find these on Amazon.
  • 2 0
 @devinkalt: I have flexzilla hoses for these reasons. My backyard hose stays out in all the weathers all year round and is still like new. Made in the US and backed by a warranty.
  • 2 0
 My solution was one of those $15 hand pump sprayers. Fill it up and toss it in the backseat before the ride, and you can hose the bike off right at the trailhead. Plus, you’ve got a gallon or two of backup water.

Not nearly as luxurious as the heated hose, though, I’ll say that
  • 1 0
 I upgrade my hoses to a frost-free sillcock. You don't need to keep the hose off all winter to prevent a busted spigot. Hot water is overkill:

www.supplyhouse.com/Frost-Free-Sillcocks-Frost-Proof-316000
  • 5 0
 Sorry kazimer im afraid youre out of luck ive been asking santa for a fiat panda for years
  • 2 0
 @Seb I bought a tow hitch for under $100 and installed it on my car in like 15 minutes and I'm not at all a mechanic. Bought a used Thule rack and my hatchback dad mobile is now a bike hauling machine. Judging from your articles you seem like a measure twice cut once kind of guy so I'm sure you could do the job easily unless your car is difficult for some reason. Make your Christmas wish come true!
  • 2 1
 I'd be excited if Toyota offered the IMV O pickup and Suzuki offered the Jimny for sale here. Apart from that, life is incredible. Thankful for so much that exists already. I do think it is time for parts and rims to start being offered in bare aluminum again.
  • 4 0
 Stanley One Hand Vacuum Mug is the best travel Mug. Lifetime warranty and Stanley answers the phone.
  • 4 1
 I totally expected that title to be for a completely different product on a NSFW website, but maybe that says more about me than I care to admit...
  • 4 0
 Zojirushi tho. I love my big 40 year old Stanley mug for hikes when I'll be sharing but for personal, I have a few different sizes of Zojirushi mugs that outlast and outperform the Stanley. Who cares about a warranty if the mug is built well enough to never need it.
  • 6 0
 Like an actual dude named Stanley answers the phone?
  • 2 0
 @GTscoob: Those are good too. I do find the Stanley of comparable quality. I needed the warranty for a small part in the lid and the newer ones have a better design.
  • 4 1
 For Christmas I want pink bike to bring back the advent calendar. I know I won't win anything but I still like seeing the things that pinkbike gives away...
  • 5 0
 I really hope Alicia gets her second wish!
  • 1 0
 Throwing it out there for the "there's no hitch made for my car" set... You can purchase the raw receiver part of a hitch in both standard sizes fairly inexpensive, and some raw steel tube or angle material, and a competent welder can fab something up relatively easily. Years ago i had a 2nd gen mercedes slk that had no option. Found a couple of factory subframe bolts and bumper attachment bolts that were easily replaced with longer ones to allow the custom hitch to mount up, and was good to go. Had about what a hitch would cost anyway into the materials and a case of beer for my welder neighbor, and it was totally kickass having the only slk with a hitch. Was even able to hide it behind the flexible lower part of the rear bumper. Highly recommend as a satisfying project on any car that doesnt have an existing option. Obviously would not actually use it to tow.
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 @dariodigiulio spot on with janky trails! My ideal trail is on that a few times a year my skills and the stars align and I clean it neatly. The rest of the time, something bunks me up. Extra points if it can be ridden in both directions.
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 Jessie-May Morgan. > > > >
To avoid frozen hose pipes. Simply remove the hose from the tap after each use and leave the open end on the ground to drain the water from it as you coil it back up. if you have a gun/sprinkler attachment you'll need to remove it or hold it open while doing so. Gravity is a marvelous thing.
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 @alicialeggett Hydraflask are almost mountain biker proof and they have replaceable/ rebuildable lids (that don't leak and are easy to clean). While on the topic of stainless steel drinking devices @drinkbivo are the bomb. Don't get raw if bottle cage noise will annoy you.
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 Someone around here must have a warm hose for Jessie-May...https://nofreezewaterhose.com/products/heated-drinking-water-hoses?variant=32311821959257. Will 50' cut it? Santa's wallet better be fat, too
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 That Fiat reminds me of a friend’s Subaru Justy that also did ridiculous things.
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 +1 on the Justy- my thoughts exactly. I'll never forget when our HS cross country team picked up and turned our buddy's Justy sideways in a parking spot, it was so small and light. I don't think it ever exceeded 45 mph either.
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 It reminds me of a Dodge Omni. They were only two wheel drive but they went anywhere. Maybe because no one really cared if they got stuck and lost forever.
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 *1 for the Justy! Brilliant little car that went many places it shouldn’t have. Way too niche to justify making them?
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 @dariodigiulio per Kazimer's recent review, I ordered some Tifosi Swicks with clear prescription lenses. The price was good and so far no complaints.
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 I’m lucky enough to have everything I want and need so I wish you all at and on PB Happy Holidays and best wishes!
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 I wish for the Pinkbike advent calendar
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 Dear Santa, Please bring snow. signed, British Columbia
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 @alicialegget I have had a Stanley travel mug for over a decade and while it has dents, it is going strong. Never leaks either.

eu.stanley1913.com/products/classic-trigger-action-travel-mug-16-oz
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 So Henry, are we talking tele skiing? Cause I wanna come play! And I hear Kaz is a badass telemark skier.
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 The fiat panda 4x4 was my first car....these things make me smile every time I see one.
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 I'd like to see searching by size in the clothes section in buy/sell, ya know, like it used to.
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 "The Panda is small and practical, likely the reason they're nearly impossible to find in the US"

Hahaha Big Grin
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 I wish MTB coverage could be great again
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 Man I'm with Dario on the specs thing. I just can't do contact lenses. Somebody please make something that actually makes sense for us bespectacled folks.
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 Got me prescription riding glasses finally...oh my god, so much better.
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 Dario must be too cool for oakleys. I mean that’s what they do prescription lens sporting glasses.
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 Maybe the price for the regular Oakley sunglasses scared him away before he even dared to look at the prescription glasses.
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 @Mac1987: Bingo
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 @dariodigiulio: check out roka glasses, I’ve been riding them a couple years now and no complaints
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 Mike, be nice and take Henry skiing for a couple of hours.
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 I hope Christmas wishes come true for folks, and that you all enjoy an amazing holiday with those you love, and love you.
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 Sadly, that specific edition of the Panda is impossible to buy new even in Italy. Production has simply stopped.
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 Dear Dario, you should go to central PA. Wonderfully janky, technical trails in all directions.
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 Just got my badly needed Gift Card to our local Adult Store!

Im a happy camper now, meowSmile
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 I think I want Henry to get his the most.
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 Really Kaz? To make a young man's dream come true? One day is all he's asking
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 I’d like a easy way to get uphill with little effort
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 30T chainring and 10-52 eagle cassette ;-)
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 @devinkalt: I see you and raise you a 26t 11-46 Sunrace.
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 Heated hose? What about heated hose box, those can help
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 Dario, just come to Curt Gowdy. We have plenty of tight, janky trails.
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 a way to get a good workout and long mileage riding without having to work out or climb
(thats not an ebike)
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 Dario, some Roka Torinos are right up you alley.
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