Pinkbike's Holiday Wish List

Dec 8, 2016
by Pinkbike Staff  
Pinkbike's Holiday Wish List




We're lucky enough to test a lot of products throughout the year and there are always a few favorite items that we just can't seem to stop using. We've compiled a list of our top picks that we think would be worthy gift ideas, as well as a few that we haven't managed to get our hands on yet.





Mike Levy's Picks


Abbey Tools' Suspension Top Cap Sockets

One of my favorite things to do is to whittle away the hours in my little shop that I created in the spare bedroom of my tiny apartment. Add in an industrial-sized bag of Skittles and a great podcast playing in the background, and I'm liable to disappear for days at a time. Unless that is, I manage to make a mess of something because I wasn't using the best tool for the job, ie. a normal socket on a frustratingly low-profile fork top cap. Standard sockets work, but they round off the corners, or worse, if you're either clumsy (I am) or in a rush (I often am). That's why I'm hoping Mr. Kringle brings me a set of Suspension Top Cap Sockets from Abbey Tools, the same company that has a $180 USD titanium hammer in their catalog. It feels a bit gluttonous to ask for the hammer - my $20 department store smasher does the job - but I can certainly justify owning a set of those sockets.
Abbey Top Cap Socket Wrench 2016

The $150 USD sockets sport a square leading edge rather than the chamfer that you see on standard sockets, so they have more contact with the low faces of a fork's top cap, as well as small reliefs at the corners to further take the strain off of the top cap's edges. Five sizes are included in the kit - 24, 26, 28, 30 and 32mm - which is ideal for a guy like me who's always tinkering with different suspension forks.



Bamboobee's DIY Bamboo Frame Kit

I know full well that I'm luckier than a pig in shit to be able to beat on the latest and (sometimes) greatest bikes before sending them back to wherever they came from, often worn out and sometimes in need of much love. My job means that I don't really find myself pining for much when it comes to carbon this or that, but there is another type of bike that I've always want to own... and build: a bamboo bike.

Bamboobee will mail you a DIY bamboo frame kit that you can assemble on your own time. The kits come in small, medium and large sizes, and you can add things like a basket or fenders, obviously both made of wood. The kit sells for $179 USD on the company's website, which seems like a reasonable price for the experience, although you'll need to factor in the cost of international shipping depending on where you live, and some epoxy to bond the wood together as they can't ship you that stuff. Bamboobee's DIY frame kit probably isn't something that you'd want to take out to the jumps, but it looks like it'd do just fine as a 'get around' rig that's full of character. More importantly, the experience of building your own bamboo bike would be pretty damn cool, wouldn't it?
Interbike 2015



Animal Charities

We were told to pick a third, non-bike related item for this wishlist, which is way more difficult that I thought it'd be. That probably means that I need to get myself a life outside of two wheels. But short of completely unrealistic desires like an old, rusty Porsche 914-6 to tinker with, or maybe for the damn rain to go away for a few days, I don't really find myself wanting anything. I've been told that I'm a real bastard to shop for, so when family members have asked what I want for Christmas, I've usually told them that they should donate the money that they'd spend on useless junk for me towards their local animal charity. Here in Canada, we have the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or the SPCA for short, and most other places have something similar. That seems to make more sense to me than another sweater that I won't wear.



Lauren Jenkins' Picks


Flare's Stage Enduro Jersey

I received the Flare Stage Enduro jersey earlier this year, and despite the fact it's made of polyester and feels like many of my other jerseys, I absolutely love it. The colourway reminds me of one of my favourite sights in the whole world - when you're standing in the mountains and the sun begins to set, those colours are a treat for the senses, nature's own firework display, and for that reason, this jersey appealed to me from the get-go. I love the design.

In terms of fit, it's pretty flattering, and I'd say it's a good shout in most conditions, though I'd definitely pop a base layer on at this time of year. The branding is pretty minimal too, in fact, I've even worn it as a top in the day to day, because it feels nice and doesn't really scream bike jersey. Definitely one of my favourite's from this season.
Flare Stage Enduro Jersey


Kali's Shiva 2.0 Full Face

If Santa could bring me one of these I'd be pretty stoked. One because it looks pretty sweet, I'm a sucker for anything stealthy looking, and two because it boasts some serious safety additions in the protection department.

After a few knocks to the head, and one month of feeling like a drunk following a bruised inner ear when I hit my head at a race, safety is a huge priority for me when it comes to looking for a new helmet. So, Santa, a Kali Shiva 2.0 in medium and Solid Black, please.
The Shiva 2.0

Chickens

It's safe to say I haven't been testing chickens, or that this is even bike related, but when I was growing up my Grampy (grandfather) had a smallholding of sorts. Before I was born he had cows, geese, and all sorts, but when I came along there were sheep (I got headbutted by one once) and eventually all that were left were the chickens. I loved watching them and bringing them scraps, it's one of my favourite memories of spending time with him as a child.

I'm moving into a home of my own soon, and I'd love some chickens. They are hilarious and have such varied personalities. It would be nice to rescue some and give them a nice home until the end of their days, and if we get fresh eggs, well that's just a bonus. Not really sure many people would be happy to find a chicken stuffed in a stocking though, maybe it's just me.
Waiting chickens. Photo by Matt Davis. Photo from Flickr used following a Creative Commons search. Link https goo.gl muvkZ6



Mike Kazimer's Picks


Fix It Sticks Replaceable Multi-Tool

Out of all the components that I've reviewed over the last couple of years, the Fix It Sticks Replaceable tool gets the nod as an ideal gift for any mountain biker. It doesn't take up much more room than a traditional multi-tool, but the T-handle design means that you have a shop quality implement with you out on the trail that can be used for everything from adjusting clipless pedals to tightening frame hardware.

The fact that it can accept any 1/4" bit makes it unlikely to become obsolete - even if a company decides to use some wacky bolt size on their bikes, a quick trip to the hardware store should be all it takes to find the correct bit. The $36 asking price isn't unreasonable either, especially for something that should last for years rather than days.

Fix It Sticks review


Saxx Kinetic Boxers

I know, I know, getting or giving underwear for Christmas sounds lame; when you're a kid it doesn't get much worse than tearing open that wrapping paper to find a six pack of tube socks and a package of tighty whities, especially when you look out the window to see little Billy driving around his yard in a new battery-powered monster truck.

Luckily, Saxx Kinetic boxers are infinitely better than those ill-fitting Kmart specials. They're super comfortable, and they don't bunch up or chafe, even on longer rides. At $37 a pair they're also not cheap, which is why I've changed my tune about receiving underwear as a gift. Crap, does that mean I'm officially an adult? Damnit, I sure hope not. Either way, these are worth a try.
Saxx


Contintal Der Baron Tires

Here in the Pacific Northwest the holiday season means more than just crowded malls and horrible Christmas music on the radio. It means rain. Lots and lots of rain. And what happens when you mix rain with dirt? Bingo – mud. That's where a good mud tire comes in, one with a big blocky tread pattern to dig through the slop in search of traction.

Specialized has a new version of their Hillbilly on the way that I'm eager to try, but until then, I've been extremely impressed with the performance of Continental's Der Baron tires ($70). They're not the lightest, but I don't mind lugging a few extra grams around if it means I don't end up sliding off the trail and into the bushes. They even behave well on wet roots and rocks, which is where full-on spike tires falter. If you live in an area that's wet and muddy for a good portion of the year, I'd recommend adding the Der Barons to your holiday wishlist.

Continental Der Baron 2.4



Vernon Felton's Picks


Maxxis Minion DHF Tires

If pressed to run a single tire, on every bike, I’d opt for the Minion DHF. Yes, there are faster-rolling tires. I don’t care. The grip is outstanding. It’s good in the summer and it’s outstanding in the winter when the roots have grown slimy and the dirt has morphed into goo. I’d feel differently about this tire, I’m sure, if I was all about uphill speed, but I’m not. So there.

I tend to run the 3C MaxxTerra version for general trail riding, but those whose trails include lots of jagged bits (or who don’t mind lugging around a couple hundred extra grams) might opt for Maxxis’ burlier DoubleDown carcass. I give Maxxis bonus points for making the tire in 26, 27.5 and 29-inch versions. At $78, Minions ain't cheap, but good tires never are these days. Finally, if you go the folding bead route, you might even be able to squeeze one of these into somebody's stocking.
Holiday Guide



Smartwool Mid 250 Zip T

Winter is here and that means two things: wet and cold. For the next seven months of the year most synthetic jerseys are going to be about as useful as a potted ficus tree when it comes to staving off hypothermia. A good wool jersey, on the other hand, keeps you warm when you’re drenched during those rides in the pissing rain. Smartwool’s $100 Mid 250 Zip T is, technically speaking, a base layer. There are no pockets, which, admittedly, is a drag, but, man, is it comfortable. On cold days, I run it by itself. On days when there’s snow on the ground and it feels like my toes might fall off, I might pair it with a light jacket.

I can’t tell you how many times this thing has saved my ass. Despite its "mid weight" classification, this garment doesn't possess a particularly bomber feel to it. It's relatively lightweight and it breathes damn well. Somehow, however, I've been able to flog the crap out of the same jersey for three seasons on the bike without it unraveling, tearing or crying uncle. Ditto for off-the-bike care: if ignoring washing care instructions were a crime, I’d be a serial killer. Part of me knows that there is probably some sort of distinction between “line dry” and “tumble dry”, but I always resort to simply tossing everything into the dryer and nuking the hell out of it. While the people at Smartwool will grimace at that last sentence, I have gotten away with subjecting my Smartwool base layer to fairly Neanderthal treatment for years. I'm a fan.
Holiday Guide



SOG PowerAssist S66

Things break. Around me, they break a lot. I try not to take that personally. There is probably some kind of life lesson tucked in there for me to learn; instead, I always pack a big tool to fix all the crap I inevitably break. The SOG PowerAssist S66 ($101.36) is that kind of big tool.

In fact, with its 16 tools (which include not one, but two, knife blades, a 3-sided file, a blasting cap crimper, a bottle opener, a can opener, a hard wire cutter, needle nose pliers and both Philips and flat-head screwdrivers) this is a very, very big tool. And heavy! Did I mention heavy? Well, the PowerAssist is a whopping 9.6 ounces of stainless steel that’s been assembled in `Merica. In short, no, this is not a lightweight, cycling-specific multi-tool. This is a zombie-fighting, apocalypse-thwarting, rusty-old-Ford-fixing, salmon-gutting tool…which is why I want one.

Do I really need a blasting cap crimper? Hell, no. And if I do, you better run because things are about to get really messy—like the giant-smoking-crater kind of messy that you want to avoid at all costs. But I do appreciate the fact that SOG went the extra mile here. I also dig the fact that their stuff tends to be built with a certain brick-shithouse kind of ethic and durability. In short, this is my kind of tool. I might have to get myself one for the holidays. There’s probably a Christmas tree in my immediate future in need of a good decapitating and, yes, I can get that done with the SOG here.
Holiday Guide




Tyler Maine's Pick


Gore Bike Wear's Universal Gore-Tex Socks

As my fellow co-workers have stated, it's wet and muddy here in the Pacific Northwest for some of the fall, all of the winter and a little bit of the springtime too. This means that you have to adapt in order be comfortable riding all year long. First, you'll go through a few subpar raincoats until you get a proper one that breathes and allows you to ride comfortably in. Then you'll get gloves with Windstopper or other insulating features. At this point, you're pretty happy on your rides, but you note that your feet could always be a little happier aka drier. This is where the Gore-Tex socks from Gore Bike Wear come in.

I received my first pair as a gift and have been pumped on them since that first ride. We lose so much heat from our toes and by simply popping these on, a lot of that gets significantly better. I prefer to wear mine with a thin wool sock due to its additional thermal properties, but it'll come down to your comfort levels. Get them for yourself or your loved ones, but either way, if you ride when it's wet, often, then pick up a set of these socks and make your feet happier.

Gore Bike Wear Gore-Tex Socks



RC's Picks


Kitsbow Radiator Tee

I have two piles of gear: one ready to wear and the other ready to wash. While it begins life neatly stacked, the ready pile quickly matches the disorderly heap of man-smell near the laundry basket, because when it comes time to ride, I pass up the accessible fashion choices near the top of the stack and go mining for my favorite jersey, shorts and gloves. If the temperatures are mild, the jersey I'll be digging for is most likely to be my Kitsbow Radiator Tee. It looks good, feels ultra comfortable against my skin and it doesn't shout which brand I'm wearing and my preferred riding genre.

Kitsbow's 69-dollar Radiator Tee is made in the USA from Polartec fabric, a knitted blend of polyester and Lycra that is renowned for its wicking action and comfort. The cut is roomy, but still sharp looking, with just the right length for cycling. There are vented panels under the arms and sides. The stretch action allows for freedom of movement and, unlike a standard Tee, the Radiator never accumulates moisture. Colors (orange, blue and green) are bright, but stop tastefully short of Day-Glo. One in every color, please.
radiator Tee



Brodie - the Man Behind Brodie Bikes
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Paul Brodie's autobiography is a must read for anyone who dreams of being a frame builder. Paul's 260-page book is a raw and honest odyssey through the brightest and darkest moments that early mountain bike makers faced as they plunged their lives and meager fortunes into the steep learning curve which eventuated in the beautiful machinery that most of us take for granted today.

Like many mountain bike pioneers, Brodie blended a newfound love of cycling with motorcycle knowledge and an insatiable curiosity for anything fast and mechanized. Perhaps the most refreshing aspect of this read is that we experience a piece of mountain bike history as it emerges far away from Marin County - a branch of the tree that grew into the Pacific Northwest freeride culture, as told by a man who rubbed shoulders with the founders of influential BC bike brands and later, dedicated much of his time teaching his craft to the next generation of builders. $29.95
Paul Brodie



Action Sports Industry Lottery

We all know that someone - old, young, male or female - a person who is talented beyond ourselves, or perhaps not so talented, but so stoked on life and their sport that he or she inspires others to greater things. Circumstances, though, has relegated these brighter lights to substandard equipment. Action sports are technical and expensive, and the path to greatness often begins with privilege and social status - people gifted with free time, the ability to travel, and the wherewithal to acquire thousands of dollars of essential gear.

Wouldn't it be great if there were a lottery, established by the action sports industry, where top-level equipment like bicycles, climbing gear, kayaks,
Buehler and Kinrade flight 2.
surfboards, paragliders, skis, or possibly, camera gear, were donated to a pool - and people like you or I could nominate less-fortunate enthusiasts to win a chance to flourish at their highest level? Everyone wants to grow their sports. The seeds have already sprouted. Pour a little water and fertilizer in the right place and our next generation of heroes could come from neighborhoods where they are needed most.




Paul Aston's Picks


An Equally Efficient Gearbox

I may be asking the impossible here, but isn't that whole point of calling out to Santa? Everyone knows that gearboxes have certain pros and cons compared to a standard derailleur system. The real disadvantages being lower efficiency and higher weight. The third negative of price would be solved in due course through production volume. Aside from these glaring issues, I can only find a long list of positives: less maintenance, better sprung to unsprung weight, blah blah, you've heard it all before.

I understand the mechanical and physical reasons why these downsides may never be solved, but just like asking St Nic for a Mclaren Sportshome for weekends away, it's worth a shot – simply for the
Cavalerie Anakin bike review. www.thomasgaffneyphotography.com
reason that I will no longer need to debate gearbox bikes ever again.

Actually, I might ask for an unbreakable, maintenance free derailleur system as a backup. It would create less quarrel at least.


Get Rad and Hurly Burly

I remember clearly to this day a fateful event that introduced me the global mountain bike world. Pedaling home after jumping off some random dirt piles with friends, my riding buddy said something about his fork looking strange. The next thing I saw was his face looking strange as it ground along the gravel path, his forks separated at the steerer and rolling into the bushes along with the front wheel. Being ten years old, much more importantly than his new face, was the magazine his dad brought him later in the day to cheer him up – the first ever issue of Dirt Magazine.

Get Rad Twenty Years of Dirt
Hurly Burly a 2016 downhill yearbook

Over time I was an avid reader and acquainted with the employees, especially James Mcknight. We spent many hours together traveling all over Europe, living in vans, racing bikes and, well, drinking quite a lot.

So Santa, I would like 'Get Rad,' Dirt Magazine's historic reminiscence of the last twenty years. Not only is it mountain biking, but a reflection of the last twenty years of my own passion.

Secondly, ex-Dirt writer, James Mcknight, has pulled the trigger and independently published his own print history – 'Hurly Burly' is a look back at the 2016 UCI World Cup season. Contributed by Sven Martin, Seb Shieck, and Duncan Philpott, words are composed through many industry insiders. And before you say it, I know print is at odds with our online platform, but there is still a deep appeal to a timeless, crafted bound of paper on the coffee table.


A Flight to New Zealand

I have been trying to cut down on my air miles, last year got a bit out of hand with me hopping on 42 flights. Even with the gesture of carbon offsetting, I'm not really sure it's making a positive impact on the nature and world in which I like to ride my bike. But, the rain and cold of Europe is already dampening spirits and there is nothing I can think of better right now than sitting inside a germ-tube for 30 hours, to step outside into summer again.

Last year's trip down under didn't go to plan when I tried to remove my right arm and shoulder using a hard packed berm. That wouldn't stop me going back to embrace the summertime, the world-beating mountain bike community and trail infrastructure the Kiwi's enjoy while the northern hemisphere is gripped by the winter.
Fake ticket to NZ



Rachelle Frazer's Picks


TLD Method XC Knee Sleeve

Not wearing knee pads feels so nice and freeing, but there are some occasions when a little added protection can go a long way. These TLD Knee Sleeves have become a staple for me and I'm happy to chuck them on when heading out to discover a new trail network. They are light and easy to pedal in and I don't ever really have to think about them. Certainly, there are occasions when terrain calls for burlier protection but these little Kevlar pads have saved me from a couple of scrapes and given me an extra notch of confidence when dropping into the unknown. They'd make a nice little stocking stuffer for anyone.
TLD Knee Sleeves


Hand and Toe Warmers

Riding with frozen hands and feet is the worst, and as we move into the winter months rolling out the door for a ride turns into a circus of careful clothing considerations. How many layers should I wear? Which pieces are best suited to the conditions outside? What gloves am I going to take? Buff or no buff? It can be a laborious and mentally draining task. But I know myself well enough now to err on the side of caution - and my husband knows me too.

Last year he ordered me a box of hand and toe warmers and they have not gone to waste. They're in the glove box of our truck, they're in my gear bag, in my ride pack and they get shoved into my SWAT vest when the temps drop.They are light and don't take up much space and they've saved my rides on several occasions. If you know someone who doesn't fare too well in the winter, consider a couple of packets of these little miracle workers for their stocking.

Hot Hands


45NRTH Wolvhammer Boots

There are a few months of winter here on the East Coast of the USA where good socks, toe warmers, and shoe covers just aren't going to cut the mustard anymore. I've been eyeing up these 45Nrth Wolvhammer boots for two years now but they are that popular they are hard to get a hold of. They are designed to keep your toes toasty between temperatures of 0º TO 25ºF / -18º TO -3ºC. And if you want to ride in the winter here it's going to get that cold - colder even. 45NRTH actually have riding boots that will keep your toes warm down to -25F / -31ºC. I'm inclined to leave those types of temperatures to the true winter devotees and sit by the wood stove with my pooch and a warm cuppa instead. Still, my fat bike and I do have some winter riding to do, so maybe Santa will help find me a pair this Christmas?
45 Nrth
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98 Comments

  • + 131
 Chickens are pretty damn entertaining, just sayin
  • + 11
 this made my day hahaha, CHICKENS !
  • + 13
 it would be really great to get a fundraiser for these kids going who are riding their bikes in afghanistan: www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfQ0DZBt2DQ
  • + 15
 If you were never chased by a pissed-off chicken at least once when you were a kid, you missed out.
  • + 7
 A bunch of cocks is what they are. Damn birds.
  • + 2
 Chickens are truly funny
  • + 10
 The new sizing standards in today's chickens are a pain in the ass though
  • + 4
 HEY GUYS! Did you see the size of that Chicken!?
  • + 6
 They are really hard to wrap though...
  • + 2
 Once I saw an incredible video of a guy sailing on the Arctic, and he had a goddam pet chicken! It would follow him around when on land, and even sleep on his lap.
  • + 3
 @Caiokv: Maybe if I get a chick and train it up, I could have a trail chicken! Certain breeds are pretty clever.. ha.
  • + 1
 Chickens are messy creatures though. Either have them well fenced in or prepare to be cleaning up after them, a lot. That said, having a big ass omelette from your own fresh eggs, Awesome.
  • + 0
 www.youtube.com/watch?v=OedpoxrNH6M
just some food for thought.
  • + 7
 @laurenjenkins: trail chickens you have to be careful of - they are a bit more precious than dogs. Never forget riding through a village in Nepal and killing a chicken who ran into my front wheel. Then had to negotiate with the farmer who owned it. Not only did i have to pay for the chicken, but for 2 generations of future chickens. He then gave it to me to taken home, but wasn't super keen on riding around with a dead chicken in my backpack all day. I am now paranoid about riding near chickens :-)
  • + 2
 @grugged: Perhaps I'll scrap that idea then.. sounds traumatic for everyone involved...
  • + 2
 I've got chickens too , at my backyard.Just sayin.
  • + 3
 i have chickens in my backyard too. my wife had 3 grey bantams, 5 rhode island reds and a leghorn rooster. a red tail hawk swooped down and attacked the banty hen and the 2 banty roosters died trying to save her life. she did get away. pretty damn valiant if you ask me.
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 @laurenjenkins: but, but, I wanna see a trail chicken video...
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 @JackMoloney: Don't get me started on the fat chickens...
  • + 2
 Chickens are clucking awesome. Of course, I'm wearing the sweatshirt my birds got me last Christmas.
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 @fitbiker4130: or e-chickens for that matter
  • + 45
 Somewhat surprised by the humbleness of these picks. Fix-It-Sticks, Abbey Tool sockets, Gore socks, tires

Was expecting the unrealistic: S-Works Demo 8s, Synicate V10s, KTM SX 450F, heli trips, Yeti SB6 Turq editions, all-inclusive trips to far flung lands...
  • + 6
 @gonecoastal you completely beat me to this comment!
  • + 29
 I don't know about you, but I do not see 37 usd for one pair of underwear as humble.
  • + 19
 @CrowSD: $150 for a handful of sockets, seems mighty expensive. I just spent an hour and filed my socket set.

I do really want some of their tools. Such nice stuff.
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 @CrowSD: and he states that obvious point in the section with the underwear
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 @bman33: He sure does. My comment was referencing the OP's comment about being surprised by the humbleness of the picks.
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 @bonfire: agreed. 150 for a couple of sockets is out of my budget. Atleast they are a niche tool and not an over priced pair of underwear.
  • + 8
 @CrowSD: Put your bits into them, and you will no longer care if it is humble or not. They are like a cloud in heaven for your twig and giggleberries..
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 @bonfire: Knobby.com!! Underwear subscription. for $23 NZD. Monthly or Bi-monthly. Well worth it. I use them for riding. They really do funk up your junk!
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 @CrowSD: That's why I didn't mention them. Wink I'm sure those underoos are nice and all, but merino underwear is much much better.
Most of the picks are all gifts that one could realistically receive this holiday season without being an heir to a massive fortune.
I should've put the footwear on blast for ya too!
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 @VwHarman: I do not doubt you. However at 37 a pair I expect more than a very comfortable pair of underwear. To each their own and I really don't care that the fancy panties made the list, just commenting that I do not see it as a particularly "humble" pick as stated above.
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 @gonecoastal: You know, after re reading your post, I realize that the underwear was not mentioned by you. My mistake! Can we still be friends? Wink
  • + 1
 Me interested in the Titanium Hamma!
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 @CrowSD: Considering SmartWool socks sell from $15-20 per pair $37 isn't terribly bad. Saxx have been around some time now and to be honest, once you wear a decent pair of underwear you'll understand.
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 @EastCoastDHer: Ditto on the "Once you wear a decent pair of underwear..." . Agree 100%
  • + 26
 props to anyone who bikes when it's cold enough to warrant the Wolvhammers....
  • + 4
 You need them up here in Duluth Minnesnowta
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 That's exactly what I thought. The shop I work at brought a bunch in last winter and we actually sold a few pairs! I don't have balls that big (although they're more shrivelled raisins at that temp) to ride in -18* weather haha
  • + 5
 I just finished a -25C ride up here in Alberta, let me tell you, they are amazing
  • + 1
 Meanwhile here in Brazil 10 ºC is already pretty cold to ride...
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 @Caiokv: -18*c really isn't that cold here, it hits negative 40 at least five times a winter where I live.. now that is too cold to ride lol
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 @TBLeldarado: I guess that takes some getting used to!
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 @Caiokv: usually it just means staying inside and binge watching MTB films and surfing pb
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 @TBLeldarado: So 80% just like summer? lol
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 @Caiokv: the truth had been spoken Smile
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 Abby tools... How about cheap 6 sided sockets and a belt sander... thats what I did. forget about bling, I'll save my dims for beer.
  • + 14
 Headbutted by a sheep? Pretty cool. When i was 7 years old i punched an ostrich at London Zoo because it stole my little brothers ice cream. I thought it was going to kill me.
  • + 13
 Minion DHF... I think I like you Vernon Felton... ok no... you have to drop this long travel guilt that most PB editors seem to have lately Big Grin
  • + 6
 What is this long travel guilt of which you speak? Pretty sure I've never felt such a thing! Cheers.
  • + 1
 The Minions worked wonders today. Was absolutely pinning it with my 2 1/2 year old daughter onboard up front.
  • + 1
 @vernonfelton: I just have an impression you guys roll mostly on 110-130 bikes and well you all live in rather big mountains Smile
  • + 5
 I immediately looked up the Fix It Sticks but since the original Kickstarter campaign it looks like they're no longer made in the US and are now being manufactured in China. According to folks on Amazon.com the new version is sloppier, loose and not made to last. Disappointing.
  • + 8
 Chickens ???????? love it
  • + 1
 lovin' it crispy or juicy?
  • + 8
 I want 30 psi, along with those Minion's.
  • + 8
 I want the ARBR Saker!
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 ^^^ this guy .Ha!
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 SpecSavers vouchers for the guys at ARBR though...
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 KNIPEX pliers!
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 So 'Shrink & Pink' is still a thing?
Flare's Stage Enduro Jersey is not terrible looking but can someone explain why it's near impossible to find a long sleeve jersey for women? (Especially in Canada) Think it may look a little goofy wearing a 3/4 sleeve with gloves, never mind the fact that it wouldn't protect your arms from those dang razzleberry bushes in the summer months :p
  • + 5
 Forwarding this list to my wife right now!!
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 @mikekazimer Please tell me you don't wear underwear when you ride?
  • + 12
 I do, but it's instead of wearing a chamois. Underwear + spandex is definitely not a recommended combination.
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flag Happymtbfr (Dec 8, 2016 at 13:18) (Below Threshold)
 Chamois are for peopke who don't ride often enough! Or maybe for people not moving their bottom from the saddle...
  • + 12
 @Happymtbfr: incorrect. 'No chamois' is for people who don't ride enough.
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 @iamamodel, @Happymtbfr, or it's a matter of personal preference, and an absolutely pointless thing to argue about.
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 You make a good point @mikekazimer ! Smile
Have a nice weekend guys!
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 @iamamodel: do you ride more often than you post / comment here on PB? Wink
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 @Happymtbfr: about six hours a week of moving time, ramping up to nine as I train for a marathon race early next year. I'm at chamois plus butt cream :-)
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 Action sports lotto. Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. I think that idea should take action. Sure there are a few avenues but it ebbs and flows. And who knows what you have to do or get. But a no holds bared set up of your choosing for being lucky/rad enough is awesome.
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 dear santa, i'd appreciate it if you could gift me the skills, creativity and humor needed to write like @vernonfelton. brings a smile to my face everytime!
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 I WANNA KNOW WHAT TIPPY WANTS!
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 Tippy has a beautiful wife, two beautiful daughters, all the bikes and gear he wants, lives in a riding mecca, has a sled and a sponsorship through Burton for snowboard gear, a Toyota truck sponsorship, a hotel sponsorship, and gets to be as goofy as he wants 24/7. Tippy is sober and high on life and was genuinely nice in person the one time I met him. The only thing Tippy seems to want is more than 24 hours a day.
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 @LittleDominic: Thats all very true... well good for Mr. Tippy!
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 @LittleDominic: well there it is... i want to be Brett Tippie for Christmas!
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 BBQ Chicken will have to do for now, can't keep chickens in my apartment Frown
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 $150 for 5 sockets is insulting. Top caps really aren't torqued down hard enough to really need a special socket to remove them. My cheap adjustable wrench works just fine for removing them from my mountain bikes and motorcycle and none of them are damaged by doing so.
  • + 4
 exactly why I asked for 2 Minion DHFs this year
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 All you guys and girls are welcome anytime in New Zealand. All the Rotorua and Taupo trails are riding mint. Queenstown great too I hear
  • + 0
 A Titanium hammer... surely that would be worse at "hammering" than a usual hammer... maybe it's designed for weak people who can't overcome the inertia of a normal hammer. ????
  • + 1
 Great call out on the Dirt book. Just put in my order. Screw waiting till Christmas! It's limited edition and I know I want it!
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 I really miss DIRT in the mailbox.
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 Should read " PINKBIKES CHRISTMAS WISH LIST " !
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 hand warmers for the win! good for everything cold, put them in yyour back pocket while you'r waiting for your car to warm up.
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 Can you buy those two Dirt Magazine book? Can someone link to them if you can, or was it a short run thing that already happened
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 Get Rad here:

dirtmountainbike.bigcartel.com/product/dirt-20th-anniversary-book



Hurly Burly, which is a separate publication to Dirt can be purchased here:

www.downhillyearbook.com
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 @paulaston: Awesome, thanks guys!
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 Saxx undies, like a midget hand cupping your Crown Jewels with a velvet glove. Worth every penny.
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 Chickens FTW.
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 nice picks, rc. had a brodie catalyst and ordered dirt's mag last week!
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 Literally have 1 of these items already. Smart shoppers unite.
  • + 0
 Blackburn switch better than fix it sticks.
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