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Good or bad, what did the cyclists love one get you? Informed or ill-informed choices!

I will start....

Castelli Gabba SS
Rapha Cross LS jersey
Castelli socks
Castelli Diluvio Deluxe Gloves
Espresso machine

I have too admit, I love my wife....hmmm Santa sorry.

I have gone mad in the sales too  13

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ajmarshal1 [403 posts] 2 years ago
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Rapha brevet jersey and it's absolutely outstanding.

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MartyMcCann [195 posts] 2 years ago
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My constant hints and ostentatious visits to the Prendas website worked as my great wife got me a La Vie Claire LS jersey as well as a painting done by a local artist of Mark Cavendish in action. Also a few wee cycle themed bits and pieces including some carbolic soap that is supposedly for getting the grease off cyclists hands and has to be stored in a plastic bag due to smelling out the bathroom!
In fact she has been telling her friends at work that one of the benefits of being married to a cyclist is that Christmas and birthday gift buying is easy!

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S13SFC [129 posts] 2 years ago
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My wife bought me a cracking "Life Cycle" tee from Not On The High Street and and a Specialized under saddle bag but it was massive and I already have a proper one so that went back.

TBF she's crap and buying me anything so usually gets me nothing!

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paulrbarnard [182 posts] 2 years ago
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Specialized toupe saddle in 130mm width for my training bike, no more sore arse on that now
Specialised roubaix bar tape to spruce things up for the new year
Wide flat pedals for my commuting bike
Full length mudguards for the commuting bike
K-Edge chain catcher for the road bike, just incase

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matthewn5 [647 posts] 2 years ago
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A beanie with the biggest pompom ever seen in captivity.
Even if drivers don't see me, they'll see the pompom.

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Shouldbeinbed [43 posts] 2 years ago
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A cateye volt 300 for my commuting. Used for proper for the first time tonight & the pulse flash is really good, it'll be interesting tomorrow morning on my quiet bit to see if its any cop to see by as well.

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Cyclist [295 posts] 2 years ago
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All of the above....nice  41

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stuke [335 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm not normally allowed cycling stuff for birthday or Christmas as there is a steady stream of kit coming in to my wardrobe year round but after finding a hole in my DeFeet merino socks the mother-in-law treated me to some of Vulpine's long merino socks - so soft and warm, looking forward to getting out in them again tomorrow in the sub-zero temperatures  4

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parksey [343 posts] 2 years ago
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Shouldbeinbed wrote:

A cateye volt 300 for my commuting.

Snap, albeit haven't used mine yet, need to dig out my old USB charger from the back of the cupboard to charge it first.

Also got a pair of Sealskinz gloves.

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notfastenough [3661 posts] 2 years ago
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£100 which is burning a hole in my pocket. Will top it up to result in one of:

Spesh body geometry shoes- to supplement existing pair
Rapha Cross jersey
A soft shell jacket, but haven't seen a really nice one for this kind of cash
Or even a winter frame, but the head tube on the Ribble seems stupidly short

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Jack Osbourne snr [385 posts] 2 years ago
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Carradice Nelson Longflap and a couple of TdF dvds from the late 80's to remind me that I am definitely much older and slower than in those (my) wannabe racer days.

At the very least they serve to justify the audaxers beard that now adorns this ageing mush.

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Leviathan [1788 posts] 2 years ago
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I played Santa for my bike, gave it a nice shower and a bath for its back brake calipers. New tape on all the old scars. New seat bracket and finally some shiny new Continental GP4000s boots.

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Argos74 [373 posts] 2 years ago
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Muddy Fox/Sports Direct orange commuting jacket. Same as last year... grumble grumble. Skint from buying presents for other people, so no going mad in the sales for me. Will have to bake some cake for the New Year's Day ride, and cycle somewhere nice. That'll do me.

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s_lim [168 posts] 2 years ago
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bikeboy76 wrote:

I played Santa for my bike, gave it a nice shower and a bath for its back brake calipers. New tape on all the old scars. New seat bracket and finally some shiny new Continental GP4000s boots.

I did the same; gave it a good clean (including the jockey wheels, they were minging), a new saddle, cables, coloured cable covers and bar tape. She'll be very pretty for the new season when I'm done.

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Trull [79 posts] 2 years ago
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eTrex 30 and "The Pain and the Glory"

Its all good!

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Saint Mikie 41 [55 posts] 2 years ago
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After dropping near constant hints about bad weather and not being able to get out the dear lady wife finally went to Hargroves and came out with a Tacx Booster trainer which I am very pleased with. Not happy about me using it her new kitchen though! Also got the Pain and The Glory as well and some new Sportful kit in the Halfords sale.

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stumps [3188 posts] 2 years ago
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Castelli Diluvio gloves - very nice and a wad of money to treat myself to a new jacket - going for the Castelli Gabba LS.

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fullers1979 [41 posts] 2 years ago
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I got some Spesh 74 shoes and a bar fly 2 Garmin mount. Just need to work out what I'm going to spend the cash I got on now. Choices choices!!

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djpalmer32 [77 posts] 2 years ago
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My partner and I asked for money, and received, for Christmas and birthdays (which are next month) we're off to the Specialized Concept Store at Fort Dunlop tomorrow to spend it. Me on probably a Secteur and the misses will probably get a Dolce  1

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Cyclist [295 posts] 2 years ago
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Some nice stuff there  41

I forgot to add that I also had a sportful hot pack gilet and I used it today and must say what a fantastic bit of kit, the wife got me the lumi one which doesn't look half bad to be fair. But the great thing is it packs down to the size of a large kiwi fruit weighs nothing but seems really robust, and does the job it's designed to do exceedingly well.. Highly recommended.

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Simon E [2546 posts] 2 years ago
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Cycling Anthology vols 2 & 3, as requested.

Mrs E decided to add Sean Kelly's autobiog to her basket while on the Prendas website, despite not knowing who he was, so I have that to look forward to as well.
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And today my sister's presents arrived via shuttling parents - a Castelli Risvolto winter cap (road.cc review here). Exactly what I needed for my cold ears! Unless she hacked my ebay account and saw my wish list I've no idea how she could have got it so right.
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Hensteeth [71 posts] 2 years ago
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100th le tour de france book
DHB Windslam long sleeve jersey. Very nice, worn today for a 26 mile ride with one of my long sleeve XTM merino base layers, of which i got 2. £25 each in TK Maxx.
2 x DHB long sleeve base layers
Wiggle mountain mayhem jersey (thats going back)
Garmin Edge 200, that got used today too.
Very pleased I must say
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Neill_M [6 posts] 2 years ago
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First post here, Santa bought an Endura Stealth II jacket (for my commute) and Cavendish at Speed book, oh and a Knog 'milkmam' lock.

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Shep73 [211 posts] 2 years ago
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Castelli Velocissimo Team jersey (should go well with my Pocket Liner Jacket and Surpasso leggings)
Pipe Clamp for my camera
661 Rage Knee Pads
G Form Knee Pads
And some massive smiles from the riding done over Christmas.

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mooleur [537 posts] 2 years ago
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New aero helmet for the TT's, Cavs new book & a shedload of vouchers for my LBS, with which I'll be buying a saddle for the TT bike.

Extra Xmas bonus was meeting Cav yesterday, as he was back for a race which we all did here (IoM). Winning.  4

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joemmo [1146 posts] 2 years ago
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I asked Santa for some ways to lose a few grams from my overall weight so he sent me the norovirus.

Have to say that it's remarkably effective but I probably wouldn't recommend it.

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jova54 [644 posts] 2 years ago
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Can't complain. Having got a new MARIN a couple of months ago, for which the wife keeps reminding me was a combined (December) birthday and Christmas present I also got;

New pair of black Shimano pedals for the MARIN
Lezyne mini-pump
Shutt VR Black Sportive Jersey
Pearl Izumi Pro Softshell Gloves
Bluffers Guide to Cycling by Rob Ainsley

Going to have buy the workstand and overshoes myself then

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stumps [3188 posts] 2 years ago
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joemmo wrote:

I asked Santa for some ways to lose a few grams from my overall weight so he sent me the norovirus.

Have to say that it's remarkably effective but I probably wouldn't recommend it.

Dont know whether its the norovirus or something similar but i've been the same. Unable to get on my bike since before Christmas  31

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Gizmo_ [1333 posts] 2 years ago
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joemmo wrote:

I asked Santa for some ways to lose a few grams from my overall weight so he sent me the norovirus.

Have to say that it's remarkably effective but I probably wouldn't recommend it.

Ouch. I can vouch for campylobacter as being similarly effective - 10 lbs in 10 hours (though not this week, thankfully).

I got less stuff than I was expecting, but very happy with The Secret Race, The "Rules" book (yes, I know it's tongue in cheek) and Domestique.

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Al'76 [110 posts] 2 years ago
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Some really, really bad weather...  20

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