What did the cycling Santa bring?

by Cyclist   December 28, 2013  

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 Surprise

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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. Big Grin

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posted by mooleur [532 posts]
30th December 2013 - 9:53

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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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posted by joemmo [768 posts]
30th December 2013 - 10:54

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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

Did Nightrider 2013 for Parkinson's UK, doing it again this year just for the fun of it and to raise more money.

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posted by jova54 [583 posts]
30th December 2013 - 11:54

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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 Sick

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posted by stumps [2642 posts]
30th December 2013 - 12:00

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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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posted by Gizmo_ [711 posts]
30th December 2013 - 12:37

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Some really, really bad weather... Crying

posted by Al'76 [126 posts]
30th December 2013 - 12:41

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My 17-yr old daughter got me a Coq Sportif TdF Green Jersey. It's nicely made and we did go to Nice together to see the team TT this year. She's a student and skint, and really chuffed with herself. BUT, what about Rule #16!?

posted by mbrads72 [108 posts]
30th December 2013 - 13:16

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mbrads72 wrote:
My 17-yr old daughter got me a Coq Sportif TdF Green Jersey. It's nicely made and we did go to Nice together to see the team TT this year. She's a student and skint, and really chuffed with herself. BUT, what about Rule #16!?

Your daughter must have sacrificed a week's indulgence (booze, clothes, hairdo, whatever) so you could have that jersey so you'd better enjoy it!

Anyway, those rules are for fools.

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posted by Simon E [1884 posts]
30th December 2013 - 13:24

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stumps wrote:
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 Sick

Yes, it's been nearly a week since and I'm still not hungry. Still, makes the new year diet easier.

As compensation the birthday fairy said she'd bring some wintery clobber from the sales to replace my tatty old tights and over shoes

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posted by joemmo [768 posts]
30th December 2013 - 16:20

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I was lucky Santa brought me an 80mm ITM Triango stem, red ITM bartape, SRAM Force front mech and a Selle Italia SLR Tri saddle all bits for the box of bits that will be an Argon 18 E80.

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posted by ralphred1965 [12 posts]
30th December 2013 - 17:41

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mbrads72 wrote:
My 17-yr old daughter got me a Coq Sportif TdF Green Jersey. It's nicely made and we did go to Nice together to see the team TT this year. She's a student and skint, and really chuffed with herself. BUT, what about Rule #16!?

Rule #16 = Bollox.... No different to wearing a Ferrari-Champions league-Olympics top. The most important thing is your daughter put thought into it so you should absolutely wear it. My wife bought me the Giro leaders jersey for me when she was in the Paul Smith shop in 2012. She knows nothing about rule # Bollox, I wear it because she bought it for me Love Struck
Tongue in cheek or not, I hate that Velominati rules Bollox. I have 1 cycling rule: enjoy it.

Wear the top with a fathers pride

The trouble with real life is that there is no danger music.

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posted by Cyclist [119 posts]
30th December 2013 - 20:06

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Cyclist wrote:

Tongue in cheek or not, I hate that Velominati rules Bollox. I have 1 cycling rule: enjoy it.

Damn right.

Whilst generally a good laugh, the velominati rules contain a few elitist and exclusive sections that are verging on insult to the vast majority of cyclists if taken literally.

Too many however have adopted certain rules as gospel and end up acting like twats around those they deem to not conform with their take on reality. Many of these fucktards probably had Rapha pyjamas on their Christmas list.

I've been riding bikes for over 25 years and I'll wear what I like (irony intended).

My eyes prefer Celeste, my bum prefers titanium.

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posted by Jack Osbourne snr [295 posts]
30th December 2013 - 21:09

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Got some great merino wool socks, yes very meagre by some standards but my feet will appreciate them on my way to work each day so thanks my better half.

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30th December 2013 - 23:52

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Elder son now has a race bike and will be competing with me and younger son next season. Still need to change the pedals as the stock ones are a bit crappy and he may need a new chainring as I think the gear ratio is a bit high at 44:16.

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31st December 2013 - 11:43

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Jack Osbourne snr wrote:
Cyclist wrote:

Tongue in cheek or not, I hate that Velominati rules Bollox. I have 1 cycling rule: enjoy it.

I've been riding bikes for over 25 years and I'll wear what I like (irony intended).

Oh too right! It's such a siiiiigh! We had 100mph gusts over here over xmas and the very mention of staying indoors rather than going out seems to invoke this "RULE 5 RULE 5 RULE 5" havoc from folks that wouldn't know the dangers of a gust of wind in icy weather if it smacked them in the behind!

Screw the rules!

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posted by mooleur [532 posts]
31st December 2013 - 12:23

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Cycling paraphernalia from Xmas:

Castelli Nanoflex gloves
Castelli post-ride hoody (I was sceptical, but actually it is the best hoody I own)
Rapha Coffee Mugs
Cycling Mugs (Cav and Keirin)
Mountain Higher book
Domestique by Wegelius
Lezyne saddle bag
Rapha belt
Random bike shirt
Face full of Christmas road crud from Festive 500

I literally cleaned up, especially the last one.....

My brother also gave me a torque wrench for my birthday which capped everything off.

posted by Colin Peyresourde [1059 posts]
31st December 2013 - 13:58

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I think 'the rules' need to be taken with a pinch of salt. Even the guy that wrote them doesn't live and die by them. If you ever read his column in the Cyclist he often explains himself, saying he doesn't always buy from the LBS. They are just a codification of oneupmanship for cyclists and they make me laugh.

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31st December 2013 - 14:05

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I think we need to apply #1, #3, #11 to this situation please......come on, seriously, it a bit of fun. Lighten the f*#k up people!

posted by Al'76 [126 posts]
31st December 2013 - 14:22

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They should be taken with a pinch of salt. I personally found them hilarious when I first read them.

HOWEVER. There are far too many tossers out there who either actually believe them to be rules or are so intent on spoiling other people's days that they start spouting their shite at complete strangers.

I have noticed that the worst offenders are mamil-class* idiots clad in rapha, Assos or worse still brand new club kit and I'm afraid to say that my tarry brush is now pretty well used due to the number of examples appearing in the last two or three years.

SO... Back to the original topic... Anybody get a copy of the rules for Christmas?

*at 42 I probably qualify on at least age grounds.

My eyes prefer Celeste, my bum prefers titanium.

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posted by Jack Osbourne snr [295 posts]
31st December 2013 - 15:07

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Jack Osbourne snr wrote:
Anybody get a copy of the rules for Christmas?

I certainly wanted one. The little bound book is quite entertaining.

posted by Colin Peyresourde [1059 posts]
31st December 2013 - 15:17

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Got a skull cap, some tights and wool-rich socks on the day, but I must confess to having cheated and brought my main present in to service a few weeks ago - a Gore Phantom 2 windstopper jacket. All put to use for the boxing day ride and again on Sunday.
And as for rules, I answer to no man! What's that dear... yes, just coming.

posted by numbercruncher [28 posts]
31st December 2013 - 17:29

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50 Bikes That Changed The World book - seems pretty good so far, and a Ted Baker hip flask with bicycles on it. Not bad when I'm accused of having every bike accessory under the sun.

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2nd January 2014 - 17:24

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I received...

Bicycle printed duvet cover
Book called SERIOUS Cycling with a very serious 90's font on the front which makes me laugh.
Some money to buy the rather specific things I want at the moment (saddle, mudguards for obscure sized wheels)

So I'm rather happy with that. No festive riding done though as I'm resting my elbow (it's just started to get better, but I have to keep arguing against going for a ride so it can actually fix At Wits End )

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posted by chrisl [31 posts]
2nd January 2014 - 19:18

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Some nice prezzies there which has given me some sale google -ing prospects.

Ref the rules Waiting I think, for the most part those of us who have ridden for along time do take them with a pinch of salt, however, I have had a few cafe stops throughout last year and crossed paths with some of the sky ride-rides and been asked is It right to mix my kit eg ss jersey and bibs..FFS I remember I was wearing a giordana jersey and castelli bibs, both black and white. Cheeky f### wit (on his bike to work specialized and his matching Polaris kit) I have no issues with anyone on a bike and positively encourage anyone, however when you quote the fing rules at me you cross a cycling line... I just asked him how long he had been riding... End of convo, but for some reason it really really got under my skin.
Plus over the year there were another couple of discussions!
And anyone that buys the book..... Come on. Just look at the web page for free.

Ps: if you didn't get a Gabba then get one in the sales.. I have seen them as low as 115 quid. Size up. Possibly the greatest piece of cycling clothing to come out of the last ten yrs along with the merino base layer.

The trouble with real life is that there is no danger music.

The Cable Guy

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posted by Cyclist [119 posts]
2nd January 2014 - 19:19

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Got Odlo bike-shorts and a new saddle. fizik Arione R3, sexy GranFondo Edition Cool
Pleased with both so far.

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posted by MiamiToAtlanta [2 posts]
3rd January 2014 - 12:15

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Kask K50 road helmet Smile

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posted by RobeH [35 posts]
3rd January 2014 - 15:05

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Team Sky long & short sleeved (supporters) jerseys...(in the sale < 1/2 price... and also more suited to my non racing snake physique)
CervoRosso R5 loft vest (cos I got a half price voucher- cheers Carlyle)
Mad Max Trilogy on BluRay (deffo bike related-cos that's what cycling is like around my way...)
A Dalek Mr Potato Head (eh...cos I collect Mr PH's...and not cycling related in anyway...but though I'd throw it into the mash...)
...and 2 months off my bike due to going away to Israel on a business trip...

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posted by The _Kaner [375 posts]
5th January 2014 - 21:16

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Campagnolo Clothing!! - and lots of it! (before it completely disappears as the factory has stopped production I understand..)

Books, a torque wrench & a magazine subscription

So I did rather well.. Thank you Santa!

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8th January 2014 - 12:24

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Al'76 wrote:
I think we need to apply #1, #3, #11 to this situation please......come on, seriously, it a bit of fun. Lighten the f*#k up people!

This.

I got a copy, it will happily sit on my shelf once I've read it.

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posted by Gizmo_ [711 posts]
8th January 2014 - 13:38

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700c wrote:
...Books, a torque wrench & a magazine subscription....

Presuming you got the torque wrench you wanted which one is it? I'm after one and having difficulties finding sensible reviews.

Cheers

Did Nightrider 2013 for Parkinson's UK, doing it again this year just for the fun of it and to raise more money.

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8th January 2014 - 16:05

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