By Jesse Roberson
Garmin Edge 800
The Garmin Edge 800 is one of the best gadgets made for cycling and running. This versatile computer has tools for any cyclist, touring or training. One of those tools is the ability to download any workout to your computer. You can even play your workouts back and watch what your ride on your computer screen. Records 30 different statistics including GPS route mapping, temperature, and heart rate analysis, this cell phone size computer will put a smile on anyone’s face. Give a Garmin this Christmas
Socks are a great gift, especially for running and cycling enthusiasts. DeFeet socks are the best. The fit and performance of these socks are second to none. They are the original airflow design sock; this means that when you’re working out, your feet stay comfortable due to better breath ability. In a low cut, virtually seamless design, they will withstand any abuse. Keep feet happy, check out DeFeet.
A good bike ride can put a smile on any face young and old. If that certain someone likes to ride their bike, the cold nasty weather limits the release of cycling related endorphins, causing wintertime grumpiness. Solve this common issue with an indoor trainer. Take an existing bicycle and ride it inside, on an indoor trainer. Create a weatherproof workout and put a smile back on their face. Trainers are extremely popular, and easy to transport. Get rid of a grumpy attitude and get more time on a bike with an indoor trainer.
Book of Rides
Kentuckiana residents will benefit from one of the best cycling guides published. A local in theLouisvillecommunity, Joe Ward, has written “Wheeling Around Louisville,” a book of rides that take you an a trip through the country seeing the sights. This book show over 50 different bike rides around the Kentuckiana area. Everyone who likes to ride will love a resource for a new ride, great for runners too as they will show you many of the quieter roads to use on the next outing.
Bikase® Cell Phone Bike Holder
Bikase® fits most smartphones like I-Phone®, Blackberry®, and Droid®. Because Bikase® is covered by a plastic cover, your phone is protected in case of rain and the holder can be wiped off for cleaning. The website, www.bikase.com, says the holder is water and shock resistant.
A Gift Certificate is always a great gift; almost any store will sell you gift certificates. Some stores have gift cards that don’t expire like many gift certificates, and can be used at any company store, I prefer these as you don’t create a special trip to a single location for your recipient. You can’t go wrong with the gift of a gift card.
Jesse Roberson has worked in the cycling industry for 16 years and is the manager of the Middletown branch of Scheller’s Fitness & Cycling. He holds an accounting degree from Central Michigan University. An avid cyclist for more than half his life, Jesse rides competitively in regional road, mountain and cyclocross events. For more information go to www.schellers.com.