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Stocking filler ideas from Cycle Art

Christmas is fast approaching, and if you’re anything like us, the thought of trailing around department stores and shopping centres to the sound of Slade fills you with dread! However, if you happen to be married to a cyclist, or you’re a cyclist looking to drop a hint, here’s a selection of stocking filler ideas, all available from Cycle Art!

Cycle Art stocking fillers

1. Garmin Edge 510 – B#250 for the headunit only
The new Garmin Edge 510 has all the features of the very popular Edge 500, but with a few added features including a full colour touchscreen, completely redesigned software, Bluetooth communication with your smart phone (for instant upload to Garmin Connect, weather and the ability for others to track your rides online), and faster and more accurate satellite communication thanks to adding GLONASS support. A big thumbs up from Cycle Art for the Edge 510 – a worthy upgrade!

2. Cateye Strada Slim – B#50
Not everyone needs heart rate, GPS, touch screen, and live tracking – and for those who want a simple but effective computer in a well designed and neat package, the Cateye Strada Slim is perfect. Measuring a tiny 47 x 32 x 12.5mm, weighing 12 grams the Strada Slim is a feature packed wireless computer that is perfect for those who don’t need GPS.

3. Lezyne Hecto Drive set – B#55
A great little light set for commuters and roadies who need a back up for when the light fades in the afternoon. With an output of 100 lumens at the front and 15 at the back, each with 5 different lighting modes, these well designed and hard wearing lights are both USB rechargeable and offer quick and easy tool-free installation in seconds.

4. Hope jockey wheels – B#35
Let’s face it, jockey wheels are boring – black and plastic! These Hope upgrades are machined from sold lumps of aluminium, anodized in a range of colours and best of all, they are made right here in the UK!

5. Crank Bros tyre lever – B#6
Ingenious! The Crank Bros tyre lever design means you only need to carry one tyre lever and it not only takes the tyre off, but it helps you put it back on too!

6. Castelli socks – B#various
EVERY man fears getting socks for Christmas. Unless they are made by Castelli of course! We have a wide range of Castelli socks ranging from their lightweight, wicking summer socks to their thick, wooly winter ones. Tell your granny to get these…

7. Fi’zi:k silicone seatpost rings – B#4.00
Available in various colours and 3 different sizes, these rings go on your seatpost just above the seatclamp and prevents the wet, mud and salt trickling down the inside of your seat tube into your bottom bracket. And they look quite cool, too.

8. Velo Culture gifts – B#various
Knecklaces, ear rings, belts, cufflinks, chains, and keyrings, all made locally and all made out of bike parts – chain links, tyres, cable and cable ends! Great little gifts that also helps a local business thrive!

9. Token bike bling – B#various
Some of us think the way our bike looks is important. Token offer a wide range of parts in various anodized colours including barrel adjusters, bottle cage bolts, headset spacers, skewers, crank bolts, headset caps and chain guides. You can quite literally colour code very aspect of your bike!

10. Caffe Praego ground coffee
For anyone who has had a coffee in Cycle Art, you’ll know just how nice Cafe Praego coffee is. Caffe Praego filter coffee is ethically sourced from some of the finest co-operatives in Central America and Africa, it is roasted and ground to perfection. Caffe Praego Supports the Point Foundation which is a registered charity (1126392) who look after orphans in Africa.

11. Cotton Caps – from B#15
Love them or hate them, cotton caps are a tradition of cycling. No Christmas stocking is complete without a cotton cap of some sort – just ask James!

12. Lezyne RAP tools – B#various
Lezyne have a habit of making some of the best engineered tools around, so much so that we use a lot of them in the shop and workshop. Their RAP mini tools are strong and reliable, and come in a range of sizes and configurations depending on what you want to carry with you.

13. Gift Vouchers
If, after all the above, you are still undecided, why not buy some Cycle Art gift vouchers. Available in denominations of B#10, these are the perfect (and easy) gift for Christmas.

Lezyne LED Demo Suitase

Lezyne SuitcaseThose nice people at Lezyne have given us a suitcase full of beautifully made LED lights to demonstrate to anyone wanting to stay safe and visible on the roads this winter. The suitcase contains the full range of Lezyne LED lights, from their B#13 Femto lights up to their B#165 1200 lumen Mega Drive.

Lezynebs range of LED lights are extremely well made, as youbd expect from a German company, manufactured using aluminum casings to both dissipate heat and provide a more robust unit. In particular, the higher end Mega Drive and Deca Drive lights have extruded casings, which not only look good, but also help keep the heat down so the high capacity LEDs do not overheat.

Lezyne Deca Drive & Mega DriveRegardless of what type of riding you do, Lezyne have a suitable light. For occasional use, the cute and compact Femto drive is the perfect unit for visibility. For commuting, the Zecto Drive, Micro Drive and Hecto Drive lights are the perfect solution, and for those wanting to go off road or on unlit country roads the Super Drive XL, Mega Drive and Deca Drive front lights will light the way.

The full range in the suitcase for demonstration purposes includes:

b” Zecto Drive Pro Font
b” Zecto Drive Front & Rear
b” Femto Drive Front & Rear
b” Femto Drive Front & Rear
b” Hecto Drive Front & Rear
b” Micro Drive Front & Rear
b” Mini Drive XL Front
b” Super Drive XL Front
b” Power Drive XL Loaded Kit
b” Mega Drive
b” Deca Drive

At Cycle Art, we want to ensure you get the right kit. So, if you want to test any of the lights in the Lezyne suitcase, leave a B#10 deposit per light and you can test it. If you then choose to buy a light, webll knock that B#10 off your purchase.

Monthly Newsletter – September

Cycle Art will soon be introducing a monthly newsletter that you will be able to sign up for. You will be able to receive all the latest exciting shop news, offers and industry tidbits to your mailbox. In the meantime (whilst we’re waiting on the techy people to do their thing), we’re posting the September issue here on the website. Enjoy!

Cervelo R3 Dark2014 Cervelos
Cervelo has always made some of the most desirable road bikes available, and for a short time only they have made them cheaper too. To make way for exciting new R3 and R5 models, Cervelo have introduced a limited “Dark Edition” version of their R3. “What’s so great about that?” we hear you ask. It’s not an R3. It’s an R5 disguised as an R3. Whilst the 105 equipped bike is already out of stock, you can still get hold of a SRAM Force 22 equipped Cervelo R3 (an R5 frame with an R3 sticker on) for B#2999. Bearing in mind last year’s R5 frame was B#3499, the R3 Dark is B#500 less as a full bike! Be warned though – they are selling fast and are only available in limited sizes so if you are interested, get in touch as soon as you can.

We also have a limited supply of 105 equipped Cervelo R3 bikes using last year’s R3 frameset – these are available for B#1999.

Yellow Ticket SaleYellow Ticket Sale
It’s that time of year where all the shiny new bikes are coming through, so we have a glut of 2013 bicycles to sell. Why not get yourself a bargain whilst you can! We have a range of bikes including a high end Colnago C59 Italia with a Campagnolo Record groupset and a Giant TCR Advanced SL2 with full SRAM Red. We have a range of Ridley bikes including 2 lightweight Helium road bikes both with Ultegra groupsets. We also have a few pairs of 2012 Fi’zi:k shoes on sale including some R1 Uomo down from B#299 to B#255. For more information on our yellow ticket sale and the bikes available for sale, please visit our Yellow Ticket Sale page.

Vuelta CookiesLa Vuelta a Espana 2013
With the Giro d’Italia and Le Tour de France out of the way, only 1 grand tour remains unsettled – La Vuelta a Espana. Often seen as the poorer sibling of the Italian and French offerings, with it’s sun scorched mountain climbs and white villages La Vuelta is unique and beautiful in it’s own way. It is also usually the most exciting and demanding. More often than not it is contested mainly by Spanish GC contenders but this year, American Chris Horner and Irishman Nicholas Roche are in the running for a good position as well as the usual suspects such as Purito, Valverde and company. We’d obviously prefer if either Garmin Sharp or Lotto Belisol had a GC contender so advertising our bikes would be easier but such is life!

So, why not pop up to Cycle Art, have a freshly ground Caffe Praego coffee and home baked cake and watch the race live on our widescreen TV? Even better, why not try one of our home made Vuelta cookies which are hand decorated in either the leader’s red jersey, climber’s blue polka dot jersey or sprinter’s green jersey!

Parts Bin
Lots of exciting bits and pieces have come in including:

Mavic Cosmic Carbone 40

  • Mavic Cosmic Carbon 40 full carbon clincher wheels – B#1800 pair
  • Custom carbon fibre chainrings – starting at B#45.00 each
  • Arte Selle titanium saddles, super light and very comfortable – B#80
  • Token anodised parts in various colours including skewers, head caps & adjuster barrels – starting at B#5
  • Clement Strada tyres back in stock at B#30 each
  • ISM saddles – starting at B#85
  • SRAM Red and Force 22 drivetrains

Castelli winter clothingGet ready for winter with Cycle Art
No one wants to hear it, but the sad fact is winter is looming large. If you are planning on commuting by bike, training, or riding through the winter months you need to be able to see and be seen, keep warm and dry, and have the right bike for the conditions.

Cycle Art has a range of winter ready clothes from Castelli and Mavic and a large range of lights from Lezyne to ensure you are safe and comfortable when the nights draw in and weather deteriorates.

If you’re looking for the ideal winter training bike we can build up a Sabbath September or Silk Route based on your exact requirements. If you’d prefer something that can go anywhere and do anything then we have a great range of cross bikes from Ridley including the 2014 Xbow and a few 2013 models in limited sizes. If you are needing luggage, we can take you across the road to Bicycle Repair Man!