Austin Tri-Cyclist Blog

Friday, December 12, 2014

Holiday Gift Ideas from ATC’s Authorities

ATC staff practice what they preach—they’re triathletes, runners, roadies, cyclocrossers, mountain bikers, former or current professional athletes, or a little bit of everything. We asked our resident experts what they’d put under the tree, and they gave us their top picks, from inexpensive stocking stuffers to pie-in-the-sky dream gifts.

Robert Dao's Triathlon Picks

Skratch Labs Feed Zone Portables Cookbooks, $24.95 - For triathletes tired of the same old pre-packaged gels and bars, this cookbook is a handy resource for easy-to-carry snacks. Recipe ideas range from griddle cakes and rice balls to paninis and two-bite pies.

Xlab Torpedo System, $59.95 - No one likes having to reach down to the frame for water when in aero. The Xlab Torpedo puts your water right where your mouth already is. And with the convenient straw mechanism, you don't even have to take the bottle out of the cage. Plus...studies have shown that having a bottle between your aerobars is actually often MORE aero than not having one.

Garmin 920XT, $449.99 - This is one of the best training tools for a triathlete, as it can toggle between all three disciplines (swimming, biking, and running), functions as a GPS watch and bike computer, and can sync to any ANT+ power meter. It’s all the training tools you need tied into one convenient device!

Robert is one of ATC’s shop triathletes and sales staff, as well as a triathlon and running coach for Driven Performance Training. While completing his degree in exercise physiology, he competed four years for the Texas A&M Triathlon Team. Race highlights include 5th place Combined Mens'/Women's Team at the 2011 USAT Collegiate National Championship, 1st place Men's Team and Combined Score at the 2012-2014 South Midwest Collegiate Regional Championship, and 1st place Men's Team and Combined Score at the 2012-2014 South Midwest Collegiate Race Series.

Tristan Uhl’s Off-Road Picks

Blackburn Toolmanator 3 Multitool, $44.95 - Never be stranded again! This 17-function multitool has everything you need to help you help yourself next time your bike starts to act a fool far from civilization.

Maxxis Ikon with Exo protection, $82.99 - These top-of-the-line tires are great for both racing and training. The low-profile tread is fast on the straights and the side knob has just enough bite so you can rail the corners. It's a great all-around tire for our Central Texas trails.

Mavic Ksyrium Pro Disc, $1,249 - Mavic’s new cyclocross/road disc wheel makes a great upgrade from your stock wheels. Lightweight and stiff, these sweet-looking wheels are also blessed with Mavic’s unparalleled durability. Set them up tubeless and never have to worry about flats again.

A pro mountain biker and cat 1 on the road, Tristan started racing bikes at age 5 and  has worked at ATC as a mechanic since 2009. 2014 race highlights include a stage win at the BC Bike Rrace, 1st place pro enduro category at the Transylvania Epic Stage Race, and 1st place in the cat 1/2 field on the Gila Monster Stage at Tour of the Gila. He was voted best all-around bike racer by in 2014 and was Texas MTB champion in 2013 and 2014. 

Missy Ruthven’s Swim Picks

Missy models her swim picks
Stocking Stuffers - TYR Tracer Goggles ($15.95) are ultra comfortable and easy to adjust. The Finis Agility Paddles ($19.95) are a great tool to fine tune your swim stroke—if your technique isn’t right, the paddles fall off. Swimmer-specific, salon-quality bath products from TriSwim ($11.50-15.95, available in store), including lotion, shampoo, conditioner, and body wash, help remove chlorine and chlorine odor. And for the fashion lover, the Speedo Flowered swim cap ($29.95) is always fun!

Aqua Sphere Aqua Skin Shorty (women'smen’s), $124.95 - If your swimmer frequents Barton Springs or an unheated pool, this neoprene suit provides welcome warmth for practice swims.

Endless Pool, starting at $22,900 - You can’t gift-wrap it, but it would certainly make any swimmer’s day...or decade! The Endless Pool creates a current that’s adjustable in speed, allowing you to swim in place at your own pace. The pool can also be customized with a treadmill, which makes it good for physical therapy or underwater running. (not available from ATC)

Missy has owned Austin Tri-Cyclist with her husband, Don, since 2001. A runner in college, she has competed as a multisport athlete for 25 years and has been a member of the ATC Racing women’s road cycling team since 2012. Missy started from scratch with swimming in her twenties and began formal lessons at 30. Though she’s now a very proficient swimmer and one of the first out of the water in her age group, her background makes her a knowledgeable and approachable resource for any level of swimmer, from beginner to master.  

Chuck Duvall’s Running Picks

Swiftwick Pursuit Socks, $16-20 - Winter in Texas: One day the weather is frightful, the next day it's not. Put some wool on your runner’s feet. Our favorite at ATC 360 is the Swiftwick Pursuit. Sustainable, soft, and moisture-wicking, Merino wool keeps your feet warmer on cold days and cooler on hot ones. Four lengths are available: zero, one, two, and four inches.

Addaday Type C, $40 - Winter in in Austin means one thing—marathon season! Unfortunately, training miles can take their toll. Take five minutes before and after each run to work out the kinks with the Addaday Type C Roller. While it may look like a stick, it’s a 21st century precision-engineered achy leg weapon.

Hoka Clifton (women’smen’s), $129.95 - The smooth-riding, ultra-cushioned Hoka Clifton is also unbelievably lightweight. "If you want to take the feeling of running on grass with you to the concrete jungle," this is your shoe.

Trip with Rogue Expeditions, from $2,050-4,650 - A running trip to exotic locales like Morocco, Patagonia, or Kenya with Rogue Expeditions would definitely put some holiday cheer in your runner's step. (not available from ATC)

Chuck Duvall is the sales manager of "Boom town" running, located within each of our Austin Tri-Cyclist locations. Chuck completed his first Ironman race in Boulder, Colorado, this year and is looking to continue his multisport training and racing in Texas in 2015.

Brandon Smith’s Road Cycling Picks

Louis Garneau Tuscan Merino Socks, $14.99 -  A good pair of wool socks goes a long way in keeping a rider comfortable on the bike. Wool is an incredible insulator and can retain up to 70% of its warmth when wet.

Serfas CP-R3 Headlight/Tail light Combo, $90 - With the short winter days, a lightset like this is a must-have for any cyclist. It features a 305 lumen front light that will fully illuminate the road in front of you and a 35 lumen red LED tail light that is crazy bright. Both lights have four settings, including a flash.

Zipp 404 Firecrest Carbon Clincher Wheelset (frontrear), $2,725 - The ultimate upgrade to a tri or road bike, this time-proven wheelset will benefit anyone from a weekend warrior to a top-level pro. From Kona to the Tour De France, Zipp 404s have won too many races to count. They weigh in at only 1640 grams, with a 58mm deep full carbon rim and braking surface, 24mm rim width for increased tire air volume, and the stylish looks of both black and white decal options.

A cat 2 in both road and mountain biking, Brandon works in sales at ATC. He was raised in Yakima, Washington, (yes, like the racks) and has been cycling for 11 years, spending seven of those years pedicabbing and six years racing. Committed to being a lifelong bike commuter, he doesn't own a car by choice. 

Chris Warren’s Bike Maintenance Picks

Rock N Roll Extreme Chain Lube, $9.95 - Winter is here...and with it a lot of cold, rainy miles. With this long-lasting lube, keep your chain clean and your shifting crisp through all the rough riding ahead. Designed for wet and dirty conditions, the Extreme formula tests very fast too.

$100 gift certificate for Half Iron Overhaul - Having mechanical issues beyond your skill or comfort level? ATC's tuneup structure matches tri distances: $30 sprint, $60 Olympic (normal tuneup), $100 half iron overhaul, and $200 full iron overhaul (full rebuild). With the half iron overhaul, bring your bike to ATC and let us fix everything that goes "squeak," "grind," or "pop."  ”

Park Tool PCS10 Home Repair Stand, $199.95 - This collapsible repair stand lets home mechanics service their bikes like the pros. Tackle bike washes, chain lubes, flat repairs, wheel swaps, and more without laying the precious baby on the ground.

“Getting down and dirty since 1987,” Chris Warren started riding in Central Florida, splitting his time evenly between road and mountain bikes. He has a long mechanical background, teaching himself automotive maintenance via the restoration of a first-generation Camaro. He began working for ATC as a mechanic in 2012 and in 2013 led the extensive build-out of ATC’s 360 location. In 2014, he won the in-shop competition at the Cap-Tex Sprint and has since turned his attentions to cyclocross racing. (Look out!)

ATC’s Locations
Avoid the holiday crowds, shop local, and get your athlete something he or she really wants and needs! Visit one of ATC’s retail locations on Barton Springs or in Davenport Village, or order online.

Winter store hours: Monday-Friday 10a.m.-6p.m., Saturday 10:00a.m.-6p.m., Sunday noon-4p.m.
Open Christmas Eve 10a.m.-3p.m.
Closed Christmas Day

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