Enter to win a Trainer & Headlight

Don’t let the weather keep you off the bike this winter! We’ve got 2 great prizes to give away that will let you keep riding inside and outside in style – one winner will receive both an Elite Real Power CT Trainer and a NiteRider Pro 3600 LED Headlight! These are both top-of-the-line pieces of bike gear – you won’t have any excuses not to ride your bike year-round! All you have to do to enter is submit your email address on PerformanceBike.com here (All entries must be received no later than 11:59:59 p.m. ET on February 02, 2013. Only one entry per person will be counted).

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Elite Real Power CT Trainer

So what’s special about this trainer from Elite? Not only are you getting an advanced resistance trainer, but when you hook up the unit to your own PC it can replicate real world slopes up to a 20% grade – talk about a powerful workout! Just coordinate your PC with the resistance unit, download the software and choose from 15 video races that feature gradients up to 20% from around the planet. There’s even a Conconi Test System to measure your anaerobic threshold, a training test that creates a one month training program based on your personal stats, and available GPS/Google maps to expand your indoor cycling options. Video to keep you motivated, an advanced trainer to challenge you, and trackable data to monitor your progress – you’ll look forward to hours spent on this trainer!

NiteRider Pro 3600 LED Headlight

Updated for 2013 with 800 more lumens, the Pro 3600 LED headlight is one of the brightest bike lights ever constructed and the only bike light available which allows complete customization through D.I.Y. Software. Program your own runtimes, light output, lumens and flash modes. 6 Cree LEDs achieve up to 3600 lumens of astounding light with runtimes maxing out at 36 hours. The technically advanced Pro 3600 gives you virtually unlimited flexibility to design and determine almost everything about your light. Because only you know what’s best for your riding needs!

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Holiday Gift Ideas

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Since we’re in the holiday spirit here at Performance Bicycle, we decided to take a stroll around our home office to find out what some of our coworkers recommended for the cyclist on your gift list. We talked to folks from accounting to merchandising to discover some great cycling gift ideas, even if you’re just shopping for yourself!

First up are a few ideas from Alison, a merchandise planner in our components division, and also a budding road cyclist.

1. What is your favorite piece of cycling gear that you used this year?

I love my Diadora Women’s Aerospeed 2 road shoes:

And I don’t have this Selle Italia Women’s Diva Gel Flow saddle, but I rode it on a friend’s bike and it was great – I need to get one!

2. What is a great stocking stuffer product for a cyclist?

Forté Grip-Tec handlebar tape is perfect for any road cyclist.

3. How about another holiday gift idea – non-cycling related?

I haven’t been very good this year, but I would like some Frye Harness 12R boots.

Zach is a merchandise assistant on our clothing team who loves to ride anything with 2 wheels – he’s going to learn how to jump on a dirt bike next.

1. What is your favorite piece of cycling gear that you used this year?

I got to test-ride some Zipp 303 Firecrest Carbon Clincher front & rear road wheels – they are awesome.

DSC_01202. What is a great stocking stuffer product for a cyclist?

The Blackburn VIP SL Ride Wallet comes in handy when you want to stuff your phone or credit card in a sweaty jersey pocket.

3. How about another holiday gift idea – non-cycling related?

A ukulele, just because.

Alicia is our clothing product developer, responsible for the design and fit of our private label apparel – but she really loves to hit the trails on her mountain bike.

1.  What is your favorite piece of cycling gear that you used this year?

The Performance Women’s Thermal long sleeve jersey is great for cold-weather riding.


2.  What is a great stocking stuffer product for a cyclist?

Extra CO2 cartridges are always appreciated by the cyclist on your list.

3.  How about another holiday gift idea – non-cycling related?

I love it if my friends donate to a local charity on my behalf.

Johnny is a merchandise assistant for our components group, and all-around fast guy on any bike that you put him on, be it road, mountain or whatever.

1. What is your favorite piece of cycling gear that you used this year?

The Rock Shox Reverb Adjustable Seatpost is really useful and dependable.

2.  What is a great stocking stuffer product for a cyclist?

Stan’s sealant is a must if you want to go tubeless (and you should).


3. How about another holiday gift idea – non-cycling related?

Some sweet socks from Stance.

Michal works in our accounting department, and is a regular fixture on our lunch time road rides.

1. What is your favorite piece of cycling gear that you used this year?

Other than my bike….. I’d have to say Speedplay Light Action road pedals:

However, I do love my Pearl Izumi Thermal leg warmers. Couldn’t ride this time of year without them.


2. What is a great stocking stuffer product for a cyclist?

Everybody loves a good tail light (especially for this time of year) or one of those cool little multi tools.

3. How about another holiday gift idea – non-cycling related?

Socks, socks and more socks. Preferably Smartwool!  [ed.: apparently you can't go wrong with socks!]

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Mark is a member of our product development team – so riding his bike and testing new gear is one of his job requirements!

1. What is your favorite piece of cycling gear that you used this year?

The internal clutch on the Shimano XTR Shadow+ rear derailleur really works to reduce chain slap on my mountain bike.

2. What is a great stocking stuffer product for a cyclist?

Dumonde Tech Original bicycle chain lube works to keep your bike running smoothly, and every cyclist wants that!

3. How about another holiday gift idea – non-cycling related?

Foothill’s Brewing Olde Rabbit’s Foot Imperial Stout – it’s hard to find, but oh so delicious.

Hans Rey – A Life of Mountain Bike Adventures Giveaway

In 224 action-packed pages, A Life Of Mountain Bike Adventures offers a glimpse into Hans Rey’s 25 year career as a professional mountain biker and icon, riding his GT bicycles in some of the most beautiful and remote places on Earth. Known for his extreme biking skills, Hans not only explores and rides places where no one has before, he also showcases the rich cultures, wonderful people, and history. Often joined by fellow world-renowned cyclists and some of the best outdoor photographers whose breathtaking images will transport you right into the moments.

A great gift for the dedicated mountain biker in your life, you can order a copy on Hans Rey‘s site here. But since we ran into Hans at Interbike earlier this year, we’ve got an extra special signed copy of the book that we are giving away on our Facebook page (just make sure you enter before Sunday, December 16 at midnight EST). Check out this video to see Hans tell you about the book himself:

Want to see more? Here are a few previews of the adventures chronicled in the book, from Machu Picchu in Peru:

To the deserts of Arabia:

To the mountains of Nepal:

Plus the book chronicles Hans’ work with his great Wheels4Life charity, which provides free bicycles for people in need of transportation in Third World countries, where having a bike can make all the difference in somebody’s life and can give them a chance to break out of the vicious poverty cycle.

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Josh Perry – part of the Eastern Bikes team.

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