Bike wishlist: cute pedals, expensive frames and slick group sets

If you’re feeling generous and who’s thinking of gifting your biker friends something awesome, here are ideas for your Christmas gift-giving.

It’s the beginning of the last quarter of 2021 and soon enough, we’ll be opening another year. Many people say that it feels nice to treat yourself with something that you’d really like before we conclude December.

And we believe that it’s true: you deserve something that you like after surviving 12 months of Covid-19 craziness.

A few weeks ago, cyclists answered our question “what bike item do you want to have at the end of the year?” We thought of asking more people about their dream cycling parts and the answers are really interesting. We got cute products from Japan, posh frames and efficient machines, among others.

But hey, this list is not for cyclists only. If you’re someone who’s feeling generous and who’s thinking of gifting your biker friends something awesome, you might get ideas here — something delightful to give them this Christmas!

Isai Martinez

“I really, really, REALLY want these MKS Panda pedals. But di sya bagay sa (current) build ko. So maybe when I have a build na bagay na lang sya.

I like them because they’re super cute, but look well built and functional (syempre MKS yarn). With bike parts, it’s kind of rare to see CUTE stuff (unless pang bata), kasi they are designed to be more functional than aesthetic.”

Jobert Eugenio

“If cost wasn’t an issue, I’d love to have the 80th anniversary Rene Herse touring bike. The attention to detail is unnecessarily over the top and has everything retro touring bikes have but with 21st century technology. 700k pesos for a bicycle is insane though.

But realistically, I just want to complete the Deore group set on my MTB because I’ve never had a bike with a full group set before.”

Ally Alvarez

“My dream frame would be the All-City Super Professional frameset. Super love the basil color —haha, priorities! I also want my next build to be either a gravel bike or a tracklocross set-up, so the sliding drop-out is nice to have for someone as undecided as me.”

Ace Francisco

“I would like to have a TRP Hy/Rd paired with compressionless housing! Because it is self adjusting for pad wear, talagang “plug-and-play” nalang. I maintain my own bike, and disc brakes ang lagi kong kaaway!

I’m currently using Zoom DB680 mechanical disc brake. I have to manually adjust the brake pads kapag numipis na, so minsan ang tagal makuha nung tamang distance ng brake pads sa rotors. Akala mo perfect na, biglang magra-rub ‘yung pads sa rotors, and it’s annoying! Haha! Unlike sa TRP Hy/Rd it adjusts the pads automatically as they wear, tapos ang ganda pa ng look.”

Lester Tablan

“The Shimano GRX GX600 1×11 speed gravel group set. I’ve been planning to convert my Triban RC520 ever since I bought this bike. Since the Triban Gravel version is not available here in the Philippines. At mas confident ang riding kapag naka-hydraulic brakes ka “

Kashogi Astapan

“Dahil gusto ko ng full control sa geometry look ng frame, gusto ko ng kumpletong tube set, lugs, drop outs, Columbus tubing, etc… Hirap lang humanap ng source dito sa Pinas. Sa TryOn minsan nagkakaroon sila ng tubes pero madalang. Tapos ipapabuild ko ang frame sa local frame builders natin dito — Mang Ave, Pusa or Dioquino.

Actually, kung hindi ‘part,’ mas gusto ko mag-acquire ng skill para magbuild mismo ng frame.”

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