Cycling Gear: NW Cyclist 2011

Gear and Garb for 2011
Keep an eye out for these Northwest favorites at your local bike shop

By Jennifer Donahue

Ortlieb Zip City, $90 – $100

Ortlieb has updated its Zip City urban commuter bag for 2011 by giving the colors and graphics a facelift and upgrading the internal pockets.

“Waterproof bags are great for commuters in this area. We really like all the Ortlieb bags; they are 100 percent waterproof and they sit high on your back, which is more comfortable.”

John Ethen, Co-owner

Bothell Ski & Bike

Specialized Sport & Spirita Touring Shoes, $89

For ease and comfort, these Specialized cycling shoes can’t be beat.

“These shoes are unique because they are full function cycle shoes with three straps for comfort and a stiff sole for more efficient pedaling, but they also have a sole that is made for easy walking even with cleats mounted. Now you can ride as fast as you want, be comfortable, and walk around the coffee shop in style!”

Dmitri Keating, V.P. / Buyer

Old Town Bicycle, Tacoma

Mavic Women’s Cloud Jersey + Arm Warmers, $75

You never know what kind of weather you’ll get in the Northwest, so it’s best to be prepared for changing temperatures. The Cloud jersey also offers extra UV protection, with a minimum of 30 SPF built structurally into the fabric (it’s not chemically treated).

“Every brand has new jerseys this year but the Mavic Women’s Cloud jersey is great for this area as it also has coordinated arm warmers with it.”

Amy Butler, Softgoods Manager

Gregg’s Cycles, Seattle

Burley Travoy, $289

Burley’s new Travoy trailer is just the ticket for commuters, plus it is small enough that you can wheel it through the grocery store.

“It has a quick-release hitch so it attaches to your bike easily and it’s not cumbersome at all. You can fold it up and carry it into your office — it’s so small when it’s folded up it will fit under your desk.”

Ted Davis, General Manager

Recycled Cycles, Seattle


EnduraFlyte Jacket, $190

Cyclists looking for a waterproof jacket that really breathes need look no farther than the EnduraFlyte, made of PFTE.

“A lot of people who are looking for jackets in the Pacific Northwest don’t realize how important a breathable jacket really is. This offers an exceptional amount of breathability so the rider stays dry and comfortable at a reasonable price.”

Kirsten Henderson, Buyer

Recycled Cycles, Seattle


Swiftwick One Merino Socks, $16

Made in the USA, Swiftwick’s Merino wool and Olefin socks are famed for their comfort and wicking ability. They’re warm in the winter and cool in the summer, making them ideal for year-round cycling.

“The nicest wool and synthetic socks made. I own at least 10 pairs.”

Matthew Ritzow, Manager

Paul’s Bicycle Way of Life, Eugene


Sun Valley Bars, $2

Packed with the yummy goodness of ingredients like organic oats, almond butter, dark chocolate and pumpkin seeds, these Idaho-made bars will keep you on the move.

“Personally I think the Goji Lemon is the best day-in and day-out — and, no, you can’t buy these at Costco!”

Matthew Ritzow, Manager

Paul’s Bicycle Way of Life, Eugene


Raleigh Port Townsend, $850

A classic steel ride ideal for commuting or running quick errands around town, the Port Townsend comes equipped with fenders and a rack, plus slightly wider tires for less-than-perfect pavement. “It’s a great bang for the buck. For recreational riders interested in a combination of efficiency and utility, it’s a versatile, all-around bike.”

Jesse Fairbank, Floor Manager

River City Bicycles, Portland


SockGuy “Computer Geek,” $9.95

SockGuy socks are known for being comfortable, cool and durable — and it doesn’t hurt that they come in patterns that are both fun and funky, like this Computer Geek pair.

“Aside from being the most comfortable socks you will ever sink your toes in, they also have the best selection of cuts and styles. From no-show cuffs to the most outrageous graphics, Sock Guy has something for everyone. Many of the other brands I have used have a tendency to lose their elasticity in the cuff overtime, not SockGuy — they stay snug to the end.”

Bryan Reynolds, Manager

Bike N’ Hike, Portland