KS-Kenda Women’s Holiday Shopping Guide: Get the Inside Scoop on the Most Rad Gifts for the Cyclists on your List (and maybe for yourself too…)

Nikki confidently playing on the rocks with her KS dropper post!

KS LEV Ci Carbon dropper post. Seriously, a dropper post is a game changer! No Matter the dirt discipline your cyclist enjoys, a reliable dropper post will make descending faster, obstacles easier, and smiles larger. The LEV Ci Carbon is so light we have it on our featherweight hardtail Pivot LES XC race bikes, so reliable we use it on our ultra-distance and stage racing bikes, and Emma even put one on her Pivot Vault CX bike to really whip around the off-camber hair-pin corners with confidence. Of course a dropper is right at home on our Enduro bikes too!

KS Lev Ci Dropper Post Retail $460. KS does not sell Direct-to-Consumer so you can go visit your local bike shop to get your hands on one (they can also install it for you). Better yet, win one!  Submit a reason the person you would gift this to really needs one by Sunday, December 2nd HERE. Include Good to the Last Drop on the first line of the comments section. The winner will be notified by December 7th and the story will be shared on our social media after the holidays.

Hyperthread kits are stylish and sturdy enough to handle Jen’s monkeying around.

We all have that riding partner who we try not to ride behind because their shorts are see-through thin and has so many holes in their kit that it’s embarrassing to be seen with them at a post ride pizza stop. Or how about when you go to get dressed and realize that all of your kits are in the dirty laundry pile? Solution, a kit from Hyperthreads!

Hyperthreads Hyper Pro Jersey and Bib Retail $270, use our discount code HYPERKSKENDA for 50% off of a shopping cart with $250 or more! ** This discount is good for the first 15 shoppers** Even better, you can submit a pic of the person you want to gift a kit to (or self-gift) in their ridiculous “dirty laundry” riding outfit on on Instagram or Facebook by December 2nd to win one. Please tag @ks_kenda_women (IG) or @kskendawomenmtb (FB). We will sort through the submissions and post the finalists on our IG for public voting.  Winner will be notified by December 7th!

Emma is setting up her wheels with Happy Mediums for some gravel adventures.

Kenda Tires has recently come out with a new tire called the Alluvium Pro. It is capable on pavement as it is on hard packed single track and gravel. Use these tires if you are a fan of chasing sunsets on all-day gravel adventures (that may include a touch of single track) with a group of friends that include stops to eat pie!

Kenda Tires Happy Medium retail $49.95 and use our discount code KS-HOLIDAY25 for 25% off of your order.

Nikki’s bike sporting some gold bling.

Some people just love something sparkly under the tree. How about a gold chain, for the bike! Not only do these chains prolong the life of your drivechain, but they will shave some grams from your bike too.

KMC X11SL Ti Nitride Chain Retail $75 and use our discount code KSKENDA30 for 30% off your order.

Emma’s all smiles with toasty toes.

Lake Winter Riding Boots are a game changer if you plan to ride in the cold. Commuting,fat biking, road miles, you name it – these boots will get you playing bikes year-round. Warning: your trainer may collect dust.

Lake Cycling MXZ 303 Winter Riding Boots Retail $ 300

Mix and match colors or go for just one. Either way let your personality shine through!

ESI makes grips in every color of the rainbow! Grips that match the frame or a rider’s favorite color is an eye catching statement and can freshen up the look of any pedaling machine.

ESI Chunky MTB Grips retail $15 and use our discount code FREESHIPPING for free shipping on orders of $45 or more.  Code is good through Cyber Monday.

Jen’s flashy bike tricks need flashy socks.

You can never have enough cycling socks and HB Stache has some of the coolest and brightest designs we know of. They also have great non-wool winter sock options and for every two pairs of socks they sell, a pair is donated to the homeless! You could put coal in them for that cycling partner who is naughty (pirate trails, down on the uphill only, borrows your bike and returns it filthy…).

Handlebar Mustache Socks Retail $16 and use our discount code THANKS25 for 25% off your order.

Some of the spots of the QSE course call for mid-ride celebration.

We are going to race Quebec Single-track Experience in August. This is a must do for anyone who wants to ride incredible terrain fully supported for a week and enjoys riding with really cool people.

Quebec Single Track MTB Stage Race All Inclusive Package Retail $1500 and use our discount code EMMA150 for $150 off your entry.

Tasco kit, Lazer helmet, Lake shoes, ESI grips, and Pivot bike all in eye-catching blue.

Tasco glove and sock kits, Double Digits, come in all sorts of hip designs and colors to spice up a neutral-looking kit, add some personality to your team kit, or be completely matchy-matchy!

Tasco MTB Glove and Sock Kit Retail $45 and use our discount code
KSKendaHoliday good for 20% off all items, even sale items.

Nikki is post ride ready.

Heading to post ride beers and want to get to know the rider who just moved to town? Run into the restroom to rinse the sweat and dust off your face then apply Aeemelia face oil to your skin to put a glow on your cheeks. Plus, it will fight the damage done from the sun!

Aeemelia Everyday Face Oil Retail $65 and use our discount code KSKENDA for 20% off of your order.

Emma out for a night ride with the local posse.

Extend their ride time window (and safety) with a serious night riding light kit. We’re talking 8000 Lumens blasting out from the Magicshine MJ-908 Bicycle Light to fly the descent way after the sun has set or to be seen by traffic on the way to the trailhead. We’ve used this budget friendly light in 24 hour races and post work bike park sessions. Pair it with the MJ-886B headlamp that easily attaches to your helmet and darkness will not be a deterrent for getting out there.

Magicshine Bike Lights Retail $240

Jen getting a chance to do some reading for fun while on the road.

Time on planes ofers a rare opportunity for many of us to read. Traveling to Bentonville, AR for Epic Rides OZ Trails, Emma read the story of Gino Bartali who not only was a Tour de France winner, but smuggled identity papers to help Jews escape documents in his bikes down tube. Who says riding a bike can’t save the world?

Road to Valor: a True Story of WWII Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation, by Aili and Andres McConnon Retail $10

Injury Recovery is Serious Business

This is not how I envisioned finishing SSWC

My 2018 race season ended with an exclamation point.  Not the tattoo I hoped to sport from a victory at Single Speed World Championships (SSWC), but with a broken clavicle in pursuit of said tattoo. After a few days of tears, moping around, and various medical appointments it was time to focus on my training.  “What, back to a regimented training plan?” Well no… and yes. This block of work is filled with things to heal my injury. Here is what I am doing:

Coffee in the hot tub is the more enjoyable part of contrast bathing

Medicine: My Orthopedist immobilized my clavicle and is monitoring it to make sure the bone is aligned and healing. He also has me doing some home-care to speed up my recovery.

  • I am contrast bathing to pump circulation through my healing site and flush out inflammation by going back and forth between hot and cold.  I do this 2-3 times a day: first thing in the morning (with coffee in hand), after work, and before bed. To contrast bath I am soaking in my hot tub for 2-5 minutes, then jumping into a cold shower (or roll around in the snow) for 1-2 minutes for 3 cycles a session.
  • For pain relief I am not taking NSAIDs (ibuprofen, aspirin, naproxen, etc.).  These COX-1 and 2 inhibitors dull pain, but they also delay bone healing. For the first few days I took Tylenol instead.
  • Naps. I am taking plenty of naps! The hormones that drive healing are released during sleep. Getting 8 hours of good nighttime sleep is important, but hard to do when I wake up every time I move. Naps can fill in the gaps and reduce stress hormones which also slow healing.
  • I am asking for help. I hate this. Yes, I can figure out how to wield a vacuum, but it will likely tweak my clavicle. It’s not worth it, so I am asking for help. And surprise-surprise, the people in my life are happy to be able to do something for me.
  • I believe complementary medicine assists my healing. It could be placebo, but even that is very powerful. I am getting acupuncture and massage (circulatory around my clavicle and deep tissue to the rest of my upper body) weekly to increase my healing potential and manage pain.
Elder the Cat really likes that I’m embracing cat naps

Rest: My injury is well timed. SSWC was my last race of the season to be followed by a light month before I start my build for the 2019 season. My off month (or two) is way more off than I expected, but this is a blessing in disguise.

  • I’ve not been off my bike for more than 3-4 days in over 5 years. Not pedaling for a few weeks will let my body repair the repetitive stress from all the biking, reducing my risk of injury down the road.
  • In this off phase I will lose my top end speed, power, and strength.  However, gains in these need cyclical builds to make big gains over time.
  • My base endurance will not disappear! If I keep active, even in an easy aerobic state for 1-2 hours a day I will not lose much aerobic fitness and rebuilding will be a quick and easy process.
Hiking up to the South Sister

Exercise: Yes, exercise! Not only does getting my heart rate up increase the circulation to my healing clavicle, but gentle jostling of my clavicle stimulates the repair process. Exercise is a huge part of my life (20 hrs/week) and filling this void is good for my mental health too. My CTS coach has come up with training that compliments my big picture cycling goals and will keep my head in the game. Here is what Coach is having me do:

  • I am walking. I usually bike everywhere, even two blocks to the grocery store…and now I walk; briskly. If I walk all my commuting routes daily it is translating into two hours a day of walking. Bonus: there are a lot of apple and pear trees in my neighborhood and I have sampled them all to find the best ones!
  • On weekends I am hiking but making sure I am on terrain that I am highly unlikely to take a fall on. I’ve done several local hikes to places I had no idea were in my backyard.
  • I am doing breathwork. Some of it is meditation-based and some of it is while I’m walking. The walking breathwork is designed to increase my CO2 tolerance. I’m excited to see the benefits of this as soon as I’m given the green light to ski tour at altitude.
  • I cross-train by skiing (Alpine, ski touring, and Nordic) in the winter.  Lower body strength is important for these. I am doing all sorts of walking strength training drills Coach Durner fondly calls “Lunge-Fest.”
  • My Pilates practice is still in full force, but obviously has to be modified for no upper body motion. This work is making sure I continue to train my dynamic stability, range of motion, and small muscle strength.

Diet: This is NOT the time to try and lose a few pounds. It takes a lot of energy (calories) to heal bone and being depleted will slow my bone repair. I have made a few tweaks to my diet to ensure I have all the nutrients to repair the damage and don’t gain weight.

  • Bone is a protein matrix that hardens with mineral crystals. I am increasing my protein by 10g/day. I am focusing on lean and “good fat” proteins such as chicken and salmon and a plant-based protein shake. I am also using a collagen powder.
  • My need for carbohydrates is not as great as when I am training, but they are still important. I am reducing/eliminating all simple carbohydrates (sugars, processed grains such as flour and white rice) and replacing them with whole grains (rolled oats and barley ,for example) and carbohydrate dense vegetables (sweet potatoes and rutabagas).
  • I am making sure I have ample minerals available for bone growth. I increase foods rich in these minerals and take a supplement as well.
Calcium and Phosphorus are the primary elements of bone mineral crystals. Eat dairy, soy, Omega-3 rich fish (sardines, salmon, etc.), dark leafy greens, and almonds.
Copper is a key component in the protein bone matrix.Eat oysters, sesame seeds, cashews and shiitake mushrooms.
Silicon is a catalyst for making bone protein matrix.Eat onions, whole wheat berries/ winter wheat, and cucumbers.
Zinc is needed to harden healing bone.Eat lentils, garbanzos and turkey/ wild game.
  • Several vitamins are also needed to build bone.
Vitamin B6 is needed for vitamin K to do its job.Eat avocados, bananas and potatoes
Vitamin C is essential in making the protein matrix of bone and reduces inflammation.Eat bell peppers, Brussel sprouts, and kiwi.
Vitamin D is needed to absorb calcium and stimulated bone stem cells to make bone.Eat red fleshed fish (trout, salmon, etc.) and brown mushrooms.
Vitamin K binds calcium to the protein matrix in the mineral crystallization process.Eat fermented vegetables (sauerkraut, pickles, and kimchi), leafy greens, and asparagus.
Weekend get-away at the Oregon Coast with Joe

Mental Superpower: My attitude toward injury and recovery may be the most important factor to my healing. This doesn’t mean that everything is all rainbows and sunshine, but taking the time to find the benefits of injury recovery and taking an active role in my healing process will set me up for a strong base building phase for the 2019 season. I do get bummed that I am missing out on some biking plans I had made but am instead taking weekend trips to the coast or desert and dedicating more time to local cycling advocacy projects like the Big Sky Bike Park expansion. Just like in bike racing, a disadvantage can be made into an advantage with strategy and smart execution. Look out 2019 MTB racers, I am going to be a force to be reckoned with!