Other pieces of equipment are
goggles (Ektelon's Mirage costs
about $10); gloves ($10 to $19 for
Ektelon); V-damp (which makes
strings tighter on the racquet and
costs $2); and Penn racquetballs
(about $3 for two balls).
There are many types of bikes
but the most popular now are
mountain, hybrid and road bicy-
cles. Each of these three is used
for a different purpose and each
has its own price range.Of the
three, mountain bikes are the
hottest. They are used solely for
off-road cycling. Several brands
are selling well: Specialized,
Schwinn, Diamondback, Can-
nondale and Trek.
Mark Koehler, assistant man-
ager of D & D Bicycles in Farm-
ington Hills, said that the 1994
Trek line is a big seller. Some of
the 1995 models have already
been sold. One of Trek's most pop-
ular models is the Mountain
Track Single Track, which starts
What's the difference between
mountain bikes and hybrid bikes?
Mountain bikes are slightly small-
er than hybrids. They also have
wider tires and better traction, a
necessity for the rugged terrain
they cover. The rule of thumb is
that as a mountain bike gets
lighter, the price goes up.
Hybrid bikes are a cross be-
tween road and mountain bikes.
They're for the casual rider, the
one who's out there just for fun.
The hybrid replaced the old 10-
speeds we all grew up with, only
now it has 18 to 21 speeds — and
can go up to 24 speeds. Several
different models are available
within the hybrid category. Mr.
Koehler notes that D & D Bicy-
cles, with six stores in Michigan,
has about 15 different models of
hybrid bikes alone.
In hybrid bikes, the Special-
ized, Trek and Diamondback lines
are selling well. The Trek 700 is
a popular model at D & D Bicy-
The road bicycle is for the ag-
gressive road rider, someone who
might possibly compete in a long-
distance race like the Tour du
Skiing offers a range of gift pos-
sibilities — from equipment for
all levels of skiers to clothes you
can look good in but are necessary
for the cold weather.
The new skier will start by
spending around $250 for the ba-
sic equipment, which consists of
skis, bindings and poles, accord-
ing to Lindley Thomas, a buyer
with Don Thomas Sporthaus in
Several good brands are avail-
able for general ski equipment.
They include Olin, Kastle, K2,
Rossignol, Dynastar, Solomon,
Dynamic, Blizzard and Lf-croix.
A basic boot costs aroi
and the price is higher for spe-
cialized boots, such as racing
boots. Salomon, Nordica, Lange
and Heierling are popular choic-
es in this area.
Good quality clothing is vital
because of the weather. Ski cloth-
ing, for children and adults, comes
in a mind-boggling assortment of
materials, fillings and types.
Ski jackets are a popular prod-
uct. Someone who doesn't want
to spend too much can get a nice
jacket for around $100. However,
a skier who wants a jacket that's
really special could spend $500
Golf offers almost endless gift
possibilities, and in a range of
prices. To get an idea of cost, a
new golfer who wishes to become
equipped with a full set of good
clubs should expect to spend a
minimum of $350. This figure
does not include other necessary
equipment— namely, a good ba-
sic putter, which costs around
$30, a golf bag for $60 and golf
shoes, for another $50.
A full set of dubs is eight irons
and three woods. There's no rea-
son a good set won't last at least
In clubs, Cobra and Callaway
woods are the hottest sellers.
Prices vary depending upon
where you shop but Cobra sells
for approximately $200 per club
and Callaway goes for around
These two brands have become
popular because they're oversized,
have an enlarged "sweet spot" and
are available in steel or graphite
shafts. Clubs with oversized
heads and graphite shafts are
more expensive than others.
In terms of irons, Ping and Ti-
tleist still are the best-selling
products. Irons, of course, are
cheaper than the woods, and go
for around $55 to $70 per club,
again depending upon where you
Other costs involve golf balls at
around $25 to $35 per dozen and
lessons. For those who seek in-
struction, package deals are often
offered (buy four lessons, get one
free, for example). A typical price
is $35 for a 45-minute lesson.
Another fairly new develop-
ment in golf has to do with
clothes. In recent years, the golf
season has slowly expanded. The
more adventurous golfers are now
playing in colder, damper weath-
er and comfortable clothes await.
Rain-wear is becoming more
and more popular — and neces-
sary. Wind-stoppers, which look
like very fancy and oversized
sweatshirts, are completely wind-
proof and keep out the cold. Like
fleece jackets, they cost in the
$125 to $150 range.
Also available are winter gloves
at around $15 to $20. Waterproof
shoes can be had from well-known
companies such ac Ethnic, Foot-
Joy and Nike.
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