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Holiday Gift Guide

Sauk Valley Media • November 20, 2014

Give gift of self-defense to those on your list GIFT

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“But also trending now, for wintertime, are the ‘fat bikes.’ These are bikes with 5-inch-wide tires, twice as wide as the widest mountain bike tires. They’re designed to ride in snow.” Mead’s also offers cold weather gear and clothing to keep bicyclists comfortable. And, of course, the shop has bikes and accessories that riders will look forward to using when spring comes. Mead’s also has a popular bike trade-up program. People who upgrade their bike get 50 percent of what they spent on it applied to the price of the next bike. The shooting sports offer

another option for winter recreational activity. “In the gun world, anything for self-defense is popular right now,” said Ken Rigler, owner of Rigler’s Sports Supply in Rock Falls. “The ladies marketplace for self-defense has really increased, I’d say tripled in the last 2 years. That’s the biggest trend in selfdefense. We hear about women getting together to go get a coffee in the morning and then going shooting at the indoor range for their recreation. It’s trendy for women to own guns.” Guns aren’t the only option, though. “When it comes to hunting, crossbows are really popular right now, as opposed to the regular compound bows,” Rigler said.

The Top 10 sporting goods gifts at Blain’s Farm and Fleet

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This fire truck pedal car is sure to be a great gift this holiday season. It is available at Farm and Fleet in Sterling.

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• Red Ryder special edition BB gun • Red Ryder shooting kit • Pink lever-action shooting kit • Inflatable archery target with bow • Junior two-player basketball game • ESPN pro hoop with LED scoring • 54-inch 4-in-1 flip game table • Firetruck pedal car • Red folding wagon • 4-foot soccer table • 4-piece themed camp kits Source: Renee Tarnutzer, creative director, Blain Supply Inc.

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