A Tortilla Press, Passoni and Chucks

Staff Favorites: Matthew Ankeny, Senior Editor

Editor’s Note: It’s pretty clear that we’re passionate about gear. And with this series, we want to share with you our own personal favorite pieces. Over the next few months, we’ll bring you our staff’s 10 personal favorites — goods we personally own and use. The selection will run the gamut, from heirloom pieces to practical gear that can be easily procured. Last but not least, each will share one “holy grail” item that still remains the stuff of dreams, out of reach, but hopefully only temporarily so.

As a Senior Editor at GP, I spend my time making sure all the words printed in our publication are relevant and engaging. When I’m not staring at pixels, I’m probably huffing around Prospect Park on a new carbon steed.

David Kind Sunglasses

I have pterygium (surfer’s eye — consequence of growing up on the beach) on my left eye, so sunglasses are more than an accessory. What sets these David Kind glasses apart is the glass — I’ve never looked through anything clearer.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II (Black/Black)

All-black Chuck hi-tops are the most versatile shoe in my closet, and so, they’re also my most frequently worn.

Levi’s Mens 511 Slim

There’s a time and place for nice jeans. My daily life isn’t one of them. These have enough stretch to ride a bike comfortably, enough straightforward style to go with everything, and they get better with a bit of a fade.

Filson Jac-Shirt

I picked this up before heading to Wyoming last year, and it quickly became one of the most used item in my closet. It’s perfect for shoulder seasons and layering.

Havaianas Flip Flops

If you’re not somewhere where you can wear sandals regularly, maybe you’re not in the right place?

‘The Emerald Light in the Air’ and ‘Tenth of December’

Along with Infinite Jest and Lolita, these books, by Donald Antrim and George Saunders, are the ones I return to the most.

Walnut Coffee Table

From Chicago’s Hedge House Furniture, this coffee table is the “do everything” centerpiece of my living room.

Victoria Tortilla Press

If you’re not already making your own tortillas, start. It’s simple, cheap and delicious.

Giro Factor ACC Shoes

A good pair of shoes goes a long way on the bike, and these Factors have only endeared themselves more and more to me in the years I’ve been riding with them.

The Grail

Passoni XXTi Disc

Disc, Ti, Italian panache — everything the modern cyclist needs. There are no finer weld lines that I’ve seen, and no better performance.