The Official Cyclelicious Christmas Buying Guide

It’s pretty simple: Buy your kid a bike, fer crying out loud.

If your kid has a bike, then you’re already done.

If you don’t have a kid, buy a bike for somebody else’s kid.

For your significant other who’s into bikes if you don’t do bikes…

If you don’t know bikes but you’re hunting for gifts for the bicyclist in your family, consider these gifts:

  • A gift membership in your local or regional or national cycling advocacy organization. In the United States, that would be the League of American Bicyclists. Google for “[your city] bicycle advocacy” for the advocacy group in your area for local options.
  • I like Momentum Magazine. Your friends will too.
  • ZPG stickers and patches from Zero Per Gallon make for fun stocking stuffers.
  • Books are always good. For the cycling advocate, I recommend Tom Vanderbilt’s Traffic. For all cyclists, Bob Mionske’s Bicycling and the Law is a must read.
  • Action Wipes are another good stocking stuffer.
  • We already know this, I think, but now research shows that “experiential” gifts are more satisfying than material gifts. We loose interest in material things, which is why keeping up with the Jones (buying a bigger house, getting nicer car or even *gasp* a better bike) is such a loosing proposition. So a good gift would be an experience: time and activities with your loved ones. Go on an extended bike tour, or even just a short, casual bike ride. Go on a simple vacation that concentrates on time with the family.
  • Finally, and most important IMHO: Peace and goodwill to all.

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season, all.

15 Comments

  • Steven M.
    December 15, 2008 - 7:39 pm | Permalink

    Small lights make great gifts.

    Planet Bike Superflash
    Knog lights
    etc

  • Steven M.
    December 16, 2008 - 2:39 am | Permalink

    Small lights make great gifts.Planet Bike SuperflashKnog lightsetc

  • Steven M.
    December 16, 2008 - 2:39 am | Permalink

    Small lights make great gifts.Planet Bike SuperflashKnog lightsetc

  • m e l i g r o s a
    December 15, 2008 - 9:25 pm | Permalink

    great list, I'd like a subscription of momentum as well.
    I ditto stevo9er! I think Im getting some knogs from my bike pals…
    xo/m

  • m e l i g r o s a
    December 16, 2008 - 4:25 am | Permalink

    great list, I'd like a subscription of momentum as well.I ditto stevo9er! I think Im getting some knogs from my bike pals…xo/m

  • m e l i g r o s a
    December 16, 2008 - 4:25 am | Permalink

    great list, I'd like a subscription of momentum as well.I ditto stevo9er! I think Im getting some knogs from my bike pals…xo/m

  • m e l i g r o s a
    December 16, 2008 - 4:25 am | Permalink

    great list, I'd like a subscription of momentum as well.I ditto stevo9er! I think Im getting some knogs from my bike pals…xo/m

  • James T.
    December 16, 2008 - 6:26 am | Permalink

    Good tips Fritz, To "buy a bike for somebody else's kid", I want to mention another option. You can fix up discarded bikes to give to kids who don't have them. I see old kid's bikes in the trash fairly often that only need minor repairs to be usable again. It is certainly a good feeling to be able to give a kid a bike who otherwise would not have one.

  • James T.
    December 16, 2008 - 1:26 pm | Permalink

    Good tips Fritz, To "buy a bike for somebody else's kid", I want to mention another option. You can fix up discarded bikes to give to kids who don't have them. I see old kid's bikes in the trash fairly often that only need minor repairs to be usable again. It is certainly a good feeling to be able to give a kid a bike who otherwise would not have one.

  • James T.
    December 16, 2008 - 1:26 pm | Permalink

    Good tips Fritz, To "buy a bike for somebody else's kid", I want to mention another option. You can fix up discarded bikes to give to kids who don't have them. I see old kid's bikes in the trash fairly often that only need minor repairs to be usable again. It is certainly a good feeling to be able to give a kid a bike who otherwise would not have one.

  • SiouxGeonz
    December 16, 2008 - 7:51 am | Permalink

    Or go out and find 'em and take 'em to the bike coop.

    The panda says no! I'd love a loosing experience. We should all be looser, not tighter. But then, I'm one of those Joneses (there are more than one of us to keep up with).

  • SiouxGeonz
    December 16, 2008 - 2:51 pm | Permalink

    Or go out and find 'em and take 'em to the bike coop. The panda says no! I'd love a loosing experience. We should all be looser, not tighter. But then, I'm one of those Joneses (there are more than one of us to keep up with).

  • SiouxGeonz
    December 16, 2008 - 2:51 pm | Permalink

    Or go out and find 'em and take 'em to the bike coop. The panda says no! I'd love a loosing experience. We should all be looser, not tighter. But then, I'm one of those Joneses (there are more than one of us to keep up with).

  • SiouxGeonz
    December 16, 2008 - 2:51 pm | Permalink

    Or go out and find 'em and take 'em to the bike coop. The panda says no! I'd love a loosing experience. We should all be looser, not tighter. But then, I'm one of those Joneses (there are more than one of us to keep up with).

  • SiouxGeonz
    December 16, 2008 - 2:51 pm | Permalink

    Or go out and find 'em and take 'em to the bike coop. The panda says no! I'd love a loosing experience. We should all be looser, not tighter. But then, I'm one of those Joneses (there are more than one of us to keep up with).

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