It’s time for my annual holiday gift guide for the cyclist in your life.
I’m a fan of Pedaler Clothing‘s “sustainable functional cycling apparel.” They’ve done a great job designing garments technical enough for cycling, yet styled and designed as street wear. The denim “slim but not skinny” pants shown here, for example, are made with a stretch cotton and gusset crotch for comfortable riding. Refletive trim includes a strip sewn into the outside seam of each leg and a reflective tab that appears when you roll the pants up. Buy from a few local shops or order online.
I don’t know about most people, but I’m a sucker for cycling socks. They’re an easy gift because cyclists are always wearing them out. I personally like Sock Guy and DeFeet socks, with cute patterns available for men, women, boys and girls. Available at your Local Bike Shop and other outdoor retailers.
Princeton Tec PUSH headlight
I just got the P-Tec PUSH headlight a few weeks ago and I really like it. This 2 watt bike light’s blindingly bright pulse mode is a real attention getter at night. It works better as a “be seen” light than a “see light” because of it’s narrow beam. Buy onlineor from your Local Bike Shop.
For a tail light, you really can’t go wrong with Planet Bike’s Superflash. And they’re on sale at REI this Thanksgiving weekend!
Burley Travoy Trailer
Burley did things right on this lightweight bike trailer. Quick release hitch allows you to tote the trailer inside for grocery-getting. Load up the included storage bag, roll it out to the bike, hook it up and be on your way. Buy onlineor from your Local Bike Shop.
A bag of beans from Kinetic Koffee in Arcata, CA makes a unique gift for the caffeine addict.
Is your cyclist grossed out by grody water bottles? Check out Clean Bottle. Screw *bottom* makes cleaning easy!
Does your cyclist bike in the snow and ice? He’ll love to get this 700×42 Continental Nordic Spike Studded City/Trekking Tire. Also available: a 26″ tire too (Winter cyclist tip: A pair of studded tires is best, but a single studded tire mounted up front is a tremendous benefit.)
San Francisco: You can have fresh baked pies delivered fresh by bike from Bike Basket Pies.
It seems every bike book out there has a high ‘wonk’ quotient, which is great for the left brained engineering nerd, but maybe not so great for the creative liberal arts majors. Mia Birk’s book Joyride is a refreshingly upbeat exception to that rule.
Zinn & the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance brand new 2010 edition.
Calenders are easy to mail for those far off relations. See Bike Bis’s guide to 2011 bicycle calenders.
Finally, every kid needs a bike for Christmas! Check out Performance’s Bike In a Box for a pre-assembled bike that’s almost ready to go out of the box.
I’m a guy so this list is extremely skewed toward male tastes and preferences. What are some ideas for gifts for women?
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