Do you have a cyclist on your gift list? Or are you one yourself? Either way, it can be tough to think of a cycling gift for someone who most likely has everything they need. Luckily, cycling includes a long list of useful gadgets that can make for great gifts or stocking stuffers. Plus, the right amount of anything to do with cycling is n+1, with ‘n’ being the current number.
You can never have enough water bottles, between losing them and your kids stealing them. Camelbak water bottles are particularly great as they won’t leak and make it east to squirt water into your mouth while your on the bike.
Everyone needs a calendar, so it may as well include inspiring photos to get them out riding. There are a ton of options, from road cycling to mountain biking, and it’s just in time for the New Year!
Socks don’t have to be boring! Pick up some fun socks that are also a great fit for in a cycling shoe and you can’t go wrong.
If you own a bike, then you need to own at least the basic tools. This beginner tool kit by Park Tool has everything you need to get you through basic maintenance and repairs. For a step-by-step guide to get you going, check out “101 Best Bike Repair and Maintenance Tips.”
Do you know someone who’s always fumbling with their phone out on a ride trying to get the perfect footage? The GoPro Hero series has made getting sports video on the go simple and fun. With specific handlebar or chest mounts, you can take both photos and video with a click of a button. Well worth the price tag, this one will be sure to please.
Patch kits are something you can use up in a hurry if you’re riding a lot, so a spare or two is always a good idea. Find a kit that includes both the patches and a tube of self-vulcanizing fluid to ensure they can make it home with no issues after a flat.
A good multi-tool can be the difference between a minor roadblock in your ride or a long walk home. If your chain breaks mid-ride and you don’t have a multi-tool with you, then you could be in trouble. For some things to think about before purchasing a multi tool for yourself or someone else, check out “Best Biking Multi-Tools 2017.”
Cycling gloves are great for those early morning commutes or winter rides. As the hands are essentially breaking the wind, they can easily become cold and numb. Be sure to get a pair with a breathable and padded palm for ultimate comfort.
The original “better tasting energy bar,” cliff bars are a staple in many cycling kits. Perfect for stuffing into stockings, or as a present all their own, you can be sure these bars will sustain many rides.
Although splashing some water on your bike will take off some of the more noticeable dirt, doing a deep clean on a bike every so often can go a long way in ensuring its longevity. Brushes can make this a whole lot easier, especially when it comes to cleaning the chain. Check out some of the best degreasers as well to include with a cleaning kit.
Cycling at night may seem daunting at first, but with a proper light there’s no need to hide inside. This can be a perfect gift to get someone outfitted for cycling safely at night or on their daily commute.
It may not be the best idea to buy someone an entry into a race you’re not sure they want to do. However, if they’ve been talking about doing a century ride forever, you could buy them and yourself entries and train together!
Garmin has come a long way in the past few years, with Bluetooth integration, in-ride challenges through Strava live segments, and more fields of information than you can imagine. It is an invaluable tool for the cyclist that diligently keeps track of ride data.
The free version of Strava is great on its own, but the premium membership includes features like: personalized coaching, live feedback, and advanced analysis. You can buy a month’s trial for someone, or go ahead and get them a year’s membership.