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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Holiday gift ideas

As we prepare for the Christmas season, here are some gift suggestions for your favorite cyclists. 

Stocking Stuffers under $20
  • Bike bells
  • Mini bike lock
  • Multi-tools
  • Nutrition supplements
  • Seat bags
  • Socks
  • Tire levers
  • Tubes and patch kits
  • Water bottle and cage

Gifts under $50
  • Gloves: A windproof, water resistant glove at great value is the Endura Luminite.
  • Hats and Headbands: The best ones for cooler to cold temperatures for cycling are in the Endura Baa Baa merino wool collection.
  • Jersey: Bontrager Rhythm and Solstice
  • Grips: A good way to give your bike a little flare.
  • Mini lights: Lighting that can keep you safe doesn't need to cost a lot from Cateye and Bontrager.
  • Over Shoes: The Endura MT500 overshoes is a great item with the colder weather.
  • Pumps: For both on the bike and at home pumps keep your cyclist from getting stranded.
  • Private Maintenance Class: Classes are catered to YOU as the student going over exactly what you want and on YOUR bicycle. These classes will encourage you to feel confident on your bike and help you feel comfortable doing whatever mechanical skills you are here to learn. 
  • Scales: For those cyclists concerned with the weight of everything, these scales are used for bikes and bike parts. Several companies make inexpensive hanging digital scales. Topeak has the combined scale and bike stand system (putting this option into the next category).
  • Subscription: I'd love a one-year subscription to or Bike magazine.

Gifts $50 to $500
  • Lightweight Vest: Perfect for layering when the mornings are cool, but packable when temperatures increase as the ride progresses. The Bontrager Race Windshell Vest is a great addition to any collection.
  • Jackets: Warm, waterproof, breathable and visible; who could ask for anything more?
  • Merino wool Baselayers: The natural fibers are excellent for wicking moisture, preventing stubborn odors,  and keeping skin warm in cooler temperatures.
  • Personal Coach: Giving your cyclist the gift of personal coaching is a real treat. Prices vary on this and certain options can bump it into the next category; but the equipment is nothing without a great engine.
  • Rechargeable Lights: The Niterider Lumina series is a compact commuter light. It is USB rechargeable and super bright.

Gifts over $500
  • Bike trip to the Tour de France: Trek travel offers Trips to France, Italy and so much more.
  • New bike: Your favorite cyclist always has bike lust.
  • Racing wheels: It would be great to have a nice set of Custom built racing wheels.
  • Wind tunnel test: Get every speed advantage possible. Locations vary for this. Do an internet search titled "bicycle wind tunnel testing" to find a tunnel near you.

The Broken Spoke has gift cards and gift receipts available.