Holiday Wish List for Bicyclist: Stocking Stuffers
Ideas for what to put in that stocking of the cyclist you love, or me!
Fresh new bar tape from Lizard Skins or Ergon GP2 grips are the easiest way to freshen up a bike. I’m also a big fan of both of these for long training miles in the winter. Happy hands = Happy Arleigh
Honey Badger + Socks made in North Carolina, how much more awesome could you get?
Gels, Bars and All Things Nutrition
My personal favorites for this category: Gu Chomps, Hammer Gel in large jugs, Kit Organic Bars (live on these things while traveling)
Ritz and his crew love bikes, support many causes and have the best hug to be found at tiring trade shows. Your local bike shop can order, or you can order direct. My personal favorite is Breakfast Buzz, Bike Shop Girl will probably have a private label of this after the holidays!
Lights and more Lights
It’s that time of the year that either it’s dreary on your road ride or you aren’t mountain biking after work because you can’t see. Help out your cyclist, keep them riding and safe!
On the road option 1: To be seen, this is for the front and back on the road when it’s getting dark. I’m a fan of the new Knog Blinder lights as they charge with a built in USB and add some personality to your bike.
On the road option 2: I’m biased, I LOVE the folks at Light & Motion. The gift set will add some much needed visibility and you can see with the 200 lumen headlight, unless you’re rolling at 25mph. Both are charged by a USB cable, saving the planet one battery at a time.
On the trail: Light & Motion is what I run almost exclusively. They are water proof, bomb proof, and the company (as mentioned) rocks. If your loved one doesn’t have anything to trail ride with I would recommend the Taz 800 or the Seca 800. The biggest advantage of the Seca is being able to run on your helmet (my preference) and a separate battery so you can charge others or have backups for long rides.
Strava and Garmin Geeks Rejoice
Does your loved one ride non-stop with a Garmin strapped to their bike? Class it up a bit with this K-Edge mount.
For the Single Speeder in your Life
Endless (another NC based company) is now anodizing their cogs to order!
EVERY bicycle rider needs one of these. Or two. Or four. It won’t prevent an accident, but it could save their life and notify you faster!
If all else fails, a gift card to your local bike shop towards merchandise or service would make any bicyclist happy!
Essentials For the Cyclist on Your Holiday List
We can almost count the time to Christmas in hours and unfortunately I missed Hanukkah for all my Jewish friends and followers. I’ve been asked by many what to get their cycling loved ones or friends for those last minute gifts or stocking stuffers.
Top Last Minute Gift Ideas
Gift Cards - that’s an easy one. If you aren’t local to your cycling loved one buy one from REI or Competitive Cyclist. Also, many shops sell gift cards now – make it around service because during the upcoming year we’ll all need a good tune up, or wheel true.
Rear Blinky Light - Even mountain bikers can use these if they ride at night, and for safety reasons you can never have enough rear red blinky lights!
Socks - Wicking, wool, tall or short. They have decorative, fancy or plain fun. Go crazy, even the cyclist in denial of their funny bone will wear these in hiding away from their snobby friends.
Nutrition - Those funny bars, and snacks that we like to eat on our rides or for a late breakfast. Chances are you can find these at your local grocery store, the cheapest I find them is at REI. Take a sampling of different types. Maybe you’ll find your cyclist a new favorite.
Water Bottles - There isn’t a cyclist alive that will turn down a good water bottle. Unless, they are ugly and cheap. My favorite are the insulated Camelbak bottles. Combined with the nutrition gels/bars inside, it makes a great looking stocking stuffer!
Last Minute Shopping
Most everyone has a local bike shop in town. Even if you aren’t a cyclist I recommend you support the locals. Most of the above ideas are available at your local bike shop. Variation may change but the use will not! I also know Real Cyclist and some others are guaranteeing shipping if you order by 5pm MST on December 22nd!
What Do You Want?
After asking on Twitter what was on the cyclist holiday wish list I received many different responses. Some were thoughtful, useful or even a few that money couldnt buy.
@KatyChancey is looking for a new Sweat Pea A-Line, Swrve Knickers and Women’s winter bike shoes
@LorenCaff has a high vis waterproof jacket on her list
@ElRach @thequestess @Tomas_quinones @nicknull All are looking for warmer clothes
It seems like knickers are a very popular want from @doyouwabisabi
@wjcstp @parenthood21 @g_berger @BRAINtechPLEASE @BradGrass Some form of bikes are on their list
My favorite of all the comments :
@BikeShopGirlcom what I really need is a bike maintenance elf. Rei is out of stock & bike shop boys don’t believe they exist.
From : @debiquity
What is on your list?