8 unique gifts for the cyclist who seems to have it all
Riders are gear-oriented by nature, so giving the rider in your life something they don’t already have can seem as impossible as pedaling uphill at high speeds. But with a little creativity, you can surprise them with gifts that will help boost their performance or just please their love of the sport. To make it easier for you, we’ve rounded up our favorite picks for this avid rider who’s always looking to take it to the next level.
GCN + subscription
Help the cyclist in your life become a better fan with access to exclusive and original films and documentaries. With adventures through Italy, Asia and Iceland; research into the technology and materials used to make bicycle frames; and profiles of some of the most notable names in endurance cycling – this subscription will keep them entertained for hours. Plus, they can watch live, on-demand coverage of road, cyclo-cross and track races (ad-free!) Year round.
Hiplok Z LOK Combo Safety hitch and bicycle lock
Chances are they already have a serious lock for overnight or longer term storage. But for those quick stops halfway through, especially on trips where someone doesn’t want to carry extra weight, these lightweight, adjustable tie-downs can get the job done. With a three-digit combination mechanism, they are ideal for protecting a bicycle that is still in sight.
Panapo bicycle tail light with turn signals
Experienced riders are pros at on-the-go signage, but anything that makes them more visible on the road is a plus. These rechargeable taillights, which attach to the bike’s seat tube, feature 29 LED lights, so they’re bright enough to be seen from a distance of 150 feet. All your gift recipient has to do is connect it wirelessly to a remote that sits on the handlebars to activate turn signals or use warning signals in low light conditions.
The history of cycling in Fifty Bikes
Cycling enthusiasts will love roadmap author Tom Ambrose’s sketches of how this 200-year-old invention has evolved over time. Anyone who has ever marveled at the lightness and efficiency of modern bikes – or who has stopped and watched a dime in motion – can delve into the history of iconic machines like the Velocipede, Pinarello, and more. again.
Thermo C3 + bib tights
Help a cyclist in good weather stay in the saddle all year round with these thermal bib tights. Stretchy, insulating fabric keeps riders from freezing without hampering their movement. And the windproof technology protects them against aggressive gusts. As long as the roads are free of snow and ice, they can go out no matter the ambient temperature.
Do you know a cyclist who is absolutely obsessed with his cycling stats? Engo Eyewear’s new line of sports eyewear allows endurance athletes to see their data while they ride. Real-time measurements are displayed directly in the lenses and they can choose what they want to see during their trip (pace, intensity, distance, etc.) in the partner app before setting off.
Mounted Bike Map Prints
For something a little more personal, treat them to a mounted map of their favorite OffTheMapArt cycling destination. These mixed media paintings are created using old maps of all over the country, from Los Angeles and Cleveland, Ohio to Portland, Maine and Asheville, North Carolina. This is sure to remind them, even when stuck at their desks, how much they love to pedal.
Zinn and the art of road bike maintenance
Cyclists don’t need to shell out for a mechanic, at least for the little things, if they have this guide to bike repair and maintenance. Filled with step-by-step instructions and hand-drawn diagrams, the manual teaches everything from fixing a broken chain to maintaining electronic shifters. With over 500 pages, there is hardly a task that a cyclist cannot do (with just a little patience).
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