Gift Ideas for Road Cyclists

Dec 8, 2012

Jamis Xenith Comp carbon fiber road bike

Having trouble picking something for the road cyclist in your life?  We have tons of gift ideas in stock that would make any roadie happy. Here are just a few employee-tested and recommended options:

Gift Ideas under $25Giordana Merino wool and synthetic socksWhat’s Christmas without a new pair of socks? We have super comfortable synethetic and merino wool socks by Giordana, and thicker wool hiking socks by Wigwam (a must have for winter commuters) for $10-15 a pair.

Camelback Podium bottlesWater bottles may not sound like an exciting gift, but Camelbak’s Podium bottles bring the action. With their flow-adjusting mouthpiece and super flexible plastic, they make hydration faster and easier when riding. At just $10.95 each, you may end up buying a couple for yourself.

Ultraflate Plus CO2 inflatorNobody likes holding up a group ride, and travel pumps can seem to take forever to fill a single tire. Carry less and ride more with the Ultraflate Plus CO2 inflator. This kit costs $19.95, and is easy to stuff into jersey pockets and stockings alike.

Gift Ideas under $50Sram Slickwire road brake cablesNice cabling is a great upgrade for any bike. SRAM’s Slickwire Kit ($37.95) uses a coated stainless steel cable inside compressionless housing to get better braking power and modulation. In short: they make any brake feel and work better.

Topeak Ridecase iPhone 4We have two great Topeak products for using an iPhone with your road bike. Topeak’s Ridecase is a hard, plastic case that mounts to most modern bikes and makes navigation and accessing your apps an ease ($44.95).  For more casual riders, the Topeak Drybag has a foam body for protection and is available in black or white ($29.95).

Serfas Thunderbolt USB LightSerfas USB rechargeable lights attach to nearly any bike easily and without the use of any extra brackets. They’re perfect for rides at at sunrise or sunset!  You can charge them in any USB port, meaning you’ll always never have to worry about the batteries running out. Pictured above is the Serfas Thunderbolt ($45, sold individually) with other options costing $40 a set and up.

Gift Ideas under $100Sigma BC 1009 wireless computerWhen it comes to long rides, computers are essential for tracking speed and training. We like the Sigma BC 1009 ($59.95), a good option for any entry-level or casual rider. We recommend wireless computers since they install easily and don’t leave any unsightly cabling on the bike. The Sigma BC 1009 also features a large, easy to read display and a simple button layout for use while riding.

Continental folding road tiresNew tires are a great way to upgrade a beloved road bike. We have several folding-bead options by Continental and Serfas. Serfas’ Seca Folding Bead tire ($37.95 ea.) comes in tons of colors and is a great flat-protected tire for general road use. For race day, the Continental 4 Season and Grand Prix 4000 tires are lightweight, fast-rolling, and designed for the a superior ride quality ($74.95 ea.).

Bell Lumen and Array road cycling helmetsMany people don’t realize that helmets have a lifespan of 3-5 years.  A new helmet is great way to make sure your avid cyclist remains safe on the road.  The Bell Lumen ($69.95) is a great inexpensive upgrade over one-size-fits-all helmets or BMX-style models. For more intense rides, the Bell Array ($99.95) has plenty of ventilation and an improved design to provide a great value in comfort and performance.

Ideas over $100Cycleops Fluid Mag+ wind trainers and climbing blockHelp them keep their fitness up when the temperature is at its lowest with Cycleops Trainers. Now in stock with fluid, magnetic, and wind resistance models starting at just $174. Read more about them here.

Giordana jerseys bibs shorts and apparel for men and womenNothing starts out the new year like riding with a fresh kit. We have summer bibs, shorts, and jerseys in stock for men and women by Giordana as well as wintertime essentials by Gore Bike Wear. With so many options in stock, be sure to ask our staff for recommendations.