Know a mountain biker? Road cyclist? Gravel grinder? Commuter? Teenager who just really wants to trick out their ride? These are a few gifts for cyclists we think they’re gonna love. How do we know? Because we’re cyclists and we love them, that’s how. So wrap up one of these gifts, find even more gift ideas in our annual outdoor gift guide and gift guide for trail runners, and get ready for enthusiastic celebrations of thanks.
5 Gifts for Cyclists
Knog Safety Duo: Oi Bike Bell + Scout Bike Alarm
Whether they ride on multi-use paths, trails, or on the street on the way to work, there are two things they need: a bike bell and a security system. And I’m not talking about a bike lock, though that’s also a necessary piece of gear). And while there are plenty of options out there for both (maybe more bells than alarm systems…), we love the Knog Oi bell and the Scout Bike Alarm and Bike Finder. The high quality bell looks sleek and classy and has a lovely ring to it, plus will last for decades. And the Scout lets them know if someone is trying to swipe their ride. The Scout attaches to their bike’s water bottle mount and is super low-profile. It connects to their phone via Bluetooth and an app and lets them arm the alarm when they lock it up. If someone moves the bike more than just a nudge, the alarm will sound and (as long as they’re within Bluetooth connectivity range) alert them via the app. Oh, and if the bike does go missing, you can locate it using the app, too. Find the Oi Bell here and the Scout here.
Sena M1 Evo Helmets
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Sena’s intercom technology changed the way we ride. For the better. By which we mean it made riding more fun whether hitting the streets or the trails with friends or family. That’s because these helmets let you listen to music, get directions, AND talk to other riders with the helmets! That’s right, no more yelling at the top of your lungs to be heard. Just chatting normal volume and enjoying every ride with your partner or bestie more than ever. Check out our full review and grab a pair of M1 Evo helmets here.
Optic Nerve FixieMax Sunglasses
We love a good pair of shades, and when we’re on sunny trails, not much beats a pair of mirrored wrap-arounds. Enter the Optic Nerve Fixie Mirrored Sunglasses. They look super fly, shield sensitive eyeballs from the sun in every direction, and thanks to the adjustable nosepiece and arms, there’s a dang good chance they’ll fit on just about any size head. They’re made of recycled materials, have a hydrophobic coating, are ultra durable, and look dang good whether they’re running the streets or the trails. Order a pair here.
Fjallraven/Specialized Coolcave Pannier, Tote, and Lid
We reviewed this setup a while back, and after using it for a while, are convinced any cyclist who commutes, runs errands by bike, or like to ride to area trails for an afternoon of hiking will dig this ultra-convinient, portable, and versatile pannier setup. The Coolcave is super easy access (no digging around at the bottom of a traditional dark pannier to find their tire levers), protects their stuff from impacts, and is spacious, too. The lid keeps everything contained PLUS can be used as a nice big sling when unclipped. The tote is just a convenient bonus: it fits perfectly inside the Coolcave and makes it easy to grab everything inside and go in an instant (plus makes grocery runs a breeze). Find the Coolcave here, the Cave Lid Pack here, and the Cave 20L Tote here.
MountainFlow Plant-Based Bike Care Kit
Cleaning their bike after a particularly wet or dirty ride shouldn’t require harsh, environmentally-unfriendly chemicals or non-biodegradable waxes in wasteful packaging. So we suggest if they love Mother Earth as much as their carbon fiber steed, you get them the MountainFlow Plant-Based Bike Maintenance Kit. While there is still some plastic present, all the contents of the bottles are plant-based, not petroleum-based, and more eco-friendly, plus the towels are made of cotton and bamboo instead of plastic-based microfiber. In the kit: bike wash and degreaser, polish, two types of chain lube for wet or dry conditions, bike grease, and bamboo and recycled plastic cleaning brushes, all packed up in a sleek and convenient bamboo storage box. Their bike has never looked better (or more sustainable). Order the whole kit on Backcountry.
Remember to shop responsibly this season, consider buying used instead of new, and enjoy the real reason for the season: togetherness. Also hot cocoa. And ice skating. And holiday light displays. Obvs. Happy holidays!
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Alisha is a freelance outdoor journalist and photographer based in Ogden, UT. She loves backpacking, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and snowboarding (even though she’s terrible at it). She’s also pretty sure she’s addicted to coffee. alishamcdarris.com