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41 Well-Designed Gifts for Cycling Enthusiasts

Look here if your loved ones prefer bike spokes to piston strokes.

best gifts for cyclists

Whether the cyclist in your life spends most of their waking hours in spandex or just enjoys cruising around town on two wheels, the holidays are the perfect time to help them upgrade their gear. In that spirit, we’ve compiled some of the best offerings for 2020.

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Cycloc Endo Bike Rack

You could screw one of those run-of-the-mill hardware store hooks in your wall, or you could go with the far more elegant Endo Wall. A hollow hook on a hinge grabs hold of your bike’s front wheel, while a rubber plate keeps the rear tire from mucking up the wall’s paint job.

Hiplok Z Loks

Hiplok takes the zip-tie concept and applies it to the bike lock by adding a reinforced steel core and a simple three-digit combo. It won’t keep your bike safe overnight in the city, but it’s perfect for quick café stops. Plus, it weighs less than three ounces and wraps up easily into a pocket, so you never have to leave home without it.

Pactimo Men’s Ultra-Lite Rain Jacket

It’s never raining when you start pedaling; the downpour always hits when you’re an hour into the ride, too committed to turn back home. This makes the Pactimo Ultra Lite so damn handy. It’s light enough (just 117 grams) that you can tuck it into your jersey pocket on days with questionable weather and forget about it completely until you need it. Extra coverage in the back keeps your tail dry, and the stretchy, waterproof fabric doesn’t limit your mobility.

Lezyne Flow Storage Adapter

One of the keys to an enjoyable ride is to get as much stuff off of your body as possible and use the bike as your backpack. Lezyne’s Flow Storage is an ingenious way to turn the underside of your water bottle cage into a trunk. The storage bracket fits below the cage, providing a space for a small multi-tool, tire levers, two C02 cartridges, and a C02 head. It’s everything you need for quick repairs, no pack or overstuffed jersey pocket necessary.

Ass Savers Fendor Bendor Regular Mudguard

Ass Savers also makes its fenders in “regular” sizing for smaller tubing, as found on road and gravel bikes. The full-length mudguard folds up into a jersey pocket and attaches to almost any frame in seconds with Velcro.

Smith Flywheel Sunglasses
$123.72 (17% off)

Yes, these glasses are totally ostentatious, but that’s half the fun. They’re also dialed for trail riding, starting with those oversize Chromapop lenses that enhance clarity so you see more detail and hydrophilic nose pads that stick like glue, even when you’re sweating heavily. Auto-lock hinges help keep the shades tight against your dome on bumpy trails, too. 

Airace Bike Tire Lever and Inflator Set

If you've ever broken a tire lever, or left home without an inflator, you know the value of this pairing. The levers are machined aluminum alloy with rubber tips to prevent rim damage, and the inflator is actually built into one of the levers so it’s harder to misplace.

Club Ride Men’s Blaze Insulated Vest

Put an extra layer between you and the elements with the Blaze, a cycling-specific vest with 80-gram synthetic insulation inside a stretchy ripstop shell. It’s loaded with reflective hits and has a zippered chest pocket big enough for your phone, as well as two rear drop pockets for snacks.

Portland Design Works Bar-Ista Coffee Cup Holder

If there’s a single accessory that every coffee-mad cyclist needs, it’s this simple cup holder that attaches to the handlebars. Put it on your daily commuter and you can bring that morning cup of java on the ride with you. The tapered ring holds most normal-size cups and tumblers, and installation requires no tools.

Jabra Elite Active 65t Earbuds

This pair of true wireless earbuds has all the bells and whistles you could want, starting with gel cones that provide a snug fit to keep them in your ears over even the bumpiest of trails. The buds are also rated IP56 so they’ll keep thumping no matter how sweaty or rainy it gets. But what makes the Elite Active 65t ideal for cyclists is that you can use the Jabra app to activate the HearThrough mode, which allows you to adjust the amount of ambient noise they let in—key to riding safely with your tunes.

Topeak TT2524 Ratchet Rocket Lite DX Tool

For when repairs demand torque, there’s this ratchet set from Topeak, which has seven sizes of Allen wrench heads, three Phillips screwdriver heads, and two tire levers.

Crane Suzu Bell

Yes, designer bicycle bells are a thing. Japanese brand Crane has been making them for two decades, and its Suzu is an easy way to get on board. It’s just as beautiful as some of the $80 models out there, but a quarter of the price. The Suzu is made from brass and given a copper finish for an elegant, old-timey aesthetic. And the tone is solid, resonating for several seconds after you strike it.

Wahoo Tickr X Heart Rate Monitor

Wahoo gave its heart rate monitor an upgrade by adding about 16 hours of memory for data (like rep counts) and running analytics (like cadence, ground contact time, and vertical oscillation). As with the original, it connects with over 50 apps.

Bose SoundLink Micro Speaker

The Soundlink Micro delivers rich, full sound, and the built-in rubber strap affords it the versatility to latch onto a bag, or even the top tube or stem. Water- and shockproof with an IPX7 rating, it will stand up to the rigors of commutes every day through the occasional downpour.

Park Tool PCS-10.2 Home Mechanic Bicycle Repair Stand

And the PCS-10.2 is there for when they need a spot to secure the bike as they use that ratchet. Park Tool is known for its solid gear, and this stand provides a stable platform for wrenching away.

Kryptonite Kryptolok

Kryptonite makes some of the most trusted locks in the business, and the Kryptolock gives you serious protection for the same price as a cheap lock that thieves would laugh at. A 12.7mm steel shackle, paired with a four-foot double-looped cable, will keep your bike safe in the suburbs, and a handy mounting bracket lets you carry the lock on your bike’s frame during your commute.

Osprey Raptor 14 Hydration Pack

Built with plenty of smart details specifically for mountain bikers, the Raptor 14 has a super stable harness that keeps the load close to your body but still allows air to flow over your back. A scratch-free pocket protects your glasses and phone, while a plastic toggle allows you to attach your helmet. The removable tool roll keeps all the necessities handy, and a stretchy external stash pocket gives you quick access to a shell or sandwich. Ladies, look at the women-specific Raven.

Brooks England B17 Saddle
$118.63 (18% off)

This is the saddle every road cyclist wants on their touring bike. Heritage brand Brooks England built it for the long haul, so comfort is paramount, but only after cyclists work for it; the leather B17 needs to be broken in. If you put in the miles, you’ll never find a better fit for your behind.

Lake MXZ200 Men’s Cycling Shoe

Waterproof, insulated, and SPD (two-bolt) compatible, the MXZ200 has a full leather upper that could trick non-cyclists into thinking it’s a hiking boot. And it employs Lake’s Winter Last, which means a taller toe box for layering winter socks.

Chrome Industries BlckChrm 22x Bravo 3.0 Pack

The Bravo is thirty-five liters of bag, with padded space for a 15-inch laptop and external straps for a helmet or whatever other extra items the day requires. Yet it’s small enough for most airline carry-on requirements. Waterproof with a roll-top—that closes with a clip—and a removable waterproof liner, it’s a handsome daily commuter.

Muc Off Tubeless 60mm Valves
$26.70 (11% off)

Good for adding a hit of color to otherwise staid tires, these aluminum valves are easy to install, and the variety of rubber stoppers means they'll work with almost any rims.

Specialized S-Works 7 Cycling Shoe

The S-Works line from Specialized is synonymous with on-bike appeal. These new shoes have the stiffest carbon sole the company has ever produced. And the Dyneema mesh uppers are well-ventilated, while a slightly wider last means a toe box that's more comfortable for normal feet.

Bell Super 3R MIPS Helmet

You don’t like labels. Sometimes you’re an XC nerd, while others you like to get rowdy on the DH track. So you need a single helmet that can handle whatever style you’re feeling on any given day. Enter Bell’s Super 3R, which has all of the latest safety features like side-impact-protecting MIPS, but also boasts a detachable chin bar, so it can go from an XC lid to a full-face protector with just a couple of snaps.

Giro Aether MIPS Helmet

Wearing the Aether is like putting a wind tunnel on your head thanks to the 11 large vents with internal channels that move outside air across you dome. Riders can also fine-tune the contact points of the lid for a fully custom fit. We also dig the “docking ports” for sunglasses, which help hold them in place when you’re not wearing them.

Shebeest Women's Woodsy Long Sleeve Mountain Bike Jersey

A close-fitting hood with ponytail access and two side pockets (one with a zipper) make this full-zip fall jersey a great standalone or layering piece for colder days. And if they like the look, your giftee can pair it with the rest of the Woodsy print line.

Showers Pass Atlas Jacket

Shower’s Pass makes serious outdoor clothing that ticks all the utility boxes and, in the case of the Atlas, a style one too. The jacket is hooded, waterproof, and printed with reflective maps of a city (there are 11 to choose from) to stay visible without looking like you’re wearing a shiny garbage bag.

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Arc’teryx Men’s A2B Commuter Pants

The A2B looks like a respectable pair of pants you’d wear to an office meeting, but hidden beneath that business-first aesthetic are bike-specific details. The cotton-polyester-elastane blend has a water-repellent face, a moisture-wicking liner, and enough stretch to accommodate a yogi. Reflective hits on the cuffs and back pockets can be exposed for added safety on night rides.

Wild Rye Women’s Freel Mountain Bike Shorts

Wild Rye specializes in stylish mountain bike clothes for women, making everything from jerseys to socks. And the Freel might be its best piece. The enduro-ready shorts are built from four-way stretch nylon with plenty of coverage, but a tailored fit so you don’t have to worry about it snagging the seat. Plus they shed water and have a storage pocket large enough to fit a big phone.

Thousand Heritage Helmet

The Heritage has a retro-chic aesthetic that harkens back to old school motorcycle helmets. The idea from the designers was to make a lid so good looking, you’ll actually want to wear it when you’re riding around town. But it’s not just a good looker; the Heritage has a magnetic buckle you can work with just one hand, and a pass-through port that lets you lock it up with your bike when you hit the bar.

Ass Savers Fenders

When the skies do open up, it’s best to have one of these super-light, clip-on fenders in your pack. Attach it to your seat post when the storm hits, and you can make it home without giving yourself a rooster tail of mud and puddles.

Five Ten Men's Freerider Pro Mountain Bike Shoes

Mountain bikers will argue endlessly about what they think the best frame, wheels, or handlebar grips are. But most will agree that the Freerider Pro is the best flat pedal shoe on earth. Five Ten’s sticky Stealth1 rubber sole has set the standard for the category, holding onto pedal studs like a gecko on a wall, while the stiff footbed provides solid power transfer. Performance aside, these shoes just look good, thanks to their skate-inspired design.

100% Speedtrap Sunglasses

So you don’t know the head size of your giftee (or close enough to feel confident buying them a pair of normal shades). Speedtraps are a safe bet because the arm lengths are adjustable, and the frame stands out enough for riders to adjust the glasses without smudging the lenses. Plus, they come in a variety of colorways and might help make them feel as cool as Sagan.

Mer Bags Drink Holster

Say, though, that your favorite cyclist needs something a little gentler for soft-sided vessels, or they want to be able to quickly remove their cup holder when they don’t need it. This holster from Mer Bags is the trick, a handmade piece of bike swag with a Cordura exterior that will last forever. Funky colors give it some flair, and the soft Velcro straps are adjustable, naturally, for different drinks and attaching to bags as well as bars.

Portland Design Works Tiny Object Inflator

Portland Design Works manages to make even the most mundane aspects of cycling gorgeous. Case in point: the Tiny Object, which is a presta C02 inflator wrapped in a leather carrier. Sure, it’s practical, as the leather wrap keeps your hands from freezing when the C02 cartridge turns cold. But we mostly love this thing because it’s beautiful.

Cyckit Aeroclam Hard Shell Bike Seat Bag

The Aeroclam is the answer to the saggy, swinging posterior man satchel. It’s a solid under-seat storage solution that takes the place of a traditional saddle bag. Since it only attaches to the saddle rails, it won’t rub the paint of the seat post or chafe the legs of a bib.

Wahoo Elemnt Bolt Cycling Computer

The Roam is one of Wahoo’s newest cycling computer. It features a color screen and more advanced independent routing that doesn’t require a cellphone connection. With both Bluetooth and ANT+ protocols, it connects to a wide variety of sensors.

Stanley Adventure Shortstack Travel Mug

This eight-ounce coffee mug is the cyclist’s new best friend, thanks to the screw-tight top that makes it absolutely spill-proof. It can fit in most bottle holders or handlebar-mounted cup holders, or you can slide it into your backpack. Go ahead, put it right next to your laptop; this thing isn’t spilling.

Pearl Izumi Men's Attack Bike Gloves

Don’t let the aggressive name fool you, the Attack is actually a nuanced glove. It has just the right amount of gel padding to dampen the chatter without sacrificing that “next-to-bar” feel cyclists love. We also like the synthetic leather palms, which are soft but grippy.

OneUp Components EDC Pump

OneUp makes a variety of accessories, including an entire line of components that stow essential bike tools. The EDC Pump is arguably the handiest of the bunch. On its own, it’s a high-volume C02 pump that straps to your downtube. But there’s also the EDC Tool ($59 sold separately), which is a sleek multitool loaded with hex and Torx wrenches, a tire lever and chain tools—it fits inside the pump.

RovR RollR 45-Quart Wheeled Cooler

On its own, the RollR 45 is a wonderful chest that keeps ice cold for days inside its bear-proof design. A couple of smart features, like the burly trail-ready wheels and pop-up storage bin, elevate this cooler into a different realm above its competition. But add the BikR kit ($54) and the cooler turns into a trailer that you can tug behind your ride, just like if you’re towing a baby in a trailer. Only this time, the “baby” is a bunch of beer.

Patagonia Black Hole 40-Liter Duffel

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a duffel bag war going on. And Patagonia is winning, thanks to this Black Hole, which is as stylish as it is practical. A cavernous main compartment is complemented with a zippered exterior pocket and a mesh pocket on the lid. The outer is made from a weather-resistant, recycled ripstop, and removable, padded shoulder straps let you carry the duffel like a backpack. Choose your size (from 40 liters to 100), but we think the 40 hits the sweet spot for holding your bike kit on weekend trips without too much bulk.

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