Everyone at The Bike Tube loves bike stuff. From parts, to tools, to accessories, we have your guide for great holiday gifts in every price range!
We chose the gifts because they're useful, durable, and time-tested items that any cyclist would love to have. Enjoy:
Do you have a budding bicycle mechanic on your list? Are they looking to start their own shop? If so, this kit full of Park Tool’s most useful tools and will get them well on their way. The price tag is high, to be sure, but you get a huge set of Park Tools-- the industry leading company for all things bike tools.
For a more inexpensive choice, check out the Park Tool SK-1 Home Mechanic Starter Kit. As the name suggests, it’s a great set to start out with--a lot more quality than what most mechanics started wrenching with.
Mission Bicycle Company's Lumen Retro Reflective Bike
Our friends at Mission Bicycle create some really solid, high quality bikes that are all drool-worthy. They've also created some concepts that take a well-built bike and make it awesome. The one we're talking about is the Retro Reflective bike frame that Mission recenlty debuted. During the day, the frame looks like a sleek, slightly shiny gray frame. By night, though, it really comes alive! The whole frame, fork, and (optional) wheels reflect like crazy.
It's a great design for being seen by everyone around you. When your whole bike is reflective and not just a part or two, you become immenesly more visible for nighttime riding. This design from Mission brings a great level of safety to the designs, and is an awesome concept that would make a great gift. Choose from the frameset, wheels, or put in a deposit to be the first to have one built up for you at Mission Bicycle's San Francisco home.
A repair stand makes bike repair go from necessary to enjoyable. If the cyclist on your list doesn’t have one yet, you can’t go wrong with a quality repair stand. Gone are the days of flipping your bike upside down like some eight year-old suburban kid. Once you have your whole bike in front of you, at a level you can work on it, everything gets easier. This is a great gift for the mechanic on your list.
There are dozens of companies selling messenger bags these days. Timbuk2 bags have been time-tested by people who put their bags through the abuses of real, hard cycling.
The company makes several models now, from pure messenger bags to cycling backpacks and even laptop sleeves. There’s no reason to mess with the classic bag, though: waterproof, durable, and cavernous if you get anything above a medium size.
When doing foul-weather riding, a good jacket has to do several things. It has to keep you warm and dry. It has to breath well enough to not drench you in sweat. And it has to make you visible! This jacket from Pearl Izumi does all three.
A jacket that’s created with cycling in mind will make riding in bad weather way more enjoyable. The slender design doesn’t flop in the wind, the hi-vis color doesn’t blend in with the traffic around you, and the insulation keeps you warm in all conditions. This is a great jacket for every cyclist on your list.
A bag on your back is okay for most riding, but for serious rides and serious loads, a good pannier is the best thing ever. Ortlieb makes some of the best. These are durable, waterproof, and connect to a rear rack on your bike. Not every bike can accept a rear rack, but there are many ways to make it work.
If the person on your list is logging big miles commuting or touring in all kinds of weather conditions, considers a pannier or two from Ortlieb.
Not every multi tool is created equally; in fact, most of them suck. Like, almost all of them. They’re usually made from cheap parts that don’t hold up to the everyday abuse of keeping them in your bag and they’re never made so you can get any leverage for repairs. This Topeak Alien III Multi Tool is one of the best. It will never replace your shop tools, but it will help you out when you’re just trying to get home.
Here at Bike Tube, we advise using our tutorials for all your repair needs; however, we also really like a good book. Cyclopedia is a really great resource for everything you might want to know about bikes-- and not just about repairs. This books dives into a lot of the history, culture, and oddities that the cycling scene has been through over the years.
This makes for a great read for the bike lover on your list and a great coffee table book once they’re done!
David Byrne describes his adventures, stories, and random thoughts about cycling all around the world in his book, Bicycle Diaries. This is an engaging and leisurely read, making it a perfect gift for any cyclist. He goes from major cities to far-away wilderness, and everything in between in this meandering account of bicycling adventure.
When you talk think about bike lights, you want them to be: bright, durable, and not break the bank. The Superflash does all three of these very well and has been a staple taillight for cyclists of all disciplines for years. You can’t go wrong with this small, sturdy, and ridiculously bright little light!
Remember back to our winter riding tips, about how fenders are great? Keep your friends and family free of gross water and road grime with this excellent set of fenders! Make sure you pick out the right size for their wheels and bike, though.
Not all socks are created equally. Smartwool socks are awesome. Made from warm and soft merino wool, these socks keep cyclists warm and happy mile after mile. You can’t go wrong with wool: it wicks moisture, stays warm even if it’s soaked, and won’t stink nearly as fast as acrylics and cotton. These socks compress in the right places, breath well in the rest, and will keep your feet happy for a long time to come.
It might be too cold on Christmas morning to go try out new bike swag, but the cyclist on your list will surely go brave the cold to try out these Schwalbe Winter tires. These are excellent, mid-range studded tires that perform well in adverse conditions. If you’re planning to bike on a frozen lake, you might need to get something with a big more grip, but for most conditions these winter tires will give riders excellent traction and confidence to ride all winter!
Most energy bars are gross. The dense, tasteless bricks are the last thing you want when you’ve been logging serious miles in the saddle. Honey Stinger Waffles actually taste good. Seriously. The thin, sweet waffles are great when you really can’t choke down another protein bar but need to get back home fast. These are great stocking stuffers for any hungry cyclist.
Everybody that rides a bike always needs new water bottles. Camelback’s Podium bottles are a well-priced water bottle that satisfies a cyclist’s needs. The spout makes it easy to drink one handed, they’re made to fit snuggly in a bottle cage, and they’re durable enough to survive a few crashes.
Are you shopping for someone who already has a stable of bikes, a nice set of tools, and already knows how to fix everything on them? They probably don’t have the mug to go with it! Nothing looks better on a workbench than a mug with everyone’s favorite tool’s logo right on it.
That rounds out our gift guide for 2014. We hope it gives you great ideas and inspiration for your holiday shopping!