Whether you’re looking for a stocking stuffer or a once-in-a-lifetime dream vacation, these 12 gifts are the perfect surprises for the cyclist in your life this holiday season.
CLUG BIKE HANGER
If you live in tight quarters, bike storage can be a real problem. The Clug is an elegant solution that is more of a bike hanger than it is a rack. Your rear wheel will stay on the ground while your front wheel fits into the Clug on a wall of your choosing for vertical storage. Surprisingly, it’s more stable than you might think. Compatibility options are available for size 23mm road tires all the way up to 2.5-inch mountain-bike tires.
Since most cyclists love coffee, a mug with your loved one’s all-time favorite cycling legend will be a winner. Choose old greats like Bernard Hinault and Sean Kelly or current kings of the peloton like Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish.
FEED ZONE PORTABLES
Instead of loading up on packaged energy bars that don’t taste all that good and probably aren’t all that good for you, enter “Feed Zone Portables.” Allen Lim at Skratch Labs co-wrote this cookbook, featuring over 75 delicious recipes that are easy to make and include natural ingredients that are the perfect source of energy while out on the road or trail. Two-bite pies and the infamous rice balls are definite go-to favorites.
Who wouldn’t enjoy a really awesome cycling T-shirt? The cool kids at Manual for Speed have released these fun illustrated designs of cyclists like Marco Pantani, Mario Cipollini and the cannibal himself — Eddy Merckx.
When the temperatures drop, accessories matter on the bike. This classic cycling cap and merino wool sock combo from Rapha are stylish, well-made and will help keep the cyclist in your life nice and toasty. For the harshest of winter weather, try the Rapha winter cap and deep winter socks instead.
Monitoring your heart rate can help you with pacing, hitting target zones and tracking how well you’ve recovered in between workouts. This heart rate strap from Under Armour is comfortable, highly adjustable and Bluetooth compatible. It also connects to the MapMyRide and MapMyRun fitness apps for anyone using a smartphone as a bike computer.
Chances are the cyclist you love has an old, beat-up floor pump that’s seen better days. This sturdy aluminum option from Specialized is well-designed and makes inflating high-pressure road tires really easy. It’s also insanely accurate and can be easily switched between Schrader and Presta valves.
If you know a cyclist who wants to step up their coolness on the bike, the Sport Classic wool jersey lineup from Giordana will definitely be a nod in the right direction. It’s stylish, comfortable and will get plenty of looks on a group ride. There are currently three different design options available.
Whether it’s before the start of a race or on a weekend getaway, there are plenty of times when this Port-a-Shop tool kit from Lezyne will come in handy. The kit includes most tools needed to complete basic repairs, including chain and spoke tools, torque wrenches and a bottle opener for post-ride celebrations.
For the ultimate indoor training experience, the Wahoo Kickr is a direct drive smart trainer (no rear wheel needed) that plays nicely with the latest and greatest virtual training/racing apps like Zwift and Trainer Road. It’s also whisper quiet, provides a realistic road sensation and can handle more watts than your loved one will likely produce.
INGAMBA HIGH-END CYCLING VACATION TO ITALY
$4,000–$7,950 (Airfare not included)
If you’ve been saving up for something really special, this is a gift you might also end up getting for yourself as well. InGamba is known for organizing some of the best cycling tours and vacations on the planet — and their packages to Tuscany and the Dolomites in Italy are the kind of thing that sounds almost too perfect to even dream about. Each trip includes lodging, full ride support, tour guides, food and beverages, a Pinarello Dogma F8 bike rental, a one-of-a-kind Giordana custom inGamba cycling kit and daily post-ride massages from a professional soigneur, among many other high-end perks.