To take all of the stress out of your holiday shopping, this column has assembled a convenient list of gift ideas for the cyclists in your life. I asked local riders to give me ideas on gifts they would like to receive; gifts they have received and really enjoyed; and gifts they plan to give. I've happily given them credit for their outstanding ideas. The list is sorted into three categories: $50, $51 to $500 and over $500.
Ladies and gentlemen, let the shopping begin.
GIFTS UNDER $50
1. Base layers: The best ones for cooler to cold temperatures for cycling (or skiing) are the Craft Zero Base Layers. -Bill Frielingsdorf
2. Mini lights: The Blackburn Flea compact commuter lights from Blackburn Flea are USB rechargeable and super bright. -Peter Stackhouse
3. DVDs of stage races to help with winter trainer entertainment: World Cycling Productions has a great assortment of singles and sets. A set bumps it into the next category, but I'm hoping for the 2010 Tour de France set. -Ed Shaw
4. Socks: A large number of cyclists requested socks. A nice gift item that most people don't like to purchase for themselves. Favorites included Smartwool and Lin socks, which support the cause of your choice. -Jo Campbell and Patti Nichol
5. Gloves: Windproof, water resistant gloves at great value are Pearl Izumi's SELECT Softshell Glove. -Anonymous, I don't want to ruin the surprise
6. On-the-bike nutrition products or food: These items will always be used. Be sure to find out the drink or bar of choice for your cyclist. -Eddie Metro, Eddie's personal favorite is Clif Bar White Chocolate Macadamia.
7. Toe and foot warmers: Grabber is one company that makes one-time use hand and toe warmers. These are great stocking stuffers and can save you from cold toes and hands--especially after changing a flat. -Belynda Seligman
8. Punch pass for the local recreation center: Sometimes it's tough to be motivated to train in the winter and you don't want to purchase an annual health club membership. Our city recreation center offers a punch pass option that is great. -Pam Leamons
9. Subscription: I'd love a one-year subscription to Trails.com. -Chad Brent
10. Mini tools: I'm a commuter and the ratcheting action of the Topeak Ratchet Rocket is nice when you're in a hurry and broken down on the side of the road. -Chris Johnson