ACTIVE Cycling Holiday Gift Guide: Gear and Accessories
The world of cycling made several breakthroughs in 2015 and, now more than ever, people recognize the benefits of riding a bike. Whether you're riding the roads, tackling the trails or commuting to work, in 2016, two-wheel travel should be a priority.
ACTIVE Holiday Gift Guide for Cycling Gear and Accessories1 of 20
Here are some great gift ideas that will either inspire your loved one to take up this beautiful sport, or keep them from ever getting out of the saddle.
Garmin Varia Rearview Bike Radar$300 2 of 20
A typical knock on bikes is safety on the roads. If you share this anxiety and worry about the welfare of your cycling chum among speeding traffic, the Garmin Varia Rearview Bike Radar is a perfect gift to alleviate some of those concerns. Similar to a rearview mirror, the rearview detector warns of vehicles approaching from behind (up to 153 yards) and includes a taillight that brightens and flashes to notify approaching traffic. This gift could literally save lives.
P is for Peloton and Infographic Guide to Cycling$18 each 3 of 20
These are two marvelously beautiful and well-illustrated books that make the vast world of cycling easy to comprehend in a single reading. If you're buying a gift for a noob cyclist, or just want to add to someone's already massive library of cycling literature, these two books, both published by Bloomsbury, make perfect holiday gifts.
DeskCycle$159 4 of 20
We can't always cycle. Where work, weather or the early night hours might keep us from our passion, it can't keep us from its health benefits. The DeskCycle is the perfect way to bring your healthy lifestyle to work. With eight gears and a low pedal height to keep knees from knocking your desk, you'll burn plenty of calories as you trudge through paperwork. Also, the product comes with a tether to keep your rolling chair in place.
Shimano 105 SPD-SL Carbon Pedals$85 5 of 20
Some of the lightest pedals you can get in this price range, the weight difference between the 105 version and high-end pedals that cost exponentially more is minimal. So, if you know someone who's gearing up for a road race in 2016 and is in need of some new clipless pedals, these carbon lookers will knock his or her socks off (though they literally work in unison with his or her socks).
Giro Apeckx II$150 6 of 20
With a combination of supple bonded leather and welded mesh, the Giro Apeckx gives century riders the comfort and breathability they need with the stiffness and performance they want. With a single buckle and two straps, the shoe is easily adjustable and simple to maintain. Combine this with the Shimano clipless pedals, and your cycling pal will be ready to hit the road with an efficient pedal stroke.
ABUS Folding Lock Bordo Ecolution$129 7 of 20
No one wants their things, especially all of their new holiday goodies, stolen. That's why this is, perhaps, one of the coolest gifts—the gift of security. With its compact size and ecologically friendly manufacturing (made of biodegradable material) the ABUS folding bike lock is perfect for the daily commuter. The steel bars linked with special rivets ensures a protected bike, and the textile cover makes for a handsome display on your ride.
Bell Joy Ride Endeavor$100 8 of 20
Whether your significant other is new to the sport or tackled many a century ride, the new Joy Ride collection from Bell offers super functional, highly affordable helmets specifically for women. This lightweight model has 19 vents to keep you cool and a smooth, compact shape with sweat resistant webbing. At 268 grams, the Endeavor offers female riders of any skill level the opportunity to improve while remaining safe in the saddle.
Chrome Storm Cobra 2.0$200 9 of 20
To some commuters, inclement weather is just a part of getting to work on a bike. For those dedicated individuals, the Chrome Storm Cobra 2.0, with three layers of waterproof material and handsome twill nylon, is the perfect rain reflector. The pattern also allows for more visibility and reflectivity, a definite concern in the rain. The rear stow pocket is perfect for carrying any valuables.
Lights (Blackburn 2Fer, Garmin Varia Smart Lights)$45 (Blackburn) $300 (Garmin) 10 of 20
With sunset arriving quicker by the day, every cyclist needs lights. Whether you're on a budget or looking for something a little fancier for your fellow rider, we have two great choices. The Blackburn 2fer (left) is the perfect choice for those looking for quality, versatile lights that get the job done. Meanwhile, Garmin's Varia Smart Bike Lights (right), while pricey, automatically adjust and are some of the most technologically advanced lights on the road.
Blackburn 2Fer Garmin Varia Smart Lights
Voler Black Label Cycling Kit$238 11 of 20
Want to get your cycling friend the best, and we mean the best, cycling kit available? Look no further than Voler's Black Label line of kits. Soft, lightweight, strong, ultra breathable and, most importantly, comfortable, the Black Label is Voler's flagship kit for a reason. Get your friend out of that free jersey he or she got from that 20K ride and get them a real cycling kit.
Commuter Backpacks (Chrome Barrage Cargo, Linus Hampton Ruc Sac, Thule Pack'n Pedal)$180 (Chrome) $129 (Linus) $160 (Thule) 12 of 20
The backpack is the finishing touch of any great commuter, and one that requires a near equal amount of scrutiny as buying a bike. Here are three great options for every commuter. The Chrome, Linus and Thule each offer a different look, feel and features depending on the commuter's style and needs. But, they're all high-quality bags ideal for anyone on the bike.
Chrome Barrage Cargo Linus Hampton Ruc Sac Thule Pack'n Pedal
Lifeproof Fre iPhone Case and Barmount$136 13 of 20
With Strava, GPS and other whatnots dominating your mobile device, putting your phone in your rear stow pocket is a thing of the past. Now, you need something that makes your phone visible as you cycle, while ensuring your phone is safe while doing so. The sturdy Lifeproof Fre case and barmount secures your phone in a spot readily seen and provides a resilient safeguard against any potential falls.
Zackees Turn Signal Gloves$95 14 of 20
With more people commuting via bicycle every day, cars and bikes share the road more now than ever, and they must coexist. These turn signal gloves by Zackees help bridge the gap, making cyclists friendlier to the cars with whom they share the road. By simply pressing your thumb against your index finger, your left or right hand suddenly becomes a turn signal. Oh, and they're excellent cycling gloves to boot.
Garmin Edge 520$300 15 of 20
One of the best overall cycling computers available, the Edge 520 gives cyclists the full inventory of information they could possibly require. If you know someone who's seeking a bike computer with deep Strava integration, detailed maps, GPS tracking, V02 max estimation and a slew of other metrics, wrap this up and put it under the tree. The Edge 520 is the ultimate Swiss Army Knife of the bike computer world.
Lexi Miller Hourglass Jersey and Tweener Legging$375 16 of 20
It's true: the oft-complained-about cycling kit does a body very few favors. However, Lexi Miller, a new cycling apparel company, is on a mission to reverse this. The hourglass jersey and tweener leggings, which includes a chamois suitable for long distances, is the perfect combo for cycling this winter. The dreaded sausage leg is officially a thing of the past.
Giro Synthe MIPS$270 17 of 20
Giro's Synthe helmet features MIPS technology that provides more protection in headfirst crashes, and the compact design and vents keep weight and rider temperature down. Giro calls it the "pinnacle of road helmet design," and they've made it difficult to disagree given the Synthe's blend of safety and performance.
Oakley Jawbreaker Prizm$240 18 of 20
Know someone who wants to look like Mark Cavendish sprinting toward the finish line on the Champs-Elysees? Of course you do. These sweet glasses, which, yes, Mark Cavendish does wear, include an extended field of view optimized for cycling, along with increased grip despite perspiration. They're also some of the sportiest and jaw-droppingly cool glasses you could own.
Thule Raceway Platform 9003PRO$430 19 of 20
The bike rack to end all bike racks, the Thule Raceway Platform makes carrying a couple bikes on the back of your coupe a no-big-deal kind of thing. The carrier includes a tray mount that makes bike loading a cinch, and it includes Thule's patented FitDial that guarantees a perfect fit on your vehicle. We can't always ride a bike, but we can always have them with us, just in case.