The 2019 Holiday Gift Guide for Cyclists

Cycling can be an expensive sport. From new wheelsets to stylish kits, why save up the cash to buy these pricey items yourself when you can take advantage of the season of giving, right? 

While a shiny new bike under the tree is the gift of every kid's dreams—and, let's be honest, most cyclists, too—we've curated a list of things you'll definitely want to add to your own holiday wish list.

1

Silca Maratona Mimimo Travel Case

$175

With the Silca Maratona Mimimo Travel Case, you can easily pack and store all your gear in one place when it's time to travel. Padded exterior walls and swappable interior dividers keep your gear from getting scuffed and prevent soiled items from mingling with clean ones. The included roll-top bags offer further compartmentalization of dirty gear. Two exterior handles and a removable strap make toting the Minimo easy from any side.

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2

Wahoo Kickr Bike

$3,499.99

For a cyclist who is serious about riding indoors, the Wahoo Kickr Bike is the ultimate gift. This training tool incorporates the same technology as the Wahoo Kickr direct drive trainer, and offers power measurement claimed to be within one percent accuracy while simulating climbs and descents of 20 percent and -15 percent, respectively. This indoor bike can be configured to match your road bike fit, and you can even swap in your favorite saddle, handlebars and pedals onto crankarms that accommodate lengths from 165 to 175mm. The shifters can also be configured to simulate SRAM, Shimano or Campagnolo shift action. Of course, the latest indoor cycling hardware is compatible with online training and tracking platforms like Zwift and Strava.

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3

Gore C7 ShakeDry Viz Jacket

$279

The C7 Gore ShakeDry Viz Jacket really does live up to its name. After one memorably rainy commute, we simply shook this top to snap off all water, then immediately stuffed it into a pack with dry clothes and a laptop. It's a low-bulk, full-zip top, and easily fits into a cycling jersey pocket when not in use.

It's worth noting that Gore indicates this jacket sizes small, but our experience was that there was ample room for a long sleeve underneath. Three different colorways in both men's and women's cuts are available.

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4

Cycliq Fly6

$189

Capture your ride on video for fun—and personal safety—with the Cycliq Fly6. This 100-lumen taillight features a rear-facing camera that captures audio and up to 60fps HD video onto a removable SD memory card. Should a crash occur, the video recorded during the incident is preserved—and cannot be overwritten with new video while riding—so it can be reviewed later. You'll get up to 7 hours (claimed) of recording on a single battery charge. With the included mounts, the Fly6 should fit on nearly any bike seatpost or seat tube.

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5

Gore R5 Partial Women Gore-Tex Infinium Soft Lined Long Sleeve Shirt

$199

Great as a base layer under a cycling jacket for really cold days, or even for wearing alone during off-the-bike cross training, the R5 Gore-Tex Infinium soft lined long sleeve shirt will keep you dry and oh so warm.

One tester remarked how it looks like a "superhero uniform," stretching where it needed to stretch—like under the arms—and staying put where it needed to stay put, like at the lower back. Impressive features include water- and wind-blocking panels, no side seams for chafe-free movement, reflective detailing and a super-soft interior. It's available in sizes XS to XL (form-fit), in three color combinations and in a men's cut.

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6

Elite Direto X Direct Drive Trainer

$899.95

For those who don't love riding inside, the Elite Direto X Direct Drive Trainer just might change your mind. Connect your favorite indoor cycling environment, like Zwift, and get rolling. The on-board power meter can accommodate up to 2100w (wow!) while the updated unit design accommodates thru-axles, long-cage derailleurs and 12 speed cassettes; when not in use, the legs fold for compact storage.

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7

Shimano RC5 Road Cycling Shoes

$150

The Shimano RC5 Road Cycling Shoe features a one-piece upper, with Boa and hook-and-loop retention systems for enhanced comfort. The low stack height carbon reinforced sole helps the wearer feel connected to the bike with a firm yet not overly stiff feel—8:12 on Shimano's relative stiffness index. This shoe is available in three, solid colorways: navy, white or black.

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About the Author

Greg Kaplan,

A lifelong endurance sports athlete, Greg raced bikes on the road as a junior prior to changing his athletic focus to rowing. Upon retiring from elite rowing competition, Greg revisited his passion for racing bikes and also added some swimming and running into the mix, competing at the ITU Age Group World Championships on multiple occasions. He and his wife Shannon—also a rower, bike-racer, and triathlete—enjoy traveling, learning about wine and keeping up with their rescue cats when they are not training or racing.
A lifelong endurance sports athlete, Greg raced bikes on the road as a junior prior to changing his athletic focus to rowing. Upon retiring from elite rowing competition, Greg revisited his passion for racing bikes and also added some swimming and running into the mix, competing at the ITU Age Group World Championships on multiple occasions. He and his wife Shannon—also a rower, bike-racer, and triathlete—enjoy traveling, learning about wine and keeping up with their rescue cats when they are not training or racing.

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