Looking for cheap gifts for cyclists? I get this question a lot: “Do you have any ideas for cheap gifts for cyclists?” It’s a good question: Just what do you buy for someone who apparently is not interested in anything but cycling? Chances are they already HAVE a bike, and anyway, you do NOT want to spend that much money. It’s a tough one, but I have some inside information. I sell products through my affiliate links, so I get to see which products cyclists actually buy (and don’t return). Based on that information, here are my suggestions for the top 25 cheap gifts for cyclists under $25.
Even if you know nothing about cycling yourself, these suggested gifts are things your cyclist friends will appreciate. They’ll think you are smart and remarkably understanding – and must have put a whole lot of research into your gift buying. And you did – you read this post!
Safety First Gifts for Cyclists
MonkeyLectric LED Fun Bike Wheel Lights for Cyclists
Bike lights are a hugely important safety feature. Nowadays most come with rechargeable batteries (either regular rechargables, or else the kind you recharge by plugging into a USB socket). Prices are very reasonable too, and many very good lights can be bought for less than $25. These below are my favorite bike lights, and I never leave home without them. MonkeyLectric are LED lights that attach to bike wheels, providing bright, fun, blinking visibility so that motorists are much less likely to drive into cyclists from the side. They are also just plain awesome fun. The MonkeyLectric below is the baby brother in the line-up of MonkeyLectric lights, and just squeaks in under $25. If I had to choose any of these 25 cheap gifts for cyclists, this would be the one – no question!
Ultra Bright Bike Light Blitzu Cyborg 168T USB Rechargeable Bicycle Tail Light
This bright rear bike light is lightweight and versatile, so it can be clipped on the bike or on a bike helmet. It’s a great deal, which must be part of the reason it is Amazon’s best-selling rear light. The battery is charged via USB, so it is easy for commuters to charge it at their desk.
Mirrycle MTB Bar End Mountain Bicycle Mirror
The Mirrycle MTB Bar End Mountain Bicycle Mirror will keep any cyclist way safer on the roads, by providing an easy way to keep an eye on traffic coming up behind. Given that many serious cycling crashes are caused by impatient or distracted motorists rear-ending cyclists, this gift could be a life-saver. I have one of these on all my bikes, and would never cycle without one. This one is suitable for most bikes, except road bikes (the ones with drop handlebars). For road bikes, see the mirror in the photo of my bike below.
Helmet Light – Y-ZONE CREE XML-T6 Rechargeable Mountain Bicycle Headlight Powerful 1200 Lumens
To be honest, there are amazingly good helmet lights that cost hundreds of dollars. However, you can also get pretty good helmet lights cheaper. This Y-ZONE CREE XML-T6 Rechargeable Mountain Bicycle Headlight Powerful 1,200 Lumens is pretty darn good, and amazingly cheap. I know from experience that 1,200 Lumens of light is good enough to cycle in pitch darkness.
Not seeing what you want? Try our post on 15 cheap gifts for cyclists under $15!
OR: If you want to spend a little more on a very special cyclist, see our post on 7 of the best gifts for cyclists (gifts ranging from $50 to $350)
I had to include this Amazon Best Seller – their best selling Helmet Mirror. It’s a tiny mirror that attaches to your helmet so you can see behind you as you ride. People love this helmet mirror. It’s 360° adjustable and lightweight. The great thing about a bike helmet mirror is that you can ride in any position and still see behind you.
Another interesting safety gadget, the Outerdo Bicycle Turn Signals are a bright light for the back of the bike that cyclists can control with a controller on the handlebars. Buttons allow the user to show turn signals on the back of the bike. It gets rave reviews, and looks like a fun gift for the price.
The M-Wave Electro Road Bike Bell
A bicycle bell is another great safety device, but many cyclists lack the space on their handlebars, or just don’t like the clunky old-fashioned bicycle bell look. Here’s a great alternative: the M-Wave Electro Road Bike Bell is a perfect option for cyclists who want the safety and convenience of a bell, but without the traditional look. The loud 100 db. bell is easily mounted and fits 22.2 mm handlebars. Most likely, this will fit best on a road bike (the ones with drop handlebars). It won’t work on chunky handlebars, such as are found on a mountain bike. This M-Wave Electro road bike bell is highly rated for its attention-grabbing sound.
What if your friend LOVES old-fashioned bells? Well, this is a fabulous old-fashioned bike bell – a gift that is sure to bring a smile. It’s a retro design, and really cool – I want one! FYI, “Yamabiko” means “echo” in Japanese. The aluminum clamp supports a BRASS bell that could look classy on any bike. It’s available in copper and gold finishes, and pretty much guaranteed to impress your cyclist friend with your style and insight. Plus it’s CHEAP!
CatEye Rapid 3 Bicycle Rear Safety Light
This is a GREAT rear bike light, and I find it amazing that people are buying them for LESS than $25. It runs on simple AA batteries, which will power the light for up to 80 hours, and has three modes. It’s super bright and can be seen from a long way away. Get your cycling friend one of these if you want to help keep him or her safe for up to 80 hours! And oh yes, easy to install, so your buddy will not be cursing you when they are doing the install!
Bright Outdoors LED Safety Light
This light would also make a great gifts for runners, and for people who spend a lot of time dog walking. This little light flashes red or white, and can easily be attached to a coat or a dog’s collar. It also comes with a strap to attach to a bike.
Comfort Gifts for Cyclists
KIND Bars, Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate and Protein
Almost every cyclist likes to keep a supply of protein bars handy. These KIND bars are delicious, and provide that essential dose of protein one often needs to finish a ride. They are billed as a protein snack OR a meal replacement. Plus, they are gluten free. Give your favorite cyclist buddy a box of 12, and be remembered fondly for a very long time.
Chamois Butt’r Original 8 oz tube
Well loved by many in the cycling world, this is the original and old favorite skin lubricant developed for use with all chamois shorts liners. It improves riding comfort and soothes chafed or irritated skin. Trust me, saddle sores aren’t just for cowboys, and most cyclists have some issues with staying comfy in the saddle (we just don’t talk about them that much, for obvious reasons). Of course, you probably have to be fairly close to a cyclist, or at least have a well developed joking relationship, to buy them a product for the butt as a gift!
Warm toes for cyclists: Woolie Boolie Socks
These are wonderfully comfy and warm Merino wool socks – perfect for keeping cyclist’s toes warm in winter. Maggie and I each own about six pairs of these, and love them all. Sure to be a hit – these aren’t just socks, these are Woolie Boolies!
The Gift of a Warm Head for Cyclists!
I have published a very long, very in-depth post about how to choose the best cycling balaclava. My post about cycling balaclavas is incredibly popular, which just goes to show how important a warm head is to most of us cyclists. Below is the top favorite balaclava, year over year, among my readers. The micro fleece makes it comfy, the styling is great, and the price is right.
Chaos CTR Tempest Multi Tasker Cycling Balaclava
I notice from reader feedback that of all the balaclavas I recommend, the Chaos CTR Tempest Multi Tasker is by far the most popular.
Another EXTREMELY popular cycling balaclava. I bought one of these for Maggie (Mrs. Average Joe Cyclist), and she found it extremely soft against the skin, as well as effective at keeping the cold out.
Baleaf Thermal Skull Cap for Cyclists
If you cannot imagine your chosen cyclist wearing a balaclava, a nice thermal skull cap is a great (and cheap) alternative to keep a cyclist’s head warm for winter cycling.
Another well-rated, brand-name skull cap to keep your cyclist friend’s head warm! Fits well under a helmet and covers your ears too.
Gadget Gifts for Cyclists
EVERY cyclist needs a good multi-tool – trust me on this one. You may or may not know this, but a bike multi-tool is actually pretty much indispensable for all cyclists. Every time a saddle needs to be moved, or a kickstand needs to be tightened, or a mirror is falling off – a multi-tool is required! It’s hard to go a WEEK without one. Any cyclist who doesn’t have one yet, simply doesn’t know what they are missing. And you cannot have too many, because nothing sucks quite as much as having your saddle fall off at home, while your multi-tool is at work. Here’s a great multi-tool for less than $25.
WOTOW 16 in 1 Multi-Function Bike Bicycle Cycling Mechanic Repair Tool Kit With 3 piece Tire Pry Bars
This is another popular multi-tool, and is an Amazon best-seller – probably due to the fact that it comes packaged with 3 tire pry bars (for changing tires), and is remarkably cheap.
Bell STOWAWAY 300 Small Handlebar Bag Black
Most cyclists have issues of some kind with transporting stuff on their bikes. This little Bell Stowaway Bag is a handy addition to any bike. Small and compact, it’s not obtrusive, but would work really well to transport keys, wallet and phone.
Everything Bag with Bike Tool AND it carries your phone
I didn’t know what to call this, so I called it an Everything Bag. Yeah, this is pretty cool. This neat little gift is a bag that includes a multi-tool, and ALSO showcases a phone. I really like this one, and might have to buy myself one for my next birthday!
Book Gifts for Cyclists
Here are some great ideas for books for cyclists. I should mention that I make so little commission for selling books on Amazon that they might as well slap me in the face every time someone buys a book – at least that way, I’d notice. Funny, considering they started off as BOOK sellers. However, I include books here because I love books, and I know that a lot of people besides me also love books! A well-chosen book gift is one of the best gifts anyone can get, in my opinion. Don’t forget, before the Internet, they were our only keys (apart from actually traveling) to other places and other people’s minds. I am old enough to remember catching a bus to the library when I wanted to find out about something. And books are still great ways to access tons of knowledge.
The Cyclist’s Training Bible by Joel Friel
Simply the best training guide for cyclists, The Cyclists’ Training Bible is the ultimate cycling training guide. Written by cycling guru Joel Friel, this impressive book is sure to put a smile on the face of any cyclist – and provide inspiration for next year too!
Fast After Fifty by Joel Friel
If the cyclist you are buying a gift for is over 50, he or she will appreciate this book, which shows that getting older doesn’t have to mean getting slower, or losing strength or health. The book is based on the most recent research on aging and sports performance, and is written by America’s ultimate cycling training guru, Joel Friel.
Talking of Joel Friel, I have a book review about his other book, the famous Cyclist’s Training Bible, here. (It’s not on this list because it’s $20.) Apart from having excellent content, this is a BIG book – would look very impressive in a stocking!
Bicycling Medicine: Cycling Nutrition, Physiology, Injury Prevention and Treatment For Riders of All Levels by Arnie Baker
To help get ready for the upcoming new year good resolutions, here’s a book about how to fuel cycling in a healthy way.
How to Buy the Best Electric Bike – Black and White version: An Average Joe Cyclist Guide
Well yes, of course I am going to plug my own book! Seriously though, if you have a friend who is interested in getting an electric bike, I do happen to have published the best book on the market to help figure out which electric bike to buy. And the black and white version is under $25. (The color version is $34.) Considering that a good electric bike will cost AT LEAST a thousand dollars, it’s definitely smart to research it first. My book contains lots of reviews, too.
We hope one of these gifts works for you! If not, try our post on 15 cheap gifts for cyclists under $15! Happy shopping!
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