Here is our hand-picked list of the best cycling gifts for 2017, based on feedback from our readers over the past year, plus our own experience. We guarantee you will find the right gift for the cyclist in your life here! We have included a few luxury gifts, a few very practical gifts, and a smorgasbord of cheap stocking stuffers – ideal for Secret Santas and last minute gifts.
Stocking Stuffer to Keep Cyclists Warm and Cozy: the Pearl Izumi Barrier Cycling Balaclava
This is an EXTREMELY popular cycling balaclava. I bought one of these for Maggie, and she found it super soft against her skin, as well as effective at keeping the cold out.
The Gift of Safety and Fun: Bodyguard Bike Wheel Lights
Bright, colorful, fun safety lights that switch on automatically when you start riding, using motion sensors. Perfect for the safety conscious cyclist, and as a cycling gift stocking stuffer. And just plain fun when cycling on those dark winter mornings!
The Gift of Convenience: Two Wheel Gear Convertible Backpack/Pannier
I use this convertible backpack/pannier almost every day, wherever I am, and have taken it all over the world. It is a great pannier, and also a great backpack. It converts from one to the other within a few seconds, making it super handy for anyone who combines cycling with other modes of transportation, such as walking, taking transit, driving, or flying! Compact and light, it has a very protected slot for a laptop, and a very secure pocket for wallet and keys. The cyclist you love will love you for giving them this incredibly convenient backpack/pannier! You can read a complete review of this backpack here.
Earn Major Brownie Points with the Very Latest and Most Premium GPS Bike Computer: Garmin Edge 1030
If you want MAJOR brownie points, give the cyclist in your life the latest, most premium bike computer in the world. This new edition of the flagship Garmin Edge 1000 boasts massively improved battery life, plus a range of new features. It is ideal for cyclists who train seriously and want to improve their performance.
You can read all about how this new GPS bike computer stacks up against other bike computers here.
The Gift of Peace of Mind: A Great Bike Lock
This compact bike lock from Kryptonite can be kept in a pannier, or attached to the bike, for use whenever your cycling friend feels the urge to stop for a coffee or a beer – and will keep their bike totally safe. It even comes with a guarantee against the bike being stolen. This one earns its place as one of the world’s most trusted bike locks. It is small but made of extremely solid steel. If you don’t fancy this one, check out our list of 5 of the best bike locks here.
The Gift of Dry Legs: Well-priced, Premium Showers Pass Storm Pants
Showers Pass makes some of the best rainwear in the world. These are top quality rain pants for a really good price. They will keep your loved one at least half dry on rainy bike rides, and he or she will bless you for it. Good rain pants … about $65 … Staying dry … priceless! Note: if in doubt about sizing, with most cycling gear – go one size larger.
The Gift of a Great Pair of Panniers at a Great Price: Ibera Bicycle Bag PakRak Clip-On Quick-Release All Weather Bike Panniers
This set of panniers is well loved for being practical, being of high quality, and being super quick to clip on and off. If the cyclist you love is still toting a backpack, make their life better by giving the gift of panniers. This makes for a safer ride, and much more organized commuting. And this pair ships with an included rain cover. If you don’t like this set, you can read about our picks for 7 of the best bike panniers here.
The Gift of the Best Bargain Priced Premium GPS Bike Computer: Garmin Edge 1000
The Garmin Edge 1000 was the premium bike computer until the release of the Edge 1030. Because of this new release, the Edge 1000 can be bought right now for bargain basement prices. It usually costs around $600, but right now it is just $360, and the entire Edge 1000 BUNDLE (with heart rate monitor and sensors) is selling for just $399. Check out the current prices below. Compared to previous prices, this is like getting a great deal on the unit, plus getting the heart rate monitor, the speed sensor and the cadence sensor for free! These are by far the cheapest prices I have ever seen on the Edge 1000 and the 1000 bundle, so if you want to make a big impression without breaking the bank, consider taking advantage of these options.
The Gift of a Warm Head for Cyclists! 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. This 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.
The Gift of a Bike Pannier for Executives: Two Wheel Gear Classic 2.0 Garment Pannier
The Two Wheel Gear Classic 2.0 Garment Pannier is probably the most stylish, premium cycling pannier on the planet. It is ideal if the cyclist you love has an executive job, and also does a lot of air travel. The pannier doubles up as sleek travel luggage, being designed to fit carry-on air travel luggage requirements for most major airlines.
One day when we finally do our cycling tour around the Netherlands, these panniers are all the luggage we will need, for both the plane trip and the bike tour. In the meantime, Maggie finds her Two Wheel Gear Classic 2.0 Garment Pannier perfect for her lifestyle as an executive who likes to bike to work, but still needs to look like a boss when she gets there.
You can read Maggie’s full review of the Two Wheel Gear Classic 2.0 Garment Pannier here. You can read my review here.
The Gift of Safety: Garmin Varia Vision
The Garmin Varia Vision is the ultimate luxury gift for cyclists: consider this high tech bike training gadget if you happen to love a very athletic cyclist who spends a lot of time doing bike training – especially if they train on busy streets. The Garmin Varia Vision is a tiny device that attaches to a cyclist’s cycling glasses and enables her or him to read cycling metrics from their other high tech devices without ever taking their eyes off the road. It’s a HUD (Heads Up Device) for serious cyclists.
The lucky cyclist must already own a Garmin Edge bike computer, preferably a high end one, such as the Garmin Edge 520, 820 or 1030. You can read all about the Garmin Varia Vision here.
The Gift of Warm Toes! 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: 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.
Small is Beautiful: Garmin Edge 25 Bike Computer
There are a lot of great Garmin Edge bike computers, and I have written a lot about them. For example, Garmin Edge 520 is considered by many reviewers to be one of the greatest bike computer upgrades ever made. So why am I talking about the Garmin Edge 25? Well, simply because it is the smallest bike computer in the world that is compatible with GPS, and because it combines an incredible number of features in one super-tiny, discreet device. You can read a full comparison of the Garmin Edge 25 vs 520 here.
There is not much that this tiny, high quality bike computer cannot do, even when compared to its much more expensive big brothers. It’s an excellent bike computer for the price.
The Gift of Being Prepared for Emergencies: Crank Brothers Multi Bicycle Tool (10-Function) ($18)
EVERY cyclist needs a good multi-tool – trust me on this one. 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 $20.
WOTOW 16 in 1 Multi-Function Cycling Mechanic Repair Tool Kit
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. At this price, I am not sure I would trust those pry bars to stand up to much use – but for a stocking stuffer, this gadget has a lot of flashy little tools. It does get a lot of good reviews, and a lot of our readers buy them – and don’t return them – so it must be a reasonably good multi tool, despite the low price.
The Gift of Knowledge: The Cyclist’s Training Bible by Joe Friel
Simply the best training guide for cyclists, the Cyclists’ Training Bible is the ultimate cycling training guide. Written by cycling guru Joe Friel, this impressive book is sure to put a smile on the face of any cyclist – and provide inspiration and guidance for years to come.
The Gift of Ageing Well: Fast After Fifty by Joe 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, Joe Friel.
The Gift of Good Health: Bicycling Medicine
This book by Arnie Baker, subtitled “Cycling Nutrition, Physiology, Injury Prevention and Treatment For Riders of All Levels,” will help your cyclist friend get ready for the upcoming new year good resolutions. It’s a highly regarded book about how to fuel cycling in a healthy way.
The Gift of Light: DAWAY A01 Waterproof Bike Wheel Lights
A strip of 20 bright and colorful LED lights to attach to a bike wheel. Great for safety, but also, really cheerful when cycling in the dark. I love these kinds of lights.
The Gift of Safety: Ultra Bright Bike Tail Light Blitzu Cyborg
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.
The Gift of Light: Bright Outdoors LED Safety Light
This light would also make a great gift 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.
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.
The Gift of Hindsight: 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.
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!
This is a GREAT rear bike light, and I find it amazing that they are 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!
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