We all know that Christmas is a big commercial racket run by a big Eastern syndicate. But when it comes to Christmas gift suggestions, at least we can look to the centuries-old approved adage of: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example.
Bah! Who cares about any of that? The cyclist needs Christmas gifts and here are recommendations:
Green Guru High Roller 36L Backpack pannier ($130): This durable, waterproof pannier is made in the U.S. of recycled bicycle inner tubes. It has a fast and simple rack mounting system that securely attaches the pannier to the rack. It comes with a stashable backpack harness that is fast and easy to use. Full review here: http://geargals.com/green-guru-high-roller-36l-backpack-pannier/
Green Guru Upshift Frame bag ($40): The Upshift Frame bag adds a cool pop of whimsical color to any bike and holds tubes and tools in the frame where it doesn’t interfere with pedaling either. The quality of construction is utterly outstanding, a result of someone taking his or her time putting it together. It wasn’t just thrown together in 3 minute
s on an assembly line in China. All Green Guru products are hand-made in Colorado. A fantastic gift for the fatbike rider in your life.
To properly Green Guru’fy a bike: Combine Tubular Insulated Can Slings (on forks) and the Upshift Frame Bag (front). Add the Gripster Triangle Frame Bag (back), the Hauler Bike Pack and the Clincher Mini Triangle Frame Bag (top). Mix in the Hipster Hip/Handlebar Pack (handle bars) and the Controller Top Tube Pack (headset). You will turn heads and go long distances.
Thule Pack ‘n Pedal Smartphone Attachment ($19.99): This handy handlebar accessory can mount just about any smartphone to your handlebars. It can rotate 360 degrees for optimal landscape viewing, it is slip-resistant and there is really no reason why the cyclist in your life (or even yourself) shouldn’t have this.
FITS Performance Trail quarter sock ($18.99): This medium-weight hiking sock has a double welt around the ankle to keep out scree and other trail debris from wedging itself inside a hiking boot. It’s also a good cold-weather sock for winter cycling because it is super warm without being bulky. It also stays in place so it reduces the chances of blisters forming. Made in the USA, too!
Pearl Izumi X-Project cycling shoes ($180): This is a great shoe because it really does hit that sweet spot of ultimate versatility. Its carbon sole is nicely stiff for pedaling, but get this – when you are off your bike and walking, it flexes almost like a normal shoe. No clip clopping around like an overshod pony. I hear there are bike races that start out with a running sprint to the bikes (I hear about them, but I hope it’s not true because oh, my god what a horrible thing to do in a bike race) and I’d guess these shoes would be great for that, though I haven’t run in them and have no intention of doing so. For a normal person who just wants to occasionally get off her bike and walk around, I can confirm that these shoes are killer for that. They don’t feel like cycling shoes when you are walking in them, and the fact that “doesn’t feel like cycling shoes” is a plus for cycling shoes says a lot about cycling shoes. Full review here: http://geargals.com/pearl-izumi-x-project-cycling-shoes/
Timbuk2 Sunset Rack Trunk ($110): What a joy bike picnic’ing is with this little guy! All the stresses of life, the endless supply of inept douche canoe’s that the Universe has strewn along the Gear Gals Highway of Life, suddenly seem far away and harmless. The world becomes tranquil and welcoming and good. Quality material, solid construction. Thoughtful organization. Cooler that carries cargo for picnics or errand-running. Carries the basic necessities for long urban rides. Insulated Stays securely in place as long as the Velcro tabs are attached to the right rack bar. You, or the lucky one on your gift list won’t be disappointed. Full review here: http://geargals.com/the-timbuk2-sunset-rack-trunk/
Falke Maximum Support Bra: The reason I love this bra for cycling (and running!) is because I don’t need the jaws of life to put it on or take it off and it doesn’t crush my ribs when wearing it. Nor is it the least bit uncomfortable. Get one!
Brilliant Reflective Safety strips ($9.99): The thing with fall cycling is that so much of it during the weekday is likely to occur in the dark. These are an important piece of illumination gear because they are available in iron-on for your clothing. For the cost-conscious cyclist, this is a very inexpensive way to make any jacket or jersey more reflective to motorists.
Pearl Izumi ELITE Escape thermal hoody: I love how high the zipper zips up my neck sealing out any morning chill or afternoon wind and it has a ton of lovely reflective elements. A little pocket in the back conveniently holds my iPod and house key. It’s nothing short of perfect for cycling. The go-to jacket for any cyclist who rides in temperatures above 40 degrees.
Chamois Butt’r GoStik: Because chafing is real and persistent and when it gets bad, it gets really bad. What I love about the GoStik is its size. It’s small enough to stash in the smaller pockets a hydration pack (or in a Green Guru frame bag).
Bryton Rider 310 ($100): This reasonably-priced bike computer tracks speed, cadence, heart rate, power and altitude, offers 5 different data screens and up to 8 data points on each that allow the cyclist to track up to 70 different metrics. If you don’t think you need all this technology on your handlebars, relax. It also just tracks simple distance and time. Easily attaches to bike with a mount and durable elastic bands, holds up to 300 hours of riding history and has a rechargeable battery with a relatively long life, is water-resistant, has a barometric altimeter and is Strava-compatible. Full review here: http://geargals.com/bryton-rider-310/