Cycling involves a bewildering array of (very, very expensive) gear and clothing, which can make choosing the perfect holiday gift a challenge. Don’t worry, we’re here to help. We’ve tracked down a selection of gifts that’ll put a smile on any cyclist’s face this holiday season.
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Troy Lee Designs Genesis Jacket
Troy Lee Designs constructs the Genesis jacket from four-way stretch material for mobility. It features a full-length zipper and velcro closures at the sleeves. A laser-cut pattern on the back provides ventilation on hard rides. A hood adds warmth and style and the Genesis features a tailored fit that transitions smoothly from the trail to beers with friends. The Genesis is a great choice for ripping trails or cruising around town. It’s available in black or grey. Choose from five sizes, from small to 2X-large.
Add a touch of class to your favorite cyclist’s wardrobe with the Lizard Skins Aramus Classic gloves. Lizard Skins constructs the Aramus Classic from pliable sheepskin leather. Perforations provide ventilation and the Aramus Classic features a vintage-inspired profile. Gel padding on the palm adds long-ride comfort and Lizard Skins includes finger pulls for easy removal. The Aramus Classic gloves look cool and are among the most comfortable cycling gloves we’ve worn. They’re best for road cycling or commuting. Available in black, brown, and white. Choose from six sizes.
Rapha brings a retro vibe to their new full-coverage Arenberg glasses. They’re named for a famous stretch of cobble stones that feature in one of cycling’s most famous and difficult races, Paris-Roubaix. Rapha sources a Carl Zeiss one-piece lens with a UV400 protective coating. The Arenbergs come standard with a removable Neutral Grey/Bronze Mirror lens. Five additional lens options are sold separately. The Arenberg features a full-wrap profile for protection and visibility. Venting on the sides and top of the lens helps prevent condensation and minimalist frames keep the Arenberg light-weight. Available in five colors.
The Rapha Core Bundle offers one-stop shopping for your favorite cyclist. It’s also a rare chance to score Rapha’s beautifully made clothing at a discount. The bundle includes Rapha’s Core bibshorts and a short-sleeved Core jersey. Both are designed for road cycling, but are also great for longer commutes. The bibshorts feature flatlock stitching to protect against chafing and Rapha’s comfortable padded insert. They’re available either in all-black or with white uppers to pair with lighter colored jerseys. The jersey is made from light-weight, stretch material and treated with an anti-bacterial process. Raglan sleeves and side panels help provide a smooth fit, while rear pockets stow ride essentials. Full zip for temperature control. The jersey is available in seven colors and six sizes from x-small to xx-large.
Pactimo is known for their quality technical wear for cycling of all kinds. The Alpine Thermal RT jersey is a versatile piece that can be worn alone for cool weather rides or layered with a merino base layer and vest for colder temperatures. The Alpine has a soft, brushed layer on the interior and is designed for breathability. A hint of spandex helps the fabric hold its shape. The Alpine has Reflective Technology built into the sleeves, shoulder panels, and waist gripper. The Plastotex PIixel Thermal fabric lights up when exposed to car headlights or other light sources, which makes the rider easier to see. The Alpine is form-fitting and is best for road cycling or longer commutes. Available in five colors to suit any style.
An easy go-to for cool weather, Giro’s knit gloves are constructed from a blend of New Zealand merino wool, polyester, and lycra. Rubber dots cover the palm to provide grip on the handlebars or coffee cup in damp weather. Giro includes their touch-screen ready fabric on the thumb and forefinger to ensure connectivity on the go. Giro’s knit gloves make a great gift for the road cyclist or commuter on your list. Available in gray-black and gray-wild lime. Two sizes fit most.
Winter means cold-weather riding for many cyclists. Elite’s Deboyo is a stainless steel, insulated bottle that’s compatible with most water bottle cages out there. Elite says it’ll keep beverages hot or cold for up to 12 hours. The Deboyo holds 500ml of fluids and includes both a sports bottle-style closure and a solid cap for off-the-bike use. The Deboyo features Elite’s signature Italian style with a polished exterior and contrasting stripes.
A bright pair of socks adds personality and pop to any cyclist’s wardrobe. Panache gives the Chapman a five-inch cuff and fun, four-stripe design. Dots cover the foot for an added dash of style. They’re made from a blend of nylon, Coolmax, and lycra, so they’ll perform as well as they look. Venting along the foot adds breathability for warm weather riding. Available in two color schemes: navy blue and light blue.
Gravel riding is one of cycling’s hottest trends and long-time rider and mechanic Nick Legan wants to help riders get the most out of it. Legan’s new book, Gravel Cycling: The Complete Guide to Gravel Racing and Adventure Bikepacking, is designed to provide everything you need to know, from gear choice to can’t-miss routes. Legan offers tips and profiles, 18 one-day gravel events, and eight multi-day bikepacking routes. The full-color guide includes 320 photographs aimed to inspire riders to get out there.
Patagonia combines fun and environmental sustainability with their screen-print t-shirts. The Snow Cycle T-shirt features a winter-inspired cycling design printed in PVC- and Phthalate-free inks. Patagonia constructs the shirt from a blend of recycled cotton and post-consumer recycled polyester. It features taped shoulder seams for durability and is manufactured with Fair Trade Certified sewing.
The newest case from LifeProof, the Nëxt is the brand’s slimmest phone case yet. It’s designed to protect phones from dropping, dirt, and snow. A transparent rear panel keeps the phone’s design visible. There’s no screen covering to interfere with access and all phone functions remain functional. The Nëxt is great option for cyclists looking to protect their phones, but still keep things lightweight and pocket-ready. Available for iPhone 7 though iPhone X.
Based in Sun Valley, Idaho, Club Ride makes cycling clothing that hides its technical details behind a cool, surf-inspired style. The Shaka Flannel is made from mid-weight, woven polyester. The fabric is durable and the polyester fibers wick away sweat to help keep you dry. Underarm vents regulate temperature. Two zippered pockets carry small essentials securely and reflective trim enhances visibility at night. A great choice for mountain biking, commuting, or cruising around town. Available in blue plaid.
For the commuter in your life, the Wayside smoothly transitions from the bike to a stylish backpack. Zip the backpack straps into a hidden pouch and attach the Wayside to the bike’s rear rack, thanks to the bag’s hook and loop webbing. Let the bike do the work of carrying heavy computer equipment or books to school or the office. The Wayside is made from canvas that’s waxed for weather resistance and durability. It features a roll-top closure, laptop sleeve, and two additional pockets to keep small items organized. Attach lights or other accessories to the external daisy chained loop webbing.
Founded by two former professional cyclists, Handlebar Coffee roasts carefully selected beans in their store in Santa Barbara, California. The Gibraltar blend is named for a challenging local climb that’s appeared in the Amgen Tour of California cycling race. Though it varies seasonally, the Gibraltar blend currently features beans from Colombia, Mexico, and Brazil. Grind it fine for a syrupy espresso or enjoy the Gibraltar blend as a rich brew to start the day.
Velocio is well known for their quality road cycling gear and they recently collaborated with the San Francisco-based Mission Workshop to create the Faroe. We’re long-time fans of Mission Workshop’s durable bags and urban-inspired clothing lines. Mission Workshop constructs the Faroe from soft, mid-weight merino wool. It’s designed for just about anything—riding, running, or hanging out at the local coffee shop. Wear it as a layering piece or on its own. Zippered rear pockets keep small essentials safe. Available in dark heathered grey.