I’m terrible when it comes to giving Christmas presents. It takes me forever to come up with a good idea. Sometimes, I’ll receive hints, or even outright demands, but they’re for mundane things that don’t resonate with me. So I skip getting the thing someone wants, and get them what I think is cool. Sometimes it works. Often, it backfires.
So this year, I’m turning to you, the patient and forgiving readers of Bike Noob. I need some biking-related gift ideas. Now, I’m not going to run out and buy my friend’s brother-in-law a Pinarello Prince, so keep your suggestions within a reasonable price threshold.
To help generate some ideas, I’ll just toss out the suggestion (demand?) I gave Mrs. Noob:
Not the seat, or the seat post, but the water bottle cages. I know, not very imaginative, but I want one. What do you want, or suggest that I buy as a gift for my biking friend(s)?
The new CamelBak water bottles are very cool. Just squeeze and drink; no open with teeth and whack on the hip to close.
This is especially perfect for the group rider. Now, when I’m behind you in the paceline, I can stare at your bottles instead of your butt 🙂
Arlyn, we’ll get an attractive girl to ride ahead of you in the paceline.
How about an Elite Maxi Cincio 1-liter water bottle filled with gels and bars? Great stocking stuffer.
You can send me a Serotta any time. (Black, please)
Charles Cushman says
Cycling caps are nice, I like to wear mine at races, after group bike rides, and on my trainer. Your local store has them and Bianchi sells some cool looking ones on their web page. I am also always happy to receive food, or energy drink powder. also check out a bookstore, Barnes and Noble has a great selection of books from history to training guides and logs.
John Elmblad says
How about a subscription to roadbikerider.com? Or maybe a club membership? I find lots of information from the UMCA at ultrcycling.com. Best of all they require no visits to the mall!
No visits to the mall. Now, that’s worth considering.
This year all of our gifts are to charities. You might consider a donation to livestrong.com. If you go to fatcyclist.com you can donate and have a chance to win cool prizes.
A good last minute, low budget gift idea: Take a roll of aluminum foil and convert all your friends’ bikes into scraper bikes.