Everyone can remember the excitement of getting their first bike. And for those who got their first from Santa, Christmas has an extra special place in their hearts. It’s no wonder that people of all ages love to give and receive cycling “stuff” as gifts, though the bikes the people who read this blog usually pine for cost a few bucks more than the Schwinn mom and dad bought us those many years ago. So what’s a non-cycling gift giver to do? Fear not, options abound.
Cyclists always need things like spare tubes (road bikes use 700 x 18/25 tubes), CO2 cartridges, sports gel, or chamois lube (like Butt Butter or Assos Chamois Creme for those who have been particularly good). Another great gift is an Earth-friendly and expensive-cycling-clothing-friendly detergent called Penguin Sport Wash. Obviously the lube and detergent lend themselves nicely to inappropriately worded cards to go along with them.
If you want to do something bigger and more special, the Garmin 800 bike computer is a spectacular choice. And if you really want to impress a hardcore bike snob, nothing says “I love you and understand you” like a the latest and greatest groupset from Campagnolo. Sure the Campy Super Record 11 will set you back about $2,500 but I’m (er, I mean they’re) worth it, right, Santa?
Another personal favorite, though not exactly useful on Cycle Oregon, is the Spaceman Flask Holster by Portland’s own Ahearne Cycles. And let’s not forget the cool line of Cycle Oregon clothing and accessories, which you can read all about in the November Newsletter.
For more ideas, I checked in with James Emond, the store manager of the Woodstock Bike Gallery right here in River City. For those who might not be aware, Bike Gallery is a HUGE supporter of Cycle Oregon and one of the finest bike shops on the planet.
One of the most popular gifts of the season is a set of very cool Portland/Bike Gallery pint glasses. The glasses sell for $5 each and one also comes free with the purchase of a $50 gift certificate, which is another great way to go when it comes to buying for the cyclist in your life. For the serious bike commuter, they’ve got a beautiful merino wool jersey by Bontrager that’s proving to be a big hit this year. At $79.99 it is something any cyclist would cherish.
Another fantastic choice would be a set of arm or knee warmers. Anyone who has read my training tips over the years knows what a big advocate I am of covering those knees below 65 degrees. These important items have a habit of getting lost and it is always great to have extras.
If you’re looking to go a little bigger, the Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifters would make a stellar gift. And if you’re looking to go bigger still, the Bike Gallery is discounting custom Trek bikes by $300 this month. Want a flamed-out Madone this year? No problem.
Speaking of flames, the Bike Gallery is offering a SMOKIN’ deal on complete bike overhauls right now. Normally priced at $275, you can buy a gift certificate for this critical maintenance package today for just $130.
So, if you’re like me and have been putting off Christmas shopping until the last minute, it’s time to get rolling.