Higher Gear’s Holiday Gift Guide 2011

Have a biking enthusiast on your holiday shopping list but not sure what to get them?  Check out Higher Gear’s gift suggestions for your cycling friends. From the avid cyclist to the racer or roadie to the family riding with their kids, these gift ideas are sure to be on plenty of cyclists’ wish lists.

The Commuter

VIS 360 Helmet Headlight

Tempt the avid commuter in your life to ride through the colder weather. There is no bad weather just inappropriate gear.  Stocking them up with some cold weather gear is a solid gift choice. Pearl Izumi carries a line of excellent cold-weather items, including their weatherproof Lobster Gloves ($75). They are fully insulated for optimal warmth and are lined with reflective piping for low-light visibility. Reinforced leather palms make gripping in wet weather no problem.

A few other gift ideas for the avid rider are a new pair of bike lights, like the VIS 360 Helmet Headlight that gives the rider 360-degree visibility. The $170 lights are ideal for after-work rides stretching into the darker hours. Another light option is the SERFAS True250 ($110).  Another great gift is Pearl Izumi Long Sleeve Base Layer ($80) with windbreaker front.

For the person who always thought of commuting or needs a new bike the SCOTT Sub45 with clothes protecting fenders ($599) is a great value.

The Racer/Roadie

A great gift for the roadie is new bike computer,  the Garmin Edge 800 and 500 provides navigational information and tracks performance.

Saddles are also a good gift, but it is a bit like giving someone a perfume you have know that they want it and what model they want.  The a new saddles Specialized’s Toupe Pro ($180) or the Fi’zik Arione ($150) are designed for the serious cycling enthusiast, these saddles are lightweight and comfortable.

Another bottom booster that’s good to throw in with any gift you get a racer or roadie is Chamois Butt’r, a skin lubricant that prevents rubbing and chafing. It improves riding comfort with the added moisture without being extra greasy and messy. They can apply it to any delicate area at risk of being chafed without fear of staining the skin or any clothes.  At $.99, it’s a good toss-in with a saddle, gift certificate or any other bike or accessory.

Ultimate gift for the Roadie/Racer

Wheels are sure to put a smile on a roadie’s face,  MAVIC ($325 to $1500) or Reynolds Wheels ($525 up to $2300).

A sure to please is a Gift certificate for Higher Gear’s Park Tool Mechanics Class ($127) a half day class offered every other week during the off-season at our Highland Park Location.

Finally the ultimate gift, the race ready, world-class bike that has been taken riders to victory on the Tour: the Specialized S-Works Tarmac Bike ($7,000).

Family of cyclists

Fun and stylish Koki bike bags

For the family of cyclists, focus on getting something for parents and the kids.  A great emerging brand is KoKi, and they sell stylish bike bags for both the front and back of your ride. The founders are enthusiastic about both cycling and sustainability, and these bags are a combination of those passions. They come in colorful, fun fabrics and various sizes so parents can stock up on all the necessities needed for a fun family ride.

Many colors and designs of Specialized kids helmets

For the kids, is always good to practice safety first. And a way to make a safe ride more fun is with a fun helmet for your favorite young cyclists. All of Higher Gear’s kids helmets are $40. Decorated with everything from bright pink flowers to funky flames, we’ve got girls and boys helmets for every taste. Getting a kids helmet is a gift for both the smallest cyclists and their parents (Specialized Align Helmet ($40)).

For the adult who wants to ride around town with kids the SCOTT Metric 40 Bike ($490) and for kids and teens we have a great selection of Specialized and Sun bikes.

Cyclocross/Mountain Bike Rider

Bianchi Zurigo is an ideal cyclocross ride!

Bumpy rides and rough terrains mean one thing: new tires for the cycocross or mountain rider would be a welcome holiday gift this season. We suggest the Kenda Small Block Eight, the ultimate cross-country racing tire. The speed and grip of this bike tires allow for any combination of riding conditions. Another reliable Kenda tire is the Kwicker. Good for tough weather as well as tough terrain, the Kwicker is a mountain-bikers tire made for optimal control on the shakiest trails.

Perfect to get legs warm during cyclocross

  • Enzo’s Embro Stick ($18) – a gel that keeps legs warm.
  • Pearl Izumi Elite Softshell Glove ($45)
  • Higher Gear Gearhead Cross Kit ($125)
  • Pearl Izumi Bib Tight ($225)
  • And for the bike we recommend the Bianchi Zurigo ($1600)



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