Our staff has given you recommendations for how to wow your cyclist this season. Sometimes, however, we need gifts that are smaller in scale but just as big of a hit. Whether you’re looking for gifts for the eight days of Hanukkah or the twelve days of Christmas, for an office Secret Santa or a stocking suffer, our staff has more great suggestions for you. The following thoughtful gifts are each $25 or less.
For just $10 for one session, you’re making an introduction to a new way of training, training with power. CompuTraining is a smart alternative for staying fit during the winter months, helping with weight management during the “off season” and increasing one’s power-to-weight ratio, a key factor in cycling strength. If your cyclist hasn’t yet tried our boutique studio in Highland Park, the gift of one or two sessions could be just what they need to get in the door! Or, if your cyclists plans to use our studio regularly, for $20, you can cover their bike storage for a month.
Road ID is the perfect gift for the cyclist, runner, triathlete or active person in your life. In the event of an accident, if your loved one can’t speak, Road ID will do the communicating. It’s not just a piece of gear; it’s peace of mind. (A gift for you both, really!) $20 for the Wrist ID Sport or the Ankle ID; $16 for the Wrist ID Slim (ideal size for kids or small wrists). Come into Higher Gear to pick up a coupon for free shipping on online orders.
The Knog Party Frank Lock, for $25, is perfect for the urban commuter or errand-runner and cute enough to delight the kiddos too. But don’t be deceived by its looks. The fibre-core cables makes this lock five times stronger than the competition, offering superior resilience and flexibility compared with locks using standard braided steel cable cores. The unique combination of materials crush before cutting, making bolt cutter attacks more frustrating for smash-and-grab thieves.
SockGuy Higher Gear logo crew socks offer superior quality and high-tech comfort in a $10 sock. All SockGuy socks feature “stretch-to-fit” sizing and an exclusive “easy-fit” cuff for a perfect fit every time on any foot. These features create superior softness and comfort to help eliminate blisters and hot spots. They also feature a double stitched heel & toe for added strength and durability.
Hand and foot warmers come in handy for cyclists and for any winter sports enthusiast. (Think skiers, ice skaters, Bears fans and cx spectators.) These single use warmers fit inside of gloves, shoes or pockets to offer more than seven hours of heat to keep fingers (or toes) nice and toasty despite winter temps. For $2.50 per pair, these make great gifts before a ski trip or for when the wind starts whipping off the lake.
A bento box is a bag that secures to the top tube of a bike, is a great place to stash items for access during a ride. A cell phone, camera or nutritionals are secured within easy reach. The clear plastic cover makes items easy to find while keeping them protected. For $15, a bento box makes a thoughtful and practical gift – which is why it keeps popping up on our list of favorites.
Another kind of bag, one that is ideal for a flat kit, is a seat bag. It’s a small bag that fits just under a saddle, attaching to the rails. It makes a great gift for a new cyclist or a cyclist who is just starting to venture out on their own. (It’s also the perfect hint for a buddy who never packs his own tube for group rides!) A small bag, at $15 for Banjo Brothers or $22 for Specialized Mini Wedgie, will hold flat kit essentials, like tire levers, a spare tube, a patch kit, a multi-tool and a CO2 cartridge and inflator.
Specialized EMT Pro Road Tool, $25, is a sleek, advanced road tool that weighs next to nothing! Low-profile aluminum conceals six tools, including 3, 4, 5 & 6mm Allen keys, hollowed out for weight savings. The chrome-plated steel bits are durable and rust-resistant. Did we mention this tool is light weight? With all six tools, it comes in at a mere 65g, making it the perfect addition to a flat kit.
For those looking for a faster, easier and lightweight alternative to a pump for on-the-go flat fixes, the Specialized CPRO2 Trigger, $25, offers a simple, reliable design that is low profile enough to fit in a flat kit bag or a jersey pocket. This lightweight and compact quick-fill CO2 inflation device offers controlled distribution. It accommodates threaded 16g and 25g cartridges and comes with one 16g CO2 cartridge.
More great gifts for a new cyclist or one just learning to fix a flat on their own are items for their flat kit. These include Pedro’s tire levers ($5), back-up CO2 cartridges ($2.50) and spare tubes ($10).
Need something to make a bigger impact on your cyclist? Check out our Holiday Gift Guide for staff recommendations for gifts for this holiday season.
If you’re still at a loss, a Higher Gear Gift Certificate always makes a nice (& useful) gift for the cyclist in your life. It fits easily in a stocking or envelope and it’s always the right color and size!