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Holiday Gift Guide, Part 2

December 11, 2013

Services aside, let’s say you want to get an actual, physical gift for the cyclist in your life. Something to wrap up, put a bow on, and watch them unwrap with excitement and anticipation. Perfectly understandable. After all, the joy of gift giving is a big part of the fun of this time of a year.  But you need some ideas for riders you know. What are some of the things that cyclists have their eye on in the shop? Well, here’s a run down of a few of our favorite things that we’re hoping to see under our trees later this month.

The Feed Zone Cookbooks

Skratch Labs excellent Feed Zone series is perfect for the foodie/cyclist in your life. $24.99 each.

Skratch Labs excellent Feed Zone series is perfect for the foodie/cyclist in your life. $24.99 each.

We’ve talked about Skratch Labs and their excellent Feed Zone cookbook before. Well there’s a new one out called Feed Zone Portables. While the name reflects that the recipes inside are designed for single serving portions that are edible on the bike, they are all easily modified to either compliment or serve as a complete meal. Like the original Feed Zone, Feed Zone Portables recipes have easy to follow instructions, great imagery, and feature simple ingredients for great-tasting, healthy food options. Eat to ride, ride to eat!

Fat Bikes

Perfect for the Greenbelt, or a White Christmas, the Salsa Carbon Beargrease. $3499.99 as shown.

Perfect for the Greenbelt, or a White Christmas, the Salsa Carbon Beargrease. $3499.99 as shown.

I asked Scott, our bike buyer, what he thought the hot ticket this year is. “Fat bikes, duh” was his response. And he’s right. Fun to ride, great for loose as well as rocky terrain, and sure to turn heads wherever you roll. The Salsa Carbon Beargrease is an employee favorite at the moment. Steve at Lamar has one and raves about it. And the rentals department has one too if you’re wanting to give one a go on your favorite trail. Just remember, smile too much while riding it and your face might get stuck like that!

The Giro Reverb

Kailey knows safety and style go hand in hand. The Giro Reverb. $59.99

Kailey knows safety and style go hand in hand. The Giro Reverb. $59.99

Bike commuting is on the rise. And with the pending bike share program, Austin B-cycle, starting up later this month, it’s only going to continue to grow. There’s no reason to not go by bike, but you want to do it the right way and that means a helmet. Giro’s Reverb sports smart styling, a built in washable cap-like visor, and has a great price. The perfect helmet to strap to your bag for when you’re going multi-modal with your Austin B-cycle membership.

Castelli Wool Sweater

Function and form on an even playing field. Castelli's Vittore Gianni wool jersey. $249.99

Function and form on an even playing field. Castelli’s Vittore Gianni wool jersey. $249.99

It’s no secret I love Castelli. I think they do it right. And one of the pieces that I’m loving right now is their 2013 Vittore Gianni wool sweater. Really a jersey–it has rear pockets–it can easily be worn off the bike. Of course it also looks great on a ride to the coffee shop, the Sunday morning recovery ride, or just relaxing at the shop.

Shop T-Shirts

For before, during, or after the ride, the Bicycle Sport Shop t-shirt. $19.99

For before, during, or after the ride, the Bicycle Sport Shop t-shirt. $19.99

The go-to attire for most of us at the shop, the Bicycle Sport Shop t-shirt. Everyone can use an extra t-shirt. Various colors and a few different looks to show your support of an austin original. We’ve spotted them on folks on both coasts. Grab one for the rider who has everything else.

Garmin GPS Units and Cameras

Garmin's excellent Edge 510 computer as well as their new Virb cameras will capture all your rides. From $299.99.

Garmin’s excellent Edge 510 computer as well as their new Virb cameras will capture all your rides. From $299.99. Also shown, the Specialized Hotwalk balance bike. $179.99

Cycling electronics are more sophisticated than ever. And more riders are using various GPS and recording devices all the time. Whether for training or just to track personal progress for fun, one of our favorites is still the Garmin Edge 510. Packed full of features and quite literally plug and play, it’s a pretty common sight on rides anymore. Garmin now offers a POV camera all their own too, the Virb. I first saw at it at Interbike and did a short write-up on it for our friends at Cyclocross Magazine and was blown away by its many features, including the ability to pair it to your Garmin computer unit for playback, preview, and remote control functionality. The Virb will capture all the fun of your rides in the new year.

Garmin Accessories

Silicone cases to protect your Garmin computer--or decorate your tree. $9.99

Silicone cases to protect your Garmin computer–or decorate your tree. $9.99

Does your rider already have a Garmin GPS unit? Just need a quick stocking stuffer or a small gift for a riding buddy? How about a colorful silicone case for a Garmin unit? Like a smartphone case, the Garmin units offer bumper-like protection for your pal’s ride data.

The Specialized Hotwalk

For the tiny riders, or would be riders, there are blanance bikes. After all, bikes for Christmas are great, espeially a first bike. Why not make it one that gives the best chance for success and rapid skill development? Balance bikes encourage wee riders to first master the skill of staying upright on two wheels. Pedaling, the easier task, comes simply once the sensation of rolling along is understood. Originally reviewed a couple of years ago, the Specialized Hotwalk ($179.99) continues to impress and to get small riders rolling independent of training wheels or adults.

Oakley Sunglasses

Ali sports Oakley's Racing Jacket ($240.00 as shown)  just one of the many frame options and colors available.

Ali sports Oakley’s Racing Jacket ($240.00 as shown) just one of the many frame options and colors available.

Cyclists of all walks are fashionistas. Commuter, racer, MTB, CX, BMX–cycling’s many facets have styles all their own. And for each, there are sunglasses. Most of the folks around the shop turn to Oakley when looking for eye protection. And it’s not just from Texas’ harsh Summer sun. Oakley glasses feature frame and lens technology that put them shoulders above even other makers of fine eyewear. Ever wonder why so many in the military and law enforcement wear Oakley, never mind pro riders? It’s the clarity of vision and piece of mind.

Po Campo Bags

Po Campo's Logan Trunk Bag is another great example of form meeting function. $84.99

Po Campo’s Logan Trunk Bag is another great example of form meeting function. $84.99

Go by bike for a few errands and you realize that you need storage options. Po Campo makes stylish, versatile bags that work well on your bike and look great on your person. There are a number of styles and sizes available to fit nearly every need.

Lezyne Femto Drive Lights

Bright lights, little package. Lezyne's Femto Drive lights come in various colors to match any ride. $14.99

Bright lights, little package. Lezyne’s Femto Drive lights come in various colors to match any ride. $14.99

We all get caught riding at dusk at one time or another. Never mind the law regarding bike lights, it just makes good sense. Add some color to your lights with Lezyne’s Femto Drive lights. Battery operated, the are constructed of aluminum and boast 7 lumens from a single LED. Just what you need to make sure you’re visible for the quick trip to the store after work.

If you have a favorite cycling-related gift, let us know in the comments section!

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