While December isn’t typically known as prime mountain biking season, end of year closeout sales make it a great time to stock up on equipment and accessories.
If you or someone you know is a mountain biker, here is our list of mountain bike gift ideas for the holidays :
Co2 inflation cartridges are a popular item among the racing crowd, and they are an exceptionally convenient way for anyone to fix a flat (unless you or your friend are one of those people prone to getting three flat tires every ride, in which case it’s best to stick with a traditional pump.) The Crank Brothers Sterling Co2 setup is only a few inches in length, making it easy to fit in a saddle bag, jersey pocket, or backpack until needed. $19.95 at Backcountry.com
The price of new brakes doesn’t exactly qualify them as a stocking stuffer gift; however, upgrading or replacing an outdated system can make a dramatic difference in performance. Shimano’s XT hydraulic disc brake system is one of the best available for the price. Shimano is no newbie to the bike component market—after decades or building and refining bike parts, they have learned a thing or two about what works. What makes these brakes stand out? Crisp and easy stopping power (even on the steepest terrain or muddy conditions), no annoying noises, and consistent and reliable performance. $99.95 on Sale at Competitivecyclist.com
For anyone who relies on a multi tool for all their bike mechanical fixes, it may be a good time to consider upgrading to a tool kit. Pedro’s Starter Kit offers everything needed to make basic mechanical repairs or part swaps, and all tools are packed in a foldable “burrito” bag to save space. Extra spaces in the burrito bag allow for adding tools as your collection grows. $127.46 on Sale at Backcountry.com
If your buddy is trying to make a fashion statement by wearing bike gloves covered in holes, he or she isn’t impressing anyone. Check out the Fox Digit glove—it has durable Velcro straps that work even after numerous washing machine cycles, and it does not have the excessive padding common with many full-finger gloves. Silicone grip fingertips help keep your fingers on the brake lever in rainy conditions. $32.95 at Backcountry.com
You can’t go wrong with the gift of socks. Everyone needs them, and it’s hard to have too many. Swiftwick compression socks are some of the most comfortable and durable for any type of cycling. Once you wear them you will want to replace all your old pairs with Swiftwick. $9.99 at Backcountry.com