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Here are our picks for the 7 best Christmas gifts for cyclists, If someone you love is a cyclist, there is sure to be something they will love on this list! Prices range from $20 to $220.
No. 1: MonkeyLectric Monkey Lights
Our pick for the BEST gift for cyclists is a set of MonkeyLectric Monkey Lights (reviewed here). MonkeyLectric lights turn your bike wheel into a brightly lit, kaleidoscopic spinning wheel. With endless programming possibilities, you can choose your personal favorite colors and patterns. They are quick and easy to attach to the spokes of any bike, as seen in this photo.
MonkeyLectric Monkey Lights are a really FUN way to make yourself visible and safe on your bike. And at Christmas time, you can program them to flash red and green stars, for a really festive Christmas bike ride!
No. 2: A Cycling Balaclava
Keep your loved one warm and cozy with a cycling balaclava. Believe me, they’ll think of you with love when they’re biking home in pouring rain – but with a dry, warm head! I did tons of research to find the best balaclava, and reported on my research here, in this post about the 7 Best Cycling Balaclavas.
No. 3: A Garmin Edge 520 Plus Bike Computer
If the cyclist in your life is techie and wants to do some serious cycle training, get him or her a Garmin Edge 520 Bike Computer. The Garmin Edge 520 was hailed as possibly the biggest upgrade in bike computers ever. But now it has been upgraded to the Garmin Edge 520 Plus, which is even better, because it has navigation abilities. It looks great, and feels like sheer quality in your hand – and, it’s on sale right now! You can read about the best Garmin Edge bike computer in our post called Garmin Edge 1030 vs. 820 vs. 520 Plus.
No. 4: A Garmin Edge 25 Bike Computer
If the cyclist in your life is techie, but is NOT planning to do any cycle touring, then spend much less money and still earn major brownie points by giving him or her a Garmin Edge 25 GPS Bike Computer. It’s billed as the smallest GPS bike computer in the world, but still packs a whole lot of power in its tiny, less than 1 oz frame. For a lot less money than most high-end bike computers, the Garmin Edge 25 tracks distance, calories burned, speed, location, and time. You can use it to upload all your bike rides to Garmin Connect or Strava, so it’s really all you need to keep track of how many miles you cycle. You can read all about the Garmin Edge 25 here.
No. 5: Safe Headphones for Cyclists – Trekz Titanium Bluetooth open ear bone conduction earphones
If the person you love loves music, then the best gift for him or her could be Trekz Titanium Bluetooth open ear bone conduction headphones. Give the gift of music without the irritation of wires snagging in and out of your jacket. Also, these earphones leave the ear wide open, so the cyclist can hear traffic noises. You can read all about these headphones here.
If you are worried about the safety of cycling with headphones, read my post about How to Choose the Safest Headphones for Cycling.
No. 6: A Great Cycling Jacket
Here’s a gift to keep your loved one dry, even if she or he cycles in pouring rain – a truly great, completely waterproof jacket. You can read about the 7 best waterproof cycling jackets here. My top pick is the Showers Pass Elite 2.1 Waterproof Cycling Jacket. If you get one of these, order one size larger than usual.
There is also a women-specific version of the Showers Pass Elite 2.1 jacket.
No. 7: Woolie Boolie Merino Socks
At number 7 on my list of 7 best gifts for cyclists are Woolie Boolie merino socks (cheap but great)! Below is Maggie’s review of Woolie Boolie socks. I’m in love…with my Woolie Boolie socks. In my never ending quest for warmth and dryness during my winter bike commute, I discovered these premium socks. They are a super-comfortable blend of nylon, lycra, and merino wool. If you have never had merino wool next to your skin, you are in for a treat. So, so soft! These socks are also comfortable and durable. Despite many washings and dryings they still fit beautifully. The best thing about wool is that it continues to insulate even when it is wet. Since I have yet to perfect keeping completely dry in our Pacific Northwest winter, I still get wet cycling on the worst wet days. With these socks, my feet are warm and wet, not cold and wet. Much better! Best of all these socks are cute…yes, cute. I love the little sheep logo and the “Defeet” across my toes. They make me smile every time I put them on.
That’s a lot of choices – one of these gifts is sure to be a great gift for the cyclist in your life!
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