Fourteen Gifts for the Mountain Biker in Your Life
Let’s get right to it: You love mountain biking. The people you love love mountain biking. And you have to buy them, and yourself, presents. Here’s our top recommendations for the holiday season.
Eliminate cold feet in the winter and actually have fun with winter riding. High quality shoe made with full grain leather, Vibram sole, 2 hole cleat compatible. It even has an ankle flap to keep snow out of the shoe. Available in half sizes and wide width.
Available in cuts for both men and women, this jersey is a do-all piece for any cycling clothing collection. It’s windproof, water resistant, stylish, and warm without the bulk. It has 3 pockets in the rear and can be used as a jersey or an outer piece for layering. For perfect fit, it comes in 6 sizes and 2-3 colors.
The Woolie Boolie should be a sock in every person’s drawer! This version has a 6” cuff and is available with grey or red stripes. Made with American wool sourced from Colorado, this comfy sock will keep your foot warm and dry for mountain biking and skiing.
This women’s specific pack has a compartment for a bladder and is big enough to keep you going for any adventure. It has a great, breathable fit, straps designed for a woman’s frame, and a no-fuss tool pocket. The side pockets are mesh and easy to access while riding. For the men’s version with similar features, check out The Raptor.
This steed is at the top of the list for carbon fatbikes, engineered and tested in Alaska. Artfully designed with a tapered head tube, built-in cable guides, and thru axles for both front and rear wheels, this fatbike covers all the bases for a perfect ride. It is one of the most versatile fatbikes accommodating 5” tires for shoreline or snow adventures.
Slim cut and made with high quality cotton, this stylish shirt will be welcomed by any cyclist lover. Hbstache is a local Colorado brand and makes creative men’s and women’s t-shirts.
Dropper posts are all the rage. You’ll even see elite racers rocking them on their mountain bikes. The KS Lev model is a lighter model available, reliable, hydraulic, and includes a handlebar remote. Drop that saddle and take riding to the next level!
Stages offers the most affordable powermeter and a high quality product. The powermeter is mounted on the left crankarm. It’s a great cost effective balance in the powermeter world with no bulk and accuracy. Stages offers products for road and mountain bike alike with different drivetrain brand options. If you want to give the gift of power and better training for the new year, this is the way to go! Stick to the local theme for fun, they are located in Boulder, CO.
What mountain biker doesn’t love beer? Spiegelau partnered with Dogfish Head Brewery to create another level of hop drinking experience. Bask in the hop aroma!
The best tasting gel on the market, you’ll want to eat this on your pancakes! Gels always make good stocking stuffers and there’s nothing quite like the Salty Yeti!
Thin, wool, warm. This beanie will fit under snug fitting helmets or can be worn alone. It’s reversible offering 2 color options and added warmth. It’s 100% Merino Wool. Might we add that SmartWool is yet another Colorado company?
When winter gloves aren’t enough, the Pogies step in. Pair these with the Lake Winter Boots and you’re ready for any cold adventure. Cycling in winter doesn’t have to be miserable! Slide them on over your handlebars and get ‘er done!
Ryders are the best kept secret, located in Vancouver, BC, they are a mountain bike eyewear company. The Trapper sunglasses offer high quality lenses in both photochromic and polarized lenses. The Trapper is a nice break from the typical sport-tech style of sunglasses for more style. If the sport-tech look is more your thing, check out the Caliber.
–Sonya Looney is a professional mountain bike athlete and regular Elevation Outdoors contributor.