Welcome to the RoadBikeReview Holiday Gift Guide: 2012 edition. Picking the perfect gift for the road cyclist in your life is never an easy task. With so many options in the bike space, it can be quite the frustrating experience. We’re here to help with this holiday gift guide!
This year, we’re going to highlight some excellent gift ideas for the road cyclists ranging from utility items like locks and lights to the finer things a cyclists might find themselves needing, such as a bronze Campagnolo bottle opener. We’ve cultivated a list of items that are not only thoughtful, but also affordable (with the exception of said Campagnolo bottle opener… and maybe some of the new action cams). Above all else, these gifts will surely delight the road cyclist on your list.
Anyone who works on a bike should have a torque wrench to ensure proper installation and tightening of crucial bits to their bike. This is a Ritchey’s Torque Key, a convenient tool that is calibrated to 5Nm, and is now available with interchangeable bits (5mm, 4mm and 3mm hex keys and T-20 Torx). Never over-tighten a bolt again, as this key has an indiction you both feel and hear.
K-Edge Garmin Mount
Garmins are becoming more and more of a standard on rides, with popular sites like Strava and the such to keep track of your training and rides. More and more cyclists are looking to the GPS enabled Edge series of computers from Garmin as their goto cyclometer. This nifty mount from the folks from K-Edge, removes the need to place your Garmin on your handlebar or steam and instead places it in front of your stem where it’s not only easier to read, but out of the way.
Made in the USA, the Garmin mount is CNC machined from a single piece of aluminum, and carries a life time guarantee. Available in black, gun metal, or red.
Essential items to any road cyclists kit are these skin care products. Chamois creme designed to protect your skin and sensitive areas against the elements and wear of riding your bike. Start your cold weather ride off right with the burn of embrocation, which pre-warms your skin before heading out on a particularly chilly ride. Also included, the staple of the road cyclists skincare kit, the shaving gel. These small items, are not only affordable, but will be gladly used all winter long.