Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Great Gear For Under $50

Holiday Gift Guide

As you’ve surely discovered by now, cycling can be a very expensive habit. Ten thousand dollar road bikes, $2,000 carbon wheelsets, and swanky shoes that push $350 are commonplace in the two-wheeled world. Heck, apparel maker Assos sells a $500 pair of bibshorts. Fortunately, you don’t have to take out a second mortgage just to buy that special someone a cycling-specific gift. Here are seven great gifts for under $50.

Blackburn Airstik SL Mini-Pump

Don’t let its diminutive size fool you. Though the Blackburn Airstik tucks inside most saddle bags, its dual-chamber design is claimed to move up to 160psi of air. That would likely take a Herculean feat of strength to pull off, but this little-engine-that-could mini-pump will definitely get you home after a road (or trail) side puncture. The Airstik weighs just 58 grams and comes in five fun colors, including pink, red and the pictured green.

MSRP: $25
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Multi tools run the gamut, from simple 6-function offerings like the pictured PRO model, to more diverse configurations such as these from Specialized and Crank Brothers. If your gift recipient only rides on the road, opt for something simple that includes a few hex keys and a screwdriver. If they split time between skinny and fat tires, stuff their stocking with a multi-tool that includes a chain tool, torx wrench, and of course, a bottle opener.

MSRP: $20-$50
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Michelin AirComp Tubes

Every cyclists needs a few spare tubes kicking around the garage just in case. The “service course” level AirComp from Michelin is lightweight and reliable. If that special someone isn’t overly-concerned about rotating weight, wrap them up a couple standard issue road tubes, which run about $6 a piece.

MSRP: $10
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Honey Stinger Cherry Cola Chew

Waffles — and an unfortunate sponsorship relationship with Lance Armstrong — put Honey Stinger on the cycling nutrition map. But it’s delicious on-bike treats such as caffeinated Cherry Cola Chews that will assure the Colorado-company doesn’t get dragged down by the infamous Reasoned Decision. Each package has 32mg of white tea extract and the chews are comprised of 95-percent organic ingredients and sweetened with organic honey. They taste great, too.

MSRP: $2.25 or box of 12 for $27
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Polar 20oz Water Bottle

It’s a simple concept, keep hot things hot, and more importantly for most cyclists, keep cold things cold. The patented Polar Bottle water bottle does a solid job of this, utilizing an insulating layer between two walls of plastic. The result, Polar claims, is that its bottles keep liquids cool twice as long as standard water bottles. The made-in-USA bottles fit standard bottle cages and have a removable carrying strap. Polar Bottles are also BPA and Phthalate-free.

MSRP: $11
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Road ID Wrist Band

Buy yourself a little piece of mind and get your special bike rider one of these Road ID Wrist IDs. That way if something ever does happen, first responders will know who they’re taking care of and whom to notify about the accident. IDs are laser engraved with emergency contact info and have two reflective stripes to enhance visibility when training in the dark. The Wrist ID Sport is available in six colors and can be upgraded to an interactive version that provides more comprehensive emergency and medical information.

MSRP: $20
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Bar Fly 2.0 Bar Mount

Spare your special cyclist from dealing with the rubber-band mount that comes stock with their Garmin GPS device, and pick them up a Bar Fly bar mount. The 2.0 version pictured here has been redesigned to be more aero, has positive click engagement, and comes with a lifetime crash protection warranty. Bar Fly fits Garmin 800/810 and 500/510 models and comes in black, blue, white or high-viz yellow.

MSRP: $25
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2013 RoadBikeReview Holiday Gift Guides:

Cold Weather Warrior »
Cyclocross Fanatic »
Digital Cameras For Cyclists »
For The Cyclist Who Has (Almost) Everything »
Gear For The Endurance Junkie »
Gear For the Gravel Grinder »
Great Gear For Under $50 »
Presents for the Urban Jungle »
Repurposed Gifts for the Green Cyclist »
The Newbie Road Rider »
Type A Crit Racer »
When Money Is No Object »

2013 Mtbr Holiday Gift Guides:

Digital Cameras For Cyclists »
For The Beginner Mountain Biker »
For The Tech Geek Rider »
Gifts for that Special Angry Singlespeeder in Your Life »
Mtbr’s All-Mountain Brown Friday »
POV Video Cameras and Electronics »
Stocking Stuffers for Mountain »

About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the / staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.

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