It is the season of giving and cyclists like many others are anticipating what surprises lie in store. Fear not gift-givers. If there’s a bicyclist on your list, there’s help ahead. Who knows better what bicyclists want than the trusty salespeople and mechanics at your neighborhood bike shop. To relieve your anxiety, the author has gathered numerous suggestions and “wish list” items from these local experts.
First was a visit to BikeSport, Ballard’s neighborhood bikeshop with a commitment to accommodate all levels of bicycling and interest. Travis and Todd produced a range of items from stocking stuffers to eye-poppers, from kids to adults. BikeSport also carries both unicycles ($110) and the great little cyclist starter, the Strider, also $110. If you are shopping for a bike on that gift list, you can choose among styles and brands ranging from kids’ 16″ Torker to bikes by Eddie Merckx.
From less than $25 –
- Chain L chain oil $12
- Knog Frog $25.00
- Cat Eye $25
- Krog USB rechargeable $35.00
- HubLox $39.99 Lock the front wheel with these anti-theft skewers
- Cat Eye Strada Cycle Computer $55
- Nutcase Helmet $55-60
- Velo Transit backpacks about $140.00 As tested by Channel 5’s Jesse Jones, these bags are truly waterproof.
Dutch Bicycle Co. owner, David Schmidt pointed out an assortment of tantalizing ideas for the cyclist on your list:
- Knog Beetle lights $23.95 or $40 for a pack of two. The handy flexible rubber strap makes its easy to attach to front and rear hubs and they come with red or white LEDs.
- Mug holders by PDW $19.95 Perfect for the coffee-loving cyclist on your list.
- Maybe an upgrade to the current bar grips, PDW’s Dapper Dan’s run between $40 and $45.
If bike accessories or gear isn’t quite what you’re looking for or just too ordinary for you, maybe something a little more unique. Alchemy Goods makes usuable, attractive and functional items out of the useless, like old tire tubes. Check out the wallets ($35) and belts ($41.95) One gift is a have to. Schmidt says very soon they will have in stock, the “Cold beer thermos” by Stanley. Located right here in Seattle, Stanley is known for their durable vaccuum bottles. This product is leak-proof and maintains carbonation and sports a great logo. There’s even something for the little ones not quite ready to ride away on their own. Schmidt suggests the Prince Lion Heart peddleless pushbike for $85.00.
The suggestions continues with Second Ascent and Rosebud Bicycle Builds.