Here come the holidays.
Question: What do you get the cyclist who already has a bike?
Answer: All kinds of stuff. Here are six ideas.
Doma La Bicicletta
We don’t trust cyclists who don’t drink coffee. It’s as unnatural as a road bike without a free wheel or a mountain bike without suspension. And this smooth, medium-roast blend from a small roaster in Idaho makes a perfect gift ($15.40). The balanced mix of African and Indonesian beans is roasted fresh, the cycling graphics are killer, and a portion of proceeds go to funding a cycling team.
Whereas most cheap bike bells sound as appealing as a shrill alarm clock on a dark winter morning, the Ringer ($35) is both penetrating and melodious. The dome is crafted by Bevin Brothers, a company with 100 years of experience in the field, which explains why it rings so true. And the hammer and clamping design are accordingly spare and beautiful. It’s the perfect complement to a classy cruise and the antidote to annoyance during an MTB race where you’ll be passing a lot.
The Elite Bicycle, by Graeme Fife and Gerard Brown
Few people can resist a good coffee table book, and VeloPress’s The Elite Bicycle is one of the finer ones we’ve seen in years. The book profiles some of the world’s greatest (and disappearing…as in Serotta) bike artisans with sharp portraits, incisive photojournalism, and keen essays. The book makes you yearn for the day when all bikes were built with such care—and beware, it could inspire the purchase of another expensive ride or two. We have ours displayed in the living room (Christmas came early), and we’ve yet to have a guest come over who doesn’t take a look and get all wrapped up in it.
Gruber Images 2014 Calendar
When the Gruber’s, some of the hardest working photographers in the pro peloton today, first told us earlier this fall that they weren’t producing their own calendar this year, we were crestfallen. What would replace the stunning imagery that’s been adorning our walls in 2013. But husband and wife team, Jared and Ashley, apparently had so many enquiries that they gave in. This new calendar ($41) is as evocative and inspiring as last year’s, and the high-quality prints are perforated for easy extraction at the end of a month should you care to mount them up.
Rapha Cross Scarf
This bold merino scarf ($60) won’t fit everyone’s style, but if your cyclist can pull it off, she—or he—will look dashing. We love it dressed up with a suit or tucked beneath a pea coat. And while it seems best suited for extra-curricular bike activities, we can imagine at least a few Rapha devotees rocking it Triplets of Belleville style in the saddle.
Knog Blinder Road 2
We admit that this commuter light stretches the definition of affordable ($80). But it is so sweet and well designed that we simply had to recommend it. With 200 lumens, it’s plenty bright for use on the road and can even switch-hit on trails in a pinch. (There’s a 300-lumen variety for an extra $15.) The genius little built-in USB charger ensures you’ll never want for a cable. And the diminutive form and quick mount strapping system means there’s no excuse for getting caught out after dark.