Christmas shopping is set to look a little different this year. While we may not be battling the usual Christmas crowds, falling down online rabbit holes in an effort to find the perfect gift is no fun either. Plus, nobody needs that level of stress after everything else 2020 has thrown at us - are we right?
Luckily for you, outdoor enthusiasts are probably one of the easiest groups of people to buy for. The world of biking comes loaded with tools, gadgets and pieces of clothing designed for safe, comfortable rides.
Whether you’re buying for a seasoned cyclist or someone new to the roads, we’ve rounded up a list of our top 10 goodies from our favourite brands that help us ride easy.
Cycling in jeans is no fun, and your favourite waterproof pants aren’t always ‘meeting appropriate’. Fellow Vancouver company Kit and Ace have created the ultimate ‘Commute Pants’, which take cyclists seamlessly from bike to office.
Duer’s Live Lite Pant is also made with breathable fabric and crafted with stretch for maximum comfort, while rocking a streamlined silhouette. Who said cycling gear couldn’t be cool?
Flat Sole (non clip) Biking and Casual Shoes
Let’s face it, biking shoes don’t always make the most aesthetic footwear. Luckily, the Five Ten Sleuth DLX unisex shoes have a dotty rubber sole to effectively grip pedals and safe your shins from bruising. The design also provides great toe protection and its easy-care suede will transport any cyclist from bike to night out.
Helmets are the ultimate essential for any cyclist, but it’s not always easy to find one that suits you. Our favourite helmet brands include Thousand helmets for their vintage, eye-catching designs and modern-look Bern Union Helmet for urban riding cool.
We get that socks for Christmas may be a tad on the cliche side as far as Christmas gifts go, but The Sock Guy’s fun designs will bring a smile to the face of any rider, while keeping toes toasty.
Front Baskets and Racks
From holding your groceries to stashing your parcels, the handiness of front baskets and racks knows no bounds! Wald Front Baskets and Racks is one of our favourite brands for good quality, easy fitting baskets and racks.
Cyclists never know when they're going to get in a fix with their bike, so it’s wise for newbies and experienced riders alike to carry a multi-tool. The I-beam multi-tool from Park Tools is lightweight, with 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8mm hex wrenches as well as a flat blade screwdriver to solve any minor issues and keep your bike in safe, working order.
Bike gadgets are the modern cyclist’s new best friend. Whether you're looking for navigation help, anti-theft tech, cycling metrics, lights, or communication with your friends and family, the SmartHalo 2 has everything a cyclist needs to keep them feeling safe and secure on the roads.
Winter cycling isn’t for the faint of heart, but with the right gear it’s certainly a lot more appealing! Your face and hands often take the brunt of those icy winter winds, so treat the rider in your life with a high quality baclava, like the Arc'teryx MOTUS BALACLAVA and a pair of Bar Mitts. Trust us - they’ll need ‘em!
Handlebar Phone Mount
Taking phone calls or snapping pictures can be a tricky business mid-ride, so gift the cyclist in your life with a Handlebar Phone Mount from Quad Lock. It's the lightest, strongest and most secure smartphone bike mount on the market, and keeps phones in place over any bump or jump.
Best Bike Bags
We admit, we may be a little biased. But our selection of bike bags here at Two Wheel Gear is kind of second to none. From panniers and backpacks to handlebar bags and seat packs, Two Wheel Gear bags are an essential part of any cycling trip. You're welcome!