I recently treated myself to a new pair of bike gloves. Just because. In my world, mountain biking gifts are the best gifts. Hands down. Know a mountain biker who feels the same way? Use this list of ideas and treat them to some spankin’ new gear and accessories. Just because.
Created with a seamless odor-resistant fabric, Moving Comfort’s Comfort Flex Hoodie is likely to be the first piece of clothing you reach for after your shred sesh. The cozy, stylish top features a jacquard design, high neck, fitted hood and thumb loops. Made from 60% nylon / 30% polyester / 10% spandex. Sizes S – L. MSRP: $65
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve left the house for a ride carrying my ID and credit card in a zip lock baggie. Showers Pass recognized the need for a proper way to store these essentials while cycling, and created the CloudCover Dry Wallet. Unlike my DIY baggie quick fix, welded edges on the Dry Wallet make sure rain, snow, dirt or water doesn’t dirty the goods inside. Dual zip locks feature pull tabs for opening ease and a side tab is ideal for attaching to a carabiner or keychain. Reflective accents and a slim profile round out the features. MSRP: $19.99
The HighLite from Yakima is a mast-style hitch carrier. It’s one of the lightest on the market at less than 20 pounds and easy to use. How easy? The addition of a “SpeedKnob” means you don’t even need tools to secure it to your car. The aluminum-constructed bike carrier tilts for access to the rear of your vehicle. It also features anti-sway cradles which eliminate bike-to-bike contact. Just one press of a button will fold its arms down. An integrated cable allows you to lock bikes to the rack. Available in a two or three bike capacity. Gloss white or silver. Fits 1.25-inch and 2-inch hitches. MSRP for 3-bike: $359; MSRP for 2-bike: $339
Looking for a do-it-all light? Enter the Solite 250EX from Light & Motion. This versatile personal light was created to be used as a bike light as well as a headlamp, flashlight, helmet light and free-standing light. Features a 250-lumen output, the highest level CREE LED and a regulated output that won’t dim over time. Package includes both a bike mount and headstrap. The Solite 250EX will run for four hours on high and up to 150 hours in read/camp mode. MSRP: $180
Road ID recently started offering a selection of personalized new badges that are based on interests, accomplishments, races and profession. Stay safe and stylish by adding one of 38 badges—such as “#1 Mom,” “I ♥ You,” “Swim.Bike.Run.”—to your Wrist ID Slim. MSRP: $4.99. Don’t see a badge that resonates with your interests? Create your own for $5.99.
Sunscreen. One of the most important accessories and yet one of the most commonly overlooked. Stock up on Beyond Coastal’s 100% natural sunscreen with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide before your next ride. Offers protection from both UVA rays and UVB rays. Water-resistant and moisturizing due to the addition of aloe vera, shea butter and vitamin C. I’ve found Beyond Coastal’s convenient 1 oz tube ideal for stashing in your hydration pack. SPF 30. Gluten free, cruelty free and fragrance free in addition to oxybenzone free and paraben free. MSRP: $6.99 for 1 oz; $13.99 for 2.5 oz; and $16.99 for 4 oz.
SoftFlasks from Hydrapak are a smart companion for mountain bikers and outdoor adventurers who have miles to cover or elevation to climb. Collapsible, easy to transport, and dust and snow friendly, these flasks make on the go nips a mess-free breeze. Available in a variety of sizes from 5.1 oz – 25.4 oz. MSRP: $12.99 – $20.99.