By Beth Puliti
Looking for that perfect gift for the mountain biker in your life? Look no further. This holiday gift guide is meant to make shopping for your favorite two-wheel fanatic easy and stress-free.
Or perhaps you are that two-wheel fanatic looking for some gift ideas for yourself to pass along to friends and family. Whatever brings you here, this list of gifts will surely bring a smile when unwrapped this year.
The perfect lock to keep your mountain bike safe! Chances are you’ve traveled to and from your house with a mountain bike fastened to your bike rack. Next time you’re out and about, lock your bike to your rack with the Modulus 1010S for ultimate security. This modular lock keeps your bike protected from theft wherever you go. The Modulus 1010S comes with two noose cables 3/8” x 3.5’, a lock head with two keys and a bracket transport system. Offering a greater cut resistance than twisted cable and a double deadbolt security with a spring-loaded design. Use one noose for the same versatility as a 6-foot cable, or both nooses for double the security.
Next time you recover from a mountain bike ride, don’t forget to pamper your tired feet! Slip out of your bike shoes and into the Xander flip flop from Flojos ($29). Featuring a waffled, egg-crate-like foundation and shock-absorbent foot support, these recovery sandals provide a built-in foot massage. Available in black, brown and camel. The women’s equivalent is the Blair.
New for 2011, the M087 is a sport-level mountain bike shoe that packs some serious performance for the money ($114.99). A multi-layer stretch resistant upper made of synthetic leather, micro adjust buckle and ergonomic asymmetrical straps keep your foot dry, snug and the circulation just right. The fiberglass-reinforced polyamide midsole provides a stiff platform and the rubber tread adds grip when off the bike.
Built for the rigors of trail riding, the PRO Tharsis carbon composite handlebar ($199) is a lightweight and durable trail handlebar weighing in at 195 grams. Made of high-tech T800-1000 UD carbon with a titanium reinforced center section, this handlebar measures 710mm/ 20mm rise/ 8 backsweep/ 4 upsweep, 31.8mm diameter.
Fashionable and functional! Make a statement when you dress for the weather in the Portland Jacket ($200). Made of a waterproof softshell fabric, the Portland Jacket offers a drop down 3M reflective rear panel and reflective piping, airflow regulating zippered cuffs, a 2-way front zipper and hidden pit zips for venting and an adjustable hem with cord lock.
A shiny new bike always looks good under the Christmas tree, and this one is no exception. The Anthem X 29er 3 ($2,350) offers an affordable way to get into this cross country-oriented trail or race bike, which includes Giant’s custom 29er wheel set and custom 29er handlebar, a Shimano SLX build kit and Fox suspension.
This single speed mountain bike features the Gates Carbon drive, a single speed drive that prevents chain breakage, and pedals extremely smooth. It's a hard-tail, hard-front, so a bit more specific to trail riders who aren't dropping huge rocks and killing their knees, but it also makes the bike lighter and smoother. This bike also features disc brakes. ($1,100)
This full suspension, aluminum all-mountain bike ($5,660) comes with a Fox Float front fork offering six inches of travel and a Fox RP23 custom rear suspension that's built into Diamondback's Knuckle Box rear suspension technology. You also get hydraulic disc brakes and a Hammerschmidt crank, which helps the clearance and gives the bike super smooth shifting.