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2012 Mother's Day Gift Guide

Find the perfect gift for mountain biking moms

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I bought my mom a bike for Christmas last year, knowing full well the amount of joy it would bring her. Since then, she has thoroughly enjoyed pedaling side by side with her children.

This Mother’s Day, why not honor the women who love cycling as much as we do? Use this list to find the perfect gift for moms who have been bitten by the bicycling bug.

1. SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger

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We’ve all been there – deep in the woods and out of cell phone range. Keep Mom safe in this scenario with a pocket-sized personal tracker that will work where her cell phone doesn’t. The SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger™ will let her mountain bike without worry, knowing that help is just a touch away. MSRP: $99.99 (service plan required)

2. AfterShokz Sport Headphones

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Built with active adults in mind--like the mountain biking momma--AfterShokz Sport headphones offer superior safety benefits through its patented bone conduction technology. Now it's possible for Mom to stay motivated with music while she bikes--without completely blocking out the surrounding environment. AfterShokz headphones rest outside the ear, which helps to prevent accidents by allowing users to hear oncoming traffic, car horns, ambulances or other ambient noises. When biking alone, mom will easily be able to hear someone or something approaching her. These important warning sounds are restricted with other types of headphones, like earbuds. The technology used in AfterShokz headphones is typically used for the military and other law enforcement. MSRP: $59.95

3. Swedish FireKnife

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I know plenty of men and women alike who don't venture into the woods without a pocket knife. The Swedish FireKnife is the perfect present for the outdoorsy mom who loves overnight biking adventures. With a 3.75-inch blade (8.5-inches total), the knife features a fire starter inside the handle that twist-locks into place. Yep, mom can can clean and filet a fish, split kindling and light a campfire with a single tool. Lightweight at 3.4 ounces, the Swedish FireKnife fits inside most hydration packs. Available in lime green, cyan blue, orange, red and black. MSRP $39.99

4. Polar Bottle

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Does your mom need a new water bottle to adorn her bike? If she's anything like my mom (whose water bottle looks ancient), consider buying her an insulated Polar Bottle. It bills itself on keeping liquids cold twice as long as conventional water bottles. Not only that, the company recently partnered with the Yeti Beti Mountain Bike Team, an all-female team based out of Golden, Colorado. “We’re thrilled to support this group of female athletes who act not only as great ambassadors for their sport, but also for their community and women in general,” said Judy Amabile, president of Polar Bottle. Available in a plethora of fun colors and designs. MSRP: $11.99

5. CLIF Builder’s Bar

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Each CLIF Builder’s bar contains 20 grams of protein, carbohydrates for sustained energy and a blend of ingredients that work as hard as Mom does so she can get the most out of her workout. Show her you care with a delicious new CLIF Builder's flavor: Chocolate Chip, S’mores and Crunchy Peanut Butter. In addition to the new flavors, CLIF Builder’s is also available in Chocolate, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate Mint, Cookies ‘n Cream and Vanilla Almond. MSRP: $1.99

6. CamelBak Groove

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CamelBak recently introduced the Groove Insulated water bottle, the first reusable filtration bottle that lets you hydrate without compromise. Now bigger and colder, mom's water will stay colder more than twice as long as traditional plastic bottles with little condensation. MSRP: $25-$30

7. Nutcase Daisy Stripe Helmet

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When warm weather strikes, Mom will be back on her bike in no time with Nutcase’s colorful Daisy Stripe helmet. Keeping her both stylish and safe, Nutcase Helmets protect mom's brain and come in fun and funky designes. Mom's little helpers don't have to be left out of the fun: a special kids’ line is made especiably for the little bikers in her life! (Little Nutty by Nutcase) Each helmet comes with a magnetic buckle that makes one-handed operation easy, an adjustable spin dial to perfect the fit and is certified CPSC for bicycle riding.

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