Father’s Day gift guide: 11 presents for cycling dads
Your dad’s a thrifty cyclist, so he’s got his tube tucked up underneath his tattered saddle with a frayed toe strap. Well that just won’t do, not this Father’s Day. Here’s a few ways to tell dad you appreciate that first push on the Strider, fitting your helmet properly, or swapping out wheels in the pits at your last cyclocross race.
Topeak Nano TorqBar DX
Tradition dictates that dads love filling their toolboxes. Put a cycling dad’s twist on it with Topeak’s mini torque wrenches. The Nano TorqBar includes 4Nm, 5Nm, and 6Nm torque bits that apply precise torque limits on bolts to prevent damaging expensive carbon parts. The versatile tool offers 15 functions between the three torque settings and the 3mm, 4mm, and 5mm hex bits and T20 and T25 torx bits. It’s small enough to fit in a jersey pocket for secure on-the-road adjustments but robust enough to use at home in the workshop.
Paul Components bottle opener and brake adjustor
This anodized aluminum bottle opener does more than crack open a couple brews after a long ride. The tool also has a 15mm brake adjuster and rotor truing slot built in, so Dad can keep his bikes running or stopping smoothly while enjoying a cold beverage. It comes in black, orange, silver, and blue, and as an added bonus, it’s handmade in Chico, California.
Soulrun wants pops to avoid a dad-fashion faux pas. He can wear the Soulrun belt on the bike to keep his baggies in place when mountain biking or wear it around town for a flash of color and cycling style. Choose between 1-inch and 1.5-inch wide nylon webbing and opt for the flashy camo, argyle, pixilated, or full color. Each 45” long belt comes with a D-ring closure and is easy to customize the length by simply cutting the belt where you want it and then sealing the end with a flame.
Burley Tail Wagon
Maybe dad’s “kids” are furry, four-legged friends. Burley’s Tail Wagon trailer has a flip-down tailgate for easy loading and unloading and the front flap rolls up so your pup can stick his head out for that wind-in-the-ears feeling. Built-in cargo pockets let you stash a leash and other pet gear inside, and the suspended floor is removable for easy cleaning. A hitch and tow arm attach to most bikes, and the trailer swaps easily between bikes too.
“Switchbacks Rhone-Alpes” by Frank Barlow
Author Frank Barlow takes readers on a journey up some of the lesser-known cols of France’s Rhône-Alpes region with maps, photos, and stories describing the majestic ascent up each unique climb. Plan a cycling vacation, and scope out the altitudes, distances, and vertical gains of each col in this visually captivating book. Or simply daydream about racing up the steep mountain roads in the quiet French Alps.
Qloom Hookipa mountain bike shorts
$169.95 w/ liner chamois
Get the baggy mountain biker look without the baggy feel. The Hookipa shorts are cut more snugly than traditional baggies to avoid billowing when pops is ripping downhills. A reinforced, stretch crotch provides freedom of movement on climbs and a snag-free zone when dad slides back behind the saddle. And the liner short is one of the most comfortable we’ve tested on a mountain bike short. Subdued blue hues contrast with a splash of zest for character tops off these rugged and form-fitting baggies.
Swoffle gluten-free stroopwafels
$8.99 4-pack/$28.95 16-pack
Swoffle stroopwafels are made from gluten-free, non-GMO, organic, kosher flour — and still manage to taste excellent. Choose between caramel or French vanilla, or do a mix pack of both. The texture really won us over: It’s soft and doesn’t flake when you grab it out of your jersey pocket. Best of all, Swoffle works with local non-profits to provide a meal to those in need when you purchase these delicious Dutch-inspired treats.
Offset Bicycle Wheel Storage Hook by Foothill Products
Is there anything worse than hanging your super-expensive carbon wheels precariously on a bike hook? Foothill products knows the struggle is real, which is why it developed the Offset Bicycle Wheel Storage Hook that hangs the wheels staggered, one in front of the other — no contact between the wheels, and significantly reduced risk of the wheels falling off the hook. The cradles are covered in a soft felt material to prevent scratching too, so dad doesn’t have to worry about tossing his race wheels on the hooks all winter.
Abbey Bike Tools Crombie Dual-Sided cassette tool
Anyone who has chased a QR spring under the workbench knows why the Crombie tool is so special: It allows you to remove your cassette without removing the quick-release, saving time and potential needle-in-the-haystack headaches. It’s got a Shimano/SRAM tool on one side and a Campagnolo tool on the other, so you’ll never have to search for the right remover. It’s always at your fingertips. Use it with the Whip-it Chain Whip (sold separately for $45), and the Crombie stores right inside the Whip-it’s handle. Perfect for travel, perfect for the toolbox, and perfect for the DIY dad.
Brooks Isle of Wight Saddle Bag
$70 (size medium)
Brooks has long been synonymous with throwback cool with its line of leather goods, and the Isle of Wight saddle bag continues the trend with genuine Brooks leather straps and waterproof bluesign environmentally safe materials throughout. The size Medium bag has plenty of storage space for a tube, tool, tire levers, and some CO2 cartridges; the size Large even has room for a small pump. The double zip system makes for easy access without removing the bag, too. It’s equally at home on dad’s daily rider or on his weekend classic refurb bike.
Donkey Label Poly Pro socks
On or off the bike, a good pair of cycling socks set off any outfit. Donkey Label’s Poly Pro socks go further than fashion, though, and help keep your feet comfortable and dry in any conditions. With left- and right-specific socks, cool colors, and a subtle stripe down the back, dad can wear these on his commute to the office and all day under his slacks.