Gear

Gear: Simple Cycling Stocking Stuffers

Cyclists are an easy lot to shop for, especially if you keep selections that help out on the singletrack simple.

We’re well into December and that means one thing: Purchase Panic. But cyclists are an easy lot to shop for, especially if you keep selections simple. Here are a few small cycling goodies that will always be well received by newbie and long-time riders alike.

For the shop

Chain lube, grease and tire sealant are all perfect for mechanics on your list. Photo: Brad Kaminski
Chain lube, grease and tire sealant are all perfect for mechanics on your list. Photo: Brad Kaminski

Shop supplies are always welcome, because as any mechanic can tell you they tend to run out or get lost just when there’s a big event coming up:

DuMonde: BioGreen chain lube – $11- www.hgnr.com

I’m a huge fan of DuMonde chain lubes. They last longer, run quieter, and are easier to clean than anything else I’ve ever found.

Stan’s NoTubes: 2 oz bottle sealant – $3- www.notubes.com

The best sealant we’ve found for tubeless mountain or road applications. Convenient, pre-filled for one serving in a bicycle tire, and refillable for reuse. Remove valve core apply through stem of any tubeless tire or tubes with removable valve cores. Or dismount tubeless tire and apply directly into tire.

Finish Line: Fiber Grip carbon fiber assembly paste – $8- www.finishlineusa.com

Fiber Grip is specially designed to create friction and reduce slippage between clamped carbon fiber surfaces. Fiber Grip eliminates the need to over tighten clamps to achieve secure connections. A must for carbon seatposts, stems, and handlebars.

Pedro’s: Ice Wax 2.0 chain lube -$6 – www.pedros.com

The same great Pedro’s Ice Wax performance now made with a biodegradable, natural wax base. The long-lasting barrier coat is the cleanest lube on the market. Formulated to work well in all conditions.

tools
Multitools tend to go missing, and CO2 gets used, making them good gifts. Photo: Brad Kaminski

Park Tools: IB-3 mini fold up multitool with chain tool – $24 – www.parktool.com

One of the more comprehensive multitools available this one is compact and functional.

Genuine Innovations: Cartridge Cross CO2 cartridge mount – $15 – www.genuineinnovations.com

Spare CO2 cartridges are always welcome—most riders can never have too many. This new frame mount from Genuine looks perfect for race bikes and town bikes alike, keeping powered tire inflation ready at hand on a mount behind the bottle cage.

For the Body

A few clothing items that will never go out of style — and are functional, as well — include:

Curve: Boulder wool sock – $12 – www.curveinc.com

Sure it’s just a sock, but who doesn’t need a few fresh pairs every year? The Boulder sock from Curve is great for cold weather cycling or any winter activity. It’s a single thickness, 85-percent wool sock with Lycra for stretch, and a high cuff for added warmth.

Gore Bike Wear: Retro hat – $40 – www.gorebikewear.com

This hat is probably better worn under a helmet than on its own, but regardless, will keep the wearer warm. It’s got elastic Windstopper soft shell fabric on the forehead with a mesh

Warm clothing for heads and toes is always a welcome gift. Photo: Brad Kaminski
Warm clothing for heads and toes is always a welcome gift. Photo: Brad Kaminski

insert around back for ventilation. The inner headband is soft terry fabric to wick perspiration, and the trim is elastic for a snug fit. It’s good for temperatures in the 40s, but lacks ear flaps for super cold weather.

Descente: ColdOut earwarmer – $20- www.veltecsportsusa.com

Before my hair started thinning out, I didn’t use hats like the Gore Retro, rather I used headbands like the Descente ColdOut. My fiancée still prefers headband/earwarmers, and she loves this one. It’s got fleecy, stretchy Descente Micro-Coldout fabric, cut to contour over the ears with stretchy trim. It’s a unisex one-size-fits-all piece, but for the ladies there’s a ponytail opening at the back.