I hear two common refrains from my family about Christmas shopping for me, either a) you are NOT getting ANOTHER bicycle under the tree OR b) you have everything.
And in general, it does seem that buying for a bicyclist, either big or small, can be a challenge. So here are a few last minute stocking stuffers that are a safe buy for almost any bicyclist on your list.
Socks for the Stocking!
While socks in a stocking might sound redundant, we have socks that are both functional and whimsical, starting at $7.99. Along with Sock Guy & DeFeet, we have bicycling and recovery socks from Pearl Izumi, SmartWool, Bontrager and Louis Garneau.
If you have a year-round rider, we have Grabber Catalytic Toe and Hand Warmers (from $1.59) that can be inserted into shoes and gloves for up to 7 hours of warmth. Or they might like Enzo Oil Stick ($16.99) for those damp, cold training rides this spring.
Miles of Munchies
These cycling treats are perfect for the stocking. GU Energy Gels are available in almost a dozen flavors for just $1.49 a pack. Clif Shot Bloks ($1.99 per pack) are another compact, high energy snack. And we also have easy to use GU Brew Electrolyte tablets ($9.99) in a variety of flavors. One tablet is good for the average water bottle. We also have products from Hammer Nutrition.
Gift Inflation – the good kind
A new CO2 inflator, like the Planet Bike Air Kiss ($12.99) or the Genuine Innovations Compact AirChuck ($29.99) are a gift that will be appreciated by any cyclist. And if they already have an inflator – refills – like the Giant 16 gram 3-pack for $9.99, will be something they can use.
Fit to be tied
Nathan Lock Laces ($7.99) are a thoughtful gift for triathletes and runners. And they are very handy to have in any laced shoe – I use them in my bike commuter shoes and the light weight running flats I carry when bike touring.
I admit it, I am a mult-tool junkie. The latest generation of multi-tool, like the Park MTB 3.2 ($31.99), replace a handful of individual tools and can handle the newest narrow chains, all in a compact package that fits in a hydration pack or jersey pocket. While this is an example of extreme tool, we have basic multi-tools that will raise a seat, straighten a handlebar or tighten a loose water bottle cage starting at just $9.99.
I hope this this helps you with your last minute shopping. The staff at our 3 Bicycle Garage Indy locations can help you find these or similar items, or help with gift suggestions for any bicycle rider or fitness enthusiasts on your list.