For some cyclists, the winter months make riding outdoors nearly impossible. Others choose to embrace the elements, or live in a warmer climate where it’s possible to ride year-round. If you have a cyclist on your gift list this year, you’ll find everything from the smallest essentials, such as energy gels, to the latest bike trainers for indoor rides.
There’s a gift option for every budget and every type of cyclist. You may even want to inspire someone to get into the sport by giving them a cycling book with ride suggestions for all levels. Check out our picks for the top best gifts for cyclists below. If you these gift ideas don’t catch your eye, or you just want more options, check out the Amazon gift guide for cyclists.
1. Kinetic Road Machine Smart Trainer
A bike trainer is a worthwhile investment for cyclists who want to stay in shape when bad weather or other circumstances makes riding outdoors impossible. Fluid trainers are known for their road-like feel and progressive resistance, which makes them a good investment for cyclists of all levels.
The Kinetic Road Machine Smart Trainer builds on the popular Kinetic Road Machine Fluid Trainer by offering app-based power training via Bluetooth connectivity and Kinetic inRide sensors. Cyclists can quickly and easily connect with widely used apps such as Zwift, TrainerRoad, Rouvy and Kinetic Fit. The precision-calibrated fluid resistance unit provides a road-like feel along with progressive resistance to suit cyclists of all levels.
A step up is the Kinetic Road Machine Smart Control Bike Trainer, which has a 14.4-pound flywheel, compared to the 6.25-pound flywheel on the Kinetic Road Machine Smart Trainer. As a result, the Smart Control Trainer offers realistic controlled resistance to mimic terrain changes during workouts. The Smart Control Trainer also has Bluetooth Smart connectivity.
The CycleOps Fluid2 Indoor Trainer is another popular trainer within the same price range, with a noise level between 64 and 68 decibels at 20 miles per hour. This fluid trainer also offers progressive resistance and fits most standard road, hybrid and mountain bikes. Adjustable footpads ensure a smooth and safe ride on nearly any surface. The trainer comes with a lifetime warranty from CycleOps.
If the cyclist on your list doesn’t already have the following bike trainer accessories, considering including them with the trainer. A trainer-specific mat is the right size to fit the bike and trainer, and acts as a barrier between the trainer and floor. You can also bundle the trainer and riser ring, which stabilizes the front wheel of the bike during workouts. A trainer tire is a worthwhile investment to reduce noise and eliminate excessive wear and tear on the rear tire.
Looking for something else? Browse more bike trainers on Amazon or check out this year’s gift guide for cyclists to find the perfect gift.
Price: $295.19 (26 percent off MSRP)
Buy the Kinetic Road Machine Smart Trainer here.
2. 2018 Gravity FSX 1.0 Dual Full Suspension Mountain Bike
The 2018 Gravity FSX 1.0 is a budget-friendly entry level mountain bike with a solid build and respectable components for its price. It comes with Shimano front and rear derailleurs, 24 speed Shimano shifters and a durable full suspension hydroformed aluminum frame for a smoother ride and more control.
There’s also adjustable front and rear suspension, responsive disc brakes and quick release wheels in the front and back. Sizes range from 15 to 21 inches. In general, the 15-inch bike will fit riders up to 5’6″ while the 21-inch bike accommodates riders 6’1″ and taller. The bike comes in a variety of colors.
Had something else in mind? Check out a wider selection of mountain bikes on Amazon, or visit the cycling gift guide for more options.
Price: $329.95 – $359.95
Buy the 2018 Gravity FSX 1.0 Dual Full Suspension Mountain Bike here.
3. Wahoo ELEMNT GPS Bike Computer
The Wahoo ELEMNT GPS Bike Computer is outfitted with Bluetooth Smart and ANT+ dual-band technology and readily pairs with a wide variety of cycling sensors. This GPS cycling computer also comes with an accompanying app so that cyclists can customize profiles, track performances and more. Other cycling-friendly features include the ability to automatically download and upload routes and enter points of interests, destinations and addresses for personalized routes with cues.
Programmable LED indicators let riders know whether they are on pace with speed, power, heart rate and other performance metrics. The computer comes with global maps and a fully customizable screen. For added convenience, it also has a USB rechargeable battery, with a battery life of up to 16 hours per charge, and can be mounted in three separate ways. A waterproof rating up to five feet means the computer can withstand rides in the rain.
If you had something else in mind, check out more gifts for cyclists to find the perfect present.
Buy the Wahoo ELEMNT GPS Bike Computer here.
4. Allen Sports Premier 2-Bike Trunk Rack
The Allen Sports Premier 2-Bike Trunk Rack is designed to fit everything from hatchbacks and sedans to SUVs and minivans. Tie-down straps and cradles help secure and protect each bike during travel, while lateral straps add extra stability. This car rack comes with wide carry arms to accommodate a wide range of bikes. It can also be folded down with just one hand.
If you’re looking for a bike rack that can fit more bikes, consider the Saris Bones 3-Bike Trunk Mount Rack or the Allen Sports Deluxe 4-Bike Trunk Mount Rack.
Buy the Allen Sports Premier 2-Bike Trunk Rack here.
5. J+S Active PLUS Cycling Sunglasses
The J+S Active PLUS Cycling Sunglasses block out nearly 100 percent of UVA and UVB radiation. The polycarbonate lenses are lightweight and scratch resistant. Anti-slip legs provide extra grip and stability, from road rides to rougher mountain biking terrain. A variety of colors and lenses are available, such as the black/charcoal lenses for sunny days, clear lenses to protect eyes from debris, yellow lenses for rides in low light conditions and brown lenses for cloudy or hazy days.
The RIVBOS 805 Polarized Sports Sunglasses are popular among cyclists seeking polarized glasses. These cycling sunglasses include five interchangeable lenses and a lightweight design for all-day comfort. The lenses are made with break-resistant polycarbonate for added durability.
Buy the J+S Active PLUS Cycling Sunglasses here.
6. Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance: The World’s Best-Selling Bicycle Repair and Maintenance Guide
From basic repairs to advanced ones, properly repairing and maintaining a road bike can be tricky. “Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance: The World’s Best-Selling Bicycle Repair and Maintenance Guide” by Lennard Zinn offers step-by-step guides along with the necessary tools for every repair. Topics range from fixing a flat tire to changing a cassette, replacing pedals and even setting up a cyclocross bike for racing.
The fifth edition includes chapters on disc brakes and electronic shifting as well as troubleshooting charts and special sections on cyclocross. This latest edition covers all brake, derailleur, headset, stem, handlebar and fork systems.
If you’re looking for a book on mountain bike repairs, consider “Zinn & the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance: The World’s Best-Selling Guide to Mountain Bike Repair.”
Buy the Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance: The World’s Best-Selling Bicycle Repair and Maintenance Guide here.
7. Vibrelli Performance Bike Floor Pump & Glueless Puncture Kit
Having the right pump is essential for any cyclist. Some pumps, including the Vibrelli Performance Bike Floor Pump, are compatible with Presta and Shcrader valves to accommodate a wider range of bikes. This pump changes from Presta to Schrader valves with a switch and inflates to 160 PSI. A built-in gauge provides easy readings along the way. This pump also comes with a glueless puncture kit for peace of mind out on the road or trails.
The Vibrelli Mini Bike Pump & Glueless Puncture Repair Kit is ideal for repairs on the road and fits Presta and Schrader valves.
Not the gift you had in mind? Browse more gifts for cyclists to find the right one.
Buy the Vibrelli Performance Bike Floor Pump & Glueless Puncture Kit here.
8. Huma Chia Energy Gel Variety Pack
Having the proper fuel to make it through a ride is essential. There are many different types of gels, bars and chews on the market, but the Huma Chia Energy Gel Variety Pack stands out for its all-natural ingredients that are easy to digest, including ground chia seeds in each packet. These gels are also gluten and vegan friendly. Riders can choose between caffeine-free and caffeinated gels, with flavors such as chocolate, blueberry, strawberry and lemonade. These handy packets are small enough to stash in a jersey pocket or saddle bag.
Price: $25.60 (5 percent off MSRP)
Buy the Huma Chia Energy Gel Variety Pack here.
9. Polar ZipStream Breakaway Insulated Water Bottle
As any cyclist knows, you can never have too many water bottles. The Polar ZipStream Breakaway Insulated Water Bottle features a high flow cap for fast and easy access to fluids on the go. This bottle is also insulated and can hold up to 24 ounces of liquids. The bottle is also fully BPA and phthalate-free and is made in the USA. Other color options are available.
Buy the Polar ZipStream Breakaway Insulated Water Bottle here.
10. Coros LINX Smart Cycling Helmet
The Coros LINX Smart Cycling Helmet provides smartphone connectivity via Bluetooth 4.0 technology, allowing cyclists to listen to music, take phone calls and more, without compromising the ability to hear their surroundings. This is accomplished via open-ear audio technology that allows for complete environmental awareness on the road along with a wind-resistant microphone. The helmet is powered by a rechargeable Lithium battery that gets up to 10 hours of talk time per charge. LED indicators signal during charging and when the battery is low.
The bike helmet comes with a handlebar mounted remote for hands-free control over the volume, music and more. In the event of an accident, an SOS emergency alert is triggered on impact. This helmet is Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) certified and features a durable polycarbonate shell.
Buy the Coros LINX Smart Cycling Helmet here.
11. Park Tool CG-2.3 Chain Gang Chain Cleaning System
Routine maintenance is a crucial part of bike ownership. The Chain Gang includes a chain scrubber, cleaning brush and a bottle of chain cleaner. The chain cleaner is made with a plant-based biodegradable material that’s safe for use on alloy, rubber and plastic. Together, the Chain Gang provides the essentials for cleaning the freewheel cogs, chain and chain rings.
Repairs are much easier with the proper workspace. Consider paring this gift with a stand such as the Bikehand Pro Mechanic Bicycle/Bike Repair Rack Stand. This repair stand is designed with a wide base and is sturdy enough to hold just about any bike.
Don’t worry if this isn’t the gift you were looking for, as there are many more options. Head over to the cycling gift guide to see what else is available.
Buy the Park Tool CG-2.3 Chain Gang Chain Cleaning System here.
12. Cycle Torch Bolt Combo
The Cycle Torch Bolt Combo is a USB rechargeable set that’s easy to mount on just about any type of bike frame. This light set consists of a while LED front headlight and a red LED tailight, and is ideal for commuting and other rides during the day. The front light is 20 lumens while the rear light is 10 lumens. Both lights simply mount with rubber brackets and don’t require any tools.
This light combo is just one of many gifts a cyclist will appreciate. If you’re looking for something else, check out this year’s gift guide for cyclists to see more options.
Buy the Cycle Torch Bolt Combo here.
13. Garmin Bike Speed & Cadence Sensor
The Garmin Bike Speed Sensor and Cadence Sensor set is an affordable tool for cyclists who want to keep track of their speed and cadence. Both sensors are easy to install and don’t have bulky magnets or other parts. They can also be easily moved between bikes if necessary. The speed sensor attaches to either the front or rear wheel hub and provides speed and distance during rides on the road and trainer. The cadence sensor fastens to crank arms of any size and keeps track of pedal strokes per minute. You can choose the base model or the heart rate monitor bundle.
Buy the Garmin Bike Speed & Cadence Sensor here.
14. CycleOps Hammer Direct Drive Trainer
The CycleOps Direct Drive Trainer features advanced direct drive technology along with quiet and realistic electromagnetic resistance for a responsive road-like feel with maximum power. This trainer provides accurate power readings using PowerTap technology and connects to nearly all virtual training apps with dual ANT+ FE-C and Bluetooth 4.0 technology. It’s also compatible with Zwift and TrainerRoad, and will work with most thru-axle and quick release bikes. The noise level is roughly 64 decibels at 20 miles per hour, which is pretty quiet for a bike trainer.
A similar option in the same price range is the Tacx Neo Smart Direct Driver Trainer. For optimal power efficiency, this direct drive trainer doesn’t have physical transmissions such as a belt or roller. To get ready for real rides, there’s a maximum slope of 25 percent and descent simulations. It also features ANT+ FE-C and Bluetooth Smart connectivity.
Price: $1,099.99 – $1,619.99
Buy the CycleOps Hammer Direct Drive Trainer here.
15. Pearl iZUMi Quest Cycling Short
The Quest Short is a solid choice for beginners as well as more experienced cyclists. Reflective elements add safety during low-light visibility. Silicone leg grippers hold the shorts securely in place during rides. A chamois is included.
The Pearl iZUMi Men’s Quest Cycling Short features a nine-inch inseam along with a male-specific chamois. Pressure relief technology helps reduce pressure points during rides of any length. The shorts are made with a combination of nylon and spandex.
The Pearl iZUMi Women’s Quest Shorts have an eight-inch inseam along with a wider waistband for extra comfort. These shorts are made with a combination of nylon and elastane.
Price: $37.40 – $50.00
Buy the Pearl iZUMi Quest Cycling Short here.
16. Baleaf Thermal Skull Cap Helmet Liner
Cycling-specific helmet liners are designed to be thin enough to fit under a helmet without compromising warmth. This helmet liner is made with a blend of polyester and spandex, and features a soft fleece interior. Reflective elements add an extra element of safety and visibility. One size fits most.
Buy the Baleaf Thermal Skull Cap Helmet Liner here.
17. Louis Garneau 1 Calory Gloves
Cycling gloves serve several purposes, from helping to maintain a safe grip on the handlebars to providing extra cushioning for the hands. The extra material also protects against shocks and vibrations during rides. Many gloves are designed to wick moisture to keep hands comfortable.
The Louis Garneau 1 Calory Gloves are available for men and women. These gloves offer all the essentials for beginner cyclists, including an affordable price tag. Features include strechable spandex material, ample ventilation and plenty of palm padding. Finger tabs make it easy to pull the gloves off after a workout. Both versions come in several sizes and colors.
Price: $5.43 – $14.99
Buy the Louis Garneau 1 Calory Gloves here.
18. Carson Home Enjoy the Ride Mug
Coffee and cycling go hand-in-hand, and many cyclists like to enjoy a cup of coffee before heading out for a ride. The Enjoy the Ride Mug makes a classic gift for any coffee-drinking cyclist. The mug holds up to 14 ounces and stands 4.5 inches high. It’s also made of a durable ceramic material. A coordinating box makes gift-giving that much easier.
Consider pairing this mug with coffee beans such as Death Wish Whole Bean Coffee, or a coffee maker such as the KRUPS Grind & Brew Automatic Coffee Maker, which includes a built-in coffee grinder for added convenience.
Buy the Carson Home Enjoy the Ride Mug here.
19. Gore Bike Wear Windstopper Cycling Jacket
The weather can quickly change during an outdoor ride. This outer layer, available in several colors, functions as a full jacket or a vest, with sleeves that can zip off if necessary. On the outside, the jacket has a polyester windstopper material, while the interior is entirely polyester. Zippered front pockets provide extra storage space for keys, gels and other essentials.
The Gore Bike Wear Windstopper Women’s Cycling Jacket comes in several colors and is suitable for road and mountain bike rides. A high collar keeps cold air from seeping in, even on colder days. The jacket is lightweight enough for year-round use, and can be worn on its own or over another layer for chillier rides.
The Gore Bike Wear Men’s Phantom 2.0 Windstopper Soft Shell Jacket features detachable raglan sleeves and water-resistant binding for extra protection against the element. This jacket comes in multiple colors and has three back pockets for extra storage.
Price: $90.00 – $310.50
Buy the Gore Bike Wear 2-in-1 Women’s Cycling Jacket here.
20. Epic Bike Rides of the World
This Lonely Planet book is available in hardcover and Kindle Book formats. On the inside, curious cyclists will find 200 of the best bike riding places around the world. Ride suggestions range from easier options for beginners to challenging rides only a very experienced rider would want to tackle. There are also plenty of family-friendly ride suggestions.
Similar gift ideas include “Fifty Places to Bike Before You Die: Biking Experts Share the World’s Greatest Destinations” and “The Cyclist’s Bucket List: A Celebration of 75 Quintessential Cycling Experiences.”
Buy the Epic Bike Rides of the World here.
21. NiteRider Lumina OLED 1100 Boost
Riding in the dark is challenging enough without having to worry about whether the battery is low or about to run out. The NiteRider Lumina OLED 1100 Boost comes with an OLED display screen to help riders keep track of accurate battery run times for all of the light’s nine lighting levels. Cyclists can choose between five light levels and four different daytime flash modes. Boost Mode provides a maximum output of 1100 lumens. The USB rechargeable light fits most standard and oversize 35mm handlebars and mounts with a simple handlebar strap.
The NiteRider Lumina 1100 Boost Headlight offers the same features without a display.
Looking for more gift ideas? Check out more bike headlights or shop more gifts for cyclists.
Price: $112.49 (25 percent off MSRP)
Buy the NiteRider Lumina OLED 1100 Boost here.
22. Conquer Indoor Bike Trainer
The Conquer Indoor Bike Trainer is a budget-friendly bike trainer that’s ideal for use a few times a week for light to moderate workouts. This trainer is compatible with 26-inch, 27-inch and 700c bikes with a rear quick release wheel. The trainer features a single adjustment and progressive magnetic resistance for workouts. An extra wide frame keeps bikes stable, as does the included riser block for the front wheel.
The Conquer Pro Indoor Bike Trainer features a remote shifter and five-speed variable magnetic resistance. Similar options include the Travel Trac Comp Magnetic Indoor Bicycle Trainer, which features a large flywheel and three levels of resistance, FDW Magnet Steel Bike Trainer with five internal resistance settings, and the Nashbar Fluid Trainer with an internal flywheel and fluid system for life-like resistance and pedaling.
Buy the Conquer Indoor Bike Trainer here.
23. CatEye 4iiii Precision Power Meter
The CatEye 4iiii Precision Power Meter is a reliable training tool, especially for professionals and serious cyclists. This lightweight power meter is designed for Shimano 105, Dura-Ace and Ultegra cranksets. Sizes range from 165mm to 175mm. The CatEye 4iiii is a left-only power meter that relays information via ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart connectivity. The meter weighs just nine grams and has a +/1 1 percent error margin. Users can expect up to 100 hours on the coin cell battery, along with an alert when there is just 15 percent battery power left.
For cyclists who prefer measurements on both sides, the PowerTap P1 Meter Pedals are a solid investment. These pedals feature ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart connectivity and can easily be swapped between bikes. The pedals run on AAA batteries and have an average battery life of around 60 hours. Pair the pedals with the PowerTap P1 Road Cleats for a complete gift set.
Price: $399.99 – $600.00
Buy the CatEye 4iiii Precision Power Meter here.
24. Louis Garneau Neo Protect 2 Cycling Shoe Covers
Riding in the cold is tough enough without having to deal with chilly toes and feet. The Neo Protect 2 Shoe Covers, available in black and yellow, are designed with a thin rubber-like neoprene material for added insulation and protection in cold and wet weather conditions. A hook and loop fastener makes it easy to pull these cycling shoe covers on. The sole has openings for road and SPD cleats.
Give these covers along with a pair of cycling socks for cold weather rides. You can also include them with a pair of men’s cycling shoes or women’s cycling shoes for a complete gift.
Price: $21.66 – $59.99
Buy the Louis Garneau Neo Protect 2 Cycling Shoe Covers here.
25. Nashbar Reduced Radius Rollers
Resistance trainers tend to be the more popular type of bike trainer, but rollers have a lot to offer. Some cyclists prefer rollers to keep the mind and body engaged for the duration of the training session. Other cyclists use rollers to improve their bike handling skills and work on smoothing out pedal strokes.
The Nashbar Reduced Radius Rollers come with durable machined aluminum drums for reliable resistance, along with sealed bearings for quieter training sessions. Users can choose between nine settings to fit nearly any wheelbase. These rollers arrive fully assembled and ready for use.
Those who are new to rollers or who want stability might do better with the Nashbar Parabolic Rollers. These rollers feature a parabolic shape to help cyclists stay in the center during training rides. The Nashbar Parabolic Rollers are lightweight and fit wheelbases from 37 to 43 inches.
Buy the Pearl iZUMi Ride Women’s Sugar Thermal Cycling Tights here.
26. CamelBak M.U.L.E. Hydration Pack
Dehydration can put a damper on any mountain bike adventure. This CamelBak hydration pack delivers 20 percent more water with each sip and includes an on/off lever to prevent leaks. Air channels in the back panel keep the back cool throughout the day. When it’s time to take a break, helmets can easily be attached to the external hooks. An overflow storage compartment has enough space to store a lightweight jacket or other accessories.
Price: $81.99 (25 percent off MSRP)
Buy the CamelBak M.U.L.E. Hydration Pack here.
27. Canari Cyclewear Gel Cycle Tight
The Canari Cyclewear Men’s Pro Elite Gel Cycle Tight is made with a blend of polyester and spandex material. Flatseam stitching helps prevent chafing and rubbing during rides, while gel padding makes rides on the road and trails more comfortable. The tights also have soft ankle grips and reflective elements. For warmer weather rides, consider the Canari Cyclewear Men’s Velo Gel Padded Bike Short.
A women’s version is also available. The Canari Cyclewear Women’s Gel Cycle Tights are ideal for cooler rides during the fall and winter. Shock-absorbing gel padding makes adventures on and off the road more comfortable. Compression fabric keeps legs feeling energized and can cut down on post-ride soreness and fatigue. Flatseam stitching helps prevent chafing. For warmer weather, consider Canari Cyclewear Women’s Pro Gel Short Padded Cycling Short.
Looking for more gift ideas? Check out additional men’s cycling tights or cycling tights for women. You can also browse this year’s cycling gift guide for more options.
Price: $25.00 – $55.00
Buy the Canari Cyclewear Gel Cycle Tight here.
28. AmazonBasics High-Density Round Foam Roller
A foam roller is a practical investment for any cyclist and is specifically designed to relieve sore muscles before or after a workout. This high-density foam roller features a durable molded polypropylene construction that allows it to maintain its shape despite heavy use. It’s also lightweight enough to easily transport. Cyclists can use the foam roller to target specific muscles and other problem areas.
Price: $17.09 (10 percent off MSRP)
Buy the AmazonBasics High-Density Round Foam Roller here.
29. InStep Sync Single Bicycle Trailer
The InStep Sync Single Bicycle Trailer can hold children up to 40 pounds and is designed for easy storage and transportation. A universal coupler attaches to just about any bike. A double canopy with a weather shield and bug screen helps protects passengers from the elements. The trailer is available in several colors and also comes in a larger double passenger version.
Buy the InStep Sync Single Bicycle Trailer here.
30. CatEye Velo 9 Cycle Computer
The CatEye Velo 9 is an entry-level bike computer that offers all the basics and more. This latest model has a few upgrades compared to the popular CatEye Velo 7, including a larger screen and pre-programmed tire sizes for easier setup. Other new features include calorie consumption and carbon offset measurement for eco-conscious cyclists.
This computer may not arrive in time for Christmas. If you need something sooner, consider the similar CatEye Velo 7. You can also check out more bike computers or browse this year’s gift guide for cyclists for more options.
Price: $22.39 (25 percent off MSRP)
Buy the CatEye Velo 9 Cycle Computer here.
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