With the holidays approaching, and many relatives and friends wondering about what to give to their favorite cyclist, here are some great gift ideas. Forward them to anybody who asks “What would you like for …” Click on the links for more info.
For the cyclist who just loves riding:
Bicycle Quarterly is a gift your cyclist will enjoy over the entire year. The quarterly magazine provides the inspiration for our rides, illuminates the science behind the bikes we ride, and is simply an overall good read. The most common complaint is that it does not appear often enough! We also offer back issues, in case your cyclist has a subscription already. $32.
For the cyclist who loves looking at beautiful bikes:
The Competition Bicycle features stunning full-color photographs and insightful texts that chart the development of bicycles from the 1880s onward. Smile about the amazing Labor “Monobras” with its single fork leg. Admire Fausto Coppi’s Tour de France-winning Bianchi. Imagine the long road of Paris-Brest-Paris with the tandem that beat all the single bikes in 1956. Join the Paris newspaper couriers in their epic races. Marvel at a superlight J. P. Weigle time trial machine. Relive the exploits of Greg LeMond and Andy Hampsten as you examine the details of their bikes. 176 pages, hardcover, $50.
The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles: If your cyclists doesn’t have this trend-setting (and best-selling) classic yet, now is the time! See the most beautiful bicycles ever made. Learn about the builders who made them and the riders who rode them. Cycling was their life, and their bikes reflected that. 168 pages, hardcover, $50.
Alex Singer: The last of the classic constructeurs who still is in business today, seen through a Japanese lens. Beautiful photos of classic Alex Singer bicycles, many of which were built recently for Japanese customers. Japanese text. 168 pages, hardcover, $69.
For the cyclist planning their 2012 season:
Handlebars: Numb hands can spoil the most scenic ride. Suggest your cyclist try a classic handlebar shape specifically designed for long-distance comfort. $60-98.
Tires: Nothing transforms a bike like a good set of tires. Grand Bois or Compass tires will bring a smile on their face when they next ride their bike. Most likely, they’ll also shave minutes off their personal best. Ask them what size they need. $120-136 (pair).
Generator hub: No more worrying if your favorite cyclist is not home when darkness falls. A flip of a switch illuminates their bike and the road ahead, with no batteries to run out, and no lights to forget at home. $276
Bottom bracket: Does your cyclist spend his time overhauling his bike instead of with his family? Give them a maintenance-free SKF bottom bracket designed for 65,000 trouble-free miles! Comes with a 10-year warranty. Ask them what size they need. $129.
Waterbottle cages: Nitto and Iribe cages combine beauty and function – a great addition to any bike. $54 and up.
For the cyclist dreaming of moving to a more bicycle-friendly place:
Copenhagen: City of Bicycles portrays a large number of Copenhagen riders, interviews planners and portrays bike builders. This well-written book provides an in-depth look at how Copenhagen became the most bicycle-friendly city on Earth. $68
For the technically-minded cyclist:
Bicycling Science is a compilation of scientific research related to bicycles. Find out why bicycles work the way they do. Your favorite cyclist will exclaim time and again: “Now I understand why…” 477 pages, softcover, $27.
For the cyclist who has everything:
Our classic books feature a number of rare, long-out-of-print books that your cyclist may enjoy. From $49.
The Nitto Bike Stand offers a great way to display their favorite bike. $99
Have a happy holiday season!