Gift Ideas

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With the holidays approaching, many relatives and friends wonder what to give their favorite cyclist. So 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:

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Bicycle Quarterly is a gift your cyclist will enjoy over the entire year. The magazine provides inspiration for rides, tests great products, explores fascinating history, and is simply an overall good read. Now it’s in color, too. The most common complaint is that it does not appear often enough! We also offer back issues, in case your cyclist already has a subscription. $32

For the cyclist who enjoys a great story:

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René Herse • The Bikes • The Builder • The Riders takes you into the world of René Herse: Beautiful bikes, meticulously crafted and ridden in amazing events. Whether touring, randonneuring, cyclocross, racing or just riding to work, these riders enjoyed the friendships they forged through cycling. Includes studio photos of 20 René Herse bikes and hundreds of historic photos. 424 pages, hardcover. $86

Signed Limited Edition comes in a slipcase and includes four ready-to-frame prints. $185

“I can hardly put it down. This book is so much more than I expected.”
Constance Winters, Lovely Bicycle

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Our posters feature two of our favorite photos from the René Herse book. Enjoy these wonderful images on your wall. Large (23″ x 32″) posters printed on coated stock and varnished for protection. Choice of two images. $20 each or $35 for both

For the cyclist who loves looking at beautiful bikes:

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Our Calendar of Classic Bicycles 2014 features beautiful studio photographs of classic bicycles. A magnificent René Herse on the cover leads into a year’s worth of racing machines and cyclotouring bikes. $15 (Quantities are limited.)

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The Competition Bicycle features stunning full-color photographs and insightful texts that chart the development of the bicycle. Marvel at a rare racing high-wheeler. Smile about the amazing Labor “Monobras” with its single fork leg. Admire Fausto Coppi’s Tour de France-winning Bianchi. Join the Paris newspaper couriers in their races across the cobblestones of Paris. Relive the exploits of Greg LeMond and Andy Hampsten as you examine the details of their bikes. 176 pages, hardcover, $50

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The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles: If your cyclist 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

For the cyclist planning their 2013 season:

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Tires are not just a better gift than socks. These Grand Bois and Compass tires will bring a smile on your cyclist’s face, over and over again. Now also available in superlight “Extra Léger” models. Ask them what size they need. $120 – 196 (pair)

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The latest headlights offer wider beams and more even illumination for more cycling enjoyment. It’s a great upgrade if your cyclist rides a lot at night. If they still use battery lights, get them a generator hub, too, and never worry again whether they’ll be safe when they get caught in the dark. $ 64 – 194

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Handlebar Bag: Perhaps your cyclist has been dreaming of the convenience of a handlebar bag. The Gilles Berthoud bags are beautiful and durable. Your cyclist also may need a front rack and a decaleur. They’ll wonder how they ever rode without a front bag. $148 and up

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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. $149

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Waterbottle cages: Nitto and Iribe cages combine beauty and function – a great addition to any bike. Add a Compass Water Bottle to make it a complete set. $60 and up

For the urban rider:

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Everyday Bicycling provides an easy-to-read, yet in-depth introduction to riding your bike in the city. Every cyclist should read it, then pass it on to somebody else. 127 pages, paperback. $10.

For the technically-minded cyclist:

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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.

Still don’t know what to give?

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A Compass Water Bottle will make any cyclist happy. Our Camelbak bottles are so much better to use than most water bottles. BPA-free and taste-free. $10

Have a happy holiday season!

About Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly

I love cycling and bicycles, especially those that take us off the beaten path. I edit Bicycle Quarterly magazine, and occasionally write for other publications. One of our companies, Bicycle Quarterly Press publishes cycling books, while Compass Bicycles Ltd. makes and distributes high-quality bicycle components for real-world riders.
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