24 no-risk suggestions for the dirty person in your life
Here are 24 solid ideas for gifts for that mountain biker in your life. Every budget and every type of mountain biker is catered for here.
Or if you are that mountain biker yourself, send this page to the person who needs help choosing you a decent prezzie.
Gifts for mountain bikers
In ascending order of price, here are our top twenty pics of gifts that any mountain biker would be happy to find under the (bicycle-themed) wrapping paper…
1. One bike, two bikes, three bikes, more! mug
Try and ignore the road bike graphic and concentrate on the message instead. You can never have too many bikes. Amen to that. An ideal mug for use at home or in the workplace.
Currently available for £13.00
2. Viewranger smartphone mapping gift voucher
Although proper GPS devices with built in mapping are great, they are extremely expensive (and that’s before you even start buying the mapping tiles – ouch!) More and more riders are turning to their smartphones to be their on trail ‘satnav’. And the Viewranger smartphone app is widely regarded as the best navigational app out there for mountain biking. The app is free but the map zones cost money. That’s what this gift voucher will get you – Ordnance Survey’s fabulous mapping.
Currently available from £15.00
3. e.thirteen tubeless valves
Pieces of jewellery that are probably something you’d never buy normally but once you’ve got them they turn out to be really rather useful. They’ll fit any tubeless rim (via different o-rings). They’re lighter than bog standard steel valves. The best thing about them though – other than being available in colours – is that it’s quick and easy to unscrew the valve core and the remaining valve body is wider bore than normal. This makes it easier and more consistent to inflate tricky tyre/rim combinations.
Currently available for £25.96
4. Wera Multi Colour Ball End Hexagon Key Set
No one needs these. But everyone wants them. The colour coding of the tools can be useful sometimes but at the end of the day, it’s just nice to have some colour in your toolbox and in your grimy hands as you fettle your bike. And if you’re still using your multitool for working on your bike at home – STOP IT! Get some proper stay-at-home ball-ended Allen keys and make life easier for yourself. You’ll not regret it.
Currently available for £19.99
5. Subscription to mbr
Why subscribe to MBR magazine? Because we’ve got something for every budget and every type of rider. 13 times a year, you’ll be getting the best bike and product testing, four free route guides from all over the UK; riding advice, fitness tips, exclusive first looks at new equipment, our buyers guide and foolproof lessons on how to fix your bike. That’s why.
Currently available for £22.49
6. X-Tools torque wrench set
A tool to make sure you aren’t over-tightening or under-tightening your nuts and bolts. This is one of those tools that’s always on riders’ lists to get one day. But that day never comes because torque wrenches are usually a tad on the expensive side and there’s always something shinier to buy instead.
Currently available for £28.49
7. Uplift day gift voucher – from £32.00
A day spent doing nothing but descending. And progressing your skills. It’s amazing how much better you can get at descending when you spend a concentrated day doing but that on a bunch of fun tracks that allow sessioning and ample variation to stop it becoming dull. A great prezzie and something to look forward to in the spring.
8. Coffee subscription – £75.00
Bikes and beans go together like tea and biscuits. This is a primo caffeine dealer who will send out a specially selected pack of new beans to you every couple of weeks complete with all sorts of tasting notes and info as to where and how the beans the grown and roasted etc.
Currently available from £75.00
9. Mobi V-15 portable pressure washer
The concept of the portable washer is brilliant — rinse your bike at the end of the ride before the mud dries, and that weekly winter wash becomes a chore no more.
Currently available for £89.99
10. Personalised Ordnance Survey map
Did yo know you can get proper OS map based around specific locations such as your house post code? Well, you can. And very handy they are too for exploring your local trail network. Especially useful if someone lives on the edge of an exisitng OS map and needs multiple maps for navigating.
Currently available for £16.99
Stylish and contemporary designer art prints of the world’s best trails. A simple idea executed extremely well.
Currently available for £15.00
12. Torq mince pie flavour energy bars
Mince pie flavoured energy bars! What more do you need to know?
Currently available for £26.35 (box of 15 bars)
13. Yes, socks
For those unfortunate people who don’t ride mountain bikes, getting socks for Christmas is something of a downer. But if you’re a mountain biker and you get some suitably on-trend and rad riding socks, it’s a very wonderful thing.
Currently available for £16.00
14. Strava Premium
You can buy Strava Premium for someone else. Americans call it ‘gifting’ but that doesn’t feel right to us Brits. Anyway, buying someone Strava Premium may result in them never relaxing on a ride ever. You have been warned.
Currently available for £39.99 (annual subscription)
15. Silca Italian Army Knife
The world didn’t need any more cycling multi tools. And then the Silca Italian Army Knife came along. The world still doesn’t need any more multi tools but the world most certainly wants this one. Gorgeous.
Currently available for £30.00
16. Clas Ohlson Shoe Dryer
Soggy shoes – especially flat pedal shoes like Five Tens – are the bane of all British mountain bikers. Banish damp shoes with this excellent device. Built-in timer and two power/heat settings.
Currently available for only £24.99
17. Big bobble hat
The power of the bobble compels you! Many different designs available.
Currently available for £20.00
18. Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair
This is a gift that is not only extremely useful but can also save the lucky recipient a bundle of money over the ensuing years. YouTube videos are all well and good but sometimes you need something written down, step-by-step with clear photographs.
Currently available for £24.29
19. Sick Bicycle CO T-shirt
Yes, Sick Bicycles make bikes but they also make most excellent apparel. Loads of T-shirt designs and a bundle of hoodie designs too.
Currently available for £19.99
20. Custom stem cap
Choose one of many existing designs 0 such as this Homer-tastic donut design above – or design your very own stem cap using an online builder.
Currently available for £24.95
21. Invisiframe premium frame protection
Keep someone’s new pride and joy looking sharp – and retain a greater resale value – by getting an Invisiframe protection kit. Another idea is to book them in with a bike wrapping service.
Currently available for £47.99
22. OneUp EDC Tool System
One of the most talked about new fangled gadgets of 2017, OneUp’s unique hidden-in-the-steerer multitool is an enduro racer’s dream. It’s not cheap once you add in the requisite steerer threading tool but it’s something that will never get tired of being used.
Currently available for $59.00
23. Schwalbe Tyre Tread Cutters
Do you know someone who spends whole evening’s snuggling up to their collection of tyres? Do they spend whole rides/days/weekends/holidays discussing durometers? This is the tool for them.
Currently available for £19.99
24. Fox Camo Wallet
Currently available for £12.99
Everyone needs money and everyone needs somewhere to store said money. Don’t go the boring route and get something from M&S or Debenhams, get your significant other a proper bike-branded cash carrying device.