Note: Part 3 of our ‘4 Shades of Roadie’ Holiday Gift Guide, ‘The Aficionado’ edition offers up a few spot-on suggestions for the cyclist that seemingly has it all. Be sure to check out our gift guides for the Greenhorn and the Aficionado as well.
The Functionalist. Rather than relegate the bike to the garage once the workweek starts, the Functionalist sees the bike as more than just a weekend escape, but rather as useful transportation tool. So instead of that center console caddy you were thinking of getting, make your cyclist’s holiday with any of these gifts that are sure to brighten up the morning commute.
Giro Aspect Helmet
Giro’s new Aspect helmet proves that a performance lid doesn’t have to come in a racy-looking package. Clean lines and understated materials impart the Aspect with a casual demeanor, yet an ultra-suede interior, removable fabric brim and Giro’s top-of-the-line RocLoc Air fit system make sure performance doesn’t suffer either.
A solid jacket can go a long way towards improving the commute experience. Pearl Izumi’s Elite barrier jacket looks to be just that. Offering ample protection against the elements, the Barrier also offers plenty of versatility with its ability to convert to a vest with just a few quick zips.
Club Ride New West Jersey
Technical apparel doesn’t have to advertise itself as such. Case in point: The Club Ride New West Jersey. Technical fabrics and smartly designed features abound, making the New West Jersey the perfect choice for the cyclist who prefers to leave the Lycra at home.
Planet Bike Speedez Fenders
Braving the elements doesn’t have to be such a courageous endeavor with a set of proper fenders. Paired with a good jacket, rain becomes a much less scary proposition. Planet Bike’s Speedez fenders attach in a breeze and offer plenty of adjustment, making them one of the more hassle-free options available.
Giro Republic Shoes
If you’re looking for a cycling shoe that doesn’t yell “Cycling Shoe!” it’s time for you to meet the Republic from Giro. Sporting a muted design, the stylish microfiber uppers pair with a super-stiff DuPont Zytel nylon outsole for a stylish yet functional package perfect for your next pub run—er—commute.
A stereotypically German brand, Abus doesn’t mess around when it comes to theft-protection. With nearly a hundred years in the business under their belts, Abus doesn’t just make locks—they perfect them. The Key Combo lock offers plenty of versatility, along with plenty of protection.
Stocking Stuffer: PDW Alexander Graham Bell
Can you hear me now? While Alexander Graham Bell may be credited with the invention of the telephone, he also lends his name to this little brass number from Portland Design Works. We’re fans of their smartly designed products and this bell is no exception. Featuring an ingenious mounting system and an all-brass bell shell, the note it produces is nothing short of regal.
For more gift ideas, be sure to check out our full list here.