2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Tools for mountain bikers

Tools and gear to keep your bikes in shape or to help you on the trail

Buyer's Guides Gear Holiday Gift Guide

Winter time is a good time for the enthusiast mountain biker to upgrade or tune-up their favorite ride. Cold, rainy days offer the chance to stay inside, sip some warm cocoa and wrench. With that in mind, here are a few gift suggestions for the DIY cyclist and a few gift suggestions to help them when they are out on the trail as well.

Lezyne - RAP 21 LED multi-tool

Lezyne RAP 21 LED

Lezyne has come up with a cool twist on their popular line of RAP multi-tools. New for this year, they have added a compact 1 lumen LED light tool tip. The Lezyne RAP 21 LED light body is made of CNC machined aluminum and is activated by a on-off twist operation. If you ever get stuck on the trail after dark without your lights, this just might do the trick. Don’t want to carry something this big? The RAP LED also comes in a RAP 15 and RAP 7 version. $34.99

Park Tool - IR1 Internal Routing Kit

Park Tool – IR-1 Internal Routing Kit

Internal cable routing looks trick and helps keep a bike’s lines nice and sleek. But when it comes time to change or upgrade your cables, internal routing can be a real pain. Park Tool’s new IR-1 Internal Routing Kit comes to the rescue. It uses magnets to easily route your internal cables. The kit includes 3 unique fittings designed to thread electrical cables, brake and shifter cables and housings, and liners. The design is simple yet effective. $59.95

Bontrager - TLR Flash Charger

Bontrager – TLR Flash Charger floor pump

From the very first time we laid eyes upon the TLR Flash Charger, we knew it was something special. We have been using this Bontrager pump with great success, as it makes seating tubeless tires a breeze. You pump up the “charge” and then release it all at once in a “flash”. No noisy compressor needed. $119.99

Effetto Mariposa - Doppio Espresso

Effetto Mariposa – Espresso Doppio

Espresso Doppio isn’t something to drink before your ride (okay, maybe it is, but not this one). Here, we are referring to the double-size inflate and repair canister made by Italian brand Effetto Mariposa. The 125ml cartridge is designed to fill large volume MTB tires which makes it a ride saver if you slash a sidewall during a ride. The Espresso Doppio uses the same formula as Effetto Mariposa’s popular Caffelatex, so the sealant can last up to 3 to 6 months. $17.95

Fix It Sticks

Fix It Sticks – T-handle multi-tool

Fix It Sticks are a unique alternative to the traditional multi-tool. Two metal handles and a handful of bits come together to form a T-shaped problem solver that’s great for dealing with road- or trail-side repairs. $35

Trail Tools

Folding Saw & Folding Shovel

Winter riding means wet conditions and wind, which sometimes combine to cause downed trees or debris. Perhaps not as useful as a Mattock or McLeod but a lot easier to carry, a folding saw and folding shovel can help when there is trail damage that needs to be cleared. But remember to avoid IMBA’s 10 Most Common Trail Building Mistakes. What’s rule #1? Always get the land managers permission before doing any trail clearing or building. $20-$25 at Home Depot/Lowe’s/OSH

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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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  • Larry says:

    Caffelatex, as useful as coffee in tubeless tires.

  • trailsnail says:

    I agree with Art Cyclery multi tools are a good stocking stuffer. It’s good to see a list of reasonable gifts rather than a bunch of mega expensive carbon stuffs. Nice job MTBR.

  • Jeni Jones says:

    Thanks for this list. I’m not kidding when I say I dread holidays and birthdays when it comes to shopping for my husband. He wants bike stuff. I don’t know anything about bike stuff. He also works in the industry and gets most of the stuff he needs at a better price than I can get. But today at lunch he mentioned this article and that it had some cool stuff. I’m a good wife so I listened and literally just bought everything on this list. For real. Thanks again.

    • Gregg Kato says:

      Awesome! Glad to hear we could help you out, Jeni! My wife has the same problem (doesn’t know bike stuff and I can get it for a better price than she can). One year she contacted my boss to get an industry deal on a real nice set of bike tools, unbeknownst to me. She was tired of me always hanging out at my buddies’ garages to wrench, so she figured if I had all my own tools, I’d be wrenching at home more! Haha. It worked.

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