2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Genius stocking stuffers under $50

Affordable gift ideas that every mountain biker needs — or wants

Apparel Gear Holiday Gift Guide

2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Figuring out holiday gift ideas for enthusiasts can be a challenge. How do you know what’s really good? How do you know if the mountain biker on your list already has something? Are you going to have to take out a second mortgage to surprise or impress your favorite rider? Well, here are a few affordable, small gift ideas. And don’t forget, you can always help support your local economy by finding out what bike shop is your cyclist’s favorite and buy them a gift card.

Pactimo Quick Release Changing Kilt

Pactimo Quick Release Changing Kilt

Pactimo has a brand new product that makes a lot of sense. Called the Quick Release Changing Kilt, it gives you a bit of privacy when switching to your bike clothes when a restroom isn’t available. The Kilt has a silicone gripper and low profile velcro closure to keep it securely in place. It is available in four colors: multi (shown), red, manic/black, black. Of course, like many of Pactimo’s offerings, the Quick Release Changing Kilt is customizable in your bike club or team’s colors. Price: $25 | More info at www.pactimo.com

EEKOE Signature Series Crew Bamboo Socks

EEKOE Signature Series Crew Bamboo Socks

This sock has been a startling revelation for us, as nature delivers one amazing textile material in bamboo fibers. The wicking properties of this sock are quite impressive, as our feet stayed dry and odor free even after long rides. They control temperature as well, keeping feet warm on cold days and cool on hot days. And finally, construction is very well done as the stocks stay up in place and the seamless toe box never causes discomfort. Price: $14 | More info at www.eekoe.com

IMBA 2016 Mountain Bike Calendar

2016 IMBA Mountain Bike Calendar

IMBA stands for the International Mountain Bicycling Association and regardless of whether your mountain biker is a member or not, the 2016 IMBA Wall Calendar will make a great gift. You’ll need to donate $40 or more to the IMBA Annual Fund to receive the calendar. But remember, you are donating to the single biggest organization for the expansion and growth of mountain biking world wide. You can’t put a price on positive trail mojo. Price: $40 | More info at www.imba.com

White Lightning Chain Cleaner Kit and Chain Lube Kit

White Lightning Chain Cleaner Kit and Chain Lube Kit

These two kits from White Lightning go hand-in-hand. First, the Bicycle Chain Cleaner Kit makes cleaning fast and mess free. Follow that up with the White Lightning No-Mess Chain Lube Kit with the all conditions Epic Ride lube and applicator. These will help your favorite cyclist save time and keep things clean around the garage. Both products work equally well on road bikes as well as mountain bikes. Price: $15 for the Chain Cleaner Kit, $13 for the Chain Lube Kit | More info at www.whitelightningco.com

SKS Flapguard Fender

SKS Flapguard Fender

SKS makes fenders of all kinds and they have a new mountain bike specific fender called the Flapguard Fender that is a simple and lightweight. It can be mounted on the front or rear and works with most forks and will fit 26″, 27.5″, 29″ and plus wheels. If the mountain biker on your list likes to play in the mud, these are a must-have. Price: $15 each | More info at www.sks-germany.com

Fabric Cageless Water Bottle

Fabric Cageless Water Bottle

We discovered the Fabric Cageless Water Bottle earlier this year and found it to be one of those products where you say, Why didn’t we think of that? It is a very simple, yet functional design that eliminates the need for a water bottle cage and helps keep the lines of your bike clean. The Fabric 600 ML bottle stays secure even after months of usage. It does require a bit of learning to get the correct placement for taking the bottle on and off, but it is in no way difficult. It comes in a variety of sizes and there is a larger version coming soon. Price: $15 | More info at usa.fabric.cc

Colorado MTB Guide Books

Colorado MTB Guide Books by Holly Annala

Colorado is a booming mountain biking destination and two great guide books from author Holly Annala can help anyone plan a dream vacation. Mountain Bike Crested Butte, Gunnison & Salida Singletrack covers those areas and explains in detail all the trail options, including options for beginners as well as high altitude epic adventures. Mountain Bike Durango, Cortez, Dolores and Rico Singletrack covers those areas in-depth, and she shares her 20+ years of living in Colorado with her fellow mountain bikers for all to enjoy. Price: $16 for Crested Butte, Gunnison & Salida Singletrack; $17 for Durango, Cortez, Dolores and Rico Singletrack | More info at www.amazon.com/Mountain-Crested-Gunnison-Salida-Singletrack and www.amazon.com/Mountain-Durango-Cortez-Dolores-Singletrack

unReal Mountain Bike movie DVD+Bluray or download

unReal Mountain Bike movie DVD+Bluray or download

From the folks that brought us “From the Inside Out”, “Arrival” and “Strength in Numbers”, Anthill Films created the hottest video for 2015 simply titled “unReal”. Featuring such riders as Thomas Vanderham, Steve Smith, Brandon Semenuk, Brett Rheeder, Cam McCaul and more this flick will not disappoint. For a gift to put under the tree, the DVD+Bluray is available but this is a great last minute gift as it is available for download on iTunes or Amazon Video ($13). Price: $30 for DVD and Blu-Ray Combo Pack | More info at anthillfilms.com

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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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