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Five Father’s Day gift ideas for cyclists under $50

Because Dad already has enough neckties and BBQ tools

Buying a Father’s Day gift for dad can be a headache. Rather than giving him a cliché gift such as a new set of BBQ tools or an ugly necktie, try impressing him with one of the following items. Even if you don’t know anything about bikes, you’re almost guaranteed to hit a home run with one of these great gifts.

Maxima SC1 Clear Coat

Maxima SC1 Cleaner

Maxima bills their SC1 cleaner as being a “new bike in a can” and we tend to agree. If you follow the simple instructions, it will leave your bike’s paint gleaming and help prevent future mud accumulation. It also works great on motorcycles and car interiors. Price $10 | More info at

Paul Bottle Opener and Disc Truing Tool

Paul Bottle Opener and Disc Truing Tool

There must be a dozen different ways to open a bottle with your bicycle, but we still love bottle openers. Especially when they’re combined with a handy tool, like a disc truing slot. We’ve been using this one by Paul Components for years. It’s made in Chico, California, and is available in a variety of colors. Price $20 | More info at

Road ID

Road ID

The Road ID is a small customizable metal ID tag that lists your name, medical conditions, contact information, and more. This information could prove invaluable in the case of an accident, although we hope that you’ll never have to “use” it. Price $20 | More info at

Specialized Zee Cage 2 with Tools

Specialized Zee Cage with Tool

Considering how simple a water bottle cages is, you’d be surprised to learn they’re not all created equal. We’ve found this side loading model from Specialized works well both on and off road, and love that it includes a cleverly mounted multi tool. Price $60 | More info at

Spurcycle Bell

Spurcycle Bell

If you ride busy trails, having a bell on your bars is a must. Our favorite is this beautifully designed model from Spurcycle, which also happens to be manufactured right here in the United States. Price: $50 | More info at

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympics, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the Mtbr staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.

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