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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

About the author: Jordan Villella

Jordan comes from the steep streets of Pittsburgh PA, where he learned to dodge cars and rip single track. He has been involved in nearly every aspect of the cycling industry: from turning wrenches, store design, clothing production and bike park creation. Jordan spends his free time racing cross country and cyclocross around North America, though he has been know to enduro every now and then. His love of cycling is only second to his love of his family and punk rock.

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  • Ben says:

    Can it be used in a tire that was previously running latex or other sealant or does it have to be a new tire?

    • Simon says:

      Hi – I’m a roadie (sorry), but can answer that. I recently tried to prolong the life of my Mavic UST yksion tubeless – my rear tyre had picked up a load of flint cuts through a bad winter and over about 2k miles. It had a number of slow punctures, some of which I could see and were sealing themselves with the Mavic own brand latex sealant, and others weren’t. I wasn’t sure what volume was left given they tyres had been on the wheel for about 5 months, so I added some of the Finish Line Kevlar stuff. If anything, I think this made the air loss worse (still nothing that would instantly kill a ride, but deflation over a 12hr+ period). So I removed tyre, removed the obvious traces of latex and hosed it off. Reinstalled with Finish Line Kevlar stuff. More difficult to seat the tyre this time round (probably because it was having to re-fill all the re-opened holes), but with a shot at c.140psi it was fine. The next two rides it spat a few mls of the fluid out over my seatpost, but no kevlar bits emerged, and no noticeable air loss. So thus far it looks like a) the Finish Line stuff is working, and b) you definitely need to make sure your tyres are a latex-free zone before you use it. I’m now certain to gain a catastrophic blowout / valve leak on the way home having said all that…

  • Joseph Graf says:

    Looks like it is probably the same stuff. This is from the Amazon questions and answers section: For off-road motorcycle tires you can use our MULTI SEAL Sportsman Formula.
    For mountain bike tubeless tires, pick up MULTI SEAL’s bicycle formula. Ask your local bike shop for Finish Line Tubeless Tire Sealant.
    If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call 1-800-577-3353 to talk with someone on our technical team or send an email to

  • Nick says:

    Just spoke to the guys at Multi Seal and apparently they worked with Finish Line to develop the product for Mountain Bike use. They stated that the ratios of the fibers are different than their Sportsman products (e.g. ATV’s, etc…). He said that the biggest challenge was the air volume of MTB tires being so different than their other applications. He recommended using the Finish Line product for MTB use and not to purchase the Multi Seal product.

  • BK says:

    Very cool. Along with all my mountain bike tires, this may get me to switch over to tubeless on my road bike as well.

  • DWM says:

    I like FlexSeal. I can use it in my gutters too…

  • Coyote W.E. says:

    Got it a week ago.
    Got it on Race King (rear) and Schwalbe Racing Ralph (front).
    A large screw was removed, lost 50% of the sealant but got back on the bike for another 15 miles. (in 10 minutes. No pump or any action was requiered. Tyer pressure remains)
    No issues, clean and works perfectly.
    Highly recommended.

  • willie goat says:

    I tied the stuff today on a new Nobby Nic and it never held air completely. Thought maybe riding would help, but 10 miles in, flatted, re=inflated, was almost flat at the end of the ride. Going back to Stan’s.

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