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Last minute Father’s Day ideas for Dads who ride

Five gifts under $50
Dynaplug Racer Plug Kit

This little tool has become an essential part of our riding kit.

Dynaplug Racer

Flats are an unavoidable fact of life. If the hole is small enough, tire sealant can plug the hole. If it doesn’t, your Dad will be stuck fiddling with an old school inner tube. To help save time (and his expensive tire), buy him a Dynaplug. This little tool works just like a tire plug for your car. You jam it in, trim the excess, and you’re good to go.

The Dynaplug pictured above retails for around $45 USD, but there are cheaper versions available. To learn more, check our story here.

Stem Cap Cover Mtbr

We worked with Stem Cap to create custom bits for our Project Alloy bike.


The Stem Cap is a two piece system that adds some flare to your front end. You can order pre designed plastic caps if you’re short on time or create a custom cap with a picture of the family.

Base price for the Stem Cap system is $18. To learn more, check out our review here.

Rump Beer Blanket

When an ordinary beer koozie won’t cut it.

Rump Beer Blanket

The Rambler Colster from YETI might be the cool “koozie” of the moment, but your Dad will upstage all his buddies when he pulls out this Beer Blanket. Unlike it’s over engineered cousin, this little gem plays nice with every beer and takes up far less room.

The Beer Blanket retails for $8. Learn more at

Yeti Cycles T-shirt

Just make sure you order the right size.

Bike Apparel

An easy to way to stoke Dad out is to buy him his new favorite T-shirt. Start by peeking into the garage, figuring out what brand of mountain bike he’s riding, then head to that brand’s website. Almost every company sells T-shirts, hats, socks, or riding jerseys. If you ask nicely in the “notes section” of the checkout page, you can probably get some extra stickers for free.

Wheelie Challenge

Has your Dad talked longingly about learning how to wheelie? Give him the gift of riding on one wheel with Ryan Leech’s 30 Day Wheelie Challenge. Ryan is a professional trials rider and mountain bike coach (in addition to being one of the world’s nicest guys). His program breaks down each skill required to balance effortlessly into easy to follow lessons.

The full Wheelie Challenge program costs $30 and can be accessed online at any time. Ryan also offers a $20 a month online membership package that gives you access to more courses, including the Bunny Hop Master Class, Baseline Balance Skills, and more. Learn more 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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