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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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  • 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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