2020 SloHi Holiday Gift Guide

2020 SloHi Holiday Gift Guide

Bikers are funny people (ask us how we know). Most of us have way too many opinions on the gear we making it really hard for family and friends to find the right gifts for the cyclist in the family. Conversely, SloHi has a reputation has a reputation as an inclusive shop for new bikers and we've welcomed so many of you to cycling this year. If you're new to biking you may not know what to ask for this holiday season, and that's just fine, that's why we're here.

What to buy the cyclist in your family?

Bikers are funny people (ask us how we know). Most of us have way too many opinions on the gear we making it really hard for family and friends to find the right gifts for the cyclist in the family. Conversely, SloHi has a reputation has a reputation as an inclusive shop for new bikers and we've welcomed so many of you to cycling this year. If you're new to biking you may not know what to ask for this holiday season, and that's just fine, that's why we're here.

 

Let this guide serve as our personal recommendations for new bikers as well as seasoned cyclists this holiday season. If that special someone is especially opinionated, a gift card is always a safe bet. After all, we can order anything they want and have it here within a day or two.

 

Gifts under $25

Multitool - Bicycle multitools are one of the first accessories we recommend for new riders. They’re also a safe gift for any cyclist in the family. You can never have enough multitools, just stash them everywhere so you always have one close to hand.

 

Multicolor handlebar grips and bar tape

Grips / bartape - Swapping out grips or bartape is the easiest way to freshen up the appearance of a well-loved bike. Stay safe with black grips or go wild and compliment your frame with a colored accent.

 

Timber Bell for MTBs and city bikes

Timber Bell - If you ask us, bells are mandatory riding gear no matter what kind of bike you’re on. The Timber Bell is a staff favorite since it rings continuously until you turn it off. This lets you keep both hands on the bars and brakes while the bell notifies everyone in the vicinity that you’re arriving soon.

 

Gifts under $50

Rechargeable headlight - High-powered headlights increase your safety and visibility with reduced daylight. The newest ones are so small and easy to charge with a USB cable, saving you money on battery replacements.

Headlight and taillight combinations, some are USB rechargeable

 

Floor pump - At long last we finally have floor pumps in stock. If you know someone who picked up cycling this year and still doesn’t have a floor pump, this is the perfect lifelong gift. A quality floor pump prevents pinch flats and allows them to dial in the best ride quality of their bike via specific tire pressure.

 

Bicycle U-lock and extension cable

U-Lock and cable - A solid u-lock is the best way to defend your bike from would-be thieves and the additional cable secures your wheels. If you’re not a city biker, these are great things to carry in the car to secure your bike at the campsite, brewery, or restaurant.

 

Gifts under $100

Basic Tuneup - The SloHi Basic Tune is recommended after a season of riding bikes. Our mechanics adjust the shifting and brakes, bringing everything back up to like-new performance. Then we finish with a bike wash so the bike looks as new as it feels.

JPaks SnakPak - This made-in-Denver top-tube bag is large enough to carry a ride’s worth of snacks or other things you may want easy access to while riding. We have standard prints in stock but if you have something wild in mind, check out the JPaks workshop in person at our City Park location.

 

Adult and kids bicycle helmets

Helmet - Like floor pumps, bicycle helmets were in high demand and low supply for most of this year. We now have an amazing selection of helmets from Giant, Kali, and Lazer. We recommend replacing a helmet after three years of use. Extended UV exposure can weaken the performance of the plastic and foam materials, reducing the safety of your helmet.

 

Gifts under $200

Standard Tune-up - Our Standard Tune is the ticket for a bike that’s been ridden hard and put away wet all season. In addition to the Basic Tune, our mechanics will true both of the wheels and lubricate all cables, ensuring a great ride well into the future.

Fresh tires - If you’re planning on riding through the winter, you’ll likely want to run different tires than what you would run during warmer months.

  • City / cargo / commuter bikers may want to consider picking up studded winter tires which improve traction in icy conditions. If biking in the snow isn’t your idea of fun, upgraded touring tires can keep flats at bay, getting you back to a warm home sooner.

 

Winter tire recommendations for road bikers

  • Road bikers will definitely want to run some heavier tires for the winter season, adding puncture resistance for crummy road conditions. Some tires, like the Continental Grand Prix 4 Season, have rubber compounds designed specifically for colder and wetter roads.

 

Winter tire recommendations for gravel and mountain bikers

  • Gravel / mountain bikers typically install tires with more open tread patterns in the off-season. These tires will roll slower but offer better control and traction on occasional snow, mud, and ice.

 

Commuter kit (rack, panniers, fenders) - This accessory bundle makes bike commuting and city biking so much more civilized compared to wearing a backpack. Fenders will keep you and your bike clean in the wetter months and most panniers are waterproof, keeping your lunch, layers, and laptop dry.

 

We hope this guide helps you pick out some good gifts for the cyclists in your family. This is intended as a guide but if you have any questions about particular products or really targeted gifts, get in touch for personal recommendations.

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