With Father’s Day approaching, velojoy asked leading makers of cycling apparel and accessories, as well as popular New York City Bike shops, for recommendations geared to dads who ride their bikes in the city. Here are 8 gift ideas, plus a bonus, that are sure to please your man-about-town:
1. Larry Wallach, manager, Sid’s Bikes – Chelsea
Spot Brand Ajax Belt-Drive Commuter Bicycle, $1,699
For the strong and silent type, the Ajax (above) is equipped with an advanced Gates CenterTrack Carbon Belt Drive system. No chain, no lube, no mechanical noise. It’s equipped with a Shimano Alfine 8-speed internal hub, Shimano mechanical disc brakes, and custom Spot Brand frame, fork, dropout and chain guard.
2. Brett Cleaver, bicycle racer and partner in Gage + Desoto
Dead Flowers 1964 T-Shirt, $35
Gage + Desoto teamed with T-shirt designer Dead Flowers to incorporate the latter’s iconic skull motif into a classic Tour de France moment: Jacques Anquetil and Raymond Poulidor battling elbow-to-elbow up the Puy de Dome on July 12, 1964.
3. Chad Selberg, sales associate, NYC Velo
Bianchi Pista Via Brera Fixed-Gear Bicycle, $829
If Dad has been craving an urban fixed-gear ride, the Pista Via Brera satisfies right out of the box. It offers the smooth ride of a butted steel frame, front and rear brakes, and the versatility of a convertible rear wheel. Beautifully outfitted with a crossbar, cork grips, suede saddle and steel clips with cream toe straps.
4. Michael Firn, retail brand specialist, Brooks England LTD
Brooks Islington Rucksack, $380
Constructed of water-resistant cotton canvas and vegetable-tanned leather, this versatile bag is a great choice for both city riding and ranging farther afield. Dad will appreciate the comfortable, innovative strap system that can be worn crisscrossed, or with one strap around the waist to help stabilize a big haul.
5. Tyler Clemens, co-founder, Outlier Tailored Performance
Outlier 4Season OG Pant, $188
Help dad get to work in comfort and style. These durable, classic pants, designed and tailored specifically for commuters, are soft, quick-drying and stain resistant for an effortless transition from bike to office. Available in five colors.
6. Derek DeBoer, manager, Bicycle Habitat
Light and Motion Vis 180 Rear-Mounting LED Bike Light, $110
Keep Dad safe after dark with the newest high-tech bike light. This super-bright unit (35 lumens of visibility) shines 180 degrees for added visibility on city streets. Its Lithium-Ion battery recharges at home or at the office via USB cable. For hard-core commuters, a sophisticated helmet-mounted version, the Vis 360, is available too.
7. Julie Hirschfeld, owner, Adeline Adeline
Linus Roadster Sport, $579
A classic gentleman’s bicycle for commuting or just riding around town, this roadster is equipped with a 3-speed Shimano internal hub. Stylish and easygoing, it’s ready to ride in three colors with leather hand grips, fenders, rear rack, bell and kickstand.
8. Mike Sprigs, editor, Rapha Survey
Rapha Short Sleeve Shirt, $110
A hot summer in the city just got cooler with this soft, cotton-rich shirt that offers a hint of comfy stretch, wicks moisture and dries in a snap. It’s loaded with cyclist-approved design details like forward-facing shoulder seams to prevent rubbing from a bag strap, a covered front chest panel to protect buttons and a rear pocket for phone or keys.
9. BONUS! velojoy, New York City cycling blogger
If Dad waxes poetic about Chris King headsets, this is the cycling book for him. British journalist and avid cyclist Robert Penn details his quest for the perfect bicycle — not the fastest, nor most expensive, but the one that’s made just for him — appreciatively unspooling the rich culture, history and science of cycling along the way.