For me, every day starts and ends with a bike ride. I commute to and from work, and I also organize the BikeTrain  group rides in Manhattan and Brooklyn. My list of holiday gifts for bicycle commuters below is based on my own solutions to fending off the cold, carrying my things, staying visible on the road and (of course!) doing it all in style. With a few essential pieces of gear, bicycle commuting can be carefree and fun all year long. When shopping for city cycling accessories, look for pieces that look good on and off the bike, and that offer water resistance, wool or technical fiber content, reflectivity and durability. Ultimately, what could be more thoughtful than a gift of warmth and comfort for friends and family members who ride bikes?

Top photo: Fifo Cycle Blériot Reversible Wool Cycling Hat, Hunting Plaid and Rust Twill, fits under a helmet, $92 (photo by Brett Wood)
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  • Ortlieb Back-Roller Classic Waterproof Panniers, $170/pair

  • Cleverhood Waterproof Electric Houndstooth Cape with reflective thread for night visibility, $239

  • Vespertine Road Hog Oyster Vest, water-resistant cotton/linen with reflective details, $228

  • Rapha Winter Wool Collar seals out drafts at the neck, $40

  • Knog USB-Rechargeable Cross Blinder 4 Light, $44.95

  • Planet Bike Cascadia ATB Fenders protect clothing and bike frame from rain and slush, $54.99/pair

  • Outlier Women’s Daily Riding Pant, 4-way stretch twill, $188

  • Smartwool Balaclava fits under a helmet, $40

  • Louis Garneau SuperShield Gloves for maximum cold protection, $59

  • Burberry Check Merino Wool Scarf (hint: wrap several times for warmth or pull it up over your nose for wind protection), $295

2 Responses to 10 Holiday Gifts for Bicycle Commuters

  1. Anita says:

    Fifo Cycle caps for the win! It’s my favorite piece of #bikenyc clothing.

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