Need some ideas for the dad in your life who travels on two wheels? Key categories of Father’s Day gifts for cyclists that smartly answer his needs include bikes (always!), outerwear, tools, books and tech. We’ve included some thought-starters here. And remember that a pick he wouldn’t splurge on for himself will make his day.
Clockwise from top left:
Cannondale Quick 1 Disc Bicycle, $1,300 This versatile bike is a good choice for shorter commutes and fitness riding. The aluminum frame is lightweight for easy lifting into your apartment building. Commuter-friendly features include a more natural, upright riding position, ergonomic grips and a comfortable saddle. Plus, flex zones in the rear triangle help absorb shock and vibration on urban streets. Disc brakes add stopping power, especially in wet weather, and reflective details deliver 360 night visibility. The bike also accommodates fenders and racks.
Showers Pass Elite 2.1 Jacket, $249 Water-proof and wind-proof, yet breathable, this jacket, constructed of 3-layer ripstop fabric, has the all-weather bases covered. Vents at the back, underarms and cuffs, plus two-way zipper help cool the body in warmer temperatures, generous rear and front (with media port) pockets carry essentials and reflective details support safety.
Silca HX-One Home and Travel Essentials Kit, $125 For bicycle repairs and adjustments, nothing is more elemental than a hex key set. Packaged in a handsome beech wood box, this kit takes on every fastener on a bike. It includes 8 hex keys, a bit adaptor and 10 steel bits. The red polymer coatings are for a sure grip.
Paul Smith’s Cycling Scrapbook, $32.35 Lovers of of design and cycling meet at the intersection of this volume by the British fashion designer and tastemaker. A crash early in life ended Smith’s racing ambitions, but he recently returned to that world. This personal, photo-packed book highlights Smith’s collection of cycling memorabilia, and highlights the cyclists and races that fuel his passion and help inspire his designs and collaborations. Welcome on coffee tables everywhere.
Boombotix Rex Wireless Speaker, $59 Boombots packs a ton of high-quality sound technology into a small package, giving Dad the power to pedal to the beat of his favorites tunes and to keep in touch by answering phone calls without having to reach for his smartphone. The Rex is compatible with any Bluetooth enabled device and clips securely to a bag strap, pocket or jacket. The old-school, faux woodgrain (shown) is just one of many finish and color options.
Finally, here’s a gift that’s both priceless and free: Whatever bike ride would make Dad happiest on his special day.
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