12 Holiday Gifts for Bicycle Commuters

bicycle commuting holiday gifts

Last year, red, in all its vibrancy, was the theme of my post on holiday gifts for bicycle commuters. My 2015 inspiration comes from the fashion mainstays favored by New Yorkers: How we love our blacks and grays for their ease, versatility and, yes, elegance. All the better when accented with a metallic gleam or hint of reflectivity. Here are a dozen gift ideas, brimming with originality, design impact and urban utility, to delight the bike lovers in your life this holiday season.

Top row, from left:

Ten Speed Hero Original Photograms, signed 11 x 14 in. images of a Campagnolo Super Record Crankset. Each unique, created by TSH founders Luke Batten and Jonathan Sadler, $100.

Timbuk2 Femme Satchel Backpack, classic with an edge, this versatile, color blog bag accommodates up to a 13-in. laptop and other essentials. Luxe touches include an exterior phone pocket lined with faux fur, $398.

Cleverhood Electric Houndstooth Rain Cape, a classic, engineered for protection against the elements, with reflective thread woven into the waterproof fabric for night visibility, $249

Lower row, from left:

Giro Ash Urban Bicycle Helmet, generous venting for airflow, removable visor and ultrasuede lining for comfort, in transparent pearl silver finish, $130 (sale)

S’well 17-oz. Water Bottle, in stainless steel, keeps beverages hot or cold for 24 hours, for year-around sipping on the go, $42.

Gocycle G2 Electric-Assist Folding Bicycle, a compact, high-tech design conceived by a former engineer for MacLaren, delivers an e-boost to your pedal stroke via integrated micro motor and folds for ease of portability and storage, $4,999.

Gifts for Bicycle Commuters

Top row, from left:

TiGr Mini Bicycle Lock, constructed of strong but lightweight titanium, in a compact (10 ½ in. long by 4 in. wide) size. Designed to secure frame and rear wheel to a bike rack, it comes with frame mounting clip, $99.

Mission Workshop Messenger Bag, limited edition Black Camo Series, a go-to, weatherproof bag for around-town travels, with roll-top and flap-down modes, easy-access exterior packets, internal zip pocket and detachable cross-chest stabilizer; accommodates a 15-in. laptop, $249

CitySeat Bicycle Saddle Cover with removable pad, adds a layer of comfort and protection to your daily ride or spin class. Choose from a variety of patterns; folds up compactly for easy toting in purse or gym bag, $35

Lower row, from left:

Ligne 8 Denver Hooded Pullover blends cold-weather comfort with chic styling. Water-repellant, breathable fabric is bonded with insulating fleece. Bike friendly features include a longer back for coverage, thumb loops, zip pockets and reflective details, $128.

Silca Pocket Impero, the mini (8-in.) version of the venerable Italian floor pump, now made in the U.S. Fits easily into a jersey pocket or a commuter bike bag for on-the-go utility, $120.

Brooklyn Bicycle Co. Willow 7 upright, step-through 7-speed with a chromoly steel frame and internal hub gearing. City-ready with rack and fenders, $749

Photos: Courtesy of manufacturers

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