Keen mountain bikers love to have the latest bike gear, but can be equally pleased by practical gifts to replace worn-out items or protect their trusty steeds from natural elements like mud and rain.

Before buying a gift for a mountain biker, it’s always a good idea to find out what might be needed. Is a new bike part high on the wish list; are they always complaining about having to fix punctures with a tiny little hand pump; or has that hydration bladder sprung a terminal leak? Once the detective work has been done, just use the ideas in this article to find the perfect gift.

Practical Mountain Bike Gifts

There are some essential bits of mountain bike gear that wear out on a regular basis:

– Cycle gloves
– Hydration bladder or even a new hydration pack if budget allows
– Bike socks
– Water bottles
– Cleats for clipless pedals
– Knobbly tires
– Mini hand track pump for super fast trailside puncture repairs
– Slime tire sealant
– Good quality shackle lock.

These useful cold weather items might stop a rider from being just a “fair weather biker:”

– Long fingered insulated gloves
– Mudguards
– Waterproof socks, like those offered by Sealskinz
– Single speed conversion kit – for maintenance free winter riding
– Lightweight waterproof jacket
– Fleece-lined padded cycling pants

DIY Gift Boxes for Mountain Bikers

If budgets are tight, a DIY gift box packed full of mountain bike goodies is a unique affordable present. Shop around throughout the year to pick up essential gear and bargain, end of season items like saddles, inner tubes, socks, bar end grips, phone holders, energy drink sachets, sweat bands or even a new MTB helmet. Online cycle retailers almost always have clearance stock, especially on essential bike parts, so shop wisely to save money.

Another option is to take the rider’s favorite cycling photographs and turn them into an original desk calendar using one of the many online photo printing sites like Vistaprint.

Latest Cycle Gadgets

Those with a higher budget or someone looking for a great mountain bike gift for that special someone could consider:

– Head cam for the rider to record thrilling rides as they happen
– GPS for adventurous riders who sometimes get lost
– Sunglasses with built-in Bluetooth capability like the Oakley O ROKR™ model
– Personalized bike bag with wheels for easy transportation overseas
– Custom engraved iPod.

Useful Gifts for Mountain Bikers

Don’t be stuck for gift ideas this holiday season. Just use the above suggestions to replace a mountain biker’s worn out bike gear, pull together a DIY gift box of bargain bike bits or, if budgets allow, choose one of the latest cycle gadgets.

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Keen mountain bikers love to have the latest bike gear, but can be equally pleased by practical gifts to replace worn-out items or protect their trusty steeds from natural elements like mud and rain. Before buying a gift for a mountain biker, it’s always a good idea to find out...