It’s almost that time of year again. Time to find the perfect gift for that special mountain biker in your life. But what do you get the person that seems to have acquired everything they need? We at Owenhouse Cycling got together to create a list of the best gift items for the 2023 holiday season!
Gift #1 A Great Multi-Tool
A multi-tool makes for a really great gift! The great thing about gifting a multi-tool? You can never have too many of them! Leave one in your trail pack, car, garage, kitchen draw, or even attached to your bikes! You never really know when you will need a multi-tool, so it’s a great practice to ensure they are always available!
Crankbrothers M17, M19, & M5
Crankbrothers is leading the industry with unique multi-tools that are packed with ride-saving features. We are big fans of the M17, M19, and M5. The Crankbrothers line-up offers incredible functionality and is available in a range of colors for personalization.
M19 Multi-Tool $37.99
Considered the ultimate trailside companion, the M19 comes with everything included in the M17, but with the addition of a Phillips #1 screwdriver head and T-10 Torx.
M17 Multi-Tool $29.99
The M17 upgrades the tool variety by adding a chain tool, spoke wrenches, even more hex wrenches, Phillips and flat #2 screwdriver heads, an 8mm & 10mm wrench, and T-25 Torx.
M5 Multi-Tool $14.99
The durable M5 multi-tool features 4 hex wrenches and a Phillips #2 screw-driver head. This tool is a good option when you are working with a little space but want to have the usual hex sizes available.
Other Great Tool Brands!
We are proud to offer tools and multi-tools from Park Tool and Blackburn Designs at Owenhouse Cycling. There is no shortage of multi-tool and shop tool options for the passionate cyclist. Stop into Owenhouse Cycling and head over to our tools section to view our selection of bike tools. If you have any questions, our team members would be happy to help you find the right tool for the job!
Gift #2 A Reliable Floor Pump
Floor pumps might not seem like the most exciting gift, but have you ever used a good floor pump? If you mountain bike, odds are you spend a lot of time checking your tires and pumping them up. You start to build an appreciation for a good pump once it becomes a part of your ritual riding routine.
Park Tool Home Mechanic Floor Pump $49.99
The best floor pumps are the ones that continue to work time after time! Park Tool delivers this with the Home Mechanic Floor Pump, along with some special features. Park Tool has taken careful consideration when crafting this floor pump. Additional features like extra large foot pads, a giant, easy-to-read gauge, and a comfortable composite handle make pumping your tires to the right PSI an effortless endeavor. At $49.99, this functional floor pump is a deal.
Gift #3 A Handlebar Bag For Easy Carrying
We have already discussed the importance of having a good multi-tool, but then there’s the question of how to bring it on your ride? A handlebar bag can be a great storage solution for packing multi-tools, snacks, cell phones, wallets, and all sorts of important accessories for a day out on the bike.
Topo Designs Bike Bag $21-$60
We are excited to have multiple styles and color options for the Topo Designs Bike Bag. This versatile handlebar bag provides a place to store tools, tubes, extra clothing layers, and even snacks! Topo Design’s unique bags offer mounting features like daisy chain webbings for attaching bike lights and other gear. When you park your bike, the handlebar bag goes with you by pulling out the strap that turns this bike bag into a functional fanny pack. Stop by the shop today to see our custom colors and styles!
Gift #4 A Subscription To Trailforks
Have you ever been saved by Google Maps while traveling to a new city? Have you ever experienced the advantage of the recommended re-route? Wouldn’t it be great if there was a mountain bike-specific guide that collects user-contributed information and GPS capabilities? Well, as they say, there’s an app for that…
Gift Trailforks PRO $36
Trailforks is well known in the mountain bike community. Their database of community trails is a first-stop resource for most mountain bikers planning their next big ride! Trailforks Pro unlocks map access along with many additional features that mountain bikers love!
- Unlimited access to worldwide offline trails in the APP
- Garmin basemaps and custom print maps
- Global heatmap basemap – (A great tool to see the popular trails)
- Download trail & route GPX files for offline trips.
- The pride of supporting the continued development of Trailforks!
Trailforks has made it even easier to gift a Pro subscription. Just head over to their Gift page to purchase a gift card. The rider receiving the gift will be able to load that gift to their Trailforks account.
Gift #5 Some Butt’r For The Long Rides
Do you have a friend or loved one that is dedicated to long days on the saddle? Let them know you’re looking out for them and their ability to keep riding into the sunset by gifting them some Chamois Butt’r!
Original Anti-Chafe Chamois Butt’r
Are you looking for a non-greasy skin lubricant to help soothe and soften those riding hot spots? Chamois Butt’r is a legend in the industry and has proven its effectiveness when battling ride chafing. Save the day by providing a great solution for enjoying miles and miles of time in the saddle. Chamois Butt’r is available in single-use packages. The single-use packages make for great stocking stuffers and give skeptical riders a chance to give Chamois Butt’r a try. Know a rider that already loves this stuff? Give them an 8oz tube, which will last for plenty of adventures.
Gift #6 A Winter Tune-Up
Did you know that winter is the best time to get your mountain bike in the shop? The lead times are low, and with snow on the trails, the bike isn’t getting much use anyway. The best part is that when spring break comes around and you’re ready to take a mountain biking trip, your trusty steed will be ready to ride like new!
Owenhouse Cycling Standard Tune-up $90
A standard tune-up at Owenhouse Cycling is a timeless classic that will cover everything to keep your geared bike running smoothly. Included in the standard tune-up:
- Bike wash and drivetrain clean
- Adjust hubs, headset, and bottom bracket
- Basic wheel true
- Lube cables and housing
- Brake adjustment
- Shifting adjustment
- Lube chain
- Check and torque all bolts
- Polish frame and tires
A winter tune-up offers an opportunity to have expert mechanics look over your bike. It’s much better to have a mechanic find a part that needs to be replaced or potential failure during a tune-up rather than when you are riding on the trail!
Scheduling a tune-up is easy! Give us a call, or if you would like for the gift recipient to schedule their own appointment, a gift card can be a great solution!
Gift #7 Everyone Loves Great Gloves
Gloves are an underrated accessory for mountain biking. Think about it, you always see them because they are out in front on the bars, and they have a direct connection with the steering of your bike. A good pair of gloves can provide the extra grip where needed and save your hands when taking a spill.
Troy Lee Designs Air Glove $39.99
We are big fans of the Troy Lee Designs Air Gloves! These well-designed gloves are well-tested and provide world-class performance. On top of expert functionality, these gloves are stylish as well! They come in a range of fun colors and designs, making personalization easy!
Pro Tip: The Troy Lee Designs Air Glove will relax a little after a couple of rides. When shopping for the right fit, it’s good to select an option on the smaller size. If you have any questions about sizing, our experienced team members can help find the perfect fit!
Gift #8 Save The Day With A Tubeless Patch Kit
Everyone is running tubeless nowadays. While the sealant can be a lifesaver when you receive slight punctures, every now and then, a patch kit or plug is needed. There’s nothing worse than being miles into a ride and realizing that you don’t have a solution for a puncture or flat. Luckily, we have some great options for every type of riding!
Stop A Puncture with Dynaplug Racer $49.99
Looking for a quick solution to plug punctures while riding on the trail? The Dynaplug Racer is a quick and easy way to plug a hole and continue riding! The racer is available with two tire plugs! Under one cap, you will find the MegaPlug. This plug is 3 times the thickness of a standard plug and is great for larger punctures. Under the other cap, you will find the standard plug. The standard plug fills smaller punctures that are just too big for sealant to fill.
Be Prepared For Anything With A C.G.Designs Strap Kit $19.99
Plugs are great solutions for punctures that are a little too big for sealant to stop, but sometimes you still need an additional backup plan. That’s why it is always a good idea to bring along a tube and inflator kit. We proudly offer a locally-made strap kit to help organize and mount your extra tubes and tools to your bike! The C.G.Designs strap kit is a unique strap kit that will hold all of those important items where they need to be. On your bike! Stop by the shop to learn more about this unique kit. From there, our team can help select tubes, tools, and inflators to ensure you are covered while out exploring the trails!
Gift #9 The Gift Of Energy With Trail Snacks
As we discussed in our last trail snacks blog, trail snacks are essential to any mountain biker’s epic day on the trails! These tasty and sometimes odd snacks can be a lifesaver when exhaustion, cramps, and bonking begin to set in! This year, give the gift of energy with some awesome trail snacks! Did we mention that they make great stocking stuffers too?
Clif Shot Bloks $2.99
Clif Shot Bloks are a fun trail snack that makes for fast and easy energy. They come in a variety of fun flavors and make for great stocking stuffers! We really like the Mountain Berry, Black Cherry, Strawberry, and Salted Watermelon flavors!
Honey Stinger Waffles $1.99
Honey Stinger Waffles are a delicious riding snack! We can’t get enough of the salted caramel flavor option. Regardless of if you are a mountain biker or not, everyone will enjoy a Honey Stinger Waffle.
Multiple Snack Options With Skratch
Scratch Labs is a leader in the cycling nutrition world. Skratch offers sports nutrition options in the form of a hydration mix, protein powders, energy gummies, and much more! In our trail snacks blog, we discuss the many unique ways to introduce Skratch products into your home baking!
Gift #10 Ride In Style With Patagonia
Trail wear has come a long way in the last few years! With the introduction of Patagonia’s mountain bike line-up, we are now seeing mountain bike clothing and gear that can also be used in a casual setting. Now your favorite riding jacket, shirt, or pants can double as your favorite work, commuting, or going out wear.
Hoodini Jacket $99
Looking for a great do-it-all riding jacket? The Hoodini is a favorite of everyone here at the shop! It offers the right amount of water and wind resistance while staying packable. The coolest part of the Hoodini? It’s not made just for riding! This versatile jacket can be used for a day at the office or a night on the town.
Fjord Flannel $99
Looking for a great shoulder season flannel? The Fjord is technically created for Patagonia’s mountain biking line-up, but don’t be surprised if you see people wearing these casual shirts everywhere! The Fjord is great for wearing to the trail, on the trail, and at the brewery while you reminisce on a great day of riding!
R1 Air $119
Looking for a go-to microfleece this season? Look no further than the R1 Air by Patagonia. This casual fleece has an amazing welted pattern that acts as an insulator when doubled with a great jacket! You can wear the R1 Air on the trails or out on the town!
Bonus: Owenhouse Cycling Gift Card
Do all of these items sound so great, making it hard to decide what to get the cyclist in your life? We have a solution for that as well! We have all of these items and more available at Owenhouse Cycling. A gift card will give the power of decision to the receiver! Giving a gift card has never been easier. You can stop into our store, and we can provide a physical card, or you can head over to our ACE Hardware website to purchase an e-gift card. That’s right, an Owenhouse Cycling gift card can also be used at our neighboring Owenhouse Ace store as well!
Bring The Stoke This Holiday Season
What gifts will you be getting for the mountain biker in your life? Any gift ideas we forgot to mention? We would love to know! Stop by the shop or contact us today to learn more about any of the items mentioned above. If you would like any additional assistance with your holiday shopping, our team is happy to help find the perfect cycling gift!