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Holiday Gift Guide

  • Dec 08 2019

    Holiday Gift Guide - 2019 Edition

    It happened. The beautiful green heat of the summer is long gone, replaced by twinkly lights, cocoa, and temperatures in the single digits. Some of us have hung up the wheels for the winter and others will ride straight through until spring thaw, but hopefully we're all finding ways to make the most of another long Minnesota winter. The holiday season really snuck up on us this year, but we're here for you with gift suggestions large and small for all the cyclists in your life, from your grandma to your old roommate.

    1. Pedro's Tire Lever - The choicest tire lever for the home mechanic. Sometimes a tiny gift is all you need!

    2. Upso Ferrybridge Folder for Brompton - For the Brompton owner in your life. Made of upcycled tarp and stylish to boot.

    3. Brompton Toolkit - Another one for the Brompton fanatic, this toolkit fits inside the bike's frame. Ingenious.

    4. Reflective Shoelaces - Everybody needs shoelaces, right? 

    5. Crosspoint Flip-Mitts - Perfect for winter commuters and smart-phone addicts alike.

    6. ABUS Granit 640 U-Lock - The Goldilocks of locks. Not too big, not too small, super strong. Bonus: comes in red.

    7. Spurcycle Bell - Put a super loud bell on your friend's bike so they can stop spooking pedestrians. Fully serviceable. A bell to last a lifetime.

    8. Merino Wool Buff - The most versatile winter accessory for unpredictable weather conditions. It's a hat. It's a scarf. It's a balaclava. Oh my!

    9. Lucky Cat Bottle Cage - For cat lovers who also love to stay hydrated.

    10. Perennial Cycle Cap - For the Perennial Cycle super-fan, of course!

    11. Brooks Challenge Tool Bag - A beautiful accessory for the cyclist who enjoys the finer things.

    12. Purist Water Bottle - A good water bottle with a good pattern.

    13. Spurcycle Key Clip - It's also a bottle-opener. Titanium, for people who are into that.

    14. Carradice Bikepacking Top Tube Pack - For phone and snacks and things that need to stay close at hand.

    15. Perennial Cycle Gift Card or e-Gift Certificate - If they're hard to shop for.

    16. Thousand x Poketo Helmet - The one they'll actually wear.

    17. Ride More Drive Less Tee - A sentiment we can all agree on.

    18. Donut Bar Tape - For the Perennial Cycle Pastry Ride devotee!

  • Dec 19 2012

    Holiday Gift Guide — For the Commuter

    There's still time to shop before the Holiday Season is through! Here are a few last-minute ideas for the Bike Commuter in your life. Below you'll find a mix of new products, old favorites, top-selling items this fall, and a few gift ideas from nearby local shops.

    1 - Super Shield Gloves

    2 - Commuter Combo Light Set, including the Urban 200 front light and the Vis 180 Micro tail light from Light and Motion

    3 - A small saddle bag like this one from Gilles Berthoud is the perfect place to stash a few essential tools for flat changes on the fly

    4 - For any Minneapolitan commuter, a Winter Maintenance Membership from Perennial Cycle is a gift of piece of mind that will keep the bike commuter in your life rolling with whatever our Minnesota winter throws our way, now through March 31, 2013!

    5 - A 2012 must-read for any bike commuter, The Enlightened Cyclist by Bike Snob NYC is available through Magers and Quinn and at ROAM Interiors on Hennepin.

    6 - Ortlieb's waterproof Pelican is the perfect commuting bag for any weather.

    7 - Minoura iH-400-OS Phone Grip with Clamp

    8 - 3Wrencho from PDW

    9 - Give the gift of added safety with a high-visibility reflective vest with a long tail designed especially for cyclists.

    10 - A sturdy pair of MN-made Red Wing shoes for him or for her.

    11 - Who knows bike commuting better than the Dutch? The Mirte Shopper, designed in the Netherlands by Basil Bags, makes a great commuting bag and is especially handy for running errands by bike.

    12 - The Giro Reverb Helmet was named one of Oprah's Favorite things this year and is a great fit for any commuter.

    13 - Rema Patch Kit

    14 - No bell has a more classic sound than the Riten Rotary Bell from Crane.

    15 - MN Loves Bikes 12.5x12.5 print, available locally at Forage Modern Workshop or online from the Aesthetic Apparatus design team. An added bonus: this print fits in an inexpensive record album frame.

  • Nov 29 2012

    Holiday Gift Guide — for the Student

    Holiday Gift Guide by Calhoun Cycle

    This week we're excited to share a selection of gifts for the student. When you're commuting to and from campus, biking can help save money (free parking!) and time (convenient parking!). But, when you're a student... the reality is you can't always afford the niceties (and even necessities) that make the commute a little easier. This holiday season, why not treat the scholar in your life to something special?

    a selection of gift ideas for the bike commuting college student

    1 - Delta's Cargonet will hold a lock and a jacket or stretch to fit a large stack of books in a pinch

    2 - Klean Kanteen 27 oz. sport bottle

    3 - Abus' Bordo lock is the perfect combo. It's both light and compact while being incredibly secure.

    4 - Basil Memories Malaga XS makes a great lunch box

    5 - The Touchscreen Gloves Kit from Brit & Co. includes conductive thread and needles that will help you give your favorite gloves (and the included pair) touchscreen-friendly fingertips so you can check your schedule on the go while still keeping your hands cozy in the Minnesota winter

    6 - Pair the Arkel Bug backpack/pannier with a laptop sleeve from Ortlieb to get your student (and his or her laptop) to and from campus safely

    7 - Hamburger Bell

    8 - Chocolate Milk Nutcase Helmet

    9 - Brighten up a drab dorm room with a BIKE poster by Minneapolis artist Laura Brown. (psst... if you're in Minneapolis, contact Laura for info about local pickup, and mention that you're a Shopcast reader)

    10 - Bike commuting 101: Never leave home without reliable rain gear. We love O2's Calhoun jacket for men and the Club Pro jacket from Shower's Pass for women.

    11 - Logo Evo rack from Tubus. Set your student up for life: invest in a rack that's built to last.

    12 - Bookman Light Set

    13 - Woodie 8 Multitool from Soma

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