The Adventure Seeking Guide To Great Gifting
Continuing to put a bit of ease into your holiday shopping, our Gravel Gift Guide includes thoughtful gifts for the cyclist whose adventures take them on the paths less-traveled.
There is no doubt that endurance athletes and casual roadies have an increasing appetite for adventure, and we fully support this movement.
For the gravel-grinding, mixed-terrain rider on your list, we've selected performance-driven components, apparel, and accessories that we love.
Sportful Men's Escape Supergiara Thermal Jersey
Kits for gravel riders are hard to pin down — do they dress like roadies or mountain bikers? The short answer is both. The Sportful Escape Supergiara is the perfect example of this happy medium. The body of the jersey fits closely to retain heat and aerodynamics, while the looser fitting thermal sleeves and stretchy fabric allows for freedom of movement. Get your gravel rider a jersey that'll match their riding style.
HED Emporia GC3 Performance Disc Wheelset
Oddly enough, if you gave a gravel rider tickets to Emporia, Kansas, they would probably be stoked. Turns out, this small town in east-central Kansas is world-renowned for its amazing gravel roads. That's why HED decided to name their flagship gravel wheel line after the dirt road capital. With the Emporia's wide rim width and bombproof construction, your giftee can mount up some gravel tires and get out there.
Camelbak Podium Dirt 21oz Bottle
If you've ever ridden a bike off-road, you'll be very familiar with the feeling of disgust when you go to take a swig of your water bottle... just to find the nozzle caked in dirt. That's why Camelbak designed the Podium Dirt bottle — featuring the ingenious Mud Cap that allows you to drink water without eating dirt. Get that gravel rider on your list a water bottle that lets them enjoy the dirt without tasting it.
Apidura Racing Frame Pack
This Apidura Frame Pack is the perfect middle budget gift that will live on your gravel giftee's bike for years to come. Designed for the needs of long distance gravel racing, the Apidura Racing Frame Pack utilizes the area inside a bike's main triangle, creating a lower center of gravity and enabling more neutral handling. It comes in a 2.4L and a 4L size to cater to different riders' packing tendencies.
Dawn To Dusk Teklite TT 660 Top Tube Bag
Got a gravel grinder on your list who loves to pack snacks and supplies for long days on the dirt roads? Many have tried and failed at fitting all of their gear onto their bikes without panniers or backpacks, but it always comes down to the same problems of space and mounting. Dawn To Dusk solved this issue — with adaptable storage, versatile mounting, top-of-the-line protection, and more. This bag is ready for any epic gravel adventure.
WTB Byway TCS 700c Gravel Tire
There are so many gravel tires out there that it may seem impossible to find the right one for a holiday gift. Regardless of what kind of gravel grinding your giftee may be doing, the WTB Byway TCS 700c is perfect for days of endless exploration, while also providing noticeable efficiency on any pavement linking it all together.
Lazer G1 MIPS Helmet
While in theory, gravel riders fall less than mountain bikers and are around less cars than road cyclists, having a solid, lightweight helmet is still very important for long days on the unpaved roads. Lazer's G1 model is their lightest to date, while also retaining the highest industry standards for protection. The MIPS system guards against rotational impact, while the Advanced Rollsys retention dial makes the helmet fit snug and in place regardless of the circumstances. Get your gravel giftee a present that they will always be grateful for (even if they forget it's up there!).
Dynaplug Racer Tubeless Tire Repair Kit
This unique stocking stuffer might raise some eyebrows when it's taken out of the package, but will certainly be enjoyed by its recipient when they have a flat. Dynaplugs seal holes on tubeless tires when sealant isn't enough. All they'll have to do is stab the hole with a dynaplug, pull out the tool, and inflate the tire . . . voila! Instead of patching a tire or putting in a tube, your gravel grinder giftee will be back on the dusty road in no time.
Blackburn Outpost Cargo Cage
Blackburn is great at designing contraptions that help adventure riders and gravel enthusiasts strap more things to their bikes. The Outpost Cargo Case is a perfect example. With a simple alloy cage and two sturdy straps, Blackburn turned a bottle cage and a cargo rack into one super versatile frame-mounted accessory. Regardless of whether your giftee is trying to mount an XL Nalgene bottle or a sleeping bag, the Outpost Cargo Cage will make it work.
Shimano SH-RX800 Gravel Racing Shoe
Shoes can be a risky gift, but let us assure you, this model is worth it. The Shimano RX800 is the perfect mid-point between the mountain biking and road cycling worlds. It's stiff and lightweight for superior power transfer like a road shoe, yet durable, abrasion-resistant, and sure-footed off the bike like a mountain shoe. These light yet durable shoes will stay comfortable long after your giftee adventures into the back roads for hours or days on end.
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