The pleasure of a bike commute can be aided or hindered by the quality of a cyclist’s equipment. Help a commuter in your life brave the elements, and look good doing it, with these six gift ideas.
1. The Kryptonite Evolution Mini-9 ($110, kryptonitelock.com )
The Kryptonite Evolution Mini-9 is a refined u-lock with subtle but effective features. Kryptonite’s double deadbolt helps to combat twist attacks. The disc-style cylinder is drill-resistant. The Evolution Mini-9 attaches to a bike with bracket that’s included. This lock, in a way, is a gift for a bike that will make it feel secure.
2. Giant Cruiser bell ($10, giant-bicycles.com )
3. Sugoi Women’s Zap bike jacket ($200, sugoi.com)
The Sugoi Women’s Zap bike jacket really lights up the night. A micro-glass bead application that seems like a mere design pattern of dots and dashes actually reflects a beam, increasing rider visibility. The fabric is waterproof, while the seams are taped to keep water at bay. A back pocket with flap holds ride essentials.
4. Racer E-Glove 3 ($300, racergloves.com )
While the Racer E-Glove 3 is from France, it works great for the Canadian winter. The heated gloves have a thermoregulator to keep hands warm without cooking them. A Polymax membrane keeps water out. There are even shock absorbing pads if things get bumpy.
5. Specialized Base Miles Stormproof backpack ($225, specialized.com )
Keep a laptop and a change of clothes protected with the Specialized Base Miles Stormproof backpack. The 23-l bag has also been tested in Specialized’s wind tunnel, so it should perform well in the daily commuter criterium.
6. Abus 770A Smartx lock ($370 for 230-mm length, $390 for 300-mm length, abus.com )
The Abus 770A Smartx lock can make more noise than a Christmas cracker. Would-be thieves are treated to a 100-decibel alarm. Lock up or unlock with an iOS or Android smartphone via the SmartX system. These new-school elements work with classic hardened steel, which is used for the shackle, the housing and the load-bearing parts of the locking mechanism.