Christmas Gift Ideas for Mountain Bikers: 15 Great Gifts Every Rider Will Love
It's that time of year again. The temperatures are dropping, there isn't enough tea or coffee in the world, the streets are slippery, and you have to get a present for that special person in your life who insists that no matter what the conditions, he/she should still be on their mountain bike.
But where do you start looking for those gifts? The internet, obviously; the source of all knowledge, all cat photos and all outstanding gift ideas for the festive season ahead.
If you're stuck for ideas for a mountain bike gift his Christmas, look no further. Here's a selection of mixed-price items to get you started:
1) LifeLine Performance 700 Lumen Front Light, £40
The picture above may look like something out The Blair Witch project, but it was actually the result of a lovely late night - well, 6pm - night ride we had recently with the LifeLine performance light.
The days are getting dark now, which means it's hard to fit in riding time outside of the weekend. If you want to ensure the mountain biker in your life can still do their thing this winter without splashing too much cash, this £40 option could be the gift for you.
It's easy to mount, charges with a mini-USB cable, has various lighting modes which are very easy to flick through, and it can be used to both show you where to go and let you be seen on the roads.
2) 100% Accuri Goggles, £31.99
If the person you're buying for is going to be getting dirty and splashing mud on a regular basis, a pair of goggles could prove a godsend for their visibility while riding.
Accuri Goggles very high quality, come at a very reasonable cost, and most importantly of all, they look badass. The six options above are just a fraction of the colours and designs available online. Check them out here on Chain Reaction Cycles, discounted to £31.99.
3) FiveTen Freerider Shoes, £80
One of the best all-purpose, all-mountain shoes on the market, the Five Ten Freerider is the perfect present this Christmas for someone who likes to ride in comfort and style.
Designed for durability and inspired by the comfort and style of BMX, these shoes feature all sorts of tech to help you stay true on the trails. The Five Ten Freerider Women’s was introduced to the market last year and the Freerider Kids is now available too.
Best of all? We've teamed up with Five Ten to give you the chance to win a pair of Freerider's for the Christmas ahead. Enter below for your chance at an early present![competition_embed url="https://mpora.com/competition-builder/641/entries/new"]
4) UnReal, the DVD Boxset, $30
Mountain biking down a glacier. The day when MTB had it's first ever powder day and dirt literally fell from the sky. The one-shot, four-minute greatest video segment in the history of mountain biking from Brandon Semenuk.
If you get this for the mountain biker in your life this Christmas, they will probably love you forever. Though, they may not talk to you until they've watched it three times.
5) GoPro Hero 4 Silver, £250
There are so many different varieties of GoPro out there now - the GoPro Hero 4 shoots in 4k, the GoPro Session is ultra-small and shiny new, but we'd recommend if there's one to go for this Christmas, it's the Hero 4 Silver - which features an awesome touch screen on the back.
The touch screen means you can not only see what you're taking a photo of, but watch back your trail footage in the cafe/bar after your ride.
6) WhackJob Bamboo Riding Jersey, £14-35
WhackJob are an awesome UK company that make ethically-sound, extra comfy clothes for running, climbing and biking. Our favourite thing about them? They use innovative materials to make their clothes - like bamboo!
The WhackJob Shore Limited Edition Jersey above, for example, is the world's only bamboo-fibre mountain bike jersey, and only 30 of the riding jersey will ever be made. Of course, they've got plenty of other amazing and unique jerseys on sale on the WhackJob website as well.
The jersey was comfortable to ride in and did every job it was required to do, plus, you've got a new talking point as well! We'd also recommend checking out the company's bamboo technical riding socks, for just £12.
7) Osprey Viper 13 Rucksack, £75
Give a mountain biker a backpack that’s designed specifically for cycling - like this 13 litre pack from luggage specialists Osprey - and they’ll never forget it.
Features like the waist and chest straps stop the bag from moving around when you’re jumping or cornering and the built in “three litre Hydraulics reservoir" (a CamelBak by another name) means you can quench your thirst without having to reach for your water bottle.
8) Exposure Maxx D Mk8 Front Light, £309.99
If you love some a lot, and all they want for Christmas is the gift of a light bright enough to guarantee optional riding around the clock, no matter what the visibility, then this is the light for you. It's an absolute monster.
We would describe the Exposure Maxx D Mk8 Front Light as more of a "light cannon" than a "bicycle light". This thing is literally brighter than the majority of the bulbs in our humble residence put together, and when you see it illuminate a trail like a lightbulb does a living room, it's one of the most beautiful things in the world.
The light comes in an awesome, sturdy case, is easy to charge via cable and easy to turn on, off and flick through the several riding options while you're off the bike or on it. The Exposure Maxx D Mk8 will be making some people very, very happy this Christmas.
9) Endura MT500 Waterproof II, £169.99
If all your beloved friend or family member wants for Christmas this year is a hell of a good jacket, you shoot direct your gaze towards the MT500 II. Endorsed by Danny MacAskill and developed by Scottish weather-specialists Endura, it does one hell of a job.
Building on the ever-popular MT500, this jacket is exceptionally breathable and heavily waterproof. Any rider would feel in control in almost any condition when they've got this in their backpack.
10) The Following | Evil Bikes
Yeah, you're going to have to love your loved one a whole lot to splash out on this beast for Christmas, but if you're saving up to buy someone special the ultimate gift, or have been wondering which ride to spend the cash on yourself, The Following from Evil Bikes is a beauty.
Evil describe the bike as "Monster truck wheels with a sports car feel," saying, "We really wanted to create a fun, versatile, yet aggressive short travel, big wheel trail bike with progressive geometry that could be at home on all day adventures, slashing trails or riding jump lines."
Anyway, we can pretty much guarantee that if someone you love unwraps this beast of a frame, which literally has "Evil" written across it, you will be loved forever. And probably a bit longer after that.
11) CamelBak Podium Big Chill, 750ml Bottle, £11.49
Mountain biking is tiring. Mountain bikers need water. Nobody likes warm water. Where are we going with this? To the CamelBak Podium Big Chill of course - the tech-heavy water bottle that keeps the water cold for twice as long as a standard bottle.
12) Flare Clothing Co. Stage Enduro Bundle - £120
We're all about bundles for Christmas. More for your money! And if you're looking to get some flash new riding gear to do you for 2016, Flare Clothing have the bundles you're after.
They've currently got £10 off their Stage Enduro Bundle, making it £120. Their riding jerseys are everything you need - breathable, comfortable, incredibly stylish - and the shorts are the same - water repellent and tough enough to last. It's an awesome combination.
There's plenty other awesome gear over on the Flare site, including their awesome women's waterproof riding jacket. Check it out and much more from Flare here.
13) Raleigh Magni Mountain Bike Helmet, £27.99
A good trail helmet is one of the most essential pieces of kit in any mountain biker's locker, and if the person you're buying gifts for is just getting started in mountain biking or needs a new lid, the Raleigh Magni is the perfect helmet to do it.
Normally priced around £45 - still very cheap for a trail helmet - you can now get this lid for under 30 quid. Strong protection and well-fitting, this is fantastic value for money.
14) The 50/01 Psych T-Shirt, £15
If you've ever heard the mountain biker you are buying a present for say the words 'Ratboy', '50 to 01', 'all the lads' or 'Cappuccino Steve', then it's almost guaranteed they will love this present.
A great set of gear from a great set of mountain bikers, we'd recommend having a look at the Psych t-shirt above, which you can pick up here for just £15.
15) Rainbow Stripes Bobble Hat, £20
Last but not least, the essential winter bobble hat for any mountain biker less likely to miss the Fort William downhill than they are their own birthday - the rainbow stripes bobble hat.
Featuring the famous rainbow stripes of cycling's World Championship jersey, this is a great present, and it won't break the bank.