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So it's almost the HOHOHO season and I'm thinking about putting some bike gifts under the tree. My first thought was some bike lights. My second thought was a, 'how to' or '101' handbook on bike maintenance, plus a tool kit of some description.
Suggestions? Something funny would be good. My bike maintenance book might not be received with all smiles. Although I think it's humorous.
Matt is into MTBing. Having just taken it back up, any and all suggestions could be great gift ideas.
As I'm not much of a shopper or browser I run the risk of buying something useless just because the sales person says it would make a great gift. So if you or any reader on here had one thing they would like under the tree, what would it be? Please don't say a new bike…….. I will subscribe to the N + 1 factor, but not this year.
If you're not sure, and/or he hasn't said "hey honey, I'd love a ...(insert specific item here)" then maybe get him a gift voucher to one of the lovely site sponsors at the right of the page, and let him choose.
My wife for example would be extremely unlikely to pick out the exact set of (say) pedals that I'd want (how romantic!), but the free rein for me to buy them would be awesome
Just quietly I know he would be stoked with a Garmin GPS, but considering he doesn't have one for his motorbike yet it gets a little tricky. Back to the drawing board. A voucher might be good but I like to think that I could surprise. *Perhaps a can of chain lube kikiki
Buy him a road bike.
A Fixed road bike
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
London Boy 29/12/2011
Would you all believe us cycling all started with me wanting to buy him a road bike so he can cycle with a group any day that suits him. He pushed to buy us both a lesser model mountain bike and do it together. Yay for him as I have found a passion for simple pleasures and being active rather.
djw47 & Mulgar Bill - I know he is already thinking of N + 1 ….. and in the 2000 - 3500 range. He has only had this one 5 months. It's an addiction I can see that.
Greyhound cycle. Great suggestion. He currently has a go pro but I have thought about a front and rear camera - less expensive ones for safety when on the roads. Deadly practical.
But I now am thinking perhaps it should be "buy yourself a gift honey".
awesome - money can't buy time together
what about buy him a ticket to a cycling event next year?. i.e. give him a challenge to aim for?
If you have a look at the GoPro video-of-the-week, it's pretty clear you can never have enough GoPro camera's and associated mounting accessories.
Not sure though where you find the time to keep all the batteries charged when you're in the backblocks of the himalayas, then edit all the footage and set musical scores etc.,. Could easily wind up with head in the computer for way too long if you encourage him too much in that direction.
Even if they're strictly for "safety"/evidence reasons, you still need time to test every now and then that the recordings are retrievable and useful. If you buy
a different brand camera for the rear ones, he's going to have all the hassle of learning how to do everything twice (settings, charging, retrieving files etc..,),
and even more time to do it.
If he's really into cycling, maybe you could buy him a trip to the TDF (with you, of course - you'd have to take a hit for the team ). Might be somewhat more expensive
than the bike he's got in mind, but the memories will last a lifetime. JasonC suggested the same thing as I was writing this up, so it must be a good idea.
Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us -Jerry Garcia
I was thinking more like Around The Bay, Brissy to GC, Coot-tha challenge style, but sure that works too
btw - none of my ideas are good. just ask my wife
Marnie, I rode the Middlemarch to Ranfurly section of the Otago Rail Trail on the first day of my tour of NZ last year. Here's a link to my journal page for the day. I had not considered it before as it's really too short for a tour. But I was so impressed I wanted to take my wife over this year for a short break and ride the entire trail, renting bikes and getting our luggage carried and accommodation organised. Unfortunately I left it too late into autumn and most of the services had closed down, so we just did several rides on the Queenstown Trail instead. We will return to do the rail trail next year.
I couldn't think of a nicer xmas present.
Assuming you are starting at Clyde or Alexandra, be sure to take the Taieri Gorge train for the last leg into Dunedin. It's a spectacular ride. I recommend you get this pocket guide book. It's an information goldmine and very easy to carry.
Happy to help with any questions if I can.
Cycle touring blog and tour journals: whispering wheels...
Ronk yes we are cycling two days around Queenstown. Wine tour on the way to Clyde. Cycle Clyde to Middlemarch. Train to Dunedin. Thats the short version.
By the way Ronk I wish I could say that's our Xmas presents to each other.
We were meant to do a motorbike tour through Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czeck Hunry Tour. Didn't work out with a young one doing year 12. So I'm pushing for anything on bicycles for 1015. I think the TDF would be hard going on MTB's I might have to be a support vehicle, eating cheese and drinking wine.
I would love to ….. Nope not to on this post.
Anyone else getting something under the tree???
If your keeping your old ones put town tyres on them for local path cruising and tarmac rides, that or buy a spare wheel set and cassette for your new ones, you will be amazed at your speed difference.
You are all over it. It's a great idea too.
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