Whether the people on your shopping list are self-proclaimed outdoor enthusiasts or they’ve had a little too much at-home time this year, surprise them with the gift of adventure.
While adventure gear runs the gamut from camping to hiking to kayaking, one commonly overlooked activity is biking. Something I just love to do! Biking is an activity that anyone of any age can enjoy in just about any location. To help your friends and loved ones make the most of their next biking expeditions regardless of where they take place, use this shopping guide to advise your every holiday purchase.
The type of bicycle a person has can make or break the ride. If a recipient’s existing bicycle is more of a frame with two wheels, surprise him or her with an innovative bicycle designed specifically for his or her body type, comfort preferences and skill level.
Bicycles come in all shapes and sizes, with many leading distributors offering everything from men and women’s bikes to children’s bikes, and from a beach cruiser bike to an electric cruiser bicycle. Spend time researching and shopping around to find the best fit for your loved one, as your effort can result in an unparalleled biking experience.
For some people, the sounds of the wind rushing by and birds chirping in the trees are enough to get them through their rides. For others, motivation comes in the form of music. For the musically driven in your friend circle, shop handlebar wireless speakers. The Clean Motion Sonica speaker in black or white is durable, boasts a charge of between six to eight hours, has a Bluetooth range of up to 25 feet and comes complete with a silicone mount, charging cable and carrying strap. This item would make the perfect stocking stuffer, secret Santa gift or Hanukkah surprise.
Just like with vehicles, the elements can have adverse effects on bike frames and other bicycle components. Help those individuals on your gift list protect their rides with heavy-duty bike covers. Bike covers vary in purpose, durability and price, with the more expensive ones designed for outdoor storage and the more affordable ones for indoor. Regardless of the material a cover is made of or how much it costs, it can go a long way toward preventing rust and preserving the overall integrity of a bicycle.
The Bells and Whistles
There are a myriad of bicycle accessories that can drastically improve one’s overall biking experience. Think literal bells, which allow bikers to notify pedestrians, vehicles and other bikers of their presence; baskets and bags, which are ideal for day-long excursions that may include a picnic, quick hike or other adventure; lights, which improve riding safety; computers, which tell bikers how long, how fast and how far they’ve travelled in a single trip; and water bottle cages, which ensure a handsfree ride no matter how far one travels.
Bicycles and biking accessories are fun, out-of-the-box gifts that are sure to delight recipients of all ages. Get creative this holiday season and shop everything from hybrid bikes for men to safety gear to gadgets today.