One of the things that Jeff and I love to do is to ride to coffee or dinner in Portsmouth. We’ve also discovered biking is a great way to do our errands as well and this time of year that means shopping. She Rides Seacoast asked me for some gift ideas for a cyclist so here they are with town riding as the theme!
When I take off into town I like to ride a “townie bike” something with wider tire that can handle the inevitable pot hole and fenders to keep the splashes away. Lately I’ve been riding a Felt Café which comes with all of the above plus a rack, a bag to store my flat kit and even a coffee cup holder. All the major brands and local bike shops will have something similar. Whatever kind of bike you desire, shop local and get a real bike from a local shop instead of a poorly made one from a big box store – those are cheap for a reason!
Of course I want to be seen while riding in town, so I use lights even during the day. At the minimum I recommend a set of front and rear blinky lights to catch the eyes of drivers. Even better is a set of Nite Rider rechargeable lights - the sun goes down early these days!
Cooler weather and slower speeds mean that my road helmet is not going to keep my head warm. I like a helmet with a bit more coverage when riding in town and my favorites are the Nut Case helmets. They offer both solid and wild prints that will express your personality. Don't forget to get the matching bell.
I appreciate clothing made for cycling, but I don’t want to dress in my Gus’ Gals kit when shopping. With the huge growth in bike commuting you can now find great clothes that move with you on the bike, yet look stylish. Personally I love Terry clothing. Love, love the new Grand Prix merino wool sweater/jersey paired with their Metro Crop pants. When it gets cold I top it off with the matching neck warmer and the Terry Urban Hoodie.
Shopping by bike means you’ll need a way to carry your gifts back home. Personally I prefer using a rack and bag on my bike and use Basil shopper bags. Designed in bike crazed Amsterdam they easily snap on and off, becoming a tote while walking in town or shopping at the grocery store.
You can find all of the above items at a local bicycle shop. While I encourage you to hop on the bike and shop local, here are a couple of ideas if you find yourself tied to the keyboard. One of the best gifts for the season is a membership to Seacoast Area Bicycle Riders and that’s free! For just $5.00 you can join their Bicycle Benefits rogram and shop at any of the 16+ local merchants that give you a discount when you show up by bicycle!
Need more ideas? Check out Momentum Magazine and their gift list. Momentum celebrates the bicycle lifestyle and a subscription makes a fine gift.
Enjoy your ride,
Leslie and Jeff Latimer own Gus’ Bike Shop located in North Hampton, NH
Post are from a collection of local women passionate about cycling.