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Local holiday gift ideas for the Austin cyclist

Posted Dec 15 2009 8:20am
XmasbikeWith Hanukkah in full swing and Christmas just around the corner, those with two wheeling significant others may be scrambling to find something that will be appreciated. Similarly, cyclists may be looking for ideas to plant in others heads. To help you through this giving season while supporting local Austin businesses, we’ve put together this Austin cycling holiday gift guide.

Local Bike Shop gift certificates

While purchasing tubes, water bottles, gloves, and leg and arm warmers are almost always a safe bet, why not let your cyclist get the things he or she really needs with a gift certificate to their favorite local bike shop. If you need help locating the shop or finding a shop in the recipient’s neighborhood, use our local bike shop directory or use the side bar links. Some shops including A2W sponsor Bicycle Sport Shop allow you to order gift certificates online and will deliver them for you.

Locally made stocking stuffers

There are quite a few locally made small gifts that the bike riders will appreciate including Grease Monkey Wipes (available at most Austin LBSs), Feetbelts, and Rocket Shower refreshing spray.

Clothing and accessories

Technical shirts from Chronic Cycling

Technical shirts from Chronic Cycling

When it comes to great cycling shirts, there are lots of local choices. Those wanting something a little sportier can check out Chronic Cycling while cyclists in search of shirts with a little edgier message should take a look at Limit Sixty Six and Psychlist: Subversive Cycling. Cycling caps are now all the rage, and we have a couple local makers of hand made caps, F3 Designs and Kongko Designs. While you are keeping the elements off your head, you might as well cover your eyes with Spokiz Sunglasses, Austin made sport sunglasses made partially with recycled bike spokes. Finally, any cyclist who rides after sunset will appreciate the array of bright flashing LEDs that clip on just about anywhere with the Flashbak.

Handbuilt bicycle from an Austin framebuilder

This year’s Texas Custom Bicycle Show was a great success displaying a dozen great builders. If you are looking for a the ultimate gift for a cyclist, consider a locally made handbuilt bike tailored to the riders body and riding style. Check out our side bar list of Texas builders or consider one of these Austin builders:

  • Alchemy Bicycle Company- Builder James Flatman makes road, fixie, and mountain bikes including 29ers from steel, aluminum, carbon and titanium.

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    Handbuilt custom Randonneuring bicycle from Violet Crown Cycles

  • Crumpton Cycles- Longtime, nationally recognized builder Nick Crumpton makes custom carbon road, time trial, and cyclocross bikes.
  • Dominion Bicycles- A recent addition to the Austin scene, Scott Ross of Dominion Bicycles offers steel lugged road, mountain, time trial, messenger, and cyclocross bikes.
  • KirkLee- Brad Cason is a nationally recognized builder of carbon fiber road and mountain racing bikes with several pro racers riding his frames.
  • True Fabrication- Not everyone can make TIG welds look good but the trio of Cody Baron, Clark Davidson, and Cole Thompson know how to make lovely steel road and 29er mountain bikes with very nice looking welds.
  • Violet Crown Cycles- Specializing in customer, hand built touring, cargo and city bikes, A2W editor, yours truly, is one of only two U.S. frame builders specializing in Dutch-style bikes.
  • Willits Bikes- One of the founders of the 29er movement, Austinite Wes Williams has been building steel and titanium mountain bikes for 20 years including Monster X, a “29er/cyclocross mutant.

Donation to a local cycling organization

The holidays are about more than just getting. If you have a cyclist who has everything, why not contribute to the Austin Yellow Bike Project to help them in construction of their permanent home, make a donation to the League of Bicycling Voters to help promote more Austin cycling infrastructure, or purchase a membership in the Austin Cycling Association.

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