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The Best Gifts for Bike Mechanics

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Whether they’re the friend or spouse that keeps your bike running smoothly, or the local bike shop wrench or team mechanic, these are the tools that make their lives easier. You’ll also find many of these in the pro pits and World Cup team tents, too! If you’re looking for the best gifts for bike mechanics, here are our top picks…

Best Gifts for Under $25

Best gifts for bike mechanics under $25

The Muc-Off Scrubber Glove ($13-$15 from Competitive Cyclist) is the next best thing to having brushes for hands. These gloves have small micro bristles and lather up with your favorite cleaning solution to provide a fantastic bike-washing experience. Great for gear as well!

If you’re looking for a sharp, precision screwdriver that fits like a key, the Hozan JIS Screwdriver Set ($18 from Amazon) is a must-have. Great for derailleur adjustments, linear-pull brakes, and opening the battery portal on those holiday kids’ toys. You really haven’t experienced a good screwdriver until you’ve used a JIS screwdriver.

The most bang for the buck in the multitool world is the Crank Bros M10 ($18 from REI). Ten tools in a folding package that fits in any saddlebag or ride wallet. The Crank Bros M10 is perfect for the new cyclist, and it has all the fittings to adjust a road or mountain bike, plus it’s only 150g!

A Telescoping Magnetic Wand ($9 from Amazon) is a tool everyone should have in their toolbox, no matter what. If your favorite cyclist doesn’t set them straight right now. From finding those tiny screws we all drop to, well, all kinds of stuff. Just get them one. And get yourself one, too.

(Almost) every cyclist loves a good beer while we’re working on our bikes. Heck, sometimes working on our bikes is an excuse to crack open a cold one. We love 10 Barrel Brewing and the wide variety of year-round and seasonal means you’ll be able to find a 6-pack to suit anyone’s tastes. Your favorite mechanic is gluten-free? If you can find it (they need to expand to the Midwest & East Coast), Holidaily offers some of the best completely gluten-free beers around. Alcohol-free? In that case, check out the non-alcoholic beers from the Athletic Brewing Co. (even a gluten-reduced, non-alcoholic option in there too). Whatever the case, your mechanic will appreciate the gesture – even more so if you take into consideration their dietary or lifestyle needs!

Best Gifts for Bike Mechanics Under $50

Best gifts for bike mechanics under $50

Knowledge is power, and being able to fix your bike is a fantastic feeling. The team at Park Tool is now on the fourth iteration of their BBB (Big Blue Book of Bike Repair) ($30 from Amazon), and it has everything one needs – the content is highly current and includes the newest electronic and ebike technology alongside all the classic parts and standards. The Park Tool BBB-4 is great if you’ve been fixing bikes for years or weeks.

If you want to keep your bike working safely and efficiently, a torque wrench will probably save you from a cracked handlebar or a loose seatpost. The CDI 4-8Nm Torque wrench ($50 from Amazon) is easy to use, comes from the highly regarded CDI tool line, and is super easy to pack in a gear bag or mobile tool kit. The 4-8Nm is easily adjustable and should cover the stem, seat post, and seat binder torque needs. We highly recommend it for the new carbon bike owner!

Bike mechanics hate to be without tools, wherever they go. That’s why the Wolf Tooth Components 6-Bit Hex Wrench Multi-tool ($47.95 from REI) is one of our favorite bicycle EDC tools. The diminutive tool can clip on your key chain, zipper, or just stuff in your bag or pocket ensuring you’re never without the standard Allen wrenches, torx bits, & screwdrivers.

The Feedback Sports Flop Stop Handlebar Holder ($27.50 from Competitive Cyclist) is a great addition to anyone’s repair kit. So much better than the bendy things that go over the handlebars, this one is guaranteed to reduce stress and cursing better than almost any other tool they have. Except maybe a beer.

Best Gifts for Under $100

Best gifts for bike mechanics under $100

What’s cooler than getting your suspension absolutely dialed? Nothing! The Blackburn Honest Digital Shock Pump ($90 from Amazon) is right on the money for those looking for an exact value every time they set up to hit the trails. It’s great for the home mechanic and professional alike with a super easy-to-read backlit screen and a uber precise micro-adjust 2-3 PSI air-bleeder.

If you like to bring your tools to the race or ride, one of our favorites is the Feedback Sports Ride Prep Tool Kit ($97.99 Moosejaw). It comes in a waterproof folding pouch that’s easy to set up in the parking lot or hatch of your vehicle. The Feedback Sports Ride Prep comes with most of the necessary tools to fix a problem in a hurry, and these tools are heavy-duty, so they promise many years of service ahead.

Is your derailleur hanger bent? That’s usually the first thing a tech will ask when you come to the shop explaining, “my bike isn’t shifting correctly.” The first process of derailleur adjustment is to check the hanger alignment, and a dependable tool for the job is the Park Tool DAG-2 Derailleur Alignment Tool ($85 from Amazon). It’s easy to use, usually in-stock, and, most shops will tell you, nearly indestructible—a must-have for those building a bicycle toolset for a home workshop.

Best Gifts for Bike Mechanics Under $150

Best gifts for bike mechanics under $150

If your favorite bicycle mechanic spends a lot of time hunched over trying to get disc brakes perfectly adjusted, offer them a seat. The Park Tool STL-2 ($139.95 REI) rolling mechanic stool to be exact. The stool is pneumatically adjustable for height, so you can get down low to better see those brakes. And the five wheels make rolling back and forth between the bench and the work stand a breeze.

Silca makes some of the most remarkable tools and bits for the bike. Their T Ratchet Torque Set ($125 from REI) is a compact multitool that has a torque tube attachment so you can make on-the-fly adjustments on your ride without the worry of over-torquing. The whole package comes in a super slick waterproof pouch that folds easily into a jersey or ride wallet.

The Bosch 12v screwdriver ($139 from Amazon) is mainly for removing and installing 6-bolt rotors or a super-fast axle swap, but the adjustable torque makes it great anytime you have a lot of bolts to thread in or out… just set it light, then snug things up with a torque wrench to finish the job.

The Amazon Echo Show 8 3rd gen ($149 from Amazon) is a nearly perfect workshop companion. Play music with spatial audio while you’re prepping, detailing, and tuning, then check the weather before you head out so you’re sure to have everything you need. But the best part is the screen. Pull up YouTube and find the exact repair video you need to watch, then pause and play hands-free while you follow along! And when you drink that last Rock Hop IPA, just tell Alexa to add more to your grocery list!

Best Gifts for Under $200

best holiday gift ideas for a bicycle mechanic under 200 dollars

If you’re looking for the gift of community, most local shops offer maintenance classes or Park Tool School during the winter months. These classes will teach you the ins and outs of bike repair in the comfort of your local shop. Perfect for the home wrench that has the tools and could use some hands-on instruction. Plus, this is a great way to keep involved in your local bike community and meet new riding buddies, making it one of the best gifts for bike mechanics – or aspiring bike mechanics alike.

For the rider that loves a personal touch, nothing says professional like the Silca Custom HX One Essential Kit ($150 from REI). This hex key kit is the same beautiful Silca HX One Essential Kit as before, now offered in a custom monogrammed wooden casing. This one-of-a-kind gift is sure to please any cyclist or wrench on your list.

If you really want to get the most out of the best, most expensive chain lubes, your chain must be super clean. The Kendal Ultra Sonic Cleaner ($198 from Amazon) is the easiest way to do this, and it has enough space for a chain, cogs, and disassembled derailleur pulleys. Set it and forget it, then come back to parts ready for lubrication.

Best Gifts for Bike Mechanics $250 +

Best gifts for bike mechanics over $250

If you have all the tools and need a place to put them, we suggest the Craftsman 2000 Series Rolling Tool Cart ($270 from LOWES). This cart has enough storage for all the small bits and big presses you’ve acquired as a home mechanic. The locking door keeps little hands away, and the open top is perfect for placing disassembled parts while you work.

If you often travel to races or events, you know how hard it is to keep everything organized and tidy. The Topeak Prepstation Case gives you all the organization room you need for tools and the trays fan out so you can access them in a hurry in the pit. There’s extra storage below for chains, pads, lube, and everything else you need to carry. Plus, the Prepstation Case stacks neatly in a small package for easy storage in the garage. You can find the case without tools for $240, but the Prepstation 2 Rolling Tool Station + 40pc Tool Set loaded with all the Topeak tools sells for $999.95 (at Competitive Cyclist).

The tubeless tire can be a bear if you don’t have the ride equipment to get them up and rolling (literally). The California Air Tools ultra-quiet air compressor ($290 from Amazon) is just enough power to seat those tough beads and top off your tires. It’s oil-free, easy to move, and super quiet, an excellent tool for the home mechanic. We have one of these at one of the Bikerumor offices, and it gets a workout on a regular basis – it even survived a lightning strike, while a laptop that was plugged into the same outlet sadly, did not.

Best gifts for bike mechanics over $250

If you’re looking for a stand that will travel with you and doesn’t compromise on sturdiness, the Feedback Sports Pro Mechanic Repair Stand ($395 from Competitive Cyclist*) is a great option. Formerly known as the Pro Elite mobile work stand, the newly named Pro Mechanic bicycle repair stand gets a new one-handed metal spinner knob for quickly fine-tuning the tension of the clamp. You’ll still find their red Speed Ratchet button, and a larger tri-knob to tighten the clamp body. There’s more to the update, but all you need to know is that this lightweight ultra-packable stand is the perfect repair companion at home, on the race circuit, and in the garage.

If you like to wash your bike (who doesn’t?!), the Muc Off Pressure Washer ($320 from REI) is the next best thing to having a World Cup wash station at your house. It has just enough pressure (1450psi) to blast off all the dirt and oil without damaging your finish or seals. The bicycle-specific wash tips help with chain, frame, and tire cleaning. The foaming feature is like nothing you’ll see outside of a car wash and is just what the doctor ordered for super muddy cyclocross bike cleanup.

What’s the best way to kick back after a job well done? A beer!  The Home Kegerator by Square Keg ($289 from Amazon) will deliver a crisp victory beer after a hard ride – or an emotional support beer after routing cables through a tricky aero frame. Either way, the Home Kegerator is a fun add-on for your home bike shop (as long as your local breweries will fill a growler, they should have no problem filling this).

The only home wrench option for those that require the best is the Abbey Bike Tool Team Issue Toolbox ($1600 from Abbey Bike Tools). This uber-professional level took kit comes with everything you need (case included) to wrench in style. The Abbey Bike Tools Team Issue Toolbox is one of the top tool kits on the market, and any home or professional mechanic would be ecstatic to unwrap this over the holidays.

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mes
mes
1 year ago

Wasn’t the inventor of the Home Kegorator by Square Keg on last week’s episode of Shark Tank?

Jordan Villella
Editor
1 year ago
Reply to  mes

Not sure, but it’s a perfect size for tight shop use or in the trainer pain cave!

Doug
Doug
1 year ago
Reply to  mes

Yes. Looks pretty functional.

WannaBeSTi
WannaBeSTi
1 year ago

Food and beer…maybe moonshine. That’s all your LBS needs. Having spent 20+ years in shops, food and spirits go a long way.

Jordan Villella
Editor
1 year ago
Reply to  WannaBeSTi

Donuts and coffee go a long way at my local shops!

Grillis
Grillis
1 year ago

If you’re gonna get the PT DAG, do yourself (or mechanic) a favor and get the 3D printed Flipdag from Chris Heerschap. It elevates the DAG from an “also-ran” to a winner. Check out his other prints as well.

Jordan Villella
Editor
1 year ago
Reply to  Grillis

Looks like cool stuff; I like the idea of the spoke holder for the truing stand!

David
6 months ago

Can’t you just buy me something which doesn’t remind me of work!?

Bahbuhddyboohbahdy
Bahbuhddyboohbahdy
6 months ago

Please do not waste your money and purchase a tool for a discerning mechanic they will never use

Matt
Matt
6 months ago

Yeah, my wife saw me scrolling over this headline and asked me to tell her if I saw anything I liked. I said it would probably be some stuff I already have, and some stuff I already have superior versions of. I was not wrong.

Collin S
Collin S
6 months ago

I bought one of the California air compressors. They are awesome how quiet they are. I used to have a loud craftsman one that was so loud, I essentially used the same unwritten noise rules of a lawn mower. In addition, once I had kids, there was no using it after the kids were put to bed. Now, I can swap a tire the night before a race without fear of waking up the house.

T.S.
T.S.
6 months ago

JIS isn’t a just a “good screwdriver” its a completely different interface. Phillips, JIS, and POZI drive (commonly found on ski bindings) are all cross tip interfaces, but are not the same thing. Its like using an imperial size wrench instead of metric, sure it works ok sometimes, but it is the wrong tool.

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