Looking for great gift ideas for your favorite gravel cyclist? If the riders in your life like to take to the road less traveled, JensonUSA had a few ideas, then we helped curate this list of deals to give you options at every price range. Check their site for more great early bird deals throughout Black Friday, week, too! Here’s our curated pick for the 2018 holiday season that any gravel rider is sure to enjoy!
Gifts for about $10
- Gravel roads are rough, so smooth their ride with Velo’s Shockproof Bar Tape ($7.99), which offers a durable synthetic cork outer layer with gel inside to absorb shock, plus a sticky back to keep it in place. You can’t beat this for the price!
- With dirt roads comes dust and grit, which can eat up an expensive drivetrain. Typical lubes get dirty, but wax-based lubes like the Finish Line Ceramic-Wax ($9.99) slough off the grit, keeping everything clean, shiny, and rolling smooth.
- We put this on our mountain biker’s gift guide, too, because a Stan’s baby bottle of sealant ($3.00) just one of the best things to stuff in your saddle bag, tool wrap or jersey pocket (along with chain quick links!) to prevent a long walk home.
- Yes, the Giro Xen ($9.99) are mountain bike gloves, but if you’re getting rowdy at a more aggressive event like Grinduro, the extra gel padding and protection can save your hands from both fatigue and superman dives. And these 2016 new-old-stock are a steal!
Gifts Under $30
- Wool cycling socks are the best, offering four season comfort and odor control. We love the solid, dark gray DeFeet Wool-e-ators ($13.49) and the fun print on these Sockguy Camper Wool Socks ($13.95).
- The Race Face Stash Tool Wrap ($18.99) has a neoprene sleeve for your tire levers and CO2 cartridge, then wraps your tube in with it to keep everything you need for a quick tire change at the ready.
- With bigger volume tires comes the need for more precise inflations. The Meiser Accu-Gage Dial Pressure Gauge (from $12.99) comes in different versions from 15psi up to 160psi, so you can get the right max for your use for a more accurate measurement (we suggest the 60psi for gravel).
- If your gravel rides turn into overnighters, check out the GSI Collapsible Java Drip ($12.95), or their less collapsible Ultralight Drip ($9.95). Either one will leave room and weight for the new Camelbak Hot Cap stainless ($29.00) steel tumbler to put your freshly brewed coffee into.
- Our new favorite chamois cream is Muc Off’s CC (from 14.95), which smells like baby powder and lasts for hours.
Gifts under $50
- Pair the Fix It Sticks twin pack and mounting kit ($22.50) that positions it under your water bottle with their home workshop worthy version ($26.99) for easy to use, durable tools both on and off the bike.
- Turning an old cyclocross bike into your gravel grinder? Switch the handlebars to these FSA NS Adventure Drop Bars ($35.99), which make the miles more comfortable with an ovalized top section and flared drops.
- Another switch worth doing? Installing a more durable, clutch-equipped Shimano SLX mountain bike rear derailleur ($49.99) and wider range cassette gives you more range to explore any road.
- To make that Shimano 10- or 11-speed derailleur work perfectly with your Shimano drop-bar shifters, add the Wolf Tooth Components TanPan Derailleur Converter ($40.81).
Gifts from $50 to $100
- After you swap the handlebar and drivetrain bits, switch out those narrower CX tires for something bigger, like the Terrene Elwood ($65.00, available in 700c and 650b). Not your style? JensonUSA has a massive selection of gravel tires, both new and closeout, at all price points.
- Shimano’s SLX Trail Pedals ($54.99) are a great middle ground between SPD and flats, offering a bit of platform to support your foot on longer rides or technical sections, but with a more streamlined appearance that won’t look out of place on a gravel bike.
- With backroads exploration comes the risk (and joy) of getting lost. Make sure you can find your way home (and that cars will see you) with this Niterider combo kit ($97.49) that’s bright enough to illuminate the road way, way ahead.
- So be sure to bring snacks. Lots of snacks. And cram them all into an easily accessible, oversized top tube bag like the Salsa EXP Series ($55.99) model, which is larger than most “bento boxes”. It’ll mount to any frame via straps, or bolt into frames so equipped.
Gifts Over $100
- While an old ‘cross bike works, a proper gravel bike like the Niner RLT9 Steel ($1,500) has all the tire clearance and mounts you’d ever want, all in a fully modern frame ready for the latest components.
- If you’re going more for a gravel race bike, you’re going to want a lighter set of pedals. The Crank Brothers Eggbeater 3 Pedals ($120.60) get better with every generation and clear mud better than just about anything. And they’re light!
- We love a good 3/4 bib knicker because they keep the knees warm without being too hot, and they look cooler than full tights. Sugoi’s Zap Thermal Bibtights ($150.00) are a mid-weight piece that’s covered with reflective dots to help cars see you when the sun gets low.
- JensonUSA’s new housebrand wheels include the Revin G21 ($1,199), which offers you an affordable reliable, lightweight, and tubeless-ready carbon fiber wheelset designed specifically for gravel bikes and tires between 28mm and 50mm wide.