It’s getting down to the wire and we know you might be looking for just a few more items to stuff under the tree for that special someone.There’s a problem getting gifts for your mountain bikers if you don’t know exactly what they ride. Is it a 26, 27.5 or 29″ Is it tubeless or not? What seat tube diameter is it? Not knowing all the answers is exactly the problem.
To help you out, we walked into the Encina Shop and asked the pro’s what they would recommend for a mountain biker. We gave them a few rules:
- It has to be in-stock
- It has to be under $50
- It has to work for most all mountain bikers
- It has to make them smile! Not one of those fake smiles but the kind of smile that says “How in the heck did you know I even wanted/needed this?” That amazed kind of smile.
You’ll find no kiddie handlebar bells here. These are for real mountain bike riders.
Most all the items listed are also available online as well (for those that like shopping online)
Here’s our list of
10 Perfect Items to get the Mountain Biker in your life (under $50)
Going from Flats to Clipless? Where to start? Shimano’s M520 pedals are perfect for the cross country rider looking for affordable clipless pedals that are easy to enter and exit and built to last. Bindings are adjustable giving the rider perfect entry and exit tension, plus they have an open mud shedding design that prevents clogging. $44.99
A great chain works great, but they also cost a few bucks. If you don’t take care of your chain you’ll wear it out faster (as well as the cluster and chainrings). Proper chain cleaning is easy with this kit. It includes the cool chain scrubber, the brush (which also works great in the cluster!) and an 8oz bottle of Citrus ChainBrite. Make sure you pick up a bottle of chain lube as well (think stocking stuffer!) $34.99
The performance minded like to ride with a computer. One of the most popular out there is the Garmin Edge series. That includes the Edge 200, Edge 500, Edge 510, Edge 800, Edge 810, Edge Touring, Edge Touring Plus, as well as the Forerunner 310XT and Forerunner 910XT. Mounting the unit to the top of the stem is not the safest place to have these great devices, it’s much safer and easier to read with the computer mounted just in front of the bars. This mount does just that! $49.99
Baby, it’s cold outside! It’s still great to be out and riding but you want to keep warm. The soft, fleece-backed Therminal fabric cuts the wind and conserves warmth without making you look like a misplaced roadie. While they might be available in both black and white – don’t even think about it. Just go with the black, it’ll hide the dirt, grime and blood stains better 😉 $40.00
Keeping up with the idea of keeping your mountain biker warm, there’s going to be a gap between ankle and those nifty new knee warmers. The Endura Coolmax Long Socks fill that gap. They breath, and wick sweat too! The Coolmax lycra brings in a great deal of compression support as well. They come in both black and white but you already know what color we think you should go for. The online price shows as $24.99 for a 2 pack. Don’t tell anyone but we found a pack in store priced at $21.99!
#6 FOX Trailer Hitch Cover
If your mountain biker has a truck or SUV chances are they also have a trailer hitch. When it’s not in use, there’s no better way to cover up that ugly square slot than with a trailer hitch cover. Fox makes one in a variety of colors. If you’ve ever run into the bitter steel end of your receiver hitch you’ll understand why you want one of these and especially why they make them in rubber! $24.95 (in store only)
Carrying a tool kit is pretty close to being mandatory. No matter where you are when you break, it’s just about always a very long walk back. Serfas makes great lights but they also make a great multi tool! Here’s one we really like. It has all the usual tools plus it works as a C02 inflater (much faster than a pump) and includes tire levers and a patch kit! How cool is that? $39.99 (stocking Stuffer hint: Pick up a few C02 Canisters as well)
Even with a handful of C02 canisters you should always carry a pump. One of the smallest and best out there comes from Crank Brothers. This pump is just 8″ long and easily fits into a back pocket or better yet a hydration pack. It has a universal head (pumps both Schrader and Presta) and goes to 100 psi! And yes, that’s a built in air gauge! $40.49
Before you even leave the house you’ll want to make sure you are up to pressure. Everyone needs a floor pump but only a few people will have a cool pump like this! Check out the hi viz yellow version of the Specialized Air Tool HP Floor Pump! You’ll never have a tough time finding this in the garage! When we first arrived at the shop they had 4, by the time we left they had 3. They said they have more on the way but at $50.00 these are going to go fast!
We were so close to NOT including this in the list but in the end we just had to. At $55.00 it’s just over the target we set for this list. Well, you can sue us over the extra $5 it’s such a phenomenal tire we just HAD to have it on the list. Here’s the thing though – unlike everything else on this list you’ll need to know what size wheels your mountain biker is riding. (Hint: it’s going to be 26, 650B, or 29).
The Butcher is perfect for our winter and spring riding conditions. Truth be told it’s a perfect tire all year long! It’s Tubeless ready or perfectly fine to be run with tubes. Dual compound tread gives the rider great traction and the reinforced sidewalls reduce pinch flats.
So that’s our list for this year. Remember, all of these are available in store for you last minute types.
Did we miss anything?
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