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Unlock more performance from your bike or yourself with these cycling gift ideas. BikeTiresDirect carries the latest innovations from popular brands like Continental, Zipps, and Garmin.
Of course, winter means training in harsher conditions for most of us, and that’s why you’ll find shoes and gloves that can help protect you from the elements.
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Gift Ideas for Cyclists
An upgrade to a popular tire, and already a proven winner (Paris-Roubaix), the all-new Continental Grand Prix 5000 S TR Road Tire is said to be 20% faster, have 28% more sidewall protection, and weigh 50 g lighter than the previous GP5000 tubeless model.
The tread uses the brand’s Black Chili Rubber Compound for a grip that minimizes resistance, and the Lazer Grip expands to the tire’s shoulders for more assured cornering. The GP5000 is tubeless and hookless rim compatible (up to 73 psi).Shop Now
Oakley’s Sutro Lite is a semi-rimless version of its popular Sutro for a greater field of view. The Prizm Lens tech is designed to enhance color and contrasts for greater detail.
The high-wrap, semi-rimless frame provides a larger field of view and more ventilation. Lastly, the brand’s textured grip, Unobtanium, is added to the frame’s nose pads and inside the temple to hold the sunglasses in place during the sweatiest of pursuits.Shop Now
This is Garmin’s first model with multi-band GNSS technology, which means increased positioning accuracy in places with dense tree cover, remote trails, and even in urban canyons between skyscrapers. Beyond the location tracking and navigation you’d expect from Garmin, it comes with plenty of performance-tracking features, too.
When used with a compatible sensor, the Garmin 1040 can help provide power targets through a route or workout as well as show you some stamina metrics that gauge your expected energy reserve. It can share data with many top tracking apps and platforms, like Strava, Komoot, and TrainingPeaks. The battery lasts up to 35 hours of fully featured tracking, or up to 70 hours in battery save mode.Shop Now
The Garmin Forerunner 965 is made for runners and triathletes who crave performance and recovery data. Each morning, the watch estimates key metrics to provide training readiness and suggest workouts. Similarly, a race widget can provide training tips and predict course completion times.
It’s built with an AMOLED touchscreen for a brighter, full-color display of built-in maps, training status, and time. The titanium bezel shaves some weight compared to other models.Shop Now
The rack’s arms are hydropneumatic to help make loading and unloading easier with one hand on a bike. A two-bike rack comes with a pivot that can be activated by hand or foot, while an end-pull handle on the add-ons lets you lower the rack more readily.
The rack’s arms are designed to secure bike tires but are also coated to protect your bike’s paint from incidental dings. Low-profile integrated LED tail lights pair with your vehicle for rear visibility and safety.
The Piston Pro X has a Flatlock hitch cam with a lockable install for a more secure, wobble-free ride. The rack’s modular QuickConnect design means there’s room for adding another bike (or two). Kuat even makes an e-bike ramp as another option.Shop Now
Garmin Tacx NEO 2T Smart is a revamped design with new components built upon the brand’s flagship NEO 2. The experience should be more immersive, with a wider pedal stroke analysis compatibility. Riders may notice it runs quieter and provides more accurate measurements of your speed, cadence, and power. (Garmin claims a maximum deviation of 1% of your data.)
The trainer is ready to go out of the box, no calibration is needed. It has a virtual flywheel and can handle 2,200W of max power and incline up to 25%.Shop Now
Zipp’s 303 S Firecrest Tubeless Disc-brake wheelset is among its lightest, with a priority on aero performance while riding on 28mm tires. However, it can fit gravel tires up to 50mm wide, too. The 303s are made for tubeless tires and disc-brake bikes, for lower pressure races that run on and off paved surfaces.
With Spring Classics in its heritage, the 303 wheelset strives to perform on all terrain. There’s still the 45mm rim depth from the 302 disc brake, yet the external rim width grows 2 mm to 27 mm and the internal width grows by 7 mm to a 23mm internal depth. The goal of these changes is to improve performance and ride quality to the tune of 10W savings versus similar wheels in terms of the total power required on flat roads, according to Zipps.Shop Now
A top-of-the-line model from Giro, the Aries Spherical MIPS Road Helmet is a compact design with plenty of ventilation and protection.
Giro’s Spherical Technology is a ball-and-socket design powered by Mips that can redirect energy away from the brain in certain impacts. Dual-density layers with foam add to its energy absorption and redirection during high- and low-speed impacts.
The helmet has 25 “Wind Tunnel” vents, antimicrobial padding, and the brand’s Roc Loc 5+ Air fit system for plenty of adjustability to get the fit dialed just right.Shop Now
Winter rides are often windy and wet. To help counter those chilling factors, Fizik created the road-specific R5 Tempo Artica GTX, which combines insulation with waterproof-breathable protection from GORE-TEX for warmer, drier feet on winter rides.
Inside, there’s a brushed-fleece lining inside the shoe for insulation and a touch of comfort. Outside, the shoe has a PU-laminated upper that pairs with a GORE-TEX Koala membrane designed to optimize breathability, so sweat vapor can escape without letting water in. A Velcro strap helps keep the ankle in place, while the L6 BOA dial allows for smaller adjustments on the fly, even with gloved hands.Shop Now
Protect your hands this winter with these windstopping, weather-resistant gloves. The Castelli Estremo gloves have a fleece lining, full cuff coverage with a Velcro closure, and the brand’s WindStopper X-Fast fabric on the back of the hand.Shop Now
Silca designed its HX1 Tool Kit with plenty of practically sized tools and chrome-coated steel that makes them harder than standard Cr-V steel. That should translate to a prolonged life of the tool and less stripped or damaged fasteners — especially those made of softer metals. The handles have a bright red polymer grip to stand out in a cluttered workspace.
The set’s hex-key wrenches range from 2 mm to 10 mm, with a magnetic adapter that converts the 6mm wrench into a ¼-inch socket driver for the six Torx, two Phillips, and two flathead bits. Each tool fits a designated, CNC’d slot inside a hand-crafted beechwood box.Shop Now