While Santa may have already compiled his naughty and nice lists, many of us (ourselves included) are just now contemplating what to put under the Christmas tree for the mountain bikers in our lives. Shopping for a woman mountain biker can even be more challenging, as the standard perfume and jewelry might not impress us. If you haven’t finished (or started, for that matter) your Christmas shopping yet, here are a few great ideas for the female mountain biker in your life:
For the Best Behaved, AKA High-Priced Gifts
Juliana Roubion, $6,599: There is a mathematical equation that governs all bikers, dictating the number of bikes that are to be owned. That equation is n+1, where “n” is the current number of bikes you own. Besides, what Christmas list would be complete for anyone without including a new bike, both young and old. The Juliana Roubion, however, may only be obtained by those women at the very top of the “nice” list, as the X01 build kit starts at $6,599. With that said, having demoed one this year, the Roubion will most likely make the top of my list every year.
Carbon Fiber Rims, ~$1,650+: Initially, the only reason I caved and let my husband upgrade to carbon fiber rims was due to the fact that he was annihilating his aluminum rims. Paired with a lifetime crash replacement for “only” $125 plus the cost of a wheel build, the Roval Carbon Traverse SL (MSRP $1,650 including hub) has actually worked out cheaper for him in the long run. Having ridden these myself, the standard ol’ crappy aluminum wheels on my bike now feel like spaghetti noodles while bombing down rock gardens. Carbon fiber rims are a must for the lady tackling all-mountain to enduro style trails.
Dropper Post, ~$300: This is an absolute must for all riders and at the absolute top of my (somewhat reasonable) list. I’ve demoed a few different models, and by far my favorite is the KS Lev DX ($300). The main aspect I like about the KS is that it is cable actuated, so you never have to bleed the fluids. Additionally, in talking with my LBS, they warranty them the least out of all the brands. Perfect for the low maintenance girl in your life.
Women’s Mountain Bike Clinic,~$300: Having attended the Beti AllRide Clinic this past summer in Sedona, AZ, this gift would, by far, be the most appreciated and utilized one under the Christmas tree. Some women would prefer to escape for the weekend to a resort town to go shopping, hang out at the pool, and have a mani/pedi. While I would also like those activities (in moderation), I would easily give them up in a heartbeat to go shred singletrack with a bunch of women while getting top-notch instruction from professionals. While some clinics can get expensive, the Beti AllRide Clinic was $300 for two full days of instruction.
POC Trabec Helmet, $150: I like my pink one, but there are lots of other colors available including white, royal blue and navy. The POC helmet is well-ventilated, easy to adjust, and will provide plenty of protection.
Pearl Izumi Sugar 3/4 length bike tights, $100: I just got a pair of these, and they are awesome! These tights are a perfect way to extend your bike season: warm, comfortable and great for late fall/early winter.
New Jersey, ~$45: I’ll admit it. I’m vain. I hate heading out to the bike trails in ridiculously shapeless, baggy “moisture wicking” shirts. What I want are colorful shirts or jerseys designed for women. I love the Dakine Xena 3/4 sleeved jersey that I got earlier this year because it’s fitted, breathable and isn’t covered in pink and flowers. It retails for $45.
New Padded Bike Gloves, ~$30: There’s nothing grosser than shaking hands with someone at work and wondering if they can feel the calluses on my hands. Lately my bike gloves have not been cutting it, and my hands are definitely showing some unsightly bumps. To solve that, I hope someone gets me a pair of Giro Tessa LF bike gloves (or something similar). These retail for $30 and have enough gel padding to keep my hands callus free!
Merino Wool Socks, ~$10-20: Winter, summer, fall, and spring, you can’t beat Merino wool socks. These stay remarkably warm for the winter and surprisingly cool in the summer. An added bonus for every mountain biking woman, as well as those closest to them: they’re stench resistant. Fill up the socks by the chimney with these socks. I’ve seen them retail from $10 to $20.
Lara Bars, $1.79 per bar: Made with very few ingredients, all-natural, and suitable for a variety of diets, Lara Bars are great stocking stuffers for really any mountain biker! As a favorite of mine, though, I hope some find their way into my stocking.