Gift Guide – Gear For Everyone In The Family

by Brian Mullin on December 6, 2013

I thought I’d toss out a short holiday gift guide that would cover
everyone in the family, so here is some suggestions for her, the kids,
the dog and on-the-trail mechanic.


Fix It Sticks
Fix
It Sticks is an innovative bike tool that was created by Brian Davis
and was originally funded through a Kickstarter campaign. Basically, the
two-piece tool has four pressed steel bits on each of their ends, and
you mesh the pieces together to form a T-handle wrench. The current tool
is made from aluminum and retails for $29.99 and comes in a slew of
options depending on the chosen bits: 2.5, 3, 4, 5 and 6mm hex, #1 and
#2 Phillips, T10, T25, T30 and T40 Torx, slotted 5 and 8mm. It breaks
down nicely so you can easily stash it in a pocket or a hydration pack
compartment, and then snaps together for tightening or loosening bolts,
and the nice T-handle design allows you to easily apply leverage onto
bolts.

MSRP: $29.99
More Info: Fix It Sticks

Release N Run Leash Collar
If
you regularly take your dog out on rides or hikes with you, there are
occasionally times that you need to leash them up. For whatever reason,
perhaps you’re on a busy street, or you’re taking a run down to the
coffee shop for an espresso, and you need to safely take care of your
companion. Or maybe you’re having an interaction with a cranky hiker/
horse or aggressive dog.  I have resorted to wrapping the leash around
my waist, or stuffing into a pack or my jacket to carry the thing along
with me. The Release N Run is a dog collar with a built-in 4 foot
retractable leash; allowing the leash to fully stow in the dog’s collar
while not in use. Whenever you need to use the leach, just grab the
handle inside the collar and pull on it, and when done, let it go, and
it retracts back into the collar. It’s made with tough Cordura webbing
and Spectra cord, and comes in four sizes determined by your dog’s neck
size and approximate weight.

MSRP: $39.95
More Info: https://myraddog.com/

Photo courtesy of  Shebeest

Shebeest Jersey, Moxie Top and Skirt Sports Skirt (left to right)

Jerseys, Shorts and Skirts for Her
Women
specific bike apparel is important due to the obvious anatomical
differences, but there is also an important aspect of fashion, flair and
fun. Most bike apparel manufacturers have men’s and women’s products,
and there are now several companies with women only lineups. Shebeest
has an entire suite of bike apparel, including top, bottoms and
outerwear, with a plethora of styles and fun colors and patterns. Moxie
makes only sleeveless tops, which come in multiple colors and styles.
Last but not least is Skirt Sports, which has a vast array of active
wear clothing items, including bike oriented tops and skirts with
chamois liners, which would be perfect for cruising on a bike. Get
something fun and flirty for her.

MSRP: $45 – $120
More Info: http://www.moxiecycling.com and http://shebeest.com/ and http://www.skirtsports.com/
Worth Considering: http://www.pearlizumi.com/

The Schwinn Biking Game
Like most board games, you roll the dice and when you land on certain
spots, you either answer a biking-related question or read off a fun
fact. The question cards feature four different levels of difficulty,
and young players will answer the easiest Level 1 question, while adults
and bicycling experts can answer Level 4 questions making the game
challenging for everyone playing. I have played this game several times
with my son, and it has always been a delight to play. By having the
difficulty level for the questions, it makes it more entertaining for
everyone. I was repetitively stumped by questions relating to BMX, since
I know next to nothing on the topic. I found it a great game for the
entire family, and it pushed my trivia limits, and made other family
members learn things about biking from the questions and facts. The
Schwinn Biking Game is suitable for players ages 4 and up. It can be
played with 2-8 players and retails for $24.99.

MSRP: $24.99
More Info: www.educationoutdoors.net

Wipeout Dry Erase Helmet
It
can be tough to get kids to wear helmets, but I have found if they can
accessorize them or have something that makes them cool, they’re my apt
to use them. Each of the Wipeout helmets comes with a package of five
dry erase markers and a stencil kit, so they can customize their helmet
to their hearts content. The helmets meet CPSC standards, come in a
variety of colors (Black, White, Pink Neon Green, Neon Orange and more),
three sizes and retail for around $30.

MSRP: $3o
More Info: http://iwipeout.com

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