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Commute By Bike’s Holiday Gift Guide 2010

by Ted Johnson

Are bike commuters generous as a group? Do we take a piece of what we love and try to bestow it on others to enable their bike commute.

As a bike commuting advocate, is it better to give or receive? The answer is Yes.

We recommended giving simple usable bike commuting gifts that inspire your friends and family to try out bike commuting.

It’s been awhile since Commute By Bike has published any product reviews. You can consider any of these gift ideas as recommendations from folks here at our world headquarters. These are products that we use, love, and endorse.

If you are looking to receive a gift, we offer suggestions on how to drop hints at the bottom.

Pace Sportswear Balaclava


Sometime during the Fall, that wind-in-your-face feeling changes from being a “joy of cycling” into being a disincentive. A balaclava not only protects the face, it covers the ears so you can’t hear the car whispering its temptations.

Dahon Folding Bike

Dahon Folding Bike

In an urban area, or for a multimodal commute, you can’t beat a folding bike. Once you’ve had one, it’s hard to understand why everyone doesn’t. Dahon makes quality, affordable folders. Use their dealer locator to find a dealer online or near you.

Burley Travoy Urban Trailer

Commuter Trailers

Even for those without a folding fetish: The Burley Travoy and the Carry Freedom City are two great trailers for errands on the way to work, or on the way home. Both fold up small and don’t take up much space at the workplace.

Extrawheel Voyager Trailer

Extrawheel Voyager Trailer

For someone who wouldn’t dream of ever sullying their precious road bike or full-suspension mountain bike with a rack, bag, or trailer hitch. The Extrawheel Voyager attaches to the rear skewers for in-town errands or touring. Compatible with most panniers, or get the Extrawheel Panniers. This lightweight trailer tracks so closely, it’s easy to forget its there.

Showers Pass Cycling Clothing

Showers Pass Cycling Clothing

Showers Pass makes high quality cycling gear that looks right on or off the bike. The company is based in Portland, so they know about bike commuting. Showers Pass is consistently among the best-ranked brands on the market for bike clothing. Check out their commuter section.

MiliOn 200 USB LED bike light

Cygolite MiliOn 200 USB LED Front Light

This light recharges via USB, making it easy to recharge at work. The charge stays bright as long as the battery is juiced up.


Bspot Bike Locator

If you or your gift recipient happen to live in The Netherlands, a Bspot will help you find your bike in those pesky overcrowded bike parking areas. (I actually have no idea what that would be like.)

Planet Bike Super Flash

Planet Bike Superflash

This very-bright light can clip to a seat post, clothing, panniers, or to a stocking hung by the fire.

Lezyne SV5 Multi Tool

Lezyne SV5 Multitool

You can go crazy with multitools. Some try to pack an entire bike shop tool box–more tools than most people would ever realistically ever use. The Lezyne SV5 has the basics needed for most repairs and adjustments.

Tubus Racks

Tubus Racks

It’s hard to know what kind of rack a gift recipient might want, so this is probably more in the drop-a-hint category. If you want a rack, you probably want a Tubus Rack. Drop that hint.

Bionx Electric Assist Kit

Bionx Electric Assist Kit

This is for someone who needs a little more than just some encouragement to commute by bike. A Bionx kit provides a power assist for experienced as well as tentative commuters.

Jandd Grocery Bag Panniers

Jandd Grocery Bag Panniers

These can turn trip to the store into a pleasant ride. The Jannd Grocery Bag Panniers come with a shoulder strap, making it easy to carry into a store or around a farmer’s market.

Uvex Helmet

Uvex Helmets

Uvex helmets adjust easily to when the size of the rider’s head changes, such as is caused by a balaclava, ear muffs, or a smug ego of a self-righteous bike commuter. (Come on, you know at least one.) These helmets are well made, with many well-thought-out details.

Messenger Bags

Messenger Bags

It’s not only bike messengers who like to use messenger bags. They provide more stability than a purse or duffel bag, and easier access to the contents than a backpack. There are waterproof messenger bags, and standard messenger bags to fit any rider’s climate and style.

If you carry a laptop, a padded laptop sleeve adds extra protection for the computer.

Bike Backpacks

Bike Backpacks

Bike backpacks make good gifts for students, or anyone who needs to switch between biking and walking throughout the day.

Handlebar Bags

Handlebar Bags

For people who spend a lot of time on their bike, and like to keep their things within reach, handlebar bags make a great gift. Most standard handlebar bags have the opening snaps or zippers facing towards the rider, so they can even been opened and accessed while in motion.

Cycling Knickers

Cycling Knickers

It’s an old cliche, but it’s true: Nothing says “holiday love” like Knickers. We’re partial to Chrome Loop Pro Knickers, and Ibex El Fito 3/4 Bike Knickers. Both are high quality and extremely comfortable.

Drop a Big Hint

Would you like one of these accessories as a gift for yourself? Here are some ways you can drop hints:

  • Leave a comment on this page, saying how much you’d love one of these gifts, then post this page to Facebook.
  • Send a product URL by e-mail, with the subject, “I’m saving the earth. It’s the least you can do for me.”
  • Cut out the middleman: Buy what you want for yourself.

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94 Responses to “Commute By Bike’s Holiday Gift Guide 2010”

  1. conjob says:

    conjob, #5853
    this one took me a long time…

  2. Cyclin’ Missy 7495 – This one took me a while!

  3. Olev says:

    I’ve just discovered I’m navigationally challenged. Thanks for the help cyclelicious!


  4. Chris Nygaard says:

    7316, still looking for the booze on this race.

  5. Ruth Turner says:

    Ted, you are a saucy and devious Minx and I very much enjoyed that!

    Thank you.

    Ruth Turner #6691

  6. Kowenn says:

    Kowenn #3784
    I liked this checkpoint. It was like every other alleycat i’ve been in; i was lost.

  7. Michael says:

    Michael, 8774

  8. Ben says:

    either I’m really dumb or that was hard to find.

    Ben #9356

  9. Daniel M says:

    This one was a bit hard to find. Somehow I just guessed that a checkpoint would make a great holiday gift.

    Daniel, #592

  10. Andrew says:

    Informative site.
    Andrew #3481

  11. BykMor says:

    I’ll take on of each of ’em!!!

    BykMor, #5113

  12. mathieu lapointe says:

    Mathieu Lapointe #5121

  13. flaneur brian says:

    You forgot to mention that the greatest gift most people can give to the cyclist in their life is to urge their family, friends and colleagues to give cyclists more space and consideration when driving…

    Flaneur Brian #2966

  14. JWM says:

    #9921 / JWM

  15. djjazzynick says:

    7920. Yup Djjazzynick.

  16. jatravartid says:


  17. Ludgero says:

    Ludgero #7678

  18. microzen says:


    Longtime reader, 1st time rider. I must say I love my Travoy. I pulled up to a grocery store with it to purchase a 5 gallon jug of water. The store owner was very impressed with it.

  19. Gary #5039 says:

    I’m definitely coming back here for a longer look after I finish with the allycat.

  20. jollytin says:

    jollytin #5353

  21. Kendall says:

    dang! that one was hard.

  22. AuntN says:

    i don’t like mondays or anagrams! 9556

  23. AuntN says:

    grrrr! 9556

  24. keely says:

    silent night
    holy night
    bicycle lights
    in sight…

    Keely #4440

  25. Bevco says:

    Good Grief. I’m not supposed to be stressed right? So let the fun continue, as I try to catch my comrades. Here I come to join the after party I hope… says the tortoise to the hares… Bevco #7012

  26. kerry says:

    mmm gift new lights!#3686

  27. tc says:

    that was a double flat

  28. Revolutionary mama is racer #1873!

  29. Mr. Wakiki says:

    I wish I could say this is fun


  30. Sean says:

    Yes! *fist pump* Sean. #4911

  31. Tony says:

    damn I had to work for this one

  32. Thanks! Nice guide btw.

    EPIC! Stratton #1904

  33. Rudi Riet says:

    Sure, nice: a gift guide that saves the work of recommending stuff for friends and family to buy for me or my crazy cyclist friends. THANKS. A. LOT! 😉

    Thanks for being a checkpoint – and I checked my wallet, it still has all its money.

    Rudi Riet, #2975

  34. shanerh says:

    shanerh #9708 checking in on his commute…. err race.

  35. HoppyOkapi says:

    All I want for Christmas is a new bike or three, plus a European cycling tour….a girl can dream, right?

    HoppyOkapi #3431

  36. Jimminy this was a tough one, I even clicked on the right link 3 times before I found the checkpoint. Apparently I needed to set a cookie or something

  37. locus says:

    locus #2537

  38. Derrick says:

    Derrick S. #226

  39. Blue Fish says:


    Blogs like this are why I wanted to do the alley cat… I don’t know that I would have found this on my own…

  40. ScottPost says:

    This was quite cool. Liking the challenge, but lunchtime is almost over.

  41. Patrick Kitto says:

    tricky one. thanks for the hints…


  42. Alex Clark says:

    Alex Clark

  43. Bryan Lewis says:

    #5035 leaving fortunes…

    Luke: Is the dark side stronger?
    Yoda: No, no, no. Quicker, easier, more seductive.

    Yoda and Luke Skywalker, The Empire Strikes Back

  44. Jay says:

    #4776 says thanks

  45. Holly CRAP this was a tough one to find.

    Richard #4540

  46. caroline says:

    caroline #3074

  47. Veloflanell says:


  48. sinred says:

    #9125 sinred

  49. Bikergram says:

    #4811 – another twist along the commuting route

  50. Ryan says:

    oops #1578

  51. Ryan says:

    Clever hiding the cp like that

  52. Debbie says:

    Debbie #4848

  53. Hunter says:

    Hunter #9782

  54. All Ice says:

    Oh, well that was a hill.


  55. JM says:

    Had a mechanical (class) and I’m now back on the bike.

  56. Iwakura says:

    This one took me too long!! >_<


  57. samh says:

    Dang, that was a toughie. – #1656

  58. allium says:

    Remember the SAT question….8,345,123+23x55x9,345/(pi+677787)*0?

    That’s how I feel now. At the previous checkpoint, I was thinking “This is too easy. Where’s the challenge?” No more.

    Allium – 8247

  59. Widsith says:

    #1330 wants to know how we were supposed to get here from the page that says “Your checkpoint is one click away” in just one click. Even after finding the checkpoint, I still can’t figure out how to get here in a single click.

  60. Mister A says:

    8310 Sweet

  61. DaveS says:

    #9336 – my fave so far!

  62. Mark says:

    #2530–Good guide

  63. Badda Skat says:

    Thanks for the Alleycat… made me search for this one seriously. Haha

    Badda Skat #6233

  64. Ian Prust says:

    Ian Prust #9475

  65. cycler says:

    Cycler 4505

  66. John J Wilde says:

    This is a lot more challenging than I originally thought it would be.
    xtrajack #1455

  67. Thomas says:

    I can never read the confirmation text things on these things. ><

  68. Glenn Girtman says:

    Glenn Girtman , #6163

  69. Alan@EcoVelo says:


    Missed a gear…

  70. Bod says:

    Ooh Ted, you’re evil! Found it in the end though… #2846

  71. goathens says:

    goathens # 7561

  72. Claire says:

    Claire #1186

  73. Aaron says:

    I got to try out that new Burly trailer recently. It is really cool. We loaded almost everything we needed for a tailgate onto it.


  74. DK says:

    #812 (the toughest stop so far)

  75. aaron 8363 says:

    That was hard

  76. Brent Strange says:

    Brent #2277

  77. Andy says:

    thanks for helping host the alleycat! Andy, #6749

  78. Ian says:

    The Best balaclava is a beard …. it’s all natural wicking is amazing…

  79. Aw, c’mon, what’s wrong with SOCKS?

  80. Pat says:

    The BEST balaclava is the Outdoor Research Helmetclava. The front/face portion is both vented and made from windstopper. The rear is slightly thinner and fleece. The top is much thinner, but still keeps my bald head warm in 15F temperatures with a regular helmet.

    One of the best winter commuting purchases I’ve made.

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