Gifts For Mountain Bikers

Words by Cycles UK

on 10/12/2018 10:20:09

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Mountain biking has been massive in the UK for decades now, so it’s incredibly likely you know a mountain biker or two and you are looking for christmas gifts they will love. Mountain Bikers are a lot like magpies, attracted to shiny bits of anodised aluminium and new gadgets, we’ve put together a list of great gifts for them.


Nutrition

Just like many other sports, there are a whole host of nutrition products for cyclists, and the fact that an energy bar or water bottle is essential for every kind of rider and every kind of ride makes any of these a great gift.

A bundle is often a good way to go as it offers a selection of bars, gels and drinks.

OTE Energy Pack

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Mmmm watermelon…

Torq Hyptonic Electrolyte Tablets Watermelon

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Fabric are a really cool brand that have developed these cageless bottles which attach directly to your bike without a bottle cage for a sleek look.

Fabric Cageless Bottle

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Clothing

Clothing is an important part of cycling, especially this time of year! However, with all the performance fabrics and features, it can be a bit confusing. So here are some of our favourites that we would recommend to any rider.

Bontrager Rhythm Mens Mountain Bike Shorts

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In the UK most Mountain Bikers opt for shorts all year round. This is because they are the most practical for any kind of riding, they allow plenty of room for knee pads and you have the option of wearing thermal tights underneath for extra warmth. This is, however, up to personal preference and there is a small selection of Mountain Biking trousers out there for more protection from the weather and crashes.

Bontrager Circuit Thermal Mens Cycling Tight

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Altura Nevis III Mens Overtrousers Black

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Bontrager Meraj Thermal womens Cycling Tight

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Altura Womens Night Vision 3 waterproof Overtrouser Black

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The Altura Nevis III Waterproof Jacket is one of our all-time bestselling pieces of clothing. The Nevis jacket has been around for many years with Altura subtly refining and improving it from time to time. The Nevis III is the latest version.

ALTURA NEVIS III WATERPROOF JACKET BLACK

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ALTURA WOMENS NEVIS III WATERPROOF JACKET RASPBERRY

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Gloves And Socks

Small gifts are often the best, and lets be honest. If you don’t get a pair of socks, is it really Christmas?

Gloves are an important item of clothing for Mountain Biking as they protect your hands from branches and bushes whilst riding singletrack, and also provide protection in crashes. Because they are such a primary form of protection, they do wear out more often then other items of clothing, so a new pair makes a great gift, even if they are just for a spares. Usually Mountain Bikers will use long fingered gloves for maximum protection.

The Bontrager Circuit Windshell Cycling Gloves are a lightweight, windproof & water resistant glove for cool weather conditions.

Bontrager Circuit Windshell Cycling Gloves

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Specialized Womens Lodown Long Finger Mountain Bike Glove

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The brighter the better!

Altura Elite Sock Yellow

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Tools And Storage

Tools are an important part of bike maintenance and compact tools are often required on rides. Some Mountain Bikers carry backpacks and some opt for small saddle bags, pockets and straps to carry gear, either way tools need to be compact and lightwieght unless it stays at home.

Fabric 6 In 1 Mini Multitool

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Specialized Air Tool Sport Switchhitter II Floor Pump

The Specialized Air Tool pumps are part of our core range, they are really nice quality and great value.

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Fabric Co2 Lever Kit Tool

Co2 tools replace pumps out on the trail for tyre inflation as they are more compact (and a new gadget to show off to your riding buddies).

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Altura Dry Pack Waterproof 2L Red

Winter doesn’t stop most Mountain Bikers, but the wet and mud can damage phones and car keys. The Altura Dry Pack is a great way to keep things dry in a backpack or saddle bag.

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Lights

Lights are an important saftey feature for road cyclists and commuters but for mountain bikers there is more importance in lighting up the trail ahead. For that reason the light needs to be more powerful (more lumens). If you need more information on what bike light to buy, we have a couple of guides to help you:

2019 Cycling Light Guide – Find Your Perfect Lights

Bike Lights – How Many Lumens Do You Need?

We sell a selection of lights from Bontrager NiteRider and more, here are some examples of lights that make good Mountain Bike headlights.

Bontrager ION 800 RT Rechargeable Front Bike Light

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NiteRider Lumina Micro 850 Front Bike Light

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