It’s tough to buy gifts for a cyclist.  Most of the time we purchase what we want long before a birthday or the holiday season rolls around.  In the event you’re feeling under-appreciated or exhausted from shopping for others, this gift guide is for you.  Featuring products available from the venerable Kinetic Cycles in Sacramento, here are my 5 favorite cycling picks from 2015.

Garmin Edge 520 $300

The new Garmin 520 will make you a better human being.  You can do all the research you want but I’m going to keep things simple and tell you why you need to drive down to Kinetic and get one ASAP.

  1. Perfect, trouble free, wireless sync to Strava and TrainingPeaks.
  2. Live Strava segments to keep your KOM hunting dialed.
  3. Text or call alerts from your phone.
  4. Detailed maps with basic navigation.
  5. Tons of screen options for every data configuration imaginable.

Light & Motion Urban 800 Fast Charge Head Light $150

Light & Motion makes great bike lights here in California.  You probably already have a head light but here’s why I think the Urban 800 is worth getting anyways.

  1. Micro USB quick-chargeable.
  2. 800 lumens.  Blast a ton of light for 1 1/2 hours or dial it down for longer run-time.
  3. Compact design with LED indicator of charge status.
  4. Bright side facing LED lights for 180 degree visibility.
  5. Comes with GoPro mount to connect directly to K-Edge Combo mount.
  6. Made in USA.

Light & Motion Vis 180 Tail Light $100

I’ve had a number of tail lights in the past but this is the best by far.  Here’s why you should ditch your failure of a blinky and get the Vis 180.

  1. Micro USB chargeable.
  2. Easy mount with angle adjustment
  3. Bright side facing LED lights for 180 degree visibility.
  4. 70 lumens clearly visible during the day.
  5. Made in USA.

K-Edge Combo Garmin/GoPro Mount $55

K-Edge makes solid machined aluminum mounts.  I’ve had several K-Edge GoPro and Garmin mounts in the past but this combo mount takes the cake.  Here’s why I love it.

  1. Get the perfect out front angle on your Garmin
  2. Mount your GoPro or more importantly a head-light underneath your Garmin.
  3. Use your light more often without annoying brackets on your handlebars.
  4. Made in the USA

Honey Stinger Honey Waffle $1.50

If you’re going to ride well you have to crush a lot of carbs.  Gels and chews are the most “carb dense” but sometimes you need an option that actually tastes good.  Here’s why you should add waffles to your on-bike fueling routine.

  1. Great textural contrast to other “bike food”.
  2. Tastes like actual food.
  3. 20g of carbohydrates per waffle.
  4. Tons of flavor options

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Written by Nate Dunn, M.S.

Nate’s entire career has been spent in education and coaching. As a former teacher and now full-time cycling coach, he is most excited about helping clients discover more about themselves as they achieve their goals on the bike.