Many of us have a special someone in our lives who seems to live and breathe bikes. During the holiday season, we’re often left looking for the perfect gift for that person, someone for whom cycling isn’t just a mode of transportation, but a lifestyle.
Our friend Josh Bloomfield and his team at Cycle City Tours – whom we covered earlier this year in a popular piece about Vancouver’s growing bike tourism industry – recognized the lack of lifestyle products on the market, and has just launched a new venture called Cycle City Shop. The online storefront is a one-stop shop for the perfect accessories that are guaranteed to make your cycling enthusiast smile.
Just in time for the holidays, they’ve curated a selection of gift packs catered to the different folks on bikes and their unique needs. We’ve teamed up to match each gift pack to the various personalities of those riders, and help you this gift-giving season.
The brew hauler
Ideal for anyone who loves beer and bicycles, this package is an easy choice for anyone in the Pacific Northwest. We see this as the perfect set for the rider that loves to grab a growler and head to the beach to enjoy a brew with that special someone. The Cumberland Wood crate is sleek and stylish, and can hold up to two growlers or a few six packs (with room for cups). Thankfully, Cycle City Shop sets up your cycling friend with a 64 oz. Growler and two enamel steel pint glasses, so all they need to find is a blanket and someone to share it with. Fingers crossed it’s you!
Know someone who’s still new to cycling? This package is the perfect gift to make sure they’re set for their newfound fun on two wheels. Including a multi-tool, patch kit, and tire levers, your loved one will be ready for any quick fixes while on the road. Including a locally made saddlebag, as well as two lights, they’ll be prepared for year-round, peace of mind travel. As an extra, throw in the Abus Bordo, one of the securest locks available, and protect their treasured ride.
For the more seasoned, daily rider, give them the treat of some TLC for their bike. The Bike Spa package includes everything needed to refresh a well-used bicycle, and is the perfect stocking stuffer. With organic, biodegradable chain lube and degreaser, as well as a folding drivetrain brush and microfiber clothes, this kit will leave its recipient’s bike in perfect, pampered shape, ready for the next adventure.
An essentials kit for the more discerning rider, this package offers functional accessories for someone who prefers style over speed. This bespoke collection includes a local cedar crate from the Cumberland Crate Company, a sleek brass bell and handlebar-mounted coffee cup holder for their favourite locally roasted brew. For quick tune-ups, the package also includes a classic waxed canvas and leather tool kit, because even the most timeless bicycle needs an adjustment now and again.
Have a bike rider in your life that also has a love for all things techie? Then this is their dream gift pack. The Outdoor Tech Buckshot waterproof Bluetooth speaker lets them listen to their favourite tunes on the go, and the MonkeyLectric M210 lights take visibility to a whole new level. They’ll love selecting the perfect display to match their style. Paired with a waterproof phone case with limited edition design by Jane Koo, your tech lover will be set to ride day and night, rain or shine.
We all know that special bicycle enthusiast who wants more than a short jaunt in the city. For the rider that loves taking a nice day (or two) trip on two wheels, this package gives them everything they need to make the long ride a bit more comfortable. The GSI Java Drip will ensure they’re well caffeinated for the journey, and a top tube bag has lots of room for snacks, accessible while on the go. Safely storing their phone is easy in the bag’s waterproof smart phone compartment, and they’ll be able to stay connected well into their trip with the Kodiak USB powerbank.
Looking for something with a little feminine flare? The Cyclista package has you covered. Featuring the durable, functional Wald front basket, detachable and perfect for popping in a purse and heading out, as well as a classically-styled Basil aluminum bell and handlebar cup holder to hold her favourite beverage. The waterproof seat cover will keep her saddle dry and comfortable no matter the weather, and to freshen up, the Happy Spritz recover spray will allow her to freshen up post-ride.
Don’t forget those little riders! This fun package lets them make their wheels truly their own. They can decorate the front-mounted basket with included materials, giving them pride in their bike, and the Zoonimal LED light and animal handlebar horn add whimsy and delight while riding. Finally, they can literally leave their mark on the bike paths with the Chalktrail, complete with five chalk colours. Make cycling fun from the very start, and you will keep them riding for many years to come!
All of these packages include a limited edition enamel pin designed by Jane Koo, and are available online at cyclecityshop.com, with local Vancouver delivery (by bike of course, with a $15 delivery fee) within three days of ordering. Or you can stop by the shop to pick it up in-person and say ‘hi’! You can also join Cycle City and Modacity for the 2nd annual Holiday Light Bike Ride for MS Society, taking place Sunday, December 13th, and check out some of the packages in-store.
Elsewhere in Canada, orders must be placed before Dec. 16th for guaranteed Christmas delivery. Use promo code 100free for free shipping on orders over $100.