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Need some ideas for a gift (probably cycling related).Spinchick
Jun 4, 2002 12:15 PM
My next door neighbor just hosted a shower for me this weekend. It was obvious she put a great deal of work into the arrangements and food - really nice. I want to get her some kind of thank you gift and was thinking something cycling related would be nice. She's a newbie - just started riding last fall. (Finally bought her own bike this year - up til then she was riding my mtb.) She's a plus size so I have no idea what size jersey or shorts she'd wear - so I think clothing is out. Any ideas? TIA.
re: Need some ideas for a gift (probably cycling related).bikedodger
Jun 4, 2002 12:29 PM
How about some cycling socks. Sizing is pretty easy and they come in many designs.

Get her a fixte (your size)MB1
Jun 4, 2002 12:54 PM
Then say "Oh it is fun, let me show you."

nah, she'd probably prefer...JS Haiku Shop
Jun 7, 2002 9:31 AM
an eddy merckx 57cm elite with full chorus grouppo, open pros, and ti regal saddle. e-mail me and i'll give you her preferred shipping address. barring that, i agree with do(u)g, 'cept it oughta be "brew of the month" club.
re: Need some ideas for a gift (probably cycling related).DougSloan
Jun 4, 2002 1:00 PM
*socks are good
*bottles - maybe the insulated ones
*mini-tool kit
*seat bag full of stuff (tube, patch kit, mini-tool, levers)
*CO2 inflator
though some of these are personal,...JS Haiku Shop
Jun 7, 2002 9:44 AM
...including computer, co2, and gloves, i would agree with the others: socks (never can go wrong with fun socks, unless you get her the defeet ones with sperm on 'em), mini-tool, bottles (wife bought me a polar bottle two years ago for daddy's day, it was a great cycling gift from a non-cycling person), but...the award for all-around appropriate and "best of class" gift should go to do(u) pack full o'stuff is AWESOME! it's like a basket o'goodies, except for a cyclist. i NEVER have enough tubes, patch kits, tire levers (always breaking 'em), and would love to have a spoke wrench for each seatpack.

to add to this, the #1 most-surprisingly-useful-and-eye-opening thing i've started using this year is the crank brothers speed lever. it's a cinch to unseat a tire for a quick change, and an "oooooohhh!" goes across the group of guys stopped with me like "the wave" at a football game.


check it out:

pedro's large blowout bag

crank brothers speed lever

nashbar patch kit (good ol' glue)

nashar medium presta road tubes
$3.95 (x2)

plus shipping...
crank brothers speed leverDougSloan
Jun 7, 2002 10:08 AM
I love those things. They make changing even tight tires on Nucleon rims easy to do.

I liked it so much, I even bought the shop version by Park; it's about 2 feet long and made of an aluminum bar with a big lever. It works even better for garage tire/tube changes.
i was lookin' at that...JS Haiku Shop
Jun 7, 2002 12:20 PM
but there are other things higher on my list. it'll have to be relegated to #23, just below an actual pedal wrench.
pedal wrench. oooh, pedal wrenchDougSloan
Jun 7, 2002 1:17 PM
Get the wrench. It makes life easy changing those things out. I have the humongous Wrench Force wrench. Works fantastic.
A book on cycling for women or mag subscription. nmrideslikeagirl
Jun 4, 2002 1:27 PM
re: Need some ideas for a gift (probably cycling related).AllisonHayes
Jun 4, 2002 1:30 PM
1. a cycling pin

> CYCLING PIN : The free form design represents the various terrain the cyclist is exposed to whether it be for competitive racing or leisure. The contour of the hills, curves and "off road" conditions create the excitement and challenge for the cyclist.

2. helmet
3. a good pump
4. computer
5. book
more ideasMelMo
Jun 4, 2002 1:35 PM
Remember, nothing says "I care" like bright lights. I'll second the socks and gloves, and add a lock (do you know if she has one?) as ideas.

If you have some time to spend (and can concentrate, what with the impending Chicklet and all), something I would have really appreciated as a cycling newbie (I still think of myself as one) would be local route suggestions. Highlighted maps, maybe, and cue sheets that include things like "There's a big ass hill here, so downshift early" and "The coffee shop at the top of the hill has excellent danish, so it's worth the climb." A range of distances and challenges would be nice--maybe a 10 mile round trip to a nice park, a flat 20, a hilly 20, etc.

Jelly of the Month Club ? :-) nmDougSloan
Jun 4, 2002 1:52 PM
Yeah, but Concord Grape or Marmalade? See the problem? nmSpinchick
Jun 4, 2002 2:45 PM
Wow, thanks for all the great ideas!Spinchick
Jun 4, 2002 2:47 PM
This will be one gift I'll enjoy shopping for.
re: Need some ideas for a gift (probably cycling related).DINOSAUR
Jun 7, 2002 8:55 AM
All above suggestions are good... what about the Zinn Road Maintenance book? If she is a newby this book covers all the basic stuff and even a knot head like me can follow the instructions for basic bike maintenance.. there comes a time and place when stuff comes up and you can refer to the book instead of waiting for a reply on the old forum...