Looking for a last-minute gift for that special bicyclist on Santa's list? We asked our staff what they wanted to see under their tree this year to create this list of Last-Minute Cycling Gift Ideas!
At least one person from each of our three stores wants a Garmin GPS Cycling Computer. Ranging in price from $149.99 to $649.99, they all track and display your ride information using satellite technology, and allow you to share your routes using any of the most popular fitness web sites.
Gifts to keep you rolling in an emergency are always appreciated, and that includes a good mini-pump. The Lezyne Pressure Drive is one of our best-sellers, and Ken from the Rocky River store says that it's the "slickest frame pump design on the market and looks good on a road bike." The Topeak Road Morph G is the most easy-to-use mini-pump out there; in fact, it has gotten Kevin from the Peninsula store across the country twice.
Lights for Night Rides on the Towpath (or for commuting or any time you're caught out after sundown) are always a good choice. Doug's favorite from the Peninsula store is the new NiteRider Mako 200 USB Headlight / Solas USB Taillight Combo Kit, but you can choose from a vast assortment of headlights and taillights from $19.99 to $139.99.
You can ride indoors to stay in shape during the cold winter, and the CycleOps Fluid2 is our top-of-the-line model of indoor trainer. It attaches to almost any bike, and comes with a DVD training program that you can follow. Tracey from the Rocky River store also wants one to take to the "bring-your-own-bike-and-trainer" classes that her friends attend (and a trainer bag is a great way to get it there).
Nothing says you care like protection, and the hippest way to protect your head while riding is the fun line of helmets from Nutcase. We were featured as Nutcase's Dealer of the Month in November, and we've got a wide selection of styles in stock, like one our favorites, the Glo Brain (pictured here). Nutcase helmets fit both kids and adults!
If you're looking for some stock-stuffers, don't forget to check out our latest Hot Deals for Cold Days, where we offer special 50% Off deals on more popular accessories!
Chris from the Medina store wants a pair of the Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Softshell Lobster Gloves, a perennial favorite for winter riders. The split-mitten design lets your fingers use the "buddy system" for extra warmth, while still providing the dexterity you need for braking and shifting. He also likes the look of the new commuter-oriented Stockton Jacket from Pearl Izumi (available by special-order).
The brand-new Giro Rumble shoes are great for touring, commuting, spin classes, and general all-around riding, and they're at the top of the list for the Peninsula store's Ryan. They also come in a women's-specific model, called the Giro Petra. For keeping your feet warm in the winter and cool and dry in the summer, nothing beats SmartWool socks, and we've got an assortment of the PhD cycling socks in stock.
Like to ride in the cold? Kevin from Peninsula has his eyes on the Pearl Izumi Elite Softshell Jacket. It's got warm, fleecy insulation and a wind-blocking layer; perfect for those dead of winter days when it's cold, windy, and a chance of some snow or light rain. And ever since we recently added ZOIC Cycling Clothing to our line-up, he's had his eye on the flannel cycling shirt, knickers, and hoody (also available for women).
Every serious cycling is always thinking about ways to upgrade their bike, and the best bang for your buck in component upgrades is a new set of wheels. Whether you need something light and fast for racing, or strong and beefy for touring, we've got a variety of new wheels in stock. Cathy from the Medina store wants a rear wheel built with a PowerTap rear hub, which measures how many watts your legs are generating, because she wants to get serious about training hard this winter. A lighter set of handlebars and stem wouldn't hurt, either!
Krista from the Rocky River store also has her eye on new wheels, but something to make touring more fun. A front wheel with a dynamo generator front hub, paired with the Supernova The Plug II USB Charger allows you to keep your smartphone or GPS running, even if you're in the middle of nowhere and miles from an electrical outlet.
Gore Ride-On brake and shifter cable sets provide a system sealed from the elements, giving you hundreds of miles of longer life than regular cables and housing. We've got a few let in stock, but they aren't being made any more, so grab them while you can!
New handlebar tape is the cheapest and easiest way to give new life and new zip to an old road bike. Our new favorite handlebar tape is the Lizard Skins DSP Tape. DSP stands for DuraSoft Polymer; what that means to you is it's waterproof, cushion-y and comfortable like gel, and easy to clean. It's available in just about any color you can imagine to match your sweet ride.
If any generous friend of Ryan's from Peninsula is listening, he'd like a set of Hope Evo X2 hydraulic brakes! Whatever your needs are for brakes, derailers, shifters, wheels, or any other components, bring your bike on in, and we'll let you know the best options for upgrades.
The Giant Escape series of performance hybrid bicycles are among our best-sellers. The medium-width tires, upright handlebars, and lightweight frames make them perfect all-around bikes for bike path and road riding, commuting, and events. Mike from the Medina store has his eye on the top-of-the-line model, the Giant Escape RX 0, featuring a very road-worthy Shimano 105 20-speed drive train, and a sweet high-polished aluminum finish.
If the cyclist on your list is an off-roader, then 29-inch wheels are the hottest thing in mountain bikes. The large diameter tires give you better traction, and roll over rocks and logs easier then their 26-inch counterparts. Big wheels help experienced riders step it up a notch, and help the beginner start feeling like a pro in no time! The Raleigh Talus 29er gets 'em rolling in style, with solid components at an entry-level price.
New at Century Cycles this season are the Verse and Ticino lines from Electra. The Women's Ticino 7D is inspired by vintage European touring bicycles, with modern components and touches. The Women's Verse 24D does everything well, whether it's cruising with friends, commuting, or fun fitness riding.
We've still got a VAST selection of the popular Electra Townie bicycles. Adam in the Rocky River store says that the Electra Townie 21D in Crimson Metallic is an AMAZING color, and everyone who has seen it has fallen in love!
Of course, 'tis the season for snow, and Kevin in Peninsula has been lusting after Surly's tried-and-true snow bike the Pugsley, now in stock and available in Fire Engine Red!
Can't decide what to buy? Let your special someone decide for themselves, with a Century Cycles Gift Card! In fact, in our recent online poll, it was the most popular gift choice! Available in any amount, they never expire, and are good in all three Century Cycles stores. Plus, order online and we'll mail it to you (or the recipient) for no extra charge! You better hurry, though, if you want to get it in time for Christmas!
'Tis the season for giving, and there's no better way to give than to help improve conditions for bicycling for everyone! Give a gift membership to Bike Cleveland, Northeast Ohio's new advocacy group that has already accomplished so much in its first year of existence. A gift membership includes a t-shirt!
Or, you can give and help on a national level, with gift memberships to the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Adventure Cycling Association, Bikes Belong, League of American Bicyclists, or the International Mountain Bicycling Association, who are all doing great work to preserve and promote bicycling in the US and around the world!