Porfas Padilla | Top5ebikes
If you’re a world class procrastinator like me, there’s a familiar feeling that starts to creep over you around December 15th, and then gradually builds to a fever pitch around Dec 18th. It’s that last minute frenzied panic that hits after you realize you’re seven days away from Christmas and you still haven’t ordered half the presents for the people on your list. In a normal year, you could always grit your teeth and brave the crowds of Best Buy or Walmart for those last minute holiday gifts, but I personally don’t know a lot of people that are doing that this year. For a lot of shoppers, it’s going to come down to which Amazon items are Prime eligible and still in stock. Or you might just have to spend $18 on 3 day shipping. Not great but doable if it’s a gift you’re really excited about.
That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the Top5 best bike gifts that will still arrive in time for Christmas, aka the best gifts for bike lovers like you.
I recently won this at a virtual white elephant gift exchange (over Zoom) and felt like I had won the Powerball when this treasure ended up in my possession. THIS is a bike…that cuts PIZZA. Let that marinate in your brain for a minute. When has a holiday gift so elegantly and so perfectly combined two of the best things in life; pizza (everyone’s favorite food, obviously) and biking. Never, that’s when.
This particular Christmas miracle is available for purchase on Amazon and is still in stock. There’s still time for it to arrive by December 23rd, if you order today. Note that there are a couple varieties of this indispensable kitchen tool available and the one I really wanted to recommend, is sadly out of stock at the moment. It’s made by a company called SOHO Kitchen and is aptly named the Tour de Pizza. Bravo SOHO Kitchen. Bravo.
If the bike lover in your life is of that particular variety that appreciates what we affectionately refer to as, “hipster sh*t,” then boy do I have something for you. This simple and stylish tool is made of handsome hand-crafted leather that very easily buckles to the frame of your bike.
The Oopsmark Bicycle Wine Rack Carrier can be had for a mere $34 and will arrive before Christmas if you order in the next two days. I have no shame in saying that this is exactly the kind of present I wish someone would buy me for Christmas, cause it would look awesome on my fixed gear bike.
But you wanna know my favorite thing about this product? Hands down it’s the ax that’s casually staged in the background of the main product image. This is a statement gift if I ever saw one and the statement you’re making is “yes I like to drink wine, I’m not a barbarian, and yeah sometimes I like to ride my bike to dinner parties but only after I’ve finished chopping all the wood for the evening.”
Helmet design has really come a long way in recent years and not only are today’s helmets safer and better designed, they also just look way cooler. You don’t often see mint in the color palette of available helmet options but that’s because helmets weren’t really meant to look cool in the first place. Well the company that makes this beautiful helmet, Bay Area based Thousand, is making it their mission to change that. By focusing on vintage designs and an assortment of amazing colors that would appeal to more style conscious riders, they are hoping to remove the stigma of wearing bike helmets. This racing inspired helmet is another winner.
The Willowbrook helmet utilizes vegan leather for the straps, includes a secret “poplock” so you can slide the helmet onto a u-lock and can be purchased at Juiced Bikes for $95 plus shipping.
There are four things you probably never leave the house without when you’re riding your ebike; your keys, your wallet, your cell phone and maybe a pair of sunglasses. Most of those things will fit in your pockets but the trouble with workout clothes is that often the pockets are either too tight, non existent or they are very loose and things can easily slip out. That’s why this leather bike pouch is such a great holiday gift. It forces you to take that precious cargo out of your pocket or out of the basket of your bike where it could slide around or worse, fly out, and store it securely while you ride.
The Electric Bike Company calls this a bike pouch but it’s basically a bike purse, as well suited for a tube of sunblock or lip gloss as it is for an all purpose bike tool. Or all of the above. This gorgeous hand stitched pouch is made of real leather and goes for $50. Order one in the next day or two to receive it by Christmas.
To stay on the theme of bikes and booze, here’s a handy tool that’s not just for bike lovers. Maybe you just love the earth and maybe it’s OK to walk around with a bottle opener in your pocket at all times because this particular bottle opener is made of recycled materials, reclaimed bike chain. This bottle opener is durable, flexible, looks very cool and only costs $30 for a three pack people! So next time you’re at a dinner party and someone is bragging about their “salvaged” redwood dining table, show them your salvaged bicycle chain bottle opener. And then tell them to pass the brie.
Order this bottle opener by Saturday to receive it in time for Christmas.