Great Gifts for Cyclists

Unique gifts ideas for the cyclist and health and fitness enthusiast in your life

Here’s a few gift ideas for the favorite cyclist in your life…

Cycling Christmas Cards

Cycling Christmas Card
Stand out from the crowd with a unique and fun Christmas card that pays homage to the widespread popularity of cycling. Save when you buy 10 or more.

“The Amazing Bicycle” Wood Wall Art

Cycling Wood Wall Art - Unique gifts for cyclists
Your guests will  gravitate towards it, cyclists and non-cyclists alike. Striking and thought provoking, it rekindles the wonder in the simple but efficient bicycle.

“The Amazing Bicycle” Stone Coasters

Cycling Coaster - bicycle coasters make your drinks taste better.
The bicycle is a truly an amazing machine, and these stylish stone coasters capture it perfectly and add a touch of class and fun to any room. Choose from a range of stones so you can get the look you want, rugged or refined. Available in marble, limestone, travertine, and sandstone.

“The Amazing Bicycle” Tshirts

Cycling Tshirt with Striking Vintage Illustration
Rekindle the fascination of the humble bicycle with this striking and thought-provoking design. Available in light and dark designs.

The Perfect Watch for Cyclists

Custom cycling watch, stainless steel
Keep your priorities straight with this watch reminding you it’s “always time to ride”.

iPhone 6 Tough Case

Tough Xtreme iPhone 6 Case for Cyclists
Our most popular item, so popular you’ll wish you’d bought two, one to gift and one for yourself.


Long Sleeve Tee Shirt

Great Gifts for Cyclists - cycling christmas cards, tshirts, watches and more....
This lightweight but warm tee is perfect for lounging around or a casual night out.

Complete Bike Repair and Maintenance Video Course

Ultimate Bicycle Repair and Maintenance Video Course
Get quick access to an video encyclopedia of bicycle repairs that covers you in every situation, and teaches you insider’s tips and short cuts used by the pros. And if you’ve ever considered becoming a pro bike mechanic, then this comprehensive library of videos from pro bike mechanics covers everything you need to know, from road bikes to mountain bikes and more.

Visit the Velo Logic store for more cycling gift ideas…

European Bicycle Stealing Championships

Which European city has the fastest bike crooks? We Love Cycling set out to find out.

Related: The fastest way to learn how to fix and maintain your bike…

Bicycle Maintenance Repair Videos

From Novice to Pro, Bicycle Upgrade, Maintenance and Repair Instruction You Can Trust

Whether you want to learn more about your bike, feel confident on the road, save money, or you're considering becoming a pro bike mechanic, this bicycle repair course has got you covered.

Taught by pro bike mechanics and packed with insider shortcuts and tips, it covers everything from minor repairs to the heavy stuff... and makes it easy to follow along, step-by-step, so you're never confused or wondering what to do next.

If you want to have an entire video encyclopedia of bicycle repairs at your fingertips, that covers you in every situation, then this package is worth a close look.

"Much easier to follow than a book, comprehensive, and loaded with insider tips and shortcuts... these DVDs belong on every cyclist's bookshelf." -Velo Logic

Learn more about the DIY Bike Repair Course

Top Ten Facts You Didn’t Know About Cycling

Fascinating facts from the world of cycling from GCN. When did the first idea for the bicycle arise (it’s a lot earlier than the 19th century). Why was the first self-propelled bicycle like a train? There’s nearly a billion bicycles in the world… and nearly half of them are in one country.

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Bicycle Maintenance Repair Videos

From Novice to Pro, Bicycle Upgrade, Maintenance and Repair Instruction You Can Trust

Whether you want to learn more about your bike, feel confident on the road, save money, or you're considering becoming a pro bike mechanic, this bicycle repair course has got you covered.

Taught by pro bike mechanics and packed with insider shortcuts and tips, it covers everything from minor repairs to the heavy stuff... and makes it easy to follow along, step-by-step, so you're never confused or wondering what to do next.

If you want to have an entire video encyclopedia of bicycle repairs at your fingertips, that covers you in every situation, then this package is worth a close look.

"Much easier to follow than a book, comprehensive, and loaded with insider tips and shortcuts... these DVDs belong on every cyclist's bookshelf." -Velo Logic

Learn more about the DIY Bike Repair Course

One of the Most Bizarre Crashes in Cycling Just Happened

There was a serious and very bizarre crash in Stage 4 of China’s Colorful Yunnan Gryffindor International Cycling Race. 17 riders were hospitalized.

What’s really bizarre is that it was a head-on collision between two groups of sprinters.

The leading group of sprinters seem to have accidentally been led off course and took a slight detour on a side road around the finish line and then doubled back and sprinted for the finish from the opposite direction, just as the second group sprinted from the other (correct) direction.

Head-On Collision in Final Sprint at China’s Yunnan Cycling Race

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From Novice to Pro, Bicycle Upgrade, Maintenance and Repair Instruction You Can Trust

Whether you want to learn more about your bike, feel confident on the road, save money, or you're considering becoming a pro bike mechanic, this bicycle repair course has got you covered.

Taught by pro bike mechanics and packed with insider shortcuts and tips, it covers everything from minor repairs to the heavy stuff... and makes it easy to follow along, step-by-step, so you're never confused or wondering what to do next.

If you want to have an entire video encyclopedia of bicycle repairs at your fingertips, that covers you in every situation, then this package is worth a close look.

"Much easier to follow than a book, comprehensive, and loaded with insider tips and shortcuts... these DVDs belong on every cyclist's bookshelf." -Velo Logic

Learn more about the DIY Bike Repair Course

This is What Rush Hour Looks Like in the Netherlands

I’ve cycled in Holland, and it wasn’t was very similar to this. For a cycling novice at the time, used to riding on the other side of the road, it was quite intimidating. I got yelled at a few times and there was lots of bell ringing and shouts of “Pass Op!”

Bicycle Rush Hour in Utrecht Netherlands

“This is an ordinary Wednesday morning in April 2010 at around 8.30 am. Original time was 8 minutes that were compressed into 2 minutes, so everything is 4 times faster than in reality. The sound is original.

This is one of the busiest junctions in Utrecht a city with a population of 300,000. No less than 22,000 bicycles and 2,500 buses pass here every day. And yet Google Street View missed it. Because private motorized traffic is restricted here.”

Video courtesy of Bicycle Dutch, and more info on cycling in the Netherlands

Terrorism, Cycling, Afghan Women’s Cycling Team

“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” –Tony Robbins

That applies to our cycling, our careers… and our foreign policy.

Pro Cycling is Vulnerable

It is a fact. As Michael Rogers points out at the story below, road cycling is extremely vulnerable to terrorist attacks. The events are high profile, packed with spectators, and very easy to gain access to. This has been a concern of mine for a long time. In my opinion there’s very little you can do to thwart an attack.

Nor do I think that such preventive measures are the best response, and nor should they be the business of race officials.

The proper and lasting solution is a principled foreign policy, based not on guilt and submission to foreign powers and entities, but on American self-preservation and the defense of our individual rights.

There is an excellent book that reveals our current irrational policy (under Republicans and Democrats), and prescribes the strategy we need to adopt to win the war against Islamic totalitarianism. There, I said it… Islamic terrorism.

Michael Rogers fears cycling’s accessibility could leave it open to terrorist attack

And it’s not just a theoretical threat, because a massacre on a high profile cycling event was already planned (and luckily averted), in Belgium earlier this year:

Boston-Style Plot to Bomb Bike Race

Afghan Women’s Cycling Team

On a positive note, a story I covered earlier this year gets major attention from National Geographic. These women are heroes, intellectually independent and enormously courageous. It’s good to see them getting recognition and exposure.

If you think the road rage is bad around where you live, you should read about the imbeciles these women have to put up with. But still they ride.

Afghan Women’s Cycling Team In National Geographic’s Adventurers Of 2016

 

Tweak This To Gain 30 Watts… maybe more

Think much about your tires? You really should, because your choice of tire can make a huge difference in the amount of power you have available for speed. After overcoming air resistance, your biggest foe is rolling resistance, and depending on the tire you ride, that can vary by as much as 59 watts!

Yep, nearly 60 watts more can be squandered through a poor tire choice.

Velo News went to the top lab in the world for testing rolling resistance, the labs of Wheel Energy Oy, and tested 34 popular tires to see how they perform at 25 mph under load.

The results are interesting. The difference between the best performing tire (Specialized S-Works Turbo Road Tubeless) and the worst (Schwalbe Durano) is 28 watts. But wait, there’s more! Since you have two tires, that’s only half the story, so double that… you have nearly 60 watts more power required to maintain 25 mph.

Before I switched to tubulars, I used to love Vittoria’s Corsa EVO CX open tubular, they felt fast and handled well, but they were expensive and I had bad luck with them and split a tire too often so went back to Michelin Pros. Big mistake, they’re way down the list at #27. Over the course of an hour long race where speeds are around 30 mph, that must have cost me quite a bit in watts. Compared to the top tire it’s a 30 watts penalty. At race speeds a lot more.

Of course it’s not all about rolling resistance. On my TT bike I did make an effort to choose low rolling resistance tires. On my road bike I would look for handling and durability, and switch to my Easton Carbon wheels sporting tubulars for racing. But rolling resistance is still a huge factor in racing or riding at your limits. If you’re in a break and rotating how’s an extra boost of 20, 30, maybe 40 watts going to feel? Pretty damn good. And could well mean the difference between staying in or dropping out.

BTW, I learned the hard way, Rule #1 of Racing: Never, ever, EVER… get dropped from the f&%#ing break!

The article is fairly technical, but worth a read if you want to appreciate the what goes into a good tire. the bottom line?

“If you want reliability and good rolling resistance, wide tubeless tires with sealant are the way to go. If punctures are not an issue, and you want pure speed and grip without having to worry too much about tire pressure, go with an open tubular with a great tread compound.”

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Vittorio Brumotti Crazy Freestyle in Livigno

Some crazy bike handling skills on display from trails rider Vittorio Brumotti.

Brumotti recently had surgery on his right eye, after he was involved in a punch up while out riding with some friends.

From his latest video, his eye sight seems to be back to normal.

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Revealed: Team Wiggins Nutrition Secrets for Cyclists

If you want to perform at your best, and get the most from your training, then listen up….

Team Wiggins nutritionist David Dunne, spills the beans on how to fuel your body for max recovery and performance, and suggests some great meals and recipes.

The message is that the type of training determines the fuel. Rule #1 for instance, recommends not loading up on carbs for a long, steady ride where you are targeting physical adaption not performance; instead go with a high protein meal that supports muscle regrowth.

Worth a read… and may stop you chugging down sugar-loaded energy bars in favor of some real food.

Revealed: Team Wiggins Nutrition Secrets

How to Winter Proof Your Bike

Spending a little time and money on keep your bike well maintained can save a ton of time and money down the road. Here’s some simple things you can do to minimize wear and keep your bike in tip top shape. Global Cycling Network has the scoop…

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From Novice to Pro, Bicycle Upgrade, Maintenance and Repair Instruction You Can Trust

Whether you want to learn more about your bike, feel confident on the road, save money, or you're considering becoming a pro bike mechanic, this bicycle repair course has got you covered.

Taught by pro bike mechanics and packed with insider shortcuts and tips, it covers everything from minor repairs to the heavy stuff... and makes it easy to follow along, step-by-step, so you're never confused or wondering what to do next.

If you want to have an entire video encyclopedia of bicycle repairs at your fingertips, that covers you in every situation, then this package is worth a close look.

"Much easier to follow than a book, comprehensive, and loaded with insider tips and shortcuts... these DVDs belong on every cyclist's bookshelf." -Velo Logic

Learn more about the DIY Bike Repair Course