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Holiday Gift Recommendations from Local Bike Shops

In honor of holiday shopping at small businesses and shopping locally, we asked some of our friends from local bike shops to share their holiday gift recommendations. They came up with some great, affordable options. The best part about these holiday recommendations is that you can ride your bike while you shop for the holidays!

Bailey Newbrey, Comrade Cycles (1908 West Chicago Avenue)


King Cage Water Bottle Cages

Standard stainless steel ($18), stainless steel iris ($18), & titanium ($60)

Everyone needs to hydrate! Replace those bent/broken cages with beautiful stainless steel (or titanium!) bottle cages made in Durango, CO. http://kingcage.com/


Swift Industries Bags
Paloma Handlebar Bag ($171) and Bandito Saddle Bag ($87)
Because your gear won't carry itself! Swift makes all their gear in Seattle, WA to fuel all our wanderlust. http://builtbyswift.com/


Spur Cycle bells
in raw ($49) and black ($59)
Whether you're signaling a pass on the lakefront path, alerting a pedestrian stepping into Dearborn bike lane, or announcing yourself on a blind corner on the local mountain bike trails a pleasant "DING!" is always more welcome than a shout. Spur Cycle does not deviate from our theme of MUSA products. We love keeping the dollars local, particularly in the holiday season. http://www.spurcycle.com/



Lesley Tweedie, Roscoe Village Bikes (2016 West Roscoe Street)


Save Our Soles Chicago Socks
($10.00)  
Chicago pride for friends and family near and far.  We've stocked these socks since we opened in 2007 and they have long been a go-to for an affordable gift or stocking stuffer that's sure to please.  Great for the cyclist that's got it all.  Even if they have Chicago Socks, they'll be happy to have another pair.


45nrth Japanther Boot ($225)  
Cold?  Windy? Wet? Snowy? It won't matter with the 45nrth Japanther cycling boot.  Great for winter commuting, long rides and cyclocross.   These boots feature a waffled foam thermal reflecting insole to trap heat.  Designed and tested in Minnesota where winter lives.  http://45nrth.com/products/boots/japanther


Lezyne KTV Drive Light Set ($40.00)  
Show you care with a gift that keeps your favorite cyclist safe.  There is nothing not to love about this bright, USB rechargeable, easy to mount light set.  70 lumen front and 7 lumen rear with a long battery life.  http://www.lezyne.com/product-led-sport-ktvY10.php#.WCIUlyh4Xdk and http://www.lezyne.com/product-led-sport-ktvrearY10.php#.WCIUsSh4Xdk



Kevin Womac, Boulevard Bikes (2535 North Kedzie Boulevard)

They have some great stocking stuffers like winter caps and socks. In addition, Kevin recommends great gifts like a Brooks saddle or a blinky for a Bern helmet.

Boulevard Bikes will be celebrating Small Business Saturday (and Sunday too!) with a sale on items like Brooks saddles, clothing, Pashley bicycles, and more.
Chicagoland Bike Map

This is your key to bike adventure. Hundreds of miles of bike trails across Chicagoland from Wisconsin to Indiana are illustrated in clear view, as well as recommended on road routes.

Winter Cycling Caps
When the weather turns nasty, head out in style. We've got merino wool caps by Giro and Ibex, as well as synthetic fleece by Craft.

Bike Quarterly
A wonderful gift for the book worm or bike nerd in your life. The writing and pictures are beautiful, from histories and autobiographies, to technical reviews and adventure travelogues. We've got many back issues as well as current rags in stock.

Cycling Socks
What better to stuff stockings with? Add some color to your loved ones wardrobe.

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