From the mountain biker to commuter, road rider to gravel grinder; there is something in this list for the biker on your list.
Pearl Izumi Summit Knee Guards
Pearl Izumi Summit Knee Guard Starting at: $59.93
Many riders have knee pads but never use them. Why? Simple: they’re uncomfortable. Pearl Izumi’s Summit Pads change the game, with a stretchy, lightweight, breathable Cordura mesh, a thin viscoelastic pad, silicone grip on the thigh and calf, and a slit behind the knee for breathability. The result is a pad that rides more like a knee sleeve: it stays in place, isn’t uncomfortable on the uphill, won’t overheat (too much) in summer, cuts wind on colder rides, and offers more protection than a likely alternative—nothing.
Machines For Freedom Everyday Jersey
Machines For Freedom Everyday Jersey Starting at: $83.15
This Jersey features the ultra-soft fabric that is a staple throughout the Everyday Collection. Our tester loved the fit of the jersey featuring a lighter compression that is much more approachable than some other jerseys that can feel like you are wearing a skin suit. This is perfect for the more casual riding our tester prefers versus wearing the most aero kit you can find for race days. The solid colors are cute and timeless. Featuring everything you’d expect from a high-end piece of kit, rear pockets, UPF protection, 4-way stretch, moisture-wicking, and quick drying.
Pearl Izumi Summit Shell Shorts
Pearl Izumi Summit Shorts Starting at: $77.55
We’re big fans of Pearl Izumi’s entire Summit line, but the Summit Shell Shorts were certainly a standout. Biking with a phone in your pocket can be absolute torture, but the Summit Shell’s pocket placement—parallel to your IT band—is such that you can hardly feel a phone at all while riding.
The pockets were no doubt a standout feature of these standout shorts, but the rest of the construction is on point, too. The DWR-treated material is durable and can handle light rain. Testers judged the fit baggy enough for kneepads and found the 14-inch cut offers plenty of protection. A skinnier rider loved the hook-and-loop waistband, which is secure and snug without feeling constricting while in the saddle. All told, these may just be our new favorite mountain bike shorts.
Garmin Edge 1040 Bike Computer
Garmin Edge 1040 Bike Computer Starting at: $582.00
From navigation to performance tracking a bike computer is a valuable tool for serious cyclists. The Garmin Edge 1040 has all the features you’d come to expect from a modern bike computer.
Rad Power Bikes RadCity 5 Plus
Rad Power Bikes RadCity 5 Plus
If someone on your list is looking to lower their carbon footprint and find a more sustainable source of transportation an E-bike could be the perfect solution. The RadCity 5 Plus is a versatile commuter bike that can get you where you need to go and even take a few things along for the ride. With an up to 50-mile range and 275lb payload capacity the RadCity 5 Plus can take the kids to school, grab the groceries, and take you to the gym all without skipping a beat. We love seeing more bikes and fewer cars on the road and this bike has all the right specs to become a genuine car replacement.