Buying gifts should be a fun opportunity to surprise a friend, colleague, or loved one, but it’s too often a stressful experience. If your recipient loves mountain biking, we’ve assembled this guide of the best gifts for mountain bikers to make it hassle-free for everyone.
This guide contains suggestions for everyone, from coworkers to casual friends to family members and loved ones. Want something for the fun-loving mountain biker at your office? Check out one of the t-shirts we’ve found. Is your mountain biker a home mechanic? They’ll love some of the professional tools and components we’ve assembled below. We’ve found books, movies, accessories, sportswear, and even safety equipment.
Follow our guide and you’ll find that it really is better to give than to receive.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
GIFTS FOR EVERYONE
FIFTY PLACES TO BIKE BEFORE YOU DIE
The perfect book for the mountain biker with a sense of adventure in your life. Help them round out their bucket list with this beautifully photographed hardcover book.
MOUNTAIN BIKERS TRAINING BIBLE
Maybe your favorite mountain biker wants to get faster, stronger, or just better at tricky stunts. This training guide is the perfect winter reading to hit the hills harder when the ice melts.
ZINN & THE ART OF MOUNTAIN BIKE MAINTENANCE
Books make perfect gifts, especially when the recipient is a mountain biker, and the book is the ultimate resource for maintaining their most valuable possession. Zinn wrote the best book on road bike maintenance in the industry before tackling mountain biking.
BASIC ILLUSTRATED BIKE TOURING AND BIKEPACKING
Does your certain someone crave adventure? Solo trips off the beaten path with ultralight gear and a trusted bike? Get them this guide to make the most of their overnight trips and long journeys into the unknown.
CYCLING THE GREAT DIVIDE: FROM CANADA TO MEXICO
The Great Divide is the ultimate challenge for every mountain biker, especially in North America. Read this guide to learn how to navigate the 2,745-mile that stretches over a whole continent.
Everyone needs socks, especially if their idea of fun involves riding a bike off-road and getting muddy and dirty in the process. These fun biking socks by DeFeet are moisture wicking and decorated with little yellow bikes.
KLUNKERZ – A FILM ABOUT MOUNTAIN BIKES
Buy your loved one the film about the start of their hobby with this great documentary about Gary Fisher, Charlie Kelly, Joe Breeze, and the rest who turned old beach cruisers into off-road machines.
Subscribe the mountain biker in your life to Dirt Rag, the number one mountain biking magazine. Gear reviews, trail reports, and interviews with industry leaders make this one a must-have.
HEART RATE MONITOR
For the mountain biker who owns a Garmin GPS, get them this heart rate monitor to let them take their training to the next level.
ROADSIDE REPAIR KIT
Flat tires won’t ruin a ride with this handy tool set, patch kit, and mini-pump.
These Clif Shot Bloks are packed with energy and vitamins to keep spirits up over even the toughest trails.
For a healthy boost, get your athlete a guayusa drink like RUNA Organic Clean Energy Drink.
Many mountain bikers use protein powder to build muscle and get stronger. This protein powder is 100% vegan, organic, and totally raw, making it a perfect gift for your health-conscious mountain biker.
Camelbaks are a major upgrade over your old water bottle. This backpack has extra space and hooks for gear and carries water with an easy-to-use sipping nozzle.
This simple handlebar cellphone mount will let your mountain biker carry their favorite smartphone with them on the trail safely and securely.
FRONT AND TAIL LIGHTS
These basic lights provide visibility for mountain bikers, crucial if they plan to ride after dark.
MOUNTAIN BIKING – THE UNTOLD BRITISH STORY
Mountain biking is known for its origins in Marin County, California, but the British have their own fascinating history of the sport, too. This documentary tells how mountain biking developed in Britain with professional racers Danny Macaskill, Steve Peat, and Isla Rowntree.
This t-shirt, in men’s or women’s sizes, is perfect on or off the bike, with a humorous suggested schedule; coffee, bike, beer.
MOUNTAIN BIKE TORQUE KEY SET
These torque keys will let your mountain biker tighten every bolt on their ride to the right level of snugness.
MASTER LINK FOR BIKE CHAIN
This tiny essential will let riders fix a chain and keep riding, even after disaster strikes. This metal part connects a chain securely and safely.
CHAIN CLEANER KIT
Get this kit to help your mountain biker keep their chain clean and rust-free.
Just cleaning a chain isn’t enough; it also has to be greased. This premium lubricant will help the chain to shift smoothly over the gears and repel dirt, water, and grime.
BIKE CLEANING BRUSHES
Riding off-road puts extra strain on a bike. These brushes will keep a bike clean and shiny no matter how extreme the trails are.
SIMPLE GREEN BIKE CLEANER
This solution will remove grease, grime, and more without damaging the paint or the high-tech components on a mountain bike. A must-have for any rider to keep their ride fresh.
TUBELESS TIRE SEALANT
If your mountain biker rides tubeless tires, they always need more sealant. This solution patches leaks and keeps the tire inflated and full of air no matter what the terrain.
SEALANT INJECTOR FOR TIRES
This injection kit will deliver sealant where it’s wanted–in the tires–and keep it off of hands, clothes, or the floor of the garage.
A full-length floor pump fills tires up in seconds and looks attractive in the garage or work shop.
This dedicated mini-pump attaches to the bike and comes in handy when flats occur mid-ride.
These LED lights are fun, and they make biking on the road safer, too. Get them just for the novelty of having cool, light-up wheels, or for safety’s sake.
This mountain bike specific fender will keep mud and muck off your favorite rider’s back.
MTB BAR MIRROR
If your mountain biker rides on the road, they may appreciate this handy bar-end mirror to see what’s behind them.
TOPEAK ALIEN MINI-TOOL
This useful mini-tool has 26 tools, including hex keys, wrenches, screwdrivers, chain tools, and even knives and tire tools. Think of it as a Swiss Army Knife for the bicyclist.
FIRST AID KIT
This ultralight, watertight medical kit will bandage the cuts and slings of dozens of bike rides.
For pedestrian-friendly trails, nothing beats a cute and clear bell to help your mountain biker share the path.
If your mountain biker stores their bike outside, this tarp will keep it dry and protected from the elements.
Does your mountain biker film their rides? This massive set of accessories includes camera mounts for every imaginable situation or scenario.
This waterproof, bluetooth-compatible watch syncs with a smartphone to make riding a little more high-tech.
A must-have for cold-weather riders, this face wrap is for men and women alike.
ROAD ID BRACELET
This handy bracelet is a popular accessory for any safety-minded cyclist.
ROAD ID DOG TAGS
If your mountain biker won’t wear a bracelet, these stamped metal dog tags are a good alternative.
Even if you have a Camelbak for water, every cyclist can use a new water bottle. These attractive bottles fit in bike bottle cages or can be used around the house.
These headphones are a great way for your mountain biker to tune in to some beats while on a lonely trail ride.
PARK TOOLS BOTTLE OPENER
Your favorite mountain biker may or may not like beer, but they’ll probably love this fun bottle opener, which opens any claw-top bottled beverage.
PARK TOOLS PIZZA CUTTER
Like our last gift recommendation, this one plays off a cliche; mountain bikers are supposed to love pizza, and this cutter lets them slice it in style.
These thick liners will protect your mountain bikers tires from the sharpest of thorns.
Many mountain bikers aren’t on tubeless tires, and can always use a spare tube in case they puncture.
CO2 INFLATOR AND CANISTERS
These unisex pull-overs keep knees toasty warm even when the air turns chilly.
These polarized sunglasses protect against sun damage and glare, keeping your mountain biker safe from the sun.
Helmets need to be replaced regularly to ensure adequate head protection. This Giro helmet is lightweight and will keep heads cool and protected.
HIGH-POWER BIKE LIGHTS
These USB rechargeable lights are a nice upgrade for the mountain biker who goes out at dusk.
COMPLETE MTB TOOL SET
This tool set has a wide range of specialized tools for your home bike mechanic.
BIKE REPAIR STAND
Save your mountain biker the hassle of bending over an upside down bike and get them a professional bike stand. With this stand, they can work on their bike comfortably with it held up off the ground.
CHILD OR CARGO TRAILER
For the casual or paved trail rider, this trailer will let them tow children, cargo, or even the family pet.
CAR BIKE RACK
This bike rack will let your mountain biker carry up to 4 mountain bikes on most cars.
Kryptonite is the industry leader in bike locks. This u-lock will secure a bike to a post or bike rack.
This heavy-duty chain lock was designed to secure bikes to a variety of surfaces. More versatile than a u-lock, this is the ideal choice for securing two bikes or providing more flexibility in bike protection.
This is a great upgrade for entry-level mountain bikes. This fork locks, allowing the rider to turn suspension on or off as needed depending on the surface and terrain.
INDOOR BIKE STORAGE
These handsome bike racks store bikes indoor and mount on most walls.
A prized upgrade for any mountain biker, a dropper fork works like a hydraulic office chair, letting the cyclist raise or lower the saddle for the terrain.
This popular wristband will help your mountain biker get on top of their fitness both on and off season.
These slip-ons provide protection against wind and cold for the toes.
For the mountain biker who wants to go faster and farther, these Crankbrothers pedals will allow them to lock-in with compatible cleats and shoes.
These flat pedals by Crankbrothers are a great choice for the mountain biker who prefers to ride in sneakers.
If your mountain biker is a music junkie, they’ll love this thoughtful gift. The touch screen player has space for thousands of songs and an estimated 30 hours of battery life per charge.
We recommend the Garmin Edge 520 as a top-of-the-line and affordable dedicated GPS. Let your mountain biker give their phone a break and record their rides with this device which can even output to Strava or other web apps.
HIGH POWER HEADLAMP
Night riding requires more than just on-bike lights; a good headlamp will let your special someone see sights in any direction.
RACING NIGHT LIGHT
This is the type of handlebar light that a bike racer would use; made by Light & Motion, it has a 2,500 lumen output, waterproof body, and power saving modes.
This hard case fits a disassembled bike. Perfect for the traveling mountain biker.
These 29-inch Vuleta Race wheels turn any mountain bike into a competitive machine.
The GoPro HERO6 is the ultimate recording device for a mountain biker. This model is cutting-edge with the most advanced built-in image stabilization and super-fast Wi-Fi.
BIKE WHEEL TRUING STAND
The ultimate home mechanic accessory, a truing stand will let your mountain biker build, repair, and fine-tune their wheels.
Pearl Izumi is consistently one of the top-rated clothing brands for cyclists, and these comfortable, non-chafing shorts will make any mountain biking man happy.
Short gloves dampen vibrations and shocks and protect the delicate space between fingers against injury in a fall.
Moisture-wicking fabrics keep riders cool and dry even on intense rides. Best of all, they come with special pockets in the back to haul keys and other small accessories.
These full-finger gloves keep hands a little warmer and provide another level of protection.
Some riders prefer flat shoes, others prefer cleated shoes. These Freerider shoes are fashionable, comfortable, and secure.
For the ultimate in efficiency and speed, your mountain biker needs cleats. Get these shoes to go with a pair of Crankbrother Candy clipless pedals.
If your mountain biker tackles the trail in the cold, this jacket will give him the warmth and security he needs.
These bike chain cufflinks let a mountain biker’s personality shine through even in formal wear.
The bicycle design on this tie is a great choice for office wear or a slightly snazzier look.
These Pearl Izumi shorts fit great and make biking more comfortable.
These short-fingered gloves are great for a number of sports, but are especially good for mountain biking. They dampen vibrations from the handlebars and protect the spaces between fingers.
Pockets in the back make this an extra functional choice, and the moisture-wicking fabrics keep your mountain biker dry and comfortable on their rides.
These gloves offer even more protection for women riders.
Many mountain bikers prefer wearing sneakers or other flat shoes for rides. These Freerider shoes by Five Ten are secure on flat pedals and feel great to walk around in.
For racers and serious downhill riders, a securely cleated shoe is the only option. These shoes by Pearl Izumi earn high marks for comfort and safety.
Vents keep your special someone dry under this warm cold-weather jacket.
MOOSETREKS FULL FRAME PACK
This full frame pack carries gear in the frame triangle for stability and security.
ROSWHEEL SADDLE BAG
This Roswheel saddle bag carries up to 10-liters of camping supplies or bike gear in a safe, waterproof container.
BLACKBURN OUTPOST HB ROLL & DRY BAG
Blackburn’s handlebar dry bag rolls up to be tight and compact when not in use.
BRYCE 2P ULTRALIGHT TENT
This ultralight tent is perfect for bikepacking. It is compact and snug for two people.
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This Osprey trailbag is designed for cyclists, with special compartments for helmets and other bike-specific features. A ventilated shoe compartment lets users swap out their dirty kicks and put on fresh shoes for post-ride adventures.
BOTTLE MOUNT CARGO HOLDER
This mount designed by Blackburn can hold water bottles or cargo, offering versatility to your adventurous loved one.
What better way to relax on a long bike trek than a hammock? Low weight and compact size make this comfortable bed a great gift for any bikepacker.
This cargo option adds extra storage above the front wheel.