Five Last Minute Local Cycling Gift Ideas

Well crap, here it is Wednesday, and you don’t have squat do you?  Only a few days left to shop for Christmas and only a few days left of Hanukkah, what are you going to do?

We know that some of you are thinking, hey didn’t you just say:

“Oh, the year-end lists…. endless.  Really, how many different lists of “gifts for cyclists” do we need?”

and yes we did just say that, but what does one more hurt?  Besides where else are you going to find a list like this one.

Why is this list special?  Because all five of our recommendations (presented in no particular order) are made right here in the Twin Cities.

5. For the cold winter cyclist: GroveCraft Cycling Hats and Mittens. 

We did a review of the warm and handsome winter hat after our interview with Holly, owner and operator of GroveCraft, and well, its warm.  Sure you can buy a waterproof, windproof, made in China, Gore-tex monstrosity, but wool will treat you right and these are made in the heart of South Minneapolis.  Besides you would be buying from someone named Holly, how much more holiday do you need?  Follow the link to check out her awesome selection, available at several local bike shops including mid-town Freewheel, The Hub Co-op and Hiawatha Cyclery.

4. For the budding commuter: Nikki’s Panniers.

Right after the holidays comes New Year’s Eve, a time for resolutions.  Maybe you know someone planning on making 2012 the year that they start to commute by bike!

If so, panniers are a great way to go, and if you are going to do it, why not be stylish.  Nikki Halverson makes her sturdy, water shedding, rack clipping bags in Northeast Minneapolis.  Check out our interview with here from earlier this year, then hit up her Pedlar site.

3. For the non-cyclist: The Beez Kneez Honey.

Unless you are a cycling purist, you surely will have a few folks on your list who just don’t ride, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t add your own personal cycling slant to their gift.  Kristy Lynn Allen gathers her honey from a local farm and then offers bike delivery within the Twin Cities area.  You can either head over to Freewheel Midtown and pick some up yourself, or for an extra special touch, get the honey delivered right to the recipients door (by bike of course).  Check out our interview with Kristy, then head over to the brand new, sweet looking website.

2. For the stocking: Bird Industries.

Bird Industries produces and sells some of the most unique cycling accessories that you can find anywhere, and they are made right here in the Twin Cities.

Skirt Garter? Check. Utility Belt? Check. Riding Hooded Scarf? Check.  They have it all.

Check out our interview with them here.  Available at the Bird Industries ETSY page, or if you are in a hurry, Midtown Freewheel.

1. For yourself: Adam Turman 2012 calendar.

Adam Turman is a print making machine.  While consistently churning out work for local businesses, concert posters, and ARTCRANK he keeps a focus on the cycling community and churns out beautiful work.

His 2012 calendar is no exception. While the calendar is not 100% composed of cycling pictures, 10 out of 12 ‘aint bad.  Our favorite is the September 2012 drawing that reminds us of the miserable day that was the 2011 Almanzo 100.

Head over to the Lulu site to check out all 12 pictures, and order the calendar.  We put this in a category of “for yourself” because once you see this thing in person you aren’t going to want to give it up!


Well that’s it, that’s the list for 2011, but we are always on the look out for other locally produced cycling goods.  Readers, what do you have that we missed? Let us know in the comments.

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One Response to Five Last Minute Local Cycling Gift Ideas

  1. Nicole says:

    LOVE Nikki’s Panniers!!!

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