Mother's Day gift guide for cyclists
Mother's Day is just around the corner in the US and Canada. Here are some gifts the cycling mom in your life is sure to love.
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Mother's Day gift guide for cyclists
For readers in North America, Mother's Day is just around the corner. In 2022, Mother's Day lands on Sunday, May 8. That means there's no time like the present to pick the perfect gift for the cycling mom in your life.
The great thing about having a mother who likes to ride is that it broadens the range of gifts beyond flowers and brunch. From practical gifts (that keep on giving!) to more ornamental and luxury items, you can really show some thought and originality—although this doesn’t necessarily mean you can skip flowers or brunch.
Any element of high-quality cycling kit will make her rides more enjoyable, whether it’s better bib shorts, jerseys or more breathable waterproof jackets. Or for cyclists whose purpose is utility rather than recreation, more functional and easier to use panniers, racks or more effective mudguards can make a world of difference to her daily commute.
With many of us still not feeling quite ready to return to the gyms just yet, indoor trainers and exercise bikes can help fit training into a busy lifestyle.
We're here to help with a curated selection of gift ideas that run the gamut from affordable to extravagant and are sure to please.
With each product is a ‘View deal’ link. If you click on this then we may receive a small amount of money from the retailer when you purchase the item. This doesn’t affect the amount you pay.
Goodr OG Polarized Sunglasses
View deal at Competitive Cyclist|$25.00 (opens in new tab)
Maybe mom wants a pair of shades that work on the bike as well as around town. Goodr's OG Polarized sunglasses are the perfect pair of crossover sunnies. Best of all, Goodr's eyewear is very affordable.
AeroPress Go Travel Coffee Press
View deal at REI|$39.95 (opens in new tab)
If your mom needs a quick pick-up on race day or during her next bikepacking adventure, consider investing in a packable AeroPress. Thoughtfully engineered to provide all the delicious brewing capabilities of the original, the AeroPress Go Travel coffee press includes a convenient drinking mug that doubles as a carrying case.
Kids Ride Shotgun Bike Seat
View deal at Jenson USA|$150.00 (opens in new tab)
Having kids doesn't mean you have to cut back on your riding time. Take your little one with you so they can experience the joys of cycling. The Kids Ride Shotgun Shotgun Seat is a front-mounted child seat that mounts on your frame and is perfect for kids 2 to 5 years old. It has full rubber protection for alloy or carbon frames, adjustable width and angles for urban, city and mountain bikes, and a quick-release fitting for easy installation and removal. The Shotgun fits top tubes from 35mm to 68mm wide, and downtubes from 35mm to 100mm wide
Oakley Sutro Prizm Sunglasses
View deal at Competitive Cyclist|$178.99 (opens in new tab)
The Oakley Sutro is a great pair of shades for the performance-minded mom. The cylindrical lens delivers a wide field of view, with a high-wrap shield for high speeds and the color-popping science of Oakley's Prizm technology.
Defeet Wooleator Socks
View deal at Competitive Cyclist|$18.99 (opens in new tab)
With its argyle design in neon colors, the Wooleator is a great way to help mom stay visible on the road.
The Wooleator is a thin, low-bulk sock constructed from a blend of Merino and Repreve® performance fiber. This sock is moisture-resistant and naturally antibacterial, making it perfect for four-season cycling or casual wear.
Bontrager Ion 200 RT/Flare RT Light Set
View deal at Trek Bikes|$129.99 (opens in new tab)
Lights aren't just for riding at night. All road cyclists and commuters should use daytime running lights to make them more visible to motorists. Keep mom safe with Bontrager's Ion 200 RT/Flare RT light set. Both lights are USB-rechargeable and increase visibility whenever she decides to go for a spin.
Machines for Freedom Endurance Short-Sleeve Jersey
View deal at Competitive Cyclist |$114.98 (opens in new tab)
Machines for Freedom puts fit first, and maybe that's why all of their jerseys are so aesthetically keen. This brand designs sleek jerseys like the Endurance Short-Sleeve Jersey with European fabrics that hug the body for a soft and comfortable construction. A flattering silhouette and fun patterns make the Endurance Jersey a perfect option for casual rides. Three rear pockets and a zippered, moisture-resistant pocket offer storage space for your necessities, and SPF 50+ protection keeps you shaded from the sun.
Panaracer Gravelking SK 700C Tire
View deal at Jenson USA |$52.99 (opens in new tab)
If your mom prefers the roads less traveled, the Panaracer Gravelking SK 700C Tire is a great go-anywhere gravel tire. It features a small and blocky center tread that is tightly spaced for the best combination of grip and low rolling resistance across a wide range of conditions. It rolls fast on pavement and handles rocky gravel roads and even smooth singletrack. Because gravel roads often mean sharp rocks, the GravelKing SK has an anti-puncture layer for optimal flat protection.
Pearl iZUMi Women's Pro Bib Short
View deal at Competitive Cyclist |$134.99 (opens in new tab)
Crafted with highly technical fabrics and a refined fit, the Pro Bib Short simply disappears and lets you focus on the road ahead. Pearl Izumi outfitted this bib short with its supportive, breathable, and women's-specific PRO Escape 1:1 chamois and ultra-soft Italian PRO Transfer fabric creating a short that will be your go-to throughout the season. Up top, the wide, laser cut bib straps sit softly against your body, resisting twisting and binding for a comfortable, supportive fit. Last but not least, these bibs are designed to make nature breaks quick and easy.
Shimano RC5 Women's Cycling Shoe
View deal at Competitive Cyclist | $170.00 (opens in new tab)
Shimano built the RC5 to fall right into the mid-range of its road shoe lineup, thanks to the durable synthetic leather uppers that don't flex and stretch with time, plus mesh panels for a huge boost in breathability should your toes warm up as the temps rise. The uppers secure around your foot like a warm hug thanks to a combination of a Boa and hook-and-loop strap that helps disperse pressure away from the instep, while eliminating wiggle room for support through every part of your pedal stroke.
Lazer Strada Kineticore Helmet
View deal at Competitive Cyclist | $109.99 (opens in new tab)
Helmets should be replaced every 2-3 years, so there's a good chance your mom is overdue for a new one. Lazer's new Strada Kineticore helmet features highly breathable ventilation channels and high-value performance in a lightweight and comfortable package. The ScrollSys belt adjusts to help you find your ideal, secure fit, and LED light compatibility at the rear of the helmet makes for maximum visibility for rides that start before the sun comes up and ends when it sets.
Feedback Sports Sport Mechanic Repair Stand
View deal at REI | $220.00 (opens in new tab)
Learning how to work on your own bikes is very empowering. For the mechanically-inclined mom, the Sport Mechanic Repair Stand offers a blend of compactness, lightweight, and height-adjustable features at a terrific value. The rugged tripod configuration holds up to 65lbs. on flat or uneven surfaces. When not needed, the legs and clamp head fold quickly into a 13-pound unit that's easy to travel with.
Muc-Off Dry Lube Chain Lubricant
View deal at REI | $11.00 (opens in new tab)
Chain lube is an affordable gift that your mom will put to good use. Muc-Off Dry Lube chain lubricant offers a durable formula that excels for dry-weather riding and can hold up to extreme conditions. The 120ml (4 fl. oz.) bottle features a pipette system for easy application.
Silca T-Ratchet Kit
View deal at REI | $70.00 (opens in new tab)
Here's another great gift for the mom who likes to work on her bikes. A multi-configurable shop-quality toolset, the Silca T-Ratchet kit is a convertible 1/4 in. ratchet with 10 S2 steel bits, all stored in a hand-sewn waxed canvas carrying case. Includes 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5 and 6mm Hex; T10, T20 and T25 Torx; and PH2 Philips bits, as well as a stainless steel bit extender.
Po Campo Kinga Handlebar Bag
View deal at REI | $55.00 (opens in new tab)
If your mom needs to carry a windjacket, extra gloves, or a few snacks for a long day on the road, the Po Campo Kinga Handlebar Bag will help you carry all your essentials within arm's reach. Made from waterproof fabrics with water-resistant zippers to help keep your stuff dry in the rain, the spacious, yet compact bag is the ideal companion for all-day rides.
Pro Tip: Give your mom this bag with chocolates inside
Wahoo ELEMNT Bolt GPS Bike Computer
View deal at Competitive Cyclist | $299.99
The ELEMNT Bolt GPS Bike Computer from Wahoo features a host of new and advanced features for reliable navigation no matter if you mom is riding around town or tackling a 200-mile gravel race. We think it's the most intuitive computer from the brand to date. It's not only Wahoo's first color screen display, but it also added on-device navigation capabilities.
LIZARD SKINS DSP BAR TAPE 3.2mm
View deal at Jenson USA | $43.99 (opens in new tab)
Help mom spruce up her bike with fresh handlebar tape. When it comes to riding performance and comfort, one place many riders are looking is the type of handlebar tape they use. The thickness and type of tape you use has a significant impact on your comfort and grip. The Lizard Skins DSP 3.2mm Bar Tape comes in a wide range of colors and is designed for gravel riding, cyclocross, and century rides.
Still not sure what cycling gifts to get?
Cycling is filled with jargon, tech and a befuddling array of standards. If you're still scratching your and unsure about what to get the cycling mom in your life, you can't go wrong with a gift card to one of these online retailers.
Buy a gift card from Competitive Cyclist (opens in new tab)
Buy a gift card from Jenson USA (opens in new tab)
Buy a gift card from REI (opens in new tab)
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Josh Patterson enjoys all types of cycling but, when not riding for work, he prefers his roads unpaved and his singletrack steep and rocky. Hailing from the Flint Hills of Kansas, Josh was a pioneer in the gravel cycling movement and a five-time finisher of the grueling 200-mile Unbound Gravel race. His deep knowledge of cycling comes from his time as a racer, professional mechanic, frame builder, and editor of multiple cycling publications. When not writing about cycling tech, he can be found exploring the singletrack and lonely gravel roads that surround his Colorado home.
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