Kyle's Bikes Gift Guide 2018

At Kyle's Bikes, our primary mission is to make cycling and running fun for everyone. Now we want to make gift giving fun! If you have any cyclists or runners on your gift list, you will find some help in the Kyle's Bikes Gift Guide 2018.

We asked our staff for recommendations for the best gifts to give for the holidays this year. Some of these recommendations just came out this year, like the Tifosi sunglasses and the redesigned Specialized Hotwalk. Some of the items on this list have appeared in our gift guides before because they consistently make good gifts. That includes the Burley Encore bike trailer/jogging stroller and Kyle's Bikes branded water bottles.

We invite you to click each image to get a closer look. You can follow all the buy/shop/read now links to learn more about these products. If you live locally, we hope you will stop into the store to ask our staff questions about any of these products, and about any other recommendations they have for you.

Burley Encore Child Trailer

Burley Encore makes a great giftWhat is the best gift you can get for the cyclist or runner on your list who is also a parent? Probably free babysitting. But second best would be the Burley Encore Child Trailer.

Take the young one(s) along on rides and runs. It fits two children or one with a bit of extra elbow room. We love the way Burley balances function and price in the Encore, and love how easy it is to convert from a trailer to a stroller and back again.

Simply attach the Burley Jogger Kit to convert the Encore from a bike trailer to a jogging stroller. If you are looking for a more compact stroller for walking in tight places, use the 2-Wheel Stroller Kit instead. (Both kits are sold separately.)

Price: $479.00

Burley Encore Double Child Trailer:  Buy Now

Burley Encore Accessories:  Shop Now

Küat Highline Bike Rack

Kuat Highline Trunk RackSometimes you need to drive your bike somewhere to get in a good ride. Hitch racks and roof racks are a thing, but sometimes the simplest option is a trunk rack.

We are impressed with Küat's new trunk rack: the Highline. It's super easy to use and super easy to install. It avoids the most common concern of trunk racks—damage to the car—by including clear, adhesive vinyl strips protect the finish.

If you have a cyclist on your gift list that needs to drive to get to a safe place to ride or likes to take their bike on vacation, get them the Küat Highline Bike Rack.

Price: $219.00–$249.00

Küat Highline 2-Bike Rack:  Buy Now

Küat Highline 3-Bike Rack:  Buy Now

New Specialized Hotwalk Balance Bike

All new 2019 Specialized HotwalkThere is hardly anything more traditional than a child's bike under the tree. Light up your young child or grandchild's face with their first bike and help them find a life-long love of cycling. Scooting around on a balance bike gives a child a feel for the balance while they can still put their feet down. This makes it easier to learn to ride a pedal bike down the road.

The new, redesigned Specialized Hotwalk has an aluminum frame designed specifically for walkers just learning to balance on wheels. The Rhythm Lite Airless tires mean your little one can ride their heart out without a flat tire ever interrupting the fun, and you never need to worry about pumping up tires.

Beginning on Black Friday (November 23rd) we can ship this bike directly to you. (Our other Specialized bikes are available for in-store pickup.)

Price: $175.00

Specialized Hotwalk Balance Bike:  Buy Now

Lezyne Super GPS Bike Computer

Lezyne Super GPSAlmost every cyclist wants to track some statistics about their rides, even if it is just how far and how fast they have gone. The Lezyne Super GPS Bike Computer does this, and because it has GPS, it also records where.

If the cyclist you are shopping for is training hard for next season's races, they'll want to track heart rate, cadence, and power. The Super GPS can also display and record data from both ANT+ and Bluetooth sensors. Bundles are available that include heart rate and speed/cadence sensors. (A speed sensor enables them to track speed and distance with they are on an indoor bike trainer.)

We recommend the Lezyne Super GPS for the rider who likes to ride instead of mess with electronic gadgets. It's super easy to use and very clean looking on the bike.

Price: $149.99–$229.99

Lezyne Super GPS Bike Computer:  Buy Now

Kyle's Bikes Service Package

Bikes need regular maintenanceAre you unsure what the cyclist on your list needs? You might not know what component upgrades they are looking at. You may not know what size clothes they need. But you can be certain that their bike needs regular service.

Having a bike thoroughly cleaned, lubed, and adjusted makes it perform better and last longer. That's why we offer "Annual Service and Cleaning Package" and "New Bike Feel Package."

Right now, both these packages are on sale for bikes dropped off on or before February 4th.

The two links below will help you select the most appropriate package. Then stop into our Ankeny location to pick up a gift card.

Price: $100.00–$325.00

Kyle's Bikes Repair Services Menu:  Read Now

Kyle's Bikes 2018-19 Winter Bike Maintenance Specials:  Read Now

Specialized Stix Lights

Specialized Stix lights are easy to useWhen riding at night, in twilight, or even during the day, it is important to see and be seen. Specialized Stix Lights are versatile, powerful, and not bulky.

We love the many different mounting options. And these lights conveniently have the charging cable built-in so you can't lose it.

If you have a runner on your gift list, take a look at the fabric clip mount and arm/leg band mount!

Price: $29.99–$44.99

Specialized Stix Lights and Mounts:  Shop Now

Wolf Tooth Pack Pliers

Wolf Tooth Pack Pliers Multi-ToolWe recommend the Wolf Tooth Pack Pliers because they do things other multi-tools don't.

At first they appear to be just cool-looking master link pliers with storage for links. That's pretty good. It will help your cyclist if their chain breaks while out on a ride. But that's not all this tool is.

The longer handle is also a tire lever, in case they get a flat. The shorter handle has a presta valve core remover, in case they have a tubeless setup and need to add more sealant. The plier portion fits valve stem locknuts, in case they need to change a tube or remove a tubeless stem.

Carrying this tool along with a typical set-of-hex-wrenches multi-tool means more repairs can be made trailside, and there will be fewer calls for needing picked up.

Price: $29.95

Wolf Tooth Pack Pliers:  Buy Now

Other Multi-Tools:  Shop Now

Serfas Ribbon Bar Tape and Woven Bar Tape

Serfas Ribbon Bar Tape and Woven Bar TapeHandlebar tape is the easiest way to add fun and personality to a bike. The Ribbon Bar Tape and Woven Bar Tape, both from Serfas, are available in almost innumerable colors and patterns.

Each package comes with enough self-adhesive tape to wrap both sides of the handlebars, plus bar end plugs and finishing tape.

This tape makes a lively gift!

Price: $29.95

Serfas Ribbon Bar Tape and Woven Bar Tape:  Shop Now

Tifosi Lifestyle Sunglasses

Tifosi SunglassesHelp someone you love look good even when they aren't running or biking.

The athlete in you life knows the benefits of light, durable frames, shatterproof, scratch-resistant lenses, and a no-slip fit in their wrap-around shades.

The Tifosi Swank, Swick, and Smoove sunglasses offer those same advantages, but in a casual frame perfect for backyard bar-b-cues, afternoons at the ball park, and weekend drives.

Price: $25.00–69.95

Tifosi Swank, Swick, and Smoove Sunglasses:   Shop Now

Kyle's Bikes Water Bottle

Kyle's Bikes Water BottlesKyle's Bikes water bottles come in a variety of fun designs and colors.

Our uninsulated bottle holds 21 fluid ounces and has four different cap colors.

Our insulated bottles hold 23 fluid ounces and keeps your drink colder longer. In addition to our green triangle design, we are starting a series with one new design every month. This means you can come back for another bottle for a birthday gift!

Price: $4.99–$14.99

Kyle's Bikes Water Bottles:  Shop Now

For even more ideas, check out our gift guides from prior years.

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Katherine is our Content Champion. She has done triathlons in the past, and now focuses on mountain biking and long-distance gravel riding. She still has a soft spot in her heart for weird multi-sport events like indoor triathlon and aquabike. She also teaches indoor cycling.

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