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    Default New to road cycling first gift ideas?

    My brother shattered his leg below the knee in 20 pieces skiing last year. He lost control and flew off a rock face at Big Sky, crushing his leg upon impact. He was operated on twice and his doctor said he'll never ski moguls again or run a marathon.

    So he's going to take up cycling woop. My bro actually inspired me to ride a century when we were teenagers. He did a couple of 90+ mile rides when we were in hs so he knows a little about hours in the saddle.

    My dad would like to get him something cycling related for Christmas and wrote me for suggestions. My first thought was a gps probably a simple model like the Garmin 500. Since he lives in Chicago and has room I thought rollers might be a nice idea but kind of seems sadistic for someone just starting out. I don't think I want to go the kit route although that's safe - no one is going to object to fresh bibs and a jersey. Good lights is another idea but I only recently purchased my first set. Helmet, eyewear are personal taste.

    Just thought I would throw this out to the group since it might produce some hidden gems and one more happy cyclist is a small victory.

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    Default Re: New to road cycling first gift ideas?

    Don't dismiss kit too quickly. As my (adult) kids dipped their toes into riding, getting them a great pair of bibs went a long ways towards ensuring they enjoyed their time on the bike. Starting off, many beginners hesitate to invest in great kit.

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    Default Re: New to road cycling first gift ideas?

    Quote Originally Posted by Noteddy View Post
    Starting off, many beginners hesitate to invest in great kit.
    Right after I clicked send my first thought was baselayer. I ride with Craft and consider their ls baselayer fundamental especially when it's nippy which it will be often in Chicago's northern 'burbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noteddy View Post
    Don't dismiss kit too quickly. As my (adult) kids dipped their toes into riding, getting them a great pair of bibs went a long ways towards ensuring they enjoyed their time on the bike. Starting off, many beginners hesitate to invest in great kit.
    I agree. Think about how grumpy you are when you have to wear your worst bibs. Its tough to swallow the cost of a nice set of bibs until you know what you're missing.
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    I like your Edge 500 idea. Strava is a good tool to keep in touch with riding friends or family.

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    I agree with the others said about kit. Nice stuff just make you feel more comfortable. Also if he's the competitive type and might bumming a bit bout not being able to do those other things maybe nice garmin or other computer.

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    Default Re: New to road cycling first gift ideas?

    One option for kit if you want to go that route, get him a gift card to a shop/online retailer. Since kit is such a personal thing, giving the gift of shopping is not the worst option in the world.

    Not sure how interested he is in some of the aspects of the sport, but a subscription to Rouleur would be killer too.

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    Default Re: New to road cycling first gift ideas?

    WHEELS. (He is serious, right?)

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    Default Re: New to road cycling first gift ideas?

    What about one of those new high end Silca pumps? Bling, bling...Or just a regular Silca pump. The gift that won't ever go away.

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    Default Re: New to road cycling first gift ideas?

    For some reason, whenever friends have gotten into cycling, the last frickin' thing they buy is a good pump. And the second to last thing they buy is a good carry-along pump + flat repair tools patch kit etc. They just borrow mine. So maybe not the ^^Silca^^ but that's a good direction.

    But I also like Lionel's idea that a Garmin leads to family KOM points competitions. I mean, he is your brother so he's going to want to run you ragged, right? So your Garmin idea is probably pretty spot on.
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    How about a fitting?

    There are a few really good shops in Chicago, Velosmith, Get A Grip.

    Have him go visit those guys and get his position dialed and make sure he's comfortable on the bike, that's a good way to ensure he will stick with riding.

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    Default Re: New to road cycling first gift ideas?

    I'll second the kit suggestion and add this; consider contacting Drew Boure for bibshorts, especially if you want or need custom sizing options. He made me some bibs that I custom ordered and they fit excellently. I'm tall and thin and wanted more length so he provided that. I'm going to order more after Christmas.
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