H?ere are a few gifts that most bike commuters will find useful this time of year. While some of these items are basic — and probably already possessed in some form by the grizzled rider in your life — your beloved biker will be delighted to have a spare.
Besides the panicked voice of a cyclist who sees trouble ahead, nothing says “heads up!” like the clarion ring of this classic-looking bell.
Firm Grip Extreme gloves, $14.97
I picked up these goat-skin numbers during a spree at Home Depot that was in no other way harmful to goats. Best for milder winter days, these tight-fitting gloves — intended to absorb tool vibrations — sleekly enhance handlebar grip. Isotoner's cashmere-lined leather gloves (about $30) are great for colder days and and double as everyday winter hand protection.Giro Surface helmet
Typical, aerodynamic bike helmets this time of year allow frigid air to rush over cyclists’ domes during bridge descents. This skater-style option from Giro, available in 11 colors, protects and serves. Throw in this Gore Bike Wear Helmet IV Cap ($26.99) to seal in more heat.
Commuters who inevitably ride in the dark, gusty cold will appreciate the anti-fog coating on this eyewear, as well as the knowledge that you didn’t blow $100 more on swappable-lens shades from Oakley.
A not-so-subtle suggestion to grow a protective winter beard, or to tame the one that's already appeared.
Max J. Dickstein (mdickstein [at] am-ny.com and @Knickerbiker) is amNewYork’s bike columnist.