Looking for the perfect something for the mountain biker in your life? Not to worry! The good news is that all mountain bikers are in need of something whether that’s practical gear (like a new pair of gloves) or they’ve been dreaming about a big-ticket item that they haven’t pulled the trigger on yet (like a new pair of awesome shades). There are literally endless ideas for gifts for mountain bikers and in this post, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite options.
So whether you’re shopping for the holidays, a birthday, a graduation gift, or something else, you’re sure to find a great gift idea below.
Find the perfect mountain biker gift for the dirt-loving shredder in your life in 2021
Practical Mountain Biking Gifts
These mountain bike gift ideas are great for any rider because they wear out every few seasons or they’re practical for everyday riding.
Mountain bike gloves
Mountain bikers are always in need of new gloves. For me, a good pair of gloves will last 1-2 seasons, so I’m always on the lookout for a good pair. My favorite brand of mountain biker gloves are Handup. Not only do their Most Days Gloves last longer than a lot of other brands I’ve tried, but they’re also made in the USA and they have super fun patterns and catchphrases on the palms!
Check price: Handup
First Aid Kit
A first aid kit is a great gift for mountain bikers because it shows that you care about their safety even if they don’t listen to you when you say don’t do anything stupid. My go-to first aid kit is the MyMedic Solo Pro. It has everything a mountain biker might need post-crash including Ibuprofen, antiseptic, wound dressings, and even sunscreen and lip balm, among a handful of other helpful first aid items.
If the mountain biker in your life isn’t into going fast or sending big drops, they will probably love the Cycle Medic which has more basic first aid items specific to cyclists like chamois cream, hydration powder, and some bandages.
Check price: MyMedic
Trust me, mountain bikers can never have enough chamois. I, personally, would be super stoked if I received a pair or two of new chamois for Christmas or my birthday. One of my favorite pairs are the DHarRCHO Party Pants. Not do they look fun and cool, but they’re also super comfortable and they have a high waist, which I like. They come in a men’s version as well.
Check price: REI
Not sure what gift to get your mountain biker? Just grab them a gift certificate so they can pick out the gear they want or need. A few places that sell a wide selection of mountain bike gear include:
Handlebar grips wear out after a season or two of riding, so we mountain bikers need to replace them pretty often. Grips are a bit personal when it comes to preference, but I really like the Diety Supracush grips. They’re comfortable, slip-resistant, and last a good while.
Check price: Jenson
I always wear knee pads when I ride and it’s the same for many mountain bikers. If your mountain biker doesn’t wear knee pads or it’s time to get a new pair because they’re ripped or the elastic has stretched out, my favorite pair are the Fox Enduro Sleeves. They are easy to pedal in and they don’t slip down like a lot of other knee pads I’ve tried.
If you need a more protective knee pad for bike park days or bigger sends, I also have the Fox Launch Pro’s and they’re awesome as well.
A Subscription to an App or Magazine
A subscription to a mountain bike app or magazine is a great gift for mountain bikers. Here are a few subscription apps I would be stoked to receive!:
- A subscription to TrailForks. This is an app that allows mountain bikers to find mountain bike trails around the world. The maps can be used offline, which is super helpful and you can also find routes, photos, trail ratings, and so much more. I personally think TrailForks is indespensible! The online version is free, but the app is not. A year-long subscription is about USD $28.00 or three years is $59.00.
- A subscription to Strava. Like TrailForks, Strava used to be completely free, but now the Pro version requires an annual membership. Strava allows mountain bikers to record rides via GPS and view stats like elevation gain and loss, mileage, power output, and much, much more. Another cool feature of Strava is that you can compete against yourself and other riders on specific trail segments to see who can get the fastest time. An annual membership is $59.00/year.
- A subscription to Mountain Flyer. Mountain Flyer is a print magazine filled with mountain biking stories, gear reviews, interviews, news, and more. It’s sent out 4 times a year and could be a great gift if your mountain biker really loves to stay up to date on latest trends and mtb news. A subscription is $27.95/year (4 issues) or $44.95/two years (8 issues).
Big ticket gifts for mountain bikers
Want to get your mountain biker something special? These gift ideas tend to be on the more expensive side, but they will make your shredder super happy!
Mountain bike helmets should be replaced after every few seasons of mountain biking (2-5 years) or after a big crash. Depending on what terrain your mountain biker tackles, they may also need a few different types of mountain bike helmets like a ‘normal’ helmet for everyday riding and a full-face helmet for big bike park days. The helmet that I love and use is the Bell Super DH MIPS Helmet. It’s a ‘breakaway’ helmet, meaning I can use it as a normal helmet or as a full-face helmet by strapping on the chin bar.
Weather-resistant mountain bike jacket
I recently got the the Patagonia Dirt Roamer Jacket for winter riding on our local trails and it’s awesome! It’s made from recycled nylon and fends off light rain and spray (although I wouldn’t say it’s completely waterproof). The hood is also helmet-compatible, so you can wear it over your helmet if the rain really starts coming down. The jacket packs down into its own zippered pocket and it has an interior chest pocket for your phone or other gadgets. It comes in a men’s version as well.
Many mountain bikers use cheapo or mid-level sunglasses when they ride, but if you’ve ever tried a really expensive pair, you know what you’re missing out on… superior clarity, polarization, fit, and anti-fog technology definitely come with a price tag. But, if you’re looking for a great gift for your mountain biking friend, a nice pair of high-quality sunglasses would most likely be very much appreciated.
Here are a few styles to check out:
Mountain bike tool kit
Does your mountain biker enjoy or want to learn how to work on fixing and maintaining their mountain bike? If so, then a mountain bike tool kit could be a great gift idea. You can build your own tool kit up from scratch or buy a complete kit filled with all the basic (or advanced) bike tools.
The Foundations Standard Bike Tool Kit is a great entry-level mountain bike tool kit at an affordable price. If you need/want even more tools and gold-star quality, the Park Tools PK-5 Professional Tool Kit includes pretty much every tool a professional bike shop would need.
Check price: Jenson
A Dropper Post
If the mountain biker in your life doesn’t have a dropper post on their bike or the one they’re using is finicky, it’s time to upgrade to a new one. One of the best dropper posts out there is the Fox Transfer Dropper Seatpost. It’s pricey, but absolutely worth it if you ride a lot. You do need to buy the lever separately, which is kind of annoying.
Carbon wheel set with lifetime warranty
Wheelsets are expensive. And they can crack (carbon) or dent (aluminum) so mountain bikers are super stoked to have an extra set of wheels in case something bad happens. There are a number of carbon wheelsets that come with a lifetime warranty, so if your mountain biker rides a lot (and rides hard!) it’s a good idea to invest in a set that has a lifetime warranty. I, personally, have had at least three wheels replaced under my warranty, to needless to say it’s saved my butt.
Here are a few wheelsets with a lifetime warranty to check out:
- We Are One Union Hydra 29in Boost Wheelset
- ENVE AM30 Industry Nine 29in Boost Wheelset
- Industry Nine Hydra Enduro-S 27.5″ Carbon Wheelset
- Santa Cruz Reserve 27 27.5in DT 350 Boost Wheelset
- e*thirteen components LG1 EN Race Carbon Boost Wheel – 27.5in
Wheelsets are also a great thing to look for used. HOWEVER, most manufactures will not honor a lifetime warranty unless you are the original owner.
Thoughtful gifts for mountain bikers
If you’re like me, you don’t like to give gifts just for the sake of giving gifts. It has to mean something or be thoughtful and personalized. If that rings true for you, these gifts for mountain bikers might be right up your alley!
Personalized headset cap
My brother ordered me some personalized Two Wheeled Wanderer headset caps for Christmas a few years ago and I thought that was super cool and thoughtful. Custom Kaps out of Cleveland, Ohio has tons of different pre-made laser-etched headset caps with designs ranging from donuts to day of the dead skulls. You can also order custom headset caps that include custom text and/or a small image or logo.
Custom Kaps also does handlebar end plugs and a few other cool and colorful accessories.
Custom bike socks
What’s more thoughtful (and perhaps embarrassing) than some custom-made mountain bike socks? Sock Guy takes custom orders for socks and you send them logos, photos, or other artwork to be proudly displayed. I’m not sure what the minimum order size is, but order a pair for the whole family or bike club!
Just be sure to order weeelll ahead of time because it can take 5-6 weeks for your custom socks to arrive.
A full tune-up at your local bike shop
How long has it been since their brakes were bled or their pivots greased? If it’s been more than a year, then a full tune-up at your local bike shop is a great gift for mountain bikers. Most full tune-ups cost about $75-$100+ and the mechanics go through the whole bike to make sure it’s in great working order.
Ask your friendly LBS (local bike shop) for a gift certificate!
A mountain bike trip!
If I were to pick any ‘gift’ from this list it would hands-down be a mountain bike trip. Whether that’s a weekend getaway to someplace close to home, or a week-long epic adventure overseas, it doesn’t matter. Mountain biking trips are the bomb! Here are a few planning ideas to help you surprise your mtb lover:
- The ultimate guide to mountain biking in Sedona
- A complete guide to mountain biking in Squamish
- A complete guide to the Mammoth Bike Park
- Vermont mountain biking: the 10 best places to ride in the Green Mountain State
- A complete guide to mountain biking in Bentonville, Arkansas
Stocking stuffers or simple mountain biking gifts
Looking for a small gift or some fun ideas to fill Christmas stockings? These mountain bike gifts are great for any rider and they’re also practical and useful.
Every mountain biker should have a good multi-tool in their pack. Multi-tools are needed to do almost any fix or maintenance on the bike from swapping pedals to adjusting seat height to even removing wheels in some cases. My go-to multi-tool is the Crank Brothers Multi-19 Tool. It has 19 different tools ranging from allen wrenches, hex keys, a chain breaker, spoke wrench, screwdrivers, and more.
A few strips of tire plugs are a great small gift for mountain bikers because they’re incredibly useful and they’re cheap! Tire plugs allow mountain bikers to seal up holes in their tires without having to put a tube in. They’ve made flats sooo much easier to deal with. I always carry a few tire plug strips with me on every ride, but sometimes I forget that I’ve run out, so they’re a great gift to give!
Chain lube is a practical gift for mountain bikers because we use every ride or every few rides. There are tons of different chain lubes out there to choose from, but my personal favorite is the Rock N Roll Gold. It works well in all conditions and seems to last a bit longer than other chain lubes. You can get a large 16oz bottle or a smaller 4oz bottle (which fits perfectly in a stocking!).
Energy bars are always appreciated! I always keep 1-2 bars in my pack for emergencies (ie when I feel like I’m bonking) and during the height of mountain bike season, I frequently wake up in the middle of the night super hungry and go in search of a quick energy bar to eat. Here are two of my favorites:
- Bobo’s Bars – I love these bars! They taste really great (the Lemon Poppyseed is one of my faves) and they’re packed with high quality energy from oats and other simple ingredients.
- Clif Bars – of course there are Clif Bars as well. These are probably the most well-known energy bars on the market. I like them, but I think I’ve eaten too many over the years. That being said, they’re easy to throw in a pack and they taste great on the trail. My favorite flavor is the White Chocolate Macademia.
Surprisingly, hydration powders are actually quite pricey, so they’re a good gift to someone who doesn’t want to spend $50 on a big bag. For more recommendations on my favorite flavors and brands, head over to my post on the Best Hydration Powders for Cyclists.
Hydration hose bite valves & nozzles
The bite valves and nozzles at the end of hydration pack hoses tend to get really grimey after a while. The silicone nozzles also tend to crack, which results in water slowly drip out onto your shirt and shorts while riding. It’s really annoying. I like to replace the valves &/or nozzles at least once a year.
Chamois cream is an awesome gift for mountain bikers. If you’ve experienced chafing while riding a bike, you know how painful and annoying it can be. Enter chamois cream. Chamois cream is a lubricant that can be applied to your sensitive areas to help prevent friction and chafing. My go-to chamois cream is Chamois Butt’r. It’s non-greasy and lasts for the length of multi-hour rides. You can also buy individual packets, which are useful for bikepacking trips or road trips.
Gifts for female mountain bikers
Good sports bras are hard to find AND they’re expensive, making the Patagonia Wild Trails Sports Bra a great gift for female mountain bikers. This sports bra is designed for high-impact sports (aka mountain biking) and it’s made from breathable recycled polyester so that you stay dry and comfortable out on the trail.
Women’s specific saddle
A good saddle makes all the difference when mountain bike and for women shredders, I find that we’re a bit more sensitive when it comes to saddle fit and comfort. Thankfully, there are plenty of women-specific saddles out there. Terry has a great online questionnaire to figure out the best saddle for you or your mtb friend and their saddles are some of the most comfortable I’ve tried. The Butterfly Ti Saddle is one of the most popular options for women-shredders.
Gift certificate to an all-womens mountain bike event or clinic
Another great gift idea for your lady-shredder friend is a gift certificate to an all-women’s mountain bike clinic or event. There are several really cool women’s events that happen throughout the year and I, personally, would be stoked to receive a gift certificate to one (or more…) of them! Here’s what’s happening:
- Ladies AllRide Mountain Bike Skills Clinics
- Trek Dirt Series Mountain Bike Skills Clinics (some of these are co-ed)
- ROAM Fest Tickets (tickest sell out FAST!)
- ROAM Retreat
SHREDLY kind of has the market cornered for awesome women’s mountain bike shorts. They deliver super fun patterns and women-specific fit, which you don’t find in a lot of co-ed brands. I personally like the curvy style because it has an elastic waistband, but they also have standard shorts that come in long or shortie versions.
I hope this list gives you some ideas for gifts for mountain bikers! Which gift would you like to receive? What other mountain bike gift ideas do you have? Let us know in the comments below!