At Tales of a Mountain Mama we believe that cycling is one of life’s simple joys, and we love sharing & stoking that passion with our family and friends. We’ve gathered up all our favorite gifts for biking families that we know you will love!
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Though frost and wood smoke may be in the air, and falling leaves carpet the ground, it’s never too late, or early, to think about the special cyclists in your life. With the changing seasons come thoughts of holidays and long winter days.
Whether you have groomed fat bike trails outside your door, or a crazy weather pattern renders a winter weekend perfect cycling weather, have a look at some of our favorite bikecentric gifts below.
From Mom and Dad, to the teetering toddler and the Tween, we’ve got gear that will be sure to help fuel the passion.
Note: Covid is messing up the supply chain a bit, so bikes are a bit harder to find this year, but that doesn’t mean some of these biking gifts are still perfect for all the biking-lovers out there!
Best Balance Bikes for biking gifts
The benefits of skipping tot-sized training wheels and going straight to two wheels are pretty well known, but if you need a little encouragement, check out this post on how to get kids started on a balance bike (and why!) We also recommend reading this about why training wheels are a big no-no.
Balance bikes come in many shapes and sizes. With so many to choose from, it can be hard to decide which to balance bike to buy. Consider the overall height & inseam measurement of the child, what type of surface they will be cruising, and whether or not you want a rear brake.
The WOOM 1 has been a longtime favorite. The geometry is dialed in for tiny balance bikers with an upright body position and a low step-through entry point. A great balance bike for tiny humans too short for other balance bikes on the market.
The WOOM 1 has a recommended minimum height of 31″, and generally fits kids 18months on up. The WOOM 1 also features a steering limiter which keeps the front wheel heading in the right direction.
The Pello Ripple is an amazing little bike with a unique ability to change geometry (by moving the handlebar angle) for growing kids. While it is slightly heavier than the Woom 1, it is a super fun ride for kids aged 1-3 and highly recommended by our team.
Check out this innovative newcomer to the balance bike scene – Spawn Cycles. What sets the Spawn Tengu balance bike apart from others is the impressive list of components not normally found on a balance bike. Spoil ’em early!
A chromoly fork and sealed hubs, quick release clamp and the pivotal saddle – and most importantly a reach adjustable lever on the Tektro V-brake for those itty bitty hands! With grippy, pneumatic tires, this bike is ready to tackle any terrain your little rider is up for.
Best for kids 2+ years old, and a minimum of 33″ tall.
Ride ’em to the park or to playdates. Ride ’em for fun or for transport. These bikes will handle city paths, bike friendly sidewalks, side streets and hard packed gravel routes. Search out bike friendly routes to day care drop off or get your groceries via two-wheeled-transport! We could all use a little more active time during the day.
If you need help getting started – check out our tips and tricks for handling the reluctant biker. Here are your best bets for Pedal Bikes.
After dominating the lightweight pedal bike scene for years, Woom continues to impress us with it’s kid friendly geometry, budget friendly prices, and lightweight components.
Available in 14″, 16″, 20″ ,24″ and 26″ sizes.
Cleary bikes are solid with aluminum frames, have great components and are prefect for more aggressive riders.
Guardian bikes have a unique braking system that is simply the safest on the market. With one brake level controlling both the front and rear brakes, there is no risk of them going over the handlebars due to poor braking control.
They also have really fun designs, have a budget-friendly option and are quality, well-made bikes.
Available in 14″, 16″, 20″ , and 24″ sizes.
Prevelo makes excellent and very lightweight bikes for kids. They have a more “aggressive stance” compared to the 16″ Woom bike, for example. Great for kids who are getting after it.
Check out our review of why this is a great bike for reluctant riders too.
And see our full review of the Prevelo Alpha here.
Available in 14″, 16″, 20″ , and 24″ sizes.
When the siren song of the single track becons, and your child is ready to leave the well trodden path to heed the call, best have a bike that can handle the trail in your quiver. Our picks?
Lightweight, well made and durable – the woom OFF and OFF air (with front suspension) is the mountain biking option in the Woom family of bikes. It’s the perfect bike for tackling tricky technical terrain and climbing singletrack switchbacks.
You will love the high quality design and components like the disc brakes with child sized levers, Schwalbe tires, 9 speed SRAM trigger shifter, flip-flop aluminum stem for adjustable handlebar height, and the strong & stable carbon fork.
The OFF is also available in 4 (20″) 5 (24″) and 6 (26″) models.
See our full review of the Woom OFF here. Also check out the Woom OFF Air.
Newly designed Yoji is a head turner. Have a peek at those beautiful off-road Spawn Cycles Loam Star tires! High end, high performance. Your little 4 – 6 year old will be riding in style on the city paths and dirt tracks astride this 14 pound bike.
This bike features chromoly forks, easy reach Tektro mini v-brakes, and a stem that can be flipped to change the geometry of the cockpit as your little rider grows! The Yoji 16″ is best for riders at least 37″ tall.
If you’re looking for an impressive trail bike for your tike, look no further than the Spawn Yama Jama. With hydraulic disc brakes, Brood Bike Company tubeless ready rims and a Brood Bike Company Eldorado fork with 80mm of travel, this awesome bike is ready for the serious fun.
Best for kids with a minimum height of 43 inches. Review coming!
Prevelo Zulu Series
We love that Prevelo has real mountain bikes for kids starting as small as a 14″, which works for a 3-5 year old. If you have an aggressive young rider who wants to be on the trailsf, this is the bike you want.
Front and back hydraulic brakes, top quality components and light weight for the quality of bike and the quality of ride.
Available in 14″, 16″, 20″ , and 24″ sizes.
Helmet technology is advancing and the helmets on the market today help protect against brain injury, but only when they are well fitting, and worn properly. It is important to measure your childs’ head according to the helmet manufacturers instructions and always be sure to have the adjustable straps correctly adjusted.
Helmet technology differs from brand to brand. Lazer uses the MIPS technology to diffuse and redirect impact. The inner basket simplifies fit and adjusts to head shape automatically.
The Lazer Nut’z MIPS helmet is lightweight, vented, and appeals to kids with its cool graphics. Parents love it because it has adult level impact-diffusion & a lifetime crash replacement deal.
If your rider is ready for a full face helmet, check out this great option from Bell. With 26 vents, they’ll be feeling the breeze. While full faced helmets are generally used for BMX / enduro / downhill mountain biking, the Bell Super 3R is unique in that it is convertible.
The chin bar can be removed for more casual trail rides. It meets safety certifications and has MIPS technology for reduced rotational forces in the event of wreck. MIPS has over 20 years of research behind it and is one of the leaders in head injury prevention technology.
My son loves his BELL Super 3R – he says it’s super comfortable and it fits him really well. Removing the chin bar is a snap.
Bike Seats & Trailers
Long before your little one is able to keep up with you on their own two-wheels, you’ll be out riding with any one of these great along-for-the-ride options.
From trailers & bike seats, to an inventive bungee and an adventurous bike/trailer hybrid, you’ll find the perfect fit for your family. Any one of these would make great gifts for the new parents on your list.
They are absolute sanity savers for adventurous parents.
Singletrack loving parents – this is what you want to see under the tree the year your child turns two. We’ve found (see our full review of the Kids Ride Shotgun here) this fits virtually every single modern mountain bike and is a quick five-minute switch between adult bikes if you each want a turn introducing your little one to the singletrack life, riding shotgun.
If you’re looking for a rear mounted child seat – the Hamax Caress is one of the best on the market. We’ve found it to be a top choice. Sleek and modern with a suspension system and helmet recess for the ultimate in comfort for your tiny passenger.
It also has a 20 degree recline, and all adjustments on this seat can be done one handed! This seat will last your family for years. It can be used once your child can hold their head upright without support, average 9 months, on up to 48 pounds.
Individually reclining seats, copious ventilation, and the VersaWing system to store the biking and strolling kits onboard, the Thule Cross is a top pick for kid-toting trailers!
The generous storage bin will hold everything you need for a day full of adventure, or a weeks worth of produce from the farmers market. If you are searching for the perfect gift for a new family – this is it.
They will use this for YEARS as their little ones go from tiny newborns to boisterous kindergarteners and beyond. Biking, strolling, running, even skiing. And yes, definitely add a ski-kit for families living where winters are lengthy.
Versitile, easy to use and well made, the Scandinavian Hamax Outback is an award winner, and passes stringent EU testing & is phthalate-free!
This multisport trailer will take you from the city streets to the ski trails with the optional accessories. We think it’s a great choice for a long lasting trailer. In 2020, the Hamax Outback will feature individually reclining seats. Also check out our review to see how well it handles in the snow with it’s unique ski kit!
Great suspension to absorb little bumps, plush headrests to cradle little noggins, and reclining seats make the Burley D’Lite a great choice for comfort cycling. The D’Lite was recently updated and is now one of our top-recommended trailers.
Jogging, Skiing, and Strolling kits are available to customize your multisport trailer.
The Burley brand is well loved, trusted and has been a longtime leader in the bike trailer industry. Check out all our Burley Reviews here.
An interactive & engaging option in the bike trailer market – the Weehoo is a single wheeled trailer that can go just about anywhere. It allows pedal propulsion so the kiddo is actually helping!
Sitting back and relaxing, or peddling their hearts out, the weehoo is fun for the whole gang. It also comes in a two-seater version.
Age range: 2-9yrs and up to 80 pounds. We have really enjoyed this recumbent style bike trailer, and I think you will too. It’s also available in a 2-kid version – check out our full review here.
Note: Because of Covid supply train disruptions, the pedaling model of the WeeHoo is not available until January 2021. But the blast version (see image below) is available on Amazon.
If you haven’t heard of this miracle bungee before, allow me to introduce you to the awesomeness that is the Tow Whee. This bungee allows safe towing of the trailing bike when riding uphill. I’ve been using this bungee (see how here) for a few years with my kids and it’s such a great addition to our rides.
If you have a child that is proficient in riding their own two-wheeler, but could use a little hand on the uphills, invest. If you’re riding trails that vary from uphill to flats / downhills frequently, I’d strongly suggest you invest in one of the optional Tow Whee accessories to make attaching / detaching the strap a bit quicker.
Biking Stocking Stuffers
Deck the halls with bike bells and streamers, falalalala lala la la. We’ve got some fun ideas for the bike lovers on your list.
A merry little ringing sound will greet your ears with the Electra bike bell. The lever is easy to push and there are so many choices, you’ll be able to find a perfect bell for every rider on your nice list.
The Raw bike bell by Spurcycle is a sturdy bell for the serious rider who needs a loud bossy bell that will keep surprises at bay. This is the bell to buy if you want your rider to be able to alert wildlife & have a consistent, lightweight tool for safety.
The GoProMax is a lightweight, compact well made GoPro with 6 mics to minimize wind noise and all kinds of stabilizers to capture a smooth video that is able to be live streamed, recorded or turned into photos. Great gadget for the tech lover on your list!
A must if you want to capture your little rider on their first single track ride.
If the cyclist in your life likes to keep track of the nitty gritty stats of each ride, this GPS bike computer has every feature you could possibly need. Tracks nutrition, hydration, VO2 max, heat, altitude and mileage.
It goes above and beyond traditional bike computers with the addition of air time, flow and jump counters which would be a really fun bit of data for the mountain bike and downhill riders. It even has a bike theft alert that will let you know if your bike is moved when you are taking a pit stop.
Fun Stuff for Little Riders
Make your tiny riders’ bike look and sound like a motorbike! Like the ole’ card in the spokes trick on steroids, this lightweight exhaust system looks cool, and sounds even cooler!
Turbospoke doesn’t require batteries, and may even encourage your reluctant rider to put in a few more miles. Fits 100% of bikes in the 14″ to 24″ range. Such a great gift!
As an added bonus, the low rumble this exhaust kit makes will help your child be noticed on the bike path & trails.
I don’t know why, but these fun little accessories that every kid loves: Spoke bling.
Light, easy to remove, fun. Why not? I resisted for years. Finally gave in, and now I can’t figure out what took me so long. Gives the child a sense of individuality and pride about their ride. Win Win.
Streamers & Grips
Bikepacking / Touring Gear
Have you caught the bikepacking bug or know someone who has? Combining backpacking and biking is brilliant. It’s a great way to explore, and it can lead to some pretty awesome adventures.
Maybe you’re itching to take your family out on the biking trail for their first overnight? Or maybe you’re planning for your first Great Divide mountain bike ride? Check out some of these great items that will be sure to be a hit.
The perfect way to carry your sleeping bag and a change of clothing, this handlebar bag is lightweight, waterproof, and well-made. Consider the Ortleib Handlebar Pack for your adventurous rider!
Revelate Designs Ranger Bike Frame Bag
Revelate Designs specializes in innovative, high quality bikepacking gear. This gear will last years. My husband has been abusing his Revelate Designs bags for over 5,000 miles, and they are still in great condition. The Ranger Bike Frame Bag is a great piece to start with. It has compartments, dividers, and pump storage straps, and was made in the U.S.A.
Just because there is snow on the ground, and jack frost is nipping at your nose, doesn’t mean you have to put your biking on hold for the season. Fat bikes and snow skis for balance bikes will keep you & yours on two wheels all winter long. Don’t forget to add the Winter TowWhee to your winter adventure essentials!
Plastic, lightweight skis that attach to 12″ balance bike wheels, turning the bike into a snow shredding machine! My kids loved to ride their balance bikes with the strider skis on the plowed bike paths around town during the long winter months.
I’ve seen them being used on sledding hills, too. Lots of fun, and a great way to get the kids outside on those grey, cold days.
The Winter version of the TowWhee Bungee can handle super cold temps and is ready for your winter sport activities. Snow biking and ski touring on the agenda?
Bring your Winter TowWhee Bungee along. It will extend your adventure and keep the kiddos smiling. (good for up to 500 pounds, so this towing strap works equally well for adults who could use a little boost now and again)
I’d highly recommend having a look at some of the TowWhee accessories for attaching/detaching the TowWhee in cold fingers season.
A great bike for extending that beloved biking season. The Salsa Timberjack has a 1×8 gearing ratio which is perfect for tackling hills and still having gears left for the flats. The plus sized tires are all – season, making this a bike to be ridden year round! Sized for riders 4’7″ to 5’2″.
Bring some of that biking vibe into your home and life to inspire you and remind you of the trail when you can’t be out riding.
Farmhouse style wooden art décor.
Made with archival inks, and heavyweight matte paper, this frameable, customizable mountain bike art print will be the perfect gift for the couple that has everything.
Is it time to ride yet? This wall clock will be an inspirational addition to your home or office.
Pick your color palette for this beautiful dutch design bicycle art that will look great on any wall.
Simple Wooden Decor
Sanded, engraved, simple. Mountains + Bikes = Smiles.
For The Kids!
100% organic cotton bike themed baby quilt.
Bike themed printable art for your little riders’ room!
Handmade microfiber comforter cover (duvet) to add style and softness to your little riders room!
For the Kitchen
Perfect for the pre-ride cuppa joe. These enamel mugs are customizable if you want to personalize them!
Beautiful hand dyed and screenprinted tea towel – can be custom dyed many different colors to suit the cyclist on your list!
Cotton Duck handmade pot holders.
Body & Soul cork trivet.
Clothing & Accessories
Ladies, if you love to cycle (or just be active in general) and want functional clothing you can wear all day long (and look cute too), Tonik is it.
Their dresses and tanks are built for maximum movement and performance with high quality wicking fabric, stylish designs and feel-good activewear. Amelia has been testing them and loves their longer-length tops for biking especially, but also wears their styles almost daily.
Eco friendly dyes and produced using solar energy, this Mountain Bike Hoodie is good for the soul, and the earth. Tailored fit. Classic design.
Eco-friendly ink, high quality tee. Beautiful Ride quote graphic tee. This is a gift that will last for years.
Teeny tiny, soft soled bike crib shoes for the tiny biker in your family. Eco-conscious construction and materials make for a beautiful set of shoes for your tiny love
Biking Books and Toys Gifts for Girls and Boys
Inspire imaginative play, and keep little hands busy with these mini BMX bikes!
Playmobile toys are BPA & phalate free. Made to withstand generations of play! These are the toys your kids will be handing down!
Well made, long lasting metal BMX replica toys.
STEM, bikes and lights? Sounds like a great combo to me! Tech Will Save Us Bike STEM project for 2nd – 8th graders.
This is a new mountain biking-specific ABC book.
The illustrations are gorgeous, and little kids love learning about all the MTB lingo that the “big kids” use. Seeing B is for “berm”, D is for “dialled” and S is for “send” in full-color with goofy animals (who always wear helmets!) helps build familiarity and excitement for taking on new challenges.
B is for Bicycles, an alphabet book from Buddy Pegs, our favorite folks getting kids on bikes!
A beautiful wordless picture book about persistence. And bikes.
Jake Maddox Sports Stories Series. BMX Challenge in one many in a large series. A good read for 1st to 5th graders.
I hope you’ve found this gift guide helpful in searching out the perfect gift for the cyclists in your life.
Keep riding, keep inspiring, and keep giving the gift of time to those you love!
Biking Gifts for Families
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