2017 Cycling Christmas Ideas

I know, this is probably too late for 2017 but better late than never. Here is this year’s list.

Swift Industries/Oveja Negra Chuckbucket – ($56) This is a collaboration between my two favorite bike bag companies (Swift Industries and Oveja Negra). Nancy and I discovered these bar bags this year and we both love them! With regular drop bars they do not get in the way (or minimally at least) and are extremely convenient. They are obviously easy to reach and they can hold a myriad of items. The most obvious are water bottles but people put snacks, cameras, sundries, and probably hold a small dog or cat… They come in more colors on the Oveja Negra site.

Klean Kanteen Double Walled Water Bottle – (Varies) If you are going to buy a bar bag, you should get one of these too! These bottles with a sports cap keep water cold or hot for hours and I mean hours like 10-12 not 1-2.

Oveja Negra 1/2 Pack – ($80) This bag was broken in on a trip along the Greater Allegheny Passage trip I took in June. This is a very handy bag that manages to stay out of the way in the bike’s upper triangle. Mine on the trip held my phone, extra snacks, rain jacket, my food for the trip, pump, and chamois butter with plenty of space to spare. On the left side is a smallish side pocket that holds an iPhone 8 or iPhone X easily (and probably the Plus since the zipper is pretty long. This held my phone, wipes, and chamois butter. The right side has a long zipper that goes the length of the bag. This makes the bag incredibly easy to get into and the inside has a bright fabric that allows you to see (at least for my oldish eyes). Holds way more than you would think and stays put.

Swift Industries Sugarloaf Basket Bag – ($160) This is an amazing bag (yes, there is a bag theme or problem depending on your point of view). I used this to commute daily and it easily held all of my work clothes, lunch and occasionally work equipment. I also used this on my GAP trip. Held most of my clothes for our S24O trip. Easy to mount to the Wald basket on my Atlantis. Easy to get into (again with the light interior to see crap). Very, very nice front pocket with a magnetic closure. Pretty rainproof – YMMV. If you are cool with mounting a Wald basket on your bike this is the perfect addition.

A Bevy of Top Tube Bags

These are reviewed here



We’re both dedicated Ibex customers and so are saddened that they’re ceasing operations as of February 2018. Check them out now for great deals on remaining inventory.  Here, I’m recommending their Kilometer Gloves.


These unpadded gloves are good looking, comfortable and grippy. They’re warm enough until temps drop into the 30’s. Then you either need a warmer glove, or to add some thin liners.

I wear them on and off-bike. Off bike, they’re warm enough when temperatures are in the 30s. That’s as cold as it’s gotten her so far this year.

For reference I (Nancy) usually wear a women’s medium glove. These are unisex-sized and the S fits perfectly.

Other Great Ibex Gear

Ibex doesn’t have much in the way of women’s bike-specific gear now, but here’s a few other recommendations:

Their Bicycleta knit cap keeps head and ears warm under your helmet. 6694_8100_00

The women’s Izzi pant, while not bike-specific, is totally comfortable for riding, as well as other athletic activities.


They’re great for commuting. You’re comfortable on the bike, and  look and feel put-together in the workplace. Being wool, they don’t absorb sweat or get smelly.

On colder or windy days, I you’ll probably want a base layer. They’re not padded, but they’re stretchy enough to accommodate padded undies or shorts.

Check out their women’s long sleeve tops for winter riding. None are bike-specific but some work well both on and off bike.




2016 Cycling Christmas Gifts

2016 Cycling Christmas Gifts

Under $30

Kleen Kanteen insulated water bottles ($25) – Great water bottle that keeps drinks hot or cold for over 12 hours with no aftertaste. Could be a heirloom.

Waltz pro cap ($25-30) – Great fitting and comfortable hats. Had one of a season and the elastic is just as good as when I got it and it does not get hot under the helmet like cotton hats.

Fixitsticks ($25-29) – These are amazingly effective tools that takes up almost no space at all.

Darn Tough Socks – ($25) Great socks, lifetime guarantee, and made in VT. Enough said.

Under $80

Ibex Arm warmers ($45) – Warm and toasty and comfy.

Oveja Negra top tube bags ($45-50) – I love these bags. They hold snacks, my iPhone, and my wallet. Very, very handy and well made.

Rapha winter hat ($70) – warm hat and very comfortable.

Light and motion 180 ($80) – very bright and probably the best rear light on the market.

Over $100

Rapha core bib shorts ($150) – These are amazingly comfortable.

Light and motion 360 ($150) – a great helmet mounted bright and highly visible light. Points light where you are looking. This is handy when some bonehead is coming at you from the side this time of year.

Hinterland Ozette Randonnuer bag ($230) – great and light front bag. I have owned several different Swift Industries bags. They have all been extremely well made and well thought out. This one has internal elastic ‘holders’ all along the sides to hold various items in place so they don’t rattle around.

Silca HX-One Home and Travel Essential Kit ($125) – These are great wrenches. Hands down the best I have ever used. Looks pretty damn cool also.

Giles Berthoud 86 Mini Front Bag ($244) – “This bag is almost too cool for words,” says the Boulder Icyclw  site. They’re right.