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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Shop Local: Creative Gifts for the Cyclists on Your List


Creative Gifts for the Cyclist on your List

 If you are anything like me, you struggle to figure out what to get your favorite cyclist for Christmas (or Birthday, or any other holiday!). My significant other knows WAY more about bikes that I ever will, so when thinking of a gift, I have to get creative. Bike parts and accessories are fantastic, but you have to know precisely what to get…and I never do :) I’ve put together a list of creative ideas that support local businesses and fellow cyclists. If you have any more ideas to add, send them my way and I’ll update the list!!

-A framed photograph of them racing

We have a bunch of very talented photographers that are nice enough to show up to local races and spend hours taking pictures. I know I love pouring over the photographs after races and really, who doesn’t like a great looking photo of themselves? Especially a bad ass racing photo! The following photographers have websites to order either prints or digital copies (print your own). Stick the photo in a frame and your gift is ready to give!

· Angy Snoop http://angysnoop.smugmug.com/

· Eric Roccacecca http://secca.smugmug.com/

· Dave Mable http://davemable.smugmug.com/Sports

· Jeff Corocan www.corcoransphotos.com

· Justin Torner www.justintornerphotography.com

· Mauro Heck http://www.flickr.com/photos/mauroheck/sets/ or (maurojheck@yahoo.com)

-CJH Recycled Bicycle Part Jewelry

Don’t know what to get your significant other, your mom, aunt, niece, or grandma? Check out Cara Hamann’s great selection of handcrafted jewelry! Cara incorporates various bicycle parts (chain parts, inner tube, spoke nipples, etc.) into her jewelry designs, some so subtle you might not know there are bicycle parts included, and others more obvious. Her pieces are available locally at Geoff’s Bike & Ski or online via her Etsy website.

Website: http://cjhjewelry.com/

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/cjhjewelry

-Chamois Time/Iowa City Cycling Club T-Shirts, Tanks, or Socks

Show your support for the Iowa City Women’s Cycling Club, and purchase socks, Biker Chic tanks, or men’s or women’s t-shirts. Or go ahead and buy one of each! Email (icwomenscycling@gmail.com) or send a message on Facebook to purchase.



-Customized Apparel from Iowa Book & Supply

Stop by Iowa Book & Supply in downtown Iowa City to see Brittany McConnell for all your screen printing needs! With their new AnaJet printer, they are able to print shirts (and many other apparel items- just ask!) by the singles, with as many colors as you want. Bring in your own designs or check out some that have already been created. I have seen many of Brittany's creations first hand and they are all super cute and printed on really nice quality t-shirts.


-Handmade Soap

Bikers like to get dirty (and sometimes smelly!), help them clean up and smell fresh with handmade soap!

Amy's Soap by Amy Thaller



-Q7 Cycling Merchandise

Mens, Womens, & Kids jersey's, t-shirts, cycling socks, and accessories.





-An ICORR Membership

Buy them an annual ICORR membership! Not only will you help support the local trails they love to ride, but through the membership you will also be giving them free entry to all the ICORR Time Trials! Membership also comes with a free water bottle so you have something physical to give the recipient.


-Give the gift of fitness- Spin Class Punch Cards

Kim Eppen teaches a killer Spin Class on Monday’s Nights at Core Fitness (Iowa City). Core Fitness offers punch cards for classes which are great, and much less expensive, than paying a monthly membership. Although a normal membership would also make a great gift!

Carrie Van Orden opened a brand new studio this year, MaxEffect Cycling & Fitness. Her studio offers Spin Classes, Total Body Training, and Core Strengthening. Your first ride is free and she has 5, 10, & 20 ride passes, as well as monthly unlimited spin classes offered. Check out her website for more details! www.maxeffectstudio.com


Craig Carman and Thomas Behne are two very talented artists from the area who also happen to be cyclists. Pieces from either (or both!) would make an excellent addition to anyone's home. 




-Anything from your local bike shop!

So there are endless options here. Need some stocking stuffer ideas? How about some honey stinger waffles, pro bars, shot bloks or gu? Go crazy with several pairs of cycling socks – you can never have too many! Or how about gifting a new pair of gloves, or a sweet new blinkie light? If you have a little one on your list, surprise them with a new bike (and helmet of course)! I got this sweet looking Specialized Hotwalk and matching helmet at Geoff’s Bike & Ski for my littlest nephew (Christmas was too far way!).

Little cutie! (we are still working on helmet straps...)


-Thank any of the numerous supporters of local bike racing by shopping their businesses. Gift cards to these place would make a nice (and meaningful) gift for your racer!

Geoff’s Bike & Ski                          Carlos O’Kellys                             Active Endeavors

G-Spot Hair Salon                          Bluebird Dinner                             Atlas

New Pi Co-op                                 World of Bikes                              30th CenturyBicycle

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