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The Best Cycling Gifts Under $50

These cycling gifts will help you show your love—without emptying your wallet.

best cycling gifts under $50

Shopping for your favorite cyclist doesn’t have to be super expensive. Who knows, maybe they're in need of some simple things, such as a water bottle, a new bike seat, or even a tire pump. Or, they might be looking to step up their cycling wardrobe with some gloves (especially now that the weather is getting colder), or even some shorts for added protection on those longer rides. Regardless, we're sure that the cyclist (whether pro or on their way there) in your life would love to receive any gift from you—especially if it's from our list.

Here, we’ve selected some of the most useful, beautiful, fun, and affordable gifts for cyclists under $50, and many of the products we've tested and used ourselves. Take a look now and get your holiday shopping done early.

Looking for more gift ideas? Check out our guide to the best cycling gifts overall and our guide to the best gifts for mountain bikers.

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1 Stan's NoTubes Dart Tool
Stan's NoTubes

Tire plugs are nothing new, but the tech in Stan’s Dart is a leap forward. This cylindrical tool is preloaded with a barbed plastic plug that can be quickly jammed into a tire puncture. The barbs then hold the plug in place as you remove the insertion tool, and the flexible material conforms to the contours of the tire to create an instant seal. Once you’re back up and riding, any excess plastic that pokes out will gradually wear away. 

No more bacon strips hanging out that you need to trim post-ride or—if you’re on a road bike—annoying bumps with every rotation of the wheel.

2 Timber Mountain Bike Bell

The Timber Bell has an adjustable clapper so it can be silent on the climbs and loud on the descents. It’s not an excuse to ride like a lunatic—and it may not be loud enough for the oblivious among us who blast beats on their earbuds—but it will cut down on surprises, which makes everyone’s day a bit more pleasant.

3 Tubolito S-Tubo MTB 29" x 1.8-2.5" Tube
competitive cyclist

The world of off-road riding has gone tubeless, but that doesn’t mean tubes are obsolete. These, made from a thermoplastic elastomer called TPU, are far lighter than a standard tube and pack down to less than half the space. 

Saddle bag space is always a hot commodity, and these let you use either a smaller and lighter pack or bring more spares in the same bag that previously held only one tube. 

One of our weight weenie editors loves them because they trim roughly 100 grams from the saddle bag he carries on race day. Besides the 29-inch tube here, Tubolito also makes options for 27.5-inch wheels, as well as road and gravel tubes.

4 NiteRider Swift 300 Headlight

At $25, this 300-lumen front light is powerful enough to get a cyclist home, even on roads and paths without streetlights—one of our editors even used one in a cyclocross race. On its low setting, the battery lasts for 11 hours.

5 Wahoo TICKR Heart-Rate Monitor
wahoo fitness

This chest strap features both ANT+ and Bluetooth connectivity and has multi-point connectivity, simultaneously pairing with three devices if you wish. 

It can also store up to 16 hours of data for future download and analysis, should you go for a ride without your computer. Plus it’s compatible with dozens of third-party apps. We have no complaints with the soft, adjustable strap and we love the slim profile.

6 Feedback Sports Chain Keeper

This gizmo keeps the chain tensioned when the wheel is out of the bike—handy when washing the bike for easy cleaning of the chain and drivetrain. It’s also useful for transport because it prevents the chain from flopping around.

7 The Black Bibs
Trevor Raab

We were skeptical that $40 shorts could be this good. But the Black Bibs earned our Gear of the Year award in 2019 not just for their value but because they consistently outperform shorts that cost six times as much. 

They’re very simple—no fancy fabrics or creative cuts—and that’s why we love them. Made entirely of plain, black Lycra with mesh straps and large bands of leg grippers at the cuffs, they don’t look like much to write home about. But even after logging over a year in the Black Bibs, one tester consistently reaches for them first. 

8 Dynaplug Carbon Racer Tubeless Tire Repair Kit

Weighing only 14 grams and measuring less than four inches in length, this tiny but useful tool is perfect for the off-road weight weenie in your life. It tucks neatly into even the most overpacked saddle bags, or can be affixed to the bike using the cage-mount silicone holder for quicker access when seconds count. 

And who wouldn’t love the fact that it’s carbon? It comes with five plugs, and additional plugs can be purchased should you have the misfortune to use so many. 

9 Addtop Portable Solar Power Bank

Give your favorite day-tripper or bikepacker the gift of a full charge: This solar-powered portable unit delivers power to two devices at once. It’s the size of a large smartphone while folded, but unfurls to expose four solar panels.

10 Muc Off Tubeless Presta Valves
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Now 11% off

If the cyclist in your life grew up in the 1990s, then anodized aluminum tubeless valve stems are the perfect stocking stuffer. Easy to install with a 4mm Allen wrench, these come with three different rubber stoppers to fit with nearly all rim profiles, as well as a machined aluminum valve-core removal tool. Best of all, the stems are available in 10 colors, so you’re sure to find the right one to spice up those hoops. 

11 Blackburn Big Switch Wrap

This wrap wrangles a tool (included), a 29er tube, Co2, and a tire lever. The hearty strap and grippers hold the bundle fast, and its wide strap holds it secure under almost any seat.

12 Plug Industries Bike Chain Coffee Mug

Gear nerds will love this sculptural mug made out of bike chain links.

13 Park Tool I-Beam Tool

This incredibly useful multitool is ideal for cyclists who prefer to pack light. The tiny contraption includes hex wrenches of sizes 3-6mm and an 8mm wrench, a flathead screw driver, a T-25 Torx wrench, a tire lever, two spoke wrenches, and a chain tool.

14 Wahoo RPM Cadence Sensor

Made to track real-time cadence, this handy device attaches easily to a shoe or bike crank (mounts for both are included) and syncs via Bluetooth to your iPhone, Android, or cycling computer. It’s also compatible with indoor workout programs like Zwift and TrainerRoad. 

15 Supacaz Fly Cage Ano

If you know a cyclist with an immaculate frame but a beat-up plastic cage, give them an aesthetics upgrade with this anodized aluminum bottle cage. Cages come in a ton of colors, to match almost any frame.

16 ‘The Road to San Donato: Fathers, Sons, and Cycling Across Italy’ by Robert Cocuzzo

The Road to San Donato started as an article in the pages of our print magazine, and was later published on our website here. This adventure memoir tells the story of a 425-mile cycling adventure the author and his 64-year-old father embarked on through Italy to reconnect with their family’s history. 

17 Yeti Cycles Women’s Enduro Gloves

You don’t need to race enduro to appreciate these colorful, practical gloves. Whether for hot-weather riding or just a minimalist flash of color, these will protect your hands while helping maintain a secure grip on your handlebar.

18 Topeak Ratchet Rocket Lite DX Tool
Now 10% off

Multitools are incredibly convenient, but can be hard to manipulate in tight space, or when you need extra torque to loosen a stubborn fastener.  This micro ratchet is a smart alternative that can lead to faster repairs and adjustments. It comes with hex wrenches of 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8mm widths, plus T10 and T25 Torx wrenches, a Phillips screwdriver, and two tire levers. Despite all that, it's still small enough to stash in a hip pack or hydration pack. 

19 Polar Bottle Breakaway Insulated Bike Water Bottle - BPA Free, Cycling & Sports Squeeze Bottle (Bolt - Blue & Silver, 24 oz)
Polar Bottle

Polar Bottle’s 24-ouncer has triple-wall insulation that’s designed to keep water cold twice as long. That’s a bold and ambiguous claim, but in real life (especially if pre-chilled in the freezer), the Breakaway works extremely well in the summer heat. The insulation properties that keep drinks cold in the summer also prevent them from freezing in the winter, and we’ve regularly ridden for well over two hours in sub-freezing temperatures with these bottles before there was too much ice buildup to drink. Pro tip: Preheat the Breakaway with hot water for a few minutes. Then, dump that out and use warm tap water instead of cold water from the fridge when you mix up your drink. As a bonus, this bottle is also BPA- and phthalate-free and dishwasher-safe.

20 Lezyne Flow Storage Adapter

No one should leave the house without a flat repair kit, but most take up precious room in a jersey or saddle bag. Instead, this Lezyne kit mounts on bottle bosses, allowing the rider to use it with or without a bottle cage. Either way, it comes with two tire irons, a C02 head, C02 cartridges, and a multitool.

21 Hiplok Spin Lock

The Hiplok Spin is a wearable chain lock that’s more comfortable to wear while riding than most. It also fits smaller waists, down to 26 inches, than many similar models and bigger waists up to 44 inches. Its 6mm hardened-steel chain and hardened shackle are narrower than heavier chains, but it’s hefty enough to scare off casual plunderers. An adjustable hook-and-loop closure makes for easy donning without having to unlock it.

22 UnTapped Maple Syrup Athletic Fuel

A quick hit of maple syrup is a great way to fuel a ride, for full-time racers, casual enthusiasts, and everyone in between. These single-serve packets are easy to open while riding, and the contents are delicious both on their own or when used to spice up a cup of bland gas-station coffee.

23 Vibrelli Universal Bike Phone Mount
Now 26% off

Keeping a phone high and dry with this handy bike mount is better than stuffing it into a hard-to-reach pocket. The flexible design allows the screen to rotate and adjust to any angle, while the adjustable clamps and strong silicone bands hold phones of all sizes in place.

24 Ascher USB Rechargeable Bike Light Set
Now 20% off

We consistently got more than 10 hours of run time and love these lights because we can safely do multiple rides on a single charge. Even better, these batteries don’t deteriorate quickly—we’ve been using our set for more than a year. Last but not least, the micro USB charging port has a rubber cover, so there’s no need to fret if you get caught in the rain.

25 Hydro Flask 24oz Standard Mouth Water Bottle

No, this isn’t the lightweight, easy-to-drink bottle a cyclist will want with them on the road. It’s the super-insulated vessel they’ll want to keep their coffee hot or water cold in the car while they’re out on a ride. 

26 K-Edge Sport Computer Mount
competitive cyclist

The machined aluminum Sport Mount has everything we love about K-Edge’s computer mounts. It puts a Garmin sleekly out in front of the bar and in line with the stem. And for more value: Unlike some mounts, the Sport’s insert is replaceable if damaged.

27 Buff Original Multifunctional Headwear

If they don’t already have a Buff in their closet to wear as a scarf, headband, or helmet liner, now is an excellent time to get one—it also functions as a face covering. The stretchy polyester microfiber is easy to pull up over your mouth and nose when you need to, and it wicks moisture to keep them dry.

28 Kate Aspen Bicycle Bottle Opener
Now 13% off

Kate Aspen’s kitschy collection features a fun bottle opener shaped like a bike. And at $6, it’s a pretty easy gift for any cyclist on your list. To make the present feel more substantial, pair it with a couple of fancy beers.

29 Skratch Labs Sport Hydration Drink Mix

What started as a homemade solution to a lower-sugar, all-natural sports drink is now a big name brand. Skratch Labs offers a palatable solution to hydration, and with flavors like passionfruit and matcha, there are options to prevent taste bud fatigue. Not only that, their formula is designed to replace exactly what’s lost with heavy sweating

30 Wool Awesome Bike Riding Socks

For less money than a six-pack of IPA, you get a comfy pair of bike socks with good compression that can survive the washing machine without pilling, fraying, or turning into a ball of scratchy fibers. Even more, you'd be able to support one of the few Black-owned cycling brands.

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