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Top Gift Ideas for Cyclists of every speed

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Posted: 04/12/2017 at 5:23 PM   /   by   /   comments (1)

Lagging behind? We've put together a list of some excellent cyclist gift inspiration to help you find something that they will love. In this list, we've got bike computers to help keep them on track and pushing their limits. We've also got a whole bunch of bike accessories that will make all the difference in keeping you safe on the road at any time. 

Bike Computers

edge 1030If you've never used one or never heard of them the Garmin Edge series are phenomenal bike computers that help guide your ride, coach you on optimal training and recovery along with a plethora of other features. 

The Edge 1030 has gained quite a bit of popularity this season, especially with its improvements to battery life and battery extending options from the previous iterations. Strava routing integration has also seen a lot more development. The touchscreen is even more responsive and ‘snappier’ not quite smartphone speed but a step up from the 820. You still have button controls on the top, and the sides for glove support and the screen works brilliantly in both bright daylight conditions and dusk/night.

The unit itself is going to display all of your training stats both in summary form on the device itself and in full depth on Garmin Connect. The rider-to-rider messaging is also a great way to avoid reaching for your phone to message fellow riders when you pull ahead or fall behind. You can send prewritten notes from your Edge device to theirs to let them know if they should go on ahead or you’ll catch up soon. You can also receive notifications missed phone call or texts from your phone and respond via your Edge unit as well.

The Edge 820 does slightly less than the Edge 1030 (it doesn't display vO2 max the new Training effect (aerobic), race activities, and a couple of others it's also smaller and has less battery life but is a significantly lower price point, but it's still a perfect cyclist companion. 

Garmin Edge 1030 vs 820 vs 520 Tech Specs

General

Edge 1030Edge 820Edge 520

Physical dimensions

58mm x 114mm x 19mm1.9” x 2.9” x 0.8” (49.0 x 73.0 x 21.0 mm)1.9” x 2.9” x 0.8” (49.0 x 73.0 x 21.0 mm)
Weight123 g67.7 g 60 g
Water ratingIPX7IPX7IPX7
Batteryrechargeable lithium-ionrechargeable lithium-ionrechargeable lithium-ion
TouchscreenYesYes 
Display size3.5" (88.9 mm)2.3” (58.4 mm)1.4” x 1.9” (35.0 x 47.0 mm)
Display resolution282 x 470 pixels200 x 265 pixels200 x 265 pixels
Color displayYesYesYes
Battery lifeup to 20 hoursup to 15 hours GPS training modeup to 15 hours
High-sensitivity receiver YesYes

Maps & Memory

   

Ability to add maps

YesYes 
Basemap
YesYesYes
Storage and Power Capacity16 GB plus microSD™  
Waypoints/favorites/locations200200200
Routes100 Courses100 Courses0
Historyup to 200 hoursup to 200 hoursup to 180 hours

Clock Features

   

Time/date

YesYesYes

Sensors

   

GPS

YesYesYes
GLONASSYesYesYes
Barometric altimeterYesYesYes
AccelerometerYes  

Daily Smart Features

   

Smart notifications

YesYesYes
VIRB® remoteYesYes 

Activity Tracking Features

   

Calories burned

YesYes 

Training, Planning and Analysis Features

   

Customizable data pages

YesYesYes
Auto Pause®YesYesYes
Advanced workoutsYesYesYes
Auto Lap®YesYesYes
Virtual PartnerYesYesYes
V02 maxYes  
Training Effect (aerobic)Yes  
Race an ActivityYes  
Auto scrollYesYesYes

Running Features

   

Foot pod capable

 Yes (Some versions)Yes (optional)

Cycling Features

   

Courses

YesYesYes
Time/distance alerts (triggers alarm when you reach goal)YesYesYes
Interval trainingYesYesYes
Compatible with Vector™ (power meter)YesYesYes
Power meter compatible (displays power data from compatible third-party ANT+™-enabled power meters)YesYes (records data approx. 1 per second)Yes (records data approx. 1 per second)

Garmin Connect™

   

Garmin Connect™ compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data)

YesYesYes
Automatic sync (automatically transfers data to Garmin Connect)YesYesYes

Additional

   

Additional

Recovery AdvisorSmart notifications displays texts and calls onlyCompatible with Varia™ bike radar and lights: yes
Connectivity: Wi-Fi®, ANT+™, Bluetooth®Internal memory: 16 GBEdge® remote compatibility: yes
Ambient light sensorPersonal cycling records: yesLiveTrack: yes
Integrated in-ride power capableCompatible with Varia™ bike radar and lights: yesAdvanced performance and power analysis, including new Time in Zone, FTP tracking, cycling-specific VO2 and recovery and cycling dynamics
Set-up streamlined via appEdge® remote compatibility: yesBike trainer profile for compatible Turbo trainer data display and control
Physiological measurementsLiveTrack: yesOn-device segment compatibility for dynamic and engaging in-ride competition
Advanced powerGroupTrack: yesOperating temperature: -20°C to +55°C
Segments: StravaAdvanced performance and power analysis, including VO2 max, Recovery Adviser, FTP/Watts/kg tracking, Performance condition/lactate threshold/stress score as well as advanced cycling dynamics and connected featuresConnected features via a smartphone: yes
Connected capability: Upload, LiveTrack, weather, notifications, incident detection, GroupTrack, audio prompts, rider to rider messagingBike trainer profile for compatible Turbo trainer data display and controlCompatible with Garmin Connect™ and Garmin Connect™ Mobile: yes
3rd-party app access: via Connect IQ™, including preloaded Strava and Training PeaksOn-device segment compatibility for dynamic and engaging in-ride competition: yesCompatible with VIRB® action cameras: yes
Preloaded Garmin Cycle MapOperating temperature: -20°C to +55°CIntegration with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting: yes
FTP / watts/kg trackingConnected features via a smartphone: yesWeather alerts: yes
Training status/training loadCompatible with Garmin Connect™ and Garmin Connect™ Mobile: yesPreloaded Garmin cycling map: no
Navigation via device, apps, popularity routing and recalculationIntegration with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting: yesWi-Fi® compatible: no
Open API available with select partnersWeather alerts: yesRound-trip routing: no
 Compatible with Varia™ bike radar and lights: yesWi-Fi® compatible: yesRoute planner: no
  Edge® remote compatibility: yesAmbient light: yes¹ Advanced workouts require a Garmin Connect account
 Round-trip routing: yes 
 Route planner: yes 
 Incident detection: yes 
 Training plans/workouts: yes 
 Connect IQ™ compatible: yes 
 Audio prompts: yes 
 Auto start (timer starts automatically at custom speed): yes 
 ANT+™ electronic shifting compatibility: yes 
 ANT+ bike trainer compatible: yes 
 Strava Segments compatible: yes 
 Stress score: yes 
 Battery save mode: Extends battery life up to 50 percent while still tracking ride detail 
 ¹ Advanced workouts require a Garmin Connect account 

Sena X1 Cyclist Helmet 

Sena X1 BlackThis idea is a bit out there, but the Sena X1 series helmets are a very unique helmet and come with some functionality that we haven't seen on any cyclist helmets. Sena is well known in the other big two-wheel industry (motorcycles) but are now moving into the cycling industry with their X1 series helmets. The helmets primary function is open-ear audio, riding with earphones in can be quite dangerous as you can miss traffic cues but with more and more people wanting to listen to something while they ride the X1 helmets might represent the best solution. 

I know what you're thinking, I would rather not have my embarrassingly excessive amount of Britney Spears songs playing for everyone to hear but the X1 has focused speakers that allow the noise to travel to your ears and not a great distance further. The other useful feature is its Bluetooth functionality which allows for GPS navigation, easily speak via intercom to your fellow riders alerting them if you need to make a quick stop or that you'll catch up. All of this functionality is controllable via Sena's compatible Bluetooth remotes so that you don't need to take your hands off the handlebars. 

Best FeaturesWorst
HD audioComfort before Speed regarding Design
Great Intercom feature Only 4 Riders via intercom mode (Good for family less good for big pack rides) 
Audio still allows you to hear vital traffic cues 
Can connect via cellular data to keep in contact with more riders 

The Sena X1 range is available in different sizes and colours for $269 RRP

Garmin Vector 3s

Vector 3sThe Garmin Vector 3 is Garmin's latest flagship for the pedal power-meter industry. The best part is that the new pedals don't have the dangling pods as per the old iteration (slightly less battery time then the vector 2 due to this though) they still have a long battery life (120 hours) so less maintenance in that regard.They work via ANT+ and Bluetooth, and they're still friendly with Keo cleats. You do need a Garmin Edge Bike computer to get access to all the cycling dynamic metrics (Edge 520, 820, 1000 or 1030 are all compatible). There's a lot of information available right in front of you, so if you love stats and metrics, this will be right up your alley though I'll be honest I'm not 100% sure on what to do some of the information displayed. 

There are two models available the 3s and the Vector 3. The 3s only comes with one pedal while the 3 comes with both.

Best FeaturesWorst
No more podsSlighty less battery time then Vector 2
Very accurate Need Garmin Edge Bike Computer
Advanced Cycling Dynamics 

The Vector 3s is available for $899 RRP

The Vector 3 is available for $1499 RRP

Garmin Varia Smart Bike Bundle

Varia Smart Lights BundleThese lights are no joke and will make sure that other cyclists and drivers know exactly where you are and you'll also know exactly where you're going.

The Varia smart bike lights work well on their own, but if you have a Garmin Edge Bike computer, the Varia system can adjust to changing light conditions as well as bike speed when paired with select Edge computers. As speed increases, the headlight automatically projects light further ahead to where it's needed most. As the ambient light fades or gets brighter, both the headlight and tail light adjusts automatically when paired with a light-sensing Edge 1000 bike computer. The beam cutoff prevents headlight from blinding oncoming drivers. Manual on/off controls allow you to use the lights for daylight rides as well.

Best FeaturesWorst
Powerful lightExpensive 
High beam mode - Useful for riding in unlit areas at nightConnectivity issues
 Not ideal to set up and mount

The Garmin Varia Smart Bike Bundle is available for $389 RRP