No matter if it’s gifts for others or just for yourself, it’s that time again – the annual Cycle Oregon holiday gift guide. Oregon is home to many of the best companies in the cycling business so we didn’t have to look far to find the best gear for riding everywhere from Mistletoe Road in Christmas Valley, Oregon to Blitzen, Oregon and in between.
Vvolt Electric Bikes Proxima all-terrain hybrid bicycle– If you’re a regular reader of this blog you know that we are fans of pedal-assist e-bikes and we’re thrilled to share this new Portland-based company offering a range of practical, stylish, and affordable models. Vvolt, (pronounced just like volt) is a sister brand to longtime Cycle Oregon supporter Showers Pass. We like the Proxima for its capability to master the city commute or cover the distance of a country road ride with a low maintenance Gates CDX Belt Drive Cog and Sprocket and the ease of stepless shifting from the Enviolo TR CVT rear hub. Most of all, we believe in the mission of Vvolt for their commitment to build a better community through cycling and for their active participation in legislative advocacy.
Nossa Familia Coffee Full Cycle Coffee & Travel Tumbler Set – Absolute perfection in one box; this is the perfect gift for anyone in the Cycle Oregon community. Inside this beautiful gift box you’ll find a 12-ounce bag of Full Cycle Blend and a 12-ounce insulated, leakproof and cup holder compatible travel tumbler made by Miir. The beans support Nossa Familia’s Giveback Program and the tumbler features the art of Portland artist David DaCosta depicting the journey from farms in Brazil to cafes in Portland. Perhaps best of all is that this gift box doesn’t require wrapping paper!
Chrome Industries Doubletrack Handlebar Sling – Portland-based Chrome Industries knows how to carry stuff on bikes and this new 5L bag does it in lots of ways. But let’s start with the style, we love this colorway made from fabric remnants which is a departure from their mostly-standard all black bags. Mounted on your bike’s handlebars, the magnetic top closure is easy to use with one hand and secure when closed. Off the bike, a stowaway strap allows the bag to be worn crossbody or around your waist. Guaranteed for life. Use the code CycleOregon2021 for 25% off when ordering online between 11/25/21-1/31/22
Built Oregon Marketplace – Founded in 2016, Built Oregon is a non-profit collective of volunteer business mentors serving Oregon’s Maker culture to create an equitable & sustainable future for all Oregonians. The mission of Marketplace is to amplify the voices of individual creators into a larger community and create the ultimate online shopping destination for Oregon built products. A brand new website with powerful search functionality offers over 400 makers and sellers from all across Oregon to showcase more than 2500 products. You just might be able to find it all here.
Chris King Precision Components GRD23 Wheelset – The renowned component manufacturer recently announced a new product, rims, to pair with its legendary hubsets. FusionFiber rims are made with an innovative nylon fiber bonding process rather than epoxies used in most carbon fiber wheels. Chris King is a Certified B Corp which makes it no surprise that these new rims are made in the USA, fully recyclable and carry a lifetime warranty. The GRD23 wheelset is a 700c do-it-all set up that can handle every type of drop bar riding.
American Classic Aggregate tires – Back when Cycle Oregon first hit the road the name American Classic was synonymous with the very best components in the business. For decades it defined the pinnacle of performance and though the brand dropped away for a few years it has recently returned with a fantastic line of new tires and the promise of a soon-to-be released wheelset. Initial reviews from gear editors have been very positive but what led us to include this as the only non-Oregon brand was the price; at $35 direct-to-consumer we took notice. In a world where cycling products seem to be getting more and more high-end, the value for this product is remarkable. We’re excited to see this storied brand back on the road and like the looks of this model for adventure-road and gravel riding.
OTTOLOCK Cinch Lock – Made in Wilsonville, Oregon, the innovative Cinch lock is the easy solution to a common problem we cyclists face – compact and portable bike security for quick stops on any type of bike ride. The Cinch lock is a compact, lightweight locking device made from layers of high-temper stainless steel and braided Kevlar connected to a metal three-digit combination lock. Throw it in a jersey pocket, or mount it with the OTTOLOCK Pro Mount or Essentials Frame Bag and you’ll have peace of mind for mid-ride stops at cafes, convenience stores, or bathroom stops. The Cinch comes in a range of lengths which also makes it ideal for use with bikes on car racks and other outdoor gear applications. The OTTOLOCK crew are regulars at rides and events across Oregon and they support a range of programs benefiting communities across the state. Use the code CYCLEOREGON20 at checkout for 20% off when ordering online.
bluerub Cyclist Gift Set – We introduced blueub in a feature story on our blog earlier this year and we’ve been thrilled since with the range of responsibly-made (right here in Oregon!) natural body care products they offer. For the cyclist in your life this gift set has it all covered – keep it smooth and keep it comfortable. This gift set includes a 4-ounce CHAMOIS, 4-ounce MUSCLE and a 4-ounce SHAVE in white box with with blue packing paper inside; all you need to do is put a bow on it! Use the code CYCLE20 at checkout for 20% off when ordering.
Cycle Oregon Online Store – A wide range of Cycle Oregon branded items for on and off the bike as well as apparel and accessories from past events. We’ve just received a re-stock of our most popular hats and caps and the camp-friendly insulated wine tumbler which always make great gifts. One of our favorite items in the shop is the Showers Pass 2L Dry Bag; it’s just one of those things you didn’t know you needed until you have one. Order by December 15th for Christmas delivery.
Happy Holidays from everyone at Cycle Oregon!