Father's Day, as celebrated in Australia, is just around the corner, and there's no need to guess at what to get your cyclist dad this year. The BikeRoar team has rounded up a few excellent options to help your dad ride, rock it, and recover in style.
[Editor's note: BikeRoar is headquartered in Queensland and operates worldwide; we enjoy celebrating Father's Day twice - once with most of our global audience in June, and again in September at home. Whether holiday or not wherever you are, dad could always use a nice gift, eh?]
If cycling is in your dad's DNA, let him show it with this awesome Cycling DNA T-shirt from Cycology. Featuring the genetic road map of cyclists, this tee is screen printed using water based inks, which gives the print a soft feel that ages over time with the garment. It comes in navy blue with a sturdy ribbed crew neck at $39.95.
If you know your father prefers something to wear whilst on the bike, grab him a Winged Wheel Jersey, also from Cycology, for $99.95. Made with superb thermal regulating Italian fabrics in retro sky blue, this second skin jersey is incredibly comfortable and will ensure dad looks the part when he's out rolling with his mates.
The Pioneer Single Leg Power Meter Dura-Ace 9000 is part of a new generation of power meters to support athletes who want to go farther and faster - and dad is definitely one of those! Priced at $949.95, this awesome power meter combines with any ANT+™ Cycle Computer device for precise power measurement, and will take his training and racing to the next level.
If you want dad to look the part in the peloton, maybe some Sidi Kaos Air Road Shoes will do the trick. Available for $280.99, these sweet road shoes feature a stiff carbon sole and Tecno 3 Buckle system to make this one of the most comfortable and lightweight road shoes available. The replaceable buckles and heel pad also mean they'll last him and he'll appreciate them just that little bit longer.
If dad is already training hard and has plenty of bike gear, help him recover properly with some 2XU Compression Tights. Full length compression tights are constructed from PWX FLEX fabric for unsurpassed compression and flexibility. These tights will help dad bounce back faster from those long gruelling rides - a great investment starting at only $118.
For the days when he's not wearing lycra, dad can ride to work in these Levi's 522 Commuter Jeans. Priced at $169, these jeans are designed specifically for the urban cyclist: they offer greater convenience, safety, mobility, and protection no matter how he rolls. Cut slim through the thigh and leg with a tapered hem, the Commuter™ 522™ Slim Taper Jeans are made with durable, stretch fabric and reflective seams for mobility and safety. The innovative Ecorepel® finish offers protection against water and mud.
Two of the sweetest pleasures in life are cycling and BBQs - why not combine them? This Park Barbecue Tool Set gives dad the opportunity to use mechanic-quality tools while preparing the ultimate BBQ. Park, renowned manufacturer of pro-level tools and equipment, bring you the Barbecue Tool Set. There's even a pizza cutter if the weather turns nasty and sends him scampering indoors.
If dad deserves a holiday, or if he makes the annual pilgrimage to Adelaide for the Tour Down Under each January, surprise him with a ticket to the Tour Down Under Legends' Night Dinner. At $250 per ticket it's not a cheap night out, but it will be a special one. Taking place at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Saturday, 21 January, 2017, the night will be a true celebration of world cycling and will give dad the chance to walk the red carpet and rub shoulders with some of the immortals of the sport. Past guest speakers have included Cadel Evans, Eddy Merckx, Anna Meares, Bernard Hinault, and Sir Chris Hoy.
This one's probably not going to happen, but here goes: if dad has everything a cyclist could ever want or need, maybe a new bike is in order. The Trek Domane SLR 9 eTap is the ultimate combination of performance and comfort. Featuring the new SRAM wireless eTap shifting system, Bontrager wheels and components, and constructed of the highest quality carbon fibre, this bike truly is as good as it gets. At least think about it...