Fathers’ Day is just around the corner, and the BikeRoar team have put together a list of some of the coolest, most dad-friendly cycling gifts on the planet.
The Fulcrum Racing 3 wheelset offers great performance at a great price. Whether your dad is a lightweight semi-pro looking for a tiny advantage in local races or a hardcore commuter, these wheels are perfect for training, racing, and everyday riding in all weather conditions.
Weighing in at just 1555 grams, they feature milled rims for reduced peripheral weight and increased reactivity, and anti-rotation spoke eyelets to maintain stiffness and keep the wheel true. Their differentiated front and rear rim height means more agility and a better power transfer, and the oversized aluminum hub offers extra lateral stiffness while reducing weight.
Now that dad has some fast new wheels, where’s he going to store them? Maybe just lean them against the wall? No way! He needs one of these funky and functional offset wheel hooks. The Offset Bicycle Wheel Storage Hook will hang his wheels up and out of the way, staggered one in front of the other, with no contact between the wheels to avoid dings. The cradles are covered in a soft felt material to prevent scratching, too, so dad will know his new wheels are safe and sound..
If your dad is über cool, he probably uses Speedplay pedals, just like the pros do, but slipping over onto your butt on the tiled floor of the coffee shop isn't so cool. Enter these handy little rubber cleat covers, which can save him from all sorts of embarrassment. The integrated, rubberized covers stay on the cleats while he’s riding and improve traction and protect the cleats from wear when walking. Problem solved.
Big enough to fit a spare tube, CO2 cartridges, tire levers, and a multi-tool, this sleek storage pack uses Velcro to strap securely underneath the seat, and comes complete with a rain cover to keep dad’s spares nice and dry on drizzly days.
For dad to stay safe he needs to be seen, and that’s precisely what these ultra bright LED lights from Lezyne will ensure. Delivering up to 120 lumens in front and 20 in the rear, they offer seven and five output options, respectively. The light bodies are constructed from a durable and lightweight composite matrix with machined aluminum faceplates, and they are fully waterproof.
The Intelligent Power Indicator displays battery life and provides side visibility. Recharging is by convenient Micro-USB. The versatile 2-in-1 Clip-On System straps to bars or clips to loops.
The Cycliq Fly6[v] combines the visibility of a tailight with the additional security of an integrated video camera. The light is a bright 30 lumens and the video camera captures what's going on behind at 720p HD, with battery life for both lasting up to six hours. The video camera won't prevent dad from being buzzed or hit from behind, but what it captures does serve as proof in case of incidents. What's far more likely is dad will get to see his buddies' "pain faces" as he hammers them from the front on rides.
The Fly6 was a BikeRoar Best Accessory of 2015.
How often does dad get home late from a ride? Make sure it never happens again with this clever stem clock from Stem Captain. Easy to install, and available in a number of colors, a stem clock is a simple way to check the time, rather than digging around in jersey pockets for a phone or rolling up arm warmers to check a watch.
Your dad may already be on Strava, but is he a Premium member? Upgrade him this Father’s Day to give him access to more in-depth analysis of cycling stats and live feedback with tips on progress and performance to help your father reach his goals and smash out those KOMs. If he already has a Premium Membership, maybe you extend his another year, or he could sync it up to a new GPS unit like the Garmin Edge 1000...
Let dad connect, compare and compete with the Edge 1000, the latest edition from Garmin. This clever bike computer/GPS unit features in-ride competitions through Garmin Connect™ segments, on- and off-road navigation and points of interest with preloaded Garmin Cycle Maps, and instant uploads to Garmin Connect™ Mobile to analyze and share.
He can also field (or ignore) incoming call and text alerts and social media notifications, send out live tracking information, get updated weather reports, and compete for real-time rankings against other Garmin users as he rides.
Check out the Garmin Edge 1000 Bundle ($599 USD) to add speed and cadence sensors and a premium heart rate monitor.
If dad is into smart simplicity, he may like the SmartHalo, a turn-by-turn navigation system, front light, alarm system, and more packed into an elegant, minimalist design.
Read our recent full review of the SmartHalo to learn more.
Give dad the ultimate gift – the bike that has twice been named “Best Bike in the World” by a conglomerate of the industry’s top reviewers. The 2017 model is now even stiffer, even lighter, and even more smooth-riding, with even more aero features.
The SuperSix offers an amazing blend of stiffness, compliance, light weight and aerodynamics. It handles superbly and is beautifully balanced, making it one of the “best climbing, best descending, best sprinting, best attacking, best all-around-from-starting-gun-to-finish-line race bikes ever made.”
This magnificent machine comes standard with top-of-the-range components, including Shimano Di2 11-speed electronic shifters, Mavic Ksyrium Pro Carbon SL lightweight race wheels, and a Fizik Arione lightweight saddle.