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December 3, 2021

Top 10: Holiday Gift Guide for Cyclists

'Tis the season!

That means the countdown is on to get through your 'naughty or nice' list. If you have a cyclist on your shopping list this holiday season, then we've got you covered.

Here are our top 10 must-have gift ideas for the cyclist on your shopping list this holiday season.

Must-Have Cycling Gift #1: MINT’N DRY Bike Cleaning Kit For Dry or All Conditions

Every cyclist needs a bike cleaning kit. This MINT'N DRY kit packs extra punch with three bike cleaning essentials (Microemulsion Degreaser, Ceramic Lubricant, and No-Rinse Cleaner) conveniently packaged into a single, aesthetically pleasing kit that is proudly designed and made in Canada. With this kit in tow, the cyclist on your shopping list will be equipped with three simple, fast, and effective steps to preserve their bike's performance and original condition - all thanks to you. The kit is available for Dry and All Conditions. What's the difference? The Dry lubricant is designed to prevent dirt build-up on road and off-road in dry conditions. Its blend of ceramic micro particles keeps the chain lubricated longer and reduces premature chain wear. The All Conditions lubricant is designed to withstand both dry and wet conditions on and off-road. Ceramic micro particles in the oil keeps the chain lubricated longer and reduces premature wear.

mnd kitbox dry front mnd kitbox allc back

Must-Have Cycling Gift #2: PARK TOOL AK-5 Advanced Cycling Tool Kit

This is the ultimate tool kit for cyclists everywhere. Featuring 35 of PARK TOOL’s most popular tools for basic bike maintenance and cleaning and a tough toolbox, this tool kit is the perfect way for the cyclist on your shopping list to start - or add to - their collection of shop quality bicycle tools.

If you're after a 'leaner' option (maybe they're on the naughty list this year?), check out the PARK TOOL SK-4 Home Mechanic Starter. They won't be disappointed. This is an exceptional home mechanic kit featuring over 15 genuine PARK TOOL products that can perform dozens of tasks (think cleaning, adjusting, maintaining, and repairing), and is the perfect way for the cyclist on your list to start their bicycle tool collection. Plus, it includes a PARK TOOL tool box with plenty of space for spare parts and, well, more tools (a cyclist can never have too many!).

Park Tool AK-5 Home Mechanic Set Park Tool SK-4 Home Mechanic Starter Kit

Must-Have Cycling Gift #3: Made-For-Cyclists Luggage

Who's not itching to travel these days? If the cyclist on your shopping list has the travel bug, too, then give them the gift of gear they need to get there. At NOMAD, we stock a wide range of luggage and gear bags. But don’t be fooled. This isn’t your typical line-up of luggage. These bags are designed by the trusted brands cyclists know and love - and they’re specially-designed for cyclists.

The SILCA Maratona Gear Bag is a cycling-specific travel bag designed for riding trips and races - plus, it is versatile to be used as an all-around travel bag, too. So, who’s it for? Discerning cyclists traveling to events or races. It features an internal vented shoe bag, a vented damp garment bag, and internal water bottle storage. What’s more, the padded top flap unzips completely so you can lay it flat on the ground to form a workspace or even to sit on while putting on your shoes. The three external handles and stowable shoulder straps are designed to convert the Maratona from soft-sided luggage to a backpack – in seconds. Plus the three external handles make the bag easy to grab and the convertible shoulder straps allow the cyclist on your shopping list to adjust the bag for traveling through the airport, the city, or their next event with ease and maximum comfort. Cool, right?

Silca Maratona Gear Bag Open View Silca Maratona Gear Bag Backpack view

But there's more.

The EVOC Terminal 40+20 Bags are compact, lightweight trolleys with a detachable backpack for travel. It is cabin luggage dimensions to facilitate easy air travel (excluding daypack) and weighs 3.2kg (a whopping 20% lighter than the previous generation of bags). Plus, it is available in a variety of colours like olive and multi-colour.

evoc terminal bag with backpack detached evoc terminal bag open

Must-Have Cycling Gift #4: Bike Lights & Radar

If you have a cyclist on your shopping list, it's probably because they're special to you - and what could be more thoughtful than giving them the gift of safety this holiday season? Indeed, it is difficult to overstate just how instrumental bike lights and radar are to a cyclist’s kit. Whether they’re road cycling before dawn or after dusk, mountain biking through a heavily wooded trail, or just caught in nasty conditions (think rain, fog, or even snow!), bike lights and radar are a cornerstone of any cyclist’s safety.

At NOMAD, we stock a vast selection of lights and radar to suit every cyclist's safety needs. Personally, we never head out on our bike without our GARMIN Varia RTL515 Rearview Light that provides visual and audible alerts for vehicles approaching from behind up to 153 yards (140 meters) away.

For a more foundational option, check out the CatEye Rapid X3, which offers up double the brightness of CatEye’s popular X2 design and easily and securely mounts onto almost any application, including round and aero seatposts, seatstays, handlebars, forks, and headtubes.

Garmin Varia RTL515 angle viewCateye Rapid X3 Bike Light





Must-Have Cycling Gift #5: SILCA Secret Chain Blend Hot Melt Wax

The cyclist on your shopping list is going to love this. When SILCA launched secret chain lube, the starting point was a hot wax recipe that had been used for years with pro teams that had won numerous world and Olympic medals. The idea behind secret chain lube was to bring secret pro technology to a lube that didn’t require hot melting, but it turned out cyclists were fans of hot waxing chains - and the demand flooded in for SILCA to release its secret wax blend. This wax uses nano-scale Tungsten Di-Sulfide to modify the chain’s surface and increase efficiency. Chains waxed with Secret Chain Blend will actually get faster after repeated waxings. The bottom line? Get ready to say "you're welcome"... over and over again!

silca secret chain blend1

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Must-Have Cycling Gift #6: Bicycle Locks

What do most cyclists need? Bicycle locks. At NOMAD, we carry a wide selection. The ABUS Granit CityChain XPlus 1060 ushers in top-level security with the GRANIT CityChain XPlus™ 1060 chain lock. If the cyclist on your shopping list has a high-value bike, then this is the lock for them. The seven test seals from different countries speak for themselves: The GRANIT CityChain XPlus™ from ABUS is among the most secure bicycle locks on the international market. This lock has been awarded security level 15, the highest ABUS security system level. The chain, body, and structural parts of the locking mechanism are manufactured from specially hardened steel and make theft considerably more difficult.

If you're seeking an option that's a wee bit more affordable, check out the ABUS Ultimate 420. There are locks and then there is the Ultimate 420. This shackle lock will deter potential thieves just by looking at it. Thirteen millimetres of hardened special steel and aggressive colouring make it immediately clear to any bicycle thief that they have no chance here. So, what are you waiting for?

xplus 10601 Abus Ultimate 420 Bike Lock

Must-Have Cycling Gift #7: SILCA SuperPista Ultimate Hiro Edition Pump

Okay. This is the ultimate, jaw-dropping gift for the cyclist who made it onto your 'nice' shopping list this holiday season. This pump masterfully combines the multi-award winning SuperPista Ultimate Pump with the multi-award winning Hiro Locking presta chuck. There's a reason it's called the Ultimate edition: It's the pinnacle of what a floor pump can achieve - and it's used by the Pro Tour. From the highly accurate analog gauge, to the magnetic Hiro dock, to the lathe turned Purpleheart wood handle, this floor pump embodies the SILCA mantra of passion, precision, and performance. So, who’s it for? Passionate cyclists that desire a highly efficient floor pump that will last for years and make them feel like a pro. They deserve it, right?

Silca SuperPista Ultimate Hiro EditionSilca Superpista Ultimate Hiro Addition Gauge

Must-Have Cycling Gift #8: SILCA HX-One Home Essential Kit

If you're seeking a cycling gift with a bit of fancy flair, then look no further. The SILCA HX-One Home Essential Kit offers a complete set of precision S2 steel hex wrenches and bit drivers stored in a fully CNC machined Beechwood carrying case. Classy, right? This kit is for the uncompromising cyclist and home mechanic on your shopping list who desires the finest tools in a storage case that can blend in at home on a coffee table or out on the workbench.

Silca HX-One Home Essential Kit OPenSilca HX-one Home Essential close up

Must-Have Cycling Gift #9: Multi-Tools

If you tolerate listening to the cyclist on your shopping list go on and on about, well, cycling then you already know that a cyclist can never have too many multi-tools. That's why, at NOMAD, we stock a wide range of affordable and easy-to-pack multi-tools to fit every cyclist's needs so they never have to be stuck road- or trail-side for too long. A rule of thumb when selecting the right multi-tool set for you? Don’t be fooled by their compact size. They pack a punch.

The Super V22 Multi-Tool was designed and manufactured by LEZYNE in-house to efficiently repair most road- or trail-side mechanicals. The machined steel tool bits are now longer and feature LEZYNE’s Black Anti-Corrosion technology, which provides superior corrosion resistance. What’s more, the machined aluminum side plates are anodized black with extra leverage and an integrated magnetic holder for a spare quick link.

There’s more. SILCA’s T-Ratchet and Ti Torque Kit is the world’s smallest and lightest portable multi-tool with live 2-8Nm torque measurement. It offers ultimate precision in the workshop and at the roadside. Or check out SILCA’s Italian Army Knife – Venti, which builds on the flat design, forged mid-length tools, and stainless steel hardware of SILCA’s award-winning line of Italian army knives. Featuring new tools, including the most ergonomic and functional chain breaker ever featured in a portable multi-tool, the Venti has everything you need.

Lezyne Super V22 multi-tool top viewSILCA Italian Army Knife

Must-Have Cycling Gift #10: NOMAD Gift Card

Still can't decide? There's always a gift card to give the cyclist on your shopping list the gift of choice. Let them choose between POC, Sidi, Silca and more. At NOMAD, we're pleased to offer gift cards for any denomination between $5 and $1000. There are no hidden fees and gift cards can be applied on anything in store. Plus, they never expire. So shop with confidence and let your special someone choose their own adventure. You can send the gift card directly to the lucky recipient, or have it sent to yourself to share with them at your leisure.

So, Now What?

Feeling the pressure of the holiday countdown and unsure what to snag for the cyclist on your shopping list? We're here for you. Reach out to us today at and we can expand on our Holiday Gift Guide with helpful advice. 

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