‘Tis the season of joy and goodwill! We’ve rounded up a few Christmas gift ideas for the keen cyclist or outdoor explorer in your life. Spread a little cycling love this holiday season!
For the rugged adventurer: BioLite CampStove™
This ingenious portable stove cooks your meals using twigs and leaves…and charges your phone at the same time. Ditch the expensive gas canisters and simply collect your fuel as you need it.
Tech specs: The heat from the fire generates electricity via a thermoelectric generator to power a fan creating airflow for improved combustion. Surplus electricity is sent to the USB port for charging devices.
For the urban cyclist: Hövding “invisible” bicycle helmet
Hövding is an “invisible” bicycle helmet developed in Sweden. It looks like a scarf but in the event of a crash or impact, a small gas canister in the back of the collar inflates an airbag around the wearer’s neck and head.
In tests carried out last year by Swedish insurance company Folksam, Hövding was found to be “more than three times as good as the best conventional cycle helmet.”
The product is becoming increasingly popular in Europe and the company is set to launch sales in Canada and Japan next year. But at Euro399 (around NZ$660) it’s certainly not a cheap safety option. (And once inflated, it can’t be used again).
We’re also not entirely sure if wearing this would constitute a “helmet” in the eyes of the NZ law. Food for thought over the Xmas Day dining table, perhaps?
For the off-road enthusiast: Fox 36 Float Fork
Jeremy (Natural High’s head mechanic in Christchurch) reckons every keen mountain biker deserves one of these!
A joy ride with the whole family
Not a gift for under the tree but a gift that gets you out into the trees. Set aside a few hours, pack a picnic and jump on your bikes to explore an area, park or trail you haven’t visited before.
A few places you could venture:
Christchurch: The Little River Rail Trail.
Auckland: Hunua Ranges Regional Park. Tracks, trails and prime picnic spots south of the city.
Wellington: Pick a section of the Rimutaka Cycle Trail, which runs from Petone to Ocean Beach.
Stocking filler #1: Journey Magazine
A printed and online magazine guaranteed to spark your lust for bicycling adventures. Pick up a copy from Natural High or head to the Journey website to subscribe.
Stocking filler #2: NZ Road Atlas from Kiwimaps
If travel is on your mind for 2014, this road atlas should ensure you end up in the right place!