The cyclists on your list probably have all the lights, warm winter wears, tools and bike accessories they need, but you can still surprise them with a cycle-centric gift. Asheville on Bikes director Michael Sule offers several creative ideas for bicycle enthusiasts.
“Those who ride the city appreciate Asheville’s expansion of multi-modal infrastructure, so give the gift that keeps on greening,” says Sule. “RiverLink offers a chance to invest in expanding local infrastructure by purchasing a Deed of Support for Asheville area greenways in the name someone special. Deeds can be purchased for $50 at riverlink.org/store.asp.”
Or, for the bargain hunters, Sule offers this option. “Support local businesses and helmet use by giving a Bicycle Benefits sticker, which promotes safe riding and local businesses throughout the country. Those who spruce up their helmets with a Bicycle Benefits sticker receive discounts at several local shops, including Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company, The Dripolator, French Broad Chocolate Lounge and Harvest Records, among others.” Stickers can be purchased at all participating businesses. For a full list, visit bicyclebenefits.org.
Finally, Sule recommends an Asheville on Bikes original. “As winter rolls in, wool socks are always appreciated. Purchase a pair of Asheville on Bikes socks for $12 to support Asheville on Bikes community rides and after school bicycle programs. This gift keeps your special cyclist’s feet warm and supports Asheville on Bikes’ outreach programs. AoB socks are manufactured by Defeet, located in North Carolina, and can be purchased at ProBikes in West Asheville.” — Dane Smith