Tacky Biking-Themed Clothing
I don’t know about you, but just because I’m into cycling, it doesn’t mean I want to walk around in a t-shirt or scarf announcing it. Ditto for sweaters, ties, belts, socks and the like. The exception to this rule would be cute onesies for babies and toddlers.
Similar to the cycling-themed T-shirts and sweaters, just because I’m into cycling, it doesn’t mean that I want to read the biography of every famous cyclist… or any cyclist for that matter. The same goes for those gigantic, hard-covered coffee table books about random bicycle-related topics.
While bike tools are certainly more practical than some of the usual cycling-themed gifts, please don’t buy these unless you’re planning to pay for quality. Not only are cheap tools that break bad for landfills, they are a major pain in the butt for any cyclists who ends up getting stuck while out on the road or trail because of a broken tool.
Funny/Cute/Tacky Bike Bells
What am I supposed to do with a funny/cute/tacky bike bell? I can imagine how it can seem like a practical gift, but cyclist who want or need bike bells already have them. I personally am not going to change my bike bell to an “I <heart> my bike” one to match that “I <heart> my bike” outfit that I will never wear.
Cheap, Plastic Bike-Themed Gifts
In this category, I place all the useless, plastic things you could imagine coming out of an adult version of a “Kinder Surprise” egg. Where do people think those cheap, plastic toys that come out of those eggs go? Landfills. The same goes for cheap, plastic toys for adults.