The 11 Best Nike Gifts for Cyclists
From clip-in shoes to must-have layers, no cyclist will be disappointed with one of these gifts from Nike.
If you're on the hunt for the ultimate gift for a cyclist, there are plenty of items from Nike that can help them enjoy their rides. Whether the cyclist in your life prefers indoor riding or being outdoors on roads and trails, sharing new apparel and accessories will have them thinking of you whatever the terrain.
Check out these must-haves to keep the wheels turning for miles to come.
Nike Cycling Shoes
If the cyclist in your life prefers to ride indoors, a pair of cycling shoes like the Nike SuperRep Cycle allows for a quick clip-in, so they can get straight into their workout. Cycling shoes like these can even help level up their performance.
A 2020 study by the University of Colorado Boulder found that cyclists who wore stiff-soled cycling shoes (like the Nike SuperReps) improved their performance on high-power, uphill sprints compared with riders who wore running shoes on flat pedals.
Nike Bike Shorts
Originally designed with cyclists in mind, bike shorts have become popular for all kinds of workouts, including running and yoga—and for good reason. Not only do bike shorts offer compression, they also protect thighs from chafing and wick away sweat.
Plus, bike shorts come in a variety of lengths, patterns and styles from high-waist to mid-rise options. You can get creative when picking out a new pair for the cyclist in your life.
Leggings or tights are a wardrobe staple for both indoor and outdoor cyclists. If the cyclist in your life prefers leggings or tights to bike shorts, Nike has plenty of options to choose from. There are different styles like high-rise, diverse materials including Dri-FIT, and special details such as reflective design elements.
Nike Compression Trousers
Compression trousers can help keep legs fresh and blood flowing while getting in a good ride. One small 2020 study found that cyclists who wore high-compression garments during training reported improved performance compared with those who wore loose or low-compression garments.
Nike Quarter Zip
Whether outside on long rides through changing temperatures and weather patterns or dripping sweat on an indoor bike at the studio, stopping to remove or add layers will keep the ride comfortable and enjoyable. A quarter zip can provide extra ventilation as needed.
Nike Rain Jacket
With the right gear, rain doesn't have to get in the way of a ride. A rain jacket that can keep a cyclist dry during a downpour is a gift to consider. Not only can it be worn as an extra outer layer, it can also be easily packed away when the sun comes out.
(Related: Waterproof Running Gear for Rainy-Day Runs)
For the outdoor cyclist churning out long miles, sunglasses are a must. Not only are they necessary to deflect the sun, they also protect from other elements like bugs, dust, wind and rain. The Nike Windshield Elite features a wrap around, one-piece shield lens that doesn't obstruct the view and fits well with most helmets.
Nike Water Bottle
Most bikes are equipped with a bottle cage because hydration is key. Whether the cyclist you know grinds on an indoor bike or gets their heart rate going by climbing trails, no ride should be without fluids. Nike's water bottles are either squeezable or have a straw for extra versatility.
If you have a cyclist in your life who insists on riding just about everywhere, a backpack is essential. It can store everything from jackets to extra layers and socks—and, of course, snacks and hydration—for trail or road rides. If they commute to work, a backpack gives a place for a change of clothes, laptop and lunch.
For indoor cyclists who frequent the studio, the right backpack can store their cycling shoes, extra layers and other gym essentials.
Nike Recovery Tools
After tough rides, some cyclists encounter sore leg muscles. Foam rollers or recovery balls can help roll out tightness, soreness and inflammation. Give the gift that will get them back on their bike as soon as possible.
Words by Emily Shiffer