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Get any good bike stuff this Christmas?

Posted by on December 28th, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Eleni Maus loves her new bike.

At our house, not a Christmas goes by without some bike-oriented gifts being exchanged, and this year was no exception.

The marquee bike gift at our house this year was my daughter’s new bike (thanks to her Grandma). As you can tell in the photo, she’s thrilled (more on the bike coming in a separate post)! Also, at long last, I finally scored a high quality home repair stand (a Park PCS-10 to be precise).

Then there was this “Missing” bike shirt from Threadless that my brother gave me. Check it out:

Reader Andrew Plambeck shared his big bike gift via Twitter: “My folks found me a restored ’72 Peugeot Record du Monde single speed for Christmas. This is unbelievable.”

How about you? Did your bike wishes come true? We’d love to hear what bike gifts you scored this Christmas…

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  • Nick December 28, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    I got my girlfriend’s 4-year-old some Planet Bike blinky lights for his little balance bike.

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  • Larey December 28, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Santa brought me a new Salsa Fargo (got it a few days early and had to spend hours cleaning off enough mud to park it in the living room). I know exactly how Miss Eleni feels!

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  • Dave December 28, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    I got the Axa Defender rear frame lock (http://clevercycles.com/store2/index.php?pdetailimage=2521) and chain attachment (http://clevercycles.com/store2/index.php?pdetailimage=2519) for my 1953 Raleigh Sports: http://www.flickr.com/photos/poetas/4168904403/. Been wanting it for a while, now I don’t have to worry about carrying a separate lock around all the time. Wonderfully convenient.

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  • boriskat December 28, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    I got this cool thing from my bf: http://bontrager.com/model/07331

    oh and some waterproof gloves because I lost mine.

    so … yay!

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  • buzz December 28, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Cool, Jonathan, I also got a PCS-10. I love it so far!

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  • amos December 28, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    I got a Brooks!

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  • E December 28, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    I got a rockin’ helmet mounted headlight and some serious winter gloves. Ready to ride!! :D

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  • Elly Blue (Editor) December 28, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Someone who knows me well sent me a pair of LADOT Bike Program socks. Out-nerd that!

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  • Bob_M December 28, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    I got a genuine chrome finish revolving bicycle bell. WAY up there for cool bike nerdiness.

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  • Johnny December 28, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    New rain-jacket, in burn-the-retinas gold so that cagers will see me on those dark morning commutes.

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  • ScottG December 28, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    My wife borrowed a bike from a friend and went for a ride with me on Christmas Day. This was huge, as she has been very bike-phobic and would not respond to my gentle encouragement to give it a try.

    We actually spent most of our time in an empty parking lot riding around. She was a bit wobbly but did fine.

    I’m thrilled and hope we can keep trying this in the months ahead.

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  • Anne Hawley December 28, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    We don’t do Christmas gifts in my family, so I bought myself a set of Minus33 merino woollies: socks, leggings, a base layer shirt, a big lumberjack shirt, and a bill-cap that fits under my Nutcase helmet. Rode all around in the Christmas day chill in perfect comfort.

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  • JayS. December 28, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    ScottG #11 wins

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  • chelsea December 28, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    My lovely sister knitted me a wool neck gaiter! Now I my neck and lower face can stay warm.

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  • OnTheRoad December 28, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    New Raleigh “Clubman” road bike. Replaces my 1980s Centurion which got its frame and fork bent in a crash. Sniff. I’d had it since it was new.

    A new bike for Xmas is just as great at age 57 as it was at age 11.

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  • Joe December 28, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    got myself a http://www.thejimi.com/

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  • kj December 28, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Ibex women’s NZB jacket. soooo awesome.

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  • Joe December 28, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    #11 so cool!

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  • Kronda December 28, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    A repost of my tweet:

    Me: What’s that box?
    J: Santa dropped it off, he was running late.
    Me: Do you worry about me getting spoiled? J: Yes. http://bit.ly/MWV6T

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  • Kevin December 28, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    I got about a sheep’s worth of wool base layers and socks!

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  • Adams Carroll December 28, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    If anybody else wants a PCS-10 of their very own, I’m moving to Russia in a week and not bringing mine with me. E-mail me with an offer!

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  • dan December 28, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    No X-mas presents received due to tragic failure to be Christian.

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  • chrisgunn December 28, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    I got Alan the last parts (the tires) he needed for his pugsly build. Then he got to spend the entire day finishing the build, and then go for a super long ride the next day.

    Here’s the bike :)


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  • chrisgunn December 28, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    oh, and I got new handlebars, brake levers, and one of those black star bar covers from alan :)

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  • Andrew Plambeck December 28, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    And on that ’72 Peugeot, apparently it was found at a charity auction, so 100% of what they spent went to Community Partners for Affordable Housing!

    Now we just need a Get Together so I can show her off….

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  • h December 28, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Nothing bike-related but I got a $50 REI gift card. I could buy some bike stuff with it.

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  • SkidMark December 28, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Premium Deathtrap BMX frame from GoodsBMX.!

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  • JH December 28, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    I got a lump of coal, but my dog who apparently was a good boy got a Burly Tail Waggon.

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  • John Russell December 28, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    I got some smartwool glove liners to keep my hands even warmer. They might have been even nicer a few weeks ago, though.

    For my bike, I got the 600 Lumen Cygolite TridenX headlight, as well as the Crane Suzu brass bell from Clever Cycles. With those two additions, there’s no way you can’t notice my bike now.

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  • Sarah Sharp December 28, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    A week before Christmas, my husband and I took the #17 bus out to Sauvie Island and then biked 35 miles to my parents’ house in Rainier (with Christmas presents in panniers). My mom was shocked that we would ride that far, but we’re gearing up for a bike camping trip to New Zealand in February. The ride was flat and easy, with lots of opportunities to stop for food.

    As for actual presents, my hubby and I exchanged gifts from the bike fair. We bought each other patch kits from Edwin, and he gave me some nifty shoe lace wranglers.


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  • damian December 28, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    wideloader set for my xtracycle.

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  • david....no the other one December 29, 2009 at 7:58 am

    I “saved” a couple of bikes from the crusher two days before Christmas. I am really excited to bring them into the herd of eleven.

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  • Thom December 29, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Bob’s Red Mill matched my donation to the CCC bike drive, as well as many other donations to same. Thanks, Bob!

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  • WOBG December 29, 2009 at 9:54 am

    Yay, a ’72 Peugeot. With several buzillion of them dumped in the U.S. to feed the ’70s bike boom, what are the odds? ;)

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  • Erik M. December 29, 2009 at 10:31 am

    My wonderful sister picked up on the word “pogies” in a casual conversation.
    Now I am the surprised, but ever so pleased user of some Bratwear Pogies. (they call them Bikehands – Climitts)

    ps. #11 thank you for the sweet Christmas story.

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  • metal cowboy December 29, 2009 at 10:40 am

    Best bike gift – Dave and Mark over at River City gave me their new wool long sleeve black jersey with the red and yellow striped cuffs and collar Vintage looking, perfect thickness – I’ve been wearing it as a sweater/jersey most of the holidays – until Beth said it’s not a sweater if you wear it all the time – it holds up after repeated washings – Beth still says I need to give it a rest unless I’m on the bike… I’m gonna go put it back on right now ;-)
    Best gift you guys gave me is/was buying my new book in such numbers.

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  • Eve December 29, 2009 at 11:03 am

    OOOOOH! An awesomely beautiful and wonderful pannier from Queen Bee!

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  • matthew December 29, 2009 at 11:42 am

    i got myself merino wool arm warmers and a rapha jersey but the best thing was getting my mom out for a short loop around the neighborhood. it was the first non-stationary bike she’s been on in 20+ years… woooo hooo!!!!!

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  • sv December 29, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    new stella rechargeable bike light- I think I am in love!

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  • Nella December 29, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    I didn’t get anything but I gave the 11 yr old I mentor a new helmet. She had outgrown hers and gave it to her lil sis. Now we are ready to bike together safely. :-)

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  • Andrew Plambeck December 29, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    WOBG, wait till you see the condition, though. That’s what amazed me. It looks brand spankin’ new.

    I’m still just drooling over it.

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  • Angela K December 29, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    My husband made me a cargo bike. And I got a pogo stick.

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  • April December 29, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    My roommate Donna got me a one-watt Bike Planet headlight–on flash it’s damn near seizure-inducing.

    My roommate’s boyfriend Keith bought me a wind-up headlight from MEC (Canada’s version of REI). Not as bright as the Planet Bike light, but the batteries will never die! Plus it’s kinda fun to wind it up.

    My boyfriend Shawn got me a warm hat with ears (made by Justa) and a cycle computer!

    I’m still working on Shawn’s present–a handknit neck tube thing.

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  • Shane December 29, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    My sweetie got me a Rainy Peak Cyclery cap- love it!


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