Are you compiling your personal wish list for Santa? Or wondering what to get the special mountain biker in your life this holiday season? Don’t fret. We’ve got you covered with a wide variety of gift ideas to help you spread some holiday cheer – Ninja style!
Put Some Bling On It
You gotta look good to feel good and adding personal touches to the trusty steed looks REALLY good 👌. Personally, I opt for purple accents on my bike. There’s no shortage of options for bling bits in the bike world. These days you can find colorful stems, pedals, seat clamps, spacers, bolts and then some. Companies like Deity Components, Industry Nine, and Wolf Tooth Components do a great job offering bling at every price point!
Style for Miles
One thing is certain, mountain bikers love new gear! HANDUP Gloves offers matching jerseys, socks and gloves in funky and fun prints. SockGuy is full of fun designs (go for the wool!). You can’t go wrong with the versatile, cold weather staple: a flannel (we love Dakine’s Tech Flannels – men’sandwomen’s)!
Make it Custom
We’ve got 3 customizable gifts that will be a hit with any level/age mountain biker!
A few years ago, I ordered up a batch of custom top caps for my riding buddies from Kustom Caps. I still get a kick every time I see one on a friend’s bike. It was super easy to put a cool design together, and they were fast! They weren’t nearly as expensive as I thought they would be and they offer colorful bolts, as well.
Second up is a custom mudguard from Groundkeeper Fenders. They have a really capable customizer on their website and plenty of help available if you need it. I had my dog Wombat printed on one and I might be biased, but it’s probably the best thing ever.
Last but not least, you can hit a home run with custom sticker decals from VeloInk. You can go with the pro look (full name) or mix it up with the custom flags and nicknames. Think: stocking stuffers!
The Gift that Keeps on Giving
What’s the gift that keeps on giving, you ask? A skills clinic, of course! A Ninja skills clinic not only creates great memories, but also gives them an improved riding experience forever. Give the gift of a first bunny hop! Or a first time clearing a 5ft table! Better yet, go all out with a camp or clinic at a destination like Sedona, Kingdom Trails or Bentonville and make a vacation out of it! Now THAT is a gift that keeps on giving. Take a look at the 600+ event options on the 2020 calendar and take advantage of the holiday discounts.
I attended an intermediate skill clinic last year and had an awesome time. My riding improved instantly and I have...
I attended an intermediate skill clinic last year and had an awesome time. My riding improved instantly and I have really enjoyed the increased confidence jumping my bike over obstacles. My muscle memory takes a while to kick in and Coach Richard and his crew of master Ninjas were really patient with me. I even got some bonus education on climbing faster during one of our warm-up laps! Even though I have been riding for years I learned something new with every skill taught. The clinic was worth every penny and I will be signing up for an advanced one this summer. ~Michael W.
Went to the beginner Ninja clinic at Alison. Richard and Kristen were awesome! We all got the opportunity to work...
Went to the beginner Ninja clinic at Alison. Richard and Kristen were awesome! We all got the opportunity to work on improving our skills with their feedback. Next time I would definitely do the intermediate clinic or do a one-on-one session. Richard is super patient and provides great feedback and riding tips. ~ Lisa D.
My speed and confidence going down steep descents have been SIGNIFICANTLY improved!
I just had my first race (XC endurance) since I did the camp and both my speed and confidence going...
I just had my first race (XC endurance) since I did the camp and both my speed and confidence going down steep descents have been SIGNIFICANTLY improved. I would not have attempted 50% of the drops and jumps on the course prior to participating in the clinic, and my overall time would have been much slower. The first two hours of the class (int/adv Sedona) made the whole thing more than worth it, and the rest of the two days seemed like a bonus. Both Courtney and Richard were encouraging and patient, and both had that classic mountain biker charm and humor ready when the moment called for it. Overall a very enjoyable and valuable weekend. For reference, I participate in amateur XC endurance races (with no hope of ever coming close to winning anything) and have been riding for about two years. I was worried before taking the class that I would not be skilled enough, but the int/adv was appropriate for my skill level. If you're worried, just go for it anyway. There is a good mix of people and everyone was very friendly! ~Alana Bencivengo
The course was very fluid, engaging, and I would highly recommend it.
I took the intermediate/advanced course in Balboa Park after having ridden for just over 2 years on my own. It...
I took the intermediate/advanced course in Balboa Park after having ridden for just over 2 years on my own. It covered a wide breadth of skills, some of which I already felt aquatinted with and others I had little to no experience with. I found all of the material useful. I was able to improve skills I already had and was able to learn new skills. I also feel confident leaving the course that the instructors have provided all of the information for me to practice and improve outside of the course setting. The environment of Balboa Park was perfect for learning and sessioning the skills covered. The instructors were friendly, fun, and attentive to all of the participants. They spent more or less time on certain skills based on how the entire group was grasping them. They also gave individualized attention to participants that required more help with technique. The course was very fluid, engaging, and I would highly recommend it. ~Heather B.
We are a group of passionate, dirt-loving, community oriented, world class mountain bike skills instructors committed to helping you reach your personal riding goals through clinics and camps. We are excited to work with riders of all ability levels and share the joy (STOKE) of mountain biking.