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Gifts for Cyclists

What do you get a cyclist for Christmas? We asked some local bikers what they'd like to find under the tree. Then we shopped local to fill their orders.

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson says new raingear is always welcome. On the Rivet suggests the San Francisco designed, Vancouver-made Orion Jacket from Mission Workshop for a fashionable, waterproof outer layer. For a warm and comfortable inside layer, with a Euro-look there's  the Cima Coppi merino wool track jacket, designed and hand-sewn by a couple in East Vancouver.

Fashion designer Allison Smith (Allison Wonderland) is looking for some bags for her bike. Whoa Nellie's Chris Quine offered up the buttery Ora leather saddle/handlebar bag "made with love one by one" by Vancouver bag designer Randi Obenauer. You can accessorize with the Red Dots La Piccolo wallet made from recycled inner tubes. And if you need to carry a bit more gear, there's the HMPL Number 15 saddle bag, handsewn and designed in Vancouver by two guys who really like bikes. Co-owner Matt Churchill is a mechanic at Bikes for All, and he says the extra-roomy waterproof saddlebag fits under any bike seat and holds 15 beers...and anything else you might want to carry.

Jasmin Glaesser is a road and track racer. As part of Team Canada at the London Games, she took home a bronze medal in womens' team pursuit. As an athlete, she's hoping for books on nutrition and kitchen appliances. Plus, she's a big fan of good coffee. In fact, she's giving away French presses to some of her cycling pals. To kickstart Christmas morning, you could include a bag of locally roasted coffee, such as Matchstick's Santa Sofia, 49th Parallel's Holiday Celebration Blend, and JJ Bean's Christmas Reserve.

Happy Holidays! See you in the new year.

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