Skyline Cycle

Skyline Cycle

834 Washington Boulevard, Ogden, UT 84404
Phone: (801) 394-7700 Fax: (801) 394-4076
Hours of Operation:
Mon - Fri: 10am to 6pm, Sat: 10am to 5pm
Sun: We're out riding!

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Tag: bicyclist gifts

Bike Class This Saturday 12/12! Fat Bike Event Updates To Calendar

So we have formally started this years bike maintenance classes.  Last week was pretty basic but this Saturday we will be assessment, description, removal and installation of cables and housing.  We will also cover chain wear, removal, installation, and we will go over the use of master links. Class will begin at 9:00a.m. and will end around 10:00a.m.. Come through the double doors an the North East side of the building as the front door will remain locked so we can concentrate.

On another note there are a lot of  with a ton of folks getting into fat biking there are new events popping up all over this winter.  We are doing the best we can to put them all on the calendar as we are made aware of them. Man we need some snow though.

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Holiday Gifts And Bikes!

It's that time of the year again for gift shopping for the holidays.  To make sure that everyone finds that perfect gift we have stocked about 90% of the items that have been popular in years past as well as items that we think will be hot for this year.  We have on hand pint glasses, coffee mugs, tool kits, multi tools, socks, gloves, lights, sporks, basically you name it and we have it.  We put everything out early this year to make sure there was time to look before crunch time comes.

We were supposed to have bikes Friday, but for an unexplainable reason the company didn't ship them on time so they will be in Monday.  To make sure we have good stock there will be about twenty mountain bikes and kids bikes here that we will be building up to show. We also got unicycles and large scooters this year.  Keep in mind that if for any reason while your here you don't see the model you like we will be able to get them in two business days up until about four days before Christmas.

Because cyclists are hard to shop for we have developed a list of recommended gifts for bikers ,basically gifts that can be given without worry. There will be a gift tab on the top of our web page, www.skylinecyclery.com. I know its early but welcome to the 2013 holiday season and if we can do anything to make it easier for you let us know.

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Top Twenty Fool Proof Gifts For Cyclists

So there's no question that cyclists are hard to shop for.  What we did is compile a list of the top twenty items that are the most likely to make your biker smile in no particular order.

1. Bike computers of any level. Cateye has been making some of the best in my opinion.  Price $20-$180

2. Light Systems with replaceable batteries.  Regardless of style of riding lights for visibility both front and rear provide safety as well as are required by a lot of towns.  Price range $8.00-$100

3. Rechargeable light systems.  These lights differ from smaller replaceable battery models because they provide much more light.  If you have a trail rider looking for a light or a commuter that rides early or late this is the ticket.  If possible get a lithium ion battery because there is no memory as far as battery charge.  Price range $60-$500. The Night Rider mininewt 300 lumen usb rechargeable at $100 has been a slam dunk all fall.

4. Gloves. Full fingered/finger.  Mountain riders like full fingers.  Road riders like half fingers.  All riders like warm gloves in the cold. $20-100

5. Indoor rear wheel mounted trainers. There are a lot of brands out there, for the most they all do what they are supposed to and make your biker sweat and stay in shape.  The top brands we have carried are CycleOps and Kinetic.  $150-$500

6. Mini frame pump/Co2 inflator. Lets be honest if you ride a bike you will get a flat, a cyclist can never have to many ways to put air back in tires.  Mini pumps are reliable, co2 units provide instant gratification. price range $15-$50

7. Cycling socks.  We all have feet and cycling specific socks rock because their reinforced in the toe and the heal and breathable.  Price Range $8-$20

8. Gift card. Is your bike got everything or super difficult. Get them a gift card, nothing says I care like money.

9. Mini tools.  Their bike will break at some point or somebody around them will need a hand with a adjustment or fix.  These little tools are worth their weight in gold when your not stranded.  Price range $10-$50

10. Bicycle repair tools/products.  Bikes break,  if you have a mechanically inclined cyclist head to your local bike shop and pick up some repair tools.  Cable cutters, chain whips, cassette removers, chain cleaners, metric allen wrenches, spoke nipple wrenches, ect. Park Tools, Pedros, Avenir, Sunlight are all companies that have great tools. Price range $5.00-$100

11. Park Big Blue Book.  This is a repair manual that rocks, I train all our new mechanics out of this manual. This book will provide guidance for the tools that you get them. $25

12. Water bottle.  As a biker you can never have enough water bottles because they are always missing or dirty when you want to head out.

13. Floor Pump.  If you have a bike you will need a floor pump, for road bikes you need them to hit higher pressures. Price range $20-$100

14. Lock. I'll bet any biker you know will want to keep a hold of there bike.  Bikes are expensive so any device that keeps dirt bags from taking them is always a hit. Price range $8-$75

15. Camelbak Hydration packs.  These packs are ideal for carrying water and tools.  They will range in size from 50oz water capacity to 100oz bladders and in all different sizes and colors.  Even if they have had a camelbak in the past the backs have all been reworked so they have more air flow.  $50-$150

16. HD Helmet cams.  Gopro has two models out the new Hero 2 at $300 dollars, but our hottest selling camera this year has been the Hero HD that went to $200 dollars, this made this model much more reasonable price wise and its available.  Everyone else is waiting for the new model that may not arrive for the holidays.

17. Rear Bike Rack.  If you have a commuter on your bike list a rear mounted rack will take the weight off their back and put it on the bike.  Price range $20-$75

18. Nick Nacks.  Park makes a few cool items that are not bike maintenance related.  We have a pizza cutter, bbq kit, ect. Price Range $20-$50

19. Chamois Cream. Does your biker complain about their butt. Get them some chamois cream.  DZ Nuts/DZ Bliss tingles, and it works. Give it a go. $25.00

20. Logo pint glasses, coffee mugs, casual wear t-shirts.  All these items will tickle the eccentric side of your cyclist. Find out what brands they like and go for it.  Just make sure to get the right size shirt.

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