Moms are the best every day, full stop. They give us all of the good stuff that dads do, without the corny jokes. None of us would be here without them, so make this Sunday special. If you haven’t picked up a gift yet, here are some winners for the cycling moms in your life. Hurry, Sunday will be here before you know it!
Fresh Kit from Velocio
We all want a fresh new kit for summertime riding. Velocio actually got its start trying to fill the gaps in cycling apparel for women, so they’ve always taken a ladies-first approach to design. As such, the Vermont brand has been making the best looking, and feeling, kits for women.
Signature Fly Bib Short
Velocio’s Signature Bib Short is the one piece of women-specific kit that is all that and a bag of donuts. It comes with all the quality highlights you expect from Velocio: Italian made lycra and a great balance of breathability and compression. Plus, it features the latest version of FlyFree, which allows for mid-ride bathroom breaks without removing the jersey, and without zippers. $229; velocio.cc
(Editor’s note: The Velocio Foundation bib, with a simpler chamois built for shorter time in the saddle, has all the bells and whistles of the Signature line, including Italian production and the “flyfree” access, for $100 less)
Women’s Dazzle Ultralight Jersey
If you’re picking up the bib shorts, go the full distance and get Mom a complete Velocio kit. Made from recycled material, the ultralight is a great summer jersey, breathable as all get out, and features an SPF 30+ rating. $139; velocio.cc
Randi Jo Fabrications is a cycling accessory operation run out of a tiny trailer in equally tiny Elkton, Oregon, population 177. Randi and her team make all of the caps one at a time; they are both timeless and bombproof. Mom will dig the superb construction, and while she may not have the same helmet-hair issues I do, this wool cycling cap from Randi’s tiny “factory” will look good on or off the bike. An 18-day power outage in Elkton in late winter has led to some back log, so you may need to show Mom a photo of her new cap rather than show up empty handed on Sunday. $36; randijofab.com
Rapha has done well to continue to enhance its current offerings, and the Classic Gilet II is no different. The new model is loaded with more stretch paneling on both the sides and the center-back for better cooling, a better overall fit and to shed weight—it’s a whole 30 percent lighter than the last iteration. (Fortunately, it’s also available in men’s). $135; rapha.cc
Exclusive booze is not the sole domain of great dad gifts; a wine club membership is a good way to get that mom on your list a great gift, and possibly a little something for yourself too, if you choose wisely. There are a myriad of wine clubs in all of the great wine producing regions in this country (as well as the mediocre ones). Here’s a good place to start: Seufert Winery in tiny Dayton, Oregon. It’s a small independent winery that produces world class single vineyard Pinot Noir. But for the wine club exclusively, they made a vintage sparkling wine—that’s nine years old no less—that rivals great Champagne (sincerely). You can pick the level of your commitment, and help Mom discover some fantastic new wines, while helping her drink them as well. $99-$150 semi-annually; seufertwinery.com