Mothers are awesome, they’ve been through it all. The sleepless nights, snotty noses, even the diapers. So it comes as no surprise that they deserve something they will actually enjoy getting some use out of. Whether you’re looking for your own mom or the mother of your kid we have you covered.
The Avail Advanced has just received Bicycling Magazine’s coveted Editors Choice Award. It’s really no surprise, the Avail has an inherent ability to go from comfy endurance machine to responsive climber in one fell swoop. It is also decked out with the latest tech from flat-mount disc brakes to a carbon fiber layup specifically tuned for the needs of female riders. All these help keep Mom focused on the journey ahead and not on trying to get comfortable.
For the mom that like to shred we can’t think of a better machine than the 2017 Contessa Spark. SCOTT’s entire Spark line just had a major overhaul and their women’s Contessa line got even better. For 2017 SCOTT didn’t hold back. Every Contessa Spark receives Boost spacing, 120mm of travel, and women’s specific grips and saddle. With it’s women’s specific geometry and suspension tune to ensure that the rider can get properly dialed in for all the gnarly terrain Texas has to offer.
For the data junkie or the athlete that just needs to know the basics, Garmin’s latest line of GPS units options for everyone. If Mom is still wearing the old GPS wrist watch that looks like a small brick, it’s time for an upgrade. The new line of Garmin Forerunner, specifically the Forerunner 935, watches has the most advanced metrics for multisport athletes to track everything from stride distance to workout productivity. All that comes in a sleek package that doesn't look out of place off the bike. With a battery life up to 2 weeks you don’t have to stress about always charging either.
Or if you’re just looking for the basics you can go with my personal pick, the Garmin Edge 20. Don’t let the size deceive you, this Garmin is still GPS enabled and will track Time, Distance, and Speed. Pair it with you phone and you can use Garmin’s Connect app to automatically upload rides, create routes, and share your activities via Connect or Strava. This unit won us over with it’s long battery life and affordable price point and minimalist look.
The Garmin Forerunner 935 ($499) and Edge 20 ($129)
Don’t feel like leaving the kiddos behind? Blackburn’s Copilot offers a fun and affordable way to bring them along while still getting the fresh air, fun, and fitness that only a bike can offer. With Blackburn’s axle adapters you can fit this trailer on nearly any bike. This is a great way to get the whole family out for a trip to get dinner, drop off at school, or just a trip on the local bike path. It has room for two and can easily convert to a jogger as well.
Momentum offers up its STREET commuter bike with nearly everything Mom needs to enjoy the day. An integrated cup holder, u-lock mount, chain guide and cargo rack ensures no detail was over looked. The modern 700c wheels, intuitive grip shift and alloy frame mix well with the classic frame style. All while the up-right position gives the rider a relaxed fit and good visibility. The STREET meets the needs of the commuter who pedals into work everyday or the rider who wants to go to their local coffee shop for a java fix. Check out our full review HERE.
Don’t want to look like you’re about to race The Tour? Looking for a kit that is subtle and doesn’t have more company logos than Nascar driver? Pearl Izumi’s Select Escape Jersey offers a heathered Dry Transfer fabric (to wick moisture away) in a modern aesthetic package. It still has reflective fabric to increase visibility, a full-length zipper, and a semi-form fit. Pair this with PI’s Escape short to complete the look.
The temps are rising in Texas and they won’t be dropping for awhile. One of the most often overlooked tools in an athletes bag is hydration. Give the gift of personal irrigation with some fresh new customer Bicycle World bottles.