Fat Bike Girl’s Favorite Things – Stocking Stuffer Guide 2022
Fun and quirky or purely functional, these items make great stocking stuffers. There’s something for everyone, including woman’s best friend.
Speedgoat Gear Bike Bags $30 and up
These high-quality, beautiful bike bags are made by Aimee in Pinedale, Wyoming. I met her at the Fat Bike World Championships in Bondurant a few years ago and now have a Moonlander dressed in purple paisley. She makes custom frame bags and can rig you up with a matching set of bags from stem to stern.
I’m a big fan of Mons Royal and have three of their ultra-soft Merino wool jerseys. Their merino balaclava comes in a variety of colors and patterns. Hooray for colors other than black or grey! The Santa Rosa is engineered with a hinged construction so you can wear it pulled up on the cold days or scrunched down on warmer days. It also comes in manly colors.
8 Lumens Wool Socks $19.00
I love my pard’ner because he gifts me high-quality socks. I have three pairs of 8 Lumens socks and they are indestructible. My favorite pair are the rasta ones.
Helmuffs S33 – $39 (free shipping)
These cute dohickies are ear muffs that fit on the straps of your bike helmet. If interested, you can request custom helmuffs per your design.
Mountain Feedbag $44-$55 (purchased at my local bike shop)
This is by far my favorite bag. You’d be surprised at how much stuff it holds. Besides carrying hot tea; the outside pockets hold my sunscreen, lip balm, bars, a small pocket knife and a hankie. Amazingly, I can also put my iPhone in a side pocket and it hasn’t fallen out (on tame roads and trails.) I have two feed bags on my fattie.
Revelate has one of the best opening and closing systems. There’s one string to close it (tab) and a separate one to open it (loop). Super easy to manage with bulky gloves on! (Think “tab for tight” and “loop for loose”.)
Be warned, this is a gateway bag. It will start you down a dangerous path of spending more money to get your next bike bag fix.
Orange Seal Subzero Sealant 16 oz. – $24 (LBS)
Going tubeless in the winter isn’t so much about guarding against a flat as it is being able to run the lowest tire pressure possible. The other gains are lower rolling resistance and weight savings. For tubeless riders, you should refresh your sealant every six months or so (at a minimum). Orange Seal Subzero works in temperatures as low as -20°F; seals bigger punctures and side wall slices, and creates a permanent plug. For 4.8″ – 5” fat tires you will need approximately 7-8 oz. of sealant.
I don’t clean and remove the old sealant. If your valve cores are removable, the easiest way to add sealant is through the valve. If not, you’ll have to break a small section of the tire bead off the rim to add sealant with just enough room to squeeze the sealant in. It can sometimes take a few tries to get the bead sealed again. It’s helpful to have a compressor or take your tire down to your local bike shop.
In my neck of the woods, fenders protect from cow pies almost as much as they do from wet conditions. As the name suggests… the Fat Face Fender offers essential protection for your midriff, whatever its shape and size. And grab one for your butt while you’re at it – the Fat Butt Fender.
I always try to keep sunscreen handy. Dermatone balm protects your face against chapping, wind, sun, and frostbite. It provides advanced skin protection in a 100% water-free formula that will not freeze – making this product perfect for any environment.
My favorite bike mechanic, Gunther, convinced me to get a grip shift when I purchased my Salsa Mukluk in 2018. Besides the fun factor (braaaap), it makes your handlebar feel uncluttered in your bar mitts. What I really like though is that it shifts on a dime when starting an ascent. You know you have quality equipment when you never think about said equipment.
Topeak SmartGauge D2 $26 – $38 (LBS)
It’s handy to have a gauge when you first start fat biking. After awhile you will begin to know what 4 psi feels like with the squeeze test. The Topeak digital gauge features a rotating SmartHead and works seamlessly with Presta and Schrader valves without changing parts. Designed for use with tires, suspension forks and rear shock units.
Could these be any cuter? I bought two sparrow cages in silver and they migrate between my fat bike and my gravel bike. The sparrow holds my 2.75″ diameter metal Contigo coffee mug snuggly.
For your BEST FRIEND…
Musher’s Secret Paw Wax $15.99 for 2.1 oz
My doodle gets snowballs in her paws and constantly stops in the trail to chew them out. The Musher’s Secret paw wax prevents snowballs from forming by creating a barrier between the hair on the paws and the snow so the snow won’t collect in between the pads and on the hair. No snowballs on your dog’s pads means warmer feet – more time for your pet to enjoy the snowfall and less worrying about snowballs!
I wonder if I should put some of this in her beard fur to prevent beardballs?