Cascade Holiday Gift and Giving Guide
‘Tis the season to celebrate the joy of bicycling. Looking for gift ideas? We offer some ideas for presents and donations that benefit Cascade, our brand partners, and important community nonprofits.
We are wary of rampant consumerism at Cascade Bicycle Club. As a recent study in the journal Nature Communications says, “consumption of affluent households worldwide is by far the strongest determinant and the strongest accelerator” of climate change, environmental degradation and many social ills.
But like it or not, the Christmas season is the biggest shopping time of the year. In light of the fact that many members are looking for bicycling-related gifts, we humbly offer some ideas that support Cascade and our partner brands, whose contributions power our mission. Updated in 2020, the new mission states that Cascade "brings people together to experience the joy of bicycling through transportation, recreation, and friendship.”
Bringing people together. Joy. Friendship. These are important sentiments as we enter the winter of this most challenging year.
Staff Favorite Book--Pin Ups:
This memoir depicts Yi Shun Lai’s quest to join her female role models--BMX riders, skiers and others--that she idolized when reading Teen magazine as a youth. It’s an inspiring read. $12, https://bookshop.org/books/pin-ups/9781947003897
Merino Neck Gaiter:
This super-soft face and nose covering from Shower’s Pass is a comfortable way to cover up while riding during the pandemic. $29 ($26.10 after 10% member discount). showerspass.com
Cascade Women’s Merino Jersey:
The retro aesthetic of our wool jersey makes a stylish addition to the cycling kit of your friend or family member. $115, cbcmerchandise.com
Men’s Cascade Jersey:
Help a friend or family member in your life show their street cred. $70, cbcmercandise.com
Cascade Gift Membership:
The perfect gift for beginner or seasoned bicyclists who want to connect with others, join our Free Group Rides, get member discounts on events and merch, and support Cacade’s programming and advocacy. cascade.org/giftmembership
Seattle-based Rad Power Bikes is a financial supporter of Cascade and has helped popularize electric bikes here and across the country. The RadMission 1 is the brand’s newest, most affordable model. $1,099, radpowerbikes.com
Release 3 Mountain Bike:
Diamondback is a Seattle-area brand whose parent company, Alta Cycling Group, helped Cascade launch maps and bicycling resources for West Seattle residents coping with the West Seattle Bridge closure. The Release 3 29er mountain bike is one of their only models in stock due to the bike boom of 2020. Purchase it through Cascade’s member portal to get your Cascade discount. $3,550, diamondback.com
Zeitgeist Saddle or Handlebar Bag:
Made by Seattle’s Swift Industries, this bag is ideal for bike commuters and cycle tourists. Cascade members get 20% off items from Swift by using the code in Cascade’s Member Benefits portal. $195 before member discount. builtbyswift.com
Show your loved one that you love their butt. The tension-able rubber top on this weatherproof and lightweight saddle is a first for the cycling industry. Members get 20% off. $125 before discount. selleanatomica.com
Ride With GPS App:
The perfect gift for bicyclists who participate in Cascade tours, Ride with GPS offers maps, turn-by-turn navigation and the ability to download and share rides on a smartphone. Members get 20% off their Premium ($80 annually) and Basic ($50) plans. ridewithgps.com
Burley Flatbed Trailer:
This trailer is one more reason to volunteer to deliver food by bicycle for the Seattle Pedaling Relief Project: our food bank delivery volunteers get 20% off the purchase of their own Burley Flatbed, which turns any bike into a cargo bike. SPRP volunteers can email Maxwell Burton to get their discount code, which is applicable to all Burley products. $250 before discount. Burley.com
Give the Gift of a Donation
Prefer to make a donation in the name of a loved one? Here are some organizations we support:
Outdoors for All is a partner organization ensuring people with disabilities can enjoy the outdoors.
Real Rent Duwamish asks people who live and work in Seattle, on the unceded territory of the Duwamish peoples, to make rent payments to the Duwamish Tribe.
Peace Peloton is a group bike ride and movement that supports economic reform for Black people.
Transportation Choices Coalition works to ensure people can get around by bike, on foot, by train, or by bus.
Got Green is a climate justice organization advocating for economic, social, and environmental reform led by people of color.
Support the food banks that have partnered with Seattle Pedaling Relief Project:
Support Cascade and WA Bikes
Share the joy of bicycling with friends and family through a Cascade Gift Membership -- enabling discounts on bike gear, early sign up to Cascade rides, and powering our advocacy, education, and events programs as part of our 10,000-strong membership.
Washington Bikes advocates for funding for biking and walking in Olympia and builds statewide power for bike advocacy.
Happy holidays and happy riding!