Bicycle Touring Guide reviews the best Black Friday shopping deals for cyclists in 2013. We got the inside scoop on heavily discounted cycling gear in 2013.
As soon as the leftover turkey has hit the fridge and grandpa has passed out in the recliner, the Black Friday madness has begun. Your neighbors will undoubtedly be up before the sun stocking up on flat screens and tablets for the holiday.
Whether you’re buying gifts for an avid cyclist in the family or you are simply looking to get rare deals on the gear you need, Black Friday is perfect for those interested in bike touring if you know where to look.
Here I’ve compiled a list of the best Black Friday deals for cyclists at major retail outlets to help you find exactly what you want at the lowest possible price.
The Best 2013 Black Friday Deals for Cyclists
As you’ll see from my list there are a few truly unbeatable prices that retailers offer on bikes and bike accessories. If there is something you’ve been waiting to buy, Friday might just be the day to do it.
Unlike the hottest electronics, bike gear isn’t the first thing people think of when they start their car at 4:00am the day after Thanksgiving so you don’t need to be first in line. The deals will last all day, so eat your leftovers and take your time! Unless the newest tablet is also on your list. Then you better get the tent ready.
Original Price: $59.99
Black Friday Price: $29.99
Location: Sports Authority
GIRO is one of the most respected brands in bicycle helmets and it is represented by many professional cyclists around the world.
The GIRO Adult Encinal Sport Bike Helmet is available at the Sports Authority on Black Friday for just under $30, half of the normal price. This helmet is great for a cyclist at any level.
With a foam liner and a polycarbonate shell, this helmet is worth every penny of the original price. It also features a removable visor and specially designed vents to keep your head cool.
InSTEP Presto Bicycle Trailer
Original Price: $99.99
Black Friday Price: $89.99
For Black Friday, Target is offering the Presto Bike Trailer from InStep for $10 cheaper than the original price. This trailer is foldable for easy transportation and can hold two children at once.
Furthermore, the bright yellow color makes it highly visible on the road.
Don’t leave your house for this one—the Black Friday price cut is only available online. In fact, you don’t even have to wait until Friday, the offer is available up until the big day.
Men’s, Women’s and Youth Bikes
Original Prices: Between $69 and $99
Black Friday Price: Between $49 and $69
Savings: Up to 30%
I wouldn’t normally recommend buying a bike without careful consideration about the brand and style first, but if you’re in a pinch for a new ride Wal-Mart is offering Black Friday price cuts on bicycles for the whole family.
Especially if you’re trying to get the kids into cycling with you, the Black Friday prices at Wal-Mart will allow you to get a better brand than you normally would at the low price.
For $69 each, Wal-Mart is offering a 24” women’s or a 26” men’s Cranbrook cruiser, and a 24” boys’ or 26” men’s PX Mountain Bike. For $49 each, you can get the 20” boys’ Thruster BMX bike or the 20” Kent Taboo BMX girls’ bike.
SOLE SB700 Spin Bike
Original Price: $1200
Black Friday Price: $799.99
Location: Dick’s Sporting Goods
As the chilly winter approaches, all cyclists should start thinking about their indoor training for the next big tour. At Dick’s, the SOLE Indoor Spin Bike is marked down by $400.
This stationary bike features a chrome flywheel and an LCD screen to track your RPM, speed, distance and kCal. The design is sleek and sophisticated, so even if you don’t have a workout room in your house or apartment the SOLE Spin Bike will tuck away neatly.
Original Prices: $199.99
Black Friday Price: $129.99
Location: Performance Bicycle
Unfortunately, not every state has a Performance Bicycle location. If you’re lucky enough to live near one, the Black Friday deals will be spectacular.
You can get the Spin Doctor Pro G3 Work Stand at a 35% discount on Black Friday. This work stand is perfect for touring cyclists who perform maintenance at home. The stand features a tripod base for stability and a rotating clamp for easy access to any part of the bike.
Performance Bicycle will also have excellent deals on tires, apparel, heart rate monitors, indoor trainers, saddles, bikes and tires.
So, here’s your Black Friday guide broken down:
- GIRO Adult Encinal Sport Bike Helmet – 50% savings at Sports Authority
- InSTEP Presto Bicycle Trailer – 10% savings at Target
- Bikes for the Whole Family – Up to 30% savings at Wal-Mart
- LifeProof 4/4S Case – 25% savings at REI
- SOLE SB700 Spin Bike – 38% savings at Dick’s
- Spin Doctor Pro G3 Work Stand – 35% savings at Performance Bicycle
While you’re out on Black Friday, don’t forget to look for cycling apparel. Stores like Wal-Mart and Target will have deals on sports brands that you can wear while you ride. Sports fleece and shell jackets are perfect for biking as the weather gets colder.
Also, once you’ve hit all the major retailers for the Black Friday discounts, don’t forget to check in with your local bike shops to see if they’re offering any holiday deals.