Best Gift for a Student Headed to a Large College
Amazon offers free assembly at participating bike shops, so your student doesn’t have to figure out how to put the bike together. Suitable for a variety of terrain types.
Costs significantly more than a Huffy or whatever your local Walmart and Target has to offer, but it’s totally worth the price. A few owners complain the wheels are wobbly or out of alignment, but professional assembly (which is free) may help prevent these issues.
- Rated #3 in 20 Best High School Graduation Gifts for 2017
Why Your Grad’s Gonna Love It: Let’s be honest: Unless they already own one or they’re super into green living, your high school graduate was probably hoping for a car. However, a bike is wayyyyy cheaper (for both of you) - and more practical, too. Your gift recipient can zoom across campus without battling a long line of sleep-deprived students for a parking spot, and there’s no need to stash some cash in savings for oil changes, engine repairs, or other costly expenses.
This Tommaso Imola Compact Aluminum Road Bike bike rocks because it’s versatile. Your grad can cruise around campus or take it on a hilly road. It has top-notch Shimano Claris STI shifters that help prevent a bumpy ride during terrain switches, and numerous reviewers rave that it’s easy to handle this bike - even if you’re a new cyclist.
Make sure you include a durable lock so this dependable bike doesn’t mysteriously disappear one day. You may also want to include a bike maintenance kit or a gift card to a local bike shop in case an issue arises.
Price: Expect to spend between $550 and $600 for this Imola bike unless you get it on sale. We’ve seen bikes with similar features that cost $1,000 to $2,000, so we think this price is super reasonable.