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Buying a Christmas gift for a cyclist can be tricky – especially when they seem to have one of everything that could possibly go on a bike or rider. However, there’s always something new and exciting on the market – and at Cycling Weekly we’ve been watching the goodies roll in all year.
We’ve trawled through the virtual gift stalls to bring you a definitive list of the very best of bike related Christmas presents, from stocking fillers to the high ticket items guaranteed to light up their faces brighter than that 1000 lumen USB rechargeable device you got them last year.
We’ve started with the little things, and worked up to the biggest gifts – to be reserved for riders who have been very, very good throughout 2018. Of course, it’s still November – and we’ll keep adding more items right up until Christmas eve (not that any of you out there will be last minute shopping).
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Cycling inspired Christmas greetings cards
Presentation matters – so pair your gift with a card that harks back to the recipients favourite pastime.
Evans Cycles has a range of Christmas cards designed just for cyclists – and they come in at only 99p each. The inside is blank, so you can wax lyrical if you want to.
Photo frames, jewellery, cufflinks, china cups and more…
The UK based Target Velo brand is a haven of delight for anyone looking to treat the cyclist in their life.
Jewellery, cufflinks, mugs and photo frames are nestled among the online shelves.
Many items are handmade in Surrey, with items starting from a pocket friendly £15 and going right up to £90 and more for the larger more exquisite makes.
Recycle and Bicycle Recycled Bike Chain Cufflinks – £16
Who says you have to be wasteful at Christmas?
These cufflinks are made from reclaimed chain links – they’ve been cleaned (you’d hope so too!) and polished, and come presented in a recycled cardboard box.
Ritch Mitch prints
Not everyone can be King or Queen of the mountains – but your local cafe stop is fair game.
These are just two examples of the work of Richard Mitchelson – or “Rich Mich, fuelled by tea.” The artist produces a range of cool prints, and even takes portrait commissions.
You can pick up an A3 print £35, or go all out and commission a portrait for £199.
Muc off Wash, Protect and Lube kit – £15
A bike will look after its rider as long as the treatment is reciprocal. A kit like this one from Muc Off provides the lucky rider with everything needed to keep the bike in tip top condition (you can always supply it with a link to this video about how to clean your bike in just seven minutes).
Cycles t-shirt with reflective print – £24
All cyclists need clothes to wear off the bike, and this t-shirt comes with reflective bicycles so no one will be in any doubt as to the wearers favoured hobby, even in the dark.
The garments are designed in Devon, and ethically produced from 100% cotton which is durable, and soft.
Target Velo build-your-own-bike – £24.75
The figurines come with moving wheels, cranks and chains – even the brake levers work and squeeze the calipers closed. Road and mountain bike kits start at £24.75 – see them here.
Personalised Tour De Sofa Cushion – £27.95
It’s fair to assume that most of our readers will be watching the Tour de France, as opposed to racing in it… and you can have this comfy sofa cushion personalised with their name on.
The description says it’ll make a great “gift for any bike mad dad” – but we’re pretty sure it will suit a bike mad mum, sister, brother, etc too…
Granite Rock n Roll toolkit – £29.99
There’s nothing worse than working with insufficient tools, and the Granite Rock’n’Roll tool case ensures that no cyclist ever has to.
The 136g package measures just 130x50mm – but it includes a mini ratchet tool, extension rod, and 9-bit kit. The toolbits are CNC-cut for precision and made from premium quality S2 alloy steel to ensure precision engagement.
Included are 7 Hex bits, a Star bit (T25), and Philips bit (PH2). Style is important, of course, and the roll case is available in black, or camo green.
The Tour According to G: My Journey to the Yellow Jersey – from £8.50
Read all about Geraint Thomas’ journey to being the first Welsh winner of the Tour de France.
This is the inside story on the historic win of the world’s biggest race.
Queens of Pain: legends and rebels of cycling – £25
Written by Isabel Best and published by ‘Rapha Editions’, the Queens of Pain documents the stories of some of cycling’s most incredible riders. Many of their jaw dropping stories have gone largely untold, and would have continued to do so, had Best not trawled through journals, magazine and newspaper clippings and journeyed out to speak to relatives.
Each rider’s story is short, succinct, and absolutely awe inspiring – in a way that will have any women’s cycling fan turning the pages until the bath water has gone stone cold (a comment which comes from personal experience).
Velofocus ‘Road Book 2018’
Velofocus – a collaboration between photographers Balint Hamvas and Sean Robinson – follow the women’s pro peloton all year, every year. ‘The Road Book 2018’ celebrates the season gone by, with stunning images from every UCI Women’s WorldTour race, the World Championships and more.
This edition is 240 page hardcover, with 200 of the duo’s favourite snaps.
The Road Book, edited by Ned Boulting – £50
In a first for cycling, ‘The Road Book’ is a review of 2018, in cycling – with special attention paid to the three Grand Tours.
There’s original reports as well as pages of statistics, so cyclists can relive every World Tour and Women’s World Tour event.
Edited by commentator Ned Boulting, you’ll find stories by renowned pro peloton hacks as well as the rider’s themselves – including Philippa York on Geraint Thomas’ Cinderella Story as well as Marianne Vos and Helen Pidd on Vos’ spectacular return to winning ways.
Gore Wear M Windstopper gloves – £42.99
No rider likes cold hands – and a good pair of winter cycling gloves is absolutely essential.
There’s a wide range of glove options out there, but we love the windstopper finger warmers from Gore.
They’re made from a water repellent fabric, have silicone grippers at the thumbs, forefingers and palms, and have been optimised for use with screen – so there’s no excuse for not replying to your message when out on a ride!
Brompton Tool Kit – £55
At £55, the Brompton toolkit contains everything riders need to fix punctures, make repairs and adjustments. It fits just inside the front frame tube, too – provided the bike in question is a post 2004 model.
Continental Grand Prix 5000 tyres – £60 each (clincher)
Show your cycling buddy that you’re well up on the newsest trends with a brand new set of Continental GP 5000 tyres.
The tyres are hot off the mould – and replace the GP 4000, which was around for 14 whole years. It’s an all rounder of a tyre – designed to be used across commuting, club runs right through to racing, all year.
The newest version has improved puncture protection, better grip and rolling resistance. It’s available as a clincher or tubeless. Though tubeless tyres are excellent, most riders are running clinchers, so if you’re unsure that’s the safest bet.
Garmin Edge 520 cycling computer – £149.99 at Amazon
Read more: Garmin Edge 520 review
Cycling computers come and go – there are many options out there for recording ride stats like distance, elevation, speed and more. However, the Garmin Edge 520 is a long standing favourite that will go down well with any rider who wants the basic ride metrics, without too much concern for navigational assistance.
Wahoo Elemnt Bolt – £199
A neat, compact cycling computer that is designed to be more aerodynamic than those from other leading brands. A direct competitor to the Garmin 520, the display is good and it’s easy to use – though does require a smartphone for set up.
There’s currently a fetching run of red and yellow limited edition computers on the market, too. See our Wahoo Elemnt Bolt review here.
Castelli Alpha ROS jacket, men’s and women’s – £275/£260
Read more: Castelli Alpha ROS jacket review
There’s so many great winter cycling jackets we could include here. However, Castelli does winter kit exceptionally well and the Alpha ROS (Rain or Shine) is an excellent piece if kit.
Available in men’s and women’s fit, this garment has a double zip, seperating the wind and water resistant protection from the insulating layer beneath. It’s constructed from a lightweight Gore Windstopper 150 fabric which is breathable whilst still dealing with the elements.
The raw-edge waist and cuffs sit flat against the rider and there’s plenty of stretch and flexibility for a great fit.
Wahoo Kickr smart turbo trainer – £999
Read the full review: Wahoo Kickr smart turbo trainer
The newest iteration has had some minor adjustments, including improved ergonomics so that the weighty unit (the flywheel alone is 7.25kg) is easier to maneuver. The combined weight of 22kg may be hefty, but it does mean you can really sprint on it.
The ride feel is lifelike, max power output is 2,200w (if your giftee is putting that out, get them an agent), and the trainer can mimic inclines of 20 per cent.
Crankalicious – £25
The Classics Gift Box, £25, packages seven 100ml bottles of cycle care products in a beautiful foil-embossed box. All products are handmade in the UK and include everything a cyclist needs to clean, improve, and protect any type of bike. Also available for the experienced bike cleaner is the Special Stages Gift Box at £35, which contains seven 100ml bottles of the more specialist products in the range.
Big Bobble Hats
Treat yourself to a warm, cosy Big Bobble Hat this winter, perfect for after a chilly bike ride. As Official Supplier of the 2019 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Bogense, Denmark and an official UCI Supporter we are offering a 10 per cent discount on our fabulous range including the only official UCI Big Bobble Hat. Use the code CWXMAS18 at the checkout to claim your discount. Be Bold, be Bright, be Seen this winter with a Big Bobble Hat!
Splashmaps – from £7
Weatherproof fabric maps are the unique MTB Christmas gift. Put their place at the centre (anywhere, world-wide!), their title on the map and pick the ideal format for their adventure. Perfect trail finders, award winning SplashMaps are tough and don’t need signal, batteries or folding skills. Starting at just £7, upgrades include versatile headwear ‘Toobs’ and supersized route-planning shower curtains!
Velochampion World Cup Bike Kit Holdall – £24.95
The Velochampion Kit Holdall was the result of extensive research into Race Cyclists’ needs. Their sponsored pro teams gave us their wish list and we set about designing the ultimate product. The result is a unique product that provides all the features you’d wish for in a kit bag. It keeps all your gear in separate compartments and above all it looks great.
Cyclemiles – £12.95
This lovely hand-crafted photo frame in the shape of a bicycle, makes a lovely Christmas present for any cyclist and is the perfect way to show off those great cycling moments. The bicycle photo frame measures 28cm x 14cm x 2cm and has two spaces for 9cm diameter photographs. Alternatively, choose from over 4,000 other cycling gifts, Christmas cards and Christmas decorations at CycleMiles.
The Satmap Active 20 GPS unit has a unique ‘DualControl’ touchscreen and buttons that can be operated with one hand. There’s a large, bright 3.5in hi-res HVGA screen for crystal clear mapping and a huge capacity for the full range of OS GB maps (1:10k,1:25k,1:50k) or 450 other global maps, with super-fast software. Accuracy is superb, with GPS/GLONASS/Galileo/EGNOS enhancing outdoor safety. There’s a 3-axis electronic-compass and full Wi-Fi connectivity. High-capacity rechargeable LiPol/AA batteries run for 16 hours and there’s a quadlock bike and vehicle mounting system. Very rugged (IP68/ IK07), with 2.5mm extra-tough Gorilla-Glass screen. 100% UK conceived, designed and manufactured. The ideal all-round Sports GPS.
Ravemen – £59.99
Featuring DuaLens anti-glare optical design, RAVEMEN CR700 is the ideal commuting headlight. With max 700 lumens, the beam is especially designed for road biking with broad flood light and no dazzle for oncoming riders and pedestrians. It also comes with two side lights and day-time flash mode to increase your night and day riding safety. What’s more, you could extend the runtime by connecting with an external power source for long distance riding. The light is compact and solidly built with an aluminium body and IPX6 water resistance.
Eyepod – from £89
Treat yourself to the ultimate in cycling-specific prescription eyewear with a range of frames and inserts including polarising, yellow contrast, mirrored revo, aqua night vision and clear lenses. Includes cleaning cloth, sports band, hard and soft cases. To purchase call: 0844 456 20 20. Prescription lenses: SingleVision: £89; Bifocal: £119; Varifocal: £169.
Known for colourful, printed helmets Nutcase provides an expanded line of eye-catching helmets as well as bicycle bells. Nutcase allows kids of all ages to coordinate their style. The winning combo for a Christmas gift! All Nutcase helmets come with thoughtful features including 360° reflectivity, Nutcase’s signature Fidlock™ magnetic buckle, removable spin dial fit system, a removable visor and three sets of pads for a customised fit.
Cycliq Fly 6 – £169.99
Cycliq’s new Fly6 CE integrated bike camera and safety light has been re-engineered with higher resolution video recording, a brighter light and a new quick-release mounting solution. Its 100-lumen light has three brightness settings and three light modes, you can record and view hi-def footage on PC or Mac and access the features using the Cycliq Plus smartphone app.
Useeme Wristband Indicators – £60
Useeme turns your hands into ashing indicator lights. Just raise your arm to indicate turning, smart sensors will recognise hand signals and automatically light up the whole wristband with ashing orange LEDs — a signal recognised by all drivers. USB rechargeable, rainproof, and visible from all directions, this new safety gadget will protect the bike commuter in your life. Comes in two sizes, and costs £60 a pair with free UK shipping.
Frog Bikes -£600
This 26in-wheeled junior mountain bike is suitable for 10-12 year olds with a minimum inside leg measure of 69cm. The Frog MTB 69 features a lightweight but sturdy frame with an oversized handlebar and stem and junior-specific 26in air-sprung suspension fork with lockout and damping control. Easy-to-reach hydraulic brakes are designed for smaller hands and there’s a Shimano rapid-fire nine-speed shift lever and patented Frog cranks for easier pedalling. The MTB 69 also comes with a Kenda MTB tyres and a five-year warranty on the frame. Price: £600; Weight: 11.4kg; Wheel: 26in. Available colours: Metallic Grey and Neon Green OR Metallic Grey and Neon Red.
Ridepac presented by Velopac
Arrive at the coffee stop in style with your phone and valuables organised, safe and dry in a RidePac. Choose MINI for older sub 5in devices including iPhone 5 and 6 or STANDARD for larger devices up to and including i Phone X, 6 plus etc. Proudly British made and available in a range of stylish Spencer Wilson designs or plain colours to ensure you stand out from the cycling crowd!
Be seen and safe on the road. The Lumos Helmet is the world’s first bicycle helmet with integrated front and rear lights, turn indicators, and hard brake lights. With nearly 50 LEDs integrated right onto the helmet, give the gift of safety (and high-tech fun) this Christmas!
PedalSure offers specialist cycling insurance for you and your bike. Why rely on home insurance that often does not cover accidental damage or your bike away from home, or your British Cycling membership, the base level of which only covers the damage you do to others? Pedalsure has comprehensive options for Overseas Use, Air Transit, Competition Use, Personal Accident to £150k, Personal Liability cover to £2m as well as accessories. It even now offers a Triathlon cover option. To find out more and to claim your Cycling Weekly 10% discount call Pedalsure on 0800 888 6747, quoting reference CW10.
The Drivetrain Cleaning Kit is a truly remarkable present. Every cyclist dreams of a clean and efficient drivetrain and this kit provides the answer. It’s quick and easy to use; in fact so easy it becomes part of the everyday washing process. If you want to give a present with real value, this is it. The kit retails at
£14.99 and will clean up to 50 drivetrains.
The RiDE Skincare range is what every cyclist needs to keep their skin in top condition. RiDE Protect
is a water resistant natural mineral sunscreen that protects against the sun, wind and rain.RiDE Recover is a post-sport moisturiser with Organic Aloe Vera and Coconut Oil. It’s perfect to help soothe your skin after a tough RiDE.
With thousands of fans worldwide this innovative tyre tool is the perfect stocking filler. TyreKey makes changing an inner tube a simple affair, even with frozen fingers and the most stubborn of tyres. At £9.99 delivered it’s the perfect present for your favourite cyclist… even if that’s yourself!
Treat your favourite cycling fan to a signed art print from illustrator David Sparshott. From intricately drawn historic cycling jerseys to iconic bikes, find the perfect gift to adorn the walls of their office/living room/man cave. Cycling Weekly readers can enjoy 10% off using the code CWEEKLY10. Prints start at £30 and are sized A3 and A2 ready for framing.
Print out and present gifts
Running out of time? All of these gifts will come with email certification that you can slot into an envelope on the day…
Cycling Weekly subscription – from £49.99 for six months
A Cycling Weekly subscription can provide a rider with news, fitness and training advice as well as insightful features and interviews, every single week. You can set up a six month subscription to the print mag for as little as £58.49, or get an iPad/iPhone subscription for the same time period for £49.99.
You’ll pick up a £5 John Lewis, The White Company or Marks & Spencer e-gift card with your purchase, too.
Check out the Cycling Weekly magazine subscription options here
Strava Summit membership – £47.99 a year
Strava is the cyclist’s social media platform – displaying rides and allowing riders to chase Strava segment success which is rewarded by Kudos from followers.
With Strava’s three part Summit pack, the tool moves from being a ride sharing and evaluation tool to a training aid, with advanced analytics and personalised coaching as well as safety features. You can upgrade your favourite cyclists account to include all three elements of Summit membership for just £47.99 a year.
British Cycling or CyclingUK membership – £22-£75
Memberships to British Cycling or Cycling UK carry a number of benefits for cyclists.
British Cycling Membership
British Cycling membership is available at a number of standards – from ‘Fan’ to ‘Race’.
Race license membership – compulsory for all UK racers – starts at £23 and increases to £76 with liability and legal insurance.
‘Ride membership’ (£39) and ‘Commute membership (£37) get users legal and liability insurance when commuting or riding for leisure and the ‘Fan’ option (£23) unlocks a selection of discounts at major cycling retailers. Check out the options here.
Cycling UK’s Gift Membership
Cycling UK membership starts from £3.88 a month (£46.50 a year) and provides third party liability insurance cover with an indemnity limit of £10m, plus access to group rides, discounts, access to the Cycling UK ‘incident line’ – and you’ll be supporting the organisations missions.
This Christmas, Cycling UK is offering a ‘Secret Santa’ gift membership – choose between a red, blue or green gift card to receive branded cycling goodies worth up to £28. Both the giver and receiver will be entered into a festive prize draw – too.
Find out more and purchase a membership here.
We’ll keep updating this page with new gifts – let us know in the comments if you’re a cyclist who has received a gift you think should be included…