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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).
With each product is a ‘Buy Now’ link. If you click on this then we may receive a small amount of money from the retailer when you purchase the item. This doesn’t affect the amount you pay.
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.
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…
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).
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 Took 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.
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.
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…