We round up some great cycling themed gifts for your loved ones this Christmas
Perhaps you have found your way here it’s because there’s a cyclist in your life and you’re having to go through the ordeal of finding cycling Christmas gifts.
You know they like cycling. It seems to be the only thing they ever talk about, and the only actual interest they have. But as soon as you type ‘cycling Christmas gifts’ into Google, you realise just how much stuff there is out there.
How do you tell the gems from the junk? What are they going to find useful, and what’s going to end up unloved in a draw? What is the killer cycling Christmas gift that is going to make you look like a present hunting superstar?
The other option is that you’ve snuck in here to find something nice to buy yourself. If that is the case, perhaps forward this onto your loved ones to give them a gentle nudge in the right direction. Otherwise, if you are the sort of person who ends up with two of everything because you buy yourself last minute Christmas gifts, then you only have yourself to blame.
Here’s a few Christmas gift ideas to get you started…
Just like you can never have to many shoes, you can never have enough cycling jerseys right? There are so many to choose from that it’s almost impossible but to help you along, here’s a couple of choices for men and women.
Chapeau Club Jersey: Chapeau are best know for their retro / classic designs but at just £69.99 their more technical ‘club jersey’ range stands up well in gear tests against some considerably more expensive ones.
We also love the Specialized Therminal Mountain MTB Jersey. It’s pretty handy as will take you all the way from autumn through to spring and we love the hoodie design too as it will look just a cool after your ride without loosing the technical performance needed on the ride. RRP £70 but we’ve found it cheaper on a few sites if you do a quick Google search.
Chapeau have won our hearts again with their bold prints on their women’s jerseys. You can pick up all these jerseys for under £70 and a couple are on a decent end of season sale so you can snap them up at the bargain price of £44.99.
For those mountain biking ladies out there – how about one of these Roost Downhill Jerseys from Flare which is definitely going to set you apart on those trails and a steal at just £50.
Small Gifts and Stocking Fillers
Jerseys and jackets might make a great gift for a special person, but pretty much all cycle clothing is going to cost you a few quid. What if you are after a stocking filler, secret Santa present, or you’re just trying to keep it simple?
You can’t go far wrong with a stylish pair of socks – these days cycling socks are a real statement and say as much about your style as your jersey. There’ something for the adventurous, such as this jazzy pair from Primal
Or this more traditional pair from Rapha at £20.
Or some arm warmers are always a great gift and these days they can come in some brilliant colours. We love some of the prints at Svelte
If you’re after a more practical gift, we are loving the new version of this Leyzne hand pump. This will pop up to 24.1 bar into your tyres on the road/trail side and the digital shock drive has a gauge so you can tell the pressure as you pump – pretty neat for such a compact pump.
Here’s a little inspiration of some smaller gifts ranging from £12 – £35 from the helpful folk at Not On The Highstreet
We’re pretty lucky these days and there are a range of tools that we can use to help us reach our goals. One of the biggest games changers of late has to be Zwift which allows you to ride socially and competitively indoors. This is especially useful in winter when daylight hours are short and the weather outdoors can be temperamental at best. A subscription to Zwift would make a great Christmas gift for any cyclist at starts at just £8 a month.
If you’re looking to take your indoor training seriously then a smart trainer such one from Wahoo Fitness is the ultimate Zwift companion. They don’t come cheap so you’ll need to be buying for someone special with prices starting at £499.99.
For the Commuter
When most of us start commuting by bike to work, we pack our laptop and change of clothes into a rucksack and head off out the door. Pretty quickly we start to realise that while a rucksack works, its far from comfortable, and riding a road bike with a big weight on our backs can be perilous at best. So, we progress onto the pannier bag. The temptation when buying a commuter bag for yourself is to look for the utilitarian option. It’s there to do a job, not look nice. But your spouse/sister/uncle deserves to arrive at work in style.
There is no shortage of options out there that have a bit more going for them than square bag which hangs off bike. We happen to quite like this one here from Linus priced at £59.
Another winner for commuters on and off the bikes, especially for those who build exercise around their working day, is the CityBrix from Kitbrix. It’s just about to finish a round of crowdfunding however we’re sure these fab bags will be available to buy online before too long. It’s seriously handy with loads of separate compartments for your clean and smelly kit, laptop, bank cards and essentials etc.
Or, how about giving something back?
If you feel like giving something back instead, how about a charity donation? We’ve been supporting the charity World Bicycle Relief for a while now and are huge fans of the fantastic work they do helping to mobilise school girls across Africa. For £95 you can buy a life changing Buffalo Bicycle or £35 could buy a mechanics toolkit.