Haven't you started your Christmas shopping yet! Christmas is fast approaching, but you don't need us to tell you that. Here's a roundup of gifts for the cyclist in your life that won't break the bank.
For the cyclist that can’t start a bicycle ride without first drinking an espresso, these are possibly the coolest cycling-themed espresso cups we’ve yet seen. They come in a choice of iconic professional cycling team designs, including Faema, made famous by the legendary Eddy Merckx. Other designs are available.
Toiletries are a perennial favourite for Christmas gifts but here’s one with a cycle theme: Rapha’s hand cut soap which is made from a “blend of aromatic natural oils” and can also be used for washing your Rapha leather gloves.
The history of the cycle racing jersey is a colourful and interesting one and 200 of the best and worst are curated in this lovely book from Prendas founder Andy Storey.
Show your appreciation for the world’s greatest sporting event with these Podium Pants from Look Mum No Hands.
Nothing on the box on Christmas Day? How about cracking open the Cordee Bike Trumps with 36 bikes from the Chopper to the Specialized Venge.
Everyone needs this iconic Park Tool Pizza slicer in their life, right? (Unless they've already got it - ed).
There are millions of cycling caps to choose from. We’ve picked this stylish number from London-based Huez* because it’s a really nice design and it’s a limited edition run, so rarity is guaranteed.
Bike cleaning products will also make good gifts - who doesn’t like cleaning their bike! This Muc-Off has everything you need to clean, degrease and polish your bike.
The Dirty Weekend cleaning kit from Secret Training would make a really good gift for the cyclist that likes to go off racing or sportive riding at weekends. It’s has all the essentials a cyclist needs for a post-race wash, including a microfibre cloth, hand sanitiser, hygiene wipes and a bottle of post-race wash.
No cyclist should embark on a ride without a decent multi-tool that can get them out of any roadside mechanical situation, and this elegant Crank Brothers Multi 17 tool is well armed for just about any breakdown you might suffer. It’s made from aluminium so is light and durable, has loads of Allen tools, a T-25 Torx, two screwdrivers and a chain tool as well.
Chapeau! Chamois Cream £11.99
Gift the gift of chamois cream this Christmas, with the Chapeau! Chamois Cream. It’s available in original and minty fresh, and both are about as good as it gets for keeping your undercarriage comfortable when out on a long winter bicycle ride.
Simon Warren’s series of 100 Climbs books have been hugely popular over the years, well unless you really dislike climbing in which case you’ve probably avoided them. This Tour de France themed issue is one not to avoid though, and if you’re planning a trip to watch the race in the mountains next summer (and you really should, it’s a lot of fun) this book is a good place to start for scouting out some must-ride climbs.
Merino Wool Buff £25
Buffs are hugely versatile pieces of clothing, good on the bike as well as off it for a spot of hill walking, and the wool ones, made from 100% merino wool, are the softest and warmest of their range. They’re available in a huge array of colours, really you’re spoilt for choice here.
Treat your bike to these ever so smart stainless steel bottle cages from Arundel (and make sure you buy two so you have the matching set) that are absolutely bombproof and will last a lifetime, and they’ll never ever let your bottles pop out even on the roughest roads. They look best on a steel or titanium frame, but don’t look too out of place on a carbon bike either, and the weight is hardly an issue at 52g.
No, it’s not a door wedge, it’s a nifty way of tensioning the chain on a singlespeed or fixed wheel bike. Simply loosen the rear axle nuts, insert the Chain Genie into the space between the rear wheel and seat tube and the wedge will set the optimum chain tension. Then just tighten the bolts and you're done It’s made from American Black Walnut and finished in olive oil in West Yorkshire.
And lastly, how about this fetching Christmas themed bobble hat from Condor Cycles?
Still stuck for a present idea? See the rest of our Christmas gift guides here.
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David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.