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Best Christmas gifts for cyclists under £200 — special presents for your special cyclist

If your cycling present budget runs up to £200 you’ve got a lot of present buying options, so here’s our pick of the best for a whole range of different cyclists and cycling situations (lots for well under £200 too)

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The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to celebrate the cyclist in your life than with a thoughtful and practical gift? We've curated a list of the best Christmas presents for cyclists and the best part? Each one comes with a price tag under £200. From stylish gear to safety essentials, these gifts are sure to pedal their way into the hearts of your favourite riders.


Admittedly, if your budget extends to £200, the world is really your oyster because bar buying your cyclist buddy a new road bike, or a new set of aero wheels, you can get a lot for this amount of money. 

If your budget is smaller, don't worry - we've also compiled a list of under £50 gifts for cyclists and if the sky is the limit to your budget, we've also compiled the money-no-object gifts for cyclists

All that said, the below products are only some of the items that might bring joy to a cyclist on Christmas day. And remember, you don't need to buy anything at Christmas. Many cyclists have too many things as it stands, and a better gift could be taking them on a lovely Christmas bike ride and buying them a coffee and a big slice of cake. 

Best gifts under £200 for cyclists

Swrve 4-way stretch indigo Cordura slim fit jeans

Swrve 4-way stretch indigo Cordura slim fit jeans

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Best gift for commuter cyclist
Buy now for £90 from
Very comfortable
Work extremely well off the bike
Better than standard jeans on the bike
Reflectives show if you turn up the ends
Expensive against 'ordinary' jeans
Sizing is quite critical

Comfortable and hard-wearing, these jeans might pass as just another pair of denim but they actually have subtle cycling tweaks that enhance their bike performance. The 4-way stretch Cordura denim ensures easy movement, and a unique diamond-shaped panel in the crotch eliminates a central seam, and there are reflective details on the cuffs. Well-placed belt loops offer secure support, and the slim fit around the ankles avoids chain interference. With a slightly higher back and lower front, these jeans provide a tailored fit for cyclists - making them a great gift for your beloved casual commuter. 

MAAP Women’s Blurred Out Pro Hex LS Jersey 2.0

MAAP Women’s Blurred Out Pro Hex LS Jersey 2.0

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Best gift for the stylish cyclist in your life
Buy now for £105 from Sigma Sports
Great for a variety of conditions
Recycled materials
Looks good
Sizes up small
Tight sleeves

This MAAP jersey combines style and speed in a lightweight, high-quality design. This stylish jersey is great for warm weather and layering on cooler days, stands out with recycled materials and a unique graphic design. The Pro-Fit and compressive sleeves offer a sleek fit, while the breathable fabric ensures comfort in varying conditions. Though on the pricey side, the jersey's sustainability, performance, and stylish look make it a great gift for that special female cyclist in your life. 

Apidura City Messenger

Apidura City Messenger

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Best messenger bag
Buy now for £108 from Sigma Sports
Great waterproofing
Comfortable while riding
Ability to swap sides for carrying
Shame no bigger sizes available

The Apidura City Messenger bag is an excellent gift for urban cyclists. Crafted with precision from waterproof CT420 Marle material, it offers durability and protection for daily city life, prioritising comfort with a padded and adjustable shoulder strap, and an ambidextrous design. Its got well-thought-out compartments, including a laptop sleeve and mesh pockets, adding practicality to the style. For a cyclist seeking a high-quality, adjustable, and waterproof messenger bag, the Apidura City Messenger is a top-tier choice.

Vaude Aqua Back Light panniers

Vaude Aqua Back Light panniers

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Best gift for commuting cyclist who hates a sweaty back
Buy now for £112 from Spa Cycles
Extremely light
Waterproof
Highly adjustability without tools
Great eco credentials and short supply chain
Moderate 5kg capacity
The closure system works best when full

We praised the Vaude Aqua Back Light Panniers for their exceptional lightweight design, robust waterproofing, and eco-friendly features. Weighing only 1,220g, these panniers boast a PVC-free construction and climate-neutral manufacturing, while the quick-adjustment system and compatibility with various racks mean they're likely gonna suit most bikes. While their 5kg capacity might limit heavy packers, these panniers shine on touring adventures. With Vaude's dedication to reducing environmental impact the Aqua Back Light Panniers are a quality and responsible Christmas gift choice for cyclists.

Santini Prime Bib Tights

Santini Prime Bib Tights

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Best gift for the cyclist who's always cold
Buy now for £150 from Santini
Warm
Great pad
Excellent long-distance comfort

Does your favourite cyclist love cycling in the winter? Then these Santini Prime Bib Tights are an excellent Christmas gift choice for them. Crafted from Sitip's Blizzard thermofleece fabric, they strike an ideal thermal balance, providing comfort in temperatures as low as freezing point. The GITevo chamois ensures long-distance comfort, while the relaxed fit, and wide size range spanning eight sizes, cater to a wide range of cyclists. 

Smith Dispatch Helmet

Smith Dispatch Helmet

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Best gift if you want to give safety
Buy now for £159.99 from Smith
Good looking
Enhanced protection
Rear LED
Magnetic buckle
Expensive

The Smith Dispatch Helmet is a commuting companion that doesn't mess around when it comes to safety and style. We awarded it with a solid 9/10 in our review, and concluded that this commuter helmet isn't just good-looking; it's loaded with features like Mips and Koroyd for top-notch protection. It weighs 357g, which not be the lightest, but boasts a rear LED and magnetic buckle adding a touch of practicality. You can't really put a price on the peace of mind this helmet offers during busy rides, which makes it a great cyclist Christmas gift.

SKS Infinity Universal MIK Luggage Rack

SKS Infinity Universal MIK Luggage Rack

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Best gift for someone wanting to upgrade their commuting setup
Buy now for £99 from Cyclestore
Easy to attach
Carries any panniers
Secure and quiet when mounted
Not meant for carbon frames

If the cyclist in your life seems to constantly struggle with carrying their things on the bike, the SKS Infinity Universal MIK Luggage Rack is a belter of a gift for them - ideally with a pair of pannier bags. Even if you don't know whether your cyclist friend's bike has mounts for a rack, this is a universal rack that fits almost any frame (not recommended for carbon, though) and securely carries bags. The rack weighs only 975g rack performs quietly and flawlessly, making it a trustworthy companion for commutes and bikepacking adventures alike.

OneOdio OpenRock S Open-Ear Air Conduction Sport Earbuds

OneOdio OpenRock S Open-Ear Air Conduction Sport Earbuds

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Best gift for a cyclist who loves some tunes
Buy now for £89.99 from Amazon UK
Comfortable
Good quality sound
Excellent battery life
Touch controls are fiddly
Case is pretty big

Bone conduction headphone options are pretty abundant out there, but for cycling, we found that these OneOdio OpenRock S Open-Ear Air Conduction Sport Earbuds, are great. They offer quality sound without compromising awareness of the surroundings, and offer an exceptional battery life of 60 hours, with 19 hours from the earphones themselves and quick top-ups providing an hour of play. The touch controls may be a bit fiddly, and the case is relatively large, but the comfort, sound quality, and effective noise cancellation make them stand out in their price category. We also found that they remain comfy with a helmet on! If you know the cyclist you're buying a gift for enjoys a podcast or some motivating tunes on their cycles, then these are a great option. 

Craft Cadence Cycling Backpack Roll Top Waterproof

Craft Cadence Cycling Backpack Roll Top Waterproof

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Best gift for cyclists who often commutes in rain
Buy now for £89.99 from Craft Cadence
Well organised interior
Very roomy
Great weatherproofing
No padding on waist strap

The Craft Cadence Cycling Backpack Roll Top Waterproof is a well-constructed and capacious solution for cyclists in need of a reliable and weatherproof backpack. The 30-litre bag boasts robust 600D polyester construction with welded seams, ensuring it's waterproof even in the grim UK conditions. The roll-top closure, adjustable straps, and padded shoulder straps contribute to its comfort and there are great internal, removable and washable yellow inserts.

While the lack of padding on the waist straps is a minor drawback, the overall quality, durability, and waterproofness of this backpack make it a great gift choice for commuters and cyclists looking to carry... well a lot of things with them! 

Poc Omne Lite

Poc Omne Lite

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Buy now for £93.5 from Chain Reaction Cycles
Lightweight, airy feel
Fit
Top notch ventilation
Can be run or charged from external battery pack
Beefy construction
Clever quick-release mount
Price – especially considering it's non-Mips

If you want your cyclist friend to unwrap the perfect cycling companion this Christmas, that might be this Poc Omne Lite helmet. it's a sleek and lightweight lid that combines comfort, excellent fit (just make sure to check the gift recipient's head size first!) and airy design. Although the price tag of £170 might seem like a festive splurge, the Omne Lite delivers lots of safety and you can't put a price on that - and with the minimalistic design, you can be quite sure this gift will be well received.

Zefal Z Adventure R11

Zefal Z Adventure R11

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Best gift for the bikepacking cyclist
Buy now for £42.49 from Halfords
Durable
Waterproof
Easy to mount
Can be run or charged from external battery pack
Beefy construction
Clever quick-release mount
No side pockets

Does your fellow cyclist regularly disappear on day-long adventures on their bike? Then they will for sure need some good bikepacking equipment...The Zefal Z Adventure R11 is a large saddle bag designed for the intrepid cyclist, boasting hardwearing durability and waterproofness, ensuring the gear stays protected in any terrain. It's easy to mount and stable on the road, and its impressive 11-litre volume provides ample space for overnight essentials. This makes a perfect gift for the thrill-seeking cyclist this holiday season.

Silca Terra Floor Pump

Silca Terra Floor Pump

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Best gift for the cyclist who kind of already has it all
Buy now for £153 from Winstanleys Bikes
Durable
A joy to use
Genuinely good for both high volume and high pressure tyres
Can be run or charged from external battery pack
Beefy construction
Clever quick-release mount
Expensive

Something as practical as a track pump doesn't need to be quite as fancy as this Silca one is, but if your cycling friend appreciates engineering and style, then this is an absolutely great Christmas gift for them. It's great for both high-volume and high-pressure tyres and features a sturdy aluminium build, a hand-turned ash handle, and an attractive olive green tri-axis base. The chuck, based on Silca's award-winning Tattico mini pump design, effortlessly works with both Schrader and Presta valves. The heavy-duty 3-inch gauge, with Multi-Scale Gauge technology, ensures pinpoint accuracy, meaning that no matter if your cycling friend rides road, gravel, mountain, or fat bikes, they will always have their tyre pressures perfectly tuned.

Santini Unico Women’s Shorts

Santini Unico Women’s Shorts

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Best gift for any female cyclist
Buy now for £169 from Santini
Excellent chamois
Exceptional comfort with soft, gripper-less fabric
Minimal stitching so little to irritate
Can be run or charged from external battery pack
Beefy construction
Clever quick-release mount
Design makes mid-ride toilet stops challenging
Limited reflective detail

For any cycling woman in your life, the Santini Unico Women's Shorts are a great Christmas gift option. These bib shorts are crafted for distance cycling, they feature Santini's premium C3W chamois and soft Italian microfibre fabric, ensuring a second-skin feel. The thermo-welded seams eliminate chafing, and the raw-cut leg ends offer a secure, gripper-less fit and no sausage legs. There are various sizes available (XXS-4XL) and at £169, these shorts provide great value for cyclists who love long-distance rides. 

DK Sonic Ultrasonic Cleaner - 6 litre

DK Sonic Ultrasonic Cleaner - 6 litre

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Best gift for cyclists who struggles to clean their bike
Buy now for £169.99 from Amazon UK
Saves a huge amount of time on cleaning
Gets components cleaner than you ever could by hand
Quick and easy to use
Can be run or charged from external battery pack
Beefy construction
Clever quick-release mount
More expensive than normal cleaning solutions
Can't be used for anything with bearings

Sick of your beloved cyclist scrubbing their mucky bike parts in your kitchen sink? Get them this ultrasonic cleaner and you'll likely never have to suffer from those black oily stains all over the bathroom again. This DK Sonic Ultrasonic Cleaner swiftly eliminates any stubborn dirt, grease, and oil from bike components in a way that kind of seems magical - with the power of ultrasonic waves. It is perfect for cleaning drivetrain parts, providing superior results compared to any manual scrubbing methods and although the price tag is on the higher side, this is a gift that will literally keep giving, as a clean drivetrain means less money spent on maintenance. 

 

Topeak Feza Cage Tubular Carbon R10

Topeak Feza Cage Tubular Carbon R10

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Best gift for cyclists who loves to shave off grams
Buy now for £53.99 from Westbrook Cycles
Good-looking minimalist cage
Very, very light
Great bottle hold
Can be run or charged from external battery pack
Beefy construction
Clever quick-release mount
Premium price
Takes a little more force to remove bottles

Bottle cages come in all sorts of shapes and weights, and if you want to gift something super lightweight, the Topeak Feza Cage Tubular Carbon R10 is a great combination of minimal weight, secure bottle hold, and sleek design. Weighing a mere 12g, it stands out as the lightest cage we've tested on road.cc, and the cage's minimalist, retro appearance adds to its aesthetic appeal. While the premium price tag of £60 may deter some, this is a great weight-weenie gift. 

Exposure Link+ Mk3 Front and Rear Combo with DayBright

Exposure Link+ Mk3 Front and Rear Combo with DayBright

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Best two-in-one light gift for any cyclist
Buy now for £90 from Tredz
360 degree visibility
Powerful front light
High-quality construction
Can be run or charged from external battery pack
Beefy construction
Clever quick-release mount
Not cheap

This Exposure front and rear light combo earned a spot in road.cc's recommended products for its great performance. This light is helmet-mounted and offers a powerful front light with 450 lumens and a rear light with 50 lumens, providing 360-degree visibility. The high-quality construction, reliability, and versatile functionality make it an excellent choice for urban commuting on busy roads. And with the two-in-one construction, you're bound to not forget one light at home! 

SKS Airspy SV

SKS Airspy SV

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Best gift for the ultimate cycling tech nerd
Buy now for £69 from r2-bike
Real-time tyre pressure data
Warnings if your tyre pressure drops
Can be run or charged from external battery pack
Beefy construction
Clever quick-release mount
Occasional failure to connect
Instructions could be more comprehensive

The SKS Airspy SV makes a bit of a nerdy gift, but if your gift recipient is a geek when it comes to numbers, this is the ultimate cyclist's dream gadget. It offers real-time tyre pressure monitoring through electronic sensors on valves, paired with phones or Garmin devices. It's easy to install, and perfect for puncture detection, inflation reminders, and tyre pressure experimentation. All this makes it a thoughtful and practical gift for those tyre and performance-obsessed cyclists.

 

Outbound Lighting Detour Bike Light

Outbound Lighting Detour Bike Light

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Best gift for a cyclist who cycles in the dark a lot
Buy now for £150 from Outbound Lighting
Very flat beam shape
Fast USB-C charging
Long run-times
Can be run or charged from external battery pack
Beefy construction
Clever quick-release mount
Tricky angle adjustment
Costly shipping from US

This front light boasts a uniquely shaped beam which minimises dazzle for oncoming riders, coupled with fast USB-C charging and extended run times. Its robust construction, quick-release mount, and versatile modes make it ideal for road and gravel cycling. These features make it an excellent Christmas gift choice for night riders.

Let us know in the comments what are your £200 cycling christmas gift ideas!

Suvi joined F-At in 2022, first writing for off-road.cc. She's since joined the tech hub, and contributes to all of the sites covering tech news, features, reviews and women's cycling content. Lover of long-distance cycling, Suvi is easily convinced to join any rides and events that cover over 100km, and ideally, plenty of cake and coffee stops. 

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Tom_77 | 2 months ago
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I've made the Nice List this year and Santa* is bringing me a Beeline Sat Nav.

 

* or possibly my wife

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Geoff Ingram | 2 months ago
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Most encouraging that the final 8 or so items, bottle cages, bags, helmets, tights etc. can all be run and charged from an external battery pack.