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Best gifts for cyclists: presents for the cyclist in your life

Joe Robinson
22 Oct 2021

The ultimate gift guide for the cyclist in your life this Christmas from as little as £5

Christmas is just on the horizon – I know, where has this year gone? – and you're stuck with what to get that lycra-lover in your life. What do you do? You've already exhausted Not on the High Street and you got those cycling-themed socks from M&S last year, so what else is there? Don't panic – cycling is our bag, so we've got your back.

Read on for a carefully curated selection of the best gifts cyclists that’ll hit the spot this Christmas, and spare your blushes when they open the present.

All you have to worry about is getting the stuff delivered in time for the big day.

From thoughtful stocking fillers for under £10 to high-tech gadgets and money-no-object corkscrews, these are presents the Cyclist team would be suitably stoked to find themselves unwrapping if you were to be buying for us this Yuletide.

Cheap gifts for cyclists: Stocking fillers for under £10

A subscription to Cyclist Magazine | £5

What's the gift that keeps on giving? It's Cyclist Magazine, of course.

 

With 13 issues a year delivered straight to your door monthly, discover the world's best rides, insight on the latest tech and stories from the most influential people in the sport.

Try your first three copies for just £5. If you're a fan (you will be), your subscription will then continue at £32.99 every six issues.

Simon Warren’s 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs | £9.99

Owning a copy of Simon Warren’s 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs is a rite of passage for any UK-based road cyclist. If you haven’t unwrapped a copy on Christmas morning, do you even ride?

This pocket-sized bible is your one-stop shop for the best and most beastly climbs Britain has to throw at you, including handy tips on how to reach the summit in one go.

Recycle and Bicycle jockey wheel keyring | £6

This is a bit like when the Beastie Boys had teenagers worldwide nicking VW badges to wear around their necks, except this is a recycled jockey wheel off a bike, it hasn’t been nicked, and it’s a keyring, not a necklace.

Still, a nice little gift in our eyes.

Ciclismo badges | £6

Who else used to pin their school blazer with badges of their favourite bands? No, just me? Fine.

Well, how about pinning your blazers with badges of your favourite pro cycling kits from Ciclismo Badges? Now that’s more like it. The perfect accessory to show off your love of cycling. Team Renault Elf for us, please.

Veloforte Plant Power Pack | £7.49

Instead of that Cadbury Milk Tray, we suggest buying the cyclist in your life these three Veloforte energy bars.

Created using ingredients that are said to be 100% natural, these Plant Power bars offer the ideal mix of carbohydrates, proteins and fibre to keep you riding all day long. And, as a bonus, they taste almost as good as a Milk Tray too.

Alfa Lum Prendas cycling cap | £8.99

Like socks, caps are also a really important part of a cyclist’s life. The ultimate fashion accessory when they stop for that overpriced coffee on their weekend ride.
Prendas is the unofficial home of cycling caps with hundreds to choose from. Classic choices include Brooklyn, Peugeot and Mapei but we suggest going off-piste with an iconic Alfa Lum number.

Gifts for under £20

Le Col cycling socks | £15

Socks are basically the most important part of a cyclist’s wardrobe and there are hundreds of unwritten rules you must follow when wearing them.

To save you breaking those rules, follow our advice and just get them a set of these socks from LeCol. Preferably in white with black trim. You’re welcome.

Park Tool pizza tool | £17.09

Bigger, better, stronger, the iconic bike pizza cutter has been updated to slice through the toughest dough around. A genuine staple in any cyclist's kitchen.*

*Never, ever to be used on a Haiwaian.

Spurcycle Must Go Hard water bottle | £14.99

A cyclist can never have too many water bottles which makes it a sure-fire hitter of a present, thankfully. This option from Spurcycle is punbelievable. See what we did there?

There’s also a ketchup version if you’re that way inclined.

Bialetti Moka Express espresso maker | £20

I’m not going to convince you why you need to buy this for your coffee-obsessed cyclist loved one. Italian television chef Gennaro Contaldo is going to do that for me at this link.

Monmouth Coffee | £14 for 500g

And because you’ve just bought that espresso maker above, you should probably get some good quality coffee – like Gennaro told us to – to go alongside it in the gift bag.

Several of the Cyclist editorial team rely upon the good folks at Monmouth coffee for their strong stuff. All ethically sourced and expertly roasted.

Treats for yourself

Castelli Gabba ROS jersey | From £122.50

Every cyclist should have a Castelli Gabba jersey in their wardrobe. The genre-defining all-weather cycling jersey, the Gabba set the benchmark against which all weatherproof kit is tested.

If you’ve not got one, it’s about time you treated yourself to one. We guarantee you’ll be thanking us soon enough.

Ride by Cyclist | £30

Grab your copy of Ride, a veritable tome by us here at Cyclist that features 50 of the greatest rides in the world.

Ride covers the very best of Europe, from the twisting trails of northern Norway to the winding coast of southern Spain, including rides from as far afield as Vietnam, Ethiopia and Lebanon, as well as the USA.

Aftershokz Aeropex wireless headphones | £149.95

Now, headphones aren't normally something we'd endorse for cycling, however the Aftershokz Aeropex headphones actually work through bone conduction so don't go in your ear - allowing you to hear everything around you clearly.

Whether you want spoken directions, headphones for turbo sessions or maybe a light podcast or music on a solo ride, they'll give you around eight hours per charge and are IP67 waterproof.

Giro Empire road shoes | From £164.99

Despite having been around since the beginning of time, digital editor Joe Robinson still ranks the Giro Empire road shoes as the best set of cycling shoes he has ever worn. Stiff, and stylish, just how he likes it.

And that’s some endorsement too as he could give Imelda Marcos a run for her money.

The Road Book 2021 | £50

The fourth edition of the most in-depth chronicle of the road racing season has exclusive essays, data and photography on the weirdest season in living memory.

With contributions from the year's biggest names – including Tom Pidcock, Lizzie Deignan and Tadej Pogačar – and over 900 pages of analysis, it's real time cycling history.

Fun gifts for cyclists

Nicknames of the Peloton poster | £65

This is good, this is really good. The concept, the execution, 'the Tashkent Terror', we are huge fans. How good would this look in the front room? Even comes with a frame.

Art of Football Cycling Classics t-shirt | £25

If you like the nicknames poster, how about this classic jersey t-shirt?

Marking some of the finest designs the peloton has ever seen including Mapei, La Vie Claire and Z-Vetements, you can rock your favourites off the bike. It's also available as a sweatshirt for £40 if you want it for winter.

Portland Design Works Very Good Dog bottle cage | £19

Who’s a good doggo then? The one on this bottle cage, obviously. The best doggo. Look how cute this is, looking at that tongue. That’s putting a smile on a face come Christmas morning.

La Vie Clare espresso cup and saucer | £17.50

If you’ve already bought the aforementioned espresso maker and high-quality coffee, your next step will be providing a cycling-themed mug for it to be drunk out of.

Cycling Souvenirs do a full range of excellent espresso cup and saucers to service this need with the La Vie Clare option – the team of Bernad Hinault and Greg LeMond – being our personal favourite.

Premium gifts for the cyclist with everything

Kwaremont beer gift set with glass | £24.95

Just like its Flemish cobbled climb namesake, Kwaremont beer packs a punch and can leave you floored after too many. But it is the perfect tipple for pro cycling lovers this Christmas.

It’s an utterly moorish drop that will cut through the heft of a Christmas Dinner with ease, and send you off into that lovely afternoon snooze too.

Campagnolo Big Chrome corkscrew | £199.99

Believe it or not, it is actually enshrined in law that every cycling gift guide must include the legendary Campagnolo corkscrew.

Designed with the Super Record groupsets of the 1970s in mind, the telescopic, self-centering design ensures an accurate and successful cork pop on every occasion. Fancy!

Silca Sicuro Ti bottle cage | £70

Money can't buy love, but £140 worth of bottle cages sure can. These expertly-crafted titanium cages from Silca are the ideal finishing touch to any titanium or steel bike build.

Rapha Logo t-shirt | £30

The easiest gift you can get for any road cyclist: the Rapha Logo t-shirt. Plain, simple, effective, no risk of regifting or exchanging for a gift card either. This will be worn time and time again.

And if you’re asking, we recommend dark green/peach, lovely combination.

Paul Smith Racing Cufflinks | £100


Fun fact: Cyclist writer Joe Robinson lost out on £2,000 competing on a BBC quiz show, because he answered a question on bike-mad fashion designer Paul Smith incorrectly.

He assures us that he doesn't hold it against Paul but we're not so sure, he kicked up quite a fuss about the inclusion of these lovely gold-finished cufflinks.

Take your pick of gift vouchers

Let's be honest, if you're coming here for inspiration, you're really not sure what you're going to get.

That's where the gift voucher/card comes in.

A load of cycling websites offer e-vouchers that will be emailed to you, so whoever you're buying for can choose the kit they want for themselves. You could even buy it the morning of if you're in a panic.

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