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Great cycling gadget gift ideas for the gadget mad cyclist in your life

If you’re looking to give the cyclist in your life the gift of gadgetry this Christmas you're in luck because there are plenty of cycling gadgets available to meet many different cycling needs, from GPS computers to action cameras. Here’s a selection of the best cycling gadgets to stick in their Christmas stocking… maybe not all of them at, well unless they've been very good this year indeed.

- Christmas gifts for cyclists who like to ride fast

Garmin Edge 820 £252

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Garmin has packed more features into its latest Edge 820 GPS computer making it a decent upgrade from the older Edge 800 and 810. It provides slick navigation with a clearer layout making it easier to follow a route, whether one you’ve downloaded or the Garmin’s own round trip routing which chooses a route for you based on how far you want to ride.

Read our review 

Apple Watch 2 £369

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The latest Apple Watch now boasts GPS and waterproofing, both features that make it even more useful to cyclists than the original, the former allowing you to record distance and speed without being connected to your iPhone. The integrated heart rate sensor, on the back of the watch, omits the necessity for an uncomfortable chest strap.

Kinetic Road Machine 2.0 Smart Trainer £314.99

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If you want to get cycling indoors over the winter and especially if you want to get involved with Zwift, this reasonably affordable smart trainer provides power measurement and uses Bluetooth to communicate with a compatible smartphone. 

Read our review 

Blaze Bike Light £125

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Designed to not only light your path, the clever Blaze projects an image of a bike onto the road ahead of you yo alert other road users of your arrival. It has a 13-hour battery life and pumps out up to 300 lumens, easily enough to see by, with a flashing mode ideal for city cycling. 

Read our review 

Wahoo Tickr heart rate monitor  £39.99

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The Wahoo Tickr lets you easily add heart rate data to your riding, really useful if you want to get more out of your workouts, and can connect to any compatibility iPhone or Android smartphone so you don’t even need a dedicated cycle computer.

Read our review of the more expensive Tickr X here 

Parrot Bebop Drone £299

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Drones, the must-have gadget, and ideal for the cyclist that wants to do some home filming and create their own short film to share on social media. This Drone offers GPS so you can programme it to follow a set route, and the 1080p camera captures your ride in high-quality video.

Oakley Radar Pace £400

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Oakley’s latest shades can provide real-time performance-based feedback thanks to a host of sensors that pull in loads of data, including any ANT+ bike sensors, and deliver audio cues during the ride. Think of it has a coach sat on your shoulders telling you to ride faster!

Read more about the Radar Pace glasses here 

Wahoo Kickr smart trainer £999

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Smart trainers, that connect to a computer or smartphone, have exploded in popularity in recent years, and one of the originals is the Wahoo Kickr. The newly updated smart trainer is quieter and more responsive. Use it with Zwift and it can automatically vary the resistance as you hit a climb or descent, providing a very realistic indoor cycling experience. 

Read our review 

Stages Power Meter 105 5800 £449

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If you want to add power to your road bike, one of the easiest ways is to purchase the Stages Power Meter. Because all the power measuring gubbins are housed in a pod on the left-side crank arm, installation is a cinch. It uses Bluetooth and ANT+ to pair with any compatible computer or smartphone app. Adding power couldn’t be easier. 

Read our review

Fitbit Charge 2 £119.99

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If you want a simple and unobtrusive way of measuring your fitness across a variety of sports, including cycling, the Charge 2 is able to monitor your heart rate and connect to the GPS on your smartphone to track cycling workouts. It also provides smartphone notifications if you need to keep track of incoming messages during a ride. 

Lumo Herne Hill Harrington Jacket £208.33

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It looks like a normal Harrington jacket, but this Lumo interpretation cleverly conceals strategically placed LED strips that light up at the press of a button, helping you to stand out on dark rides. Ideal for the commute home from the office.

Read our review 

Silca T-Ratchet multitool and Ti-Torque Travel Torque Extension £100

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Want a lightweight multitool with a built in torque wrench? The compact and lightweight T-Ratchet multitool and Ti-Torque Travel Torque Extension, apart from being quite a mouthful of a name, lets you accurately and easily tighten bolts to the current torque setting, taking the guesswork out of tightening bolts. 

Aftershokz Trekz Titanium Bluetooth Headphones £89.99

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Like to listen to music or a podcast on a bike ride, but worried about blocking your hearing to the sound of other road users? These nifty headphones use bone-conducting technology so you can hear the tunes clearly but you can still listen out for other road noise. These also double as a hands-free phone kit, so you can receive and make calls. 

Read our review here 

Fly6 rear light/video camera £119.00

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The Fly6 is a unique gadget in that it combines a rear light with an integrated video camera, so you can film while you're riding. Why might you want to film what's behind you? The inventors came at the idea from a safety angle and reckon other road users behave differently if they know they're being filmed. It films at 1280x720 resolution, the light outputs 30 Lumens with three modes and four dimming options and lasts for up to 6 hours.

- Review: Fly6 Mk2

What's on your Christmas list?

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.

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handlebarcam [882 posts] 4 months ago
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I can't afford to give, nor will I receive, a 400 quid pair of sunglasses as a present. Does that make me poor and oppressed by the establishment elites, and therefore morally in the clear to vote for the first billionaire celebrity fascist who comes along? Or do I have to see a black man wearing a pair first?

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pedalpowerDC [350 posts] 4 months ago
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handlebarcam wrote:

I can't afford to give, nor will I receive, a 400 quid pair of sunglasses as a present. Does that make me poor and oppressed by the establishment elites, and therefore morally in the clear to vote for the first billionaire celebrity fascist who comes along? Or do I have to see a black man wearing a pair first?

 

No, it just means your priorities aren't in order. smiley

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brooksby [1953 posts] 4 months ago
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Is it too early to say bah! Humbug! 

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Yorkshire wallet [831 posts] 4 months ago
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All my Xmas receiving will be the stereotypical man stuff, as basically my wife doesn't know a unicycle from a tt bike and cares not a jot about finding out. I am constantly harassed about whether I need this or that but it's ok to buy four pairs of boots at once. I'm pretty sure that even if I was on £1m a year, I'd still be scrutinised.

At least my lad will be getting what he wants for Xmas (not that I have any interest in Star Wars Lego or anything...)

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flathunt [206 posts] 4 months ago
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Yorkshire wallet wrote:

All my Xmas receiving will be the stereotypical man stuff, as basically my wife doesn't know a unicycle from a tt bike and cares not a jot about finding out. I am constantly harassed about whether I need this or that but it's ok to buy four pairs of boots at once. I'm pretty sure that even if I was on £1m a year, I'd still be scrutinised. At least my lad will be getting what he wants for Xmas (not that I have any interest in Star Wars Lego or anything...)

Worrying - I don't remember writing this, or the login details for this account... :s

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CygnusX1 [363 posts] 4 months ago
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If my other half is reading this (unlikely) then anything other than the Blaze light.

Or any headphones (with or without attached shades). 

Actually,all I really want for Christmas is my two front teeth the Fly6 or Wahoo Tickr

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flathunt [206 posts] 4 months ago
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All I want from my other 0.5 is undisputed budgetary sign-off up to 3 grand with no public inquiry, repercussions or recriminations.

Or, more likely, a Unicorn that shits £13 coins.

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CygnusX1 [363 posts] 4 months ago
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flathunt wrote:

All I want from my other 0.5 is undisputed budgetary sign-off up to 3 grand with no public inquiry, repercussions or recriminations.

Good luck with that.

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rix [150 posts] 4 months ago
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Fly6 is easy to use but video quality is close to useless if you need to capture license plate numbers.

Aftershokz are great and useful. They are tricky to use with sunglasses as both sit on your ears.

Stages 5800 is great as you can use it with Ultegra or Dura-Ace cranks. It is exactly the same weight as Ultegra 6800 crank arm without PM.

Wahoo Tickr is working without issues for two years, unlike Garmin which I had to change several times under warranty.

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longassballs [44 posts] 3 months ago
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That Garmin 820 is the explore version which is about £50 cheaper than the full featured 820.

Also understand advertisement but I don't think a smart trainer should be recommended unless it has ANT+ FE-C connectivity, especially as the cheapest trainer with it, Elite Qubo Digital Smart B+ FE-C, is cheaper than the Kinetic's advertised price (though can be found cheaper)