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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.