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From GPS computers to lights, we’ve got all sorts of gadgets for the 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.

Wahoo Elemnt Bolt GPS cycling computer £199

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Wahoo is nipping at Garmin’s heels and this new Elemnt Bolt is a worthy rival. It’s compact, clever and easy-to-use, and the battery lasts for ages. And thanks to a new clamp, it’s more aero (if you believe the company’s claims) than any other out-front computer. Compatibility is a big appeal of the Elemnt Bolt, it’ll sync with any Bluetooth or ANT+ device and you can partner it to your smartphone to receive phone call, email and message alerts. Handy if you need to keep in contact with people while out on a ride.

You can read our review here

Elite Direto smart trainer £750

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Smart trainers have helped to revolutionise indoor training, and they are now all the rage. Why head out in the rain when you can spin the pedals in the comfort of your own home? They are expensive investments, however, but the Direto from Elite is one of the more affordable direct-drive trainers (which requires removal of the rear wheel) and best of all, offers much of the performance of the most expensive trainers in this fast-growing product category. It’s easy-to-use, pedalling is smooth, it’s reasonably quiet and it’s compatible with most apps and devices.

Read our review here 

Beats by Dr. Dre: Solo2 Wireless Active Collection On Ear Headphones £149.95

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If you, or your partner, are going to get into indoor training this winter, then a set of wireless headphones isn’t a bad idea. They let you listen to music without disturbing the rest of the house, and also drown out the noise of the trainer and fan so you can concentrate on smashing those intervals. There are loads to choose from, these Beats by Dr. Dre. come in a fetching yellow, the battery lasts 12 hours and you can even take calls hands-free while wearing them.

GoPro Hero 6 video camera £499

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For recording bicycle rides and sharing the action, a dedicated compact camera is easier than trying to hold your smartphone while riding along the road. GoPro is the most well-known brand and its Hero 6 is the company’s new flagship camera. It’s pricey, but it now shoots in ultra high-quality 4K 60 fps video and image stabilisation has been improved, so your edits will be smoother and crisper than ever before.

Read our first look here 

FSA PowerBox power meter £599.95

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Power meters are very popular at the moment. They are great for making your training more consistent and productive, and one of the best options that we’ve tested this year is the new FSA Powerbox Alloy power meter. It’s based on solidly reliable and race-proven technology wrapped up in an aluminium chainset that, while not the lightest, does offer a really price competitive option.

You can read our review here 

Fitbit Ionic smartwatch £299.99

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Smartwatches have become popular over the past few years, and here’s the latest top-end offering from a company that has carved itself a good reputation as makers of well-designed smartwatches. The new Ionic does just about everything, and we’re talking music playback, personal coaching, ride and activity tracking with built-in GPS and heart rate sensor. You can even make payments, handy for the mid-ride coffee stop.

Lumos smart helmet £159.99

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Crowdfunded and award-winning, the Lumos is a helmet like no other. It features LED lights integrated into the helmet liner at the front and back, plus a set of indicators to alert other road users of your intention to turn at a junction. The battery is rechargeable and there’s a wireless remote for activating the lights, or you can control it from your smartphone.

Garmin Varia Radar rear light £99.99

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Safety is a growing concern for a lot of cyclists, and the Garmin Varia Radar uses radar technology to detect vehicles approaching from behind and will flash brighter to warn them of your presence. You can also pair with a compatible Garmin Edge computer so you can get warnings of approaching vehicles on your handlebar.  It normally costs £170 but it’s heavily discounted if you shop around.

Nello Magnetic Bike Bell £19.95

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What better way to alert other road users, be they pedestrians or other cyclists, of your presence, than the cute Nello magnetic bicycle bell? It’s small enough to hardly take up any space on your handlebars yet is able to emit a 90 decibel sound, equivalent to a Boeing 737 taking off. Loud! It comes in three different colours and fits easily to any handlebar.

Blaze Bike Light £125

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The clever Blaze doesn't just light your path, it projects an image of a bike on the road ahead of you to 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 Kickr V3 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 latest version 3 trainer is quieter and more responsive, compatible with disc brake road bikes and adaptable to different wheel sizes. It's also ready for when the Climb add-on accessory launches soon. Still expensive, but still one of the best smart trainers available right now.

You can read our review here.

Fly6 rear light/video camera £96

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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.

Read our review here

Garmin Edge 1030 GPS cycling computer £499.99

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The Edge 1030 is the daddy of the GPS cycle computer market. It packs a massive touchscreen through which you can access a myriad of features and connect to a whole host of sensors like your Di2 gears or power meter. It’ll even let you reply to phone calls and text messages, and you can send messages to another Edge 1030. There’s Strava integration, navigation has been beefed up with a new Trendline feature that recommends best routes based on the most popular roads uploaded to Garmin Connect. Not cheap but it packs a lot of functionality into a compact unit.

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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.

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DrG82 [216 posts] 2 months ago
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Am I just tight or does anyone else think that a £1000 smart trainer is a bit much to spend on a christmas present?

And fancy Beats headphones for training! surely you just want something cheap and in ear that you can wipe down and eventually throw away when they get too minging.

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alansmurphy [1485 posts] 2 months ago
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Yup those headphones will make your ears fry- also agree on the grand generally.

 

Suppose this is where present buying and cycling is difficult, even if it had 'Top Gifts Under £30' I can be very particular. At the moment I fancy a Garmin cadence sensor but I might end up with gloves, the wrong gloves, or a book about some guy called Lance who I've not heard of.

 

Best just to write specific lists!

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aegisdesign [31 posts] 2 months ago
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This is Dave's personal Xmas list aimed at his mum isn't it?

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RoboRider21 [26 posts] 2 months ago
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Ive seen quite a bit about the Xplova X5 Evo GPS with action camera.

Had mailshots from Ribble, Evans and Sigma about it.

Its the new version of the X5 GCN did a video review about earlier in the year.

Have you seen it ?

 

It looks like a really cool  new type of cycling gadget 

https://www.xplova.com/us/product/X5E 

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hawkinspeter [1210 posts] 2 months ago
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RoboRider21 wrote:

Ive seen quite a bit about the Xplova X5 Evo GPS with action camera.

Had mailshots from Ribble, Evans and Sigma about it.

Its the new version of the X5 GCN did a video review about earlier in the year.

Have you seen it ?

 

It looks like a really cool  new type of cycling gadget 

https://www.xplova.com/us/product/X5E 

Shame it only does 720p @ 30fps - that's poor for a new gadget.

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RoboRider21 [26 posts] 2 months ago
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hawkinspeter wrote:

Shame it only does 720p @ 30fps - that's poor for a new gadget.

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It could do with being better but I dont think its aimed at replacing a Go Pro for example.

Can be used as a dashcam for commuters.

 

Loads of people starting to post videos on You Tube using it.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=xplova+x5+evo

The data overlays look pretty cool.

 

Im waiting for a Road cc review, Is there one coming Dave Arthur ?

 

Im thinking of purchasing, Only review  I can find on the Evo so far is here

https://blog.ribblecycles.co.uk/how-good-is-the-xplova-x5/ 

 

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Woldsman [219 posts] 2 months ago
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'Ow much?

This Christmas, tidy up your toolbox with a tool roll for around £15*

*Tools not included.

 

 

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David Arthur @d... [832 posts] 2 months ago
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RoboRider21 wrote:

hawkinspeter wrote:

Shame it only does 720p @ 30fps - that's poor for a new gadget.

 

It could do with being better but I dont think its aimed at replacing a Go Pro for example.

Can be used as a dashcam for commuters.

 

Loads of people starting to post videos on You Tube using it.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=xplova+x5+evo

The data overlays look pretty cool.

 

Im waiting for a Road cc review, Is there one coming Dave Arthur ?

 

Im thinking of purchasing, Only review  I can find on the Evo so far is here

https://blog.ribblecycles.co.uk/how-good-is-the-xplova-x5/ 

 

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I believe there is a review coming soon from our of our testers. Couldn't tell you when though. Soon, hopefully

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RoboRider21 [26 posts] 2 months ago
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Cheers Dave smiley

Just seen Evans Cycles are offering a bundle with free HR and Cadence sensors.

Think im going to go for it as ive had my eye on the Evo for a while and thats a great deal as I dont have the sensors..

I like the idea of the action camera built in, especially for the dashcam for my commuting.

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StraelGuy [1110 posts] 2 months ago
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90 dB is many, many, MANY orders of magnitude quieter than a jet plane taking off. A ridiculous thing to claim.

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don simon [1715 posts] 2 months ago
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StraelGuy wrote:

90 dB is many, many, MANY orders of magnitude quieter than a jet plane taking off. A ridiculous thing to claim.

All depends on how close you are (to either).

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quiff [36 posts] 1 month ago
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don simon wrote:
StraelGuy wrote:

90 dB is many, many, MANY orders of magnitude quieter than a jet plane taking off. A ridiculous thing to claim.

All depends on how close you are (to either).

I don't understand how the dB scale works (i.e. what exactly it's measuring), but it doesn't seem to be particularly apt to describe how 'loud' something sounds (i.e. the real-life experience of hearing it). E.g. based on some example infographics I just found, the above bell could be either "as loud as a jet taking off!"; "three times louder than a whisper!"; or "nearly twice as loud as a quiet office!"   

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Pub bike [256 posts] 1 month ago
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There's a chap here who's done some measurements  on a bunch of ordinary bells which are admittedly A-weighted* SPL measurements.

It was done indoors so not free-field measurements either,  but they are all quite a bit louder than the bell here assuming the 90 dB SPL quoted above is at 1 m distance. 

None of them come close to the (very loud) level of a jet aircraft which is around 140 dB SPL at 50m.

*A-weighting is an equalisation applied to  measurements to represent the response of human hearing.

PS: 60 dB SPL is 1000x louder than the threshold of hearing ie the level of a just-about audible sound, defined as 0 dB SPL.  90 dB is around 30,000x louder.

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HLaB [165 posts] 1 month ago
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DrG82 wrote:

Am I just tight or does anyone else think that a £1000 smart trainer is a bit much to spend on a christmas present?

And fancy Beats headphones for training! surely you just want something cheap and in ear that you can wipe down and eventually throw away when they get too minging.

Not if you are buying it for me 

You're right about the head phones though 

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Jayinjapan [4 posts] 1 month ago
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I have the blaze light.  I find when the laser image is set to the recommended distance it's too faint to be seen clearly in areas with street lights and worst of all after using it out in the rain (40 minute commute home) for the first time water got inside (can see moisture inside the lens). After that the battery stopped holding it's charge. Even after fully charging it if I leave it on my desk at work it's dead by the time I go home. Have to leave it plugged in until I leave. Shame as the light itself Is reasonable..