They’ve already got a Park Tools Pizza Cutter and a Campagnolo Corkscrew, and the neighbours still talk about that time you got them a Lance Armstrong book, ooof. So what gift do you get for the endearingly choosy cyclist in your life? VecchioJo walks among them, he knows.
Chris King Pint Tumbler £19.99
Can’t quite stretch to a set of Chris King hubs for your beloved, the ones that just happen to have the window open on the computer all the time. Then this Klean Kanteen lightweight stainless steel pint tumbler etched with the Chris King logo might just pass muster in the meantime. Cheaper and more refreshing too.
Cable End Crimps from £12.99
The most boring yet most eternally useful thing a cyclist could ever desire. For the home mechanic there’s nothing more tedious than not having, or needing to trudge down the bike shop for a cable-end cap for the finishing touch to a little bit of gear or brake love. Who wouldn’t let out a little squeal of excitement at 500 of them in a little tub. They’re more than likely to last you a lifetime. Available in plain silver or a rainbow of colours.
Oh, yeah, now you’re excited.
Silca Super Pista Ultimate Floor Pump $450.00
Nothing says 'I love you' like a track pump - well, a $450 one. Silca was the oldest company in the bicycle industry to have been continually owned by the same family, founded in 1917 by Felice Sacchi just outside of Milan in Italy and it was the go-to track-pump for most of that time. In 2014, SILCA headquarters and manufacturing moved to Indianapolis in the USA and they set about making the iconic brand great again. The Super Pista Ultimate Floor Pump is the result.
The Ultimate weighs an impressive 7 pounds, making it the heaviest, most stable floor pump ever made, the base alone weighs more than most track-pumps and is shaped and surfaced so it can be used wearing a cleated road shoe.
The classic SILCA 741 Leather Washer moves the air inside the 2.5mm wall thickness main barrel. The piston rod is centerless ground and Teflon Hard-Anodized to produce the most perfectly smooth and round interface, and borrowing from the finest suspension components in the world IGUS bushings of Germany make the custom top cap bushing.
The hose is made from high pressure smooth-bore PTFE, over-braided in stainless steel, and then over-extruded with a highly protective poly-urethane jacket to rate it for 12,000 psi. That’s Indianapolis race car spec. Three part brass and stainless steel fittings at both ends allow the hose to fully rotate from either end, even when attached to the valve or under pressure.
Silca have eschewed the traditional +/-5% degree of accuracy of your standard track pump, because that’s a possible 10 psi degree of inaccuracy for a 100 psi tyre, and gone for a +/-1% laboratory grade gauge that goes all the way up to160 psi.
In a feature of desperate cool the chuck isn’t held to the pump with something as tedious as a clip, but by a rare-earth magnet. Oh my. Thanks to the MagnetDock concept the 17-4 stainless steel presta chuck is held in place with a Neodymium rare earth magnet, it’s strong enough to hold the chuck in the dock with enough force that the pump can be picked up by the handle for transport and yet a quick pull of the hose quickly frees the chuck, then when done simply hang the chuck near the magnetic dock and it will seat itself. Finally, the handle is hand-turned rosewood mated to an investment cast stainless steel center and end caps.
Less of a track-pump and more of a family heirloom.
Soma Lo-Pro 8 Pocket Multi Tool £12.00
Probably the cutest multi-tool you’ll ever see. Measuring just 55mm x 26mm x 7mm it has a smaller footprint than a credit card but still manages to pack 2,3,4,5 and 6mm allen keys, a T25 torx, a cross-head and a flat-head screwdriver in its all steel construction. So diddy it will fit unobtrusively in your saddle-bag, jersey or jeans pocket.
Cheap too, so a real stocking filler, although not literally.
Airtight Cycles Bike Stand from £92.50
Airtight Cycles handbuild bike frames in Brooklyn, they also upcycle, repurpose or just plain old make these bike stands. Constructed from reclaimed hardwood from demolished warehouses in the New York area and stainless steel (there is no information as to the provenance of this) the Airtight Cycles bike stand will hold your pride and joy in an elegant and minimalist way.
Some Socks R229.00 (£13 ish)
Christmas and socks, it’s as traditional as the Christmas Coca Cola advert and an argument. Cycling socks are undergoing a massive shift away from just white (correct) or black (incorrect) and embracing the flamboyant with fluoros now becoming the accepted norm. SAKO7SOCKS are taking this to the next level with a whole range of exuberant socks including these chintzy Roses. The socks maketh the kit.
Made by DeFeet these are the Aireator model with a 6″cuff so you’re assured of both style and quality.
Rapha Climber’s Shoes £280.00
If these don’t get a gasp when the wrapping paper’s been torn off then they’re dead inside. The Climber’s Shoe uses materials and construction techniques to get you to the top quicker.
Built around an EC90 SLXII sole the uppers are made from a mesh-backed synthetic leather, chosen for its low weight and exceptional breathability. A mesh lining allows the sweat of effort to evaporate from inside of the shoe while the leather’s perforations enable fresh air to circulate, leaving the foot feeling cool. Low-profile hook and loop fasteners are chosen for their simplicity and minimal bulk.
Available in blue, white and black, stockier riders will have to wait till next Christmas for the Descender’s Shoes. Maybe.
Titanium Bell €79
Be king of the bike lane with this posh bell. Made from hand-brushed titanium it has a 31.8mm clamp diameter so it will fit perfectly on your carbon bars. Ting bling.
“N'est Pas Le Maillot Jaune” T-Shirt £25.00
We all know the rules, you can wear the medal you won on that sportive but unless you’ve earned it you can’t wear the leader’s jersey from any of the major Tours, whatever the classification, or the World Champs jersey for that matter. This t-shirt clears up any of the confusion that may occur to your less enlightened cycling or non-cycling friends. Also a handy conversational opener about the work of René Magritte, which should liven any Christmas party no end.
Bike Map Art £60.00
Christine Evans is a Chester based cyclist and freelance artist who loves to make bike art and cycling gifts inspired by the time on her bike, the people she rides with and the cafes she stops in for cakes and poached eggs. Bike Map Art is made from drawings of bikes cut out from vintage maps, or if you want you can commission a piece to be made from a map of your favourite riding area. Michelin 342 I think.
Timbuk2 Blue Bottle Coffee Travel Kit $179.00
We’ve all been there, traveling to and from a cycle event in need of a pre-race boost or a post-race pick me up, and forced to pull in for an over-priced over-sized comically flavoured and burnt cup of something warm and brown. Thanks to Timbuk2 you can now get a decent caffeine fix whenever and wherever you roam.
The Blue Bottle Coffee Travel Kit comes in a waxed canvas bag, detailed with genuine leather trim, obviously. Inside the bag, and cosseted by a soft felted liner you get all you need to make a proper cup of coffee.
A Porlex Mini Hand Grinder with a stainless steel housing, conical burrs and adjustable grind setting turns the 2oz sample bag of Blue Bottle's Three Africans drip blend beans into freshly made grounds, essential for the perfect brew. The compact Blue Bottle Travel Dripper holds one of the 100 compostable, hemp-based filters you get in the pack and you and your traveling companion can sup this in the pair of Falcon Enamelware Tumblers that come complete with their own Timbuk2 felt snap-fit zarfs.
If you don’t know what a zarf is then clearly you have no need for this ensemble.
Shoe Laces £7.50 for three pairs
An ideal gift for the desperately on trend cyclist in your life that has those new race shoes that do up with laces instead of boring old ratchets or Velcro.
A Miniature Cyclist Model, or two £12.00 each
These mini figurines are the original miniature cyclist models that have been hand made by the same family run foundry in France since the 1950’s. There’s all your authentic artisan retro euro chic right there.
Three generations have been die-casting the models in zamak, a zinc alloy and hand-painting each one, so no two are exactly the same. They’re now available in a wider range of colours than ever before, including the Yellow, White, Green and Polka Dot jerseys, and French, Italian and German ones too, also these AG2R and Europcar representations.
VeloCulture Cake Stop Caddy £8.50
Handmade from a recycled inner-tube the Cake Stop Caddy is a minimalist wallet for your credit card, a small amount of cash and a door key. For the rider who doesn’t feel the need to take everything on a ride, or those quick blasts when you just need the basics kept safe and sound.
The Cake Caddy is basically a tiny pouch the contents of which are kept secure by a Velcro-ed flap, with an external slot for a bank card or key. It’s the perfect size to slip unobtrusively into a jersey rear pocket where it’s not going to spoil your perfectly tailored lines and you can even have the stitching in a colour to match your handlebar tape.
Pasta Measuring Tool €9,95
Dishing out the correct amount of pasta after a big ride is always a problem, thankfully this measuring guide is the perfect way to ensure you get enough essential recovery food each and every time.
The correct answer is horse. Always horse. Maybe a horse and a small child.
A Razor Blade Wrapper £44.00
Produced in the 1940’s and 50’s these original razor blade wrappers celebrate the cycling legend that is Fausto Coppi, and somehow the people at Stolen Goat have sourced a bunch. Offered in outstanding original condition and mounted in a 9-inch square frame these are ready to be moved with reverence into a frame of your choice and put on the wall where you do your legs.
These are a genuine piece of collectable cycling history that are incredibly rare and soon to be extinct. Once they are gone, they are gone.
Kreitler Hot Dog Rollers £349.99
Bored of them grumping around the house when the weather’s less than clement, then banish them to the shed for some structured training. Kreitler are the renowned Rolls Royce of rollers and their Hot Dogs come with a solid frame, smooth running bearings and alloy drums. Those drums are super narrow for a set of rollers, 5” slimmer than the standard set at an intimidating 10" wide, man up princess. It does however make them more compact for storage and taking to races for the essential warm-up.
They might be pricey but what price peace and quiet during the Strictly/GBBO/Top Gear/Downton Abbey/Dr Who/EastEnders (delete as applicable) Christmas special. Turn the volume up so you can’t hear the crashing noises from the other room.
Jo Burt has spent the majority of his life riding bikes, drawing bikes and writing about bikes. When he’s not scribbling pictures for the whole gamut of cycling media he writes words about them for road.cc and when he’s not doing either of those he’s pedaling. Then in whatever spare minutes there are in between he’s agonizing over getting his socks, cycling cap and bar-tape to coordinate just so. And is quietly disappointed that yours doesn’t. He rides and races road bikes a bit, cyclo-cross bikes a lot and mountainbikes a fair bit too. Would rather be up a mountain.