Christmas gifts for women cyclists

Gift-buying suggestions for the female cyclist in your life

by Lara Dunn   November 16, 2012  

It’s that time of year again, when you’ve got the chance to show that special cycling lady just how much she means to you. Whether you're skint or minted, traditional or avant garde and whatever type of cyclist she is, there’s something here that’ll float her boat, or rattle her pedals and keep you out of the dog house on Christmas Day.

Ally Cappelino Cavo Pannier £150

Made from extremely high quality materials by British bag designer Ally Capellino, the Cavo is a fully featured pannier (with leather strap fastenings) but also happily masquerades as a stylish shoulder bag when she’s off the bike. It’s tough enough for years of use, but do NOT be tempted to try and steal it from her – we will not be held responsible for the outcome.
www.allycapellino.co.uk

Vinqui Crank Pendant £24

Jewellery is always going to be a winner for Christmas, and jewellery that celebrates her love of cycling even more so. This dainty chainset pendant is made from solid silver and features a real diamond where the bottom bracket goes. It even comes with a chain (no, not THAT sort), although you may want to splash out for a silver chain separately rather than the stainless steel one it comes with. 
www.vinqui.com

Vinqui Crank Earrings £30

These delicate earrings match the pendant perfectly, or could just be a lovely gift on their own. Solid silver with a tiny diamond, they’re glamorous yet quirky. 
www.vinqui.com

Diamante Bicycle Hipflask £14.99

A stainless steel 8oz hip flask for her favourite tipple, with a teeny, tiny, sparkly diamante bicycle on it. Comes with a velvety pouch. Cycling Gifts are offering Road.cc readers 10% off everything. Just use discount code Roadcc.
www.cyclinggifts.co.uk

Vespertine Road Hog Reflective Waistcoat £245

This neat zip up waistcoat is made from luxurious merino wool tweed with a reflective fibre woven into it for the ultimate in stylish but safety conscious cycling wear. It’s lined with high viz pink fabric, so it’s reversible too, and the hem is trimmed with a generous quantity of Scotchlite tape. There’s no way she’s not going to be visible in this, but it isn’t only functional and doesn’t scream out nerdy cyclist in the way that high viz sometimes can. 
www.vespertinenyc.com 
www.velovixen.com

Vespertine Reflective Gossamer Belt £24

A prong-less reflective belt made from Scotchlite that can be worn over a jacket or jumper, or just for normal belt function to add a little extra visibility. Available in sizes S/M/L. 
www.vespertinenyc.com 
www.velovixen.com

Vespertine Blossom Clip/Pin $24

Cute 3D flowers constructed from Scotchlite, these can be pinned or clipped to pretty much anything, from bags to clothing. En masse they look particularly impressive and are highly reflective.
www.vespertinenyc.com

Cyclodelic Handlebar Bag Zebra £69

Tough yet fashionable, this handlebar bag attaches via a simple strapping system, which doubles up as a clutchbag strap to allow use off the bike. Made from waterproof fabric and with reflective ribbon binding around the edges, as well as a tab for a light to be clipped to, it’s a practical bag on or off the bike. 
www.cyclodelic.com

Rapha Long Sleeve Merino Jersey £125

Super soft, woolly and carrying the cachet of a prestigious brand, this long sleeved jersey is bound to win some Brownie points. With its low key button neck styling, it’s intended for casual or city use, and it would team up a treat with skinny jeans and ballet pumps, but it’s functional too, with the body temperature maintenance and anti-odour properties of merino.
www.rapha.cc

Terry Houndstooth Cape £200

You’re going to see a lot of this cape/jacket if you buy it, because she’ll be wearing it on the bike in all but the hottest months, as well as with jeans, skirts and dresses off the bike. The wool is durable, so it’s a genuine investment piece – an important factor when you consider the price. She’ll love you for it. 
www.minx-girl.com

Terry Strada Jersey £65

More stylish threads from US based Terry, this long sleeved jersey is made from sleek silky fabric, so it’s versatile for yearlong use, and it’ll cheer up even the greyest winter day with a windproof or thermal vest underneath. 
www.minx-girl.com

Maloja Gerlinde Jeans £105

Slouchy fit heavyweight denim jeans for the riot girl in your life. These are styled to suit café rides, urban errands and shortish commutes rather than being full-on riding jeans, but little touches like the high cut waistband at the rear to avoid builder’s bum make them a good bet for the more casual ride. 
www.minx-girl.com

Rapha Women’s Rain Jacket £190

Light, packable and genuinely breathable, this waterproof jacket is the perfect gift for any female cyclist looking for serious performance. With a neat contoured fit, stretch panels where they’re needed, neoprene cuffs and a zipped rear pocket on the dropped tail, this jacket is spot on for long rainy road rides, or slipped in a jersey pocket “just in case”. 
www.rapha.cc

Dashing Tweeds Reflective Tank Top £165

It’s not strictly a women’s garment, this one, but worn over a base layer and belted in with the Vespertine Gossamer Belt it’s a quirky and warm approach to on the bike visibility. Knitted in England from pure new lambswool with reflective yarn mixed in, it’s surprisingly visible, without shouting about it. 
www.dashingtweeds.co.uk

Tyre Photo Frame £10

Buy her a frame for that photo of her crossing the finishing line, or for that one of you both looking pained at the top of the Col du Petit St Bernard. Made from recycled rubber tyres, one of the world’s greatest waste problems. 
www.cyclegeezer.com

Tealight Holder £4

Cheap and incredibly cheerful, this is upcycling at its best – old bike bits put to good use and found new and exciting new purposes. This tealight holder looks good and would happily grace any cyclist’s front room.
www.cyclegeezer.com

Bike Chain Star Keyring £4

A perfect stocking filler or small gift, this is fun, simple and does just what it’s supposed to.
www.cyclegeezer.com

Gore Bike Wear Phantom Windstopper Soft Shell Lady Bibtights £129.99

With the option of removing the bib portion completely for wear as just tights, these Windstopper soft shell bibs are actually pretty versatile anyway. Available in a variety of black and colour accent combos they are a bit cheerier than the norm as well.
www.goreapparel.co.uk/bike

Sealskinz Extra Cold Weather Cycling Glove £50

If she suffers from cold hands on the bike, these heavy duty winter gloves, with extraordinarily warm Primaloft insulation should do the job nicely, even if you live in the north of Scotland. They have pre-curved fingers, gel pressure point cushioning, long stretchy cuffs and even a bit of reflectivity. 
www.sealskinz.com

Gore Bike Wear Base Layer Windstopper Lady Thermo Shirt Long £64.99

A wind resistant base layer to up the warmth of any jersey on breezier days when worn underneath, it’s light, wicks moisture effectively and replaces a standard under layer. 
www.goreapparel.co.uk/bike

REN Moroccan Rose Experience Gift Set £32

Posh smellies are always a winner… well, with me at least. This gift box from REN is ethical, environmentally friendly and extremely luxurious. The Rose Otto content smells amazing, and this range should see off any aches, pains, dry skin and discomfort issues associated with winter cycling. REN’s products contain the minimum of chemical nasties, making them ideal for more sensitive skins too. 
www.renskincare.com

Smartwool PhD Cycling Light Mini Sock £12.99
Sock Guy Mooove It Socks £9.99

Socks may be a traditional Christmas gift cop-out, but with fun and funky designs such as those produced by Sock Guy, and the odour battling, extreme comfort of Smartwool’s cycling socks, your cycling lady’s going to be happy. 
www.socksock.co.uk 
www.chainreactioncycles.com

Vulpine Merino Button Cycling Jersey £75

It’s relaxed and casual, but smart enough to be seen out and about in. Plus, it’s made from that most impressively useful of natural fibres, merino wool, so there’s no fear of getting malodorous in the coffee shop. 
www.vulpine.cc

Ana Nichoola Smuggler Neck Warmer £18.50

It’ll make her look like Dick Turpin, but it’ll certainly keep her warm in the depths of mid winter with its fleecy lining and soft, snug fit around the neck and across the top of the chest. Perfect for bridging any clothing gaps. 
www.ananichoola.co.uk 
www.izzivelo.com

Bike Cog Hanging Lamp £51.09

A less expensive arty option using recycled bike bits, this lamp shade brings a bit of steampunk style to the home, office or workshop. It casts exciting shadows too.
www.etsy.com/shop/VeloGioielli

Stained Glass Bicycle Wheel £384.79

Expensive? Yes. But it’s Aaaaaart, dahling, and it’s made from bits of bike, so what’s not to love about that? It also catches the sun nicely and will generally cheer up whatever room it’s hung in.
www.etsy.com/shop/VeloGioielli

Women Only Cycling Holiday or Training Camp Various prices

If money’s no object, and you love her so much that you, erm, can’t wait to get rid of her, then how about a women-only bike holiday or training camp? There are a variety available, mostly overseas.

The Girona Cycle Centre offers road cycling camps in the lovely area around Girona, Spain with Australian former pro cyclist Carla Ryan, aimed at giving women a taste of what it feels like to train and ride together as pros. 
www.gironacyclecentre.com

Velo Vercors have a Women’s Only Week (WOW) 4-11 May 2013 which is aimed at women who are either regular cyclists or who have a good level of fitness and want to enjoy a week of cycling. For those not wanting to take their own bikes there are Carbon Trek Madone’s for hire. 
www.velovercors.com

And what if the female cyclist in your life might like the idea of having the chance to ride in all-female company to get some miles in, but is a novice cyclist daunted by the idea of riding with more experienced cyclists*? Well, Cycle Cote d'Azur have that covered with a with an Introduction to Cycling Weekend in Nice next March run in conjunction with the Filles a Velo website, that nice Max Leonard went on one of their riding holidays last year if you want to get a flavour of what the area has to offer.

*Except you.

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I saw the headline and thought "Here we go" but have to hand it to you, there's some lovely things here! Smile Now if I can only get my family to buy me some of them! Wink

posted by velobetty [49 posts]
16th November 2012 - 21:48

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I'm sure manufacturers just pick a selling price that's conjured from thin air? then add a high percentage of profit, just because it's cycling related!

Two Lady cyclists in my family; but I'd need to win the lottery or earn megga bucks to buy anything from the list above.

posted by Mostyn [411 posts]
17th November 2012 - 9:00

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somewhat pricey regalia - DHB kit from wiggle is just perfect and often as good as Rapha too

for me - The ride is about adventure, camaraderie and the sense of accomplishment that comes after a long day in the saddle.

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posted by Mountain-Nic [119 posts]
17th November 2012 - 9:24

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Really? There are items from £4 to £400. Think that fits most budgets...

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posted by Sarah Barth [1099 posts]
17th November 2012 - 12:08

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I think I might just get her a cheap bike chain and add a necklace clasp. She won't know the difference.

posted by Colin Peyresourde [1317 posts]
17th November 2012 - 12:27

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Please have your grammar proof checked:

Whether your skint or minted...

should say

Whether you're skint or minted ..

posted by g2311 [4 posts]
17th November 2012 - 17:27

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Ooh, I quite like the idea of the bib-tights from Garmin

Her indoors doesn't ride a bike.

Just thought she might look nice in them !

posted by Littlesox [89 posts]
17th November 2012 - 18:32

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This is a really brilliant idea for an article Smile

Sadly if I bought my OH any of those things she would murder me with actual death.

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posted by Gizmo_ [1069 posts]
19th November 2012 - 8:56

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Mostyn wrote:
...I'd need to win the lottery or earn megga bucks to buy anything from the list above.

Dear Ebenezer Mostyn, how about not buying a lottery ticket for 4 weeks, then you've already got enough to buy the cool tealight holder.

Bah humbug indeed.

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posted by hatchet harry [13 posts]
19th November 2012 - 10:10

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Gizmo_ wrote:
This is a really brilliant idea for an article Smile

Sadly if I bought my OH any of those things she would murder me with actual death.

Thats the worst sort of death, I've just bought mine a new Dolan track bike...oh no its the wrong size and colour, oh well can't take it back now, guess I'll have to ride it instead Confused

lifes goal is not to arrive at the grave in a perfectly preserved body, but to skid in sideways yelling "yeah what a ride!"

posted by wheelsucker [54 posts]
19th November 2012 - 20:22

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Some lovely ideas here. Like the earrings, such fun.

posted by BJ [3 posts]
6th December 2012 - 23:26

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