Christmas gifts for cyclists who like to ride fast
Present suggestions for performance-minded cyclists
Christmas is coming and that means it’s time for the road.cc Christmas gift guides for cyclists. These days, they’re as much a part of Christmas as carol singers, office parties and turkey. Nearly.
We’ll be running several Christmas gift guides over the next few weeks. Vecchiojo is putting together a gift guide for discerning cyclists, Caroline is doing one for kids, Leonie has some suggestions for female cyclists, and TR has an urban-themed one the way.
This one is aimed at riders who like to ride fast – sporty types who perhaps race, do sportives, or go out on the club run with the aim of getting as fit as possible. People for whom performance is important.
If you’re buying for someone like this, we have a bunch of suggestions covering a wide range of prices. And if you fall into this category yourself, take a look through and see if there’s anything that takes your fancy, and maybe point family and friends in this direction. It might just save you getting another hideous jumper that you’ll never wear.
Feel free to add more suggestions at the bottom if there are any other products that have particularly impressed you this year.
This is a great little pump with several standout features. First, it has Birzman’s Snap-It head that locks tight on to a Presta valve really easily. Second, it stores flat so it takes up hardly any space in the garage or the boot of your car. Third, it’s very shiny. All in, this would make a genuinely useful gift and it looks a bit special too. www.i-ride.co.uk
Garmin’s GPS-enabled Edge 510 computer measures all of the key riding data to help you get the most fitness for your time on the bike, and it will guide you through all kinds of training sessions. This Performance Bundle includes a heart rate monitor, a speed/cadence sensor, and an out front mount too. It'll get used on every single ride throughout the year, so it's bound to be appreciated. www.garmin.com/en-GB
Lezyne Phone Caddy £17.99
The water-resistant Phone Caddy is large enough to carry not only a mobile but all the other little ride essentials including a spare tube and a mini pump. Rather than having to remember to pick up a whole bunch of different stuff before heading out the door, just grab the Phone Caddy, sling it in a jersey pocket and you’re good to go. www.upgradebikes.co.uk
The Race Against Time is an entertaining look of the rivalry between Chris Boardman and Graeme Obree in their respective quests for the hour record. It’s guaranteed to inspire any performance-minded rider to get out on the bike on a damp winter's day. www.randomhouse.co.uk
Everyone needs a good multitool and this one features hex keys ranging from 2mm up to 8mm, a cross-head screwdriver and a chain tool. It’s small, lightweight and those side plates are carbon fibre. All sporty cyclists love a bit of carbon fibre, especially when it's not strictly necessary. www.i-ride.co.uk
Castelli Gregge socks £16.00
You have to have socks on a Christmas list, and here are ours. Castelli’s Gregge socks are made from thick merino wool and they’re 15cm tall so you won’t get any draughts around your ankles. Toasty! www.saddleback.co.uk
When it’s nippy out, Chapeau’s Cold Weather Warm Up Balm will make legs feel warmer – a bit like a Ready Brek glow for the poor old pins. Chapeau’s shower gel and chamois cream would make great gifts too. www.chapeaucycling.co.uk
It’s really easy to over-tighten bolts and cause expensive damage, especially on lightweight bikes and components. A torque wrench like this one from BBB, adjustable from 2-14Nm, will take the guesswork out of tightening everything from pedal cleats to seat clamps. www.windwave.co.uk
(iL) Soigneur Coffee £5.50
Energy drinks are all very well but everyone knows that the bike world is fuelled by coffee. (iL) Soigneur’s blend is well-balanced and full-bodied, and you can get a 250g pack as either beans or already ground. Ideal for kickstarting those early morning rides. ilsoigneur.cc
Sports massage Various prices
Everyone who trains seriously could do with a sports massage at least occasionally to relieve aches and pains, avoid injury, and keep everything functioning the way it should. Prices start from about £20 for 30mins. Google will give you a list of local practitioners.
Whitstable T-shirt Co Molteni T-shirt £19.49
We cyclists love to be able to identify one another even when we’re off the bike. This Molteni organic T-shirt should do the job for those who are in the know. www.whitstabletshirtcompany.co.uk
DeFeet Duragloves £13.99
Defeet’s simple knitted Duragloves have become a bit of a classic. They’re grippy, tough and pretty inexpensive. When the temperature drops to the point that you need something that’s windproof, you can still use these as liner gloves underneath. www.i-ride.co.uk
Castelli Sanremo Thermosuit £250.00
It's hard to explain the comfort of the one-piece Castelli Sanremo Thermosuit, you really have to experience it for yourself. It's just... better. This is the onsie of choice for the performance-minded cyclist.
Bianchi Infinito CV £7100.00
Well, you never know, do you? Shoot for the stars. www.bianchi.com