Christmas gifts for cyclists who like to ride fast

Present suggestions for performance-minded cyclists

by Mat Brett   November 6, 2013  

Birzman Feexman Cicada Carbon 10 function

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.

 

Birzman Zacoo Tiny Tanker pump £59.99

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 Edge 510 Performance Bundle £299.99

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 - Ed Pickering £16.99

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

 

Birzman Feexman Cicada Carbon 10 function £39.99

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


Chapeau Cold Weather Warm Up Balm  £14.99

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

 

BBB TorqueSet Adjustable Torque Tool  £64.95

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

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Looking forward to the 'presents for slow cyclists' round-up (much more suitable, for me anyway!)

The Molteni shirt is cool, but I've never got round the fact that it's a sausage brand. Thinking

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posted by Ghedebrav [1035 posts]
3rd November 2013 - 20:35

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I'll take that final er, stocking filler if anybody is feeling frivolous!

The Human Cyclist A blog. Try it, you might like it...

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posted by sm [334 posts]
3rd November 2013 - 23:11

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Ghedebrav wrote:
Looking forward to the 'presents for slow cyclists' round-up (much more suitable, for me anyway!)

The Molteni shirt is cool, but I've never got round the fact that it's a sausage brand. Thinking

What're the coolest and least cool sponsors then?

Maybe a bike brand is the coolest - Peugeot, TI Raleigh, BMC etc.

Gitane-Campagnolo is hard to escape - Euro cigs and Euro kit. Beats being sponsored by Murdoch! Wink

posted by merckxissimo [59 posts]
6th November 2013 - 15:46

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The last two items on the list seem to bump up the financial requirement just.... a bit?

posted by jarredscycling [436 posts]
6th November 2013 - 16:04

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Ghedebrav wrote:
... Looking forward to the 'presents for slow cyclists' round-up ...quote]

Me too ... More for the F.L.A.B. posse Smile

still on the 3rd switch-back of Bwlch !

posted by therevokid [682 posts]
7th November 2013 - 8:37

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Dear Santa,
Please can I have a onesie, Garmin Edge and the race against time!
Thanks,
Alison
P.S. I've been a good girl all year Wink

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posted by haverstockgirl [2 posts]
7th November 2013 - 9:02

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A Fibre Flare would be my present recommendation. Great light - very visible, rubberised, doesn't need a bracket and can double up as a glowstick while clubbing.

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7th November 2013 - 11:25

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What are the fittings like on those?

Terms like "silicon ladder system" don't fill me with confidence to be honest. Sounds like those rubber fittings on cheap lights that stretch out.

Would they cope with being regular taken off a bike (to avoid thievery) or swapped on to different bikes?

posted by farrell [1325 posts]
7th November 2013 - 13:29

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merckxissimo wrote:
Ghedebrav wrote:
Looking forward to the 'presents for slow cyclists' round-up (much more suitable, for me anyway!)

The Molteni shirt is cool, but I've never got round the fact that it's a sausage brand. Thinking

What're the coolest and least cool sponsors then?

Maybe a bike brand is the coolest - Peugeot, TI Raleigh, BMC etc.

Gitane-Campagnolo is hard to escape - Euro cigs and Euro kit. Beats being sponsored by Murdoch! Wink

For the next year I'm mostly wearing 'Livestrong' strip...cheap as chips nike gear from TK Maxx.

I could do with more reviews of the best <£20 Christmas gifts...every year I fail to come up with anything I could possibly want for under £20 and the in laws and various seldom seem family just end up going on the world wide web to buy Chain reaction vouchers...some alternative cheap ideas are always useful.

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posted by William Black [196 posts]
7th November 2013 - 20:40

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Less than £10? Keep your £600 smartphone safe and dry with a £7.99 iPac or a £6.99 Ass Saver Smart Ass http://bit.ly/11HcmwY

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posted by thepocpac [11 posts]
7th November 2013 - 21:01

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thepocpac wrote:
Less than £10? Keep your £600 smartphone safe and dry with a £7.99 iPac or a £6.99 Ass Saver Smart Ass http://bit.ly/11HcmwY

Plastic bags free from any major supermarket:

www.waitrose.com

www.sainsburys.co.uk

www.tescos.com

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posted by William Black [196 posts]
7th November 2013 - 21:05

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Cheers guys, really chuffed I made it on the list.

posted by iL Soigneur [8 posts]
7th November 2013 - 21:55

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If you want something under £20, what about a lovely saddle bag?

I just bought one from my local bike shop. You can buy the same one from Wiggle for just under £18:

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/scicon-phantom-230-saddle-bag/

And Wiggle do free delivery and returns which is great, as your in-laws don't have to leave the house to go shopping! Big Grin

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posted by haverstockgirl [2 posts]
7th November 2013 - 22:13

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farrell wrote:
What are the fittings like on those?

Terms like "silicon ladder system" don't fill me with confidence to be honest. Sounds like those rubber fittings on cheap lights that stretch out.

Would they cope with being regular taken off a bike (to avoid thievery) or swapped on to different bikes?

I found the fitting quite good. The ladder means you can fit the light on a variety of tube thicknesses. It's a bit fiddly at first but you soon get the hang of it, and the silicone lasted for me.

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8th November 2013 - 11:28

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We can't guarantee our pOcpacs will help you ride faster but they will make sure you can keep checking your Strava PB and KOMs whilst out in the wet

http://bit.ly/19w3SMg

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posted by thepocpac [11 posts]
11th November 2013 - 10:23

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Good stuff. I'd also add http://www.kustomcaps.com to the mix. Big Grin

Dan Shust
Owner/Laser Jockey
Kustomcaps.com

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posted by getshust [2 posts]
12th November 2013 - 22:12

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Or you could ask Santa for a bike fit. Available nationwide and great value for money

Brighton Bike Fit
www.brightonbikefit.co.uk

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27th November 2013 - 14:31

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