Christmas Gifts for Women Cyclists

Gifts for the cycling woman in your life

by Leonie Jennings   November 14, 2013  

As it’s starting to be acknowledged more widely that women actually do ride bikes too, there’s an increasing array of female friendly bike related gift opportunities on offer now. No matter what her style of riding, be she racer, fitness rider, round-the-lanes-pootler or hardcore commuter, there should be something from the list below to please any cycling woman on Christmas Day and hopefully beyond.


Café du Cycliste Violette Woman Merino Jersey 120 Euro


Not a jersey for the depths of winter, but perfect for long rides out in the glorious summers we are quickly becoming so used to.  It’s made from merino wool, that luxurious and odour defying fabric, and the fit is flattering and attractive while delivering genuine Gallic chic. There’s a full-zip for flexibility of ventilation and three rear pockets for bits and bobs. Gift her with just a little bit of the Cote d’Azur…..
www.cafeducycliste.com
www.velovixen.com

Matrix Academy Rider Mug £16 & iPhone Case £19.50

How to celebrate women’s competitive cycling AND put a little back. An amount from every sale of the Jessie Walker and Hannah Walker mugs and phone cases goes back into funding the team.
www.martysartyparty.com

Trail 42 Pack Flask £15

A nifty stainless steel insulating flask that is designed to fit into a bike bottle cage. The possibilities are endless.
www.trail42.co.uk

Alex Monroe Bianchi Bicycle Necklace £168 for 22 carat gold plate or £144 for sterling silver

THE. GUARANTEED*. WAY. TO. ANY. FEMALE. CYCLIST’S. HEART. An exquisitely crafted tiny replica of Alex Monroe’s own Bianchi bike, in sterling silver or gold plate, this combines the best of classic British boutique jewellery design with a design that any bike-loving female will treasure forever.

(*Road.cc cannot and will not be held responsible for any jewellery related Christmas Day disasters)
www.alexmonroe.com

Anna Nichoola V Earwarmers £18


Earwarmers aren’t technical right? Very wrong in the case of these from Ana Nichoola. Made from a soft, warm fleecy backed fabric, they are designed to be slim enough to fit under a helmet, there’s a pony tail loop at the back for those with long hair, and most genius of all, there are even little slots for the legs of riding glasses.
www.ananichoola.co.uk

Cycle Geezer Bike Chain Trivet £15


A less greasy, and more socially acceptable way to have bike bits lying around on kitchen work surfaces, this handy upcycled chain trivet can be used to support hot pans, or just as a presentation aid when serving up dinner.
www.cyclegeezer.com

Michaux Club Zodiac Medium Shoulder Bag £290


YES, it’s expensive, but it’s an incredibly well thought through bike friendly shoulder bag that translates easily into everyday duty as well as performing well on the bike. A handy strap keeps it secure when you’re riding but can be clipped away when the bag is just a day to day shoulder bag and reflective accents on the front add to after dark safety, irrespective of whether the carrier is cycling or walking. It’s large enough to carry a commuter’s necessities, including a tablet or small laptop if required, but is designed to stay stable and secure when cycling.
www.michauxclub.com

Hill & Ellis Dorothy Bag £154.99


It looks like a pretty vintage style leather handbag, but it hides a secret, it’s actually got a sneaky zipped flap at the back which covers pannier fastenings, meaning this can easily be attached to a rack for cycling duty. A pannier bag for those who want a “normal” bag.
www.hillandellis.com

Green Oil Bike Brush £9.99

This good-looking UK made bike brush can be used for all sorts of bike cleaning duties, and its FSC certified wood handle just makes it a bit more pleasing than the average plastic brush (hmm… just trying to picture the look on your face if Mr Leonie gave you a cleaning brush for Christmas - ed)
www.green-oil.net

Stitch-Mi-Lane Bike Wheel Cushion £28


Hand-stitched and quirky, these are a great way to bring some bicycle style into the front room. Available in two different colour combos these are made in the UK using high quality cushion pads.
www.stitchmilane.bigcartel.com

Stitch-Mi-Lane Bike Twist Snood £35

Hand-knitted in the UK from 100% merino wool, this warm, but hard-wearing loop of scarf features a twist on the traditional Fair Isle pattern interspersed with little bikes. Ideal for wearing on the bike as well as off, as there are no ends to come unwound from the neck and it can’t get lost! Available in two colours.
www.stitchmilane.bigcartel.com

The Beautiful Road Notebook £18

A cute little notebook designed for scribbling down all those amazing ideas one has whilst out cycling. Of course, the window of opportunity for writing those down post-ride and pre-amnesia inducing cup of tea is minute, so strike while the…..oh, what was it?www.thebeautifulride.co.uk

Rab Women’s Xenon Hoodie £ 130

Not strictly bike wear, but for anyone prone to feeling the cold, particularly after a hard cyclocross race, during a tea stop or even after a brutally cold commute, this jacket is the business. Incredibly light, it packs down small if you need it to, but delivers levels of warmth usually only associated with heavyweight down jackets. It’s soft, silky and easily packed into a rucksack or pannier.
www.rab.uk.com

Morvelo Skye Women’s Shorts £80


Women’s specific bib-shorts are hard enough to find, let alone ones with some actual design element! These come with a dual-layer female specific Italian chamois and are tried and tested by the Morvelo Test Team which includes International racers and National Champions, so they’re not just a pretty face. Or backside.
www.morvelo.com

Rapha Long Sleeved Base Layer £65

The road.cc Christmas gift list just isn’t Christmassy if it doesn’t kick off a value vs price debate, so here’s the Rapha entry.  At £65, haters will, er, hate the fact that it’s actually good value for money, when you consider it’s a 100% merino wool top and will give good levels of comfort and performance for years and is a price roughly comparable with other merino base layers of this quality. Available in two neutral colours, it’s an easy way of increasing the versatility of winter layering options and it easily does double duty under jumpers and casual outfits too.
www.rapha.cc

Gore Bike Wear Power Windstopper Softshell Lady Gloves £39.99

Windproof and water resistant, these are ideal as a three season go-to glove. Designed to fit the female hand properly, they are just warm enough for most conditions, with only the very chilliest days potentially proving too much for them. They come in a variety of colour options to please even the choosiest female, even pink for those that have tendencies that way.
www.goreapparel.co.uk

Land of Mud and Glory T-Shirts £18 (Organic Cotton) £22 (Bamboo)

Hand screen-printed in LOMAG’s garage, each of these bike themed t-shirts is unique as well as being both attractive and well made. The bamboo fabric option is particularly desirable for its silky softness.
www.landofmudandglory.co.uk

dhb Reflective Buff £12.99

You can never have too many Buffs and this one’s got reflective patterns and a reflective stripe on it, so it’s hard to go wrong.
www.wiggle.co.uk

dhb Women’s Vaeon Roubaix Pro Padded Bib Tight £79.99


Female specific bib tights made from super warm Italian Roubaix fabric, these offer an integral chamois pad and come in UK sizes 8 to 16. The shape is flattering and high at the front, for maximum warmth and clothing flexibility, but it’s the value for money and the fact that they are available in a variety of colour options that makes them a bit special- red and black, white and black and plain black.
www.wiggle.co.uk

Bicycle Rider’s Luncheon Lunch Box £4.95


A retro-style simple plastic lunch box that suggests the contents should deliver “fortitude, endurance and invigoration”- this of course depends on what’s inside. We’d suggest that while a pasta salad may be a yes, cold pizza slices possibly do not comply. It’ll definitely bring a smile to any rider trapped at her desk on a sunny day.
www.dotcomgiftshop.com

Bike Belle Plastic Sprockett Earrings 5.95 Euro

Just a little bit ‘80s and a lot of fun, these plastic sprocket earrings come in a variety of colours and a couple of different sizes. They’re cheap and cheerful and would make a great addition to a Christmas stocking for a lady cyclist. The website has lots of other great accessories and quirky ideas too.
www.bikebelle.com

Show the woman in your life how much your REALLY love her with one of these (maybe in the Boxing Day sales if you bought her the cleaning brush for Christmas Day - ed). Then be prepared to ride your a**e off to keep up with her.
www.cannondale.com

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Glad to see a BUNCH of women specific cycling items. Definite growth in that sector of the sport

posted by jarredscycling [451 posts]
14th November 2013 - 15:54

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Pet hate here. Why the hell is everyone using the word 'woman' instead of 'female'? You wouldn't say "Christmas gifts for man knitting enthusiasts" or "James Callaghan was the last man prime minister before Margaret Thatcher" would you?

I think this aversion to the f-word comes from some misplaced sense of political correctness or of it being perceived as somehow derogatory whereas 'woman' apparently now imbues a sense of strength and power which is somehow lacking in 'female' - ironically exposing and perpetuating the false presumption that such a sense is even needed or wanted.

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posted by seven [112 posts]
14th November 2013 - 21:37

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seven wrote:
Pet hate here. Why the hell is everyone using the word 'woman' instead of 'female'? You wouldn't say "Christmas gifts for man knitting enthusiasts" or "James Callaghan was the last man prime minister before Margaret Thatcher" would you?

I think this aversion to the f-word comes from some misplaced sense of political correctness or of it being perceived as somehow derogatory whereas 'woman' apparently now imbues a sense of strength and power which is somehow lacking in 'female' - ironically exposing and perpetuating the false presumption that such a sense is even needed or wanted.

You haven't got your comments mixed up and posted something about bikes under a Lily Allen thread over at the Guardian have you?

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posted by Northernbike [138 posts]
14th November 2013 - 23:22

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Nice stuff! Smile

posted by Speedy1319 [25 posts]
15th November 2013 - 11:41

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Ed - you're not wrong about the cleaning brush. Otherwise, great selection: I'll have them all, thanks.

posted by msmtb [4 posts]
15th November 2013 - 14:38

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Right, that's it. It was all well and good cheering on the growing numbers of female cyclists, but here's the thing: It was the last bastion of "I'm a man, and therefore can have the nicest stuff."

Now, though, you're getting the good stuff. Much of the bike industry is still dominated by black/red/white kit, whereas Rapha, for example, have reserved funkier colours for the womens kit.

Anyway, sod it. I'll have:
The merino jersey
The iphone case
The flask
The earwarmers with holes for specs arms
The brush
The notebook
The gloves
T-shirt
Buff
Tights
Lunchbox
Oh, and just make that Evo a bit bigger...

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3188 posts]
15th November 2013 - 16:02

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I was imagining the brush to be a "bonus gift" something like a stocking filler.

Mr Leonie knows better.........I had the Alex Monroe necklace one year Cool

posted by Leonie Jennings [298 posts]
18th November 2013 - 12:49

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seven wrote:
Pet hate here. Why the hell is everyone using the word 'woman' instead of 'female'? You wouldn't say "Christmas gifts for man knitting enthusiasts" or "James Callaghan was the last man prime minister before Margaret Thatcher" would you? ..........

On the other hand why do police spokesmen always say, "A male was seen running from the scene." when it was a man?

Mike

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posted by mike the bike [132 posts]
19th November 2013 - 17:27

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1. Have it, wouldn't recommend it for that price. 2. FUGLY! 3. Maybe. 4. Yes please, in silver. 5. No thanks. 6. UGLY! 7. Love it. 8. No thanks. 9. Sensible stocking filler. 10. Yes please, but only if I can have a pair. 11. Ummmm... 12. See above. 13. Urg, pink. 14. On my list already. 15. Yes. 16. Yes. 17. No. 18. I have prettier buffs than that. 19. Could do bettter. 20. No. 21. No. 22. YES!

posted by runpaintrunrun [2 posts]
20th November 2013 - 14:37

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Good choices road.cc. We have a few more to suggest. How about these? http://www.cyclemiles.co.uk/product-category/shop/gifts-for-cyclists/for...

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posted by CycleMiles [10 posts]
22nd November 2013 - 21:19

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I'd happily buy lots of this stuff. Sadly the domestique refuses to put her comely grupetto anywhere near a saddle.

Boardman CX Team '14 | Cannondale CAAD8 '12 (written off, SMIDSY) | Scott Sportster '08

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posted by Gizmo_ [859 posts]
22nd November 2013 - 23:42

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Thanks CycleMiles there's some pretty lovely stuff there too, you're right! Good choices!

I'll be directing Mr Leonie there around about now I think Party

posted by Leonie Jennings [298 posts]
25th November 2013 - 12:40

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A good alternative couple of bike cushions here

http://kowono.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=bike

posted by robthehungrymonkey [37 posts]
4th December 2013 - 11:07

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seven wrote:
Pet hate here. Why the hell is everyone using the word 'woman' instead of 'female'? You wouldn't say "Christmas gifts for man knitting enthusiasts" or "James Callaghan was the last man prime minister before Margaret Thatcher" would you?

I think this aversion to the f-word comes from some misplaced sense of political correctness or of it being perceived as somehow derogatory whereas 'woman' apparently now imbues a sense of strength and power which is somehow lacking in 'female' - ironically exposing and perpetuating the false presumption that such a sense is even needed or wanted.

Female is an adjective.
Woman/en is a noun singular/plural.

The only difference is grammatical, the second being a compound noun. I think you're reading into it a little bit much.

posted by McTag [39 posts]
4th December 2013 - 18:31

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