Christmas gifts for cyclists 2013: Urbane gifts for urban cyclists
Gifts for the stylish cycling man or woman about town
Gathered here are some safe gift ideas for the more urbane cyclist, a list of thoughtfully chosen presents (my personal wish list) that would be gratefully appreciated (definitely by me). There should be something here for every pocket but Christmas isn't a time to cut corners, and obsess about the price tag when you've got the chance to make the cyclist in your life look cool round town on his or her bike.
Full-Windsor The Nutter £39.99
Suggesting you put a tool in a stocking can't help put me in mind of the Red Hot Chili Peppers but this one would be slightly more appropriate. This nifty multi-tool has a plethora of bits to attach into the investment cast alloy body to tackle most roadside repairs and minor bike tampering. The long metal body has a 15mm box head spanner integrated into it, giving you enough leverage to tighten up the back wheel of their fixie and it not to slip forward once you crank hard on the pedals. the opposite end of the spanner head is a soft tipped tyre lever which can prize off even the most stubborn rubber boot like tyre. All of this is neatly housed in a pretty leather tool pouch which can be attached to the back of your saddle or hung on your top tube. Oh, and it has a built in bottle opener for all that Christmas cheer.
LMNH podium pants £25
What cyclist wouldn’t want to parade around the house on Christmas morning, standing proud with their podium pants on? These cotton trunks from London's popular bicycle cafe Look Mum No Hands are amusingly decorated in the jersey colours awarded in the Tour de France for the King of the mountains, Sprinter and Overall winner (as if you didn't know).
Rapha Jeans - £150
Show off your partner’s pins with some quality slim fitting jeans. These have enough stretch to for some proper pedal spinning on the bike and have nice little features like a reflective logo on the inside of the leg which is on show when the trouser leg is rolled up. The denim has a clever coating that makes it more abrasion resistant and less prone to picking up dirty marks so will look better for longer.
howies - Beemer shirt - £69
This checked shirt has reflective strips woven into the the fabric which come alive when headlights shine on them them, it might be a little too cold to be cycling at night without a coat but this benefit will become apparent when the nights are a little warmer. You will also notice its reflective powers when you take a picture of it with the flash on!
Vulpine Merino long socks £20.00
If you are going to buy someone socks for Christmas, make the gift a bit more special than a three pack from Aldi and get them something that will make their feet feel like royalty. These long merino wool socks will make the top half of your legs jealous when pulled up to the knee. It's a bit like saying thanks for the support (Christmas pun).
Outdoor technology - The Buckshot £39.95
Re-live the days of bothering the neighbourhood with LL Cool J or the latest Now Music album thumping out of your boombox with this waterproof bluetooth speaker. Easy to attach to handlebars, this wireless gadget can even work as a hands-free device for a mobile phone which means you can take or make calls or to get sat-nav commands from Google Maps and be able to hear them on the move. The built in rechargeable Li-ion will keep this noise horn alive for hours, long enough for environmental health to arrive at which point you can pedal away.
Giro - Republic shoes £129.99
These dapper new cycling shoes look great with normal civilian clothing and not like something prescribed by a podiatrist. They are available in four different colours and are a nice finish to the bottom of any urbane cyclist’s legs. Smart and comfortable enough to leave on at the office all day too. http://www.giro.com/eu_en/products/men/cycling-shoes/republic.html
Tobermory single malt whiskey - £35
I was introduced to this at Eurobike by those lovers of fine malts, the Endura clothing peeps. It is a treat to the taste buds. Here is what the chaps at Master of Malt have to say about it: "The nose is quite light and fresh. There are notes of barley sugars and toasted cereals, hints of winter spice and a soft oak with notes of salty melted butter and ground ginger. The palate is quite sweet and light. There are notes of acacia honey and a soft oak, the smoke and peppers thereof rise gently with a touch of dried fruit and peel with a cinnamon note. The finish is long and herbal with a touch of pepper." Put the fire on, we're staying in tonight.
Endura leather city cycling glove £29.99
These are a well-priced leather glove which still looks cool when you aren't on the bike, so not like you have just stepped off a motocross bike or been on the piste all day. They have a good snug fit that cyclists, stranglers and safe crackers will love.
City Cycling Guide Set - £25
What better way to hint to your other half that you want to be taken on romantic city breaks across Europe than this beautifully presented collection of pocket-sized city guides? Your 8 destinations are:
• Antwerp/ Ghent
Cooper Hackett Tourer bike £1999.95
I can imagine this collaboration between Cooper and Hackett was hatched over a cognac in the RAC club in front of an open fire whilst Messrs Cooper and Hackett reclined on wingback Chesterfields. If you have the wedge then this is a handsome bike that will please both the cyclist and the eye. The Reynolds 531 frame and Campagnolo Veloce groupset help decorate this British racing green bicycle.
Bobbin cycles - Gold helmet £36
If Barbarella rode a bicycle, she'd wear this gold helmet, and look hot. It is a classic skate helmet with a shiny gold finish. You need to be confident to wear this but if your can pull it off, you've pulled with it on.
Rocker mini BMX £149.99
A mini BMX is the best excuse for messing about I can think of if you have young kids. These are scaled down mini versions of 20” BMXs designed to take a serious amount of adult sized abuse, great fun for kids from 4 years old to dad’s of 40 years old (and older). Watch the video. These aren't just toys, I fear that your kid might not be playing on it as much as you will!
Bicycle coffee Co Bicycle Coffee Drip Cone
- $35+ P&P
Drip cones is where it's at, or at least it was last week. Well, wherever it is at right now, this pours a nice cup of Jo. Made in ceramic and with a chainring-like base, this drip cone is from those coffee hippies Bicycle Coffee Co. It even comes in a nicely packaged in a box with a Tenugui (Traditional Japanese tea towel) designed by Secret Handshake…no, really. http://www.bicyclecoffeeco.com/