Trying to find that perfect Christmas gift for the special cyclist in your life sometimes feels like being despatched by the ruler of the land to roam the farthest reaches of their empire, and not return until you’ve found the most beautiful intricate shiny trinket hand hewn and precious jewel inlaid by the most skilled craftsmen in all the realm.
A discerning alternative to the Campag corkscrew: Farfalli Fibra Carbon Fibre Corkscrew
For the discerning cyclist who demands prime pump action: Kuwahara Hirame Pump Head
For the discerning sipper: Kwaremont Beer
A Christmas cliché reimagined for picky cyclists: Veloskin Shave Cream and Post Shave Bundle
Store your bike(s) in style: An elegant wooden bike stand
A lusty lockring and BB tool that will last you a lifetime: Feedback Sports Bottom Bracket and Lockring Tool
A bit of bike jewellery that’s actually nice: Studio 51 Pendant Cleat
A more discerning way to add something anodised to your bike: Wolf Tooth Anodised Thru Axle
For the discerning cyclist who knows where it's worth spending the big bucks: Castelli Slicker Pro Jacket
Retro and delicious: Magistrale Cycling Coffee
A more discerning way to upcycle: August Bicycles Coffee Tamper
A more elegant bottle cage (that actually holds your bidon securely): Hulsroy Bottle Cage
A Thermos, but for the discerning cyclist: Spatz Capsule Winter Fuelling Flask
An uber cool cycling cap: PEdALED Japanese Bandana Cap
A discerning multi-tool to lend your less discerning mate mid-ride: PNW Pebble Tool
Some discerning reading material: Jobst Brandt Ride Bike!
Clean up in style: King Cage Titanium Dustpan
You spend months travelling weary epic miles across greased treacherous bike shop floors, trudge through the sticky magazine mire looking for clues and wander around the endless dank wastelands of the internet, fighting the odd troll along the way, trying to find this exquisite bauble who’s myth only grows with time and tavern tales that it’s been blessed with a unicorn’s kiss, and which would finally render your exhausting quest complete.
Upon return you can only hope that the gift finds favour with the crowned head, otherwise you’re destined for banishment in the deepest darkest dungeon until you’re allowed out to make the tea. Our bravest knight VecchioJo has already scoured the farthest corners of the dominion so you don’t have to, and can proffer a selection of cycling presents that should please even the most fussy monarch, or princess.
This gift guide for the discerning cyclist (not to be confused with the cyclist who just wants expensive things, for that see our money-no-object gifts for cyclists guide) might help any awkward unwrapping incidents. We'd also recommend having a gander at our sub-£50 gift guide for stocking fillers if the cyclist in your life is less picky, and our annual what not to buy for cyclists guide for... well, you get the idea.
Without further ado...