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Gifts for cyclists 2022 under £50 — the best affordable Christmas presents for the cyclist in your life

Refreshed for 2022, our sub-£50 gift ideas for the dedicated, avid or casual cyclist that you need to buy a Christmas pressie for

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Whether you're looking for the perfect gift for your mum, dad, significant other, mate or even for your own list, we've got you covered! Here are our top cycling gifts for under 50 quid this Christmas.


Prices of just about everything have gone up in the past year, but don't fear... there are still some cracking gifts to be had for less than £50. This is all the stuff that we're putting on our own lists, many of which have seriously impressed the reviews team over the past year.

Hopefully, you find plenty of ideas that you might not have thought of, but as always drop your own recommendations in the comments section below. What's the best sub-£50 Christmas gift that you've ever given or received?

If you're looking to spend more on that special someone (including yourself) then check out our money-no-object Christmas gift guide. Also keep your eyes peeled for more 2022 Christmas Gift Guide's coming very soon!

The best Christmas gifts for cyclists under £50

CamelChops Blimp 2.0 handlebar bag

CamelChops Blimp 2.0 handlebar bag

CamelChops Blimp 2.0 handlebar bag

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Out there cargo carrying
Buy now for £46 from Etsy
Great quality
Handmade in Scotland
Custom colour options
Great value for money
No internal pockets

Handmade in Scotland, this is one of the best bikepacking bags on the market and an item you can truly customise to suit the style of the cyclist in your life.

Made from tough waterproof fabric with a YKK Aquaguard zip, the 3L capacity Blimp 2.0 features a small external side pocket for holding a small tool kit, and a front accessory daisy chain that's ideal for mounting a light.

The Blimp has a stiffening liner that helps the bag hold its shape, and it’s also an extra layer that defends against the elements. Quick and easy to fit securely, the Velcro straps accommodate tricky cabling with no dramas, so it’s a bag that is suitable for all bikes.

Silca Synergetic Drip Lube

Silca Synergetic Drip Lube

Silca Synergetic Drip Lube

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Fancy AF Lube
Buy now for £25.99 from Trade Inn
Lasts many hundreds of miles
Don't need to start with a clean chain
Keeps your drivetrain very clean
Easily applied
Super-low stiction

This one is sure to spark some debate! Yep, it's a hell of a lot to drop on some lube and some might describe it as a bit... well, boring. However, if your discerning receiver literally has all the gear and clothing they could possibly wish for, then something like this could be the best present they receive.

Not many products manage to obtain a 10/10 rating, but Mike our reviewer was blown away with its performance and said that it's well worth investing in. It lasts for ages, it's very clean, and could save the cyclist in your life loads of money in drivetrain components.

The Silca Drip lube is one of the best bike chain lubes you can buy right now, so is Christmas not the perfect opportunity to get someone something they might not be able to usually justify? Especially if it stops them from covering themselves in oily marks!

Peaty's x Chris King MK2 Tubeless Valves

Peaty's x Chris King MK2 Tubeless Valves

Peaty's x Chris King MK2 Tubeless Valves

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Bike bling
Buy now for £17.99 from Merlin Cycles
Include a 3.4mm spoke key and valve core remover
Available in 12 colours
Choose from three lengths
Fantastic quality
Expensive
Spoke key only does one size

Tis the season to...bling up your bike! These Peaty's X Chris King tubeless valves are a seriously quality bit of kit, and thanks to coming in 12 different colours will be sure to match a bike's colour scheme and add a certain something to an ordinarily boring component.

During testing we found them to be well-made, durable and compatible with rim liners, meaning they can be used for a long time by lots of riders.

The tubeless valves are offered in a wide range of lengths to suit all manner of bikes, from mtb to super aero steeds with deep section wheels. Just make sure to not get caught when out in the garage measuring wheels... 

Altura Heritage 12L Backpack

Altura Heritage 12L Backpack

Altura Heritage 12L Backpack

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For the commuter in your life
Buy now for £40 from Halfords
Tough
Protective
Attractive
Fiddly fastenings

The range of cycling backpacks available for under £50 seems to be getting smaller and smaller each year, yet one of our favourites, the 12L Altura Heritage, continues to scrape under that magic price point. 

This good-looking and durable pack is a decent size for commuter basics, and offers good protection for its contents with a water-repellent wax finish that can (mostly) handle pretty heavy rain. If you're looking for an understated, incredibly rugged and protective pack then you can do a lot worse, especially at this price!

Galibier Regale Ultra Optics

Galibier Regale Ultra Optics

Galibier Regale Ultra Optics

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Serious shades for less than you might expect
Buy now for £46 from Galibier
Great value for money
Loads of coverage
Great clarity
Comfortable fit

In a bizarre world where the best cycling sunglasses can cost upwards of £150, the Galibier Regale Ultra Optics are the voice of reason. These sunnies offer a crystal clear view and a completely uninterrupted field of vision. The fit is also great, and they're comfortable too thanks to the minimal pressure from the arms.

Most importantly, we don't think they look half bad either. It might be an odd time to be thinking of buying new shades, but we can't think of many cyclists who wouldn't enjoy finding a set of these under the tree.

Wax Is Dead Bike Ceramic Coating

Wax Is Dead Bike Ceramic Coating

Wax Is Dead Bike Ceramic Coating

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For the clean freaks
Buy now for £45 from Hargroves Cycles
Easy to apply
Protects against scratches
Makes your bike easier to clean
Up to two years durability
Is just a bit different!
Big initial outlay
Prep is fiddly and time consuming

Spread the gift of clean bikes this Christmas with Wax is Dead's Ceramic Coating. Think uber-lavish car care product, but for your bike. 

This ceramic coating is easy to apply, dirt-repelling and prevents fine scratches and swirls. It also makes it easy to clean your machine in the future thanks to the hydrophobic coating that makes it hard for mud to stick.

Yes, this is pretty expensive, but the effects are claimed to last two years and the bottle does multiple bikes. If you're buying for someone who's serious about protecting their bike then this is just the ticket!

Bike Fit 2nd Edition by Phil Burt

Bike Fit 2nd Edition by Phil Burt

Bike Fit 2nd Edition by Phil Burt

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Cure those winter niggles
Buy now for £15 from Amazon
Clear and informative
Well structured
Broad; this is not just a book for elite racers
Is just a bit different!
One or two questionable illustrations

Bored of hearing about knee and back niggles? A good on-bike position is one of the cheapest and most effective ways of not only preventing injuries, but also unlocking power and performance. Phil Burt is a legend in his field and manages to cram a whole load of information into a very readable - and dare I say interesting - way.

We honestly believe that this is one of the most effective uses of £20 in the world of cycling, and the good news is this is the perfect gift for everyone from the weekend warrior to the budding pro.

Kinesis Jo Burt Signature Reflective Handlebar Tape

Kinesis Anti-Slip Handlebar Tape Jo Burt Signature Series Reflective

Kinesis Anti-Slip Handlebar Tape Jo Burt Signature Series Reflective

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Some of the best bar tape we've tested...and it looks funky!
Buy now for £27 from Merlin Cycles
Comfortable
Grippy wet or dry
Good amount of stretch
Reflective
Is just a bit different!
Limited colours
Quite thick with no thickness options

Handlebar tape is a very personal thing, so proceed with caution! That said, we haven't met many people yet who haven't absolutely loved this super grippy and plush bar tape.

As well as writing about bikes for us under the name VecchioJo, Jo Burt is famous for creating Mint Sauce, a comic strip within the magazine MBUK. “This combination of pictures, words and thoughts that come with riding bikes a long way, is why we asked him to design this signature tape,” says Kinesis. 

The tacky touch bar tape includes a shockproof layer for protecting your wrists from the rougher roads as well as text and a bit of humour from Jo throughout its length. It's supremely grippy in both the dry and wet, can improve the comfort and feel of a bike no end and well, it's not plain black. Enough said!

GCN The Complete Fan's Guide To Pro Cycling

GCN The Complete Fan's Guide To Pro Cycling

GCN The Complete Fan's Guide To Pro Cycling

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Get clued up this Christmas
Buy now for £16.99 from Global Cycling Network
Easy and insightful read
Plenty of insights and comments from pro riders
Sheds details on the murkier side of professional cycling
More variation in text colour required for captions
I would have preferred more stats 
Not as comprehensive as the name suggests

Our second recommended book is once again a cracker... no, not that kind!

Now, I don't mean to tempt fate but the weather over Christmas isn't usually excellent, and not all of us have ambitions of completing the Festive 500. That leaves a bit more free time to dive into a bit of light reading. This intriguing look into the world of professional cycling benefits from insights from current professional cyclists, alongside GCN's host of ex-pros so you'll stay informed without falling asleep. 

This is a gift that keeps on giving, as it's the perfect book to have on hand whether you're watching a five-hour Grand Tour stage, a UCI cyclocross race or even an individual time trial. It might even help with those stupidly hard questions in the commercial breaks of the Tour de France!

PNW Components Satellite Saddle Bag

PNW Components Satellite Saddle Bag

PNW Components Satellite Saddle Bag

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Sleek storage for all
Buy now for £35 from PNW Components
Stylish and sleek design
Tough and water resistant
Very stable
Smooth YKK zip
Bungee strap doesn't snag shorts, unlike Velcro
Have to undo the strap to open the zip

The PNW Components Satellite Saddle Bag is a light, attractive and reliable piece of kit that makes an excellent companion on commutes or short rides. While it's tough enough to withstand the flying debris and sharp brambles of off-road riding, its compact size and lycra-friendly attachment make it ideal for road use too. 

If you've got a mate or riding buddy that looks like a camel with the amount of kit and spares they cram into their poor jersey pockets, then this understated, compact and well-made saddle bag is the way to go!

Knog Scout Bike Alarm and Finder

Knog Scout Bike Alarm and Finder

Knog Scout Bike Alarm and Finder

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Louder than the staff Christmas party
Buy now for £49.99 from Certini
Easy to use
Loud and sensitive alarm
Find My functionality
Screws could be longer ​
No current Android support

Many of us would rather not think about bike theft until it's too late, but when prevention and deterrence are this easy perhaps we need to rethink that. The Knog Scout is an effective combination of a tracker (does what it says on the tin) and an alarm that's louder than those pesky carol singers or the kid that thinks they can sing in the Christmas nativity.

If you know someone who has a tendency of leaving their bike unattended at the cafe then this super-sensitive alarm will easily attract attention and deter the opportunistic thief. Our one small recommendation would be to also provide some longer screws, as the ones that come with it are on the short side...

TICCC Roam Fluro Splash T-shirt

TICCC Roam Fluro Splash T-shirt

TICCC Roam Fluro Splash T-shirt

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On and off the bike style and substance
Buy now for £31.5 from tic-cc.com
Light
Made from recycled materials
Simple
The lack of pockets might bother some

It wouldn't be Christmas without some new clothing! This simple T-shirt is extremely well crafted and can be used both on and off the bike thanks to its well-thought-out cut.

The lightweight wicking material doesn't get sweaty or damp and it's not too overt in its cycling styling either, so it works just as well when you're not riding. It's certainly a much less obvious cycling-flavoured tee than most of those in our best cycling T-shirts guide.

MAAP Training Towel

MAAP Training Towel

MAAP Training Towel

On trend pain cave gear
Buy now for £30 from Maap
It just looks cool!
Bike specific design
Uses recycled fabrics
Comfortable
We are yet to review it

Looking for something to spruce up the hurt locker or add fashion to the pain cave? Maap's new training towel only got released a few days ago so unfortunately, we haven't been able to test it; but at least it's unlikely to already be owned by whoever you're buying for!

Available in white or navy blue, this training towel is said to 'level up your indoor training on the bike or gym session'. Constructed from moisture-absorbing materials to help soak up the sweat from a hard training session. One side features a folded end that easily secures over the handle-bars to help eliminate sweat and excess moisture from lying stagnant on your bike, while the other end features a loop that secures around the towel when rolled up.

Universal Colours Spectrum Light Men's Short Sleeve Jersey

Universal Colours Spectrum Light Men's Short Sleeve Jersey An environmentally conscious festive bargain

Universal Colours Spectrum Light Men's Short Sleeve Jersey

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An environmentally conscious festive bargain
Buy now for £45 from Sigma Sports
Light
Breathable
Uses recycled fabrics
Comfortable
No zipped valuables pocket

Yesss...we know what you're going to say...however, the jersey is currently available with a whopping 59% off making it £49. As one of my favourite jerseys of the season, this lightweight climbers jersey was just too good to ignore and deserves a special mention.

Available in two styles which you'll either love or hate, this garment has some serious eco credentials and approximately fifteen 500ml disused bottles are repurposed for each jersey

Pro Cycling Trumps Customised Sprinter A4 print

Pro Cycling Trumps Customised Sprinter A4 print Custom wall art

Pro Cycling Trumps Customised Sprinter A4 print

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Custom wall art
Buy now for £47 from Pro Cycling Trumps
Multiple styles available

Is this the ultimate wall art for a man/woman cave? We certainly think it's up there. For £47 you too can have an A4 personalised print in a variety of styles, there are a Top-trumps Esq stats card or prints such as this sprinter but CX riders and more casual rider prints are also available.

This is the perfect gift for every budget, want to spend less? There's smaller prints available, looking for something bigger? These are available up to size A2!

Jamie has been riding bikes since a tender age but really caught the bug for racing and reviewing whilst studying towards a master's in Mechanical engineering at Swansea University. Having graduated, he decided he really quite liked working with bikes and is now a full-time addition to the road.cc team. When not writing about tech news or working on the Youtube channel, you can still find him racing local crits trying to cling on to his cat 2 licence...and missing every break going...