Stuck for a present for Dad for Father's Day on Sunday? Here are some ideas from the road.cc brains trust.
We've tried to steer away from the obvious. Sure, everyone likes Rapha gear, you can't have too many boxes of Clif Bars, we'd love a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupset and we're still lusting over Hunt Wheels, but there's more to life than cycling. So here's a selection to remind Dad of riding when he's stuck with doing something less important.
Official road.cc day pass
One for dad to print out and keep for a day when he really, really, really needs to get out for a ride even though the lawn needs mowing, the car needs washing and the tumble dryer's melting through the kitchen floor. The gert big printable version is here.
We're really pleased with our caps. Made for us by Primal, they're comfortable and absorbent with a built in sweatband and crushable foam brim. They're thin enough to sneak under a helmet and will keep the sun off if you go lidless.
Handprinted on 100% organic cotton, here's the answer to everyone who observes Dad's cycling obsession and says he needs to get a life.
eBay sellers have a huge selection of cycling mugs including this one. You can also choose homages to retro jersey design, Victoria Pendleton's famous nude, vintage Raleigh posters and lots more. Great for Dad's office desk.
Post-ride treats for after those long, hard days in the saddle when the hills have been mysteriously steeper and the weather's turned foul. Spoil yourself, Dad; you've earned it.
The greatest legal stimulant and the right way to drink it: pure and straight. If Dad's working on perfecting his espresso technique, a Perfect Shot glass tells him exactly how large a single shot of espresso should be.
Artist Anthony Oram offers a wide range of cycling artworks and slogans. We love the simplicity of this design which unostentatiously evokes the curves of the velodrome.
Let the world know what sort of rider Dad is with these shirts from Velolove. There are 'Grimpeur' and 'Sprinteur' designs as well.
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Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.
Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.
Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.
The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.