If you’re still searching for a present for that special cyclist in your life, your caring, sharing road.cc is here to get you out of a fix with some last minute suggestions. Let’s cut to the chase, we don’t have much time.
The quickest way to get a pressie is usually to head to your local bike shop and ask what they’d suggest from the brands they stock.
We’d say that you can’t go wrong with a track pump, if the lucky recipient doesn’t already have one. We loved the Zefal Profil Max FP60 (£36.99) that we reviewed earlier in the year, for example.
Gloves are another Christmas favourite and every cyclist needs to keep their hands warm. The Sportful Sotto Zero gloves (£50) are comfortable and warm.
If you’re feeling a bit more flush, gadgets usually go down well. The Garmin Edge 820 GPS bike computer (£329.99, above) is feature-packed, small and impressive.
You can buy online until pretty late, although you obviously have to factor in delivery times (unless you collect in-store). That isn’t the case with e-gift vouchers, though. These are usually sent out automatically via email so you could even order them on Christmas morning if you really had to, and they’d arrive with your chosen recipient soon afterwards.
Royal Mail recommends these latest posting dates for Christmas 2016:
• Tuesday 20 December - 2nd Class and Royal Mail Signed For
• Wednesday 21 December - 1st Class and Royal Mail Signed For
• Thursday 22 December - Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed
• Friday 23 December - Special Delivery Saturday Guaranteed
The final dates for delivery to most parts of the world in time for Christmas have already come and gone, unfortunately, although you can still post International Standard and all International Tracking and Signature Services to some overseas destinations until Saturday 17 December.
Most retailers will do all they can to get stock out in time for Christmas, although you’ll probably need to pay extra if you leave it really late. There are delivery details for various online stores down below.
Wiggle has a Gift Finder service that helps you decide on presents. You tap in whether you’d like a gift for a man, woman, boy or girl, then the sport you’re interested in. Assuming you choose cycling, you get the choice of road, mountain bike or commuter gifts, and finally you input the amount you’d like to spend. Many other online stores have similar schemes.
You can buy vouchers from £5 to £100 too.
There’s also the option of creating a wishlist. You can choose products from the site, add them to your wishlist and then share that wishlist with others to save them trying to work out what you’d like to receive.
Wiggle currently has a 'spend and save' promotion on clothing, helmets and sunglasses. You can save £15 when you spend £100 and save £40 when you spend £200.
Wiggle say that you’ll get other orders over £20 delivered free in time for Christmas if you shop by noon on 20 December.
Chain Reaction has a special Christmas store that offers gift vouchers for any value you like. These are e-gift vouchers that are emailed through to either you or the recipient, so you really can get these last minute.
Chain Reaction also offers all sorts of present suggestions: gifts for gadget lovers, female riders, kids, and so on.
The 18-piece X-Tools Bike Tool Kit suggested for home mechanics is available for £34.99 rather than its £49.99 retail price.
Chain Reaction says that you can have items delivered in time for Christmas by Standard Tracked Delivery if you order by Tuesday 20 December and by Priority Tracked Delivery (£2.99) until Thursday 22 December.
Collect+ (£1.99), where you can pick up a parcel at a local collection point, is available until Tuesday 20 December.
Next Day Tracked Delivery (£4.99) is available until Thursday 22 December, as is Next Day AM Express (£9.99).
The date for Christmas delivery for tracked bulky items, including bikes, is Friday 16 December.
Evans offers e-gift vouchers along with Christmas present ideas based on price and category.
Follow the ‘gift sets and multipacks’ suggestions through and you can pick up a Muc-Off Ultimate Bicycle Kit that retails at £59.99 for £47.99.
You can order a bike on Evans’ Click & Collect (where it is delivered to the store you choose) by Sunday 18 December at noon and collect it before Christmas. You can order home delivery service up until midday on Monday 19 December (Friday 16 December for remote postcode areas) and you’ll receive it on Wednesday 21 December, or pay for Next Day delivery (£29.99) until Wednesday 21 December at 3:30pm.
The last day for standard UK delivery (free on orders over £20) of clothing, parts and accessories is Tuesday 20 December. You can pay £4.99 for next day UK delivery until Thursday 22 December.
Evans guarantees to deliver your order to your nominated store before Christmas if you order using Click & Collect by Sunday 18 December. After that it's not guaranteed but you can check the Click & Collect lead time for any item to your local store on the Evans website.
Most stores are open until 8pm during the week and until 4pm on Saturday 24 December.
Hargroves has its own Christmas section on its website where it offers gift suggestions under headings like ‘Tech’ and ‘Stocking Fillers’.
You can also look at gift ideas divided up according to price. The Under £100 gifts section contains everything from a £40 Bianchi Cafe & Cycles Espresso cup and saucer to a Lezyne Port a Shop toolkit that’s down in price from £109.99 to £75.99.
Hargroves offers gift vouchers from £10 to £100 too.
The final date for UK orders to arrive in time for Christmas is Sunday 18 December.
Decathlon provides gift suggestions for many different sports including cycling.
If you choose to send an e-gift card (values from £10 to £250 and valid for two years), which you can personalise with your own message and photo, you can have it delivered on the date you choose, so it can arrive on Christmas morning.
There are many items on sale if you do some looking around the Decathlon website. The B’Twin Mach 720 road bike, for example, is down from £1,000 to £879.99 in sizes small and large.
If you order online, the dates for bulky deliveries in time for Christmas have passed. The final date for Christmas delivery is Monday 19 December if you choose to have it sent by Royal Mail or UPS Access Point (where you collect from a point near your home) and Tuesday 20 December with DHL. You can choose Click & Collect delivery until Wednesday 21 December and pick up the order in your selected store until Christmas Eve.
If you miss the final ordering dates, you can still choose the Reserve in Store option and pick up the items from your Decathlon closest store, if they are available there.
Halfords is currently offering good deals on selected Boardman bikes.
The Boardman Road Pro Carbon bike that was £1,349.10 is now £1,199.20 for example, while the Boardman Road Team Carbon bike is down from £999 to £799.20.
Halfords also offers Christmas gift suggestions for bike enthusiasts.
This Topeak Joe Blow Sport II Bike Pump, for instance, is £30 rather than the RRP of £39.99.
The latest date you can place a Christmas order for standard delivery is 8pm on Monday 19 December.
The cut-off for express/next day delivery before Christmas is Thursday 22 December. You can order items on click and collect and pick them up from a store until 24 December.
Cycle Surgery offers Christmas gift suggestions for various different types of rider: roadies, mountain bikers, commuters, kids, techies... There are price pointed ideas too.
In the gifts for the roadie, section, for example, there are Gore Bikewear Unisex Universal Windstopper gloves for £40 and Lezyne's Alloy Drive Digital Track Pump for £79.99.
In order to ensure your order arrives by standard UK delivery in time for Christmas Cycle Surgery says you need to order by 11:59pm on Wednesday 21 December.
Due to build times, the last order date to ensure Christmas delivery of bikes is Friday 16 December at 11.59pm.
Cycle Surgery offers gift cards from £10 up to £500.
Edinburgh Bicycle does gift vouchers from £5 to £100, each supplied with a limited edition Revolution Will Not Be Motorised greetings card.
There’s a gift ideas section that you can arrange by price.
The last ordering date for free UK mainland delivery service of in-stock items is Monday 19 December. For accessories and clothing the cutoff is 6pm on Tuesday 20 December.
If you miss the deadline dates, call Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative on 0845 257 0808 (lo call) or 0131 331 5010 between 10am and 6pm and they'll let you know if it’s feasible to get an order to you in time for Christmas.
Vulpine offers Christmas gift suggestions based on the type of rider and the amount you have to spend.
You can but a Women’s Christmas Bundle comprising a merino collar, softshell gloves and merino boyshorts for £99 rather than the usual £124. A men’s version is available at the same price.
There’s a Cosy Christmas Bundle available at £60 rather than the usual £75. This consists of merino socks, collar and beanie.
You can also buy gift vouchers for £10 up to £200.
Vulpine will take orders up until Wednesday 21 December for Christmas delivery, provided it’s to a UK address.
Ribble has its own Christmas Shop containing gift ideas for him, for her, for mechanics, for people who have everything, and so on. There are also ideas for stocking fillers and gifts under £10.
The stocking filler section, for example, includes the Knog Blinder Mini Dot front light at £19.79 rather than the usual £21.99 while the tech and gadgets section has the Garmin Edge Touring GPS bike computer for £159.99 rather than £199.99.
Ribble is currently running Spend and Save offers on clothing whereby you can save £20 when you spend £100 and £50 when you spend £200 (certain products are excluded from the offers).
Ribble says that you can order right up until Friday 23 December and still get your products before Christmas if you opt for next day delivery.
You can still buy Early Bird tickets to road.cc Live at £20 each.
The event takes place in Bath on Sunday 26 February 2017 and we’ve got some great bike brands lined up for you, including Scott, Specialized, Canyon, Cube, Giant, Rose and Ribble.
People will be able to ride models from these big brands at Bath's Odd Down circuit. It's a custom-built 1.5km road circuit, and the event has exclusive use of the pristine tarmac all day so there will be no fighting with traffic on the test rides!
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Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.