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A right old mix of gift ideas for the cyclist in your life, priced from just £5.99

If you’re after a relatively small and inexpensive present for the cyclist in your life, we have a whole bunch of suggestions to get you started. 

Yes, some of the items we’ve selected here are expensive for stocking fillers and you’d struggle to get a couple of them to into a Christmas stocking, but let’s not be too literal about it! What we have here is a miscellany of bike related bits and pieces that we think would make good presents. They range in price from £5.99 to £55.

Legends of the Tour book £14.99 

Buy now at Waterstones

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Legends of the Tour by Jan Cleijne - pages 1.jpg

Yet another history of the Tour de France? Yes, but Legends of the Tour is different: it is in strip cartoon format. Dutch author Jan Cleijne's book speeds you though the entire history of Le Tour, focusing on the major events. This would make a really interesting present. 

Read our review 

Tour de France jersey tea towel £10

Buy now from Cycling Souvenirs

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You’re buying for someone who already has everything bike-related you can think of? Bet they haven’t got Tour de France jersey tea towels. They're a tenner each, but you can get all three for £25 from Cycling Souvenirs. 

Buy them here 

Fabric Sixteen Tool £24.99 

Available now from Sigma Sport

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Fabric Sixteen Tool 16 function multi-tool - open.jpg

This is a very neat and compact multi-tool, and even the chain tool – often a weak point – works really well. It can be screwed right off, at which point it also serves as a surprisingly competent nipple wrench, with two gauges plus a Mavic spoke key. How's that for tidy design?

Read our review 

Big Maggy’s coffee £5.99

Buy Big Maggy's coffee here

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All cyclists love coffee – well, nearly all – and Big Maggy’s, a coffee shop and bike shop based in Jersey, sells a very good Java/Mocha blend that you can make at home (227g pack). We had some in the office and it was delicious. The Big Maggy in the name is, of course, a reference to Paris-Roubaix and Tour de France stage winner Magnus Backstedt, and this is apparently his personal favourite flavour.

A History of Cycling in 100 Objects £20 
Buy it now for just £9.89 at Bloomsbury

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The History Of Cycling In 100 Objects.jpg

“If you are given a cycling book at Christmas 'because you have a bike', you won't be disappointed if it is this one,” said Richard Peploe in road.cc’s review. 

He’s right. Suze Clemitson makes an eclectic choice of objects; in some cases the object has a very narrow scope (such as the Simplex derailleur), and in others it is a very broad topic – such as BMX, which leads to a condensed history of the sport and its bikes. The book is informative without being dry, and nearly every time you dip into it you will find something that encourages you to keep reading. 

Read our review 

HideMyBell £30.70 

Available now from Merlin Cycles

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This is a bell for people who can't stomach the look of one on the handlebar of their posh road bike. Simply put, it's a mount for Garmin, Mio, Bryton, Polar, Sigma and Wahoo computers that incorporates a bell hidden under the computer mount. You can also fit an optional GoPro or light mount underneath to make it even more useful.

Read our review 

Condor Winter Print Merino Socks £7.99

Buy a pair from Condor Cycles

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These socks make it onto our list by virtue of being both Christmassy and bike-specific. They feature a winter print and they’re made from a merino wool blend that’s designed to wick moisture and regulate temperature. 

Ritchey Barkeeper £15 

Tredz is currently selling them for £13.50

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Ritchey Road Barkeeper Tire Lever.jpg

They’re handlebar plugs, right, and they’re also tyre levers. What will they think of next? The Barkeepers might sound gimmicky but they’re an ingenious use of otherwise dead space and do both their jobs very convincingly. 

Read our review 

NiteRider Swift 450 front light £38 

Buy now for £25% off at Tredz

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Niterider's Swift 450 light puts in a strong performance at a Christmas Gift-friendly price. It offers a decent amount of power, various different modes and food battery life. It’s perfect for town cycling and areas with street lights, as well as commutes to and from the country. 

Read our review 

Sigma Nugget Flash rear light £21.99 

Buy Sigma Buster 100 front light & Nugget Flash rear for £30.10

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Sigma Nugget Flash Rear Light.jpg

This is a versatile, easy-to-use design that ticks all the boxes for a commuter light. Stick on a competitive price tag and it's a winner all round. It's pretty small in comparison with many lights out there, but the 0.5 watt LED is bright enough to be seen from roughly 400m away.

Read our review 

Sportful 2nd Skin long sleeve base layer £50 

Buy now at Bike Inn for just £43.95

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This base layer is incredibly comfortable and performs brilliantly in cold conditions. It’s made from Dryarn polypropylene and polyester, and rather than a uniform texture it is a body-mapped construction, using different fabrics in different areas to provide greater support, warmth and breathability.

Read our review 

K-Edge Garmin Race Mount £54.99

Buy now for just £49.99 from Vanilla Bikes

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K-Edge Garmin Pro Race Mount 2.jpg

It’s pricey for a bike computer mount, but if they’ve been a good boy or girl this year maybe they deserve a treat. The Race Mount allows one of the newer and smaller Garmin Edges to be positioned out front, and it works brilliantly.

Read our review 

Pedros Syn Lube £8.99

Buy now at 25% off from Chain Reaction Cycles

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Can you give something like this as a Christmas present? We reckon you just about can. This stuff goes on quickly, keeps everything running smoothly, and lasts a long time. Job’s a good’un. 

Read our review 

On The Rivet Chamois Cream £9.99 

Buy now from On The Rivet

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On The Rivet Chamois Cream.jpg

You know what I said about the Pedros Syn Lube (above)? That.

On The Rivet Chamois Cream is a UK-produced anti-bacterial concoction that's made from 100 per cent natural ingredients, enriched with sweet almond oil and free from both smell and tingle, all of which is nice, and it works.

Read our review 

VC Wolves of Ventoux T-shirt £26.99

Buy here from Whitstable Printworks 

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Whitstable Printworks offers a whole range of road cycling-related T-shirts, sweatshirts, hooded sweats, prints and posters, some of them more in-yer-face than others.

Rapha women’s base layer £60

Buy now from Rapha

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Rapha Women's Base Layer Short Sleeve.jpg

Beautifully soft, body-hugging without being restrictive, and capable of dealing with both hot and cold temperatures, Rapha's Women's Merino Mesh Base Layer is such a lovely undergarment it's almost a shame it has to be hidden away. Okay, it’s a bit expensive to be described as a stocking filler, but it does a superb job.

Read our review 

Lee Valley VeloPark track gift voucher £40

Buy a track taster session here 

A voucher provides the giftee (no, really, I looked it up) with an hour-long track taster session at the London Olympic velodrome. Cool present, huh? Other tracks offer their own vouchers. 

Hiplok Lite: Superbright £49.99

Save 28% now over at Evans Cycles

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The wearable chain lock is designed to combine safety with security, coming with a reflective water repellent sleeve. This one has a Sold Secure Bronze Award although others in the range are rated higher.

Assos Fuguspeer S7 Socks £40

Buy them now at Sigma Sport

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These high tech socks from Assos come with windproofing to keep the cold out. They can be worn next to the skin or as a second layer in really grim weather.

Cycle Choice gift card £various

Buy it here 

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If none of our gift suggestions appeal to you, how about a Cycle Choice gift voucher? You buy the voucher online and it can be redeemed in one of hundreds of specialists and high street cycle shops throughout the country? 

Ride Like a Belgian bundle £29.99

Buy it here

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Band of Climbers offers Christmas gift suggestions in various categories. This bundle comprises a Belgian cushion cover and a Ride Like a Belgian print. Other similar bundles are available.

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight years, 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 past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.

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ChrisB200SX [769 posts] 8 months ago
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NiteRider Swift 450 front light £38 ... I can recommend the NiteRider Lumina Micro 750 for £41.29 from:

https://www.tredz.co.uk/.NiteRider-Lumina-Micro-750-USB-Rechargeable-Fro...

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alansmurphy [1832 posts] 8 months ago
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Ventoux plus Husky (maybe a wolf but eh?) 2 of my favourite things...

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huntswheelers [132 posts] 8 months ago
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Any of the kit by Velo Culture goes down a hit..... the Cafe Stop Caddy is brilliant.... I have several items and got the Wallet with the coin pouch for a Christmas Gift for someone ....

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/VeloCulture

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captain_slog [455 posts] 8 months ago
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huntswheelers wrote:

Any of the kit by Velo Culture goes down a hit..... the Cafe Stop Caddy is brilliant.... I have several items and got the Wallet with the coin pouch for a Christmas Gift for someone ....

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/VeloCulture

+1 for Velo Culture. As well as the caddy I have a belt which I highly recommend.

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smg49 [4 posts] 8 months ago
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Does anyone know of a good cycling calender? I've had the Graham Watson one for the last few years, but he's retired this year and I can't find anything close to as good...

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MartyMcCann [285 posts] 8 months ago
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smg49 wrote:

Does anyone know of a good cycling calender? I've had the Graham Watson one for the last few years, but he's retired this year and I can't find anything close to as good...

For the past few years I have been using the one that comes free with the Nov/Dec issue of Procycling magazine and there have been some great images in that- however  I'm not overly fond of this year's offering- there are too many long range pics with the riders as tiny dots and while the scenery is great, if all I wanted were nice landscapes I would have bougght National Geographic or something. Saying that is is free so I can't moan too much!

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number9dream [51 posts] 8 months ago
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huntswheelers wrote:

Any of the kit by Velo Culture goes down a hit..... the Cafe Stop Caddy is brilliant.... I have several items and got the Wallet with the coin pouch for a Christmas Gift for someone ....

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/VeloCulture

 

Velo Culture definitely. Some chain link cufflinks are my favourite workwear.

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Matthew Ball [1 post] 7 months ago
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The Perfect Christmas gift

The fundraising https://www.cyclecalendar.com

All proceeeds going to the @WLcyclecircuit

PLease buy and help get the traffic free cycle circuit built

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LarryDavidJr [391 posts] 7 months ago
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A wall planner!  Makes a great tool for setting targets for the coming season, planning training and events etc.

Granted we (I) do a lot of that electronically these days but the "see everything at once" view of the entire year is quite convenient.

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ClubSmed [692 posts] 7 months ago
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Am I just being tight or is £50 on a gift too much for it to be considered a "stocking filler"?

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peted76 [1105 posts] 7 months ago
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ClubSmed wrote:

Am I just being tight or is £50 on a gift too much for it to be considered a "stocking filler"?

It's relative I guess.

I'd 'like' my stocking to be filled with £50 presents...  but my reoccuring reality is that I can look forward to a net of nuts, a clemantine, a cadbury assorted chocolate box and a multipack of ill fitting socks from TK Max.

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Woldsman [257 posts] 7 months ago
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ClubSmed wrote:

Am I just being tight or is £50 on a gift too much for it to be considered a "stocking filler"?

No, you’re not being tight. I’m not allowed any more bicycles, so it’ll be tools and stuff filling my stocking. The CK Magma tool roll is on my list and is around £15*

*er, tools not included.

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bob_c [57 posts] 7 months ago
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Can't work out where on that website you're supposed to buy Maggys coffee - unless I've missed something?

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brooksby [3301 posts] 7 months ago
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Is it me, or does someone at road.cc have a VERY different idea of what constitutes a "stocking filler" type gift...? 

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ricardito [35 posts] 7 months ago
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brooksby wrote:

Is it me, or does someone at road.cc have a VERY different idea of what constitutes a "stocking filler" type gift...? 

No, it's not just you. It's really not...

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Stratman [118 posts] 7 months ago
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huntswheelers wrote:

Any of the kit by Velo Culture goes down a hit..... the Cafe Stop Caddy is brilliant.... I have several items and got the Wallet with the coin pouch for a Christmas Gift for someone ....

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/VeloCulture

 

Thanks for the post huntswheelers, and the subsequent endorsements from everyone.  I’d never heard of them, and have just started what I think will become a collection with a Cake Stop Caddy, so another +1

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Stratman [118 posts] 7 months ago
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Double post

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randomeur [9 posts] 7 months ago
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smg49 wrote:

Does anyone know of a good cycling calender? I've had the Graham Watson one for the last few years, but he's retired this year and I can't find anything close to as good...

 

A couple of really good ones at cycling-challenge

http://www.cycling-challenge.com/2018-cycling-calendars/

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rowley [2 posts] 7 months ago
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smg49 wrote:

Does anyone know of a good cycling calender? I've had the Graham Watson one for the last few years, but he's retired this year and I can't find anything close to as good...

 

in a terrible display of self promotion, i’ve Just ordered some more of these race date calendars I put together with photos of the cycling figures I paint. 

https://instagram.com/p/BcAXd3djfd7/