In the immortal words of Slade, ‘Iiiiiiiiiit’s Christmas’, so it’s time to help Santa out by filling the stockings of your children, grandchildren, nephews or nieces, with cycling themed gifts for all ages. Caroline Dodgson has rounded up the best from the high street and online retailers, to help give the children in your life a very merry bike-themed Christmas.
Bear is off to visit his friends in this 20 piece jigsaw puzzle suitable for children over the age of 3. There’s not a car to be seen in this woodland paradise, but there are lots of things to spot in this beautifully drawn and sturdy jigsaw, which comes with its own carrying box complete with handle.
What’s more exciting than riding your bike? Riding a dragon. Smoulder the dragon is one of the Handlebar Heroes range, which fit onto the majority of bike or scooter bars to add a fantasy flavour to your child’s ride. Also available are Sparkle the unicorn and Fudge the pony.
This little aluminium mountain bike comes with hydraulic disc brakes and SRAM's Automatix auto shifting, and it looks very, very cool. You won't be able to resist having a go yourself. We all did a few laps of the road.cc car park and it's great fun... and, as it turns out, very tough.
What does Santa ride on his days off? A bike of course, as depicted on this long sleeve cotton T-shirt in ages 2-12 years. Perfect for Christmas Day, this non-technical T-shirt will be perfect for pootling around the park or playing under the Christmas tree.
Girls just wanna’ have fun, and they can in this long sleeved T-shirt which pictures girls enjoying themselves on their bike on a silvery snowflake background. Suitable for ages 2-9 years, this T-Shirt comes in a soft jersey cotton and 4 colour choices.
The toy of the year has undoubtedly been the fidget spinner, and now there is a bike chain version available, perfect for a stocking filler. They come in packs of two and are recommended for children over the age of 8 (though we know some adults who’d like one).
This beautifully illustrated book tells the tale of Amsterdam’s rise as a cycling city, and the women and children who took to the streets in a pedal-powered protest. The story of Maarje van Putten and her friends is told here in a story aimed at children ages 4-8 years old.
Who said children should be seen and not heard? With this bike horn, your little one will be sure to let passing pedestrians know that they are out and about. Available in unicorn, robot, dinosaur, arctic and ocean animals, why not bling your child’s bike with this stocking filler?
If your youngster is finding their feet in cycling, then a balance bike is the perfect present to get them started on two wheels. The Phantom Pulsar is a polycarbonate bike with internal LEDs in the frame so it lights up – great fun and useful in the short daylight hours of winter. It comes with 12in pneumatic tyres and a handle at the back to either help your little one along or to carry the bike home when they get tired.
If your junior cyclist enjoys jaunts on their Frog bike, then what could be better than a co-ordinating technical jersey. In Frog green with polka-dot accents, this jersey fits from ages 4-12. The jersey boasts moisture control, thermal properties and a full length zip.
Peppa Pig is a pre-school favourite, so tiny tots are bound to enjoy this story of her big race. Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and Baby George come along for the ride too on a tandem – what a perfect cycling family!
Got a new baby in the family? Whilst not SPD-compatible, these cute booties will start the baby off in the right spirit. Available in a variety of colours, for 0-18 month olds, these shoes are eco-friendly and are made from a mixture of cotton and recycled materials. The handmade shoes match with hats and blankets also available on this seller’s Etsy store.
According to our own Dave Atkinson, the Islabike Beinn is still the bike to beat when it comes to kids rides. Expensive, but with excellent resale value when the child grows out of it, the Islabike Beinn comes in sizes from 20in for ages 5+ to the 26in model we reviewed, for 10 year olds. Built with scaled down components perfect for younger riders, the Beinn can be equipped for mountain biking, going to school or touring.
These are not for the faint-hearted. Zombie themed neon spokies are dead cool (geddit?) and perfect for blinging a bike.
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