It’s that time of year again, when you’ve got the chance to show that special cycling lady just how much she means to you. Whether you're skint or minted, traditional or avant garde and whatever type of cyclist she is, there’s something here that’ll float her boat, or rattle her pedals and keep you out of the dog house on Christmas Day.
Made from extremely high quality materials by British bag designer Ally Capellino, the Cavo is a fully featured pannier (with leather strap fastenings) but also happily masquerades as a stylish shoulder bag when she’s off the bike. It’s tough enough for years of use, but do NOT be tempted to try and steal it from her – we will not be held responsible for the outcome.
Jewellery is always going to be a winner for Christmas, and jewellery that celebrates her love of cycling even more so. This dainty chainset pendant is made from solid silver and features a real diamond where the bottom bracket goes. It even comes with a chain (no, not THAT sort), although you may want to splash out for a silver chain separately rather than the stainless steel one it comes with.
These delicate earrings match the pendant perfectly, or could just be a lovely gift on their own. Solid silver with a tiny diamond, they’re glamorous yet quirky.
A stainless steel 8oz hip flask for her favourite tipple, with a teeny, tiny, sparkly diamante bicycle on it. Comes with a velvety pouch. Cycling Gifts are offering Road.cc readers 10% off everything. Just use discount code Roadcc.
This neat zip up waistcoat is made from luxurious merino wool tweed with a reflective fibre woven into it for the ultimate in stylish but safety conscious cycling wear. It’s lined with high viz pink fabric, so it’s reversible too, and the hem is trimmed with a generous quantity of Scotchlite tape. There’s no way she’s not going to be visible in this, but it isn’t only functional and doesn’t scream out nerdy cyclist in the way that high viz sometimes can.
A prong-less reflective belt made from Scotchlite that can be worn over a jacket or jumper, or just for normal belt function to add a little extra visibility. Available in sizes S/M/L.
Cute 3D flowers constructed from Scotchlite, these can be pinned or clipped to pretty much anything, from bags to clothing. En masse they look particularly impressive and are highly reflective.
Tough yet fashionable, this handlebar bag attaches via a simple strapping system, which doubles up as a clutchbag strap to allow use off the bike. Made from waterproof fabric and with reflective ribbon binding around the edges, as well as a tab for a light to be clipped to, it’s a practical bag on or off the bike.
Super soft, woolly and carrying the cachet of a prestigious brand, this long sleeved jersey is bound to win some Brownie points. With its low key button neck styling, it’s intended for casual or city use, and it would team up a treat with skinny jeans and ballet pumps, but it’s functional too, with the body temperature maintenance and anti-odour properties of merino.
You’re going to see a lot of this cape/jacket if you buy it, because she’ll be wearing it on the bike in all but the hottest months, as well as with jeans, skirts and dresses off the bike. The wool is durable, so it’s a genuine investment piece – an important factor when you consider the price. She’ll love you for it.
More stylish threads from US based Terry, this long sleeved jersey is made from sleek silky fabric, so it’s versatile for yearlong use, and it’ll cheer up even the greyest winter day with a windproof or thermal vest underneath.
Slouchy fit heavyweight denim jeans for the riot girl in your life. These are styled to suit café rides, urban errands and shortish commutes rather than being full-on riding jeans, but little touches like the high cut waistband at the rear to avoid builder’s bum make them a good bet for the more casual ride.
Light, packable and genuinely breathable, this waterproof jacket is the perfect gift for any female cyclist looking for serious performance. With a neat contoured fit, stretch panels where they’re needed, neoprene cuffs and a zipped rear pocket on the dropped tail, this jacket is spot on for long rainy road rides, or slipped in a jersey pocket “just in case”.
It’s not strictly a women’s garment, this one, but worn over a base layer and belted in with the Vespertine Gossamer Belt it’s a quirky and warm approach to on the bike visibility. Knitted in England from pure new lambswool with reflective yarn mixed in, it’s surprisingly visible, without shouting about it.
Buy her a frame for that photo of her crossing the finishing line, or for that one of you both looking pained at the top of the Col du Petit St Bernard. Made from recycled rubber tyres, one of the world’s greatest waste problems.
Cheap and incredibly cheerful, this is upcycling at its best – old bike bits put to good use and found new and exciting new purposes. This tealight holder looks good and would happily grace any cyclist’s front room.
A perfect stocking filler or small gift, this is fun, simple and does just what it’s supposed to.
With the option of removing the bib portion completely for wear as just tights, these Windstopper soft shell bibs are actually pretty versatile anyway. Available in a variety of black and colour accent combos they are a bit cheerier than the norm as well.
If she suffers from cold hands on the bike, these heavy duty winter gloves, with extraordinarily warm Primaloft insulation should do the job nicely, even if you live in the north of Scotland. They have pre-curved fingers, gel pressure point cushioning, long stretchy cuffs and even a bit of reflectivity.
A wind resistant base layer to up the warmth of any jersey on breezier days when worn underneath, it’s light, wicks moisture effectively and replaces a standard under layer.
Posh smellies are always a winner… well, with me at least. This gift box from REN is ethical, environmentally friendly and extremely luxurious. The Rose Otto content smells amazing, and this range should see off any aches, pains, dry skin and discomfort issues associated with winter cycling. REN’s products contain the minimum of chemical nasties, making them ideal for more sensitive skins too.
Socks may be a traditional Christmas gift cop-out, but with fun and funky designs such as those produced by Sock Guy, and the odour battling, extreme comfort of Smartwool’s cycling socks, your cycling lady’s going to be happy.
It’s relaxed and casual, but smart enough to be seen out and about in. Plus, it’s made from that most impressively useful of natural fibres, merino wool, so there’s no fear of getting malodorous in the coffee shop.
It’ll make her look like Dick Turpin, but it’ll certainly keep her warm in the depths of mid winter with its fleecy lining and soft, snug fit around the neck and across the top of the chest. Perfect for bridging any clothing gaps.
A less expensive arty option using recycled bike bits, this lamp shade brings a bit of steampunk style to the home, office or workshop. It casts exciting shadows too.
Expensive? Yes. But it’s Aaaaaart, dahling, and it’s made from bits of bike, so what’s not to love about that? It also catches the sun nicely and will generally cheer up whatever room it’s hung in.
If money’s no object, and you love her so much that you, erm, can’t wait to get rid of her, then how about a women-only bike holiday or training camp? There are a variety available, mostly overseas.
The Girona Cycle Centre offers road cycling camps in the lovely area around Girona, Spain with Australian former pro cyclist Carla Ryan, aimed at giving women a taste of what it feels like to train and ride together as pros.
Velo Vercors have a Women’s Only Week (WOW) 4-11 May 2013 which is aimed at women who are either regular cyclists or who have a good level of fitness and want to enjoy a week of cycling. For those not wanting to take their own bikes there are Carbon Trek Madone’s for hire.
And what if the female cyclist in your life might like the idea of having the chance to ride in all-female company to get some miles in, but is a novice cyclist daunted by the idea of riding with more experienced cyclists*? Well, Cycle Cote d'Azur have that covered with a with an Introduction to Cycling Weekend in Nice next March run in conjunction with the Filles a Velo website, that nice Max Leonard went on one of their riding holidays last year if you want to get a flavour of what the area has to offer.
Lara has been riding bikes for longer than she'd care to admit, and writing about them nearly as long. Since 2009 she has been working as part of the road.cc review team whilst championing women's cycling on the side, most notably via two years as editor of the, sadly now defunct, UK's first and only women's cycling mag, erm, Women's Cycling.
Believing fervently that cycling will save the world, she wishes that more people would just ride a bike and be pleasant to each other.
She will ride anything with two wheels, occasionally likes to go fast, definitely likes to go far and is always up for a bit of exploring somewhere new and exciting.