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Maybe it's just us, but aren't dads just a real pain the backside to buy for? Even if yours likes cycling (we hope so otherwise this article might not be very useful to you) there's a lot of tat out there, and sometimes it can be pretty challenging to decide on something that's genuinely useful that your old man doesn't already own.
Luckily we've been busy compiling a list of quality goodies that will leave pops beaming, rather than instructing you and all your relatives not to buy him whatever underwhelming gift it otherwise would have been when Christmas comes around.
There are gift ideas here that range from a tenner right up to £180, so whatever your budget (you can always club together with partners and siblings remember!) there should be something ideal for your cycling-mad dad...
If your dear old dad likes to ride to a beat then look no further than the Shokz OpenRun Bluetooth headphones, currently down to £109.95 as part of Shokz' summer sale. As noted in our glowing review of the Pro versions, these use bone conduction technology leaving your ears entirely unblocked, making them ideal for cycling because you can still hear your surroundings.
The OpenRun is the latest version of Shokz' Aeropex, with all the original quality sound features, IP67 waterproofing and a new 10-minute quick-charge function. A quick-charge provides 1.5 hours of play time, so your pa can forget about battery anxiety if he's forgotten to charge and just enjoy the tunes... may we recommend the epic Tour de France étape 2 by Kraftwerk?
This handy multi-tool fits in your pocket, and has 11 functions including hex bits from 2mm to 8mm, a T25 plus Phillips and flat-head screwdrivers. A swivel head makes it easier to get to hard-to-reach places and gives you some extra leverage, and it's made of quality materials as the premium price suggests. There's also a keyring version for £50.
Weighing just 23g each, the super feathery Tubolito S-Tubo-Road inner tubes are specifically for road bikes with disc brakes. They're tiny as well as light making them very convenient for stashing in pockets and saddlebags and, believe it or not, are one of the more cost-effective ways of saving weight on your bike when you consider the price of specialist bars, cranks etc that might save you 100g here or there.
If dad's into racing, then the Road Book is probably the most comprehensive way to look back on the pro cycling season just gone. With data from every 2021 World Tour race plus contributions from some of the biggest stars in cycling, this will take pride of place on any cycling fan's bookshelf.
If you're looking for something a little lighter than the meaty Road Book, Met's Rivale fits that bill and also has some watt-saving benefits for some serious dad-aero. This might be one to have a whip-round for, but if you can stretch to it then dad won't be disappointed.
Novelty gifts aren't always the one when it comes to Father's Day, but if you're after something fun yet practical then it doesn't get much cooler than Brick Caps. They replace your standard dust caps and come in thousands of combinations, such as dad's favourite characters like the iconic movie villain above, Lego people and pretty much anything you can think of using the Brick Caps customisation tool. Get creative and pick up a pair in time for next Sunday!
If your dad is a stylish cyclist then these versatile boots will be great for on or off the bike. They're SPD-compatible, available in black or brown and water resistant and the front section is waxed to make the shoes low-maintenance and easy to clean, with the rest being a soft two-tone suede.
Summery weather is just about here, so if dad has a cycling trip abroad planned or is just going to be riding outside a lot this summer, then this climber's jersey could be the one. The fit is "aero yet comfortable", with three large pockets and KOMs are (almost) guaranteed...
You might have heard the news that our new kit landed last week, handily just in time to buy it for your dad! The lovely new Bodyline jersey is a great all-rounder made from a lightweight, premium fabric with 4-way stretch for a superb fit, and has three roomy open pockets with a fourth water-resistant one for valuables - everything you need to enjoy the miles ahead.
Our new bibs were developed with pro riders, offering a compressive fit and a premium fabric with graduated muscle support to keep your old man feeling fresh for many miles.
This handy tool roll is big enough to fit all of dad's tools and bits in, and it's a firm favourite of many pro mechanics so we're told. The pair of aluminium eyelets are ideal for hanging in a car seat or other handy location, and for odd-sized tools you've got a few elastic straps plus a couple extra small pockets along the side for small part storage like quick-links, electrical tape etc.
This deluxe multi-tool is designed and produced in Slovenia (which is a nation with some pretty ok cyclists in it right now so we've heard) and Unior say it's made "from the best materials to the highest standard." The tool spindles are chrome-plated, and the tips are also black oxide coated to ensure a high tolerance and greater durability.
For laying down some serious dad-watts, look no further than the classy UDOG Tensione road shoes. The proprietary laces are flat and pressed to create a rope knot effect that "guarantees the best fit shoe from the most demanding crit races to the longest endurance rides" according to UDOG. A minimal upper that eliminates plastic and metal parts also adds up to a very comfy shoe indeed for long days in the saddle.
Got any other cycling-themed Father's Day gift ideas? Let us know in the comments below.
Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.