You may have noticed that every week we preview/brag about some of the coolest-looking kit, bikes and tech we’ve been out testing prior to the reviews being published… for this special festive edition though, we gave you the chance to show us some of the best, most interesting or downright silliest bike-related things you’ve got for Christmas, and our five favourites have each won themselves a pair of road.cc socks. We hope you've all had a very Merry Christmas, the winning submissions are below...
— Chris Priddy (@ChrisPriddy) December 25, 2017
As well as the handsome selection of energy products from Wiggle, we're liking these bike chocolates from Choc on choc, an independent British chocolatier based in a small village near road.cc's native Bath. Check out their website here, and of course if you want to grab some cycling stuff to go with your Haribo, head over to Wiggle's website...
road.cc reader Jim bagged himself a pair of the self-proclaimed "world's most over-confident bike lights". This scrotally awesome invention began on Kickstarter two years ago and of course doubled its funding target, so you can now buy them from a whole host of sensible retailers. The balls clip onto your saddle rails and swing around freely, which apparently increases visibility, and contain powerful LED's.
Bike booze holder
We're liking this classy cycle-shaped metal wine holder, the perfect gift for fans of bikes and booze. We couldn't find the exact design posted above by our comp winner, but here's a similar one we found if you like the idea.
2 years of winter riding with an ass saver and finally my cycle buddies got the hint and bought me what THEY wanted... coffee mug was a nice extra too! @roadcc @EroicaBritannia pic.twitter.com/Kk3z1CMAsq
— Kris Hogg (@KrissHogg) December 25, 2017
While it's not the most glamorous gift, we appreciated the lengths Kris Hogg's ride buddies went to in order to save themselves from spray on their next ride! According to our reviewer Stu Kerton they're not a bad choice of mudguard either, check the review out here and if you agree you can get a set for yourself in the link above.
Bespoke cycling wall plaque
We've saved the best till last... "After years of novelty garbage, I get this beauty from the in-laws. Commissioned by them, made by another relative and much adored by this roadie", says Beecho in our comments section. It's unique, it's bike-themed and it's a worthy competition winner... an inspired gift from the in-laws.
All five winners have been contacted, and will receiver a pair of road.cc socks in a size and colour of their choice next week. Thanks for all your entries!
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.